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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I'd Prefer to Sleep in a Hollywood Bed (or couch) on: March 24, 2009 07:15:21 AM
I was really inspired by the craft your favorite song challenge of last month but didn't get my crafty mojo going till last night, but I liked the idea it gave me so much that I went ahead and used that crafty mojo to make me some pillows based off of one of my all time favorite songs.

End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story by The Dears

There is a line toward the end where he says
"This is how our world must fall apart,
No sewing kits tomend our broken hearts"

At first I thought of going all litteral and making a sewing kit that was heart shaped but split down the middle, but decided that was a little impractical for now.

So I made myself some pillows to go with the Hollywood Bed theme.

(Please please please, excuse the horrible grainy cameraphone pictures!)

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reanimated Ugly Skirt on: March 24, 2009 05:04:32 AM

For some reason, when my friends and family want to get rid of clothes they don't like anymore they usually end up in my closet.
It got to the point where I could no longer find any clothes I wanted to wear for all the clothes other people didn't. 
So I started to hack and sew my way through this nightmare by turning them into something more manageable.

This is my first set of projects from this madness.

The ugly hippie skirt.

It was too big to actually hang on a hanger, so it was laying across my old easel that has been out of commission for months, languishing under laundry.   When I wore this special skirt it made my hips look at least 6 sizes bigger than they actually were, plus it was a big burden to move around in and it had two huge rips (the reason my mom gave it to me).

I cut off the waistband and the fabric sprung forth and stretched on for what seemed like miles.  So without really having a plan I started cutting squares and circles and pinning them together. 
I came out with an ultra skimpy hankerchief skirt that was going to be doomed to lay in my closet for the rest of it's life.

Discouraged I went to bed thinking of ways I could a) lengthen it so that I would actually wear it and b) fasten it about my waist. 

When I awoke that morning I had the perfect plan!  I headed straight back to the closet and hacked the legs off of some tattered jeans and...

Something I would actually wear!

Here is a closeup of the hangy points (and some potting soil, and my puppy dog who is in dire need of some bathing)

But I wasn't done there, I got an idea while I was in Jo-Ann's a while back for some froufy pants. 
They really didn't turn out like I planned but that is partly due to the fact that I didn't use the right jeans...
I still like the result ok, not as much as the skirt, but still wearable.
I couldn't get a good picture because we were indoors and my fiance gives up if he can't get the lighting right the first time. 
So here is my best effort to take pictures of my legs myself...

Thank you for looking. Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I Love My Squishy Tummy on: March 23, 2009 07:27:11 PM
Before I begin I have a few breif warnings and then I will elaborate.

1. I am an ameture craftswoman
   (a) This is my first bag
   (b) This is my first aplique attempt
2. I have BDD (body dismorphic disorder)
   (a) It's not easy to admit, it's really embarrassing really
   (b) I can't just "get over it"

Ok! So. I was having one of the worst BDD attacks of all time, panicing really, someone suggested that I draw a picture of what I perceive myself to actually look like (to see how ridiculous it is) but it didn't work it made it 10x worse.

So I turned to craftster to see what people had been making that reflected positive body images. 
I found this link

So I went and purchased some fabric and started on the first decent idea that floated by and this is what I ended up with.

It's a Squishy Tummy Grocery Tote Cheesy.
It's an aplique of a stuffed disembodied tummy, because a full belly is a happy belly. 
I left it a little bit abstract so it wouldn't be all "HEY LOOK GUYS THERE IS A STOMACHE ON MY BAG ISN'T THAT RAD?!" I still wanted it to look a bit classy

That's my little sister for size comparison, and my little dog, and my destroyed entranceway because my ferret reaks the havok.

The lining! I think I did ok maybe

I tried to do some topstitching for the aplique for a bellybutton and little pudgelines, but it didn't really show up on the cotton.  I'll put a pink button on later maybe if I deem it nessecary by then.

Thanks for looking Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first wearable! on: November 13, 2008 07:29:50 AM
I decided it was about time I made something that I could actually put on my body that might look sorta nice. So I cracked open one of my pattern books and tackled a pretty simple shrug.  I can't decide whether I should leave it a vest, or add me some sleeves, but for now I'm going to call it finished except for the ends. 
I left them on for dramatic effect in my photos >.>

This is the only good picture I could catch of it, the back is really nice, I just can't get my phone to reach around and snap a good shot.  If later I decide to stick some sleeves on it I might get someone else to take some pictures for me.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rasberry Truffles Wristwarmers on: October 14, 2008 09:33:34 AM
This is my first completed project to post on craftster, so be gentle.

I was sifting through my yarn stash and I found two skeins of Paton's soy wool stripes yarn, so I figured I had better make something since I had been looking for soy yarn without knowing I had some,
so I tried this pattern out. http://www.innerchildcrochet.com/patterns/feminine_wristwarmers.html
And it was super easy and fun and I think they turned out pretty cute.
I was taking the picture myself with my grandma's phone so I didn't get a picture of both (I guess I could have laid them on something, just thought of that)  but I got the starting point of colors pretty close and it's the same gradient and color change on both of them.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Group Projects? on: October 13, 2008 05:01:01 AM
Is there anything that could be worked on by two people at once and become some type of group project?
I want some type of bonding project that me and someone else could work on together, but I can't think of anything besides squares that would work.
Ideas or experiences welcome Smiley
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