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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Spiderman Pet Picture Frames on: November 27, 2007 01:38:32 PM
Well my boyfriend is obsessed with Spiderman, and I am obsessed with $1 wooden picture frames from Michael's, and thus this project was born Smiley

I gave this to him for his birthday, he just moved away from home for good after completing his degree and is alone in a new city while I finish mine. It's a really new and different experience for him, because he grew up on a farm (so remote they still don't get cell phone reception - at all - or high speed internet out there!) and he really loves the city, but really misses having his pets around. He needed some things to decorate his new apartment, as it's all blank white walls, but I also wanted to give him a taste of home. We joke about how his cat (Homer) is his best friend, and how his mother's dog (Sadie) is evil incarnate (I'm scared of dogs and this one is particularly spoiled and jumpy). Anyways, I got the idea to make these frames and make each one themed around the pet. They're just done with regular printer print-offs of some comic book pages and covers and mod podge. The pictures I photoshopped in order to make only the animal in color just because I felt it went with the theme. On to the pictures!

All three in situ...

Homer, aka Spiderman.

Roxy, aka the Sandman... why? Because she has a sandy colored coat, and even though she's a villain (I'm scared of dogs, remember?) she's good at heart (I love this dog, and it takes a lot for me to love them!) hahaha.

And finally, Venom, aka Sadie. Gets extremely jealous of Spiderman (for attention and petting, of course), and will jump around being an evil jerk to get it.

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A few problems I need help with :) on: November 07, 2007 07:42:24 AM
Hey all! I'm new to the clothing boards and I have a few questions. First of all, I am really interested in getting into clothing reconstruction, as since June I have lost 35 lbs (on purpose... haha) and I don't plan to stop until I've lost quite a bit more. This has posed a huuuuge problem when it comes to clothes. Almost none of my "fat" clothes fit me, but I'm in university and don't have a lot of money to spend on new clothes that will likely not fit me in a few months. In other words, I want to wait to splurge on a new wardrobe until I'm sure I'll be keeping it and staying at that size. For the summer it wasn't too bad -- after all, there are three "basic" sizes, so it takes a while to absolutely not be able to fit into one, and tees and tanks are inexpensive. Now that it's winter (I'm in Canada), I'm finding it really frustrating that all I have are L and XL hoodies that are just tents on me (because after losing weight, who wants to hide behind huge clothes?!) and I'd like to learn how to reconstruct some of my perfectly good, but too big, clothes, into warm and snuggly winter things that fit and make me feel good about myself.

Also, I'm a beginner sewer I would say. I've been sewing since I was younger, but never anything too complicated, always curtains, pillows, pajama pants with a pattern, draft dodgers, etc. I have my own sewing machine here at school and a lot of fabric in my stash and I never seem to get going on anything because I don't have a lot of confidence in my abilities just yet. So are there any projects, clothing especially, that are good for this? To teach me things, I mean, as I've never made anything really complicated before.

Finally, I guess, is that my style is kind of hard to describe as I'm not quite sure what it is. Prior to losing the weight, it was basically "whatever fits". I hate punk-style clothes, graphic tees, etc, and I'm not a huge fan of American Eagle (though I have a few hoodies from them I guess), A&F, Hollister, etc. I guess I'm 21 and therefore I try to dress a little older than that? I like zip-up hoodies with patterns though, and interesting sweaters, cardigans, blazers and boleros, etc.

I realize this is very wordy, and I have to run to a class, but I will try to post pics of me as well as some of the clothes I would like to reconstruct this afternoon, if anyone could offer me some suggestions/links to tuts/pattern ideas/etc. that would be Amazing!

Thanks guys!
23  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A few more costumes :) on: October 16, 2007 06:36:07 AM
I was just cruising this board this morning and thought I would post some pics of older costumes of mine. They didn't always involve a lot of crafting, but I'm hoping they might serve as inspiration to someone more creative Smiley

I'm in my senior year of university, and my roommate for all four years has also been my best friend since we were about 10 years old. So naturally, for Halloween, we dress up in pairs.

Last year we went as "puck bunnies" (we're Canadian, eh? haha). The only thing we had to make were the ears and the tails, out of felt and cotton balls and some Wal-Mart headbands. Everything else was borrowed from other people.

My roommate is pretty handy with makeup, so she gave us both black eyes (since I was Toronto and she was Montreal... we were rival duelling puckbunnies!)

