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61  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wedding Photography (Pic OBESE!) 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
62  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Lots of Upholstery Fabric Swatches...what to make?? on: May 12, 2011 11:16:40 AM
Cheesy  You scored big time!!!  My first thought when seeing this post was to make wallets or coin purses or tea wallets out of them.  You are a lucky duck to get these - I just paid $2.00 each for about six of the discontinued samples from JoAnn's!!  I wanted more, but could not afford them.  Be sure to post what creations you come up with - I would love to see what you create.

Oooo, sounds like I did! 
Don't worry--I'll be sure to post lots of pics of whatever I wind up making Cheesy
Might even sell some stuff I make on Etsy if it wind up being good enough, haha.

I like!  That's actually EXACTLY what I was thinking of making--good to know that it's possible! lol

How about some backpacks?http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/06/make-an-upholstery-sample-backpack/

Oooo, I really like that idea!  I might make a messenger bag or something though...I like the backpack idea, but I don't like how square that one turned out.  :/
I've made messenger bags before though, so that's always a possibility.  Cheesy

Can DEF make throw pillows from some of them.  Just sew two together  to make reversable pillows or sew each one to a neutral background.

Meh, I don't really have a need for throw pillows.  I live with my dad and gramma, so it's not like I'd be making them for my own house, and plus if I made throw pillows, I'd have to buy stuffing for them.  :/    I'm kinda looking for a more practical use for the fabric....thanks for the suggestion though! Smiley
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / NO SEW $3 Hooded Henley-Style Shirt to Bandana and Non-Hooded Henley-Style Shirt 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

64  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: . : ' H ' E ' N ' N ' A ' : . (part 2) on: May 06, 2011 12:29:18 PM
I love the leg one!

Thaaaank you!!  Cheesy
I think it's still one of my favorites that I've done, especially on my calf.  I don't normally like calf henna because it's such an awkward place for a design....always seems kind of slapped on to me (as opposed to hand/foot henna, which can go with the curvature of the fingers/toes and kind of accent the hand or foot).  /shrug
65  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: . : ' H ' E ' N ' N ' A ' : . (part 1) on: May 06, 2011 12:27:34 PM
The hand ones are so beautiful! How long does it take you to do one of those?

Thanks!!  ^____^
Depends on the design really, but usually anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour (per hand).  Usually no longer than that though.
66  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Moar Facepainting, Plz? on: May 06, 2011 12:26:41 PM
Wonderful! I'm especially impressed by the one on yourself!

D'awwww, thanks!  ^____^
I realized after I'd posted it though that I forgot a few lines on one side.  ;_____;
Being a semi-perfectionist, it's gonna bug me forever. >__O....but because of the "semi" part, I'm not gonna re-do it.  XDD
67  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Lots of Upholstery Fabric Swatches...what to make?? 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
68  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reconstructed Purple Prom Dress :D (image heavy!) on: April 28, 2011 10:27:28 AM
Ribbon! Why didn't I think of that? xD This is a really cute recon. I might give it a go myself.

Please do!!  And then please share pictures if/when you do!! Cheesy
69  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reconstructed Purple Prom Dress :D (image heavy!) on: April 26, 2011 11:09:00 AM
I had that exact dress when I was younger!!!  It was in my dress up stuff.  (My grandma also got it at a thrift store)

When I got older, it got thrown in my "I will eventually revamp this" pile.  Unfortunately, it got ruined.  Sad  I did manage to salvage the bow for a headband.

You did great making it wearable.  I especially love the lace up back.  Brings back great memories.   Cheesy

Haha, awesome!  Never would've thought someone else might have had/recognized the dress! Cheesy
And thank you!  ^__^
70  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reconstructed Purple JEANS! (Yes, jeans!) :D on: April 26, 2011 11:00:21 AM
I've found 3 pairs of purple jeans so far and wouldn't ya know it they were ALL too small for me!

Aaaaand she continues her search...........

It's okay--that just means that those weren't your purple jeans soulmate <3
You'll find it eventually!  hehe
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