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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pick Your Poison on: July 11, 2010 04:45:49 PM
I got these fabulous vintage drink markers at the thrift store today, and, as I always do, immediately went to town on them. I think they're 40s/50s era. I have about 30 of them and I can't wait to make them all into necklaces. I figured they'd be perfect for bachelorette parties or for bridesmaids. I will save one for myself for when my 21st birthday rolls around (eight months to go until my first legal... bourbon and soda? Maybe something more modern.)

Anyway, pictures!

I figured at the very least if you wear one of these to a bar you'd be in for some free drinks, even if they are outdated ones. "Oh hey sugar, can I buy you a rye and water?"
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrifted Skirts to Summer Dresses on: June 21, 2010 05:05:54 PM
I've been churning out these dresses for the past week and I really love them. It's a thrifted elastic waist skirt with a tank top/scoop neck combo that I made from jersey, which is my new favorite fabric by far. It just skips over the head and is really comfy. I'm experimenting a bit with length and whether to make them babydoll style or have the skirt hit at the waist.

And after making three of these dresses I saw the same thing (but uglier, I think ;P) at Target!! I had no idea. I like mine haha.


13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Italian Inspired on: June 16, 2010 11:30:50 AM
So I just got back from studying abroad in Rome and I picked up some jewelry supplies while I was there. Here are a few things I've made!

In this one the center part, which I think was to cover a drawer where the handle would go, is the piece I got in Italy. The rest of the parts are found materials that I picked up once I got back.

I got the center ring in Rome, in the Porta Portese flea market (it's 2 miles long, it was one of my favorite places in the city haha) and the sea glass in the bottle is from my trip to Positano.

The keyhole in the next one is also from Porta Portese and the beads are from an old bracelet of mine that broke. It's inspired by the keyhole on the Aventine Hill.. when you look through the keyhole in this old door you have a breathtaking view of St. Peter's Basilica through the garden behind the door.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My favorite yoke top on: June 13, 2010 07:40:47 PM
I have been working out the kinks of this pattern (my own) for maybe a year and this is my best try yet. This time I used jersey instead of cut up t-shirt material and I am hooookedddd.

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / What can I make out of an old mailbox? on: June 11, 2010 08:41:14 PM
I bought this cool old mailbox on a whim at the thrift store the other day. It's not in bad shape, black with a red stick-up thing and the door has an eagle and says US Mail. I like it the way it is, I don't want to paint it. But I have no idea what to make it into! All I can come up with is umbrella stand.. taking a little end table, sawing off the stem and legs and attaching it to the bottom of the mailbox. But I don't really need an umbrella stand. Ideas I like less are planter (we've got one window in the whole apartment) and a lamp, by punching holes in the tin and sticking a bulb inside. I just don't think it'd come out looking nice. Any ideas would be really great!!

Thanks trusty craftsters!
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Study Abroad B+W Photography on: June 11, 2010 08:29:42 PM
Hey guys!
I just got back from my semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy. Here is some of my work from my black and white photography class. Everything was shot on 400 ASA film on my Canon AE-1 and was developed in a darkroom. Heads up, this is going to be a long post.

These first few were taken on my trip to St. Andrews, Scotland.

My visit to Pompeii, with one of my best friends (who I visited in Scotland).

Some interesting shots I got from using a friend's camera and accidentally double-exposing the film.

My spring break in Tunisia:

The Milan train station:

Randoms around Rome:

Sandwich lady:

My friends with giant donuts..

Cranes building in the EUR section of the city:

Thanks for sticking with me this long haha!

17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Hermes Sandals on: May 05, 2010 02:48:32 PM
I was inspired by a statue of Hermes I saw in the Archaeological Museum in Naples a few weeks ago. I made these with some gladiator sandals from Target, some scrap leather, a little paint, some freezer paper and some embroidery floss.

I took some photos of the process in case anyone wanted to try it.

So first I cut up my scrap leather and made a pattern on the freezer paper that I would use as a stencil later. I made four stenciled wings and four plain black ones for the inside of the wings. I ironed the waxy side of the freezer paper onto the leather, using some extra fabric between the iron and the leather because it got all funny when I didn't.

Then I mixed up some paint that matched the color of the sandals and applied it to the wings over the stencils.

Once the paint was dry I peeled off the stencils, although it turned out the paint really wasn't dry and it got everywhere haha. Do as I say, not as I do.

I realized I needed something rigid inside the wings to keep them from flapping around, so I got out my shrinky dink paper and made a modified wing shape. I had to do it a few times to get the size right.

Then I sandwiched the shrinky dink in between each pair of plain and stenciled wings and sewed most of the way around with embroidery floss. After it was mostly sewn I slipped it onto the sandal, checking the position with my foot in, and sewed the rest of the way, sewing through the leather of the shoe as much as possible.

Some more shots of the finished shoes..

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scrappy top on: December 23, 2009 01:06:02 PM
I made this tank out of a very large women's button down and some scrap fabric. I love the way it looks on the dress form but am less pleased with it on myself haha. I'm definitely going to try this again with less flashy fabric. I think it would be cute with leggings but it is sadly not long enough to be a dress.

Thanks for checking it out!

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mustache Glasses on: September 29, 2009 08:50:17 PM
I made these glasses for my first apartment. I made my own stencil and used etching cream. It didn't come out as clean as I would have liked but I think if I tried it again it would come out better. There are eight of them.. but most of them are dirty right now haha.

I used this tutorial:

20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage-Made Goodies on: July 16, 2009 05:48:23 PM
I have been hitting up the flea markets and yard sales like nobody's business. Here are some things I've made lately!

This one has a vintage rhinestone key holder. You can detach it at either end, though I'm really not sure why you would want to do that. The package said it was so you could keep keys for separate things together but take them apart with ease. Or you could just have two sets of keys. Whatever, I'm rambling.

This one is a vintage lipstick holder. It has a mirror on the back and it is in really great condition.

These two are just some vintage bits and bobs I glued together.

And this one is made from a big vintage hinge.

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