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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Day Of The Dead Skeleton on: October 20, 2008 06:14:28 PM
I painted this to hang on my door for Halloween and of course for The Day Of The Dead too.

2  UNITED STATES / Missouri / Stl Sewing Classes? on: August 06, 2008 01:29:08 PM
Other than the community college, does anyone know of any good sewing classes in St. Louis?  I took a class at Jackman's Fabrics, but it was a simple purse class and took really no skill to complete.  I've been looking for classes for a while now and all I seem to find is classes aimed at kids or quilting classes for old ladies.

Is there any out there for 20-somethings wanting to learn how to sew and follow a pattern?
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Spray Paint Portrait on: February 07, 2008 01:22:21 PM
I wanted to paint a portrait for my boyfriend as a present.  We had just recently gone to an art gallery and he found some really cool paintings he liked that looked like graffiti.  So I decided to do it in that style.

I made a stencil in Photoshop out of a picture I had of him. Placed it in Illustrator, made it a vector image and tweaked some of the points, printed it out on Valeron Strength Polyolefin Film (it's like vinyl), cut it out and spray painted it on the canvas.  For the background I used light blue spray paint and silver acrylic paint.  I mixed it all up on a paper plate and used a foam brush to brush it on.  It's not perfect, but I like it.

In the left corner is his name, Julian.  The style of the lettering is an ambigram.  That means it's a graphical figure that spells out a word not only in its form as presented, but also in another direction or orientation.

Here's the original photo I worked from:

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Spring Purse on: February 07, 2008 12:56:26 PM
This is my first purse I've ever made. It was really fun to make and pick out the fabrics. I was worried at first that my stuff would fall out without a zipper or flap over the opening, but so far so good. 

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I call it Fun-fetti! on: February 07, 2008 12:50:43 PM
I made this scarf a little while ago.  It's so soft and I love the colors. I used Yarn Bee Fleece Light color Fiesta and Yarn Bee Playful color Sunflash.

What do you guys think?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 2 Scarves on: January 01, 2008 07:22:02 PM
Just two recently finished scarves I'm really proud of.  Smiley  I love the pink and black one!

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Paint Can Xmas Cookie Tins on: January 01, 2008 07:06:12 PM
I wanted to give cookies as gifts this Christmas, but I wanted to package them in a creative way. So I got paint can like tins from the Container Store and designed my own labels to wrap around them and for the lid.

I designed it all in Illustrator.  The little people are my boyfriend and me.

(sorry it's a little blurry)

8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Elusive Etching Cream on: December 05, 2007 02:59:18 PM
For the past week I have been looking all over St. Louis for etching cream and every store I go to the people working there look at me like I've got two heads!  No one knows what I'm talking about.  I've gone to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Art Mart and 3 different hardwear stores and no one has it!  My last stop is going to be the Dick Blick store.  Has anyone else had as much trouble finding it as I have?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Anchor skirt on: November 08, 2007 07:15:00 PM
I just finished my first circle skirt! It was pretty easy up until I got to putting in the waist band. I had the hardest time trying to figure out the right way to do it. Does anyone have any good advise I could use for the next time I make another skirt?
I used the tutorial from april_cocaine.

*Pardon my ashy knees.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Circle Skirt HELP! on: November 06, 2007 06:10:44 AM
Ive been working on making a circle skirt and everything was working out until I came to the waist band.  When I put the waist band in it made the skirt part too tight.  But it fit on my hips where I sized it before I sewed on the waste band.  Has anyone else had this problem or does any one know what I could be doing wrong?  Thanks for your help!
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