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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Because I don't know how to knit, here's a velvet scarflette with a lacey flower on: February 02, 2009 09:04:14 PM
My boyfriend's mom is going on a trip to NYC soon. She moved from there here to Miami around 20 years ago and doesn't go back much. Anyone who lives in South Florida knows that the fashion industry's definition of winter clothing down here is knee high boots and maybe some corduroy pants. Sooo she was in desperate need for warm clothing. Cue the artgeek "daughter-in-law"!

The pictures came out bad, the fake flower is actually REALLY fluffy. I used three layers of the black velvet and then sewed on the lace. I wanted the button to look like it was the "belly" of the flower but the hole for it is to big and doesn't really have that effect.
I'm going to take better pics tomorrow if it doesn't rain all day and post them  Smiley
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Blue filigree and felt purse (a tad pic chubby) on: January 18, 2009 06:00:13 PM
I set out to make this solely for the purpose of using my new, pretty Eiffel Tower lining fabric, and to help fill my pathetically empty looking Etsy store. But then I saw my felt stash (I'm always doing pockets and such with felt, no hemming or finished needed, I love it) and it took on a totally different look.

I didn't use a pattern, just went at it with scissors like a madwoman, as usual. The felt patch with the buttonhole goes around to the back with the same filigree shape. Oh and I'm pretty happy about the felt flower because I have all these tiny, random scraps that I didn't know what to do with and it turns out they make for great flowers. I was going to put a couple more on but I didn't want to overdo it.

Close up of the pockets. I wanted to repeat the green lace on front but I completely forgot to do it before sewing the sides together.
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Green and orange Owl painting with lace, thread, and button details on: December 28, 2008 04:21:26 AM
I'm posting this here instead of the art board because the lace and button are what make it odd. Plus, I lined the whole thing in thin thread, but you can't really tell in the pics. Feel free to move if needed.

I wanted to make something for my boyfriend's mom for christmas and she (like me) loves owls. I've been playing with different embellished owl paintings and drawings to make them more unique so that they might stand out more to sell.
Anyway, she loved it! I'm going to use the same idea for more.

It's a lot brighter in real life, soo need a new camera.
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pleated handbag done with Amy Butler fabrics on: December 14, 2008 05:21:35 PM
I loooove how this purse turned out. It was one of those that make me adore the bold print fabrics because there are just so much subliminal imagery that can be formed with them.
I took it to sell at a craft show today, and I priced it really high because I was pretty much hoping no one would buy it so that I could keep it for myself, hahaha. But alas, it was sold to a very happy lady so I'm going to make more.
I didn't use a pattern, just cut out the pieces with minimal ruler use. Numbers make me want to stab myself lately thanks to the calculus I've been taking this semester. I've made quite a few versions of this pleated bag with top panels. It's definitely not the most original shape but it's exactly my taste so I keep using the silhouette.

While I was doing the pleating I discovered that it creates a subtle owl face on the bottom. I wasn't sure about the top panel's fabric matching the rest but I think they tie in nicely now.

The lining is remnant fabric that I found that the Salvation Army, to offset the fancy, pricey designer parts.

35  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Owlctopus deep sea oil painting on: December 14, 2008 05:00:57 PM
I have an affinity for both owls and octopuses, and couldn't decide which to use as sort of a brand identity for my designs a few years back so I just Frankensteined the two. I have a ton of different versions of him, painted, printed on tags, computer graphics, felted, appliqued, etc. I think this painting is my favorite rendition though.

I couldn't get the colors to look in the photos the way they do in real life (time for a new camera) so I'm putting up two and the real shades are somewhere in between.

hooo hoooooo
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felted anniversary card for the boyfriend. NSFW! Vagina ahead! on: December 04, 2008 11:04:11 PM
My boyfriend and I have our 2 year anniversary coming up, and we've been good friends for much longer. We both have a pretty twisted sense of humor, and while we are hopeless romantics, most of our gifts tend to be on the cheese side. So, being that we attend colleges which are 200 miles away, I just had to create a visual of what that really means.

