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1  Stuffed Stegosaurus in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jnLL on: December 31, 2008 12:06:01 AM
When I was a kid, my favorite dinosaur was the stegosaurus. So was my boyfriend's. And so, we adopted a foam stegosaurus, Stanley. And today I made Stanley a friend: her name's Eru (for reasons too embarrassing to explain  Tongue)


Stanley and Eru


closer




head-on

I made her this evening, took me a couple hours. I made a vague pattern, but kind of fudged it along the way. I had to do a little surgery on her legs so she could stand up properly, but I think I did an okay job seeing as I don't make stuffed animals very often.

Body: white fleecy material
Spikes: pink/white-gingham flannel, black/white-gingham cotton
Eyes: puffy paint
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2  It's July. It's NOT Valentine's Day! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jnLL on: July 08, 2007 08:55:49 PM
I know, I'm sorry Sad

I made this card for my young gentleman to celebrate 2.5 years. Woo? Frankly, I think it's way too red and pink...it just screams V-day. For some reason I can't seem to disassociate love from those colors. Oh well, anyway... pictures!

I drew the picture, but I can't take credit for the pose because I did use a reference. The pink and red shirts the couple is wearing is construction paper I cut out and glued Cheesy


The photo (sorry for the trite kissy picture) is removable and the deep red paper it's set against is a sheet of scrapbook paper with I-love-you in different languages. The Be Mine and Striped heart cutouts are actually cards from a $1 valentine-themed deck from Target. I made the puzzle pieces...we always say that we fit perfectly together like puzzle pieces.


The card is slightly interactive! Look~Remove the photo and open the Be Mine card aaaand...

I took a joker card and painted out the R of "Joker" and made that lame phrase...sigh...I embarass myself. Haha...and I included the Jack and Ace (of hearts!) cards because A and J are our initials.


Some additional info (in case you were curious):
The striped heart in the bottom right corner is actually a little pocket where later I'll slip a love note and this coupon:


I'm really proud of this card! I'm going to be sad to relinquish it  Wink
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3  I used to sing back in the day (teal halter/tube top--multiple ways to wear!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jnLL on: July 25, 2006 07:44:18 PM
When I was in elementary school, I was in choir. This used to be the t-shirt for one year.



I discovered by accident that I could wear this top in different ways. My original intent was top right, but I find that I like it best when worn as a tube (top left).

Full body:


Lying flat:

(Note: our school mascot was a turtle, so our choir group was called the "Turtledoves")

(I'm sorry for the poor quality of the pics  Sad)

I'm really happy with this top Smiley I've been needing something to wear because it's so ridiculously hot!

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4  poka dotted dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jnLL on: June 26, 2006 11:18:12 PM
This is the first garment (besides a pair of pajama pants ::rolls eyes:Smiley that I have ever used a pattern to make.



I LOVE it. Only, I'm not too crazy about the fabric anymore... Next I want to make another dress but in a solid color, like white.

I used a McCall's pattern (I can't remember the number, sorry) and for some reason I had to take the dress in A LOT. But now it fits really well, so well that a big meal makes it a little hard to breathe   Tongue.

The straps (my mom suggested to put two, because the single skinny strap didn't look that great) are attached with snaps, so the dress can be converted to be strapless.

By the way, I wore this dress for my high school graduation Smiley.
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5  Re: Resized T-shirt. Boat neck? in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jnLL on: June 09, 2006 10:38:24 PM
Thanks for the comments guys! For those of you who are curious, here's something I first whipped up in paint and then transferred into photoshop. I hope it's understandable; I've never made a tutorial before.



If you have any further questions, feel free to ask! I'm sorry for the horrible quality of the picture.

***I forgot to add in the tutorial that my neck band is 1 inch thick. The band cut from the bottom of my shirt was 2 inches thick (1 inch when folded over).

I think it'd also be really cute to make the band a different color, using another shirt (in case the shirt you're working on is already the length you want it and you can't spare to cut any fabric from the bottom).

I'd like to see what you guys come up with!
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6  look at what you've done... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jnLL on: May 14, 2006 10:53:16 PM
I'm not an artist, but I do like to doodle sometimes. On rare occasions I'm actually satisfied by the stuff I produce...

Anyway, this scratchwork was done in memory of the people I've hurt during the growing-up process Undecided and someone specific right now. Eh. The girl wasn't originally supposed to be part of it, but in a way she could be the one he's talking to?! I dunno.



