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701  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: queen anne lace scarf in sidar babytbamboo on: September 05, 2008 11:40:08 AM
Ooooh, that is gorgeous -love the lacy pattern!!
702  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / "I like you America" Gun Cozy on: September 05, 2008 11:33:25 AM
So it looks like I'll have to be the one to go there...  Wink

First off, this is my first project ever posted on Craftster, but I've been lurking and enjoying all the creative people for some time now. This challenge struck me because I just recently purchased my first handgun. Please understand that I'm not a crazy gun person; I'm a white, rural-CA-dwelling, violence and crime disdaining, 32-year-old woman who had never fired a gun before taking a handgun safety class earlier this year. I was quite pleased that I'm a bit of a "natural" and completely LOVE target shooting on the range!

Anyway, I thought for sure someone else would do a gun cozy! The few I googled were knitted and more pocket-like, but I wanted something a little different...

First I started with a literal scrap of this amazing fabric I found in a bin of clothes in the reuse-recycle area of our dump. How great is this?!

From there I traced my shiny new Glock 19 to create a pattern blank which I can use for many types of "cozies."

Close-up of the pattern with my notations...

I wanted something that revealed a bit of what was in it, for textural and visual contrast, and I also wanted to be able to use it while the gun was locked. A bit of the irony is due to the fact that when the cozy is on the gun is almost completely inoperable.  Wink

And then there's the whole message on the fabric! How can that not impart irony?! Actually, I've learned that it can go a few ways -my intention was to have the cozy almost be like a straightjacket that says, in effect, "thank you for keeping me safe" while rendering the gun useless. Other people I've shown it to have read it as being pro-gun and pro-America (which it IS, but...). BAH! We're not here for politics, bring on the craft!!

After several hours sewing tiny seams and hand-tacking rick-rack...

Snaps in the back...

(They're "antiqued," not cracked!  Grin)

Fully functional snaps, at that!

The right side has the same message...

The all-important open area for the chamber...

And with the slide unlocked -much more familiar looking...

Ready to go to the range! Can't wait to hear what they'll say when they see this...   Roll Eyes

I'm looking forward to making many more of these -fleece, lace, vinyl, the possibilites are endless!!

(And I do hope this post doesn't spark controversy. I know guns, gun safety, and gun rights are generally touchy issues, but let's focus on the silly cozy, okay?)
703  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A few dressesand a prom dress! on: September 04, 2008 03:44:33 PM
That's a really cute dress in white, but WOW, it's FABULOUS with the added color and sparkle!! Great work!
704  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: always fresh egg(s) cozy on: September 03, 2008 02:52:33 PM
XD Adorable!!!
705  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Flight of the Conchords fans? on: September 03, 2008 02:33:12 PM
OMG, love the tiny Nana! (and FOTC!!)
706  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: dumb and dumber on: September 03, 2008 02:18:32 PM
Awesome! Great quote and fabulous technique!
707  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: King of the Zombies/Shaun of the Dead Sampler on: September 03, 2008 02:16:58 PM
Great job on a great quote from a great movie!  Grin
708  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Less Scrappy purple/Pink cotton candy skirt *EDIT* More Pix on: September 03, 2008 11:25:16 AM
I LOVE the extra close-ups -such fabulous free-form stitching, lace, and fabric! AMAZING!!
709  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wahoo a skirt! (img 3) on: September 02, 2008 12:24:45 PM
Nice! Great use of some LOVELY fabric!
710  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: *updatedapril12completed bracelets* first freeform peyote attempt (image hea on: September 02, 2008 12:23:48 PM
Wow, those are really amazing -I love the variety of colors, sizes, and shapes!
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