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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: Red Amphibious Party Dress (of Shame?) on: October 09, 2008 07:53:58 PM
I did plan to go to the beach, to emphasise the amphibious nature - but it was cold, and my friend only had limited time. And Sweeney Todd was on.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Stencilled crow shirt - my very first stencil/topic! on: October 08, 2008 12:20:46 AM
Great Stencilling!!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: Red Amphibious Party Dress (of Shame?) on: October 07, 2008 10:13:47 PM
btw .. my 5yo is Rhiannon also Shocked)


My step-sister is Rhiannon, I knew a Rhiannon at Primary School, was friends with a Rhiannon at High School, met a Rhiannon at a Hot Dog Stand, and saw a girl wearing a leavers jumper (with Rhiannon on the back) walking down the road near my house.

I swear, they pop up everywhere!

Though, most I know of were named after the Fleetwood Mac song. However, I am Rhiannon Sarah, named after 2 Fleetwood Mac songs!! Cheesy

I think your daughter is very lucky to have been named after such a beautiful song. Unless it was after the Welsh Goddess, in which case I still think she is lucky. It's a beautiful name. Smiley
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: Red Amphibious Party Dress (of Shame?) on: October 07, 2008 05:46:51 PM
Thankyou! I'm really happy with how it turned out. Smiley
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Red Amphibious Party Dress (of Shame?) on: October 05, 2008 12:10:44 AM
Supermarket Sacrilege The Red Amphibious Party Dress (of Shame?)

I had many ideas for this challenge. There was a flappers dress made out of popcorn, a mini dress made from burger rings, a ra ra skirt made out of lettuce, and a mesh shirt made from bottletops and strawberries.
But, I wanted something full on, crazy, something no one thought to do. I dont think I achieved that, but I love the simplicity in the final product, so Im happy. If you would like more pictures (and I have lots!), visit my Facebook (Ive made the photo album public, so anyone should be able to view.) http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=36526&l=c14ee&id=620791877
Ta Da! I calls it The Red Amphibious Party Dress. What else could possibly describe this little baby? Nothing! Cheesy What is a dress without a fantastic name?

So, I went to the shop, and bought my materials.

My original plan was a sexy red party dress, with an enormous crazy red patchwork skirt, frogs on the bodice, and bottlecaps for sound effects. I started to shape the dress.

I created the skirt.


The dogs than ate some of my materials, and made the floor in my messy, messy study smell like port wine jelly crystals and paprika. Im sure they had a great time eating all that. Sigh.
I attempted to dye the poplin I had lying around with the Fire Engine Red food dye and the Red Cordial. My hands became very, very red. I was sure it would stick. To be sure, I left them to soak overnight. But alas it washed out . Almost completely. You couldnt even tell Id let them soak in anything. So I rubbed what Paprika I had left into the material strips. Which just created encrusted, slightly yellow material.
I gathered what little creative energy I had left, and made an enormous tube of white poplin that I could than gather onto the bodice as a skirt to place over the orange garbage bags. I figured I could sew the bottle caps onto the skirt to look like polka dots, but to keep within the red theme I painted them red. No biggy. However, I ran out of creative get go. So I threw my hands up in the air, got grumpy, and ignored the project for a week or two.
When I got back to it, which was a day or two before the end date, I was encouraged and inspired by my fellow craftsters, and sewed the skirt onto the bodice. Now, it looked like a dress. A wearable dress. I started to sew the bottle tops on, and it looked bad. Really blah. So I dropped that idea, and just began on the froggy bodice.

A few hours, and very sore fingers later, Id completed the bodice, created the bow, and was all ready to head out for pictures. But I needed just the right place.
The Playground. The next morning, my friend and I headed out down the road to take some fun pictures. The dress decided not to fit me anymore, and it kept threatening to come off and bare my shame. But, the playground is the best place to take pictures!

That last picture is my partner proving the frogs are edible. Smiley

Thus the dress was made out of:
2 Packets of "Frogs Alive" (Jelly Frogs) - used to decorate the bodice
1 bag of Garbage Bags (had 3 large garden sized bags in the pack) - used to add volume to the skirt,the ties were used to create the bow, and some extra bag was used to make the flower.
About 3 or so metres of poplin (not purchased from the supermarket)
So, although my original list was $17.91ish, I only used about $5 or $8 of materials. Smiley

Smiley Hope you like it! I think the most fun I had was taking the pictures. Smiley Don't forget to vote!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: The 1950s Just Got Sweeter. on: October 02, 2008 06:21:30 AM
I like it! Great idea!!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: JEANNIE'S GETTING MARRIED IN THE MORNING on: October 02, 2008 04:21:19 AM
I like the dress - nicely made!

Though, I especially love the background scenery!! Couldn't get much more Australian than that!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Half of my face is paralyzed: I knit an eye patch! Also, Talk Like A Pirate Day! on: September 18, 2008 12:20:31 AM
One of my girlfriends got Bells Palsy in high school, she also, did not get an awesome eyepatch. So I love your eyepatch!! And that it is weighted, and doesn't have snappy elastic. Nicely done!!
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #31 - Supermarket Sacrilege - Due Oct 1 - Oct 5 2008 on: September 17, 2008 07:31:04 PM
Oh... My dogs got to some of my ingredients. I have Jelly Crystals and Paprika all over my study floor.


No matter - I will prevail!!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Flying tofu variation on: September 11, 2008 09:49:42 PM
These are awesome!!
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