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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / DeathNote L fangirl t-shirt with changeable quote on: April 17, 2010 05:21:33 AM

dh and i are going to a local anime con today.  it's the first time ever that we go to something like that.
and the only manga/anime i am currently obsessed with is DeathNote.  wasn't really feeling like cosplaying, but i had to wear something fun.

so i made this from a nice pink t-shirt that i got in the mystery shirt clearance from MAKE magazine's store.

it was from makerfaire and had a cute robot on it (just like the top left corner of this image, which is actually from a great tutorial about making a scarf from t-shirts)

but it's really not my favorite look for a robot so i made an L fangirl shirt out of it.  i used a print-out from the anime (same image as in this page of the manga) to help me cut out the t-shirt fabric appliqués.  i use the iron-on sticky film (i'm blanking on the name of it right now) and then sew over it after ironing.

later i sewed down the offwhite layer, and added his eyes again in white. i sewed down the black but you can't really see it (plus, amazingly, i think i am starting to be able to control my sewing machine a bit better).

requisite dorky action shot:

i also have another shirt that has a velvet E on it in a similar font to the famous L (an E can be cut to look like an L) and i might appliqué that on the back, or something, later.  it happens to have the same pink background!

the quote is on velcro because i would like to be able to make him say different things.  the character tends to say some memorable stuff, that is fun to parody.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Chemical/Sensory Sensitivity Craft-Along? on: January 21, 2010 12:54:30 PM

[wish i knew the attribution for this image.  i found it here, but i don't think it was theirs, either.]

i'm wondering if there are many craftster members who maybe craft differently due to allergies or sensitivities, and if we could get together and share ideas and tips about this, like how to work around ingredients/materials/tools that bother you, etc.

i think this would apply to people with:
Skin Allergies
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Sensory differences
(more sensitive to Light, Sound, Touch, Smell, etc. than average)
... and surely some other conditions or circumstances that i have not thought of.
ETA:  i should add, of course, people crafting FOR OTHERS with these sensitivities, not just if they are your own sensitivities.

for example, and this might be silly, but it's what gave me the whole idea in the first place... i wonder how to get cotton (cotton-wrapped?) thread for my sewing machine, so that if i do a machine-appliqué on a shirt, i will not be allergic to the inside of the shirt.
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re-Tree? ... how to make a christmas tree out of other things? on: November 20, 2009 04:47:49 PM
this is really a backwards question for this board, so if there is a better place to put it, please feel free to move it.

instead of wanting to know what to make out of (x-material), i would like to know some ideas of what i can make a christmas tree out of, that isn't ... you know ... already a pine tree.

i have tried dead branches before, and i have seen cardboard ones online, but neither is quite what i am looking for.

thank you in advance for your ideas!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / wrap pants <<from<< curtains <<from<< bedspread on: July 02, 2009 07:18:16 PM
first off, wow, IRL i really thought these made me look a little LESS wide than i am.  but apparently they make me look even wider.  oh well.

i made wrap pants following those tutorials online. a famous one is by LauPre, i suppose all here have seen it.




ok i look like a fat clown in them. no, a fat hippie clown. but hey, that's my culture.  Grin  Wink

i'm just proud i made pants because i was always told that it was the hardest thing to sew (of course, not these kind, that's why i did them) and i could never make pants. well hey, i made pants!

oh yeah this was a bedspread, then it was curtains, now it's pants. green in more ways than one!

(please excuse cut/paste from flickr posting)
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / reversible tote bag partly from t-shirts on: July 01, 2009 12:20:39 PM
i have made this bag in my head like a million times, and still it was kind of hard when i did it for real... the thing is that i didn't notice at first all the uneven edges, and that's what took me the most time to fix and/or work around.  i wonder if i should get one of those rotary cutter things and maybe use a ruler?  i guess that's what the clue-full people do!

the prints were remnants that were also on clearance (yay!) and all the solid colors are old t-shirts.  i actually took apart some favorite shirts for this project, mainly because they were good colors but i didn't like the way they fit anymore.  i saved the motifs from the fronts to appliqué onto other stuff, though!

oh yeah, the why of this bag... it is for my swap partner for the francophone swap, and it's an extremely late "extra" ... except it's not an extra because i promised it ...  the thing was, i forgot the swap was only 4 pts so when it came time to send, i sent my 4 pts and kept working on this in my head.

ok sorry that was so long... here are pics...

one side:

other side:

i realize it was a bit silly of a noob sewer to try something like this out of knits, when i don't know what i am doing. 
also i realize that knits are not the greatest for a tote bag  Embarrassed 
but those 2 prints just called her name when i saw them during the swap, so what could i do?!

