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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Salvaged Window Kitchen Island on: January 30, 2012 06:28:43 PM
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Butcher Block Side Table & Tutorial on: January 17, 2012 02:39:35 PM
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Burlap Family Tree Wall Covering on: October 18, 2011 10:49:53 AM
So I work at Anthropologie where inspiration abounds (yes, I know of the Anthro controversies... but I love my job and could live in that store)

anyhoo, I wanted to do a family tree in my living room and was speaking with our visual merchandiser over some drinks at a get together and this idea was born.

I'm going to eventually frame it, but I'm going to wait until I've finished putting up all the pictures of family members.

I rather like it... and it goes with my historic home.

oh and i'm going to be putting some writing up at the top where there's that void (where the tree mysteriously ends)
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Starry Night Pumpkin on: October 16, 2011 07:17:54 AM

So... The other night I went to the store, bought a pumpkin, and needed to distract myself from something so I decided to attempt to carve Starry Night... I figured the pumpkin was only $4.97 and the carving tools were only $3.99 so even if I messed it up I had less than $10 invested.

I pulled up an image on my laptop, took out a Sharpie, sketched a very loose rendition of it... Sat there staring at it trying to figure out how to best carve it... and then processed the pumpkin and carved from about 10pm until 2am.. and resumed the next morning

I still need to shave a bit down (on the inside) so one of the patches where I removed the pumpkin's skin (??) will shine through better... but other than that I'm fairly satisfied, considering I've never done anything like this in the past - just kitty cats (with those patterns from books) and Eiffel Towers... this was just freehand sketching and carving.

I might do the Mona Lisa and a few other "works of art" to complete it... haven't decided yet though.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Question regarding chandelier on: July 03, 2011 12:21:10 PM
Okay so I'm reconstructing this chandelier -

in the collect water bottles - rinse water bottles with dishsoap - and cut them process/phase. then I will be in the poke holes and tie fishing line process.

My question is... the way they have all the fishing line straight into the ceiling - creating LOADS of holes.. Now... I don't really want to do it like that. I feel like I could either
a) connect it all to a board and fix the board to the ceiling and then run the pendant light kit down
b) Create the chandelier from the middle out and have all of it fixed to one central spot.

The first would probably be easier... but better?

or are there any more reasonable ideas out there?

oh and btw: this will be more of a "show" in my new house than functioning - I don't plan on turning it on often if at all... since I probably won't actually use my dining room very often (except for parties!!)
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / a peacock running outfit on: October 18, 2010 06:16:27 AM
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Dress in Spring 2010 Stuart Weitzman Ad on: February 18, 2010 07:42:16 PM

So I LOVE this dress and MUST make it.

Now my only real question is what fabric do you think is being used as the petticoat? Heirloom cotton maybe? I have one other picture (could not find it on line, only in a hard ad in a newspaper for an outlet mall nonetheless) and the fabric seems thicker looking than chiffon, organza, or silk...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Upcoming Fashion Show on: February 18, 2010 07:23:52 PM
So some of the pieces may look familiar (aka one of them) from an earlier post of mine, but it just fits well... with the theme.

A few I had a photoshoot with recently

sneak peak of some of the designs:

taking you through the decades for some old hollywood glamour reimagined

there are some other pieces that are still in process and a couple I just forgot to take pics of :/


there is a cream heavily beaded flapper dress that will be here in the lineup once I have finished with it.

ombre tattered and torn flapper dress

40s beaded applique cocktail dress

50s polka dot I love lucy dress

50s bombshell dress

60s mod feather skirt

there will be a quilted very full skirted gown here for the 70s.

80s lost and found gray sheath dress - will be styled very 80s

there will be a halter dress with full skirt here covered in half circles that are hard to describe - will post pics later

I'll post the pieces I described but am still working on later...

if you have any ???s, let me know.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Been Awhile - 2 Dresses, One Work in progress skirt (or dress...) on: January 03, 2010 11:04:13 AM
Wow! I haven't posted on here since Halloween, and even then, it wasn't the best post.

So I got the pleasure of being able to get some pointers (and free equipment use) from a local clothing designer that I got connected with via my modeling... which was a great experience... out of that came this dress:

which has my first experience with rolled hems... ruching, hidden zippers, and a lot of other things...

it will be worn in my next photoshoot.

This next dress isn't quite as cool - or nearly as technically well done... It WAS, however, accomplished from fabric to final product in 2.5 hours...

you see... my work's Christmas party was disco themed this year... and I wanted to look like a disco ball.

I had a lot of other obligations and hired someone to make me a disco dress... with bell sleeves... I went picked it up, paid $160, and it was horrible... ugly light yellow gold sequin nightmare...

So since I picked it up the morning of the party.. .. I was running out of time... I just did not want to wear that dress. So I headed to Joann's... got this silver sequin fabric... went back, realized I had 3.5 hours to make the dress, do my makeup, and straighten my hair... Speed dress making at it's finest.

I had to use maybe 3 different needles because the sequins kept on dulling them...

BUT it got finished.

I wanted it to be remniscent of the dress Muzzy wore in Thoroughly Modern Millie... only more disco ball. So the back was slits of fabric so that it almost appeared solid, but then when I danced, because I made the slits slightly longer than the length from the shoulder to the waist, it flared out and exposed my back.

The dress was not supposed to be that short... I miscut and didn't have time to fix it... so I just wore tights underneath and it worked out...

despite the technical flaws of this dress (I didn't finish the edges because of time... and well... that would have been difficult with the sequin fabric and it surely did not fray or unravel), everyone loved it... and I got asked by a few people where I got my dress.

and lastly a piece in the works...

This is going to be either a high waisted skirt or a dress. Either way, this is the waistband.

It's suede and lace.

The skirt is going to be very full... and is going to be quilted (rather squares instead of cathedral window) with the black suede, each layer getting fuller and fuller.

It's going to be knee length.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Question about collection for fashion design school portfolio on: November 25, 2009 11:20:55 AM
Okay so I want to apply to some fashion design schools (FIT, Parsons, etc)... now FIT does require fashion design majors to include fashion designs in their port, Parsons wants more of a variety...

well, I REALLY want to manage to get into a school (I went to college for Chemistry for a year, then took what was supposed to be a short sabbatical where I somehow managed to join the military, where I now make teeth  Roll Eyes and now may be getting out early, so I need a plan) so my plan is to sketch and create a collection of clothing...

I want to know what everyone thinks, I think it'll all be doable:

It's supposed to be the seasons, in a very literal sense...

the plum for the tunic will be deeper by the way, I found a cool heavy jersy knit.
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