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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 3:10 to Yuma jacket (help please) 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!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Beach-y paperweight 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?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thundercats HOOO! 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
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Canvas totes (really img heavy) 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.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / _Really_ short notice wedding - help! on: November 20, 2007 05:37:37 PM
Ok, here's the situation: an ex-aunt of mine just called to invite me to her wedding - this Saturday!

I love this woman to bits, and I really want to show her my appreciation and respect, and especially the thoughtfulness of inviting me since we are no longer legal relatives.
So I wanted to giver her something, crafted or otherwise, but not only am I utterly clueless on what would be appropriate, I'm also juggling with the time factor - I'm swamped in college assignments, and the wedding is 3 days away.

So any help, any suggestion at all (minus knitting or crocheting, because I suck at it), would really mean a lot.

FYI, she's a modern woman in her early 40's, very hip, good humoured and kind, and runs (and cooks in) her own restaurant. The wedding in itself is a simple visit to the conservatory, followed by an intimate dinner at a restaurant.

Thank you all for your input, and I'm terribly sorry if this is not the appropriate section.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Retainer case - oh yes, another one of those 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!
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Alternative sole? on: November 04, 2007 10:46:29 AM
Hello all!

I've come up with an idea for some shoes, but, as expected, I'm having a serious issue with the planning of the making of sole.

I know most of you craft masters use car/motorbike tires, but I have neither the power tools to cut a tire nor the manual strength to stitch such a thick material.

So I'm trying to come up with alternatives. Of course ripping the sole from old shoes is definetly being considered, but I'd rather not waste stash on an experiment...

I've thought of rubber car rugs, what's your opinion? Any other suggestions?

All input is greatly appreciated  Wink
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Star Shaped Wall Picture Hanger 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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