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11  Crafty Business Card "Take One!" Display! in Crafty Business Discussion by RenDuH on: May 25, 2011 09:52:21 PM
Didn't really know where to put this, so I hope this is the appropriate category! <3

I've been looking for ways to try and advertise my photography, and came up with this!
I had some extra clothespins lying around from a previous project, so I decided to hot glue my business cards to them, then pin them onto a strip so that people could do the whole "take one" thing.  :3

Before I glued and attached everything though, I "laminated" everything with clear packaging tape, which is something I do a lot--because it works so well!  Basically, it's just clear packaging tape on both sides of the business card (and the thing the cards are attached to, for extra durability), and I make sure to leave a tiny border around everything, that way it's truly water/weatherproof (for if I wanted to hang this display outside....I think I'm gonna put it up on the bulletin board of my local grocery store or community center though).

It was super simple--only took me about 10 minutes--and I think it's creative enough for people to remember it  Smiley

(and considering the fact that this whole post is basically about advertising my photography, please don't think that these pictures are the quality that I normally shoot in--these were taken with my cell phone.  I was just too lazy to take them with a REAL camera and upload them that way...cell phone is faster.  XD)



"Action shot" (aka, me holding it up to show what it would look like hanging, lol):

Let me know what you think!  Wink

***EDIT:  Oh!! And the thing at the bottom says "*Free clothespin with business card!*" lol***
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12  GIVING AWAY Semi-Recycled Hair Accessory!! **EDIT: CONTEST UPDATED** in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RenDuH on: May 21, 2011 08:36:39 PM
So. Long story short, I work at La-Z-Boy, and I have some  upholstery fabric swatches that I saved from going into the trash. Decided I'd make a hair accessory (dunno what else to call it) from one of the swatches, then realized I'd never wear it because it's just not my style. I thought one of you might like it though (and it's a little rough looking on the back--I don't think I could sell it even if I tried), so I'm giving it away to the first person who guesses my birthday (just month and day). My only two hints are that the month begins with M, and my birthday has already occurred this year.


Here are some pictures of the hair accessory; good luck!

Accessory front:

Back (with comb clips and hot glue, lol)

The fabric I used:

Wear it with a side pony!

Wear it on the side with your hair down!

Wear it as a strange forest hat!

Wear it on top of a low pony!
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13  Wedding Photography (Pic OBESE!) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RenDuH on: May 12, 2011 07:01:52 PM
So, photography is my passion, and is currently sort of a side-job of sorts.  I'm trying to make it into a career, but that's going to take some time.  Wink

One of the easiest gigs to get is weddings, and my most recent one was SO much fun, and some of the pictures that came out of it were some of my all-time favorites so far, so I thought I'd share some of them with you  Smiley

They were all taken at the Farmington Inn (where the bride got ready) in Farmington, CT, the Carousel Museum (where the wedding was) in Bristol, CT, and the Farmington Club (where the reception was), again, in Farmington, CT.  All were taken with my Canon EOS 40D, a "Nifty Fifty" lens (Canon 50mm f/1.Cool, and using a Canon 430EX II Speedlite flash.

In all, I took around 1500 photographs--my personal record for "most photos taken at a single wedding".  It was a TON of fun.  Smiley

And if you're wondering about the star-shaped sunglasses and the fake mustaches, they were all the bride's idea. She brought them out when there was about half an hour left of the reception.  Wink


 I think this one was definitely my favorite from the day. Definitely showcases the bride's personality. Smiley

She really wasn't a Bridezilla at all--I just caught her at JUST the right moment for this shot, and she laughed when I showed it to her. Smiley

A little post-processing on this one to really give the photo a strong subject and theme.

The ring.

The groom had this in his pocket the whole time--he said that one of his old teachers drew this for him when she found out he was getting married. The little girl at the bottom of the photo is supposed to be her--as the flower girl, lol. The only thing is that the bride decided not to take his last name (Toller, as seen in the photo), so it's slightly incorrect, but adorable nonetheless.

Definitely posed, but the light coming in through this window was so nice, I had to take a picture. Another that was slightly processed (just took out the color around the bride) to add emphasis to the subject.

Another one not posed, and also edited for emphasis.

