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1  Re: concrete pipe playhouse - any ideas how to make? or get? in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by i_squared_u on: August 03, 2007 12:24:40 PM

I think that metal would be too hot.  Plastic might work. I thought about that, then putting dirt on top with grass and flowers - with the round door, it would look like a hobbit house!

You thought hobbits and I thought of teletubbies..  Cheesy

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2  **mixtape madness -the next generation** in Completed Projects by i_squared_u on: July 04, 2007 05:55:54 PM

Hallo craftsters,

Here's a fellow I made last year as part of my attempts to revive the lost art of mixtaping (yes, I know it's technically a "mix-cd"). You can see my first mixtape offspring here ---->https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33069.0.

These ones were packaged in sleeve! A velvet jacket sleeve to be exact!

They went down very well with the select member of friends who received them (with the packaging that is, the j-pop and electro remixes contained within turned out to an acquired taste Cheesy).
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3  I made a zine! in ENGLAND by i_squared_u on: March 20, 2007 05:52:41 PM
A craft zine to be exact.

It's called "Giggles and Shits"... BE WARNED: it has some ADULT projects

It's full of typos. Oops. Embarrassed

You can look at the pages here http://www.wearegigglesandshits.blogspot.com

We've I've got a myspace page with a remix by yours truly too here http://www.myspace.com/wearegigglesandshits  -Friends requests always approved *hint hint* Smiley

I'd love some opinions, good or bad.

If you like a free copy (which come with a rockabilly tatt, then let me know). Hopefully I'll be able to leave my spare copies in Tatty Devine in the next few weeks.

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4  Re: should i continue in this manner? skirt or dress.... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by i_squared_u on: January 23, 2007 09:32:40 AM
Well in my head I see something short-sleeved (puffed methinks) with a some detail at the collar. Here are some pics I swiped from Topshop:


This one with a shirred front is pretty cool, I haven't seen that done before...

But if it were me, since the skirt has classic lines and is plain fabric, I'd go for a bold contrasting pattern to the skirt with exaggerated buttons and sleeves (a la Vivienne Westwood ), I'd probably wear it with this...

Hope that gives you some ideas! Grin
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5  Re: Knock-off For a Plus Sized Diva in Designer Clothing Homage by i_squared_u on: December 29, 2006 03:47:41 PM
Wow. How much to do love that dress?! So much! Grin

I'm plus size too (us 10-12) and my general day to day wardrobe consists of an American Apparel tube dress with reconned baggy mens t-shirts over the top. Sounds dodgy Cheesy but I get stopped by London style mags, so I must be doing something right? Anyway, I think Tickleaganster has the right idea.

I had a look at their myspace page and found this...

Man I wish my sewing machine was working 'cos I'd love to give this a go.
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6  vinyl + electrical tape = deluded? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by i_squared_u on: December 27, 2006 09:28:21 PM
Well, I like dressing up. Thus, I thought I'd celebrate a New Year's Eve as Halloween Parte Deux and have set my heart upon making a dress out of multicoloured vinyl. Now here's the problem...

1)I've never made a "proper" dress before.

2)Never worked from a pattern - just kinda tweaked and tweaked until whatever it was turned out okay.

3)My sewing machine is broken.


I also have an eyelet gun lurking around somewhere but don't know how to use it.

I'm a curvy gal i.e. "more to love" (us size 10) and was thinking of an 80s fitted strapless above-the-knee length cocktail dress affair (long description, I know), which I thought would be conducive to shape-throwing on the dancefloor, and yet be so tacky that it would impress London fashion snobs.

Optimistically thinking, I was just gonna cut the fabric into a suitable shape and then tape up where the seams should be, and somehow tape myself into it. However, I then stumbled upon another problem..

4) Going to the loo!

Once taped in, I wouldn't be able to hitch up the skirt high enough to well, you know.

Here some of the styles that I was considering...

(yup, I know this is fetish wear. Ignore the lacing and erm... the whip)

(ignore the shirt and tie bit)

Am I deluding myself? I don't wanna hack up the vinyl just to make a mess.

How about the tape idea? I thought adhesive would be too fiddly and sewing is out of the question.

I suppose the toilet problem could be solved by having an opening (like in pic 3) or a split along the front or back. Any advice on this one?

