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1  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by Awesome McTastical on: August 11, 2010 02:05:49 PM
So, there are 5 panels on my corset. The huge center one, two pretty big ones on each side, and two smaller ones on the bag. I'm hand stitching all of this and I've finally finished one of the small back panels!!

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2  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by Awesome McTastical on: August 07, 2010 10:35:19 AM
Howdy! So, I'm new to gibbous but quite happily obsessed now. I'm going to be a ragdoll/voodoo doll for halloween, and so I'm making my costume and though, must do gibbous!! So I am. And I just started the corset the other day. It's not gonna be a functional corset so I guess it's really more of a bodice.

Here's my fabrics and trims:


The denim base of my corset (thanks to my kid sister's size 11 JR jeans!!):

And the close up of the only decoration I have so far:

Everything's going to be by hand, except the pieces of denim I had to do with a machine. Anyone got suggestions for what I should use for the lacing loops? I want something unusual and cool.
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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap- June 2010 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Awesome McTastical on: August 03, 2010 08:01:24 PM
First of all, just wanna mention that my webcam is flipping the image, and I don't know how to fix it...

From MunLtStmpr - -
I honestly about died from this. I dunno what I expected for my 'non paper/non flat' option, but this FAR exceeded anything I'd have thought of. Super impressed!!

From ThreadOrYarn - -
Since it's flipped, translation:
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4  Elegant Peacock-Inspired Headband ((Pic Morbidly Obese! Semi-Tute!)) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Awesome McTastical on: July 09, 2010 01:16:11 PM
So I went and bought myself some Kato Polyclay. Would have been Sculpey but I don't like how it gets all mushy if you work it too much. So Kato, forever and always. Now, I've never successfully made anything from polymer clay. So I was scared. And after several failed attempts at a tropical bird bracelet, I just took the broken pieces, attached them to an unrelated yet fabulous flower, and that onto a dinky plastic headband, and got this:

((NOTE: Please ignore the strands of hot glue. I got too excited to deal with those buggers...))




^ So I made this flower. First I rolled a ball, squished it flat. Then I made... hang on, let me count... 14 by three is... 42. 42 rectangular shapes that I formed into diamonds. Two broke, and two got squished, but I think it gives the piece character. I put 14 down on the squished ball, then curled the outer edges. I repeated this two more times, making the second row smaller than the bottom, and top smaller than the second. Then I put a ball into a dip in the center, then wrapped a thin strand of clay in a spiral around the ball. Then I made TONS of little balls. There are 24 in the center with the spiral, and one between each and every petal. I painted the spiral gold, then infused a both a robin's egg blue and an emerald green with silver. I painted the rest of the flower with my blue, then on every petal where it touches the next layer I painted a pinch of green. Then I used a piece of steel wool to scrape the paint and age it. Ta da!

^ Turn your head. Like, rotate it like a clock. So when you look 'down' your nose, you're looking left. Now look at the picture. I told you I made a bird, a peacock, and there's the body and wing! I cut out a basic shape for the body, then cut the wing, then embellished! I used the same petal-technique from the flower on the wing, and painted some feathers with my blue and some with my green. The body itself you can see is gold with a silver-infused purple streak and 11 golden balls detailing the streak. Again, I used steel wool to scrape some paint.

^ There is a head AND tail in there. The head is the top part that looks kind of fuzzy. The beak is the green part that disappears behind the flower and the three nearby curls are plumage. I cut several layers to give it dimension. There are seven gold balls on the purple plume. As for the tail, that's the main chunk of this part. There are seven curls of plumage built on one basic piece. The three purple plumes have a total of 12 gold balls on them, the two green pieces each have one gold 'rod' on the top of them, and the two blue plumes have 10 gold circles and two gold balls. The circles were made by rolling clay very VERY thin, and cutting them into short pieces, then attaching the ends together. It's hard, but a toothpick helps because it can press the ends together. You'll notice your finger's can't do the delicate job. And of course I scratched the paint job.

Then it was just a matter of gluing the pieces together in a way I like that fit the curve of the headband. That and convincing my older sister to let me use her expensive yet amazing camera with a boutique lens... Cheesy


^ I'm a tall girl, so if you have a small frame it would probably be a bit bigger in your hand than mine. But still.

So yes, this is my beloved Peacock-ish headband, and I had to share. I mean, how could I even consider depriving you guys? LOL I crack myself up. Haha.

Anyways, please tell me what you think! And if you have any suggestions for what to do for my next act, let me know! Cheesy

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5  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2010 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Awesome McTastical on: June 16, 2010 02:10:01 PM
Rec'd from mxer145!! Check out the lovely cameo-themed-ness! I love the little butterfly, too, very very cute!
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6  Welcome to Seussville! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Awesome McTastical on: May 27, 2010 10:38:05 AM
This is my sister's game room. She's got quads and a 3 year old, so needless to say she always goes above and beyond! She did almost everything in the room, but she had me paint two murals, which is what I wanted to show off!

^^Freehanded. Totally. It's bigger than I am!
VV Another angle of OFTF and Thing 1 and Thing 2. I tell her she needs a Thing 3 and Thing 4 for the rest of the quads!

^^ Personalized Seussville sign. All the names of her five children, though the light blue is missing a name, I know. It has since been filled in! Cheesy It was dark blue and had the name originally, but it was hard to see the name so this photo was taken right after I repainted it.
VV More of the room.

^^ Something more like an aerial view... Cheesy

So, whatcha think? Do my paintings capture Seuss? Did my sister do a good job with the theme?
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7  I Dream in Chocolate in Crochet: Completed Projects by Awesome McTastical on: February 06, 2010 11:16:39 PM
Yup. Milk, Dark, Raspberry, White, all of it. Yum.

I spent all day going a little crazy with my browns and cream yarns, because they reminded me of chocolate ((didn't help that I watched Food Network Challenge: Chocolate Wonders earlier today...)). And it took all day because I've never done anything like this. I think I really like free form type crochet now. Anyways, crazy awesome necklace.

And here it is on me. Sorry, I cut off the very longest curly, but I didn't feel it was necessary for my cleavage to make an appearance.

I have a couple more pics of close ups on areas of the necklace, as well as one or two while it was in the making. I'm trying to get my computer to obey and let me upload them, so I'll update when Angelique (laptop) feels more inclined to acquiese.

... I've always wanted to say that. Wink
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8  Pink and Brown Slouchy Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by Awesome McTastical on: February 05, 2010 07:37:41 PM
Never made one before. I did this without a pattern, but I can figure it out if anyone wants me to. It was pretty straightforward. Lots of double crochet, and a bit of single around the edge. I used this really old yarn from my stash that fades into pink and brown and white and green, and it's just been sitting there. This morning I decided my roots looked awful so I wanted to cover them. This came out in two hours of watching Project Runway marathons and texting my big sister.


And from above...

Yay for my first ever Craftster item!!
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