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41  Painted Vintage Suitases (Audrey Hepburn and Carousel Horse) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ZidishaLuxe on: May 11, 2011 08:09:05 AM
I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right spot!

For the last couple of swaps I was in, I made painted vintage suitcases for my partners. One was for a woman who loved horses and the other was a gear case for a woman who plays roller derby. I found both of them in tocal thrift shops for pretty cheap!



I did the carousel one by painting stripes with tape laid out and then gesso-ing the area for the horse and painting over that after doing a few coats.


The other one I designed based off of the Breakfast at Tiffany's image, replacing her cigarette with a pair of dangling quad skates. I then painted her derby name in the empty space. I love this one so much!


And the inside lining was ripped out and replaced with plush leopard. I couldn't find my camera before I sent, so the only picture I have of it is this one my partner posted with the full package:


Both were sprayed with multiple coats of clear acryllic spray to prevent yellowing/fading/water damage/chipping/etc.

These were so much fun to make! I need to work on a set for myself before my next vacation...



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42  Re: Roller Derby Swap Round 3 Gallery (Sendout 4/8) in The Swap Gallery by ZidishaLuxe on: April 18, 2011 02:08:26 PM
Yeee! I have my own awesomeness to post from elektrafying; this was perfect after a crazy, stressful weekend.

She made this really awesome stationary set embossed in tons of colors and glitters! I love them!

And also sent the stamps so I can stamp up other papers and fabrics; a seriously clever skate and crossbones, and a Z for my name:

Now to decide who's worthy of recieving notes/letters from me on such amazing stationary! Wink

Then this really wicked tank top, with the Classic City Roller Girls logo done up in crystals! That must have taken so much patience! It's incredible; I freaked out when I saw it.

And for comparison:

The lovely shimmer made it hard to capture the awesomeness, but it's so great! I'm absolutely wearing this to the next bout!

And lastly, a bunch of really cute magnets and pins:

The magnets immediately went on the magnetic shelves above my desk to hold notes/reminders!

Thanks so much elektrafying!! I loved everything! You're awesome!!
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43  Re: Hoopla Round 5 Ideas in New Swap Theme Ideas by ZidishaLuxe on: April 06, 2011 03:50:53 PM
I'm really digging this monochromatic idea! I think it'd be really awesome, and then like gamemom said, people individually could decide to go simple, or 3 dimensional, or what have you.


(from amandajean.etsy.com)
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44  My First Embroidery - Sugar Skull Lovers in Needlework: Completed Projects by ZidishaLuxe on: March 24, 2011 01:25:21 PM
I've always admired embroidery, but never learned. When I saw round 4 of the hoopla swap open, I figured I would join up and that would be my motivator for learning. Smiley

I made these for my partner who liked skulls and retro themes. So I decided to do a couple with dia de los muertos inspired face-paint. They took a while but they were totally fun and worth it! I may be wrong on the technicalities, but all the colored areas were outlined with a split stitch, filled with satin, and then the body outlines were backstitched. There's also some lazy daisy(?) in there around her eyes and his mouth. Oh, and french knots! Smiley Someday I'll motivate myself to make another set for myself. Tongue I've found a new addictive hobby!



Close ups of the lady:



And her mister:



Thanks for looking!!
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45  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by ZidishaLuxe on: March 23, 2011 04:02:45 PM
Is that a suicidal tendencies piece on your wall?! If so, awesome!

Haha, yes! I saw one on etsy and had to recreate it for myself! I love that song.
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46  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by ZidishaLuxe on: March 23, 2011 11:09:57 AM
Recieved from kiwi-chickie today! As you can see, they came directly out of the package and were instantly mounted on the wall. Grin


Close-ups of the awesome little beaded hoop and the super cute suckers:



They're adorable, and my fave colors. Thanks! Hope you get yours soon!
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47  Re: Apocalypse Fashion Swap Gallery: Sendouts 3/8 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by ZidishaLuxe on: March 09, 2011 11:46:24 AM
Got my package from pretty little rainbow today and I love it! Unfortunately, it's raining outside so I had to take pictures inside under terrible flourescent dorm lighting. Feel free to post pictures if you have better ones!

