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1  Embroidered bag and bookmark in Needlework: Completed Projects by raineydaze on: December 24, 2009 11:21:41 AM
I just met my paternal grandparents last year, and this was our first Christmas together. I don't really know my grandmother that well yet, but I knew she needed some tea balls, so I made this to make the packaging special. (It's made from an old pants leg  Cheesy)

Up close:

That was my first grown-up, finished embroidery project, too.
I didn't know what my grandfather could possibly need, but I know he's very interested in the Revolutionary War. I gave him a copy of "Washington's Crossing" with this bookmark, from a flag carried in battle:

Thanks for looking!
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2  Funky punky fishy dress from ugly 'cyber security awareness' t-shirt in CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES by raineydaze on: December 03, 2009 08:41:55 PM
The final product:
Here's a sleeve close-up:
And the back:
It was made from:
The big black t-shirt was $1 and the little red one was .50 (it was on sale).
There was also a smaller logo on the chest of the shirt:
Same fishy, de-uglified (excuse the cat fur, my kitty loves me even more when I'm trying to sew):
I cut the fishes out and embroidered X's all around. The entire thing is sewn by hand, my sewing machine lacks a needle clamp assembly so I had no alternative. I cut the bottom off the big t-shirt, gathered it, and sewed it (with the help of packing tape--hooray for packing tape!!) to the bottom of the little red shirt. The sleeves are gathered with ribbon and tied with bows on the inside.
(The skirt and big fish look kinda crooked in a couple pics, but they're really not. I went to great pains over that. The dress just kinda moves with ya, it's so stretchy).
This is my second-ever finished t-shirt recon, my first-ever handmade dress, and my very first challenge entry too, so I'm kinda giddy  Cheesy
Thanks for looking!
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3  pretty (I think) sidewalk necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by raineydaze on: June 16, 2008 02:08:06 PM
So-called because much of it was found on the sidewalk outside where I work.
I've been messing around with wiring neat little bits of stuff together for years. I finally went and spent lotsa money to get all the non-found-object pieces necessary to make such jewelries pretty, and this is what I came up with on my first attempt drawing from my new stash:

I wish you could see the colors better, they are really quite vivid, but this is the best my poor little camera could do.
The middle piece is a bit of a beer bottle, the colorful things are beads, and the other thingies are tiny pebbles.
 Smiley Thanks for looking--opinions? suggestions?

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4  Slightly beautified chair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by raineydaze on: June 14, 2008 08:36:49 AM
I wish I had seen the last Craftster Challenge topic more than twelve hours before the deadline. I might have finished this project to the point that I excitedly planned when I did see the topic. Now I don't know, it makes a functional computer chair as it is.

It does look rather spiffy now.

We were using it with a sheet tied over this mess:

You can see that sheet on the floor under it in this one, where I've rebuilt the seat with filling from a pillow that was in equally bad shape and a dishtowel: 

Anyway I'm considering going on with it and covering the back and arms and painting the wood to match the brown. What do you think? Does it look good enough to bother?
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5  Opryland kitsch kid's shirt into halter in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by raineydaze on: June 13, 2008 02:56:01 PM
Hello peoples,

This is my first completed recon attempt. It turned out a little crooked, but I don't think you can really tell. I'm still not sure if it should be worn in public though. It was a pretty choppy job.
The results:

Here are the two shirts I started with:

It really fits better than that, see?

Thank you for looking!
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6  Jack and Sally Halloween costumes from scratch in Halloween Costumes by raineydaze on: June 11, 2008 02:15:37 PM
Hello Craftster peoples. This is my first post ever. I finally managed to get an account set up to make it. This project is really old, from 2005, but it is my crafting masterpiece and I just had to share it. 

I made this dress from pieces of other clothes, using a cut-up 80s sheath dress for a pattern. It worked surprisingly well to do it that way, and even handsewing it at my night job I think the whole thing only took me about eight hours or so of actual sewing. I painted myself blue with eyeshadow when I wore it--you can see a little of that on the neckline.

And fortunately, my husband is tall and skinny enough to make this look work. Jack also has some pinstripe pants, but they're just black pants painted like the jacket, which I also sewed by hand at my night job. He also had a nice stuffed fabric bowtie but that was lost to the ages and halloween parties. Unfortunately he couldn't see or hear well because of the vinyl mask he had to wear.

Edit: Here's me in the one picture that was taken of me wearing it that I know about! And someone not too good with pictures scanned it from an instant camera. But if you squint, you can make it all out pretty well.
Thanks for looking and I hope these bring a little Burtonesque joy to your day!
(And if my noobposting skills aren't up to par please let me know!)
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