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1  Ghostbusters! in Halloween Costumes by off_the_record on: October 26, 2009 10:36:56 AM
My husband and I are going as ghostbusters this year for halloween! The proton packs are still in-progress, but we wore them to a costume party last weekend. We plan on adding more "flair" to them for next weekend when my best friend from middle school is getting married and having a costume reception. I'll post more pictures from the wedding after Halloween.

I made my dress from an XL men's shirt. I cut the sleeves off, hemmed up the sides, and put 2 darts in the back. The name tags and ghost patches are made with iron-on transfers. I ironed the designs onto white fabric, cut them out, and hand stitched them to our shirts.

The proton packs started out as styrofoam cooler lids. We duct taped on some pie tins, tupperware cups, and old chocolate boxes to add dimension. Spray painted black, added old computer parts and little metal tea light cups. The particle throwers are made of of pringle cans (the lays brand) and the hoses are made from an old hookah hose we had lying around. The straps are just thick black ribbon. The Mr. had the ghostbusters theme music on his phone playing for the full effect  Cheesy
Most of this stuff came from goodwill, after all was said and done, I think is was under $20 for our costumes. Woot!

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2  Sewing over elastic - Help! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by off_the_record on: May 04, 2009 03:43:40 PM
I always have this same problem when I try to sew over elastic. I'm making a little pouch with elastic at the top, and I try to sew over the elastic once, then backstitch over it to make sure the stitch holds up. And this is what happens:
The top looks fine as I sew:

But then then when I flip it over, bottom is this terrible mess:

Any tips? Please? My sanity is at stake! Shocked Would adjusting the tension up or down help? I'm completely clueless. Thank you in advance, you wonderful Craftsters are all so smart Kiss
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3  Barack N Roll!!! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by off_the_record on: August 28, 2008 06:51:53 PM
I made this design a few months ago, but watching the Democratic National Convention this week, I was finally inspired to put it on a shirt as originally planned. I just used good old fashioned iron-on transfer paper for some instant gratification, and upon completion exclaimed "I am the coolest person I know!"

You can be just as cool as me Wink get this image from my blog here --> http://offthrecord.blogspot.com/ and make your own shirt, tote bag, cape etc.

Please post pictures if you use my graphic! I'd love to see them Smiley

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4  My birdcage veil in Weddings and Bridal Showers by off_the_record on: August 08, 2008 12:47:15 PM
I had posted about my wedding awhile ago here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216170.msg2324485#msg2324485
But lately, I've been seeing this type of veil being sold for up to $500!  Shocked So I felt it was my duty to share with you fellow craftsters how I made my own Wink

what you need:
9 inch white veiling
2 toupee clips
needle and thread
embellishments to cover up the clips (I used ribbon and glass beads)

toupee clip (these things are great, they will not slide out of your hair)

I used about a 20 inch length of the netting, gathered the ends, and sewed it to the clips. Then covered the clips with ribbon, and sewed beads onto the ribbon. You could also use flowers, feathers, or whatever you want. It's a pretty versatile veil, I chose to wear it symmetrically, but you can play with it, tilting it to different lengths or just covering one eye.

More pictures and details on my blog here --->   http://offthrecord.blogspot.com/2008/08/birdcage-veil-tutorial.html

Please post your own birdcage veils! I'd love to see them
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5  Re: Anyone cut their own hair? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by off_the_record on: February 10, 2008 12:59:27 PM
This is how I did my face-framing layers

My hair started out below my shoulders and I just cut a little at a time to figure out what worked best. I'd advise you to do the same thing...babysteps. But I like it a lot, and no one believes I cut it myself Smiley
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6  a few different thank you cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by off_the_record on: January 28, 2008 08:53:04 AM
I made all my wedding stationery including the thank you cards.
My wedding had green apples in the centerpieces (you can see that here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216170.msg2324485#msg2324485 ) and my bridal shower theme was all green apples. So I made these 1 sided cards with my own illustration to send out, with a personal message written on the back. The color is a tad washed out in these pictures, the top one shows the color more accurately.

These were also 1 sided notecards with personalized written messages on the back. The image is from one of our pictures after the ceremony when we jumped in the air. I just traced around our silhouettes and used heavy helvetica typeface for the "Thanks!" (my college profs would not approve of me warping the perfection that is helvetica...ha)

question in your opinion, do you think this gray wedding thank you card could sell? Would you mind that it isn't you specifically in the picture, or is it just ok as simply a stylized illustration of a bride and groom?

I use these as an 'all occasion' thank you card. Took my inspiration from the generic bags you get at little shops that don't print their own. But I just love the bold typographic element of those bags!

Thanks for checkin' it out Smiley
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7  Custom Cameos in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by off_the_record on: January 11, 2008 10:48:18 AM
So I wasn't sure if this should be in the home decorating section or the paper craft section, but I figured "it's framed, so I'll call it art" Tongue

I've been seeing a lot of old Victorian-looking cameos around on different blogs and in jewelry and such, so I decided I wanted my very own.

My husband and I took profile pictures of each other and I traced around our faces in adobe illustrator. Then I printed the outline onto regular computer paper, taped it to black paper and x-acto'd it out. I just improvised the outline on my little hairdo. I never wear my hair like that but it's about the only way to make your head not look like a blob if you have long hair.

I'm proud because these are all recycled materials. Free art!
-I found the frames in my favorite dumpster (yes I have a favorite dumpster) behind a craft-supply store.
-The white paper is the paper that came in the frame, I just flipped it over because the back was all white
-The black paper was scavenged from my old college portfolio

I just think they're hilarious because they look all formal and fancy until people look closer and realize they're us! Plus the lamp makes them cast a menacing shadow so they seem all gothic and scary lol

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8  birth control pouch in Crochet: Completed Projects by off_the_record on: January 05, 2008 06:19:37 PM
Having my pills (or baby stoppers as we call them) on my keys is the only way I know I'll always have them with me when it's time to take them. And the pouch is much cuter than the beige/pink pack.

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9  tea cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by off_the_record on: January 05, 2008 06:07:24 PM
My morning tea always gets cold by the time I get to the bottom of the cup. So I made a little sweater for my tea cup. It works too, it stays warm longer. I just made it up as I went. It's made in sc but I can't remember what size hook I used. K maybe?

I got a little too excited about it and set up this ridiculous photo...my husband just rolls his eyes Wink

This helps show how it goes together.

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10  green bedroom with painted headboard in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by off_the_record on: December 28, 2007 02:01:30 PM
I can't stand boring white walls, but I didn't want to paint every wall since we have to cover it up when I leave this apartment. So one green wall would have to suffice. I'm crazy thrifty, so paint was cheaper than a headboard. I googled antique headboards for inspiration and came up with this design myself. I sewed the curtains and hung them from the cheapest curtain rods I could find. The curtain rods are hung on the ceiling from little screw-in hooks painted white.

I have to give credit for the nightstands too, they were actually made by a friend of my dads, so props to him for being an amazing woodworker.


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