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1  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!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Dog Food - Any Suggestions? on: March 21, 2008 07:23:17 PM

My puppy has lately been turned off tinned food. I used to feed him a brand called "All Natural" (the puppy one), and he wasn't so much a fan. So we got a few adult ones (more variety) and mixed it with the puppy food. He loved that for a few weeks. We've tried mixing the tinned with the dry (pedigree dry, as natural and puppy good as possible), and straight tinned meats, and even warming it up. But lately we've fed him just the tinned meat standard, and he's been throwing up his food on and off (than eating it later - I don't always know he's done it!!)... I will be taking him to the vet if this doesn't clear up within the next few weeks.

But anyway - my partner threw in some tinned tuna the other day with the dry food and some tinned meat, and he loves it! Polished off the bowl, and wanted more. And because his stomach has been so upset lately, we tried switching to another brand, My Dog, which his stomach doesn't like even more. And he won't eat it unless he's really, really, really hungry. So, I've started cooking rice for him, sometimes with Tuna, sometimes with Vegetables, and he loves it! (I boil the rice, add some cooked vegetables, wait for it to cool down, than bon appetite!! And the Tuna is always drained and rinsed.)

So I was curious - although this has been really long winded - if you cook food for your favouritist friend, what do you cook? I'm thinking of changing to food I cook myself, I don't trust most dog food brands (I don't eat from a can!!), and I would like to make sure that what my puppy gets is good for him. And, I can change his diet quickly enough if he doesn't like one or more types of food.

Your thoughts??

(There is so many sites on the internet about one way or the other, it's difficult to sort through. But I will confirm everything with my vet, don't worry!)
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Tiles upon Tiles... on: March 06, 2008 06:35:56 PM
I'm about to come into many, many tiles. I work at an architectural company, and I'm cleaning out the sample room, and they said - throw away all the tiles. And when I say tiles, I mean marble, granite, a couple of standard white ones, but mostly all natural colours, and high class expensive ones. And beautiful. And when I say many tiles, I mean if they were stacked up, they'd be about 1-2 metres worth.

I'll post some pictures when I get them tomorrow.

But what I want to know is - what to do with them? These aren't little 1cmx1cm (though there is a small box full of them), most are large one like 6x6, 10x10, 15x15, and even some larger 45x45.

There is mosaic, but I wasn't sure about breaking these up (some are quite thick, could lose the polished look), they're too big in general to mosiac with (unless I did the side of a building??). But - something has to be done. They are Fantastic. What are your crafty thoughts people?

(also, on a side note, there are also carpet samples. If anyone can suggest something to do with them - that would be great!!)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sealing a Signed Shirt - How?? on: March 05, 2008 02:31:52 AM
I went to a Music Festival on Monday - and managed to get my favourite band to sign one of ther merc shirts!! Woo!

Anyway - how do I seal it? I'm pretty sure it's all permanent marker, but just to make sure... Some of the signage is on the print, and the material is 100% Cotton (very comfy).

Should I worrry, not wash it, seal it, or not worry??
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Need to Remove Machine Embroidery!! on: February 26, 2008 08:37:02 PM
I got these work shirts (cotton/polyester, slight stretch) about a month before I left the job (that was silly of me!!).

But I find the shirts very, very comfortable, and want to wear them to my new job. Any suggestions on removing/hiding machine embroidery? The logo is about 6cm x 2cm, and I've tried picking it, but it doesn't seem to work. I was at it for about an hour, and although I'd cut a lot, none of the other threads would move.

I'm a receptionist, so whatever I end up doing, it has to look professional. I was going to make some new shirts, but I don't have cash for pretty silks just yet.

Any suggestions??
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pencil cartoon of my Puppy, Ludo on: February 15, 2008 11:10:36 PM
Hello All!!

I don't think I've ever posted a topic in here... But anyway, I drew this because I want a big painting to put at the end of my hallway, something I'd done myself. And, my painting and drawing skills are nothing to rembrandt and others, so I go cartoon. Smiley

Here is my Puppy - Ludo!! Yes, from the Labrynth.. Smiley

He's a Staffy puppy, about 4 months old. The cutest markings! I'm thinking of either a black and white, or a hot colour like Lime Green and cream... But I haven't decided yet. I'll keep thinking.

Any comments appreciated!!!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Green Diary of Everything! (Image Heavy, some Adult Content) on: February 05, 2008 04:54:12 AM
Hello, and Welcome to my First Challenge!

Today we have in our spotlight a diary created by me! My resolution was to do many things, craft more, exercise more, do well at school, organise my time better, be a happier person... And this diary helps me do all that!!

I wanted to keep track of everything - my dreams, my emotions, my aches and pains, my sex life, my dog, my water and food intake, pretty much the lot. And this is what I came up with. Smiley

The cover - All green and furry. Very welcoming. Smiley

The inside cover.

The pictoral legend, so I don't have to keep writing and taking up precious space.

My resolutions - there are many! But my camera didn't want to focus, so some are design and create, exercise, yoga, swimming, knit a jumper, do well at uni, etc.

My Year Planner - so I know I'm not overloading. Smiley

My Diary in action!

These go at the bottom of the page, to make sense of the scribbles. That physical wellbeing, my dog, my fruit, vege and water intake, and my happiness quota!

And I have lots of blank pages at the end for dreams, diaries, collages, inspirations and whatever else I fancy!!!

Thanks for looking! This is going to help me SO much!
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Fluffy Yellow and Purple Boots! on: December 26, 2007 12:48:16 AM
I made these for my littlest sister for Christmas, but I made them two weeks apart, so they're odd. I stole some basic ideas from https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21339.0, otherwise, I made it up on the spot. They have about the length of a hand palm of stuffing in the bottom, so they're all squishy inside.

What do you think? The bottom is made out of pleather, and it was a bum using the sewing machine to sew a 90deg oval, especially with all the fur, but I think they turned out quite well. And, my sister liked them.  Cheesy
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Fake Dreads! on: December 25, 2007 06:57:09 PM
Hi there!

I recently made these for my mother and my little sisterfor Christmas. I got the tut from this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149453.0

My mother has the turquoise ones, my sister the brown ones.

Sorry about the angles and the neck twisting.

I changed some changes to rock_goddess's tut though - I tried tieing them onto elastic, but it was too heavy, so I cut the elastic, and sewed it onto a headband. Makes it a little tricky to put them on if you're not careful, but they still look great, and they don't feel like they'll fall off or anything.

Also, when I was knotting them, I started on my mum's just knotting the ends. Then I realised that made lot of little sticky up bits, and unneccesary mess, so I changed to knotting it in half on the elastic.

If I was to do it again, I would think about knitting it through a beany or head piece, rather than a headband as it can slide to the side and show your own hair... But twisting it up onto your head is pretty cool too.

Thanks for looking!!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Full Size Doll! (Christmas Present for Boyfriend) on: December 17, 2007 07:12:45 PM
Well, my boyfriend likes to cuddle cushions. And gets a little grumpy if I'm not there to cuddle. So - to give me some free crafting time, I made him this doll! She's supposed to look like me (but definatly does not have my body or my face - I wouldn't want to be replaced...)

In the box - ready for my boyfriend to unwrap on christmas day!

No face for her. Partly because I don't trust my art skills, and partly because I think it looks cooler.

A slightly better view (or worse?). Her thighs aren't nearly as thick as I wanted them to be, but maybe I placed them wrong.

I got the tut from this website - http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/girldoll/ - with many, many thanks to beandip for finding it for me!

Maybe I'll make another one day.
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