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1  Busted Guitar to new planter in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mistress_rissa on: March 25, 2008 12:34:52 PM
So I've had the idea that a guitar would be an awesome planter for a long time now.  I just had to be patient and wait til my BF broke his. 

If you want a before pick, just think of what a guitar looks like as the damage was in the back.  Got it?  Good.

I got some vinyl, (you know, the kind grandma has on the sofa) cut out the guitar shape and sewed it on my machine.  Then i went back and sealed all the seams with some plumbers glue. (I had a picture but clear vinyl doesn't show up well on camera.)  I stuffed the whole piece down the center hole in the guitar and using a dowel rod opened the piece back up.  Filled it with potting soil and re-potted a plant.


Once the plant grows a little I'm going to put in guitar strings and train it up the neck of the guitar.

Thank for looking!
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2  Re: Something to B*tch About Swap (aka The Deb Stoller Swap) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mistress_rissa on: March 10, 2008 05:02:59 PM
I got Designvigilante's package today too!  I got an awesome striped ear flap hat, (perfect for cold Boston weather) and a happy springy scarf which goes with just about everything I own!!  The pictures aren't the best (it's a combo of needing to clean the mirror and get a new camera) but I really just want to put them up NOW!  I'll get some better ones up when someone who can take my picture comes home.  An without further ado....

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3  Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times Clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mistress_rissa on: March 10, 2008 06:19:55 AM
So, let's see, about a year ago I got the fun job of cleaning out the storage room at my office.  Luckily, anything that we weren't keeping, I got to take home, paper, a paper cutter, random computer parts and this empty film canister.  I knew I wanted to make it into a clock but between waiting for clock parts at the arts & crafts store and all the other project it fell by the wayside. 


The label was really easy to get off as it was really brittle and I just washed the whole thing with alcohol before putting on the modge podge. 

I settled on an image from the Charlie Chaplin movie, "Modern Times"  thinking it would be reminiscent of early hollywood (even though it is the Chaplin 'talkie') and a revelant bit of social commentary.


Sorry about the glare.  I couldn't get the image to show up without the flash!

Thanks for looking!
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4  Mary poppins bottomless messenger bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mistress_rissa on: March 04, 2008 11:51:45 AM
So my fav red plaid bag finally wore out. (it got a hole.) so I was forced to make a new one.  This one is made out of some corduroy that I'll eventually make pants out of and the lining is leftover flannel.  It's wider on the bottom then the top which makes it seem bottomless!  I've been carrying all the usual purse crap, (wallet, sunglasses, moleskin, pens etc) my lunch, and my hard copy of War and Peace around in it and there is still room!!  Oh and on the side I sacrificed one of my old club shirts and made a cup holder.

Under the hood...

and the zipper works!!

View of the bottomless pit....

Action shot!

Thanks for looking!
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5  A trio of (not-your-grandma's) vests in Knitting: Completed Projects by mistress_rissa on: February 21, 2008 06:04:31 AM
So obviously I did not just finish all of these projects, I've just forgotten to post 'em.

The first one is the Swizzle vest from Domiknitrix.  While I do love the vest, (it looks great on, is warm and was fairly easy to knit) I am disappointed in the book in general.  There are erroneous mistakes in the patterns and last night when I when to start the last pattern in the book (elfin bride/Gothlet), surprise! the pattern was never PRINTED.  Just the pattern intro and pictures of the finished product.  Honestly, ever hear of an editor?? 

Sorry about the rant...

This next one was taken from a Urban outfitters sweater I had bought forever ago.  I used manos of Uruguay and knit in the round for both the tank part and the arm warmers.  The armwarmer have thumb holes so you can wear them down on your hand or up on you elbows.  I call it the pitless sweater...

This last one was also my own design, I was origionally trying to make a deep v-neck vest, then didn't pay attention to what I was doing and wound up with a standard one.  I used Cascade and a very funky art yarn knitted together.

Here is an up close of the colors:

Thanks for looking at the vests and my bathroom!
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6  Burda Vanessa and Harlequin mod-skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mistress_rissa on: February 07, 2008 12:47:01 PM
Here are two skirts that I've finished within the past year. 

The Burda one is from the Vanessa Pattern, and i must say had to be taken in considerably.  I like the fabric cos it looks like a sick chameleon.  It's a yellow ochre back ground with hot pink polka dots.  So wrong and yet so right!

This one is from a simplicity pattern (I went to look for the number but apparently put the pattern package somewhere "safe.")  Sigh.  Anyhow, its made out of some remainder cotton from the quilters bin and since I cut 8 inches off the bottom of the skirt, actually comes above my knee!!! 

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7  Oil Slick dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mistress_rissa on: February 01, 2008 01:51:01 PM
I bought this fabric because it looks like the oil sheen floating on top of water in sunny parking lots.  Once making the dress I was reminded of summer of vineyards.  Oh well, win some lose some.....

I used Vogue pattern V8185 and eliminated the bit about the boning in the corset.  Instead I fused interfacing on the lining and wrong side of the fabric.  Way more comfortable then spiky bits o' plastic (or whale). I also only made two ruffles instead of three since Im a little short and dresses and skirts past the knees make you look even shorter.  And without further ado.....

Man I need some sun......
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8  Purple wool and snot fur skirt. Hideously beautiful! in Knitting: Completed Projects by mistress_rissa on: January 27, 2008 09:22:56 AM
So i made this skirt out of the knitwit book.  I'm kind of on the fence about how i feel about it.  On one hand, i love the uniformity of the stitches and the green and purple contrast.  However, worsted wool does nothing flattering for the hips and thighs.  I feel a little strange wearing it but I'm so damn proud of it.    I'm considering frogging it and making it a purple cardigan with the fur on the cuffs....  What do you guys think?

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9  Mini Skully baby-doll dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mistress_rissa on: January 27, 2008 09:05:07 AM
Please ignore the death pale skin.  It's the winter camo for hiding naked in snowbanks.   

So I got this tank top for $2 clearance at H & M last fall.  I loved the print but it was a little too snug around the middle once i washed it.  I added some strips of the skirt fabrc under the arms to make the whole thing wider to accommodate the girls. 

however, addng the extra pieces made the straps too long, so i shortened them and added the little black scrunchy to cover the seam.

I had few yards of heavy jersey fabric left over from another project and simply cut it to make an A line skirt seamed it, and sewed it the cropped tank.  Then I added the pocket to hold important things like my i-pod. 

The SO says the dress looks like it was made by violent hippy....

Thanks for looking.
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10  stripey wool jumper in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mistress_rissa on: November 30, 2007 06:11:19 PM
So I saw this cute little wool jumper in a boutique on my way into Harvard Square one Saturday.  It was really simple and A lined with no embellishments.  It was  also $200 dollars.  I thought to myself, "Self, you can make a much better version of this dress and add all sort of interesting things to it."  Plus all the material wass stashed.  The wool from my grandma when she cleaned out her sewing room and the satin leftover from a cape a made a few years back.  And without further ado:

Sorry, I take crap-tacular pictures....

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