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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Umbrella necklaces. on: March 22, 2009 02:37:30 PM

These were made out of the ribs from an umbrella.

I bent them by hand, and 'enameled' them with a low temperature glaze. They're all meant to be off center. The pink one is my favorite shape, but I love the color of the turquoise one, even though I worked EXTRA hard to make it very smooth, and when I fired it the glaze crackled. Gah.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / I love Paris in the Rain - Rain Coat on: March 05, 2009 08:15:51 PM

When I saw this challenge, I decided it was the perfect time to utilize two ratty old shower curtains (that were stuffed under my bed just because I thought "there must be something I can make them into!" ) to represent my very favorite song.

Ne Me Quitte Pas by Regina Spektor has a phrase that is repeated throughout that says "I love Paris in the rain/ I love Paris in the rain/ I love/ I love/ I love/ in the rain." My raincoat is a tribute to that, with that lyric written on the trim, and the refrain (Ne Me Quitte Pas Mon Cher Ne Me Quitte Pas) is written on the sash.

I don't have any pictures from the making of, but I do have some pictures of the aftermath:

This coat took almost an entire clear shower curtain, about a third of a green one (because of some mistakes and the oversized hood) and a whole spool of clear thread (and a little white thread too). I can't use a pattern to save my life, so I just created my own right on the shower curtain using a dry erase marker so I could remove the lines easily, and I used my winter coat as a reference.

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my project. I'm so happy that I did this. I love the song, and now whenever it rains I won't be sad because I'll take my little ray of Regina sunshine with me.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Drool Puddle Pillow & Fried Egg Pillow on: October 29, 2008 12:39:38 PM

This is my favorite pillow. It is supposed to be a puddle of drool.

SUPER attractive, I know, I know. It is obviously impossible to resist my charms. 

And this is my roommate's favorite pillow:

I  made it to look like a fried egg (although it looks like a sun and clouds...either works, I guess) because all my roommates in my last apartment really liked fried eggs.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First crochet hat on: October 27, 2008 06:13:56 PM

This hat started from a pattern from the Cool Girl's Guide to Crochet, but somehow ended up as something completely different. I'm not complaining, because I really like it.

The top is the same dark blue color as the band around the edge. The best part is that I got this yarn from a HUGE back I got at the thrift store for about $4. So, this hat probably cost me about 25 cents to make. YAY!

Oh and my head isn't that awkward shaped, nor is the hat, but I find it really hard to take pictures of my own head/face that don't look really distorted.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / BME Skull - embroidery on: October 27, 2008 06:08:34 PM

This little guy (who will soon reside on the back of my favorite hoodie) took me many many hours of stitching, but I am SOSO proud of it. The entire thing is done in satin with the exception of the eyes and nose which are worked in long and short stitch. The satin is two stranded and the long and short is three or four (I'm not quite certain anymore). I have no idea how long this took, but i think, probably >40 hours. Its taken from some tattoo flash from www.bmezine.com (which is sometimes not safe for work, so be careful if you visit)

EDIT: now with nifty close-up action:
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / CRAFTSTER SNEAKERS on: October 27, 2008 06:02:01 PM

Rock is Dead

Long Live

Paper & Scissors

I had these sneakers that were AMAZING when I first got them. However, three years of living in a dirty dirty city turned the once lovely light pink light green and white plaid into gray gray and gray plaid. Not quite as pretty. I saw someone paint shoes gold once and thought that would be a great way to revive my shoes. I'm sorry I don't know who to credit with the idea for the gold, but I assure you it wasn't mine, and I am very grateful for whoever thought of it first. The idea to make them Craftster shoes was mine though. Obviously the logo isn't original, nor is the slogan.

They're a little sloppy, but I love them. AND I wore them in a rain storm two days ago with no problems!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic Frog Necklace - First post to Craftster on: October 27, 2008 05:50:06 PM

Hello all, I'm a long time lurker, and have posted comments here and there, but this is my first ever completed project post on Craftster! I hope you like it.

I was walking down the street one day and stepped on this little frog. I was terrified until I realized it was fake.

Then the crafty wheels in my head started to turn, and I thought he would work perfectly as a really weird necklace.
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