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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hyrulian Bulletin Board on: October 06, 2010 12:57:18 PM
So for one of my best friend's birthday/gradutation present this year I wanted to make him something nerdy (as per usual...) and functional, preferably to use in his new dorm room. He loves Legend of Zelda (he was the recipient of my Magic Armor as well) and just bought a replica Master Sword at our first comic con so I through about making him the accompanying sheild, then decided to make a few slight modifications...

TA DA! Hyrulian Shield Cork Board!!

(ignore the cell phone quality picture)

The entire thing is made with two layers of cork (the blue and the silver) and backed with foamboard. It measures about 2x3feet and took me about, two, three days? It's not any heavier than a normal cork board either, thanks to the cork being pretty thin and the foamboard being pretty light. The pattern for the cutouts was hand drawn from a picture, and the icons are all hand painted using acrylics. The cork was painted with spray paint (oh my goodness so much! cork's so absorbent!). Other than that, I'm so happy with the results!! I only wish I had time to add a holder for the Master Sword to hang diagonally behind it like I intended. But maybe next time...haha I've already had a few requests!

Questions, Comments, Concerns, and Feedback always appreciated!!!!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Retro Polka Dot Skirt on: July 31, 2010 04:03:14 PM
Allow me to explain. When cleaning out their basement of 40+ years of junk, my grandparents came across my mom and aunts closet full of old dresses. Everything from terribly 80's poofy bridesmaids gowns to casual dresses that would look at home in the Sailor Moon cartoons (I swear, there was a purple Sailor Scout outfit in there...). Anyway, my grandmom offered me anything I'd care to take, the rest was going to Goodwill. So I grabbed this little polka dot number, which my mom informed me was her favorite dress when she was about my age. Now, let me explain something. When it comes to taste in anything from curtains to clothes to water ice, my mother and I are polar opposites. To the point where, if we walk into a store, we will both make a beeline for the same couch/shirt/object pick it up and simultaneously exclaim "This is the ugliest [object] ever!" and "This is the cutest [object] ever!" It has happened. The one time we both picked up the same sweater and both declared it cute we quickly exchanged glances, slowly replaced the shirts on the display, then scattered away. But lately I've been on a retro pin-up kick (think black/white/red, polka dots. bows, etc.) and this was the perfect project to fulfill all my obsessions, plus I think it's kind of cool that I get to reuse something of my moms, that's never happened before, partially because of the style-barrier and partially because she's wayyyyyy skinnier than me. So, this was a great project all around, and I got to try a lot of new sewing challenges (invisible zipper, reconstructing a highly structured garment, snaps, a cumberbun, etc.) I'm pretty happy with it!!!



I removed the top (I just wear it with a tank top) and the floppy bow, added an invisible zipper down the side so it would fit over my hips, coinstructed and added the red cumberbun, and sewed snaps on the cumberbun for closure. It's three tiered and has tulle under it to give it its shape.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mathmatical Finn Hats! Rhombus! on: June 13, 2010 06:01:29 PM
What the cabbage is Adventure Time!? It's this awesome new show on cartoon network (athough the original episode is over three years old)! Yesterday I whipped up three copies of Finn's hat for my two friends and I (using this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdoPbruiZgg) and today we debuted my creation at the Philly Comic Con! (I'm the elf because I couldn't pull a Princess Bubblegum costume off in less than 24 hours Sad no pink fabric in my stash!!!) My friend had about 10000 pictures taken of him and a dozen inquiries about the hat and where to get one. Too bad I didn't bring the others I had a guy willing to buy one for $20! They're super quick to make (I did 3 in a day) and are made of white fleece, cotton balls for stuffing, and velcro for closure.

Such mixing of genres (and yeah, Finn's holding a Master Sword)

When wearing it you totally feel radder, faster, and more adequite. QUEST ON!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Adventures In ModPodge-ing! on: June 09, 2010 03:03:46 PM
Since school let out for the summer and my summer job hasn't started yet, I've been bored out of my mind. So, naturally, I've been crafting up a storm. Here are my first attempts at Mod Podge.

A small plastic drawer set (about 7"x7"x7") for my desk at school collaged with musicans and other tidbits from Rolling Stone

close ups of sides

Spot any familiar faces?!

And a lockable DVD case (purchased for under $5) as a graduation present for a film enthusiest friend of mine. Collaged with the covers/posters of some of his favorite movies.


opened (holds 60 disks)

close up of top (the top was originally clear red plastic. what I didnt collage I colored with black paint pen)

Feedback welcome!! Any tips for future projects always welcome!!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Skimpy Tank Dress to Cute High Waisted Skirt! on: June 05, 2010 10:44:41 PM
So, being a hunter of bargians and a lover of the recent tank-dress trend, I couldn't resist buying one (similiar to this but in purple and black) for only $3 off a clearance rack awhile ago. Without trying it on first (which I NEVER do, but I was in a rush). Once I got back home and tried it on I realized the dang thing barely covered my butt, and furthermore did not in any way shape or form flatter the girls. Which I should have expected, does anyone else have issues with the proportions of these dresses?! My first thought was to cut the 'tank' portion off and use it as a skirt by itself; still too short. I'm not exceedingly modest, but this thing was too risque even for me. So, I decided to salvage some fabric from a little-liked dress I made last spring and actually make the dang thing useable. The black portions are the pre-existing skirt (I was able to save the waistband and original hemming, which saved a ton of time and effort) and the white is what I added. Please ignore the absurd elf ears and sword, my friend and I were having a stupid 'photoshoot' but it shows the skirt off pretty well.

