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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Valdemar swap! on: August 21, 2009 12:21:42 PM
I've run into enough fans to know there's a buttload more of us on craftster than I'd have thought! It's time for a Valdemar swap, Mercedes Lackey fans!

I'll be organizing (my first time, so bear with me!),  and I'll figure out the exact date later...

But first, roll call!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Alternative chihuahua fashion~ (mondo pics) on: August 18, 2009 07:08:13 PM
My little four pound pooch Camila needs to be dressed almost all the time, or she shivers like crazy! Especially because we live in Northern Canada. I have a bit of a different style, and almost all of the dog clothes on the market are just... ech. I started making some little shirts for her, and long story short... I got a consignment offer. I've whipped up some samples that I'll be showing to the store owner this weekend, and I wanted to hear what you guys think! I made all patterns myself.

A simple sleeveless made of sweatshirt material, 'serged' (zigzagged) around the edges. It has a coffin shape stenciled on the back to add a little interest.

Simple cotton sleeveless, with added pocket on the back. Pocket could probably fit one empty poop baggie. I stenciled a key on the pocket - skeleton key, hahaha? I was going for a 'busy' look with this one.

Handpainted cotton shift dress. BRAINS!

Double layered fleece (for extra warmness), 'serged' together. Contrasting fleece machiene-appliced skull for interest.

Cotton cap sleeve with lace trim. There's a decorative vine stitch around the bottom hem and the sleeve hems.

Cotton mandarin-collared shirt.

Faeriewear for dogs! Fleece, all hems are done with that alternating zigzag stitch.

Simple black velour dress with gathered skirt.

Wolf-y minky hoodie with functional hood (alot of a chi's heat escape through those big ears, they use them for cooling off).

Cotton dress with contrasting cap sleeves, pleated skirt, and functional hood (though this one's more for show, it's still functional because that's how I roll).
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / OMG, I got a consignment offer... on: August 10, 2009 03:54:16 PM
I'm sort of freaking out. I'm no where near a master seamstress, I'm not very confident in my work, and never in my life have I sold anything, or tried to. My neighbor mentioned to one of her clients (she's a hairdresser) that I make clothes for my chihuahua, and the woman wanted my number so she could ask me about making a coat for her elderly lab. Even that panics me, I really don't know if my work is up to snuff, hence why I never post anything on Craftster unless it's for a swap...

But then that lady told her groomer and the guy who owns the dog couture store in her town. The guy from the store wants to take me on consignment! None of these people have ever seen my work, and I'm terrified I'm going to disappoint them. The groomer wants to put up flyers for me. I apparently now have a business, when I've never sold anything at ALL!

I've been talking to the lady who originally wanted the coat commission, and I emailed the guy at the store. Now I'm furiously working on some good samples to show them both. What if they're not good enough?

*hides in the corner and rocks back and forth*
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 'We Love Our BJDs' swap? on: July 08, 2009 07:38:31 PM
Well, there's a Blythes and Pullips swap... why no BJD swap? Are there not enough people with them? I know there are at least one or two people other than me, so are there more?

I think a BJD lover's swap would be great fun. I love making clothes for my Mercy, and I'd love to make clothes and props for other dolls too!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / When your parents won't let you swap... on: May 04, 2009 10:37:55 AM
This is going to sound so immature. *sigh*

Swapping is something I'd be totally into doing. I LOVE making things for people, I love surprises in the mail, I love getting to know new people...

But I'm 17, so I obviously still live with my parents (well, one of them at a time). I was all excited about the idea of swapping, but I was stupid enough to ask my mum first. This was a bad idea because she sometimes refuses to let me do things automatically, with no reason. It sounds like I'm making that up - but she really does. I have no idea why. She's also a bit paranoid about people on the internet, which is also totally hypocritical because she's on alot of forums herself and I sort of suspect she initially met her boyfriend online.

Anyways, she of course said no, and went off at me about having the whole internet know our address etc, etc. She utterly ignored when I told her that,
a) Only the organizer and my partner would get my address, it's not publicly posted.
b) This is a website where people use pictures of their small children as avatars.
c) Ninety percent of this forum's membership, if not more, is female (I have no problem with guys, but she would).

She then proceeded to tell me (in different words) it's a stupid idea anyways.

But I really want to swap! She's being a bit unreasonable, does anyone have any ideas to make her come around?

TL;DR, my mother, though I love her, can be really difficult to deal with. Suggestions?

(Also, I decided to make a wist just for fun. Can you wist etsy stuff, or will the picture just go away when the etsy sale ends?)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Creative Depression on: January 23, 2009 11:06:31 AM
I'm not really looking for a pity party, I just want suggestions.

First you need to know that I more or less have no life. I constantly, and I mean constantly am writing, drawing, creating artwork or crafting. Writing comes first and foremost, as I'm always spacing to tell stories in my head (and have been since childhood).

So, last June or around there, I was extremely irrational and depressed. I got put on medication. I am now better.

But since then, I've been in a sort of creative depression. I'm not inspired to write anymore, and half the time I can't draw or I can only draw doodles. The writing is affecting me most. Whenever I craft anything or draw anything, I don't like it. I feel like everyone has more skill and better ideas than I do, no matter how much I practice. These past few weeks this has gotten *a lot* worse. It's incredibly frusturating and really affecting my life because as I said, I'm always creating.