I was SO happy that I got this shot--the groom's fake mustache fell off, and the bride was sticking it back on. I later showed the picture to the bride, and she said, "how did you get that shot?? That's like, the perfect moment!!" Comments like that make my day. Smiley

So, there they are!
I hope you enjoyed them, and I always appreciate comments and/or constructive criticism!  Wink
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14  NO SEW $3 Hooded Henley-Style Shirt to Bandana and Non-Hooded Henley-Style Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RenDuH on: May 09, 2011 09:43:13 PM
 This was a super easy recon. I bought a cute shirt at Wal-Mart for $3 (on clearance, of course! Marked down from $12!! Cheesy), wore it once, and decided I didn't like the hood on it...plus, I wanted to wear it to work, and hoodie-style anything isn't exactly "business appropriate" attire.

Therefore, I decided the hood had to go. Originally, I was going to get rid of the hood altogether and sew a whole new hem onto the neck of the shirt, but realized that with the way the hood was attached, there was already bias tape connecting the shirt to the hood, making a nice looking edge. All I did was cut the hood off as close to the bias tape I could get, then when it was off, I just trimmed off any jagged edges, and voila! No wasted material! Cheesy
For the bandana, all I did was put the hood on like normal, then tie the ends under my hair.

It was super easy, and your local Wal-Mart probably has some of these same shirts on clearance, so you can probably do it too! Wink

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15  Lots of Upholstery Fabric Swatches...what to make?? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by RenDuH on: May 05, 2011 10:35:39 AM
SO.  I work at La-Z-Boy, and we recently went through all the fabric we have on our fabric sample wall and pulled out all the discontinued ones (or ones that will be discontinued in the near future).  All we were really going to do with them was throw them out, so I grabbed up my favorite ones and took them home, knowing I could do SOMEthing with them.  Smiley

In all, I have probably about 40-50 swatches, and I'm looking for things to do with them!
I don't want to make a quilt out of them, first of all because I'm trying to get the MOST use out of them, and that would only make one item, and secondly, because they're upholstery fabric.  Some of them are nice and soft and thin, but others are super thick, and with the varying textures and thicknesses, I know a quilt would turn out being very awkward.

All of the swatches are around 1.5 foot by 1.5 foot, and I have ones varying anywhere from hot pink faux suede to neutral recliner-esque fabrics.  The ideas I had so far were to make a clutch purse out of them (there's enough fabric in one to make a small clutch), and my friend asked that I make her a hair bow from the hot pink faux suede (a clip-in one Wink).
Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!!  Cheesy

PLEASE NOTE:   The photograph is NOT a photograph I took of MY fabric swatches--it's just an example of what my swatches look like!

These were La-Z-Boy swatches I found someone selling on eBay, and this is almost exactly how my swatches are--they have a piece of cardboard attached to each swatch at the top (you can hardly see it in the picture), and they have stitching around the edges.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Smiley
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16  Reconstructed Purple JEANS! (Yes, jeans!) :D in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RenDuH on: April 11, 2011 12:27:11 PM
Dunno why I've been on a purple kick lately...but whatever.  I like purple.  lol

Went to the thrift store and saw a pair of purple jeans:

For only $6.99!

They're not something I would normally wear, so I said "okay, if they fit me, I'll buy them".....and what do you know, they wound up being exactly my size (which is a 12, which is pretty amazing that they fit, imo).

So I bought them, distressed them a bit:

And painted and glittered them with Tulip black fabric paint, star stencils, some freehanding, and some Tulip permanent fabric glitter (the wet spots and white spots were from the glitter--they later dried):

And then I bedazzled them! Cheesy
(just in the middle of the little explode-y parts....dunno how else to describe them...)



Aaannnnd this is what they look like on (with my black and purple belt to match! Cheesy)



Let me know what you think!  Smiley
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17  Reconstructed Purple Prom Dress :D (image heavy!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RenDuH on: April 11, 2011 12:10:43 PM
First off, let me say how excited I am about this dress!  Cheesy
Found it in a thrift store for $12, and it was on sale at half off--so it only cost me $6!

I think it's amazingly gorgeous--it has purple and pink satin underneath a layer of black (with glittery blue spots) lace-like material, with a black satin bow/sash thing around the middle, and some lace around the top edge. 
I fell in love with it the minute I saw it....but it was 2 sizes too small--I'm a size 12, and it was a size 10.  I put it on, and the skirt part fit me, but when I tried to zip up the top, it was too small.  Sad
I was determined to make it work though, so I bought it and brought it home.

