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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Renaissance Faire Wench and Swain on: November 17, 2011 08:51:09 PM
My boyfriend brought me to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival for my birthday because he's fancy-sweet like that. Also he let me dress him up! Fitting was a bit of an issue since he lives about four hours away from me, but the only thing that really needed his torso was the doublet. I ended up sewing it all up, then pinning it before we left my house and taking it in by hand on the way to KC.

Ren Fest Costumes by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
Everything is made from second-hand and stashed fabrics/notions. The only thing I bought was half a yard of broadcloth to edge my bodice with and a roll of orange and black striped ribbon to lace us up.

Dashing. by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
His doublet is made from a thrifted flannel sheet, stashed red braided trim, and lined with plaid fabric from my mother's stash. The pattern is Simplicity 4059, but I drafted a different peplum. We found the linen-look blend for the shirt at a thrift store in the middle of nowhere for fifty cents. It's from the Pirates of the Caribbean pattern Simplicity put out, 4923. The pants are made from an old curtain, I drafted the pattern from a pair of sweatpants. He made his mocassins and bracers (Isn't he awesome!?).

Renaissance Festival '11 by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
My bodice is made from turquoise denim and lined with old jeans. The pattern is Simplicity 3809. The shirt came from a thrift store and I deruffled it. I made the skirt with the help of DawnPages, http://www.reddawn.net/costume/skirt.htm from stashed cotton. I'm wearing a 15 yard skirt from my belly dancing outfit underneath it for maximum swoosh factor. My sandals are Native Earth Sedonas.

I'm not a hundred percent happy with the costumes, but we had a great time and I can't wait for next year!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gryffindor Uniform Sweater on: October 22, 2011 09:19:24 PM
So I don't know if you all know this, but the last Harry Potter movie came out this summer. I had to dress up/see the movie at midnight/hang out with the other Pottards.
I knit a vest, borrowed my dad's shirt, and stole a pleated skirt & glasses from my Daria costume.
It's knit from Caron Country in Charcoal, Claret, and Gilded Age. The patch is from Amazon. I used the sweater pattern from the "Charmed Knit" book, but altered it to be a vest as it was summer and I was a little pressed for time.

Gryffindork. by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
Ignore the "Crazed Potter Fan" face.

HP Premiere by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
We had a seriously great time.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Tonks Teeshirt for the Deathly Hallows Premiere! on: October 18, 2011 07:41:40 PM
I stencilled this teeshirt for my friend who went as Tonks.

Weird Sisters Tee by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr

It was too hot to wear a wig, so she just wore clip-in extensions. Also, I made the Death Eater mask and knit my own freaking vest!

HP Premiere by crafty_goldfish, on Flickr
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sick Sad World Daria Tote 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.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Valentine's Curses for My Guy 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.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cinco PastaBear Tutorial! Just in time for Chrimbus! (Pic heavy) 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!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / The Frizz on: July 22, 2010 12:23:43 PM
I am a member of a theatrical honor society at my school, Campus Players. For our end-of-the-year banquet, we always have two options: dress formally and look all slick, or dress to match the theme. Since all of my high school semi-formal dresses don't fit anymore, and I am a desperately poor college student, I opted to go for the latter. The theme was "Literature" (broad, I know). I went with Mrs. Frizzle because it could be thrifted and altered (again, broke-as-the-ten-commandments student), I'm a biology major, I love her, and I already had the red, unmanageable hair.

I started with a denim wrap dress I had bought for a mission trip. I bleached jellyfish on the main part of the skirt and sand-dollars and starfish on the hem. First, I used a bleach pen, then (when that ran out after like, two jellies) some Soft-Scrub with bleach. I waited for it to dry and then threw it in the dryer to even things out.

Liz was made from a green teeshirt I stole took from the laundry room (it had been there for a month, it was time to go) and was hand-stitched as I watched Law and Order and tried to not freak out about my Microbiology final (that also went fine). She's stuffed with scraps of teeshirt, dryer lint, and some cut-up socks (also taken from the laundry room). She has little fabric paint eyes, one of them ran a little so she looks... Unique. I am aware that she looks nothing like a chameleon. I safety pinned her to my dress. Everyone (and I mean everyone) molested this poor little stuffed animal (I didn't tell them about the lint or the socks).

The fish-earrings were found under a couch and given to me at the beginning of the school year. The shoes were bought on super-clearance at the evil empire for 75 cents. And as for the hair, well, that's all me, baby.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Papa Monster and Babies on: March 15, 2010 08:18:34 PM
This is Papa Monster and his two offspring.

When the Babies get scared, the hide in his mouth.

The babies by themselves.

(The yellow one is the worrier of the duo)

Extreme closeup!

They are made out of old jeans and scraps of fabric.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cunning Hat on: January 28, 2010 09:53:47 PM

From Jiffy, size 10 dpns, size 11 circs, and lots of beard paint.
A gal walks down the street in this hat, people know she's not afraid of anything.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Herpes Monster on: September 15, 2009 03:01:28 PM
I made a little doll and it turned out a little disturbing. The pink and white fabric I used for it's lips looks like sores.

Dear Herpes Monster,
Sorry about making you. Youre pretty unlovable.
I cobbled you together from one of my fathers discarded shirt and bits of leftover pink fleece with white polka dots. You look diseased and you have floppy limbs.
Maybe Ill make you an uglier little friend. We can call him Leprosy monster.
I promise you'll be loved some day, Herpes Monster.
Air kisses,
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