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11  Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing in Craftalongs by GoldfishGirl on: March 13, 2011 11:30:37 AM
It's been kinda quiet. I had the house to myself this weekend, so there was lots of crafting and I am much too hungover to do a bellydance tape with spins right now so I figured I'd post what I've been up to.

First, an Anthropologie-inspired necklace, made using this tutorial from Mandipidy: http://www.mandipidy.com/2010/11/tutorial-book-page-necklace.html.
I had all the materials on hand except the varnish, and instead of using poster board I used an old envelope that held a birthday card for my dad. Woo, recycling & stashbusting!

Anthro Necklace by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
The only change I made was making it longer by two inches, on account of my thick neck, because there is nothing worse than making a cool necklace and then you can't wear it because it chokes you.

The next thing I made was a Sick Sad World tote for my Daria Morgendorffer costume for Planet Comicon in two weeks. I posted more information here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375440.0

Sick Sad World Tote by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr

I also hemmed a veil for belly dance practice, but there's no real point in me posting pictures of three yards of serged turquoise chiffon. I trust you'll use your imaginations. Today I'm going to work on upsizing a too-small, much too long pleated skirt and cutting up a teeshirt for my Daria costume. After I finish those projects, I just need to figure out how to fake having bangs and I'll be ready for the convention!
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12  Sick Sad World Daria Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by GoldfishGirl on: March 13, 2011 11:25:39 AM
This is a Sick Sad World tote for my Daria Morgendorffer costume.

Sick Sad World Tote by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
She doesn't normally carry a bag, but I needed something to hold all my crap when I'm at a convention and a pleated skirt doesn't provide much opportunity for pockets. So I decided to pretend she got a fan-giveaway tote from her favorite television program, Sick Sad World.

Sick Sad Closeup by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
It was originally white denim from my stash. It's been dyed, sprayed, stenciled and painted. I plunged it into the dyebath after I stenciled it, that's why the paint is so crumbly looking.
It's based on the Jordy tote, but I cut the corners too deep, so it's more narrow than I intended on the bottom. The strap is twisted, but it is the perfect length. All the seams are machine sewn and serged.

Zippered Pouch by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
There is an inside zipper pouch to keep all the really important things safe, like keys and money, that was made from a teeshirt and a thrift store zipper. I included an "If found, please contact" tag.
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13  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by GoldfishGirl on: March 04, 2011 03:45:14 PM
I joined the Colette Mini Bloomers Swap, and here's what I made for my partner.

This is the first pair... They were a little short and a lot of unflattering, so they were chalked up to experience and put in the "Heck No" pile of the sewing room. (They look like my great-grandmother's underpants *or* a weird fetish diaper-thing. Either way, I want nothing of it.)

Bloomin' Disaster by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr

This is the second. The pattern has been lengthened and I added some heart venise lace on the hems. I figured out how to make lingerie bows! Woot! They are unbleached muslin and super comfy. They're for wearing underneath my in-progress steampunk costume.

Second Try by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
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14  Valentine's Curses for My Guy in Needlework: Completed Projects by GoldfishGirl on: February 14, 2011 07:01:57 PM

hoopdetail by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr

hoopfront by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
Go easy on me here, it's my first time on this board. I hope I'm doing this right.
Originally I was going to cross stitch his favorite curseword ("motherbitch," for those of you wondering) but it was a little... intense stitched up, so I went with the classier option.
I used the Subversive Cross Stitch pattern and finished the back with the OneGroovyDay tutorial.
The materials used were all from stash. Aida and floss were from my mother's cross stitching stash. The back is some recycled, thrifted Mars landscape sheet and the batting is fleece scrap leftover from my father's rejected computer room curtains and what was leftover from my hedgehog's bedding.

hoopback2 by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
There's a sappy, foul-mouthed love note scribbled in black, fine-tipped sharpie on the back, so I omitted it for everyone's sake.

He loved it, btw.
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15  Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing in Craftalongs by GoldfishGirl on: February 05, 2011 08:40:29 PM
Thanks Katara!
I've been working on my steampunk ensemble... and this is what I have so far.

Preliminary Steam by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr

A close up of my gun. It's Rub'n'Buff over black spray paint over bronze spray paint. I've got plans to pimp it out more or maybe I'll attempt to make a BFG from pvc and plywood.

Steam Gun by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr

So far I need to sew a utility belt, add leather flaps and buttons to my shirt, get my goggles delivered and modify them, and hopefully fix up my gun/upgrade to something a little more badass. I also have plans to make a leather barrette with a cog on it.
Thoughts? Comments?  I've been hanging out with this stuff for a while, so I'd appreciate some fresh eyes.
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16  Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing in Craftalongs by GoldfishGirl on: January 27, 2011 05:04:40 PM
I finished the wrap bracelet and I love it so much I'm thinking about using the technique on my headdress/hair band for the costume too. Sorry for the less-than-stellar picture, it was taken in a basement.

Bracelet by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
I used a tube of glass beads, two yards of leather cording, some beading thread, a tube of superglue, and the button. I don't know who/what "Jones of Dallas" is, it was just the only button that fit through the hole on the bracelet.
This was the tutorial I used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-XV_iYuEew
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17  Cinco PastaBear Tutorial! Just in time for Chrimbus! (Pic heavy) in Completed Projects by GoldfishGirl on: December 24, 2010 09:25:52 AM
The Cinco PastaBear!
Its the perfect gift for Chrimbus!