Has anyone has something similar happen? I've tried a bunch of things to start writing again, and I've decided to lay off formal drawing (my new sketchbook is only doodles/art memes). Any advice would be fantastic, as without my creativity I'm pretty lost.

As I said, pity isn't necessary. I just wanted to rant and was hoping for some help - I don't have any crafty friends to vent to.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Feathered 'Tayledras' masks on: December 15, 2008 01:22:27 PM
This is my best guess for where masks go...

Basically, I'm an enormous geek. And what's my favorite fandom? Mercedes Lackey's Last Herald Mage trilogy. I love the Tayledras (a race of people for those who don't know) so much it borders on a bit sad. So, as well as writing incredible amounts of Starwind/Moondance fanfiction, I made Tayledras masks.

... Yes, really.

(At least this is my second set of pictures. In the first I was trying to photograph it on me, and I had my hair braided like Starwind's. Have you ever felt extremely lame yet extremely cool at the same time? Yeah. Emphasis on the lame, seeing as the hairstyle didn't work on me... I have assymetrical hair and one side's only about an inch long)

On with the pictures! This is the gyrfalcon mask, and the first one I did. There are a LOT of flaws. My fingers itch to redo it. I had no idea what I was doing with this one, so it involved alot of trail and error, burning myself with hot glue, and alot of subsequent swearing.

Also, I HATE. The headpiece. HATE IT. I want to rip it off and throw it across the room.

And the back (which turned out awful on this one)...

It's held on by three straps. I can see out of it, but barely. There's alot of feather-fluff inhalation involved. It's actually strangely comfortable... but about a foot and a half wide. I wanted it to turn out sleeker, I sort of look like a startled owl. It looks awful around the eyes. Then of course, there's the atrocious diadem/headpiece...

I do love the beak, it's the entire reason I want to do a second version of this mask. The beak is long and curve, and actually goes into my mouth a bit. Not right in, just parts my lips. It's great.

Now, the second mask, a pereguin falcon. SO MUCH BETTER.

Close up on the ends of the ties...

Back view

The construction of this one went much faster. The eyes are smooth and nice, and so is the back. The headpiece isn't horrible. The feather placement is quite a bit better. Beak is not quite as nice, but that's because it's a pereguin falcon.

That's about it! I love these silly things, so comments are totally welcome. If you'd like a tutorial so you can be as geeky as me, I'll happily oblige!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted 'Petshop of Horrors' jeans! on: December 15, 2008 12:58:32 PM
So. I had this pair of jeans I never wore because they are dead boring (and I'd just about rather die than wear boring clothes). I decided I wanted to paint them. Then, on a random inspiration... Petshop of Horrors jeans! I wanted them! I needed them! I could make them!

For those who don't know (which, unfortunately, is probably almost everyone), Petshop of Horrors is a manga - not just any manga, the most incredible manga ever! I painted the main character, Count D (a Chinese kami) on the front of the left leg, butterflies across the top of the right leg, and T-chan (a totetsu) on the bottom of the right leg. On my butt is Q-chan (telling you what he is would give the plot away!).

Front view


Back view

Completely terrible picture of me wearing them. Also, stand in awe of my messy room!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Please help! I can't get the bottom thread on my ancient Singer to come up! on: September 07, 2008 10:20:17 AM
I was really looking forwards to doing some sewing today, but I'd only just started whenmy bobbin thread ran out. I rethreaded it, stuck it in, and did exactly what my sewing teacher told me to do. I've been doing it for ten minutes now, and the thread won't catch.

I checked the bobbin thread, but it seems to be all about Kenmores.

My machiene is a very old Singer, it has a sticker that says 'Easy Thread' on the side. I'd take a load of pictures, but I'm on dialup and therefore can't upload them. You slide back the little metal plate and put the bobbin in the casing, and then wrap the thread around this sort of metal slot. Then you turn the handwheel towards you, and the rotating metal bit is supposed to grab the thread and then the needle picks it up. The thread isn't catching, no matter what I do to try and help it. I've been trying for half an hour now. The thread just sits there.

If the machiene wasn't so heavy I'd have thrown it across the room by now. Any help you can offer as soon as possible is appreciated, I was really hoping to sew today!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Birthday gift for my dad... on: August 30, 2008 09:24:17 PM
So, my dad's birthday is in late October. Far away, you say? Well, a month and a half. But it's more complicated than that, as my boyfriend's birthday is the EXACT SAME DAY *grumbles* and then mine and my boyfriend's one year anniversery is only a week after that. So I'm getting started early.

So, he likes...
Motorcycles (not Harleys/choppers, only sport bikes; and yes he does have one)
Fixing cars
His car (it's not a fancy one by any means, he just really likes it)
Japanese culture (but not the anime/current stuff, in fact he doesn't understand anime at all; he likes samurai and geishas and whatnot, he used to do karate)
British stuff (he loves watching the British TV channel)
The game Halo
Movies like The Matrix, Underworld, Resident Evil, etc. with butt-kicking female characters

That's all I can think of for now. I know he'll love it if I make him something because that's the kind of dad he is, I just need to think of something good. Because male-type people are as hard to craft for as they are to buy for. *pouts*

I'm capable of everything in my signature. *points down* Any help is appreciated!
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