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51  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first-ever recon - PREPARE YOURSELF FOR ZIM!!! on: December 19, 2007 01:29:54 PM
Be nice - I've never had to take pictures of a shirt while it was on me. Cheesy

This started out huge and cost me a buck at a garage sale.
I bought it when I had first found Craftster, so I was like "yeah! I can make this smaller! I have the technology!". Surprisingly, it wasn't that hard.

Me trying to get a picture of the whole shirt in one of my roommates' mirrors. It turned out blurry, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the fit of the shirt. It looks a little small since when I reconned it like a year ago I was a 36C and now I'm a 34D.  Embarrassed

A somewhat decent picture of the graphic on the shirt and the neckline. I don't really glow in the dark, my camera just has a bad flash and I'm pale.

A picture of under my arm. Cheesy I wanted to show off the neat stitching (I impressed myself for my first time on a sewing machine) and also the awesome fact that the neon green (!!!) thread I used kind of peeks through the seam since it obviously doesn't blend. I just noticed the original arm seams don't match up, but, erm...I don't care.

A picture of my favorite part of the shirt - I screwed up that side and was just like "meh, some safety pins will fix it". Unintentionally punk. Cheesy The back isn't normally flipped up like that, it just does that sometimes.

And a picture of my awesome belt, 'cuz I CAN. Cheesy

Thanks for looking! You guys are awesome at what you do and I am honored to be posting on this board.
52  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Go on, call me an idiot... on: December 17, 2007 02:19:50 PM
...but how do you line a bag with fabric?  Embarrassed

All the bags I have made have been with Capri-Sun pouches or condom packages or similiar materials, so I don't *have* to line them and, um, don't.

However, now I'm going to try to make a little bag for guitar bits and pieces for my brother (probably out of fabric or even possibly out of a Capri-Sun pouch, who knows) and I'd really like to line it with soft fabric so that the pieces don't get damaged.

Is there an "Idiot's Guide to Lining Bags" out there? Can someone explain this to me?

Ha, I feel dumb.
53  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Emo-kid brother gift brain blockage. on: December 17, 2007 02:12:21 PM
My brother moved away a few months ago, and since he's there and I'm at college, we don't really talk a lot (except for those random times when he calls me up to argue over something) or see each other a lot anymore.

Even though we argue a lot, I still do love my brother and I want to get him something nice for Christmas.

However, whenever I ask him what he wants, he always wants something uber-expensive that I can't afford (like Guitar Hero III or Rock Band - $50 and $160 respectively). Those kind of aren't in my budget, so I was looking to do what I did for my boyfriend's birthday and craft him some things as the crafting for the boyfriend went over well.

Here's what I know about my brother:
+ He's sixteen years old and lives with a family with a seventeen-year-old "brother".
+ He plays electric and acoustic guitar (more electric, less acoustic) and is actually quite good at it from what I've heard.
+ He loves Guitar Hero and plays the game on Expert (to give you an idea of how good he is).
+ He dresses like an emo kid, which isn't my thing. His hair is in the "emo bangs" style and he wears his Fender hoodie a lot.
+ I don't know what type of music he likes, but he does fancy some of the Guitar Hero songs and has an MP3 player.
+ He isn't too much of a nerd but he does like video games besides Guitar Hero (Halo, for instance).
+ He's gotten into the "hey, girls are cute" stage and has been out on a few dates...

Any help would be appreciated. I was thinking that I might go buy him some new guitar strings (but I don't know the first thing about them since I'm a drummer, not a guitarist) and maybe some new picks for his guitar and make one into a necklace. I also remembered that I have a Fender shirt I picked up at a garage sale at home, but I don't know if it would fit him.

I can:
+ Make jewelry
+ Sew
+ Draw reasonably well
+ Bake! Cheesy
+ Crochet a bit
+ Do other amazing things that just boggle the mind

Can anyone help me find a gift for my emo-kid brother? Something cheap and fun would be awesome.
54  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Unique Thrift? on: December 17, 2007 01:47:03 PM
Hi everyone. I was just wondering if there's anyone else out there in Minnesota who frequents this nifty little thrift store. I know there is one out in Crystal (where I go) and I believe there's also one in St. Paul.

Does anyone love this place as much as I do? You always seem to find excellent bargains on crafty stuff (and clothes too)...or at least I do when I go.
55  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My squid purse, or how I learned to stop worrying and forget about my finals... on: December 17, 2007 10:26:13 AM
I was conflicted - on the one hand, it's crochet - on the other hand, it's a purse...crochet won out. Cheesy

Allow me to introduce you to my new friend.

Shot of (most) of the purse - he's kinda big, so it's kinda hard to get a good shot of all of him.

Closeup of his cute little face and ADORABLE LITTLE CURLY TENTACLES! Cheesy

Trying to take a picture of the top of his head - the ends of it curled up...does anyone know how I can fix them? Ironing, maybe?