The reconstructed "dress":

The original dress:

And a close-up of what the materials look like:

I decided that I wanted the dress to be more versatile instead of being just a plain dress, since I like to wear dresses, but I don't wear them that often.  First, I cut the skirt part from the top of the dress.  Originally, it had tulle underneath the skirt part, but I cut that out since it was uncomfortable and made the dress look way too formal (I'm 22, so I don't exactly have very many formal events to go to anymore), and I wanted to wear it more often than just every once in a blue moon.  I then sewed a 2" elastic band to the top of the skirt (which was in 2 pieces anyway--the satin and the lace--and I also had to re-ruch the skirt, because I couldn't detach the skirt from the top without either ruining the top part, or having to re-ruch it....I chose to re-ruch it.  lol)

And here's what the skirt looked like after finishing it:

Then I started working on the top, which had a zipper up the back (this is the part that didn't fit me). 

Sooooo, I took a seam ripper to the back and took out the zipper (used the seam ripper so that I can save the zipper for another project Wink)

Then, I realized that the spaghetti straps on the top weren't even fully connected to begin with (they were very crudely sewn on), so I re-sewed them to the top:

I also took a seam ripper to the bottom of the satin part (which still had pieces of the skirt part) and re-sewed it together again.
And to fix the whole "not fitting" issue, I decided to make the back a corset back.  Took some black ribbon and made the "eyelets" for it:

Then put the whole thing on, and it fits perfectly now!



And again, this is what the two pieces (top and bottom) look like when worn together:

And the separation:

And here's what the skirt looks like when worn alone (I actually wore this outfit to work Smiley)

Let me know what you think!  Smiley
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18  Moar Facepainting, Plz? in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RenDuH on: April 08, 2011 12:20:13 PM
Sorry for flooding the board today--this is my last post for today, I promise.  Wink

Did a few more face paints, and also just wanted to let you know that IF YOU LIVE IN THE CT AREA, I WILL BE DOING *FREE* FACE PAINTING AT THE SPRING KIDS FEST AT THE BRASS MILL CENTER (A MALL) IN WATERBURY, CT TOMORROW (4/9/2011) FROM 11AM TO 3 PM.  It's geared towards kids ages 2-12, but I'll paint your face no matter what your age.  Wink
(also, please don't report me for advertising, 'cause it's not, really.  I'm not going to be making any more money if I paint one face or 1,000 faces, so posting this doesn't affect anything except to get more people to come and see me and have something painted on their face and be happy and stuff Cheesy)

It's a 100% FREE event, and more info can be found here:  http://www.brassmillcenter.com/events/spring-kids-fest


First off, I had SO much fun with this one, which is amazing, since it's a "boy" face paint.  Usually I like the swirly girly ones, lol.  Yaytribal! (yes, the model is me)

Second is a kiwi painted on my cousin Mariah's eye.  ...no clue what inspired me to paint this, but I think it turned out pretty nice nonetheless.  :3

Thirdly, some nice spring-esque flowers on my cousin Lexi's cheek:

And, finally, a MUCH better version of the "cheek butterflies" I had posted a few months ago (and please excuse the green marks from the flower face paint--we didn't realize we hadn't gotten them off), on my cousin Lexi:

Comments/criticism welcome :3
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19  . : ' H ' E ' N ' N ' A ' : . (part 2) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RenDuH on: April 08, 2011 11:56:39 AM
Okay.  Most of the reason why I split these two posts is because, first of all, there was a long time period between doing both batches of henna.  The first post was hennas from at least 4 months ago.  These ones are more recent.

First up is one done on my calf, and it was actually inspired by designs on the wallpaper (the vine part) and on pillow fabric (the flower) I've seen at the furniture store I work at, lol

Second is henna that I did on my cousin Stephanie.  The mandala in the middle is copied straight from a henna book I have, but everything else is original:

And lastly, a peacock feather I did on my foot.  Wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but I'm very pleased with the result.  Smiley

That's it for now--I'll upload more whenever I do them!  Smiley
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20  . : ' H ' E ' N ' N ' A ' : . (part 1) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RenDuH on: April 08, 2011 11:49:06 AM
Yay!  More henna!

Please excuse me if there are any reposted pictures....I don't remember the last time I posted henna here, so I might re-do a few  >__O  I'm also going to be splitting these into two different posts, since I have so many hennas I'm going to post.  <3


First one was done on my brother's girlfriend when they came up to visit in December/January.  Hers was the first glitterwork I have ever done, although it was minimal.

Second is one of my all-time favorite hennas I've ever done, done on myself (and it saddens me to know that I can no longer do these beautiful hand hennas on myself, since I recently got a job at a furniture store, so it's not "professional"  Sad  )

Third is one I did on my cousin Mariah's palm:

Let me know what you think!  Smiley
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