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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Poms for Obama" embroidered political doggy shirt! *pic heavy* on: October 26, 2008 08:50:14 PM
I'm posting this here rather than in the crafts for pets forum because I didn't make the T-shirt itself. I got a dog shirt from the $1 bins at Target and embroidered the whole thing on. However, there is still gratuitous pet torture ahead =D
* Disclaimer: Under normal circumstances, I in no way condone the dressing up of tiny, obnoxious foo-foo princess dogs! She gets cold and shaky in these harsh Florida winters and my mom requested a cover up. That's my excuse, damnit.

I've seen a lot of people out with garments on their dogs that say things like "Bark obama" and such but I wanted mine to be more eye-catching. So I came up with the idea to replace the sun in the Obama logo with a paw print, and the pretty obvious "Poms for Obama", which is short for her Pomeranian dog breed (we're against buying purebreds, she was a rescue from a puppy mill that abused animals and promoted inbreeding for profit. Rescues always make the best pets!). She is also a therapy dog, my mom works in Nursing homes and Assisted Living facilities and brings her often to cheer people up. She's really excited to have Doyle wear the shirt to work because surprisingly, the vast majority of her patients are for Obama.

Anywho, the lettering is done in split-stitch, back stitch and random filler stitches. The logo is almost entirely done in satin stitch, which was an incredibly moronic idea because Jersey knits are the most pain in the ass fabric to attempt any sort of precise stitching on. Fortunately, it didn't turn out nearly as lopsided as I thought it would. It's still not as polished as I would've liked but screw it, the dog's not going to care!

Here it is all done.

Damn fluffiness covers up the first line, hehe.

One of my cats, Melkor, got jealous and wanted in on all the attention. (Love that mid-meow action shot)

He asked for it!  Tongue

My other cat, Rozz being smug. He's lucky that he's such a fat ass so I can't fit him into the shirt.

Melkor's reaction to clothing is the ubiquitous Stop, Drop, and Roll. Pathetic beast.

Sorry for all the animal pics but I spent a lot of time on the logo and needed to take it out on the cat who attempted to sabotage the project by eating/gnawing on all my thread while I wasn't looking!

42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My bright, tacky rainbow fannypack on: October 24, 2008 06:41:59 AM
          I just got a brand new sewing machine and I knew I wanted to make an easy fanny pack creation for a friend as my first project. I found this great tutorial here by Rocknroar https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=31379.0
(It was really easy to follow and the design was perfect, especially the nifty carabeeners as hooks)
I realized halfway through the project that my fabric combo looks pretty... unhip 3rd grader from the early 90's maybe? I picked it because I knew she'd like the rainbow fabric itself but yeah, I'm not too thrilled with the outcome. I might just add patches with embroidery to the pack so that it's not so blindingly colorful.

          In the past I've just sewn by hand and while I've used sewing machines every now and then, I'm still not used to it. So please forgive the uneven stitches and such. I'm going to keep using the machine for easy patterns (purses, simple skirts,etc) so if anyone has any good tutorial suggestions, let me know  Smiley
In the meantime, I'll be taking advantage of all the decorative stitches to start sewing up some X-mas cards, whee!

43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Flight of the Conchords: the Bowie song embroidery on: October 24, 2008 01:52:45 AM
I got the design of the guys' faces for this from Lilyvanilli's super awesome T-shirt: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230822.0

I drew their hair in more organic shapes so that it resembles the real things a bit more, and of course added the Bowie lightning to Jemaine. He looks so reluctantly garish, makes me giggle  Grin

I made this for a friend for his birthday because he is very fond of that particular episode. I randomly get voicemails from him saying something like "Hel-loo Jenna, this is Da-vid Bow-ie... Does it freak you out with my eye patch and such?" He sounds exactly like Jemaine's impersonation, it gets me every time.
(Fun fact!: apparently, 2 out of 3 gifts made by me contain Flight of the Conchords references)

44  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I <3 cats cross-stitch (bad language, NSFW!) on: October 03, 2008 05:41:33 PM
So first off, I borrowed this brilliant idea from the Craftster known as DrinkDrankDrunk. The original is here!

