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1  binder cover in Completed Projects by mclied on: June 11, 2012 06:59:57 PM
A reusable binder cover, to try and help lengthen the life of crummy cardboard binders. The plastic gets all peely and the binder starts to fall apart even though the hardware's still fine.  Also this is just way cuter!!
Please forgive the weird focus/coloring of the photo >.>

(made by modifying this notebook cover tutorial by Leslieshappyheart: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408625.msg4821323#msg4821323 )
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2  buttercup bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mclied on: June 11, 2012 06:55:14 PM
First buttercup bag!  Free pattern (not mine) available here: http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern/
Apologies for the strange coloring in the photo!  Too lazy to correct it.

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3  Mailbox art! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mclied on: May 22, 2011 02:56:11 PM
Not sure if this is in the right board so just move it on out if it's not Wink

I've been asking to paint the mailbox at my parents' house since about middle school, and my mother finally finally not only let me, but actually requested it Cheesy  Took all day standing out in the sun, but I'm super happy with it and so is she!  C&C weclome of course Smiley

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4  Finished portrait :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mclied on: April 18, 2011 07:35:32 AM

I've been working on this on and off as a gift for my boyfriend since October.  First it was going to be an anniversary gift, then it became a Christmas gift, then a birthday gift, then a Valentine's day gift...and then I ran out of holiday deadlines >.>  So I finally picked it up yesterday, and it only took about 45 minutes to finish it up.  Which was awesome, and kind of lame, because I totally could have finished it months ago >.<  On the bright side, he LOVED it Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  I'm pretty pleased too Smiley

It's regular old mechanical pencil on 8x11 bristol, probably took a total of 15 hours...over the course of 6 months :3  C&C welcome! Smiley
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5  Pencil portraits in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mclied on: April 17, 2011 07:47:25 AM
I was feeling nostalgic, so I thought I'd post these.  Some old pencil portraits from high school:

Found a picture of them and loved it so much I asked to draw it.  I think I like this one best.

Unfinished, and the irl version is lost so I never will.  Sad.

Spilled some stuff on this one >.>

The first portrait I ever finished.

A gift for a friend to give to a friend.  It's a singer from Grizzly Bear in their Two Weeks music video.  I have no idea who they are or what their music is like, hahah.  I just drew it for a friend to give as a gift Smiley  After I scanned it I messed with the colors to give it way more contrast, since the original scan didn't turn out well.

Except for the last one, they're all actually very small portraits, about half a page of regular 8x11 paper or smaller.  The last one fills up most of an 8x11 page though.  The first, third, and fifth ones are done on bristol board, and the 2nd and 4th in a sketchbook (and they're the actual size they appear on your screen).  They're all done with a regular old mechanical pencil, whatever I had in my bag.  No special tools except an eraser pencil (so you can sharpen it and erase more carefully).

I haven't finished a portrait since the last one (which I did a little more than a year ago...which was not high school, like the others >.>) but I've been working on one of my boyfriend and I on and off for a couple of months.  Luckily going back and looking at old ones is helping to inspire me to finish and start some more that I've been meaning to get around to Smiley
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6  Tetris backpack! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mclied on: April 06, 2011 02:07:58 PM
Okay I didn't make this backpack myself so I wasn't sure if I should put it in "More Art, Less Craft" but then scrolling through that it was all just paintings and drawings and I was confused and frazzled and so I'm just going to post it here and hope for the best!! Phew!

It's just a plain gray backpack that I'm slowly painting black and adding Tetriminos to.  Sorry for image quality; I took the pic with my phone because that way it would upload faster :3
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7  Jeans to funky shorts in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mclied on: April 02, 2011 11:21:03 PM
I'm lucky enough to get to travel to Ghana this summer to study ethnomusicology, but was warned that I'd likely be called a whore if I wore shorty shorts.  (Don't get the wrong idea, Ghanaians are known for their friendliness!  But also openness Wink )  I own one pair of bermuda shorts, but in general, they're hard to find (especially because shorts don't come in special sizes like extra long!).  So I pulled out two old pairs of hole-y jeans to cut into long shorts...problem being that they were about two inches too small. So a little more recon action was needed!  Here's the result of the first pair.



I used fat quarters to do the sides, and the big heart is actually a patch :3  I would've patched the scuff mark at the top of the left leg too, but it's over a pocket and hand-sewing through denim isn't my favorite activity Wink  The pocket fabric shows through instead of skin so I don't mind it as much anyways.

Some shots of what they look like on:

I should probably staystitch the seams now that I know they fit; that will help keep the denim from curling like that in the last pic.

They fit well, and having the thinner fabric on the sides make them feel a lot breezier which will be great in summer!

I zigzagged around the bottoms, but opted not to finish them any more than that because I like the cut-offs look.  Next pair coming soon!  Haven't decided if I want to repeat this style or if there's something more creative I can do.  Any suggestions? Smiley
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8  Re: One Tiny Thing Miyazaki Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mclied on: March 29, 2011 09:54:31 AM
Ehehe!  Since it looked like resizing was the only option and I was clueless, I waited for a day when I'd actually have plenty of time to sit down and figure it out (luckily I got sick...hah).  But first I gave uploading one more shot...and it worked (in spite of the file size - 4.9 MB)!!  Citizens of Craftster, keep cheating the system!!  Hahah Wink

The first thing I pulled out of my package was this little guy.

It's the little crow from Spirited Away!  His feet are pipe cleaners and they look connected or something in the photo but that's just cause I was bending them a little to make him stand up straight (they were flattened up against his body to fit in the envelope nicely).  He is suuuuper cute!!  Probably about a 3-inch wingspan...so pretty accurate to size, heehee Smiley

For some crazy reason my partner wasn't 100% pleased with him, so I also got a Calcifer magnet:

Sorry the pic's a little blurry >.< Calcifer is one of my all-time favorite characters.  Not just in Miyazaki films but ever, heheh.

And this super cute Totoro stamp!!!  I forgot to take a picture before trying it out >.<  Oops.  You can't see some of the detail in the stamp when he's covered in ink, but she scratched some details in that add a little dimension and it looks great!  I never would've thought to use craft foam to make a stamp...very clever!
Unfortunately, one of his eyes fell off, but it's no big deal to just dot one on Smiley

Thanks slovakiasteph!!! Smiley
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9  PostMode album art! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mclied on: March 18, 2011 09:43:02 AM
My friend asked me to do album art for her band, which has recently gotten its foot in the door of the music industry.  Things are looking promising for them Cheesy  Listen to them at www.myspace.com/postmodemn

Anyways, she wanted a robot playing piano with bold colors, and those were pretty much my only guidelines.  We liked the idea of it being a little messy and home-made (lucky me, they even liked the smudges).

Please don't reuse this without permission Smiley

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10  New apron! :D in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mclied on: February 06, 2011 12:57:51 AM
A very late Christmas present for my good friend Betsy, who is in culinary school and could always use another apron Wink  I'm modeling it in these photos cause she happens to be 1,000 miles away >.>

And the reverse side, because reversible things are extra cool :3
Featuring not just my holy-crap-it's-3-am-face but also my ETERNALLY CLEAN SPOON!  I felt like I should be holding a kitchen utensil, but all I had was this spoon.  Which is ETERNALLY CLEAN!

Close-up of fabric/pocket detail (with some not-very-well-trimmed threads as my vision gets fuzzier and fuzzier every minute I stay up past midnight Wink )

And the insides of each pocket are lined with the fabric from the reverse side! Cheesy  UNDERSTITCHING IS MY NEW BEST FRIEND.
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