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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Terry Gilliam swap? on: January 03, 2010 11:37:07 PM
Hey everyone, just wondering if anyone would be interested in participating/moderating a swap based on Terry Gilliam's movies?  Since The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is finally getting a wide release next week i figured this would be the perfect time to do it. His films have always been a real creative inspiration to me, if anyone else feels the same we should make this happen!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / You like eels, boy? (Mighty Boosh inspired jewellery box) on: August 26, 2009 01:43:45 PM
Like a lot of people, I've recently become obsessed with The Mighty Boosh. a while back when I was first getting into the show I was checking out a swap gallery( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260656.10 )and really liked the box made by 2711.

A few months later I finally saw 'Eels', the episode it was a reference to, and it instantly became my absolute FAVORITE episode of the show, so I decided I had to try to make one myself!

That's Elsie, Boy! Why don't you dance with her?

Thanks for looking!

p.s. for anyone interested, here's the clip the idea came from(about 3 minutes into the video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgd1LaKQVy4

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sugar Skull/Day of the Dead reversible purse on: August 13, 2009 06:03:12 PM
I've been needing a new bag, and they just started putting out the halloween fabric at the Beverly's where my sister works. I thought these two would look cute together, so I decided to make a reversible tote based on the one I made for the halloween swap last year. I'm particularly proud of the invisible pockets, though one is definitely more invisible than the other. thanks for looking!

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Highly Evolved Carnivorous Flatworms!! (costumes) on: May 27, 2009 01:14:13 AM
a friend of mine wrote a hilarious short play recently titled 'Sasquatch J. Hellwig vs. The Evolved Flatworms', and knowing my penchant for ridiculous stuff like this he asked me to design and build some costumes for said flatworms:

I don't have a full body shot of the other one, but this one turned out better anyway:

thanks for looking!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bear Costume!!! (contains plush gore) on: March 29, 2009 12:53:20 PM
I am so happy with how this turned out.

I have a friend named Andy, and for as long as I've known him there's been this inside joke between all of our friends about how he could take down a bear if he wanted to. So when my friend Charlotte and I heard he was going to compete in their school's all-male beauty pageant, we decided to make the joke a reality for his portion of the talent competition!

I've never worked with anyone else on a project like this, but I was amazed at how well we worked together to design and build this thing (Charlotte worked mostly on the head, I did the body)

here's what we had after our first full night of work... (I got two of those brown paws at the dollar tree last year at halloween, but we couldn't find the other one. in the actual fight, the bear wore boxing gloves)

The head was made out of one large box with rounded edges and one smaller box for the muzzle, all covered in brown fur. we covered the eye-hole with black mesh before the fight. The tongue was supposed to get ripped out of the mouth at some point in the fight, but we couldn't find a good way to attach it and the rick-rack we had sewn to it kept falling out while we rehearsed so we just glued it all in.  Sad

However, we didn't think just boxing the bear would be impressive enough, so I developed a big finish to surprise the crowd (and the judges)

pardon the fake blood stain, these pictures were taken after the competition. Tongue


intestines out of dyed piping...

lungs out of pink flannel...

and my favorite, the heart.

Also, the guy in the bear suit is a pretty skinny dude, so we made this fat suit to bulk him up:

It's two big t-shirts sewn together at the bottom and the sleeves, then PACKED with stuffing. It did the job really well.

The whole thing went PERFECTLY, everyone loved it (even though Andy didn't win  Cry)
There's a great video of it on youtube, could someone let me know if posting links to videos is allowed?
Thanks for looking!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oooh, SHOCK TREATMENT!!! (LOTS of pics, a tad risque) on: March 16, 2009 08:52:07 PM

Some of you may be lucky enough to be aware of a film called Shock Treatment; It's a companion film to the Rocky Horror Picture Show that a tragically small number of people have seen.
I am absolutely CRAZY about this movie, and over the last year or so I've gotten several of my friends hooked on it. We all love going to RHPS midnight shows, and when we heard that one of our local theaters had one planned I decided to make Shock Treatment Costumes for us to wear! After a month of watching the movie up to 3 times a day, raiding vintage and thrift stores over and over, endless alterations (the only thing made completely from scratch was my straitjacket), and several desperate phone calls trying to find a craft store with black sequined fabric, this is what I ended up with!