ah well... my partner is also learning to sew and so if it comes apart, she can fix it  Grin

ETA: if anybody wanted to make one similar (only without my mistakes) ...
all you would do is:
1) cut parallel strips of your cloths (as long as roughly twice as wide as you want the bag to be).
2) sew them together (i ended up also topstitching them once or twice depending on which one it was)
3) then construct the bag as a tube, which you then sew shut on the bottom.
4) make sure your 2 reversible sides are the same!! this is important.
5) then you make those funny perpendicular seams at all the corners to make the bottom of the bag happen
6) i sewed the straps to the pink side first, but i don't know if you would need to.
7) line up the 2 sides one inside the other and pin.  i put the side seam of the pink side opposite to the side seam of the blue side, so that all that thickness wouldn't be only on one side (mainly for sewing the straps on and not wanting to sew through all that layers)
8 ) also line up the straps so they go in far enough between the 2 sides to where you can sew them on well for strength.  i only had a certain length of strap or i would have gone further down.
9) sew the 2 sides together.  i top-stitched the 2 sides together... once from the blue side and once from the pink side... i would not know how to do it so that seam didn't show, but i'm sure somebody else could.

this turned out floppier than i intended, especially on the top edge.  it might benefit from some kind of attachment there, but i couldn't decide on one, and plus, as a tote... maybe it doesn't need one?  not sure on that.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SHRINE-along 2009 (nichos, retablos, etc.) on: June 27, 2009 10:34:41 AM
so maybe the shrine-along needs to start a new year (^_^)

ETA ~ links to past ones / relateds:

7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / problem about animated ads (and animated avatars) on: June 17, 2009 09:46:08 AM
first off...
my intention here is not to passively-aggressively offend anybody.  but mainly just to find out if this problem is something more widespread and should something maybe be done about it.  because if i'm seriously the only one with this problem, then i will just "put a sock in it" and hold my hand over parts of the screen.

i wondered and wondered about posting this, not for the ads (they're just EVIL) for because of the people who have these (admittedly very cool) avatars that are animated.  and, while i have no qualms about saying "those ads make me sick", i worry about saying "your av makes me sick", because that seems kind of mean. 

but ...
problem is ...

they absolutely make me nauseous.  even if i just see them in the peripheral vision.  especially if there is any blinking involved (in the animation, i mean... not in the person).

i think if you are epileptic, it's worse(??)
i'm not, so i have no idea what that's even like. 
and i only have very very slight "sensory issues" compared to a lot of other people i know with all different sorts of different "wiring", neurologically speaking.

which is why i wonder if these things are not bothering more people than just me.

and why, if it's not just me, i really wish they could be gone, especially the adverts
because avatars are personal expression and i don't know if it would even be right to ask people not to put certain kinds of avs.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / St.Exupery quotes mirror frames on: June 15, 2009 06:38:59 AM
i was SO excited about how these turned out.  sometimes i can't draw worth beans, but i managed to hit a good day with these.

so this was for the francophone swap and my partner AtRandom had said she liked St.Exupery (of the Petit Prince book) and so i was searching quotes of his for a while.  
and i had just bought a bunch of ikea mirrors to decorate in different ways, and she said she actually needed some mirrors.  
and then she also loved the same poster that we have a small version of in our living room, so i thought, hey... that will be easy.  

turns out, drawing ornery Art-Nouveau cats is NOT easy.  so i settled for an adaptation, not a copy.

so here they are:

CLICK HERE to see it bigger.

ok, so the quotes say "It is truly useful, because it is pretty." i figured that works for cats AND flowers.  plus there was that space, so i popped a flower in there.
"What matters isn't the Getting There, but the Going Towards." with the Petit Prince standing there on his little planet or whatever (i need to re-read that book ~ every time i get a copy i lend it to a student and it disappears.  i think i need to get one and read it quick, while i am not teaching French 101!)

here is a detail pic, mainly because i did a stupid typo but dh gave me an idea how to fix it and i am proud of how you totally can't see where it was.  but i bet you can guess.  i put the apostrophe in the wrong place, a totally silly "automatic thinking in the wrong language" type of error.

being an american, i did not learn the same script that european kids do.  but i wanted these to look like the writing you see that is associated with the school script that french/etc. kids are taught.  so i downloaded a font ("Little Days") from http://dafont.com that looked enough like it, and i printed out my quotes in that font, and then i just copied it by hand.

poster i "adapted" ... i am sure you have seen it, though...

and here is me working on the other one... just sketch and draw (i used paint pens, the annoying kind that you shake and press) and hope the drawing capacities don't desert on that day.