I know it says "Look at what have you done" instead of "Look at what you have done" but I had written "What have you done" originally but added the "Look at" as an afterthought. And also, I thought it would've been a better idea to draw an anatomical heart instead, but I didn't feel like trying to find a reference on the net...

Yeah. Enjoy.
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7  Lovers silhouette sketchbook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jnLL on: May 03, 2006 09:06:05 PM
This might actually belong in stencils, BUT I did a really bad job so I'm a little too ashamed to put it there.

My sketchbook cover is a plain black, and I needed a way to designate which is the front. I wanted to put something cute on the front, and I was inspired by a shirt someone stencilled of a little boy and girl kissing.

So I tried to find a similar stencil. NOT AN EASY TASK. I found silhouette images of a couples facing each other, but the people just weren't..."pretty" enough for my taste. Being the wannabee artist that I am, I decided to draw my own. I cut out the figures, then applied fabric paint around the edges (I can't find my acrylics -__-).

Ta dah...

It's messy and I assure you that the original image looks much much much better. I also should have allowed their legs to extend to the bottom edge, but it's too late now. I might make clouds down there or something...

So yes. I am willing to share the image if any of you are interested. When I find my X-acto knife (I lose everything, I swear), I hope to make a crisper stencil on a T-shirt.


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8  Resized T-shirt. Boat neck? **Tutorial added on page 2** in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jnLL on: May 03, 2006 08:42:39 PM
I really don't know my fashion terminology.

Started with a standard adult small T-shirt. But as we all know, those adult smalls are anything but. I won't bore you with the process of construction, but I can sum up my steps if anyone wants.

Here it is:


Back:


I'm sorry I forgot to flip the mirror pictures! The front says "A Workman" and the back says the Bible verse 2 Timothy 2:15.

The only T-shirt reconstruction I've ever made that I actually like. I really like the band at the neckline. It's about 1.5" thick.

Thanks for looking Smiley
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9  Ruffles (skirt and pillow) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jnLL on: May 03, 2006 08:31:41 PM
So I had this Gap skirt that I've never worn. I think I bought it with a gift card (~$25-30). You can't buy much at the Gap with only 25 dollars, so I bought it on clearance. Here's a picture:

I liked the style but I hesitated to wear it because I felt it was too...bright. I'm not sure if orange is really my color. Anyway, I rediscovered it in my closet yesterday, tried it on, and it dawned on me that it would be really easy to duplicate. So I made a pattern of the yoke (is that what it's called?) and gathered the rest of the fabric to make the ruffled part. I think I used...approx 1 1/4 yards.

My skirt

Pretty close? I'm really proud of it, even though it's not extremely exciting. The pattern is of small back flowers and leaves. I lined the yoke part and installed the zipper properly, and that's pretty impressive for the likes of me.

I also have a pillow I made for my school's clothing class:

The gathering is really uneven, but my sewing teacher gave me a perfect score anyway. It was my idea to add the eyelet (the pillow was originally supposed to be plain but I thought it would be too boring). Sadly, the pillow doesn't match my bedding  Cheesy

Thanks for looking and reading!
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10  gift ideas for your lover ^_^ (love books, love dice...picture heavy?) in Valentine's Day by jnLL on: March 04, 2006 12:11:06 AM
hey guys! i hope you all had a good valentine's. this post may come a little bit late, but maybe these ideas can help for next year or for upcoming anniversaries Smiley

a couple days ago my boyfriend surprised me with sasha goldberger's "the little book of i love you":

it really reminded me of the love books and scrapbooks a lot of crafters make on here. i thought maybe some of you would like to see some of the pages inside. these were my favorites:


caption: "you've got me wrapped around your finger"


caption: "let me cover you with kisses"




caption: "in case you cried" (i'd dry your tears)

(i'm not sure if i'll allowed to post pictures of material that doesn't belong to me, or of something i didn't make myself, so I apologize if i've violated any kind of rules i'm ignorant of  Undecided)

on to my next topic: LOVE DICE
maybe some of you have seen the set of dice with words like "kiss" or "tickle" on one die, and words like "lips" or some other body part on the other. for v-day, i made a set for my boyfriend. it would be a lot easier to buy little wooden or styrofoam blocks to paint and decorate, but i actually made cubes using very stiff cardboard, painted them red, and used pink sticker letters to form the words. they haven't been used, but they were fun to make and give Smiley sorry i don't have any pictures  Sad

if you got through this entire post, thanks for reading! i hope you were inspired in some way  Wink
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