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1  Re: small bust, big everything else. Need help.. in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Sofiushka on: July 28, 2009 04:07:14 AM
I have to agree with Nostrum, that pinstripe blouse is the one that looks best on you. It looks pretty gorgeous, in fact. I am a pear shape myself, and what I've found over the years is that the best look you can get is the one that emphasizes the bosom. That's exactly what makes the pinstripe blouse work so great - the frills on the chest ans puffy sleeves balance out the rest of the body.

Something that has also worked for me is patterns. I now try to stay away from plain colour, at least on the front. Patterning helps a lot in defining shape, you can start with simpler prints in soft colours if you're nervous about it, but I personally like to go with bold patterns in bright colours  Wink

Another great thing for us pears are the loose V-necked empire waist shirts, like this one, from Macy's:

I was really happy when I found this worked for me, because dresses shaped like this also look really good on us! I never wore any skirts because I felt like a hot air balloon in them, but I can wear these dresses and feel like a princess! You should give it a go  Cheesy
Stay away from over-exposed shoulders. Personally, the thinnest I'll go is the cap sleeve, if by any chance I have to go strapless, I wear a shrug.

You have a really beautiful facial structure, and if you want to keep the length, try layering and a side swept bang to frame you pretty face and have instant and effortless sexyness!

Please forgive my intrusion, these are merely my two cents based on my personal experience.  Smiley
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2  Re: Stargate Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sofiushka on: July 21, 2009 04:40:25 AM
I just got my cool swag from RikaHeart! Check out the goodies:

Here's some ingenuity for you - she took a pair of potholders and turned them into the stargates' event horizon! The rim and chevrons are felt and they're really chunky and cool.

She also made me a set of four double sided bookmarks, each with a quote from one of the four original main characters, and a chevron and stargate charms for me to colour as I wish.

Next up, a set of six DHD dialer coasters and polyclay glyph pins that will go on my cork board straight away.

And these are some amazing old drawings Daniel brought back from his adventures with Teal'C. I wish I could hang stuff on my walls, because these would look so awesome framed, but since I can't, I might turn them into super awesome journal covers.

Thanks so much, RikaHeart!
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3  Re: Language Learner swap: Gallery of Lingual Delights in The Swap Gallery by Sofiushka on: June 22, 2009 12:18:48 PM
I have received, huzzah! And it looks like I'll be making the official pictorial inauguration, so take a deep breath and put on your solemn faces as I cut the red ribbon on the gallery.


Ok, on with the show!

hollywood suicide was a great partner, she sent me some really cool goodies! Her language for me was Swedish.

First up, some Swedish recipes that seem amazing:

hollywood suicide wrote the ingredients in Swedish and the instructions in English and included a list with the translations. I can't wait for the weekend, I want to try and make those, they look so good!

Next up, a pair of Richard Scarry's children picture books (please excuse the glare):

I love kid's picture books, they're a great learning tool - I've already learned a few words!  Grin

There's another great item she sent, a Winnie the Pooh dvd! It has Swedish dub and/or subs, so I can watch it with subs while still learning, and when I'm more confident, I can watch it dubbed:

The creature there is Mr. Felix, who believes it is his right to sit on whatever I place on the bed.
Pictured also are a very thoughtful postcard, chocolate and some pretty crazy candy. I have no idea what that is, but it's good! It tastes kinda salty at first, but then it gets sort of like licorice.

A group shot, sans monsieur le chat:

And that's it!

Thank you so much, hollywood suicide, you were great  Wink
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4  Re: Doctor Who and Spin Offs Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sofiushka on: March 19, 2009 06:27:57 AM
Squeee! My turn, my turn!

I got my package today and I couldn't be happier! Harvey, you're the best!

So let's start with a pic of the whole shebang:

Of course, Felix the cat had to shove his head on the coffee cup cozy as soon as he saw it.

