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51  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap vs. 4.O----Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: December 03, 2007 02:49:41 PM
I have my first card to add to the gallery - yay!

Here it is, "Bird #2" by Rackycoo.  I love it!  Is the image an Audubon bird?

Oh, and I have one more question: what did you use to make the dotted background?  I love the effect.

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52  Re: OTT 16 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: November 30, 2007 04:40:51 PM
Wow, I love everybody's stuff!  That tiny bowl is just amazing.  It's so neat to see all of the different things that everyone comes up with.

Now I have my own lovely tiny thing to add to the gallery - an adorable needlebook from Ondrayuh.  I love it!  It features two of my favorite things: contrast stitching and birds.  The design is gorgeous.

I was so excited to finally have a needlebook (I've been wanting one forever) that I immediately put some of my favorite needles inside.

Thanks again, Ondrayuh, it is perfect for me!
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53  Re: Cake Topper Woes in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Alli_Lucy on: November 11, 2007 09:25:16 AM
We couldn't find anything that seemed right, so we skipped the topper entirely:

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54  Re: Craft My Theme Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: November 09, 2007 03:59:53 PM
I received from PatriaE!  The timing couldn't have been better.  I had the longest and most horrible day yesterday, but opening my package made me feel so much better.

She chose my "vintage birds" theme.  Everything is perfect!

First up, there were goodies for my cat: catnip and an adorable felt bird stuffed with catnip.  It looked much nicer when it came out of the box.  From the looks of it, Caesar has been playing with it all day.

Action shot - "die, birdie, die!"

Next there was a lovely little journal.  The quote is by Victor Hugo: "Be as a bird perched on a frail branch she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings." 

Then an awesome ATC holder came out (greeted by squeals of excitement from me).  I had an ATC tin on my wists, but this one is so much better!  I love it.

Last, but certainly not least, was this completely amazing necklace.  PatriaE did some good stalking;  the style is perfect for me.  If I had seen this in someone else's post, I would have wisted it instantly.  I'm so happy that it is mine!

Yes, it is being modeled by a massive Tanqueray bottle.  It's been that sort of week.

Crummy action shot (wow, my room really looks like it has been hit by a tornado):

Thanks for the fabulous swap, PatriaE! 
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55  My first stencils - Robo-Saget! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: October 25, 2007 04:17:46 PM
Okay, so It's not really a robo-Saget; it's actually a robot on one shirt and Bob Saget on the other.  I just wanted a catchy title.

I am planning on making some stencilled shirts as Christmas gifts, but having never stenciled before, I figured I should practice first.  I made these two for my husband as trials, and I think they turned out fairly well.  He likes them, and I learned enough from making them that I now feel confident enough to stencil some gifts. 

Attempt #1 - "Crazy Robot Loves You"
I decided to start with a really simple design.  I love this wacky robot.  I want to make him into a rubber stamp.

Attempt #2 - "Stop Creeping Me Out, Bob Saget."
This one didn't turn out quite as well.  I was experimenting with using less paint, and learned from that experiement that more paint looks better.  That being said, I think the flash has made it look worse than it actually does; in real life, you can only see the variations in the black if you look closely.

Both stencils are from Stencilry.
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56  Decoupaged Box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: October 23, 2007 11:04:06 AM
I made this box for the "Craft my Theme" swap.  My partner's theme was religious icons, and I wanted to make a box that was reminiscent of an old icon covered in layers and layers of varnish.  You can't tell in the picture, but I applied a bunch of layers of modge podge and left the brush strokes obvious.  This was my first decoupage project in years (since childhood, actually), so I didn't really expect it to turn out as I saw it in my head.  I was pleasantly surprised when I was actually really happy with the end result!

Top of the box, with reproductions of an icon and a piece of an illuminated manuscript (sorry for the low quality pictures; they were taken at night):

Inside (the inside and outside bottom are lined in felt):

Closeup of the inside icon:

I think I might need to make another one for myself!
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57  Re: Craft My Theme Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: October 23, 2007 10:55:19 AM
Yay!  I'm so glad that you liked everything.  I was especially nervous about the cuff - I loved it, but I know that's not everyone's style.  The embellishments are vintage buttons and vintage gold silk thread.  The thread looks and feels gorgeous, but it was really tricky to stitch!  I'm also happy that you like the hankie.  I recently switched to them (to be more environmentally friendly) and now I'm in love.  Tissues always made my nose chapped, but hankies are much kinder to it.

Here are a couple more shots of the needle roll (it was my first, so I'm proud of it!).  I fell in love with this fabric as soon as I saw it and I wanted to do more with it, but I could only find one fat quarter online (it's a retired Alexander Henry print).  I used almost every bit for the roll, and the scrap went into the cuff.

Oh, and in case anyone couldn't figure it out, Cajunclover's theme was "Religious Icons."  At first I was going to do icons from various religions, but later I decided to keep it really unified and do all Christian icons (although I did use icons from various traditions).