What about the dress shape? I was just gonna have 4 panals as in pic 2 or I was gonna make a 50s dress bodice and a pencil skirt. Yay or nay?

NB: despite the pics, I don't actually want as fetish wear.

All comments will be much appreciated.

Woe is me.
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7  I've got spots! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by i_squared_u on: September 09, 2006 08:29:34 AM
I've got spots! leopard spots that is  Roll Eyes

I bought this remnant in a fabric shop today for less than 2 quid. Can you say "bargain"?

With a little stitching I made this prime example of London indie chic in 5 mins...

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8  Bakerboy Hat pattern? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by i_squared_u on: September 10, 2005 12:06:53 PM
hello chaps.

My finances are in a terrible state of late so I've resorted to making birthday presents for people.

My friend tried on this hat in Accessorize and loved it...

It's a modified newsboy cap with a swirl knit.

Does anyone know where I could find a similar pattern for free?

I've never attempted a hat before, do you think that might be too much work for a novice?

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9  **disco queen of hearts** in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by i_squared_u on: May 17, 2005 06:40:16 AM

So I had this top....

I'd always liked the pattern but it just wasn't too wearable. And I came up with the idea to turn it into a cardigan (not just for grannies, eh?)...

I used heart shaped buttons to add some detail to the neck and sleeves...

It's a really easy and nifty-looking recon. Hope you guys like it!

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10  **mixtape madness** TUTORIAL ADDED (FINALLY!) in Completed Projects by i_squared_u on: April 24, 2005 11:45:38 AM
Hello craftsters!

I've been trying to revive the lost art of mixtaping...

So I made an 'Anger Management Mix' for one of my far flung friends, it's a collection various chill out songs.

Anyhoo, I made a case for the mix cds using some funky wallpaper and cardboard.

I think it turned out pretty nifty...

the front...

the inside...

the outside...

Hope you guys like it!

2 years later...
The long awaited tutorial has finally arrived. Sorry about the ludicrous delay, I obviously was pretty absent-minded in 2005, and erm 2006 the spring and summer of 2007

Anyhoo here goes, sorry that I couldnt condense it. Ive written it out from memory (with some seriously low tech drawings Grin ) but it should be okay (I hope).


2 x CDR jewel cases (the skinny type)
A glue stick
A glue gun or really strong adhesive that will stick plastic to card
A ruler
A cereal box
A pencil
Decorative paper for the cover

1.   Pull the cover and back piece of the jewel case apart. Then snap off the prongs that the cover slots into on the back piece.

2.   Measure the width of the case and multiply this by 3 and add 2.5cm to this number.

3.   Measure the length of the jewel case and add 1cm to this number.

4.   Cut down one side of the cereal box. Then cut across the box to form a  rectangle using the measurements that you just calculated.

Now heres the tricky bit

5.   Place one jewel case towards the right end of your rectangle leaving about 3mm.

6.   On the card, using the pencil mark along the left edge of the jewel case.

7.   Leaving about 7mm to the left of that line draw a parallel line. Place the right edge of the jewel case and mark along it left edge.

8.   Draw yet another line parallel to the last with a 1cm gap in between.

Fingers crossed, you should have something that looks similar to the top diagram??

9.   Using the blade of the your scissors and the ruler, score along the lines you drew.

10.   Gently fold inwards along these lines, then flatten it back out.

11.   On the back of your cover paper draw around the card, adding an 2cm to each side, then cut it out.

12.   Cut out 2 x2cm wide strips of your paper the same height as the piece of card.

13.   Using the glue stick to cover the outside of the card with the paper, folding the edges over neatly. Makes sure that it is not too taught, otherwise it might rip when the case is folded up. Place the 2 strips over lines that you scored. You might wanna place some books on top to help stick the cover paper down nicely.

It should now look like the middle diagram

14.   Gently fold the card again to locate the creases. Using the glue gun, stick the jewel casea to the areas (B+C) shown in the first diagram so that it ends up looking like the last diagram.

15.   Once the glue has dried fold up the case completely and place a book on top for about an hour or longer.

16.   Stick your tracklisting/message/whatever over area A. Add a cover labels etc.


Oh for the cds, I just printed out the coloured text on coloured paper then used the cd as a template to cut them out and stuck them on with the gluestick.

Hopefully some of you will give it a go. If it's too confusing, please let me know!

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