Group shot (sorry for the blurriness)

My twin sister and I as Brad Majors and his long-lost twin, Farley Flavors

Farley Flavors is fairly flattering...

You're not looking at a King, you're looking at an Ace!

Young male intern, tall and handsome...

Hi, Brad, I've just come to tell you how fabulous I am!

Janet Majors with that gorgeous gourmet, Bert Shnick!

We're gonna do it, anyhow, anyhow!

Some reference pictures:

there were midnight shows on Friday and Saturday night that weekend, but none of the ST crew could go on friday. So I decided to wear my favorite costume piece, Bert's Jacket, to the show that night Cheesy Bert's costume is my favorite in the movie, and I spent HOURS altering that jacket (thank god we actually were able to find a yellow frilly shirt in a vintage store, I have no idea what I would have done if we hadn't. $30 well spent)

(I also made my friend Samantha that Rocky costume... I felt a little bad because she's a really sheltered kid who I've totally corrupted with RHPS, but it's what she wanted... not bad for $5 worth of gold lame and an hour's work, IMO)

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I stuck buttons on my eyes! (Coraline-inspired costume, now with Pictures!) on: September 28, 2008 04:55:48 PM
I've had a really hard time coming up with a halloween costume this year. I'm already making costumes for my sister and her best friend so I don't have a lot of time to make something for myself, but I definitely want to avoid buying a costume.
However, I was at the dollar tree this afternoon and picked up two HUGE black buttons, just because they were awesome. I was  messing around with them trying to figure out how I could use them when I saw my copy of Coraline lying around, and it hit me.

I want to be The Other Me for Halloween. How creepy would that be, and it would be so simple! just wear my normal clothes but whiten my skin, wear pointy red nails, and... oh crap.

How am I going to get these buttons to stay on my face?
Ive never been great with makeup, but maybe latex or something?
ANY ideas would be greatly appreciated.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Frankie, the punk-guin (my most badass stuffie yet, PICS!!!!) on: September 04, 2008 03:31:29 PM
Meet Frankie.

He grew up in the tough part of my sewing basket.

One of his Frankie's friends gave him this tattoo (they were both wasted, so it's a little messed up. The next morning Frankie quit drinking)

However, it would take a heck of a lot more than a crooked tattoo to get him to give up his smokes.

Here you can see where his liberty spikes can be removed/switched around, and a better view of his beak piercing
 Frankie will be moving to UC Santa Barbara with my friend Jazmin and her flock of penguins in a few weeks. Normally I would love to keep him, but he intimidates my other stuffed animals.
I mean, will you look at that sneer? The bird is rude.

P.S. Frankie may not need your approval, but I on the other hand sure would appreciate the feedback!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two of my cuter purses... on: August 30, 2008 09:17:58 PM
I make a lot of bags, but these are the only two I have pictures of at the moment. I should be posting the rest of them soon  Smiley

I had this old shamrock shirt that I never wore, and I had been wanting to experiment with fusible web, and when I spotted the rainbow strap material I put two and two together.

this was made with 2 little girl shirts from the dollar tree, a pair of shoelaces, and a zipper I had leftover from another project.

thanks for looking, comments greatly appreciated!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my 80's goth-inspired prom dress! on: August 29, 2008 06:46:13 PM
I found this incredible fabric on the remnant table of the Beverly's Fabrics where my sister works, and I knew it was time to make my first dress. I had originally planned for it to be for my school's winter formal, but I ended up not going to that so I saved it for Prom!

I copied the top part from another halter dress that I have.

I had never done a skirt before, but it didn't turn out as puffy as I wanted so I layered the inside with about 8-10 layers of red, blue, and purple tulle.

 I accessorized with a black and white polka dot belt and a drawstring purse i made with some of the leftover fabric and (my favorite part) ball fringe! the bag kind of blends in with the dress, so it's a little hard to see.

thanks for looking!
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