Thanks for being my first swap partner!
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58  Peek-a-BOO in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Alli_Lucy on: October 01, 2007 04:08:20 PM
Here is my entry - "Halloween Voyeur"

and a detail:

I apologize for the quality of the photos - it's gloomy here and I had to use the flash (alas, I don't have a scanner).  I also seem to have taken the first one at an angle; I promise that it is actually a rectangle. 

My goal for this card was to transform cute vintage images into a mildly unsettling scene.  I think I succeeded in unsettling myself, at least!
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59  New Jersey Dress for Fall - *Edit* Now with Tutorial! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: September 16, 2007 02:38:03 PM
I have a party to go to tonight, but I woke up this morning and realized that the summery outfit I had planned wasn't going to work (basically, fall came overnight here).  So, I grabbed some bargain bin fabric and whipped this up this afternoon (okay, "whipped" is totally a lie; it took me all afternoon, one run to Jo Ann's for suitable ribbon, and even a few tears when I thought I had made an irreparable mistake while cutting).  This is the first thing I've designed and made myself, rather than following a pattern or someone else's tutorial.  I'm not a proficient sewer at all, so I'm really proud of it.  I only half believed it would turn out wearable.

The ribbon at the waist ties in a bow in back, the ribbon around the hem ties on the side (I feel like a present in it!).  You can wear the bodice one of three ways - with the straps tied low to make a sweetheart neckline (shown - this can be modified by fanning out the fabric over your shoulders to make cap sleeves), with the straps tied at the top of your shoulders to make a V neckline, or with the straps untied to make short sleeves.  Tonight I'm going to wear it with a thin cream sweater and brown tights underneath.  Toasty!

Comments would make my day!

*Edit Edit Edit*

Okay, here is the tutorial!  It really is very simple; I'm sure that a good seamstress could make it in no time at all.  This isn't exactly the way that I made mine, but this way should be easier and should make the final product look neater (I'm definitely going to make another version using this method).  Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions (FYI - In the pictures, red denotes the seam you are sewing, green denotes already-sewn seems, and blue denotes the ribbon).

To make this dress, you need:

For the bodice:
Four rectangles of fabric wide enough to cover half your chest, long enough to cover from the top of your shoulders to the bottom of your chest (dont forget seam allowances!). 

For the skirt:
Two rectangles of fabric four times as wide as each of the bodice rectangles, and long enough to cover from just under you chest to your knees (or however long you want it).

Also: Two pieces of 1.5 wide ribbon, one long enough to wrap around your chest and tie, one twice as long as one of the skirt rectangles.  One piece of 1 or 5/8 wide ribbon, long enough to run inside of the ribbon around the hem and tie into a bow (the same length plus a few inches would probably work). 

Plus, a few scraps of fabric for tying the straps.

To construct the dress:

1.  Sew two of the bodice rectangles together a few inches up the middle (I did 3.25).  Repeat with the other two.  Now you have the front and back of the bodice.

2.  Sew the bodice front to the bodice back by placing the pieces on top of each other (correct sides together) and stitching up each side a few inches (I did 3). 

3. Stitch across the top of the rectangles to make shoulder straps (but not all the way across, leave the two rectangles on the left separate from the two rectangles on the right, so that your head can go in between!).

Now you have your completed bodice.  Set it aside for a minute.

4. Put the two skirt rectangles correct side together, and stitch up both sides to make the skirt.

5. Okay, now it gets a little tricky.  You need to attach the skirt, which is twice as wide as the bodice, to the bodice.  I did this with lots of pins.  I pinned the center of the skirt to the center of the bodice, then the quarter marks of the skirt to the quarters of the bodice, and so on, until the entire skirt was gathered up under the bodice.  You can just stitch right on top of the gathers (you dont need to worry about matching correct sides), since the ribbon will cover any mess you make.

6.  Take the first piece of 1.5 wide ribbon.  Wrap it around the chest of the dress, covering the skirt/bodice seam.  You can either sew it all the way around (except a few inches in back to give yourself room to tie), or just tack it in a few places.  Whichever way you attach it, make sure it covers your entire seam.

7. Almost done!  Now, Take the other piece of ribbon.  Sew it around the bottom of the skirt.  Stitch along the top of the ribbon and the bottom of the ribbon to make a channel.  Make the two ends meet on the front right side of the skirt.  Run the narrow ribbon through the channel, pull it tight enough to make the skirt poofy, but still allow you to move, and tie it into a bow. 

8.  Wearing it as it is will give you the look of a V-neckline and short sleeves.  You can tie your scraps of fabric around the straps in different ways to achieve different looks (I described them above). 

Thats it!  Now go wear your cute new dress.

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60  Wine-fueled Card Making in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: September 12, 2007 07:43:03 PM
So I began the evening making perfectly ordinary notecards with some stamps I got this weekend.

Exhibit A: perfectly ordinary stamped notecard

Soon, under the influence of my husband and a glass of wine, chatspeak made an appearance:

And finally, it descended into all out 1337-speak

My husband thinks the inside of this should read, "I heard you got fired.  Sorry."

Well, it's always good to remember that these things shouldn't be taken too seriously  Tongue.
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