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1  I want to make this dress... any suggestions for patterns? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by sheena.lee on: February 12, 2011 11:52:54 PM
So, I was doing my homework on wearable technology when I found this:

I nearly died, it's so cuuute.  The shape of the dress would look great on me, and I'd like to make something like this for summer (minus the color-changing fabric, I don't think that's necessary!)

Anyone know of a similar pattern I could use for it?  It seems fairly simple to make but I suck at making my own patterns...

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2  "Bones" Necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sheena.lee on: May 25, 2010 05:55:10 PM
I recently bought the first four seasons of Bones (because I don't watch TV on TV) and have been doing mini Bones marathons ever since.  Besides being an absolutely amazing show, Temperance Brennan is always wearing these amazing, beautiful, chunky necklaces.  In case you don't know the show, here's a nice gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonesnecklaces/

I can never find necklaces similar to ones I see other people wearing, and decided I could probably make them myself.  So, I made some!  I haven't made any necklaces that I've liked so I'm really proud of these!!  I still can't decide which one I like best.

Here they are:

I got the pendants at Wal-Mart of all places, they were $3.50 each! Smiley

C&C welcome!
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3  Wedding Dress Livre-Objet/Object Book in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sheena.lee on: March 11, 2010 11:03:43 PM
I'm so psyched to finally post this - I've been living and breathing this project for 3 weeks and I am SO PROUD of it.  Finally it was due this evening, while I'm glad the stress is over I'm sad that I had to hand it in Sad  My dress form feels naked.

Anyyyyway, I have a bookmaking class as part of BFA in Design, and our second assignment was to make a "livre-objet"/object book.  Essentially, we were instructed to push the boundaries of what defines a book - what is a book, what is considered to be pages, etc.

The topic I decided on is gender roles, and I used examples of more 'traditional' wedding vows contrasted with modern ones, and what each says about their time and place in society.  For this project I chose to work with Christian customs, just because it's what we relate to most.  And, to illustrate the whole thing, I made a wedding dress!  

Onto the pictures!

This is the dress itself.  It was my first time working with satin - what a pain.


Embroidery - I originally planned to hand embroider because I don't have an embroidery machine... then I was informed that my school is equipped with a Viking! :O

The dress has traditional wedding vows - I included only the bride's vows, because those are the most 'shocking' (I don't mean for that to offend anyone.)  It reads:
I take you to be my wedded husband.
I will love, serve, and obey you
as long as we both shall live.

Christ told us that the wife must submit herself
unto her own husband as unto the Lord.
For as Christ is Head of His Church
so is the husband head of his wife.

I submit myself to you.

Annndd here's how I presented the book and topic

As a whole. I made a little "invitation" (it says "I do." which is the name of the book)

Invitation - there's my concept and some modern wedding vows inside


Inside, the dress is wrapped in some white cotton.  My colophon sits on top of the dress:

So that's it!  Tomorrow I'll be submitting it to an exhibition!
Let me know what you think!!
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4  The Sheen Cardtail, Cardboard Guitar (& too many photos) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by sheena.lee on: November 23, 2009 10:09:49 AM
For one of my classes, we had to do a workshop in order to get 5 points.  For those whose schedules didn't work with the workshop times, we were given a special project.... make an object on a 1:1 scale out of cardboard.  My boyfriend suggested I make a guitar and I laughed.  A guitar? Who would ever make a guitar out of cardboard? That would be insane!

Apparently, I am insane...

2 weeks, 20+ hot glue sticks and a couple tiny burns later, I present to you... the Sheen Cardtail. (and some photos of my cardboard journey!)

This is the Dean Hardtail I modeled it after:

When I started, I was really excited about it.  I got to about this point, and regretted it:

Traced and rough-cut guitar body front, 2-ply corrugated cardboard.  This cardboard is a %@#$! to cut.

Here's the nicely-cut shape.  I had to make two of these. It was torture.

Countless hot glue sticks later...

Gluing the back on was much harder, I couldn't just slather glue everywhere on the inside... 

Same thing for the neck...  This is all 1-ply corrugated cardboard, the inside of the fret board is reinforced with another layer of 1-ply, with the fluting running in the opposite direction.

The neck-joint was a serious challenge.  It turned out okay but it looks a bit sloppy. (Throughout this process, I had to keep reminding myself, 'it's cardboard, it can't be perfect.')

The almost-final product!!  The headstock is made exactly the same way as the body.

Then add some hardware and a display hook... Voila! Cardboard Guitar goodness.

I had a lot of fun/headaches making this!
Thanks for reading <3
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5  Terry Fox and the Giant Cheque in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by sheena.lee on: September 13, 2009 01:33:48 PM
Today in Montreal was the Terry Fox Run!

This year at work we decided to devote all our Montreal-based fund raising events to give money to the Terry Fox Foundation, and do the run.  We held things like bake sales, an auction, jeans days, etc...  All of these efforts, plus some very generous donations from family, friends and other colleagues, we raised $10,875.00!  The auction alone, which many many many items came from the company (chairs, desks, a fridge, TVs, etc), raised over $2,000!

To celebrate and to present to the team, I made a giant cheque in the company's branding.  The actual printed size is approx. 4 1/2 x 2 feet.  It turned out so nice, and I'm really proud of it!  (I'm a graphic designer, so this is my 'thing'.)

Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the "finished" cheque - this one doesn't have the amount in because I only got the amount today, and my boss took the cheque home. Sad

This is the digital copy:

And some photos of the printed copy:

All in all I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  The pictures don't do it justice, it was impressive looking.
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6  Re: My First Successful Resin Piece in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sheena.lee on: August 30, 2009 11:07:55 AM
Hey I have another question: to make the polymer clay figure did you use TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) to join the pieces together or can you just blend with your fingers (like you would with other clay)?

