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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gifts for Greyhound- loving friend on: January 07, 2009 10:37:08 PM
If you can sew basic straight stitches, there's a tutorial on eHow for a really squishy pet pillow. I've made one for my little guy, and he loves it. My little guy is a lurcher, a whippet/collie cross. He inherited the bony hips that most greyhounds and whippets have. There's just enough cushioning that he doesn't grumble about being on the floor.

There's also a tutorial on making chew toys out of rags, old t-shirts, or fabric scraps. It's no hassle, no sew, and every dog I've ever made one for loves them. I've given them to some aggressive chewers, too, and they usually last pretty long.


If nothing else, and you've got some baking skills, you can always make some homemade dog treats.  I've made these using milk that's gone sour (the bacteria bakes out), and the dogs went NUTS over them. You can substitute any flavorings, or even beef bullion, for the liquids. It's a really versatile recipe:

2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bellydance Swap Round II (Sign ups 8/21/08 - 9/21/08) on: October 04, 2008 07:19:25 PM
Checking in after a rough period with computer issues. I've got my inspiration and have darn near finished my crafting. i'm just hunting around for some awesome goodies to throw in.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Paper bowls--now with tutorial. Pic heavy. on: May 07, 2008 08:23:59 AM
Now I've got to start saving my junk mail...hmm..
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: wee dresses! tuxedo, NIN, Star Wars and such! on: May 07, 2008 08:12:57 AM
I think I'm in love. Oh yeah, I totally am. Thanks for the tutorial link also!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brown/White Stripe WRAP DRESS on: April 17, 2008 08:47:03 PM
I love this - simple, elegant, and classy. It's also really versatile. I can see this as being part of a steampunk outfit with the right accessories, and then with a change of accessories, going straight to a business casual type affair. It's perfect!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: swim suit! on: April 17, 2008 08:43:22 PM
Oh wow. I love the ruffle-butt. Which, on its own, sounds like kind of an insult "You rufflebutt, you!", but you totally rock it. Awesome!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Two dresses from reconstructed materials (TOO MANY IMAGES!) on: April 17, 2008 08:32:59 PM
So I've been meaning to post my finished creations, I swear I have. I blame Ravelry.com for sucking up all of my time. But these are two sewing projects I've completed lately. Both of them would look a lot better, and would have taken a lot less time had two very vital parts of my sewing machine not snapped off due to "act of cat".

Dress number one was for a fashion show held by a local thrift store, Re-Use Industries. The show was dubbed "Project ReUse", in honor of Project Runway. We were given a ten dollar gift certificate to use at any of their local thrift stores. We had three weeks to come up with an outfit using only those materials. I chose to make an outfit I dub "Librarian Zombie Killer".  Sort of steampunk, sort of oddball. Mostly me.

It was made from a fitted sheet (the pink parts of the skirt), a tie-dye t-shirt (the green bits) and a men's 2XL work shirt (the blue bits). The choker was made from a child's paisley print belt, and the flower pin was taken off of a particularly hideous purse.

It looks so "scattered" because I was originally going to have my sister-in-law model it for me. She backed out the NIGHT BEFORE the fashion show due to health issues. Considering I had the outfit made, and the original outfit was MUCH different, it was a real challenge. She's about 10 sizes smaller than me (I'm an 18/20, she's an 8/10), I had to do some heavy modifying. A reconstruct of an already reconstructed garment. Hmm. I was very pleased with the results, although I didn't win anything, I did stay true to myself.

Here's a particularly un-flattering action shot of it on the runway:

The skirt had a lot of movement to it, which I liked. I regret not getting pictures of the back, though, because there was this awesome bustle effect going on. Nevertheless, here's another action shot of it on the runway:

Now comes the point where I must apologize for all the unflattering photos to come - It's late, I just finished this dress, and I just wanted to get it documented before I decided to STAB IT.

Dress Number Two is a quick, last minute dress I threw together for my grandmother-in-law's wedding tomorrow. It was made out of two bed sheets, a black and white striped one, and a red one. The striped one was pretty ratty and faded, so it didn't make for an AWESOME finished product, like I had hoped.

I'm not thrilled with how the bust turned out. Had I not been lazy, I would have utilized darts. But I just wanted to get the damn thing finished. The bodice construction, you'll note, is fairly similar to Dress Number One. It's simple, it's easy, and it's something I know looks semi-ok on my figure. I am, however, very pleased with the skirt, both the length, where it hits, and how it drapes.

I'm just concerned about "popping out" too much during the ceremony. As you can see, I made the cups of the halter a wee bit too tiny for my own liking. My husband assures me it looks fine, but photographic evidence shows otherwise.

Any questions, comments, concerns, tips, hints, bitches or gripes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitted front cover on: January 25, 2008 04:27:27 PM
Take an awl to the board that comprises the front cover, and create holes through which you can hand stitch your knitting to it? Or perhaps just add to your knitting a few ribbed bands to create a book covering of sorts (like the kind that schoolkids use to cover their textbooks?)
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: For an art project: I need something that rotates or moves... on: January 24, 2008 09:37:53 PM
What a fun project! If it were me, I would totally go snatch myself a record player at a thrift store, and a bunch of old records, and go about painting different colors and designs on said records. But maybe that's just me being nutsy!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Acrylic painting tips & techniques? on: January 24, 2008 09:24:05 PM
I'm kind of in the same boat...I've inherited some acrylic paints from a friend who is moving, and I just don't know what to do with them. I've been experimenting with different random objects...mostly my fingers. You can get some pretty different appearances if you play around with using your fingers in the paints (kind of makes you feel like a little kid again!). The sides of your fingers will produce different effects than your whole hand, or palm, or finger tips.

 Another cool thing I've been doing is dabbing paint on with crumpled up paper, or plastic bags. It's like sponge painting, only doesn't require a sponge. You could do this with the layering you mentioned.

Have you tried varying the consistency of the paint for different opacity? That could provide some cool effects too, I'd imagine.
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