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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Resident Runway--My Cute Suit (Pic Heavy) on: September 05, 2010 03:05:51 PM

So, at my college we had a challenge called Resident Runway in which we were given a bag of thrift store clothing and we were to fashion an outfit. I won the challenge. Smiley And here is my creation. It's a skirt suit.

My process:
Here is the assortment of clothing:

Next I died the horrifying green shirt and awful plaid shorts black(ish):

I discovered the best way to dye! I just used a trashcan with a liner and plastic ziplock bags for gloves. Cheap and easy!

Here's the back. The skirt is high-waisted with purple/black plaid ties and inserts on the side. The inserts match the jacket fabric.

Front of the top. I used the giant green men's shirt, chopped off the collar and sleeves and edged everything in black.

I made a little tank top to go under it with a cut-out back.

And of course I had to make a cute little hat. I used craft foam sheets and lots of hot glue.

And here's a picture of me modeling it in the show.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Onesie School Pride on: August 06, 2010 10:10:16 AM
So I'm going to take a second to gush. My best friend/high school teacher/mentor just had her first child. She's a beautiful girl named Laurel, after me. I go to school in LA at Loyola Marymount U. and I decided that baby Laurel needed some lion pride! So I whipped this up:

Onesie: .50 cents at Goodwill
Iron-on letters, red felt, red ribbon, and white ruffle were all in my craft box.

It's modeled by my good old teddy bear (interestingly named Laurel Bear).

I had to hand stitch everything because my sewing machine is in storage in California and I am not. The ruffle on the butt is crooked, so I'm probably going to have to rip it off, borrow my friend's sewing machine, and re-do. Also, I'll add an extra ruffle layer. I just couldn't wait to post it because I think it's too cute. I'm also thinking of putting a little lion patch on it if I can find one.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cute coupon holder on: August 01, 2010 09:39:43 PM
I decided today that I wanted to start clipping coupons! And of course I needed a cute place to put them. So, voila! My coupon holder:

I used one of those picture envelopes that you get your prints back from Walmart in as my template. Then I added stamps, ribbon, and some little flower brads. The dividers inside are just cardstock that I cut. I love it!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Need Ideas for My Ruined Necklace! on: July 31, 2010 11:07:16 PM
So...my boyfriend bought me a pretty little heart pendant necklace. Then I stupidly left it on the floor. And he vacuumed it up. Apparently the vacuum absolutely hates jewelry because it tried its best to destroy it. Now I'm left with a pendant but the hook part has been snapped off. I'd really love to be able to do something with it because it's a bit sentimental.

Any ideas for what I can do with the pendant. It's edges are beat up so it's a bit scratchy. Also it has some remnants of superglue on it because the boyfriend tried to fix it. I was thinking maybe resin, but I have no idea how to do it. Any great resin tutes?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ABC really stands for Awesomely Badass Crafting on: March 24, 2010 12:13:59 AM
So...this weekend my school had an ABC Dance (Anything But Clothes) and what would any self-respecting craftster do? Go all out, of course!

Hopefully you can see it well. The pictures aren't great. I forgot to take pics predance.


The vest is made out of plastic shopping bags, duct tape, and shoelaces (to lace the corset-type part).

Skirt and back of vest:

The skirt is made of pleated magazine pages. It was actually quite easy! The back of the vest is a bag from my school's bookstore. I had to throw in a little LMU pride. Smiley

Full outfit(ish):

You can kinda see the skirt in better detail. The vest looks bunchy, but ignore that. It really wasn't.

Anyway...I was quite proud of my creation. It took about three hours total. Probably two of those hours were just cutting duct tape (such a pain!).

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Boyfriend Craft HELP!!! STAT! on: November 22, 2009 05:22:01 PM
Me: What do you want for Christmas?
BF: Will you make me something?
Me: Sure, what would you like?
BF: Anything you make.

Problem...I have no idea of any good, masculine ideas. He's a college athelete so he's not going to wear around anything tha even has the slightest feminine/ambiguous feel. Any ideas?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with Boyfriend Craft!!!!! STAT! on: November 22, 2009 05:10:36 PM
Me: What do you want for Christmas?
BF: Will you make me something?
Me: What would you like?
BF: Anything you make.

HELP! I make girl's clothing (for me). I've never made anything that isn't my size/I have no idea what there even is to make. I want it to be simple, easy, very boyish (he's a college athelete, so he's not going to wear like a knitted man-bag or a collage tie, get what I'm sayin?). Any ideas!?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Newest Shirt on: October 17, 2009 04:10:10 PM
So...it's the classic XL men's oxford turned into badass new chick-wear story. Picked up the shirt at a thrift store for two bucks, black lace detail at Walmart for about two as well.

Full version...kinda a gimpy pic. I know.

Detail of bust.

Shirt's original front pocket.

The side. I'm most proud of this part because I used the shirt's original line of button-holes. It took me a long time of realigning this to get it right. Also the top button-hole/arrow thing (no idea what to call that) is from the sleeve. It looks puckered but that's my weird arm/camera angle.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Just a little love note. on: July 12, 2009 12:56:52 PM
It was a classic case of "boyfriend's hoodie thievery."

And then I wanted to remind him how much I love him.


It's just a strip of an iron-on patch that I traced "I <3 YOU" onto and then sewed over in red thread. Very very simple but that's what I like about it.

Oh...and it's ironed onto the hoodie upside-down so that when he flips the edge of his hoodie while wearing it the writing will be right-side up from his point of view. [If that makes any sense.]

P.S. I semi-stole this idea from Gossip Girl. Haha. Yes, it's my favorite show.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pink, Silver, Black, White. Total coolness in desk form. [Pic preggers.] on: August 14, 2008 10:28:37 PM
So, my sissy-poo is moving into her first apartment and she has to fully furnish the place on her own. So, my parents bought her this desk. Of course it was too drab for her, so she asked me to pep it up.

1]Spray paint the sides black (and devour mac-n-cheese so as not to perish while crafting).
2]Attach sides of awesome dress wedding gift bags from the Dollar Tree to sides. Frame with ribbon and awesome $1/yd. houndstooth fabric.
3]Paint drawers and cover one drawer with matching fabric from the frame around the gift bag dresses on sides of desk.
3]Stencil on random design on top of desk with pink, silver, and black.
4]Paint rungs of chair.
5]Sew awesome cushion with fabric that matches with the frame around the gift bag dress on the sides and the bottom drawer.

Now, on with the pictures:


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