HERE is where i keep my swaps.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / again almost late ... STRIPED buttons WALLET on: April 05, 2009 07:26:15 PM
this is a pretty simple idea... i saw it somewhere in craftster where a person decorated a whole purse with buttons, according to the colors of the original fabric.  well, this is a very very mini version.  i didn't even have time to do the "back" (which used to be the front, because it has some lines of sequins on it... so i said "well, it's decorated... sort of" and left it).  sorry i forgot to take a picture of the "before" or the un-buttonized side so just imagine a burlap-ish material printed in stripes of different earth-tones.

ETA: i did actually find this around my house.  i bought it ages ago at the thrift-shop, expecting to use it as an actual wallet.  like a year later, the smell of other people's perfume has come out of it (although i did wash it just in case) and i could find it and buttonize it.

ETA2: there are so many great entries in the contest, i almost didn't post this... but then... really... it's not that often that i sew buttons all over something.  so i thought, i should at least post it.  and especially since i did it for another reason for Yelutci in the recent christian swap (now she has received i can mention it!), almost not even remembering that this challenge was still current, and only just remembered, checked about the rules, and posted.
i wouldn't vote for it (as always, i am torn between about 5 amazingly buttonful projects all of which are levels and levels above)... but it was a fun item to make anyway.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / "i'm not bad, i'm just overwhelmed" ALMOST-LATE clipboard of overwhelmness. on: March 05, 2009 07:07:35 PM
*****please excuse story. *****

i originally intended to do the song "pure morning" by placebo.  that song is special to me because placebo was a surprise group that my husband and i both like, and that was the first song of them that i heard, and it's very funny that i love it (and the group) cos normally i am such a major prude.  and one of the few things we have a hard time to agree on is music, so it has been a project of some years of marriage to find music we both like.  well, when he wants to be extra nice, he puts on either the placebo station or the leonard cohen station on the internet radio (^_^)

ok so this song came on the placebo station (but it's one of those stations that plays other similar music, too) and i am not even sure right now whom it's by (see comments).  but anyway i liked the sound and the beat and some of the words... but when i googled the rest of the lyrics i thought "huh, that is probably not about what i thought it was about."  anyway i still like this one line and i guess part of the chorus:

i'm not a bad man, i'm just overwhelmed
because of these things, because of these things

not being, actually, a man, i changed it a little.  it still goes with the beat if you say it right.
i think.
thing is, i was out of commission this week from sinus stuff that turned into laryngitis and i can't sing even worse than i usually can't sing.  usually sounds come out, even if they don't match the music.  BUT having a sick day is good for last-minute crafts.  except i had to do something i was totally not allergic to.  Grin

anyway.  enough words for now; here is the thing i made:

it's probably not even true.  i actually fairly suck at being a responsible adult.
BUT "feelings of self-inadequacy" are not all that useful.
and while the craft itself was an escapism, which is my #1 category of preferred activities,
it could be used to hold reminders to actually do something or at least pray about some of the THINGS that i am OVERWHELMED by (shown in the orange silhouette):
- economy, dh's job search, trying not to waste money
- war and other violences out there
- the environment and trying to screw it up less
- our house (which actually IS shaped like pizza hut) and home
- dh's immigration process (ie: getting to actually keep my husband, which is kind of important) hangs over our heads until he will be a citizen
- that we, and even our cats, will be ok and get along
- all the sort of "getting along with fellow human beings" sort of issues, with family and with colleagues and teaching and sort of the whole wish that there would be more "ALL US TOGETHER" and not so much "US vs. THEM" in the world.

oh my "process" was that i vaguely drew everything backwards on cardstock paper and then i cut it out with my favorite padded scissors from the chinese supermarket, and some embroidery scissors.  so... semi-freehand.  i am not showing the backs of the letters cos on that dark purple it's hard to see ballpoint pen.  but maybe you get the idea... also then i glued it together using gel medium cos i couldn't find the real paper glue (this is a testament to the sad state of my craft room!) but i plan to varnish over it with modge podge and maybe spray varnish or something to make it more permanent.  i thought it would photo better pre-varnish, though (that and the whole allergy thing).

example of sketching on the back:

the only kind of hard parts were where i forgot to reverse the letters properly (once, with the J, that got fixed and once with an S that i only just saw...  Embarrassed ) or forgot what letter i was making (one O that i momentarily thought was a C and one H that died). 
that and my embroidery scissors are NOT padded.  Roll Eyes  ow.

well at this point i am just relieved to have actually MADE something.  i don't expect any votes cos i saw all the amazing other projects that were submitted earlier and seriously will have a hard time picking just one when i vote.
thanks for looking!!
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