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11  UPDATE AGAIN: EVEN MORE Totorolooove! Clearly I don't know when to stop. 9 pics! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tragiqcandy on: April 01, 2008 04:55:57 PM
So, up until about a year and a half ago, most of my wardrobe consisted of my five-year-older cousin's hand-me-downs. Her style at my age and mine didn't really match, but there were inevitably a few cute pieces.

I was getting ready to Goodwill (officially a verb!) some of that said hand-me-down wardrobe, when I came across an old tank top I liked but had found a little plain. I left it aside until, months later, I came across this shirt on the handy dandy World Wide Web.


Bingo! I drooled for a while 'cause I love My Neighbour Totoro (even if I fell asleep all three times I watched it  Roll Eyes) and decided I wanted my own. There is a stencil on the page, but I didn't use it and made my own version instead.

Recognize this face?

The top:

Closeup of the pocket with my Ghibli Museum pin:

The classic obligatory actionless action shot!

The shirt was a marvelous hit over at school. About ten people recognized Totoro (YES! Miyazaki WILL reign over all the earth), NO ONE realized it was hand-painted, and two people requested their own! It was about a five-hour job total so I'm not sure if I really want to repeat the process, but I'm pleased with all the positive feedback all the same.

Thanks for sludging through all that text and imagery!


You can't handle the heat that is... even more Totoro!

Oh my gee the superkawaiiness!

And here an extremely unnecessary shot of me having spilled icky paint water on the top, setting it aside, and realizing cheshire-Totoro had the funniest. expression. evar. It also kind of lets you see what the top looks like as a whole now. And yes, that's a copy of 'How to Be a Pokemon Master' off to the side. I haven't read it in two years back in my brother's and my four-year-long Pokemon game phase, but I love it anyway.

Moral: don't paint on your carpet when you have your own millipede-infested art studio in the basement. (Agh... millipedes... fetal position...)


Clearly I don't know when to stop. I decided the back looked very lonely, so...

Nine's a symbolic number in my life at the moment, and is also the number of photos in this post. Does this mean something?

God: *shifty eyes*
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12  Shadows of War: A Remembrance Day Hand Study in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tragiqcandy on: March 26, 2008 06:48:20 PM
The title says it all.  Cheesy Done in October/November for school, for the Royal Legion poster contest. Mine didn't make it past the in-school round, but it got an A and I'm happy.

The poster:


Closer close-up:

The message is meant to be that the shadow of war is hope, as shown by the dove. The red on the sides signifies the Canadian flag.
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13  Do Have a Seat, Thumbelina in Completed Projects by tragiqcandy on: March 26, 2008 06:04:37 PM
The lovechild of a popsicle stick and four toothpicks  Grin
Held together by Elmer's Glue and a whole lotta tiny-sized love.

And for size reference:
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14  Reach the Shore in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by tragiqcandy on: March 25, 2008 05:09:08 PM
For my stepdad's birthday I added quotes to photos from a family trip to Toronto Botanical Gardens (<3), which are meant to be framed in the house with our billions of other family photos. Featured in the photos are my stepdad, mom, brother and myself. These were taken over a year ago.

'Reach the Shore'

'Help your brother's boat across and your own will reach the shore. - Hindu proverb'


'We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where started
And know the place for the first time. - T. S. Eliot'

'Crooked Path'

'Love straightens the crooked path. - Maya Angelou'

'One Journey'

'There are many paths... but only one journey. - Naomi Judd'

'Hands and Feet'

'Brothers and sisters... are as close as hands and feet. - Vietnamese proverb'

These are rough drafts from screenshots, which explains the pesky Microsoft Word grammar-check underlining and pixelly fonts.
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15  Cranes on the Rocky Shore in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tragiqcandy on: March 25, 2008 04:33:23 PM
My leetle cousins were begging to have some to take home  Cheesy

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16  Pajama Party! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tragiqcandy on: March 25, 2008 04:22:22 PM
Morning Rose, pantsless  Shocked, modelling her pajama top hand-sewn from clearance-bin fabric bought just for this purpose.

Oh em gee working buttons!

Note the little heart pocket  Wink:

I made her shorts to go with it, which fell apart instantly  Roll Eyes.

Morning Rose herself was a handmade gift from my nanny in third grade. You can see the stuffing spilling from her left wrist.
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17  Re: 'Laputa': Jewelry Shrine in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tragiqcandy on: March 25, 2008 04:13:38 PM
Update: stuff kept falling through the slot that was the handle. So now:

Yay for dollar store mirrors! It's exactly the right height, too, by some miracle of God. (Thanks, God!  Grin)
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18  Kerosene Lamp, Pomegranate, Persimmons & Drapery in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by tragiqcandy on: March 25, 2008 04:08:13 PM
I'm having an affair with willow charcoal. These are my first two projects - and my third and fourth time - using it. The first is from December, the second was finished in February. For the second, I first painted the paper with acrylics.

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19  Ye Neighbour's Olde-Fashioned Exercise Bike in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by tragiqcandy on: March 25, 2008 04:00:45 PM
Many months ago, back when it was still hot enough for scientists to claim the existence of 'global warming' (a.k.a. September), our neighbours had this lying on their curb, where they usually have the trash out*. It's in working condition but the speedometer is broken. I assume it was up for grabs and so hauled it into the basement, where I can be found in times of frustration, pedalling away.

Anyway, while the bike is plenty sexy as it is, I want to give it a little class and charm. Any ideas?

* Yes, I admit to occasionally pilfering from my neighbours' bins on trash collection day, and not always logically. I once took home a broken chair that I figured could be reconned as a stool, until I realized that part was broken, too, and the neighbours had possibly spotted an adolescent girl carrying a schoolbag rooting through their garbage at 8 AM... for absolutely nothing. Dangit.
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20  'Laputa': Jewelry Shrine in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tragiqcandy on: March 22, 2008 12:36:47 PM
I have an old wine crate I've been using as a bookshelf for a while, when it struck me that I never read those books and I needed a new jewelry display (all of my jewelry had been lumped into a suitcase under my bed).

So with a hammer, clear thumbtacks, and some wrapping paper, I turned it into this:

Shot of it sittin' pretty in my closet:

And the mandatory close-up to show off my jewelry  Grin:

I call it 'Laputa' because the clear tacks make it look like everything's floating in midair... when not illuminated by flash, anyway  Roll Eyes.
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