I'm really ghetto when it comes to clay.  I pushed the pieces together the best I could without distorting the shape of the rectangle, and then, since I didn't care what the back looked like, I used some more clay to secure the 'joints', like this:

It looks ugly, but for its purpose, it didn't matter Smiley
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7  My First Successful Resin Piece in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sheena.lee on: August 29, 2009 04:17:02 PM
Finally something I'm not ashamed to post!!

The piece is a small Inukshuk - for comparison the squares on my bedspread are 1x1 in.  I made it using Castin Craft Polyester Resin, and coated it with some Eberhard Faber clear coat once it cured.

Here's the model for the mold.  I made it from polymer clay.

and the actual mold itself, which I made out of Siligum silicone. 

The stuff works really well, it even took the slightly textured surface of the clay which I find gives the final product an interesting look.

Overall I'm really happy with it!  I still don't know what to do with it... any ideas?
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8  Birds on a Wire in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by sheena.lee on: June 04, 2009 04:38:25 PM
Tomorrow I'm leaving to visit a friend in New Brunswick (16hr train ride from Montreal, QC...), a friend I've known for a good 7 years and have never met in person.  Needless to say I'm really excited!

She recently moved out of her parents' place so I figured a nice housewarming gift would be appropriate... and I decided that buying something would be lame... Sooo, I bought a corkboard, 3 different color fabrics, some fabric paint and plastic sheets to make stencils.  A couple days later, I have this!

I cut the corkboard out of its wood frame (after trying to pry the frame off unsuccessfully), cut it in 4, then covered each piece in fabric.  I drew and/or traced some birds and cut out my stencils, then put some birds randomly and voila!  It was really easy and fun, and the cool thing about the stencil sheets is that I just wash them and I can use them over and over.

Here's the detail of each piece.  They're meant as a set but also can be used separately depending on her corkboard needs.

The backs look like this:

Basically just some hot glued ribbon (hot glue is the heart and soul of this project), glued under and on top for extra durability.  They're really light so I'm sure they'll hold anyway.

I ironed the fabric before gluing it but some returned to their creased state... Anyone know if its safe to iron cork?

Thanks for looking!!
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9  A Much Needed (trust me) Redecoration - Seriously super img heavy in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by sheena.lee on: March 26, 2009 07:53:59 PM
I moved in with my boyfriend a couple years ago, and the transition was so slow and subtle that we never really changed anything - I didn't have a space to put my stuff... He just sort of moved 5 inches to the left to fit me in the corner, so to speak.

Early March, I reached a breaking point.  I could no longer stand the terrible mess I was living in.   I planned for a few days before pitching the idea to my boyfriend, who immediately argued with every change I proposed (which is why I planned, I had to justify everything I wanted to do.)  Anyway, after some, uhmm, forcing, he was left with no other choice but to agree.

I'll give him credit, he was AMAZING with helping me prepare... and I mean, AMAZING.  Cleaning, moving things, even buying a new desk... <3  Also, he put up with my constant insane planning - I have a little to-scale paper model of the room, in a folder with everything I was going to buy, the receipts once it was bought, etc...  (Now he jokes that when we get married I'll have a gigantic book of planning... I probably will.)

I bought all new furniture, pillows, sheets, everything.  It was not on any kind of budget, so I did spend a lot, but I think it was just so necessary and worth it in the end!

This is my inspiration. (Also the first picture because I do not want my "before" pics to be the main image.)

I'm embarrassed to show the before pictures, but it's really necessary in understanding the difference.  So, here goes.

Luckily, I had boys to help move furniture (standing is my boyfriend, on the bed his brother)

The other side of the room - It's a bit more messy because we were in the process of taking apart my bf's desk.)

After all the cleaning, it looked like this:

Ahhhh better already!

And then...

My parents bought me the paint for my birthday, and they came over 3 days in a row to give me a hand..

Paint mom, paint!!

The finished color, I did the whole second coat. (No, I didn't make my mom paint the whole thing!!)

Finally on Sunday we put everything back in: new dresser, bookcase, CD rack, night table and couch!

My bed, I love love love the colors.  (Still need some kind of art for above the bed, completely open to suggestions.)

400 thread count duvet cover, sheets, pillow cases and shams... to die for! (30% off at linen chest, for those who have access to one - highly recommended.)

My couch, complete with my inspiration pillows.

This is the only "crafty" thing I did - I hemmed the curtains because they were too long and touched the heater, not safe...

Last but definitely not least, the 52" (not new, highly depreciated in value) TV...  Looks snazzy in the room now, before it looked really awkward.

I'm so in love with it now, it feels sooo good to get home to a place that feels like its half mine for once.  I can actually CLEAN it without getting discouraged!!

Comments? Criticism?
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10  Dress Style - What is it? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by sheena.lee on: February 22, 2009 06:38:47 PM
I'm not sure if this is where to post this, but I've googled and have so far had no luck.

I got this dress as a hand-me-down.  Surprisingly it fits me decently (all dresses are too big for me), and I find it really flattering.  I want to know what this neckline is called, and if anyone knows of any patterns that may feature something like this. (I have a very slight pigeon chest, and this covers it well.)

The dress.  It's a formal dress, so I plan to hem it so I can wear it as more of a cocktail dress.

A close-up of the neckline.

I want my wedding dress to look similar to this too, so I really want to know what its called.

I apologize if this is in the wrong section.

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