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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / If I could type the sounds scissors make... on: February 11, 2007 10:08:16 PM
... I could have come up with a better subject line  Roll Eyes.

Anywhoo, here are the sets of earrings I made during my craftster's block. They're nothing much, but hey, they're scissors.

And my *cough* completely unoriginal lock-and-key earrings.

... and it suddenly dawns on me that scissors say "snip, snip".
I feel silly now.

Whaddya think?
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / fuzzy hair gel =/ on: December 23, 2006 03:18:21 PM
Yesterday, I had my hair finally cut (yay!) by a professional (yay!) into a shag (yay!). It was really well done and styled, but it needs hair wax or some such thing to keep its choppy texture.
So today I searched craftster for a hair gel recipe. I found a post by Ayn that included boiled flax "gel". You can read it at...
I have a batch of it sitting in the saucepan in my kitchen, but now I don't know what to do with it... I mean, whether or not I should stick it in the fridge.
For tonight, I think I'll leave it at room temperature in a sealed jar and see what happens. Part of me thinks that the fact that it's been boiled and allowed to cool at room temp means that it'll be fine. If the recipe called for it to be cooled in the fridge then I'd definitely put it in.
Any advice?

I'll let you know if it ends up getting mouldy in the morning!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "Head for the Hills!" *picture-pregnant* on: November 09, 2006 11:36:42 PM
... 'cause that fiesty Pan is right outside your bedroom door...
Hee hee, that's just my lovely boyfriend.


I HATE that picture...

the wings...

I'm quite proud of my Pan-nymph couple costume idea.
I made all of it, too.

Horns: salt dough, glue, & tape
Panpipes: bamboo & that decorative straw stuff sold in bags at Wal-Mart
The Lower Half: CougarGrrl graciously provided me with instructions for this part. But me, being myself, followed *most* of it. Instead of platforms, I used plain ol' heels with the heel sawed off, and the long "pant" legs were pulled over the heel part and glued in place. The hooves were the toes of the shoe covered with plastic and a cleft drawn on with marker. I wish the hoof picture turned out... There's also a tail made from the nubby "leg" material, and long white faux fur underneath.
Ears: Same material as the "pants", but with light pink felt with the white fur on the inside (which you can't really see) for realism

Wings: vinyl, fake leaves, modified stuffed snake toy, ribbons, wire, jewels, etc. It would have been hilarious for me to see myself sewing the vinyl to the wire frame, balancing my sewing machine on my lap all the while.
Toga: strategically placed bracelet, neat-o cord, and well... a bedsheet. Sorry  Roll Eyes

I had also pinned leaves in my hair for natural goodness.
Enjoy! And Please leave feedback...
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Marf, the MP3 player cozy on: April 15, 2006 07:18:50 PM
Meet Marf.
Marf is a monster.
Marf is cute as all hell.
Marf is an MP3 player cozy!

I got inspired by the many monster-styled player cases and purses but decided that I wanted to do my own. So I grabbed some leftover velveteen, red silky fabric from a blouse, and got choppin'! Some white velcro for teeth, and googly eyes for, well, eyes, and whaddya know it's Marf!

Marf's mouth (aka the cozy when opened... say "Aaaaaah"!):

Leave some feedback for me to mill over and you'll make my day!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Kimono, in all of its glory! on: April 15, 2006 07:09:06 PM
Oh yeah, I got tired of all of the cosplay / anime ripoffs, and the wraparound summer dresses (not that they aren't cool in their own right), and I made a kimono. A traditional Japanese kimono. With the robe itself, obi, and obi-jime. I used the 4-rectangle pattern... which, in all honesty, isn't 4!... and I sewed it using my lovely royal blue floral jacquard. The obi is made from my dark rust paisley cotton. Hell, I even learned how to put it on right for the justice of honouring its tradition and for taking pictures of it without shaming either it or myself. Heh, having a boyfriend who's lived in Japan helps me understand these things. Would you like to see pictures?
Bam! Here they are!

The front:

The obi:

And the drop-dead-gorgeous sleeves:

I think it's beautiful. What do you think?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / It was 20 years ago today... Sgt Pepper taught the band to play... on: April 15, 2006 06:56:20 PM
This, Ladies and Germs, is one of my several latest creations. 'Tis a military-esque Victorian styled jacket. Made from polyester velveteen, gold buttons featuring crests (shields?) on 'em, gold bead-like things, and cord, this is one hot item. I did all of the frogging fasteners, all 12 of them, by hand. It's also suprisingly warm. And static-y. But I love it to bits. It's made with Simplicity Misses' pattern 4487, with some alterations. The most major being that I have a pretty small bust measurement (less than 34) and hourglass waist (28). Then, I modified the collar. I wanted it to stick up like a Mandarin collar, but for some reason or another it just wouldn't. Now it lies flat, and I really like how it looks even more. The smaller, rounded collar just looks more Victorian.
And without further ado...

As modeled by my lovely floor:

and now by me (in an attempt to show that the sleeves are in the mutton-leg style):

and once more with feeling!

Anywhoo, I'd love to hear feedback from you lovely Craftsters! Thanks for looking!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / CSS and other fun stuff on: March 09, 2006 08:51:03 AM
As the title suggests, I'm wondering if much Programming language works with Craftster. This is one of those things where I start learning it, get interested, then try to apply it to everything I do.
It'd be kind of neat to change the background of a post... at least that's what I think. Vote against me if you feel like it.
Anyone know if it's possible? What language would you use?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / He likes Bowieeeeeee! on: December 16, 2005 04:17:19 PM
So my friend Nathan, who's an 18 year old guy, and I have decided to exchange presents this year. He's going to give me a couple of records and a DVD of the Stooges in concert... and I honestly have on idea what to get for him.
So, here are the facts:
1. He loves David Bowie, absolutely adores him (he has two 15-pound paper collages of him on his bedroom wall, so pictures are out, unless used creatively)
2. His record collection is massive. I mean, several thousand records he's got.
3. He's intentionally a terrible dresser. He likes to be labelled as an eccentric. Stripes, terrible paisley are his trademark but NOT floral or hawaiian!
4. Oh yeah, he's also into various other 70s (ish) bands and artists, such as T Rex, Brian Eno, the Velvet Underground, various other glam/art/and such
5. He bathes in money, literally. He's had (and has) jobs like managing and owning a music store, an officer in cadets... (this also contributes to why I want to *make* him something, if it can be bought, he already has it)

So you see, this is a bit of a pickle for me. Bear in mind that we obviously have some similarities, that's why we're friends. Please ask questions, comment, anything, I need your help!!!!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Japanese Paper Dolls on: October 22, 2005 11:30:18 AM
I dug out the directions from a Girl Guides craft book that my mum has. These are adorable as well as easy...

(Only one posted so far, someone let me know it they want to see any others in the dozen or so I've made Grin)

Also, if anyone wants the instructions I could scan / re-write them and post them here on demand.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Beach-y Journal on: October 22, 2005 11:26:26 AM
This is just a coptic-bound journal I made about a year ago...

It's held closed by the ribbon that's wrapped around it. There's also an attached ribbon bookmark with a sand dollar charm on the end. Here's a closeup...

Enjoy!  Kiss
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