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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / It's no wonder that her name means beauty! [BELLE] 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!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Shopping Bag & Clutch 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.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Sigur Rs Vinyl Wall Art 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:
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Button storage/sorting? Eh? on: July 09, 2008 10:21:09 PM
Okay, so I have an obscene amount of buttons. I find bags of buttons at garage sales. I find them at thrift stores. I steal them from my grandma's unused button stash. I hoard the extras nice store-bought items give you. I rip the buttons off of anything from the thrift store I recon.

But I'm preaching to the choir. I'm positive most of you ladies are the exact same way.

I was putting some finishing touches on a clutch today & had to sort through buttons to find the ones I wanted to detail with. And I was rudely reminded of my problem.

SO my question: is there any magic way anyone sorts their buttons? And by magic I mean effective 'cause you know they pile up fast & messy.

I'm thinking I'm going to have to resort to sewing them on index cards, similar to how they sell them new a lot of times. I just wanted to see if anyone out there had a better/cooler way!

Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl Octopus Wall Art 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.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Green Octopus Clutch 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!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Green & Brown Dress 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!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting Needle Case on: July 04, 2008 04:03:43 PM
So I lived with my grandmother until very recently. We shared a huge amount [over fifty pairs hahah] of needles, but when I moved out, I wanted to take a set with me. I couldn't use the basket hers were sitting in, so I needed something that would hold [& transport] mine.

Now, the case itself isn't knit, but I figured this was still the place to post it. If I'm wrong, just let me know!

I ended up making a roll up case [inspired by using a bamboo mat to hold paintbrushes] out of leftover canvas. It keeps my needles organized & makes them easy to bring with me! It wasn't too difficult to make [though tedious], & I definitely endorse something similar for yourselves or the knitter in your life.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recon Strawberry Summer Dress! on: July 04, 2008 01:05:37 PM
Hey everyone! I've been a lurk around here for quite some time, but I figured it was time to get myself in gear & start posting some stuff. I finished this two or three weeks ago to wear at my housewarming party.

It was originally one of those ugly dresses that remind you of what kindergarten teachers in the early 90's wore. You know...thick strapped, high neckline, long skirt, & HUGE! I couldn't pass up the adorable summery material though...especially not when it's two bucks at the thrift store.

Anyway, after some pinning & experimenting on my dress-form, I came out with a dress I'm quite happy with. Sorry they're not the best pictures. No one else was home, & I couldn't find my tripod. If you're really interested, I could get some more detailed shots for you.

K, it won't let me post a photo yet because I haven't posted enough times in the forum, so here's a link to the photo haha.

^Front. & [email protected] Orange Bird [which is my change bank] over my head. Chicago has been absolutely ridiculous with weather lately & leaves me looking like a troll.

^That's the back. It has some elastic holding it up paired with a cute little tie across the top for an extra detail [& to help hold it up haha].

Thanks for looking!
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