Look at the pretty pretty dalek! Isn't it adorable?
The binder is dark blue (of course!) collaged with Who images on both sides:

There's Ianto and Jack, toony Ten, all the companions up to Rose in a really funny cartoon, everyone's favourite windup villains, and, of course, the Nine in all his Ninyness glory.

And on the back, the police box sign, a mugshot line up of all the Doctors and, on the top right corner, a Cyberman. An iCyberman. I lolled my head off at that one.
The inside of the binder, is decorated with a pretty lace trim, and the letter Madame de Pompadour wrote to the Doctor! In english and french!

Next up, the adipose!

He's just so cute! Look at the itty bitty beady eyes! And the little mouth! Plus, his arms are jointed, how sweet is that?

Then, there's this pretty cool Tardis bag...

It has a sort of squarish shape, so it's perfect to carry my books in! I commute, so I always have a book or two with me.
Speaking of books, Harvey sent me a Torchwood audio book, read by none other than The Captain. Good Lord, how I squealed. Because you see, you can't find Doctor Who/Torchwood merchandise here. Ever. Nowhere. Not even a pencil or a keychain or a pair of socks, let alone books or cds. So this was a pretty awesome goodie.
And since we're on the merchandise topic, check this out:

A tin with Rose and Ten on their 50's get-up! And I thought it was an official Who product until I noticed the lacey trim on the top, that is the same Harvey used inside the binder. Harvey, you made this, didn't you? It's amazing! What skills, woman!
As a bonus, the back has my favourite Ten moment: Ten and the 3D glasses  Grin

Goofiest. Doctor. Ever.

As a bonus, she also sent me an angel and a dalek paper models to build, a pin with the Australian flag (pretty sweet!) AND chocolates with australian animals. I already ate the two Bilbys  Embarrassed

All in all, Harvey made my day in a most wonderful fashion. I don't think I can ever thank her enough!  Cheesy

Oh, I forgot to mention - the back of the package had a stencilled print of Nine (the same as Harvey's avatar). Unfortunatly, the postal dude that delivered it thought it best to stamp and sign all over Nine's face...  Roll Eyes
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5  3:10 to Yuma jacket (help please) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Sofiushka on: February 22, 2008 08:26:00 AM
I just loved the jacket Ben Foster wears as Charlie Prince in 3:10 to Yuma, and seriously want one for myself.

It's this one:

Can anyone tell me the name of this type of jacket, or where I can find a similar pattern? Its double breasted, and the back has some sort of princess-y seams. The sleaves are very slightly puffed on the shoulder.

Thanks for the help!
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6  Beach-y paperweight in Completed Projects by Sofiushka on: February 01, 2008 10:33:49 AM
So one day, for no reason in particular, I made this:

In an old cellphone box, I put some white aquarium pebbles, topped with some tiny shells, bigger ones and that cute red starfish and then soaked it all with huge amounts of white glue.
The glue worked pretty great, it held everything together so far (it's been a couple of years) and provided a smooth and shiny layer for it all, without loosing any of the natural texture.

What do you think?
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7  Thundercats HOOO! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sofiushka on: February 01, 2008 10:23:23 AM
So what do you get when you cross an old black t-shirt, weird red stretchy jeans and 80's fandom?

That's right - a Thundercats t-shirt!

As modeled by Bed.

Excuse the low quality on this photo, but it was the closest I could take. I swear it doesn't look this bad in real life.  Embarrassed

So what I did was google a Thundercats logo, print it, cut it on the red jeans and then sewing it all on the t-shirt.
It wasn't hemmed or serged, the stretchiness of the jeans should be enough to prevent excess fraying, but still allow it to some extent for a cool vintage-y/worn out look.

It has a few flaws (sewing stretchy fabrics kills me!) but I love it all the same  Grin
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8  Canvas totes (really img heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sofiushka on: November 25, 2007 04:59:54 PM
These are oldish, I made them this summer. They were a pain in the butt,  but fun too, so I have this love-hate relationship with them  Tongue

I handpainted and sewed all of them, they're your basic rectangle-sewed-in-half sort of bag, so nothing fancy there.

