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1  Plastic Bag Boutonniere in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phoreiobothrium on: February 01, 2011 02:19:23 PM
Unfortunately, I got snowed in today.  Fortunately, we have tons of plastic bags floating around the house!!

This is a boutonniere I made for my fellow for an upcoming black tie event (we trade homemade corsages every year).  I first made plastic fabric by sandwiching three layers of plastic bag (colors on the outside, white in between) between two pieces of freezer paper and ironing them on medium.  The result was heavy but very flexible, and with a really neat wrinkled texture (maybe that was an accident from letting the iron sit too long in one spot... Wink).

I then used this tutorial to construct the basic flower shape: http://www.sustainlane.com/reviews/how-to-make-flowers-from-plastic-bags/W72DITJHTHYAMDYSZMKA3X8BU2SB

I then cut out two green ovals for leaves, folding one tip of each lengthwise and twisting it to make them more 3-D. Last, I sewed the leaves and the flower to a brooch pin. Et voila! Flowers in February!
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2  OctoBookCosy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phoreiobothrium on: February 01, 2011 02:05:39 PM
Ok, so it's not *quite* a purse, bag, or wallet, but what the heck?  I made a book cosy for a friend of mine who loves certain kinds of books but doesn't necessarily want to be caught reading them (Ahem, Sookie Stackhouse series).  She also likes octopi.  So I made her this book cosy out of a couple of old t-shirts.

I loved this shirt, but it was too small.  Here are another couple of shots:

To do this, I adapted a tutorial which can be found here: http://craftapple.wordpress.com/2006/09/17/patchwork-notebook-cover-tutorial/

Instead of using a notebook, I used a thin book whose dimensions would be flexible enough to work with thicker books (trust me, do the measurements with a thin book, otherwise the spine will drive you mad!).

The closure is made of braided craft yarn.  The button was a spare from another shirt.

Hooray for cosy books on snowy days!
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3  Upcycled Pocket-Contents Basket! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Phoreiobothrium on: January 08, 2011 08:56:36 PM
My New Year's resolution is to reuse and upcycle more.  I made twine out of plastic bags and used scrap yarn to make this coil basket. My first!  I wanted to start small, so it's sized for pocket contents and earrings.

What did I learn?  If I want to stay sane and finish more than one project a year, I need to make the twine thicker. I lost patience after the bottom took a week, doubled the width of the twine, and had the sides done in the span of a movie!

C & C's are appreciated!
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4  Tapeworm String Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Phoreiobothrium on: November 30, 2010 09:05:49 PM
Yes, you read right.  I finger knit myself an 11.5 foot tapeworm string scarf (that I am planning to use as a Christmas tree garland  Cheesy).  I tied it off periodically to give it the appearance of proglottids (segments) and the scolex is a tasseled yarn ball.  It's kind of a cartoonish Polypocecephalus, which is in the order Lecanicephalidea, which are tapeworms that parasitize sharks and rays.  Maybe I'm a nerd, but I'm well-accessorized!

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5  Nerdy Girl Scout, aka Myself Circa 1997 in Halloween Costumes by Phoreiobothrium on: November 01, 2010 03:03:02 PM
My (successful!!) goal was to make this costume for less than $20.

The finished product!  The beanie and neckerchief were remnants of a pair of pants I used to make the shorts.  Sock tassels were made with leftover felt.  The fanny pack was surprisingly useful.  We really need to bring those back!

Salvation Army long-sleeve shirt and pants became short-sleeve shirt and shorts.

These are the patches that went on the back of the sash--felt and puffy paint.  What a flashback!

The front of the sash, which I made using remnants from the pants-turned-shorts.
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6  Who framed my pillows? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Phoreiobothrium on: August 25, 2010 11:43:18 AM
I was at the local fabric store, where I found some retro prints I absolutely loved.  I wanted to make pillows that featured showed off my finds, so I found some complimentary wood-grain patterned fabric and framed them!  I shredded and re-used the stuffing from a lumpy, saggy pillow I had lying around, so they're also partially recycled!!


Mushrooms: *Favorite!*

Pillows in action, with Meatball the Model Cat
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7  We don't need no stinkin' curtain rods! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Phoreiobothrium on: July 16, 2010 07:45:02 PM
I wanted to soften up the top edge of the picture window in the living room, but didn't want to spend a lot of cash or give up a lot of room.  So I decided I didn't need a curtain rod.  The result, my first valence:

How did I do it?

I sewed clothespins to the back and then clipped them onto the top of the blinds!  The spacing is still a little wonky, but I'm pleased.  What do you think?  Any other clever ideas for curtains without rods?
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8  Bird Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phoreiobothrium on: February 13, 2009 04:41:13 PM
I'm a newbie to the forums here, but I've been trolling craftster for ideas for what seems like forever.  With the holidays both in the recent past and all-too-near future, I've started making cards--store bought ones don't really do it for me any more.  My boyfriend is an ornithologist, so he loves birds, but not your standard bluebird/cardinal/owl birds that you can find featured on everything from ties to mugs to, well, cards.  As such, I ended up making his Christmas and Valentine's cards, which aren't fabulous, but I wanted to show off.

The first is Grallaria gigantea, the Giant Antpitta.

I did this one by printing out a photo, gluing it to construction paper, cutting out the shape I wanted for that color, and then repeating until I had impossibly small pieces to cut out.  I used a marker for the feather pattern.


The second is Sula nebouxii, the Blue-footed Booby.

This one was pretty crude chain stitch (sewing paper is not quite as easy as I thought) using a coloring book image I had printed on the reverse side.  To finish it, I sewed another piece of card inside the piece with the bird on it to hide the uglies.


I hope you've enjoyed this. Eek! First post!
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