Then she attempted to jersey me in the middle of our photo shoot:

Also, my boyfriend dressed up that year as "Snakes on a Plane", he made his costume about an hour before we went out. He bought a gray tshirt and we safety-pinned a bunch of dollarstore rubber snakes to it, and he fabric painted (freehand, while looking at a picture) the logo of Air Canada on the shirt. He also wore a lei and some sunglasses. Despite the lack of work, his costume was more of a hit :p sigh.

In my second year, my roommate and I were a little more ambitious, and we headed to the thrift store, bought some extra large tshirts, and made our entire costumes (we didn't have a sewing machine in res so things are mostly tied/glued or improvised (note the tinyness of the room we shared for 2 years):

We were "Slutty Batman" and "Slutty Riddler" (mostly because our t-shirts weren't that big, and the thrift store is really far away!). Mine was a green shirt and a purple shirt that I cut up for the question marks, I also used Crayola purple glitter glue on all the question marks to make them look a bit better. I hot glued them to the green shirt, which I cut up and tied on the side to make into a kind of tube dress. I borrowed green shorts, bought tights, and made my mask. The tie is a thrift store find with a question mark glued on, and the mask is made from the rest of the purple shirt. The gloves were purchased on sale as well. My roommates costume was her prom gloves, a yellow tshirt cut up for the batman logo, a black tshirt into a tube dress (with shorts underneath!), a utility belt she found at the thrift store, which inspired both costumes, a mask she bought, as well as some really cool cardboard batarangs she made that I wish I had pictures of. Also, she bought her cape, it's meant to be a child's (she's pretty wee).

Action shot!

And this is what happens when we find a similarly dressed Robin at our Halloween SuperSub! (this one ended up in the yearbook):

In our first year we went as cowgirls, and since we made nothing of those costumes, and I'm sure you can imagine them, as they were pretty uncreative, I don't think I need to post pics Wink. Sorry for the long post, hopefully this will provide some inspiration, or at least some laughs Smiley

24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Framed Perler Bead Wall Art on: October 01, 2007 08:43:33 PM
Inspired by some previous posts on craftster using perler beads to recreate old-school Nintendo characters, I made my boyfriend a housewarming present for his first apartment entirely out of the beads. This was the first time I've ever worked with any beads, let alone these ones, and so I was really pleased with how it came out:

I knew when I started making the characters and scenery that I wanted to put a big empty frame around them to make it look more like a TV Screen, or like actual art. Luckily, one day while purchasing extra Beads at Michael's, I found the frame in the pics for 90% off... it came to about 4.50. I was soo happy about that find.

Since making that, two of my roommates have requested their own, so I've made:

An N64 Toad as well as a Link... I can't remember what game it's from. I'll post pictures of the Link later, as the roommate who I made it for is in bed and for some reason I don't think he'd appreciate me sneaking into his bedroom with a camera in the middle of the night!

Comments and criticism welcome Smiley

25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / My First Iron-On - A Pillow! on: August 22, 2007 05:13:00 AM
After reading the awesome tips on the Discussion board and looking through all of your awesome t-shirts, I tried my hand at Iron-On Transfers last night. I did 2 on a pillow (cotton-poly blend) and they turned out really nice. I only had 2 issues:

1) The tips/tricks thread (sticky) said that the OP used regular desk tape to secure her pattern to the fabric. I'm not sure if it just wasn't clear, but I thought that meant you could iron over the tape -- nope! It melted, fortunately I was being extremely cautious and I got it off the iron, and off the picture, without any damage.

2) I ironed on both sides of the pillow, and though I put a stack of (regular) paper between the sides while ironing Side 2, it still made the first ironed transfer stick to the pillow case that I was covering the table I was ironing on (hope that makes sense). Is there a way to iron on both sides of something without jeopardizing the first side?

Anyways, onto the pics! This is a birthday present for a friend, the first pillow I've made since High School (going into 4th year uni in 2 weeks) and my first iron-on ever.. so I'm pleased Smiley

The Wicked Pillow Smiley

^^ Closeup of the logo on the front... Glinda's white didn't turn out all that white, but I like it, it makes it look more like a part of the pillow rather than something stuck on it.

^^The back of the pillow

^^ Closeup of the back.. it says "Toss Toss" with a pic of Glinda's wand... something she says in the play that is one of my friend's fave lines, also, it's a throw pillow  Cheesy [/cheesy] haha.

^^ Action shot! As modeled by my lovely bed... hmm.. it seems to match my wall color pretty well.. might have to make one for myself  Grin

Thanks for the awesome tips and inspiration Smiley

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A Pretty Wicked Pillow... on: August 22, 2007 03:46:19 AM
I made this for a friend's birthday next weekend. She saw Wicked (the musical) in Toronto, and after I saw it in Chicago we talked at length about how much we absolutely loved the play and wished we had bought something from it. She's also been bugging me to burn her the soundtrack, which I have. So along with the burned CD, I made her this:

A Wicked Pillow! It's just part of another pillowcase I got on sale and some iron-on transfers, but it's my first attempt and I really like how it came out.

