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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adventure Time! on: November 03, 2010 05:15:55 AM
with Finn and Jake

it's a sweet new cartoon on CN

and a radically fun halloween costume as well

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rainy day kimono on: September 04, 2010 01:05:38 PM
I made a kimono yesterday to ward off hurricane earl, and it worked! So i get to wear it in the sunshine today!
Thank you to mlsdesigns for the tutorial!

it has some unnecessary panels due to impatience with measuring and then having to trouble shoot (lol, will i ever learn?) but i'm pretty happy with how it came out.
what do you guys think?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / i've got great kitschy fabric, but no ideas. suggestions? on: April 27, 2010 09:22:07 PM
impulse buy!

each "panel" scene is about 6"x4.5"
i love the design but i can't think of any clothing ideas that won't look tacky with such a busy, wall-paper-like print.

(i miss you craftster community. sorry i haven't been in touch)
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mommy drinks because you bark. on: January 01, 2010 11:46:53 AM
this is the perfect blend of (martini drinking) cross- stitching house wives and snappy modern DIY hilarity. that and some clear skill. it makes me want to stitch more. it rules.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Moon in punchneedle on: July 21, 2009 12:49:15 PM
so cool! the coarse texture of the punch needle defineitly adds to the topography/ map theme. i like the choice of the smokey purple colors too instead of grays. scientific yet painterly, pretty yet realistic. rad.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / shoot em up on: July 21, 2009 10:21:25 AM
i bought my boyfriend this sweet button down shirt with two six shooters sewn onto it at a "punk rock flea market" a while back. it was a little too small and he incredible hulked it (the back is just ripped in two) so i figure i recreate it myself.

the original shirt had them crossed over one pocket but i wasn't going to try to do detail work that small.



chocolate guinness cake with cream cheese frosting was birthday present #2.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: hitch hiking Our Lady Of Guadalupe on: November 06, 2008 07:03:52 PM
pink- rolled hem? good idea! thanks! (i'm laura too!)

thanks for the praise and good wishes rachel! all this ego inflating is making me want to sew more on a tight schedule (perfect for the holidays) lol.

content- thanks for noticing those subtitles, the "rays" are gold floss. everyone who gave us a ride was great! we got food and mix cds and cheap travel over 1000 miles and were told more stories than i could ever remember. the most aggressive behavior came from people driving by and yelling cursing that we were dirty, poor, yadda yadda. i am in no way endorsing that hitch hiking is a sane behavior, but in general it's not as bad as it's cracked up to be viewed.

gren- i'm an all or nothing kinda girl. lol. i wish i had worked up to this, less blood and cursing, prob. but i had an idea and had to go for it. i've gained so so much respect for any sort of time consuming craft (needlework, knitting etc), even more than before.

thank you! thank you!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / resident evil: extinction on: November 06, 2008 06:36:18 PM
my title is so boring because my pictures are so lacking and i don't need anyone to remember to vote for mine.
i think it came out sweet, but not sweetest. (the creativity here blows me away. i've already started to foster ideas for next year. now if only i can remember them for that long...)

this is the weekend before halloween version of the costume that i had to power sew (broken machine, party invite 3 days before, the works, lol). i made the pouch (two straps), and gun holster (one strap) which contained an uzi water gun, spray painted black (taped off the tip to keep it orange). edited the button down shirt from a cotton tee, changed the pantyhose into weird garter panty hose (i bought a darker pair later), chopped and hemmed some pleather pants, turned worn canvas d-ring belts into bracelets. wait.... you can't see that stuff. too much talk, too little rock. pix!

post-apocalyptic zombie destroyer

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / hitch hiking Our Lady Of Guadalupe on: November 06, 2008 06:03:57 PM
long story short me and my boyfriend went on a 2 week long adventure hitch hiking from san diego to portland, or over the course of two weeks. when we were in LA he got a "vend-a-saint" (as i like to call it) from one of those gumball machine/ 50cent (pun not intended) "hommies" dispensers. an our lady of guadalupe figurine rolled out and she became our patron saint for the trip.

this was my first embroidery project. it took me way longer than expected obviously (5 drawn out months). the fabric is a cheap lightweight canvas that i got because i thought it was kinda like the needlepoint fabric and it has that worn tapestry like look similar to the referenced miracle. i found a picture online, adapted the image (sketched it on paper) and traced it with carbon paper onto fabric. i ended up redrawing it with pen because carbon paper is chalk and not dye (no wonder why half of the image disappeared after a train ride, lol) so there was a little bit of warping. my technique was more "coloring book" than any sort of needle point. i hope the effort and time is recognized because the skill is seriously lacking. lol.

concept changes from original image
+messy, windswept hair
+"with my hands clenched in a fist, and my face in a smile after hitching too many miles" Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains lyric
+compass and map at the bottom instead of a cherub
+WWJPU stands for "who would Jesus pick up?" answer: EVERYBODY!

the compass is about the size of a nickel for size reference.
i want to give this to him so he can sew it as a patch onto this sweet army green jacket he found out there. i was thinking of sewing this wide ribbon around the edge and folding it over to prevent fraying (though the black ribbon i have seems too dark). i am also worried about too much wear and tear.

any suggestions on how i can prevent fraying at the edges?
any suggestions on how i can help fend it from the elements? (my sister has this water-proofing spray that can go on uggs and fabric and stuff, any reviews of how it is on embroidery?)

i will post more photos later (how it looks on the jacket, original drawing etc.) but i wanted to get some advice before i continued.
and if my inexperience wasn't obvious enough, heres the back.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / most useless quilt ever on: April 08, 2008 06:36:26 PM
unless it's raining i guess

i would have put this in recycled crafts but i didn't see a good place to post it.
it was an assignment for school where we had to dive ONE dumpster or trash can and make something with it using only stuff found in there (including adhesives)
i made a quilt of plastic bags fusing them with an iron.
it didn't come out great but worth posting i thought.

the text "it's a shame to waste a plastic bag" was taken from a goodwill bag

what do you think?
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