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11  Re: OCEAN FRIENDS SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by frogz on: August 11, 2006 04:55:32 PM
Since ChloeIsCrazy's camera cord is being stupid, i'm uploading pictures of the stuff I sent her Smiley

This is the entire swap package I sent (tshirt and two knitted critters)

This is a close up of the tshirt. I stencilled the octopus and thought bubble and then painted in the details. The design is a octopus looking at a thermometer and wishing for mittens times 4.

Here is the turtle and the duck together. Both were knitted (they're a tiny bit rough because I just brushed up on my knitting recently) The turtle is completely my own pattern. Smiley

Here is the turtle by itself. I'm quite proud with how it came out, if not just because the stiches on it's belly go sideways and the stiches on the shell go lengthwise.

ChloeIsCrazy, I'm so glad you liked what I made, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside Smiley
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12  Re: OCEAN FRIENDS SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by frogz on: August 09, 2006 03:43:35 PM
Just like ChloeIsCrazy promised, I did indeed get my package today. I practically ran home from the bus in anticipation (that's what a long day at work will do to someone) I got home and noticed the package.
[edited to remove the picture of the package that blatently showed my address)

After much wrestling and cursing canada post for having the same person design their envelopes who designs the shrink wrap that cds come in, I finally got the thing open. Inside was lots of awesomeness.

I got a lovely tshirt with a brittle star on it (because that's what I picked as my ocean friend)
So i promptly put it on and tried taking a picture of it:

realizing that that wasn't the most successful photo (my arm's not really long enough to do that) I went up to the bathroom to take the classic look-at-me-i'm-taking-my-photo-in-the-mirror-picture

(please ignore the silly expersion on my face and the fact that I look about 13, no wonder they always id me at bars)

As if the tshirt wasn't awesome enough, ChloeIsCrazy also sent me a kick-butt pencilcase-esque case with a lovely brittlestar stiched on it (which is good because before I was keeping all my markers in an old storebought case). ANNNNNND because she is super nice and saw that it's my birthday soon, she made me a stuffed felt tofu. It's very squishy and cuddly. I also put the tofu there that i ended up knitting for myself this past weekend because the tofus are going to be friends Grin

She also wrote a very nice little note and sent a little pooh bear in a whale costume keychain.

Thank you so much ChloeIsCrazy, you were an awesome partner!
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13  Penguin geek hoodie in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by frogz on: February 22, 2006 12:07:51 PM
Wow, I'm pretty late posting this, seeing as it was my boyfriend's christmas gift. But I guess better late than never. So yes, my boyfriend is a huge linux geek and he was also complaining a while ago about how he didn't have a zip hoodie. I bought a plain black hoodie at Randy River (a guy's clothing store near where I live) on sale and then on the internet I found a picture of a gentoo penguin (this is only important because gentoo is also the kind of linux he uses) Then I found a text to binary convertor on the internet and converted "penguin" to binary. The whole thing was painted by hand (no stencils or iron on) and took about a morning. Getting all the numbers to go in a straight line was the hardest part.

(the sweatshirt looks kind of funny like that on the floor, but it looks good on him Smiley )
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14  Tutorial: (nintendo) messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by frogz on: May 24, 2005 08:54:11 PM
It's very long winded, and image heavy, but here's the tutorial for my nintendo bag.

Here are all the pieces needed for a basic bag:

If you want to make a Nintendo controller bag, use this template: jpeg or  vector
The grey border of the controller should be one piece and be the same width as the flap (including seam allowance) so it can be sewn to the very edge.

Start by cutting out all the pieces

For the A, B, START, SELECT, and D-Pad, sew the button to the button back first.
Like so:

*I used plain old scotch tape instead of pins or glue to hold everything in place while sewing.

Sew the grey border to the flap, then on sew all the buttons.

To make the piping for the flap (if youre crazy and made it like I did the first time) take the piece of the fabric you want to use that has been cut 2 x 34 and fold it over (lengthwise)  the 34 piece of cording. Pin it so it doesnt unfold. (*gasp*, vinyl and pins! But you wont see the holes anyways)

Take your piece of piping and tape it on the good side of the bottom part of your flap. The fold should be facing in towards the center.

