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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two boring old shirts into a new Kurt Halsey one on: March 15, 2006 03:27:23 AM
Before: The green shirt was way too short and the purple was was boring so I cut off the bottom, sleeves and neck part, resewed the top part of the sleeves so they're even longer and then attached all of that tot he inside of the purple shirt. Oh, also stenciled the cute Kurt Halsey kitten on there.

Stencil can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/kq3bs
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Cityscape during sunset on: March 15, 2006 03:18:53 AM
Before: ugly "white" undershirt that got washed with some colored clothes by mistake Sad

When I dyed the bottom part black I dripped a bit of dye in the sky part of the shirt.

Airplane to cover the dye spot.

The stencil is still a bit wet so it looks splotchy :/

I tie dyed the whole shirt first (colorful for a sky during sunset), then dip dyed the bottom black (it's supposed to be water) then and then did the stencil. Stencil: http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=citysleeps22of.jpg
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Removable faces on: February 14, 2006 11:16:54 AM
My furniture seemed boring...

They're just scraps of fleece with double sided tape on the back. My boyfriend pointed out that velrco probably would have worked better (just put the stiffer, more plastic side onto the eyes and such, then they'd stick to most fabric covered things).
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Spongebob Snuggle Bag on: January 05, 2006 03:45:47 PM
My 12 year old brother is really into Spongebob (still, thankfully since I bought this fabric to make a xmas gift for him 2 years ago and I just now got around to it).

What the heck is a snuggle bag?...
It's like a sleeping bag, w/o a zipper on the side. You just snuggle down into it. I was originally making a normal 2 sided blanket and then decided not to sew up the last seam so that it would be a snuggle bag instead.

Cotton spongebob fabric on one side, soft and toasty fleece on the other.

What the opening at the top looks like:

Of course I had to try it out to make sure it worked...

And finally, my dorky little brother enjoying it:

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / kitty nap pillow on: January 02, 2006 12:03:19 AM

I was going to make a couple cat beds for my friend's cat's for xmas. Then she told me that she used to have cat beds for them but they just peed all over them. Sad So I came up with this. They're pillows for them to cuddle up on with removable covers so she can easily wash them if they do decide to be evil and pee on them.

The opening w/velcro:

My cat not knowing what to think...

Zoom of the fuzzy fabric.

Her cats really liked them and bonus: they just happened to be the perfect size to work at a kitty condo cushion.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My new & improved, oh so fuzzy computer chair on: December 26, 2005 12:34:11 PM
I "reupholstered" my computer chair. Well sort of: I just used a hot glue gun to cover it. Glue, cut off extra fur, glue, cut, repeat (w/a bit of burning myself thrown in there for good measure). It had this rubbery black coating on it that was peeling off to reveal a gross grey color underneath.

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / fuzzy cat bed on: December 05, 2005 03:16:54 PM
I followed squid_ink's tutorial (http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/7418235.html) except I used foam instead of cardboard and batting.

Be amazed by the outrageously expensive but oh so wonderfully fuzzy fabric:

At first she wasn't too sure what to do with it.

Then she just stared at it for a long while.

Eventually she got in but quickly jumped back out. Right now she's cuddling up beside it. We'll give it a day or two to see if she'll actually use it.

This is the first of many cat beds I'll be making (cat's need xmas gifts too). I'll post the others in here once they're done.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cellophane fairy wings w/ tutorial (now w/3 sets) on: December 03, 2005 02:47:50 PM
I'm trying to make (human sized) cellophane wings, again. My last pair turned out pretty awful. These are only a few inches tall because I made them as practice for the big ones I'll soon be making.

You'll need:
*wire (I use 14 gauge wire from OSH or Home Depot for human sized wings, something a lot thinner and softer would be better suited for doll sized wings)
*wire cutters
*glue (I used a hot glue gun because it dries fast and clear)

Step 1: crumple up your cellophane and then flatten it back out.

This gives it that pretty wing texture and makes your wings change colors nicely when the light hits them.

Step 2: cut off a length of wire and bend it into a frame.

Step 3: sketch out a pattern for your wings (don't forget to leave room to fold over the edges) and cut that out.

Step 4: use that pattern to cut out your cellophane.

Step 5: place your wire on top of your cellophane and start gluing. It's best to do small sections at a time.

Step 6: glue, fold over cellophane, press down, repeat until you have it all done.

Now time for decoration...
Step 7: I felt that the edges have a too perfect/unatural look to them so I carefully melt that edge by holding a lighter close to it. Make sure not to let them actually catch on fire because you'll quickly have no wing left (can you tell that I speak form experience?).

Step 8: A stick of incense is perfect for controlled holes. You just poke the wings for small holes or move it in a circle for larger holes. If you don't have incense you can create holes by holding your lighter under them but the holes will be bigger and far less controlled.

Now, all you have to do is repeat all that for the other side.

29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Marbled photo-book on: December 03, 2005 11:37:33 AM
My mom hasn't been doing very good healthwise so I made her a photobook with pictures from when my little brother was in town with me (they live together, about a two hour drive from me).

The pages just sit inside the cover and the ribbon holds it all together when it's not beeing looked at. This way if my mom wants to put any of them on her wall they're all ready to go.

P.S. No I didn't make the paper for the cover. It was part of what I got from my fabulous swap partner in the paper swap.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / CD bowl...tree... on: November 28, 2005 03:10:09 PM
I was trying to make a flat, crackly cd in the oven (our microwave is broken) but it didn't work. The CD did get far more bendy than I thought it would so I tried making it into a bowl (the same way you'd make a record bowl). Surprisingly that worked but a bowl seemed boring so I used a bit of clay to make it into a tree.

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