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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 2016 Goal Book on: January 02, 2016 09:43:42 PM
Last year Smeddley made a post of the Goal Book she made for 2015 and I was inspired! I kept a tab open to her book all year so when 2016 rolled around I could do something similar to keep motivated for the year.

See her amazing goal book here!

So I borrowed ideas for her pages, but then made some of my own as well to fit my goals for 2016.

My pages are:
1. 16 New Books Read
2. 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge Book List
3. 16 New Movies Watched
4. Movies Owned Before 2016 Watched
    - I have too many movies I bought and haven't watched yet!
5. 16 Big Projects Completed
6. 16 WIPS Completed
7. My 50 Projects of 2016 list
8. 16 New Places Experienced
9. 16 New Restaurants Tried
10. 16 New Recipes Made
11. 16 Letters Written
12. 16 Sketches and Paintings Made
13. 1/2 Hours Exercised
14. Drank 8 Glasses of Water a Day
    - The last two I will put a gold star each day I achieve the goal and once I gain certain amounts of stars I will gain a reward like a candy bar or something
15. 16 Random Acts of Kindness Done
16. 16 Songs Learned on the Guitar
17. 16 Guerrilla Art pieces done
18. Miscellaneous Goals
19. Fruit and Veggie Sticker Fun Page! (My favorite page of Smeddley's original!)

Photo dump below!

Thanks Smeddley for making your awesome, inspiring book!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Borderlands Cosplays on: June 30, 2013 09:14:49 PM
For the first time ever out of five years going to Anime Central in Chicago my boyfriend requested a cosplay costume. So after some consideration we decided to go as Lilith and Mordecai from Borderlands.
These were both made during finals week for my college, since the convention was that weekend, so there wasn't much time to whip these out, but everything seemed to have worked out! I have never sewn a costume or any item of clothing before but this was a learning experience.

Firstly, I went as Lilith.

My yellow top started out as a XXL white hoodie that I altered and dyed. The game is characterized by dark outlines so I used a sharpie to add the dark detailing.
The pink undershirt was an altered cropped cami I found at Kohl's.
The green/gray vest came from a jacket I found at Ragstock and chopped apart, and the fur collar on it came from a dog toy I cut apart.
I had normal jeans on and then the chaps were made by cutting apart some worn out brown dress pants, since I made an oops and did not buy enough brown vinyl and this way they were already fitted for my legs.
I then painted up a knee pad I bought with some acrylic paint. The gloves were cut up gardening gloves.
The nerf gun and loot chest and boots were already things I had, so that was relatively easy!
My biggest luck was that my mom let me borrow her dress form which was already set to my measurements, so I could pin the costume without risking life and limb.

Secondly, my boyfriend went as Mordecai. This was a huge undertaking since he was cramming for finals, he really didn't appreciate me constantly making him try things on.

His top was altered from a pattern I found for a ladies vest since the man is a twig. I have never done anything with zippers, and had to freehand the side closure, but it held just fine.
The t-shirt underneath was found at Kohl's and I just made the sleeves tighter.
The red cummerbund was a piece of remnant I found at the fabric store and just sewed into a tube and pinned.
The cargo pants, as much as he won't admit it, were found at Goodwill in the ladies' section, and were the most perfect match for the character.
I painted another kneepad for him with acrylics.
His goatee was altered from a costume beard that we trimmed and re-glued throughout the day suing cosmetic glue.
The mask was the biggest pain to make, and almost made me give up since I had to wing it due to a lack of similar patterns. Eventually I got it to at least resemble what I wanted by utilizing a beanie to get the correct shape and pinning from there.
The goggles, Nerf gun, and gloves were all in our house already.

And a picture with the both of us just for fun. These were definitely a labor of love, but we were both satisfied and now we have a year to perfect some details!

What do you think?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Card Bag on: May 26, 2013 12:37:26 AM
I bus every where in my town, and without my winter jacket now I needed something t bring around with my to hold my bus pass and other necessary cards when I don't feel like carrying a purse. So I naturally ended up sewing one with a wrist strap as well as a clip so it can clip to a bag or belt loop. This one whipped up really quick!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tea Time on: May 26, 2013 12:33:11 AM
My semester has finally ended and summer has begun, so I have dived into craft projects.

My boss, coworker, and I all love tea so I made three tea bag wallets, one for each of us. The first one was sized incorrectly and could only fit four tea bags in its slots and 3 sweeteners in hidden pockets; but the other two can fit six bags and 5 sweeteners. This was also my first time making button holes by hand, since my ancient machine doesn't have an easy setting for it.



Up close:

Then I also made this tea mat that holds a spoon and tea bag. I want to make another one so I have a set for when company comes over.

And the back view, I was proud of this part since it was the first time I ever tried to line fabric up specifically for a design.

I haven't sewn in a while, so this felt quite nice, and cutting out the fabric was a great activity while watching tv!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Phantom of the Opera/ Andrew Lloyd Webber Swap! on: February 19, 2010 08:31:54 PM
I was thinking, a swap based around the Phantom of the Opera, or all of Andrew Lloyd Weber's plays (Evita, Joesph and the Technicolor Dream Coat, Phantom, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, etc.) would be absolutely wonderful!
Anyone else on here into that idea?
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first crocheting project on: January 03, 2010 09:52:58 PM
So I've fallen in love with all the amigurumi dolls on the website, and wanted to try one for myself. Problem, I've never crocheted before. Solution, beg my mom to teach me. Here is the product of my madness and some tinkering with a generic pattern.
It is only a product of a day, and it is sorta lumpy, so it could be better. I call him my misfit toy (and my humming the misfit song from Rudolph the whole time I made him), hence the mismatched eyes and no feet. Do you guys think it would look better with feet? I just wasn't sure. But yes comments and criticism much loved, since I am a complete newbie at this. O and does anyone have any hints on making those darn beginning loops, like how to make them easier to pull closed?

Here he is!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My early attempts at jewelry making! (morbidly image obese) on: December 18, 2009 09:19:02 PM
So these are some of my first attempts at jewelry, though I've now been at it for almost a year. (I have been slacking at taking pictures of the finished products!  Undecided) Sorry for the bad photography skills going on! Criticism loved!

A simple swirl necklace I made with wire.

This was made out of a belt buckle I tore apart.

Earrings made out of Swarovski crystal clusters.

Another pair made for a friend.

Green Bay Packer Earrings I made for my Grandma.

Simple flower set.

Earrings hung with jasper.

Some more simple ones.

The orange dangles are buttons!  Cheesy

Some fun swirls

My first attempt at weaving wire...not too pretty.

And then my favorite one after hours of trial and error and lots of poked fingers...

Sorry for the extremely large amounts of photos! Embarrassed

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / No idea what to do! on: August 26, 2009 07:33:20 PM
My mom and I have decided to try doing craft fairs, but we have no idea where to begin! I make jewelry and she does purses. Do we need to get a business name or do any tax forms or anything! Is it best to start with an open craft fair?I just don't know where to start at this moment! Anyone got any advice to reduce the stress? Any little things you learned when you first began?
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