Using BIG stitches (I had mine 4.5mm) baste (sew big stitches) the piping onto the fabric.

Now put the controller flap half on top of the flap half with the piping, good sides facing in.

Changing the stitch size to 3.5mm and sew along the stitch line you made when you basted on the piping. When its done, it should look like this:

Youll notice that I did a bad job sticking to the original line I had drawn on, but thats all right, no one will see it.

Flip the flap right side out and sew on the fasteners by hand. That is of course unless you have an uber sewing machine that can sew through many layers of vinyl AND that stuff the nylon straps that attach the fasteners. My Pfaff, as wonderful as it is, couldnt quite handle it.

Congratulations! You are now done the entire flap! Sit and amaze at its wonder.

The rest of the bag:

Start by making more piping! w00t. You need to make two more things of it, this time 38 long, but other than that, exactly the same as last time.

Baste the piping to the 4.5 x 37 piece of fabric (the one for the outside fabric, not the lining one), the fold of the piping facing in, one on each side.

If you want any pockets on the outside of your bag, now is the time to sew them on. I made a cellphone holder on mine, as well as one on the front under the flap.

Pin the bag together, good side in. Pin the other part of the fasteners in between the bottom and front (I didnt do this on the original bag, but it looks much better this way)

Sew along the stitches you made when you basted on the piping.

Turn right side out! It should look something like this:

Next you need to make the lining. To do this you sew the three lining pieces together the same way you did the outside of the bag, but without the piping, so its much easier. If you want pockets in the lining, add those before sewing the pieces together.

To make the strap you take the long piece of 4 wide fabric and fold it over like this:

If youre using vinyl and cant pin it, use paper clips and tape (they work very well)

Once the strap is done youre ready to sew it together.

Pin (doesnt matter if youre using vinyl or not) the strap to the outside of the bag but facing down (so the strap goes underneath the bag) leave about 4 inches extra on either side.

Now put the bag (with strap attached) in the lining. The lining should have its good side facing in. If your lining has a specific back, make sure that its pinned to the back of the bag.

Sew around the sides and the front but NOT THE BACK!

Flip right side out through the hole left by not sewing the back.

Feel where the strap is in the bag and sew and square with an x through it over the strap.

Put the flap in the hole and sew along the bottom of the flap (I do this twice making the seams about a centimeter apart)

Now sew along the top edge of the bag on the sides without the flap and VOILA!

 Yes, I know it's not the nintendo one, but I didn't think to take photos while making that one...

EDIT: I finally fixed the links, I'm sorry that the images were unavailable for so long  Sad
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15  nintendo messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by frogz on: May 19, 2005 01:44:52 PM
Inspired by the nintendo purse I decided to make my own nintendo bag, but instead of a purse, I made a messenger bag with the design of the controller on the flap. This was my first attempt ever at making a bag of any sorts. I made my own pattern and kind of figured out how to do things as I went (like the piping)

The front:

You can see the piping I did along the flap as well as the front (it's on the back too, it's just not visible in this photo) The pocket on the side is for my cell phone, though it's big enough to put my digital camera in if I needed to.

Under the flap:

The red rectangle is for putting an id or "this bag belongs to" tag into. The other pockets are just for pens or pencils or whatever else could fit. You can see the bottom part of the fastners there too.

The inside of the bag is lined with black cotton twill and has three pockets in it (two that close with velcro) My camera was being tempramental and didn't want to take decent photos of the inside.

The general reaction to the bag was to try to press the buttons  Grin

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16  lightbrite table in the making (step by step) w/photos in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by frogz on: May 11, 2005 07:44:22 PM
I've wanted to make a light brite coffee table ever since seeing it in Readymade. After months of knowing that I wanted to do this, I finally got together with my grampy (who is an awesome carpenter) and started to make it. I decided that for the benefit of everyone trying to make one of these things I'd post the pictures of its making. Unfortunately it still needs to be painted, but as soon as it is, I'll post the picture Smiley We changed the design a little bit from the ones in the magazine (this table is 2x2 not 2x4 and not quite as deep)

this is the fluorescant light we originally bought, but wouldn't work for two reasons. The biggest one being that it was too tall (it didn't fit nicely in the space we had). The second reason is that it's a light that's meant to be wired into a house, not just plugged in. So people, don't get this light (unless you want to have a light switch on the wall for it somewhere, which would be cool, but not very practical)

This is when the inner railing (the part that the plexiglass rests on) was being sized up. That piece of pegboard is just a scrap of 1/4" stuff to make sure that the railing was exactly 1/4" from the top.

