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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Simplicity 3618 - My costume on: November 04, 2009 06:54:22 PM
This pattern, S3618, is your basic tart-y looking pirate, red riding hood, French maid, etc getup with a circle skirt, lace up bodice, and puffy shirt. I made a red riding hood costume but did a few things differently than the pattern called for. I'm probably too old to be wearing such a thing... but anyway, It's the most complicated thing i've made, as a beginning sewer. I wore it out for Halloween. I know its a costume and not exactly clothing, but to me was more of a sewing project as i'm trying to learn the basics of garment construction, so thought i'd share it. Thanks for lookin!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Kinda gothy valentine pin/brooch... on: February 15, 2007 08:52:38 PM
Okay, the heart is made of polymer clay, stamped with Cherry Pie Art Stamps, and colored with pearl pigments. Bead attatched to heart, heart attatched to matching iridescent bow, and bam, very odd looking but pretty thing to wear on my lapel. What do yall think? I wish you could see the colors of the bow better...

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Mighty Mississippi at sunrise from waay up high... on: January 10, 2007 12:48:54 PM
Okay. My hubby, who is a budding photographer, works at the Domino Sugar refinery which is basically across the river from New Orleans. The tallest part of the refinery, which is well over 100 years old, is where he went to take these. I myself would have had a heart attack halfway up, and almost had one anyway when I saw where he went to get these photos.  Tongue  I just have to share these, he's a shy one.

In the background of this picture, you can see just part of the New Orleans skyline. In the foreground, you see some of the loading platforms, where sugar is loaded onto trains and raw materials are offloaded. You can see the railroad.

In this picture, the Steamboat Natchez approaches, and the N.O. skyline is more clear.

For comparison purposes, here is a super old postcard of the refinery. My hubby took his pics from that tallest building you see there. He was facing the direction where the photographer who took this postcard pic would have been standing.

Thanks for looking. Boy is he gonna be surprised when he gets home from his hard day of slogging around in molasses to find that I have exposed his photos to the world. muhuhahaha!

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage sheet music remade as wrapping paper on: December 18, 2006 04:47:28 PM
This is an X-mas gift for my Dad, which I wrapped with the following: A page from a real 1920's musical score to the Pirates of Penzance. While still flat, I stamped an antique car, key, pocket watch, victrola, and typewriter key letters/numbers in red chalk ink. Then I aged a tag with chalks and stamped on it. Wrapped the gift in the paper, tied it with old rope, and voila- something pretty yey not frou-frou. What do yall think?

Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My handmade holiday cards. on: November 23, 2006 01:09:51 PM
These are some holiday cards I made for family members.

On this one, I used some toile x-mas wrap, glitter, sticker, ribbon, and a cut out from a catalog:

And this one is mostly made with some coordinating papers I got at Hobby Lobby, but the little boy is a transparency I made on my inkjet, I dyed the lace myself with tea and coffee.

Thank for havin a look-see. Happy Holidays!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / AOL box+Johnny Cash lyrics+old Ephemera=.... on: November 22, 2006 09:07:49 PM
This is sort of a birthday, er, "card" I made for my hubby by altering a pressboard AOL box thingie. I used some Johnny Cash lyrics as a poem that is read in parts as the box is opened.

Here's the lid top:

The inside lid top:

The inside of the box itself:

And when you untie the ribbon on the little book:

This was made with real vintage sheet music, some fake vintage ephemera, jewels, embossed felt, etc. I may eventually seal it with modpodge, but for now I like it the way it is.

Thanks for looking!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Purple Jar O' Morbid Goodness on: November 05, 2006 12:43:45 PM
Here's a candleholder lantern thing I made from what was a plain puple jar with a wire holder on it. Victorian style embalming fluid label that I aged with coffee, some black gauze, a silver chain with a heart lock, and there's a spider on the side. Looks really spooky with a candle in the dark.


Thanks for lookin, yall!
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Turned my hallway into a Morgue- lotsa pics. on: October 18, 2006 07:10:09 PM
This is with other lights on. There's tattered gauze curtains and the Morgue sign at the entrance to the hallway.

And here it is in the dark. There's a red bulb in the light fixture, it's covered in webs.

At the end of the hall, there's this weird old nonfunctioning heater that i put an old mirror with blood drips on. There's a bloody knife, skull candle, and bottles that I added victorian style labels to.

And here's that in the dark:

Close up of the bottles: Embalming fluid and poison. (The poison is red crystal light.)

Hope yall like my morgue! Muhhuhahaha!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterick 6567- retro look apron on: July 03, 2006 08:47:44 PM
This was a pretty fun pattern to work with. Took me about 3 days, (with a really bad cold the past 2) and i'm a novice sewer. The scallops were really good for practicing curves on the machine.


I also left the pockets off because i didn't like them. okay, I left em off because I screwed em up. Harhar! But anyway, i'm going to put some rickrack on it, I just want to show off the scalloped edge which I lurve.


Please pardon my silly expression and goofy hair. I was on cold meds and had bed head but just couldn't resist.

Oh yea, here's a close up of the ugly but retro looking seersucker fabric I got for 2 bucks a yard:


Thanks fer lookin!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Antiquing/oxidizing *gold* colored, plated, etc findings on: April 23, 2006 12:51:47 PM
I am completely stuck on a jewelry project- I need wire or headpins that are antique gold, dark gold colored, not bright gold. Does anyone know of a way to oxidize bright gold wire or headpins, such as those you get at walmart or hobby lobby? I have tried wiping and soaking them in polish remover. I have tried holding them in a flame, then wiping off the char. It either completely takes off the gold, turing it black, or does nothing at all. I know there are oxidizing solutions out there, but they work only on brass and silver. And i can't find any readymade antique gold colored headpins or wire- not even at Fire Mountain.

Bright gold would look ridiculous on my project. So, if you know of a way to do this, or even a place that sells what I'm looking for, I'd be much obliged if you could tell me. Thanks!
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