Closeup of the logo on the front:

The back:

Closeup of the back (also an iron-on):

It says "Toss Toss", a line of Glinda's in the play that my friend particularly liked, plus... it's a throw pillow... hehe.

And an action shot!:

I hope she likes it!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / In need of creative craftsters to help me out!!!! on: August 21, 2007 10:34:47 AM
So Friday night I'm going out downtown with a bunch of friends. I don't have any "bar" shirts right now that fit me, because I just lost 20 lbs since June. Also, school is starting soon, and it was a choice between going out at all and getting a new shirt, money wise. So I'd really like to be able to make something. I'm at work and have been brainstorming all day and thought maybe I could use my Dad's old button-ups (all men's XL, I'd say right now I'm probably a women's L or M) and make some kind of quick cute halter. I have a bunch of clothes also that are women's XL or XXL from before the weight-loss that I'm willing to cut up, including 2 pairs of black dress pants (size 14) a white, and a colored button up shirt (like a blouse) and some lacy camis, some old tshirts, etc. I don't like wearing tube tops and I don't like wearing cotton-y shirts to the clubs (don't ask why, I couldn't tell ya, haha, I just don't) and I'm 20 so I'd want something young and fun and cute! And a little sexy isn't too bad either. I also need to make it in maybe a 3-5 hour time frame, and I'm a beginner sewer in that I've never made/reconned clothes into clothes before.

If anyone could help me at all that'd be awesome! Oh, and I should mention, I LOVE the look of an underboob belt, and would be willing to go out and buy one to go with the shirt, since I'd get more use out of that even as I keep losing weight! Or even if I could make one/sew something similar onto the shirt that would be awesome.

Any links, advice, random ideas thrown out there, screaming, scolding, or funny things to say are appreciated Smiley

28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery Virgin! Help on: August 21, 2007 06:23:26 AM
Hi! I'm making a pillow for my friend, and I'm iron-on-transferring an image to the front side, but I want to embroider two words on the other side, preferably in a girly curly script. I've never embroidered before (but have lots of the floss... I used to be really into those friendship bracelets, haha!) and was just wondering if anyone had any pointers, or really.. how you do it? I've cross-stitched with patterns and by making my own but I'm not really sure how to start or if there's anything important I need to know before I start (which will be soon, darling friend's birthday is Friday Wink )

Any craftster-help will be much appreciated!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ripped School Hoodie to Cozy Macbook Sleeve on: August 18, 2007 07:57:00 AM
At the beginning of the summer I saved up all my money to buy myself a Macbook after my laptop (a really shitty Compaq) screwed out on me for the last time. I had a really large laptop last time that I didn't carry around much, but since the new one is so small and light I wanted a way to carry it around a lot without it getting scratched or damaged in my bag. So I decided to make a laptop sleeve for it. I went out and bought a microvelvet (I think that's what it's called?) for the lining, but I couldn't find an outer fabric that I liked (the selection around here is next to nil) so I took a hoodie I bought my first year of university with my uni's name on it that had a rip on the waistband and cut that up to make this (my first sewing project in about 4 years...)

The front.. it's a bit off centre because I didn't have a whole lot of fabric to work with and didn't quite figure out the hem right. I still like it Smiley

The snuggly inside.. the fabric is sooo velvety soft and wonderful, and it matches pretty well considering I bought it before I knew what would be on the outside. It keeps my Macbook nice and safe Smiley

My baby in its new outfit! I chose to make the opening on that side (rather than the wide side) and not have a way to close it because it fits So snugly around the computer that it won't slide out, ever, and because it can be charged while sitting in its case this way. Also, it was a bit simpler for a beginner sewer Smiley

Comments are not only welcome, but greatly appreciated.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Another Jewelry Holder.. and my first Completed Project Post :) on: August 18, 2007 07:37:34 AM
I made this in July for my friend's birthday. She really likes jewelry, mostly necklaces, and she currently has it tangled in boxes of various sizes on her dresser, so I thought I'd give her a nice way to display it in her room...

I painted the frame, and the "cosmo" is made of perler beads (freehand). The middle is to hold earrings, and it's plastic needlepoint grid, and I screwed the hooks in for necklaces and bracelets. I had a lot of fun making it and I think she really likes it Smiley

Comments are welcome, because I plan to make a few more, and any suggestions or ideas would be great Smiley
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