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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Home is where the harddrive is. on: June 20, 2009 01:16:07 AM
It's my brother's birthday on Monday, and I won't be there, so I've decided to make him a package and send it up to him [although it'll turn up a few days late].
This is one of the numerous things I'm making him. He's a biiiiiig computer geek.

"Home is where the [harddrive] is."

It only took me about three hours, the most of that being measuring and drawing lines to get the font all the same size. This is all done by hand, because for some reason I decided that I was too lazy to walk five metres and plug my laptop into the printer.  Roll Eyes

Acrylics on pre-stretched canvas. The harddrive has metallica silver on the 'metal' parts.
The font is from DaFont.com called 'Plastica'.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Indiana Jones on: June 01, 2009 05:28:48 AM
A dear friend's birthday passed just this week gone, and a little strapped for cash I decided to craft him something heartfelt.
My mate is a huge Indiana Jones fan, and I mean huge. He's got a screen accurate costume, down to sourcing original items, owns every movie, holds claim to a signed poster, and so forth. It's truely his element.

And as such, it left little doubt what to make him. This is actually the byproduct of another thing I was making that ended up a little smaller than I wanted. But this mistake meant I could make a pocket-sized Indy!

Without further ado:

Remove his leather jacket and you have Temple Of Doom Indy, with missing sleeve!

I'm pretty darn new to crochet, so I'm proud that this is only the second thing that I've made without a pattern.
Credit has to go to my boyfriend, Dylan, who helped me figure out the hat, and also made the crate that we packed him in. No photos of that, unfortunately.

Credit also has to be given to the original idea of this.

I changed a number of things:
Hat that looks more like a Fedora.
Leather jacket, made from some scrap pieces and custom dyed.
Leather bag straps
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kitty Hat on: March 22, 2009 05:09:30 PM
This was made a fair while ago, but I was/am very proud of it, because it was the first-ever pattern that I made.

I may also have gotten carried away with writing all over the photos. And please excuse the appaling webcam shots.

The hat is made out of fleecy/tracksuiting material, and has six panels.
I hand embroidered the eyes, the paw-prints and the MEW~! on the back, and they were my first go at embroidering anything, so I really didn't have a clue how to accomplish what I wanted. Tongue

This hat is now well past it's use-by date after being well worn, and stretched out. Time I make a new one..
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Columbia - RHPS on: March 22, 2009 05:00:42 PM
Sorry to be posting this so soon after another Columbia  Embarrassed I'm just sifting through my computer finding projects I haven't posted up yet.

I made this at the start of last year when my friends and I went to see a live stage show of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Sydney Australia.

First and foremost, excuse the awkwardness of this photo, I was caught unawares just as I turned around.

Columbia's jacket is made from sequinned material, and lined in black satin, modified from a coat-'n-tails pattern. This was the first time ever modifying a pattern, and the first time ever using a pattern.
The corset is my own pattern, and is actually a toille for the corset in my year 12 graduation dinner dress [I guess that's the American version of Prom]. It's not lovely and sequinned because I was on a very tight budget, and a super small timeframe.
The shorts are op-shop bought shorts with ribbon hand-stitched on [I did this during my free time/classes at college, hence not using a sewing machine]. I spent a good hour searching for shots of Columbia's shorts online, as well as frame-by-frame viewing of the movie, so the colours and the spacing are as accurate as I could get them [although, in the movie the gold thread is see-through, and each ribbon is a different size].
The hat was a cheap costume tophat that was covered with the same fabric as the jacket and finished off with a ribbon.
The neck choker is fabric paint on a strip of bias binding because I completely forgot about it 'til ten minutes before I had to leave for a two hour train trip.  Shocked

Another pic of me with my friend costumed up as Eddie:

I managed to make this whole costume while having a 'broken' right [dominant] thumb, hence the strange looking white cast on my hand. I've been to two specialists who haven't been able to diagnose what's actually wrong, but it's something like accute juvenile arthritis that they tried to fix with a brace and quortizone/cordizone/whatever-the-crap-that-stuff-is-called. The injection didn't work, and in fact made things a fair deal worse.
Anyway. Rambling. ENJOY!
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / First ever crochet- Someone has to acknowledge the elephant in the room! on: March 19, 2009 05:53:11 AM
For the first time ever, I picked up a crochet hook and went "How the hell do I use this??"
With the amazing help of one fantastic Craftster by the name of planetjune, and her step-by-step instructions on http://www.planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help, plus a pattern from the Lion Brand website, I came up with this:

Stomping through my housemate's architecture project:

Stopping for a brief sip of tea:

A side view. Look at his wee tail!

Even though it was my first ever crochet project, I managed to not stuff up even once!! [Well.. Aside from a stitch that went missing when I was making the last ear.. But I blame Dylan for distracting me with his game.]

A billion more words of thanks to June for all her help, and for answering my unbelievably silly questions Tongue
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Hunting for coffee sacks [Burlap/Hessian] on: March 09, 2009 05:07:29 AM
Hi guys!

I'm on a bit of a man hunt at the moment for old coffee sacks and bags, and I'm really not having any luck.
I managed to have a serious falling-out with my friend who used to supply me with them, and haven't found a single supplier since. I've even been around to coffee stores and the sort, and nobody's been keen.

So, I'm putting my hands out to the generous crafters out there! I'm after sacks of any size, and I'm willing to negotiate paying postal fees, doing a swap, or anything of the sort.

Or, if you happen to know of some online supplier who throws out their coffee bags for cheap, let me know! [Paying $20-$30 for a coffee sack off Ebay isn't my cup of tea.. Or coffee for that matter! Roll Eyes ]
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitty Plush pillow. on: March 04, 2009 05:18:55 AM
I made this a while ago as a Christmas present to my Nan. She's a big cat person, and has two Tonkinese cats [and before that, had two Siamese], so I figured it would make sense to make a lilac-point kitty!

A close up of the face. The edges are machine stitched, the details [whiskers, nose, gloss on the eyes] are hand stitched.

A very basic pillow, but effective! She uses it as a neck cushion in bed.  Cheesy
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Tote on: February 24, 2009 06:31:51 PM
I was craving a sewing session last night, and decided to put together this tote bag. [Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets withdrawals if I don't sew often enough!]

This is 99% complete. I want to stencil a white heart onto the plain blue fabric.

Side one: I found this blue cotton that matches so well with the patterned fabric!

Flip it inside out, and you get:
Side two: The photo's washed a little of the colour out of the green fabric, but it's actually a light green with darker green spots all over it. The darker green matches with the green of the patterned fabric, even if it doesn't look like it in this photo Tongue

The bag measures 11in [28cm] tall, 11in [28cm] wide, and 2 3/4 in [7cm] deep.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Star Wars Swap? [Round three?] on: November 21, 2008 04:26:12 PM
I know the last Star Wars swap was only back in June-ish this year, but one can never have too much Star Wars Tongue
Star Wars is a pretty big passion of mine, and my boyfriends, and of the kids I babysit, and it would be awesome to do another Star Wars themed swap.

Would anyone be interested in another swap, be it soon or later?

And would anyone be interested in organising? I've only participated in one swap so far.
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My heavy, heavy friend. [Portal] on: October 01, 2008 06:47:51 PM
A few months back, I made a Weighted Companion Cube from Portal for a friend's birthday present.

It's about a foot wide/high/deep and made out of fleecy fabric.

There are a number of parts that ended up wrong on it, because when I started stuffing, some of the stitching came undone, so I took it back to fix, and still haven't returned it. Heh.

The picture's fairly wide, so you'll have to click the thumbnail to full view.

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
[Oh, and the picture is from my DA account]
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