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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Can't be a candy queen without the royal shoes! on: October 14, 2010 10:05:30 PM
I took A LOT of inspiration from Katy Perry for this Halloween's costume and wanted to post pics of the shoes I just completed...I am so pleased with how they turned out Cheesy  1 pair of shoes + 2 sticks of hot glue + 1 package of candy buttons + 4 burned fingertips + 2 hours of tedious button/paper removal = the best accessory for costume imaginable!!!

Here is the inspiration; the shoes Katy Perry wore in the "Caliornia Gurl" video.  I was just working with shoes I already own instead of buying new...i kind of enjoy the red on mine though!!!

I will be posting pics of the whole ensemble soon, it's still a work in progress Cheesy

Questions and Comments are welcome, THANK YOU for looking!!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sugar Skull Craft Tote on: September 30, 2010 11:58:45 AM
I was so very inspired by (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357513.0 ) sadsilver's post at the end of August that I wisted immediately and started planning my attack.  Without an awesome fabric store to visit I had to make do with the funky dot material instead of a more themed pattern but I think I made up for that with a bit more detail to the skull itself.  This was so much fun to put together and I love the way it looks...here are some pics of the finished product (I can never remember to take pics as I work):

the mustache flips up to reveal storage (also and idea borrowed from sadsilver):

Thanks to sadsilver for the inspiration!
Thanks for looking, comments, questions, suggestions are welcome!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / 100% Fake (pic heavy) on: September 29, 2010 09:34:58 PM
I was making some earrings for a swap and was so in love with the real tapers I was making that I decided to tackle some for myself as well. Not having gauged ears myself I made them by inserting the earring findings into the clay before baking and sealed with gloss glaze after. Without further ado 6 pictures of the side of my face:

green and teal "candy cane":

glow in the dark spiral:

my personal favorites, green spiral with pink flower:

or maybe these are my favorite, party earrings for sure!

curvy gold and silver drop fakes:

red and black "candy cane"

6 pair of fakes/ the whole bunch:

Well thanks for looking, questions/comments/suggestions welcome!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hot days/ cool hats on: August 06, 2010 07:18:24 PM
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year here in NC and maybe one of the hottest on record so of course I neeeeeeded to make a scarf and hats for my baby-darlin' and she neeeeeeded to model them for me!  They are very simple beanie hats but I am pretty proud having never made a hat before...I guess the heat was inspiring Cheesy
~First up, a pink set, hat and baby eternity scarf with a pink and green pompom:

~Good models get graham crackers Wink

~And then a plain blue beanie, I love the hat although I feel like it needs a little pizaz, any suggestions?

Thanks for looking, and comments are welcome!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Purse Attempt (mini-tute) on: July 13, 2010 06:58:24 AM
This is my first attempt at purse making and by the way this one went I think I will be making plenty more!

I found a remnant piece of cream fabric with cream flowers and vines already embroidered on it and thought I would try coloring the embroidery with markers (which worked out wonderfully). 

To construct the actual purse I took the lining (cut to match the remnant) and outer material and attached them right sides together on two parallel sides by sewing them on the machine.  I turned the "tube" right sides out and tucked each of the unfinished ends in so there was about 1/2inch tucked in and sewed those up as well so I had a finished rectangle of double sided fabric.

I then gathered each corner by hand using a 1 inch gather stitch 6 inches long on the "long" corners (as in long side of the rectangle) and 3 inches long on the "short" corners.  I brought the gathered corners together hot dog style and sewed the two sides of the purse.

To attach the belt I cut the belt about 6 inches past the buckle and undid the belt so I had two separate pieces and attached a strip of lining fabric to both cut ends (covering about 2 inches of belt) using hot glue and staples.  I inserted the fabric covered area of the belt down the inside of each side of the purse and sewed the fabric to attach it to the purse itself, I also sewed the remaining strip of handle fabric back up the side and tucked it neatly to cover the staples(sorry, no pics of this).  This is the finished product although I can't decide if I should attach a button to close the top or something...any suggestions would be great!

This is the medium project for my swap partner for the Newbie Swap Round 13 (if you haven't swapped yet I would really suggest trying it!) and I will be sending it out along with a couple other projects next week sometime. 

Thanks for looking, I appreciate any suggestions and comments Cheesy


6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The cutest little apron this side of the Mississippi! on: June 13, 2010 07:18:56 PM
I started collecting "material" in the form of sheets, curtains and pillowcases from garage sales, thrift stores and *ahem* the garbage a while back. 
I decided to use some of the more awesome greens and pinks in my collection to fashion this half apron.

This is a first attempt at giving new life to these lovely fabrics, obviously an apron is not so difficult as some of the other beautiful getups in this particular area but I wasn't sure where else to post.  I am quite proud of the finished product and may even enter something in challenge #52!

It even makes me want to cook more when I wear it, it does not however make me want to do the dishes!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Photo Booth Mustaches on: June 03, 2010 10:44:37 AM
This was a fun project for my sister's wedding photo booth.

I shaped equal sized balls of clay for each side of the mustache and flattened and formed into the different shapes.
Pictured are the large black "Burt Reynolds", brown "Lars the viking" and brown "stagecoach robber". 
We also made a number of lips and other mustaches, three packages made 12 total props. 
I simply hot glued dowel rods to the back side of the mustaches.


These were crazy fun to make and the photos from the wedding were absolutely hilarious! 

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