Heres what youll need:

A stuffed bear (preferably with a seam down the middle of his belly), two cans of cut-rate pasta, a quart-sized zippered plastic baggie, some fabric scraps.
Not Pictured:
A seam ripper, sewing machine, needle and coordinating thread, pins, construction paper and marker. Also, rudimentary sewing skills, the willingness to cut up a discarded, once-loved plushie, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job Chrimbus Special http://video.adultswim.com/tim-and-eric-awesome-show-great-job/tim-and-eric-chrimbus-special.html and a recipient that will appreciate a PastaBear.

Place the baggie onto the fabric scraps and cut out two squares the same size as the baggie, but with a generous seam allowance.

Sew the pouch and pink the edges (so you can treasure your PastaBear for years to come).

Rip open the bears belly seam from chin to crotch, making it as long as the top of the pouch.

Remove a handful or two of stuffing to make way for the pasta.

Pin the fabric pouch to the opening in the bear. The pinked edges go in the inside of the bear. It's alright if the pouch doesn't quite fit in, no one will notice if you fudge it a little. 

Sew the pouch into the bear's opening using needle and thread. I used a whipstitch.
Some of the hair will get caught under the thread, this is alright, you can use a comb to tease out the hair after youve finished sewing.

Open the cans of pasta.

Dump into the baggie.

Insert baggie into the bears pasta pouch. If the baggie is too full, take some pasta out and throw away/save for further use.

Make a Cinco Pasta Bear label.

Sew to the animal.
Wrap, label the package to your first wife, shove it under the Chrimbus bush and wait for Winter Man to come.

A few notes:
You should probably craft this while watching the Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job Chrimbus Special.
This project went together for less than $4 .
I bought my bear from the local thrift store (though, since it is close to Xmas, the stuffed animal population is going down drastically, and I almost had to make a Cinco Ravioli Rabbit).
Unlike the inspiration, I put the pasta in a plastic bag for a couple reasons. So the dog didnt blow the surprise by being too interested in the gift, so the package wouldn't reek of spaghetti and meatballs, and so the Cinco Pasta Bear can be reused with Cinco Pasta Inserts for years to come.

Comments and Criticism are welcomed!
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18  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by GoldfishGirl on: November 10, 2010 07:23:31 PM
My goodness ladies, I got so spoiled by MonstersUnderYourBed! Get your wisting fingers ready!
First, a group shot:

The edibles, nosebleed nougats and puking pastilles:

The inside of the wonderful box, the crest is in the first shot (Neville is my favorite!):

Then the wearables all together, a Dumbledore's Army shirt, a fabulous Gryffindor scarf, and some fantastic wristers, as well as a Molly Weasley's own wand!

And here's them on, sorry I am so shiny, I'm a little sick.

A perfectly spacey Luna Lovegood and a My Little Thestral to keep her company. She is fitting right in with my Neville doll. (Also ,I love My little ponies, so the thestral is absolutely a wonderful fit!)

And, my absolute favorite, it's hanging on my sewing room wall right now the Molly Weasley embroidery straight off my wists!!!!
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Thank you thank you thank you MonstersUnderYourBed! I love everything! It's so hard to figure out my favorite of the package.
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19  Re: Multi-Themed Steampunk Swap Gallery (Send outs 8/16) in The Swap Gallery by GoldfishGirl on: September 06, 2010 03:21:02 PM
Hey Pretty Mamas, get your greedy little wisting fingers ready because I got spoiled by MonkeyStuffer!

First, there are two "Dirty and Distressed" style shirts (straight off my Wists!) and straight out of a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic setting.

In pink. I love the stencil on the back!

And green. They were both distressed and dyed to look pretty darn rustic.

Here's a closeup of the symbols on them! Aren't they great?

Next came some sweetass accessories:

An awesome gear necklace (the other side is the front of a clock! AUGH so cool!

A gypsy/pirate-y/adventure-y bracelet with bits and bobs found around while adventuring. (Also straight off my wists.)

An ankle or bracelet (this is the only one I wasn't really sure of, so that's why I'm not wearing it). I couldn't figure out how to put it on. But it's really awesome and tinkly and I am going to wear the heck out of it when I belly dance.

And lastly: The Piece de Resistance!

A leather Waist Cincher! Oh my goodness! It really pulls my ensemble together, I think.

Another shot, full bodied this time so you can see how it helps balance things out.

And another shot with a different outfit so Monkeystuffer can see how much I love it!

Seriously, Monkeystuffer, I love everything! I'm so glad we got paired with one another! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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20  Re: Multi-Themed Steampunk Swap Gallery (Send outs 8/16) in The Swap Gallery by GoldfishGirl on: August 23, 2010 06:02:42 PM
I have a couple pictures of the things I sent Monkeystuffer:
First, a group shot.

Next, the wearables. There is a 15-yard skirt made from cotton gauze (I figured out what the ruffler foot on my mom's machine looked like about 10 minutes after completely hand-gathering it... *headdesk*) and a reversible obi-style belt.

And a close-up of the obi-belt. It's part faux-leather and black cut velvet.

And a little hollow book filled with treasures that you'd find whilst adventuring, carved from an old-crayon covered children's dictionary (which was liberated from the "free" box at a thrift store).

And a detail-ish shot of the swag, a necklace, some seashells, a bangle I later put on some deerskin cord, a linen hankie, and a nekkid lady brooch.

And my favorite of the swag, the Nekkid Lady brooch.

Monkeystuffer, I politely request some shots of the clothes on you. I love seeing stuff I've sewn get worn!
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