First the awesome packaging with everything wrapped in newspaper and twine:


She made this really cool vest/top, that I tried to take a million photos of to attempt to show all of the awesome. There are bits of fabric, lace, ruffles, buttons, etc, all over the place. It's great!


Then she made this really awesome thigh-pack right off my wists. It's my favorite and I will definitely use it for going out since it perfectly fits my phone and some cash.

Also in the picture, the seriously gorgeous bracelet she made me as well as some cute extra giraffe earrings.

And everything all together:




Thank you so much!
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48  My First Attempts at Wedding Gowns (2) [A Wee Bit Image Heavy] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ZidishaLuxe on: January 22, 2011 03:55:58 PM
I applied to be a part of ATELIER, which was the first Indie & art focused bridal show here in the southeast. I didn't know what I was getting myself into! I'm pretty much a strictly casual seamstress, but I had made my junior prom dress and figured it couldn't be that much more difficult. Roll Eyes

The first dress, and my favorite was this:



I made it by taking a vintage bustier and covering it in chiffon. Pretty much the entire top portion was a bunch of hand stiching.

The singed chiffon flowers were a last minute addition. I kept thinking it looked too plain before this one came to me! The centers were pearls taken from a broken vintage pearl necklace and those were all hand stitched as well.

Then the skirt was just a layer of bridal satin, a layer of organza, and a layer of chiffon gathered and sewn on; and the back is finished up with a hidden zipper. The gown was pretty simple, though it took me quite a few mishaps to get there. Tongue


On the second one I started with a sketch, and found this Vogue pattern which I used as the basis for the skirt portion of the gown. I never use patterns, I don't know why but they sort of frighten me; but I figured for this design I would need some asistance (and not to mention, I couldn't afford to mess up!). And it was actually quite simple! (I think I will have to attempt this dress at some point, it's so beautiful!)

I pretty much nixed the rest of the pattern, opting for a sweatheart strapless top with lace overlay, and a high-low hem. I also added this gorgeous pearl beaded and embroidered trim all around the hem and at the waist. This one is much simpler, but I love it too!






Overall, it wasn't too bad. Since I procrastinated on my deadlines, I finished both of them in a couple of days. I think I will be making another version of the first dress for myself, but in an alternate color, and shorter. If I do, I will post a tutorial if anyone's interested!





I'd love to hear your thoughts!!!
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49  Re: Journal for a month swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ZidishaLuxe on: December 21, 2010 02:13:16 PM
I recieved from Dizzer this past Wednesday, and finally got around to posting. I love everything!!

First, all of the cute extras: 2 long necklaces, a pair of feather earrings, and 4 adorable brooches which came in a cute cupcake pouch.


Onto the journal cover

bound with cute ribbon ties

And a couple of my favorite pages


I loved that pretty much all of the entries were in envelopes or pockets or behind cards, etc. Yay for interactivity =]

And the inside of the back cover which I really liked =]


Thanks so much Dizzer! This was a really fun swap!!
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50  Pirate Heels in Shoes: Completed Projects by ZidishaLuxe on: December 19, 2010 02:35:48 PM
I went into Charlotte Russe yesterday and they had racks and racks of awesome $5 shoes! Unfortunately, they didn't have any in my size, but I found these in my best gal friend's size and decided to just get them for the heck of it, and paint them up for her. I've been wanting to do some painted heels (inspired by the awesome TaylorSays) so I finally gave them a shot. Even if I don't get to keep them, it was fun! Smiley



After debating over autobots vs. pirates, I decided to go with a pirate-y gal on one heel and a pirate-y skull on the other. Green is her favorite color, hence the zombie skin-tone. Wink









How the rest of the shoes look. They're very cute in person, but didn't photograph too well. Black velvet with sort of pewter metallic heels and toe. For five dollars!



A close up of the girl. Still not totally happy with her, but I'm not really that excellent at painting, so I'm pretty proud. =]



And Mister Skully whom I like a whole lot. Wish I'd just done two skulls. Roll Eyes I added the little banner with her name since I felt like there wasn't nearly enough green on this side.

They were pretty quick and easy as well. I just used a coat of gesso on the bottom where I wanted to paint, and then used acryllic for the designs and paint markers for the smaller details.

Hope you like 'em! (And hope she likes them, too!)
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