 The Before (mine had a purple plaid top, black waistband, and black skirt)

The After

Not an extremely tricky project, but I'm very happy with the results. I adore high-waisted skirts (I think they're somewhat flattering on me??) and now I have a useable versitile skirt for about $3. Plus, wearing it with a tank top like I do means I can adjust it to better fit me and the girls Smiley

My only complaint is that, when sitting, the white pannel falls right across the 'drop zone' which is where anything you spill while eating will fall as well as sitting right across my butt meaning anything I might sit on/in will stain it. Oh well, guess I've just got to be extra careful.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Masquerade Ball Masks on: March 22, 2010 06:33:14 PM
So a few of my friends are headed off to a masquerade ball at a conference and being the resisdent (former) art major (I've switched to Elementary Ed with an art minor), they all came to me to design masks for them. They all wanted black and split the supplies so it was tough trying to make three individual masks with the same supplies. Overall, I'm really happy with how they came out and it's awesome practice because my school is having a masquerade later this year and I'm sure I'll be making many many more for my other friends. Questions, comments, and feedback appreciated!

'Gaga' mask (peacock feathers, sequins, and black feathers)

Spiral mask (white and black feathers, puffy fabric paint)

phantom mask (puffy paint, sequins, and black feathers)
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Help! I need some wall art. Help! Not just any wall art. on: January 30, 2010 12:13:48 AM
So my first semester in college all the blank and boring walls of the dorms were driving me nuts. Our hall ran a hall activity that involved painting these adoable little 4x6 canvases to spice up the study lounge. There were a ton left and so I being the thrifty resident art major (art education actually) that I am snagged a few for when inspiration struck. And so it did, and my Beatles portaits were born!

Paul & Ringo

George & John

In their place of honor above my desk Smiley (please don't hold the twilight calandar against me...it was a present from my grandmom...haha)

John, Paul, Ringo, and George are all freehanded in acrylic paint on 4x6 canvas and are based off of the cover art of their album A Hard Days Night. My camera's not the best, but there is supposed to be a kind of two-toned effect to each of the background colors. They look really nice above my desk and really manage to liven up my walls! Questions, comments, concerns are always welcome!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 24 Hour Elven Costume on: November 02, 2009 09:40:29 PM
So, Halloween is my most favorite holiday ever. And this year was my first at college (even though I was home for the weekend) which meant it was my first halloween without a readily available sewing mechine and without my best friends at home to dress up with. Though it depressed me, I managed to find some plans and my friend and I decided to dress as Lord of the Rings style elves (but not a specific character, we were going to go as Aragorn and Arwen, but there was no way I could whip up an Arwen dress in such a short time). So, I basically got home from college at 10pm and had less than one full day to pull together my outfit. Here's what came of it:

The Breakdown:
The cloak is light brown crushed velvet (under $10) (using a modified version of several of these patterns http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/) and has a pointed hood like the ones in the movies. The dress is strapless, made of green jersey material (from my stash, $0), strapless but with elastic in the top to hold it up. the bottom is cut, gathered, and tied. All was freehanded. The belt was an awesome dollar store find ($1), the leggings ($6) and boots ($30) were store bought. The elf ears are actually Spock ears ($3), store bought. I had to settle for them after I checked for elven ears in four different costume stores. I also made the Leaf of Lorian that is at my neck from craft foam and pipe cleaners (from stash). Basically, excluding boots, which I bought for everyday wear, my costume was fairly cheap, under $25. I don't have a close up of the Leaf, but I used a tutorial found on the same website as the cloak pattern (great website for LOTR costumes!!) Questions, comments, and concerns welcome!!
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Pride! on: October 28, 2009 09:42:59 AM
So my college is having a pumpkin carving contest and this is my entry:

To explain, swans are big at my school, we have two on campus to make us appear classy every art and photography student has used them as the subject for at least one piece...so here they are! I figured doing them might give me a leg up in the contest....haha.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Microbiology Lab Partner Tshirts! on: September 16, 2009 09:49:02 PM
One of my best friends was in a microbiology this past year and her and her lab partner were tight like spandex. They had pet names for each other of terrible diseases (yeah, don't ask me...I don't understand either). So at the end of the year my friend asked me to make her and her lab partner shirts with one of their favorite bionerd sayings:

Front: Polio Makes Great Presidents

Back: (their pet names, too complex to spell) Dream Team

The fronts were done in freezer paper, the backs were freehanded. Questions, comments, concerns?
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