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1  It's no wonder that her name means beauty! [BELLE] in Halloween Costumes by karataylor on: November 02, 2008 06:49:21 PM

Okay, so we're all familiar with Belle from Beauty & the Beast:

I was originally planning on being something else for Halloween, but then I had an ugly dress party. The Craftsters in Chicago have heard about that, & let me just tell the rest of you that it was pretty intense. ANYWAY, I had this horrible wedding dress for one of the costumes from that party.

[that would be me on the left in the original dress. And there's one more underneath this]

SO after looking at this dress, I realized it. Was. Belle. With a little bit of work, that is.

So I used some RIT Dye, made some sash-like gathers, & made a 10-yard tulle petticoat for underneath it. Now, I know it's not 100% handmade, but it's a big turn around. And the rules said it just had to have a handmade component! The results?

[sorry about low image quality; I ended up getting sick on Halloween & had to cancel my plans anyway, UGH]

The one time I did get to wear it out, I ended up getting a TON of people yelling "Belle!!" "Beauty!!" "Beauty & the Beast!!!!" at me when I was walking down the mag mile hahahah. Mission: success!

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2  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by karataylor on: August 20, 2008 09:18:54 PM

Frog! He's a 'wild' frog, if you will, that's settled in my grandma's beautiful water garden. There's three in there right now. He's the smallest, & the one my mom almost got with the lawn mower one day, but rescued & dumped in the pond instead. As you can see, he's pretty okay with you getting close to him haha.
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3  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by karataylor on: July 25, 2008 09:38:03 AM
I wish there was an easier way to keep up on commenting everyone's wonderful work. This thread moves so fast!

I love this portrait of my friend, Morgan, but I wish that little kid that was with his hillbilly family running amuck wasn't in the shot. And that I saw her handbag was where it was. Oooohhhh well.

These are of Morgan's cat, Gato.

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4  Reusable Shopping Bag & Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by karataylor on: July 12, 2008 04:03:14 PM
I've been meaning to make a reusable shopping bag for AGES now. I'm very conscious of my carbon footprint & general impact on the environment. Even though I always reuse plastic shopping bags, I haaaaate taking them. My purse is always huge, but sometimes I'll have something that won't fit in my handbag. Anyway, I've been meaning to make a reusable bag to throw in my purse forever, & I finally got around to it!

I used queenofdiy's tutorial [below] to get the true shopping bag shape & use the awesome pocket to fold it up.

And it's this horrific lobster material, which makes it even better. It's that plastic tablecloth material, so it's SUPER sturdy. I'm fairly confident I could carry around any one of your craftsters in it if I had any upper body strength.

A sneak peek of the lining material.

Folded into the pocket on the front. It's pretty huge though, so it folds up a little bigger than 'usual.' And the material makes it thicker too, but I sacrificed that for how sturdy it is.

Another view of how it folds up.

And I'm obsessed with clutches. I absolutely love them. I used some suede-cloth I got at the thrift store for this one, along with scraps from a dress I made a few weeks ago to give it a little something. It's probably about 6" by 11" wide or so if I had to guess [it's not in front of me right now haha]. And it has stiffiner in between the exterior & lining so it's not totally floppy. The buttons are extras from my stash, & I installed my first successful interior zipper in this one, THANK GOD.

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5  Sigur Rs Vinyl Wall Art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by karataylor on: July 11, 2008 04:42:40 PM
Okay so having blank space on my walls KILLS me haha. I'm not used to it at all. I've been contemplating what else to put on my walls now that I actually got ahold of some contact paper, & this was my next venture.

It's the cover art from Sigur Rs' album gtis Byrjun. They're one of my favorite [& most inspiring] groups, & I've always loved this cover art in particular.

I did use the actual art as a stencil as opposed to free hand like the octopus I did the other day was, but it's all hand cut out & everything. Thank god I handle an X-Acto like it's an extra appendage. This one was a pain haha.

There it is above my computer/below my scarves so you have an idea of size [my macbook is a 15" screen].

And there's a close up for detail. This one was extra hard 'cause it's allll in one pice instead of piecing it together on the wall.

And if you're curious, this is the real album cover:
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6  Vinyl Octopus Wall Art in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by karataylor on: July 08, 2008 06:52:19 PM
Okay, so I'm sure we've all seen the tutorials of using contact paper to make easy to do/remove wall art lately. If not, the intractable is here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Vinyl-Wall-Art/. I know threadbanger did a decor it yourself video on it as well.

I've been wanting to do this for months, but I'd either forget about it or couldn't find contact paper. I seriously had the biggest problem with it. Michael's finally had it, if anyone else is wondering.

ANYWAY. Then I was trying to think of what I wanted to do first. The swirl is okay, but not my cup of tea really. And bamboo/flowers/trees seem to be what everyone has. Plus, I wanted to add a little flavor to it myself. After seeing blackandblue's octopus + cupcakes tote bag [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255700.0], I remembered how much I love octopuses [octopi? I don't know haha].

I used her octopus for a guide & freehanded my own for empty space one in my room. I LOVE it!

That's how it looks as a whole on the wall on which it sets.

Excuse the flash, but that's a little closer of a view.

And for those of you wondering how in/visible the seams actually are, there's a closer shot. I can't see any of the seams from where I'm sitting, & I barely see them when I'm, like, right on top of it.
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7  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by karataylor on: July 07, 2008 10:24:25 PM
Some great pics, Kara! But what really caught my attention was the description under the squirrel photo:

"He runs right up your leg & eats nuts from you"

I got a COMPLETELY different picture in my head!

ROFL hahahahahahha that's perfect. And totally something I would think if I read it.

And in the interest of people liking the squirrel, here's a few more of 'em.

Those are all when he was a baby [probably 4-5 weeks]. I don't have any more recent, sadly.
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8  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by karataylor on: July 07, 2008 08:34:00 AM
SO happy this thread exists. Everyone has wonderful work.

Here are a few random ones from the past two or three months. There's more on my flickr [http://www.flickr.com/photos/karataylor/] if you're interested.

^Wisteria growing/blooming in my yard at home in the 'burbs. I have no idea how we managed to get Wisteria to bloom in, like, five years in northern Illinois. My grandma is a magician.

My baby squirrel, Milford!! hahaha. My friend found a hurt baby squirrel in her yard in the middle of May, & we couldn't get a wildlife rehabilitation center to take him. That led to three weeks of a squirrel in the house, & now we have a squirrel that comes down the tree to hang out with you when you're on the deck. He runs right up your leg & eats nuts from you hahahahahah.

Matt from Anathallo at a show with Dosh & Dark Dark Dark at Subterranean in Chicago in the end of May.
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9  Green Octopus Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karataylor on: July 04, 2008 04:19:00 PM
I made this fun-shaped little clutch from my own design. It's got a zipper closure along with an organic flap that hides the zipper & snaps [with a set snap, not a sewn one] in front.

It's all made from scraps of old clothing that came from the thrift store or extra scraps laying around. The main green corduroy was a jacket, the lining [which has two pockets for ID cards] was an old t-shirt, & the octopus detailing was from old halloween costumes & another old handbag.

Super happy with it!

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10  Green & Brown Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by karataylor on: July 04, 2008 04:11:43 PM
A friend of mine asked me for a dress out of some scraps from an old dress she had. The brown center/sleeves are from her old dress, & we found the perfectly matching green at JoAnn's. I didn't have a pattern [just took her measurements & flew with it].

I think it's my favorite item I've produced this summer!

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