I did this for another good friend of mine (we all have our birthdays within 1 month of each other so I am a craft machine this time of year) and she, like me, loves her cats like they're her children. When I saw the original cross stitch I knew it would be perfect for her.
 I did it on plastic canvas, then sewed it onto some polka-dot fabric and stapled it all onto a painted frame. Here it is pre-party on my bookshelf.

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And this is her displaying it after a few minutes of non-stop giggling. She just painted her studio turquoise so I made the frame red for optimal color coordination.

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45  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Collage w/ Flight of the Conchords quote, Unicycle, cheshire cat, *PIC UPDATE! on: October 02, 2008 01:08:35 AM
Whew, not a long enough title space to list everything I put on here.
** Look below for new close-up pics!

 I did this for my best friend for her birthday and it's basically a bunch of inside anecdotes thrown together. I have a unicycle because she loves them and rides one around campus all the time. The petticoat and shoe are there to commemorate our strange but girly "fashion" sense, heh. She loves Alice in Wonderland, thus the cheshire cat. I hate purple so I made him orange and pink instead. The spork and sushi piece are... something you just had to be there for, hahaha. And the balloons represent the song "99 red luftballoons", which we sing exuberantly whenever one of us is sad/angry (I didn't have the patience to literally embroider 99 balloons, but you get the idea  Wink

I used the The Flight of the Conchords quote from the song "Sello Tape" because it's just the perfect description of our love and friendship, and it makes me giggle profusely! Oh, and I found the frame at Goodwill and just painted it orange. I've posted other brightly painted frames and such on craftster so have a look at my other projects to see more if you'd like =)

Sorry for the crappy photo quality, my camera is acting funny.

46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need help altering/refurshing an old leather medicine bag! on: September 18, 2008 05:00:34 PM
I am obsessed with hunting for old suitcases and bags at thrift stores, but I don't know as much as I should about refurbishing. I'm really excited about this one that I found at Goodwill today.

It looks like it has a history which I love so I want to keep its character but I still want to give it a different look. I'm working on a set inspired by the vintage luggage from Wes Anderson's last movie "The Darjeeling Limited" (a google image search will bring up a ton of pictures). I want them to be more on the orange side, and I've been adding the elephant and tiger embellishments to my other suitcases using felt and some embroidery.
I'm really lost on how to do it with this one though. Is it even possible to stain or alter the color of the leather to make it orange or even brown/red?

I will probably just add felt decals to this one too but what should I use to attach them as far as glue goes, or is it possible to sew into it? OR better yet, does anyone have advice for how to burn/brand a design into old leather?

Any sort of advice would be great, I'm lost on this one! <3
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Storm cloud with dangly lightning bolts necklace on: August 28, 2008 06:43:05 PM
So the only jewelry I've made has been random button and string stuff but I always get ideas for real jewelry. An old friend of mine is going to college for jewelry making and I'm in school for design/art, and since we never see each other we decided to do a swap. I did two paintings of her beloved dogs and she assembled this necklace design that I've been wanting to do but never knew how to.
I love how it turned out, it's only flaw is that the lightning bolts don't like to stay put and wrap around the cloud a lot. It's still my favorite necklace ever though =D

48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My felt blue whale pincushion on: August 28, 2008 06:33:27 PM
I've been in need of a new pincushion so I took some felt scraps and made this little guy. It was really simple but I think he's cute!

49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Colorful, quick painting I did of an apple and a lemon. on: August 19, 2008 10:25:18 PM
This was a painting I did for class, I thought some of you might like it for more than simple fruit because of the colorful shadows  Smiley

50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt at a Purse on: August 19, 2008 10:20:22 PM
I don't have a sewing machine yet so I usually have to hand stitch all my projects (thus I'm getting pretty good with embroidery), and this purse shows that. I still like how it turned out, I'm pretty proud of myself for finally constructing something from scratch and it's surprisingly very sturdy.
I found the fabric at Hancock when it was sadly going out of business. To my dismay, all that they had left of the awesome concentric circle fabric was one square so I had to use different stuff for the rest. The lining isn't pictured, it's just a red fabric with little swirly pepper pattern.
It's hard to tell in the photos but the flower patches are raised. I put the unusable scraps behind them to make them plump.

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