The back, so you can see how it closes.

The back again, so you can see how it opens. Smiley

The pattern is right here, by the way: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2821
It was modified to be a lot bigger since I wanted to be able to fit more stuff in it.

What do you think? Cheesy

EDITED to add: okay, guys, I can barely crochet a stitch, to be completely honest. I had a ton of help with this guy, including several times that I had to hand it over to the resident crochet master in my life and let them fix it. So, yeah, I made it, but not without a ton of help. I'm currently learning how to crochet something 100% on my OWN, so I'm going to consider THAT my real first crochet project. I'm really not this talented.  Sad So, full credit shouldn't be given to me, but thanks for the sweet comments.
56  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What can I do with...condoms? on: December 10, 2007 03:22:41 PM
Okay. So. For some reason, I am obsessed with condoms. I don't know why, I just am.

As a result of my obsession, I am currently staring at 39 (yep, I counted) condoms from various places sitting on my desk.

My initial thought was that I'd make a bag with them in the fashion of Capri Sun purses, but I thought I'd ask and see if anyone had any bright(er) ideas. I've checked out the condom crafts on here (nice earrings, btw), but nothing jumps out at me.

Since I'm in college and astounded by the amount of ignorance that surrounds sex and sexual health, I'd like something that speaks to the importance of safer sex...granted, that's pretty easy to do when your medium is CONDOMS...but you get the point.

There's also an art magazine that I was thinking of submitting to on campus, so if anyone can think of some things that are more art and less craft, I'm open to that too. There's actually a cash prize for studio art (read: something that's NOT written art or photography), and money's always good...

Thanks for letting me pick your brains!
57  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What do you think when you think MN? (This IS craft-related...) on: November 29, 2007 09:52:53 PM
So apparently my boyfriend's mom got a letter in the mail from some elementary school kids in Rugby, ND. They were sending out letters to relatives of the schoolkids who live in different states as kind of a "get to know another state" type of thing.

Enclosed in the letter were some instructions:
Please decorate the enclosed gingerbread man in a way that best represents your state, and send it and a postcard back to our school. We will hang them on our bulletin board for the holidays.

She's very crafty when it comes to almost all manner of fabric and needlework crafts, but when she opened the letter, she told my boyfriend that she thinks that I'd probably be pretty good at thinking up some way to decorate the gingerbread man and a postcard. Awww. Smiley

Anyway, I now have a gingerbread man to decorate! However, I'm a little stumped for ideas as to what I could decorate it with that would be both recognizable to people outside of the state AND easily recognized/fun for the kids. So, I'm asking you guys from everywhere: what do YOU think of as being recognizably (or even stereotypically) Minnesotan? I mean, if worst comes to worst, I'll just throw a hat and scarf made out of felt on him, but I'd like to do something more interesting and unique.

The gingerbread man is apparently made out of paper, and as far as I know he *has* to be made out of paper (which kind of disappointed me, since the last craft I did was a gingerbread man made out of fleece). Oh, and his mom is paying for whatever supplies I need, since it was supposed to be a craft for the relatives and I'm not really *officially* a relative (yet).

Any ideas? Don't be shy...I'll take any! Smiley
58  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Half-Birthday/Birthday swap? on: November 28, 2007 07:38:20 PM
I had a thought...

What if we had a swap at the beginning of the year where we crafted something for our partner's birthday and half-birthday, and then they got to open it on their half-birthday/birthday and show us all what they got?
It might be fun...I know I never get hand-made presents on my birthday, and I don't think anyone gets anyone half-birthday presents anymore.

On the down side, us messy Craftsters might lose our presents amiss all the rubble of our assorted crafting areas...hmmm...Anyone think this is a good idea/want to expand on it?

I think it might be fun if done the right way. Smiley
59  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Honey-Cranberry Chicken Wings? on: November 28, 2007 02:43:14 PM
So, the boy has been watching the Food Network farrrr too often, and as a result, he has it in his head that he could be a master chef if he only had the money for ingredients.  Roll Eyes Cute, right?

There is one thing he's mentioned that sounds kind of good to me, though - chicken wings with a honey-cranberry glaze. His thought is that the sweet from the honey would counteract the tart from the cranberries.

However, since he's only *watched* people cook and not actually done it himself, he has no idea how to actually go about making this little idea of his.

Do any of you cooking Craftsters have any ideas for how to make this - especially for what he should use to add the cranberries to the glaze (syrup? preserves? juice?)? Also, if anyone has a good substitute for honey, let me know - I'm allergic.  Embarrassed

By the way, if you think we're nuts, that's because we are.
60  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Octopus/Squid Swap? on: November 26, 2007 11:21:56 AM
I don't know if this has been suggested yet, but I am completely in love with octopi and squid in particular. Would anyone else be interested in participating in an octopus/squid-themed swap? ^__^
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