Behold, the felted vagina on the horizon:

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A little back story so that this scene makes more sense.
He's always the one who makes the drive to see me because I get extreme anxiety when I drive in the Miami area (would anyone blame me? TURN SIGNALS PEOPLE!). He doesn't mind doing the drive every 2-3 weeks but I'm theming all my gifts this season to make his trips more enjoyable.
I'm going to sew an ipod cozy to go with the card, which will be for the new 120 gig iPod I'll be getting him for christmas. I also want to make him one of those horrid pairs of testicles that all those egomaniacs hang from their truck/SUV hitches. They'll be hot pink and hanging instead from a Corolla. Anything to mock a "that guy" !
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Placemats need accurate names! Turquiose and red pleated handbag on: December 04, 2008 10:27:45 PM
I've been making a bunch of variations on this type of bag, pleated with a lid panel (or technical term thereof). This is the latest finished one and it looks a bit warped but I love how it turned out.

I used two really pretty, old placemats for the handles and top panel. It came out looking exactly like denim in the pictures though.

The blue and gray lining. I forgot to snip some of the threads before photographing.

I got about 3 pounds of these white buttons from the Salvation Army so I've been throwing them on to whatever I can. I wonder if I could spray paint some of them? I doubt it would hold up.

Critique and comments always welcome Smiley
38  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green/brown tote with circular felt applique stuff. on: December 03, 2008 07:05:06 AM
I've been making bags and wallets for a craft show coming up in less than 2 weeks and this is my latest creation. The outside fabric was a really great find in the shower curtain section of Goodwill. It was about 2.5 yards of upholstery-weight canvas for a whole $1.49, so I'm going to be making a bunch of these!

I wanted to give it some more character so I added the felt circles and some pockets. The handles and the inside pocket also have flowery ribbon added. Please excuse my sloppy stitching, I'm still not used to machine sewing  Undecided

Close-up of applique, buttons and the top of the outer pocket.

The lining done with one of my favorite Amy Butler fabrics.

Close-up of my new tags that I recently had printed (anyone wanting info on the seller let me know). Not the best picture of the design but he is my creation, lovingly dubbed an Owlctopus. He has little pink suckers that aren't visible in the pic. I had to create my own brand identity for a Design class a few years ago and couldn't choose between an octopus or an owl interpretation. So I just mashed an owl head on some tentacles and I've been using it ever since  Grin
39  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / My first wallet/clutch thing: long wallet with fun insides on: November 10, 2008 11:30:36 PM
I have a craft show coming up in a month so I've been cranking out some new ideas. Unfortunately for me, my machine sewing skill are still rusty as I've only actually completed 3 projects with it so far.
I've always loved clutches but I carry way too much crap around with me to use them as my only "stuff holder". So I just use them as wallets and I thought it would be interesting to see if I could make one of my own.

I stupidly made the inside lining the same size as the outside so it's a bit warped but overall I like how it came out. I used pieces of matte board and some batting to help it keep its shape. The fabrics that I used to make the pocket and cardholders were all salvaged from old tapestry sample books and they fray like crazy, thus the sloppiness.

The front with vintage button.

Inside, the green lace that I added to the money pouch came out really odd looking in the photos. It makes more sense in life.

This shot's a little better.

My favorite part, the curvy frame window for a driver's license.

Close up of the front.

I wanted to show it off and see if anyone has suggestions for how to achieve a cleaner look. The card slots are pretty bad =/
Also, anyone have a clue as to how much I should try selling it for at the craft show? They usually have some pretty damn good seamstresses with booths there so I'm nervous.
40  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pleated floral boheme (maybe?) purse on: November 06, 2008 07:43:45 AM

So I found this great corduroy print at Joanne's, I was really excited to use it and started doing pleats immediately. Then I realized I didn't have enough of any fabric for the lining so I tried my luck and stopped by this little Amish-owned quilting fabric store near my house. To my great surprise, first thing I saw when walking in was a HUGE selection of Amy Butler fabrics. I had been looking for a place where I could get her stuff for ages (besides online) so I just jumbled two of them into the design of the purse I had already started with the Joanne stuff. It doesn't really match but I love all three prints so I'm satisfied.

This is my second creation on my new sewing machine, you can't tell in these pictures but I'm still very bad at keeping my stitches straight. I didn't use a pattern, I just sort of figured it out as I went along. For me, that's always the best way to learn. I suck at putting pieces together and figuring out the order in which to sew them, thus the oddity that is the inside lining, hehe.
The shape is inspired by a mish-mash of purses that I've seen and liked. I also need it to be roomy because I am a big pack rat. It has three pockets of different sizes inside, kinda hard to tell from the pictures though (again, the lining is really sloppy, I should probably use some sort of stabilizer or what not).

The button is a rotund thing that I found in a lot at an estate sale.

The biggest pocket inside.

And the two smaller ones in the same fabric as the outside.

All critiques are greatly welcomed Cheesy
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