This is my super-cool grampy making sure the pedboard we cut fit nicely into the box. You'll notice the one peg I stuck in there because I was bored.

This is the top part of the table completed (minus the plexiglass), before the legs or bottom were attached. As a side note, you can see that instead of butting the pieces of wood that make the sides, they were cut at a 45 angle so no grain would show up.

This is the almost finished inside of the box with the (new) fluorescent light attatched. The light has a little switch on the bottom, so a little slot of the masonite was cut out so I can reach up to turn it on and off. Because this table is less deep than the one in the original directions, we kind of improvised the supports for the pegboard, using little pieces of 1/4" masonite instead of 2x2s.

This is the box all done except for the painting. The legs are attached and everything. Now all that remains is to prime it and paint it. I'm going to paint it black, and I'll be sure to post a photo of it when I'm done.
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17  ex-parrot (painted shirt) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by frogz on: April 09, 2005 08:27:02 PM
I've been meaning to do this for a while. Being a huge Monty Python fan, yet lacking any clothing to show this to the world, I decided to remedy this problem. This is the norwegian blue, lovely bird, look at the plumage. I designed it in Illustrator, printed it, cut it out, roughly traced it and then painted it with acrylic paint (mixed with a fabric paint medium) The medium made the paint quite thin and rather transparent, which I somwhat fretted over at first. My answer to this problem was to paint white and then the blue over it, which is why there's a kind of mottled look to the parrot. Someone said that it looked like the Atticus logo, this was completely unintentional, but I think it's funny.

bad picture of it on me:

Nice closeup of the actual bird:
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18  frog chinese checkers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by frogz on: March 07, 2005 06:41:03 PM
This is a question about what to make out of the cute frog chinese checkers set I received for christmas. They're extremely cute, but I'm not much of a chinese checkers player.

The board looks like this:

and the individual pieces look like this:

I think the whole thing is really cute, and I'd like to find some way to display them somehow. Does anyone have ANY idea as to what I could make with them, or where I could put them to show them off. I'm open to any and all suggestions Smiley (anything's better than what they've been doing since christmas, which is just sitting unused in the box)
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19  Two shirt reconstructions in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by frogz on: March 02, 2005 03:31:46 AM
After looking through a lot of the posts in this section I got inspired to do some surgery myself.

This is the first shirt I made. It's a radiohead shirt that I couldn't resist buying, but was mightly too larger. I took in the seems, shortened the sleeves and then shortened the shirt itself (Oh, and my arm isn't dirty, those are bruises from sparring in tae kwon do)

This is the second shirt I made. I had a penpal in Korea while the world cup was going on a couple years ago and she sent me one of the shirts that all the fans of the korean team were wearing. It was sadly too big as well. I took in the seems, shortened the shirt, then shortened the sleeves and added the white cuffs.

Sorry that the photos are so small Sad
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20  red hot chili pepper in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by frogz on: August 04, 2004 08:02:10 AM
I was sitting at home one night and remembered that I have a huge bag of felt lying around. I was trying to think of something that I haven't seen before, and I finally came up with the idea of felt vegetables (with faces of course) Unfortunately when I retrieved my bag of felt, I realized that there weren't many good vegetable colours (but oh did I have a lot of blue) Anyways, I had just enough red to make a chili pepper (though I know those are technically fruit).

Since then I've also made an onion, parsnip (though it looks more like a white carrott), avacado, and green bell pepper. (I don't have pictures of them yet though)

Does anyone have any ideas of what I can make with the insane amounts of blue felt (two different colours even) It doesn't have to be more vegetables/fruit, it could be anything.
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