Here they are, in all their splendor...ish:

The "Hawaii"

Took me all day to make those damned lines! >_<' I had to use tape because I can't freehand straight lines even if the fate of the world depended on it -_-' And I promise it looks a lot better live than in the picture.

The "Moulin Rouge"

The only thing painted on is the red background. All the black trimmings are either lace (a different type for the top, bottom, and stripes) or satin ribbon (the narrower trimming the top lace, the medium on the bottom lace and the wider on the crossed pattern on the middle).
I truly enjoyed making this one because a) I really love corsets, b) I love sewing and c) it turned out really great.

The "Die Blumen"

This one's my favourite.
Firstly, I painted the drawing in black, to become the background shadow, and then overlayed with golden paint.
The text simply says "the flowers" in german (or so I was told  Tongue ).

The "Maat"

I think this one might have been the most complex.
Because I'm clinically insane, I decided to make it the most accurate as possible, in comparison with the original.
Obviously, I cheated a bit along the way and took some artistic liberties regarding color. The face didn't turn out that well, either, since the image I had wasn't big enough, so the whole thing had to be freehanded.
But I assure you those are the correct hieroglyphs, and that's something I'm really proud of. Well, at least I proved to be a very patient and persistent person... -_-'

On a side not, Maat (pronounced Muh-at) is the Egyptian Goddess of justice and law, and also in charge of the changing of the seasons and of the stars. Her image would be depicted on sarcophagi for the protection of the dead (the deceased wold have his heart weighted on a scale before Osiris, against a feather that represented Maat. If the heart was heavier than the feather, it would be eaten and the deceased would be damned).
The original image where this part has come from also includes on the right the Goddess Isis, sitting, and the God Horus leading Queen Nefertari, wife of Ramses, to them, and it can be found on her tomb in the Queen Valley.

The "Flowery"

Boy, this one was annoying.

It consists on painted flowers that then were embroidered over with a contrasting colour. All of that embroidering took me a day and a half to complete, but it turned out kinda cute in the end.

The "Matryoshka"

Well, it just had to be done, didn't it? :p

Actually, I was lacking ideas but wanted to do something with strong colours and that didn't take me too long, so the matryoshka came along. She's really cute. Unfortunately, as I was painting with my mp3 on, one of the ear phones fell and did that little black paint-dragging-mark   Embarrassed

On top, it's written "Matryoshka" in cyrilic characters.
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9  Retainer case - oh yes, another one of those in Completed Projects by Sofiushka on: November 14, 2007 03:55:42 PM
Eh, I guess any crafty fellow that wears a retainer eventually is faced with a choice: should I use the ugly retainer case that I got (which is probably some horrid shade of orange, teal or green) or should I put to use my mad crafting skillz and pimp it up?

Well, I obviously went for the latter.

Mine was the least bad of the three I was given to choose - between this really weird pale teal, a pasty green and a dark blue, I went for the blue.

Of course, when I got home, that thing started to look more and more like my grandma's 70's tupperwares.

So I got to work and here's the result of a very laborious weekend:

Here's how I did it:
- A coat of nail polish
- A coat of white acrylic paint
- Modge podged a cow print paper tissue
- Painted over the tissue with black and white acrylic
- A coat of modge podge for colour locking and extra shininess

The inside is not very exciting, just a coat of black nail polish and a coat of modge podge.

Now it's fit to be seen!
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10  Star Shaped Wall Picture Hanger in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sofiushka on: October 28, 2007 10:43:00 AM
Hey everyone!

I'm really excited about sharing this with you. This weekend I made this picture hanger for my bedroom wall, using bamboo sticks that were leftover some bamboo curtains that were too long, and a fuzzy yarn I bought but never could figure out what to do with it.

Check it out! (yes, I know, it got a little crooked  Tongue )

Aaaand... mandatory action shot!

The pictures were laminated and held with tiny wooden clothes pins.

And a tutorial! In pdf format because I'm that cool.

Tell me what you think!
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