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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / renaissance faire hand fan on: September 05, 2006 07:34:43 PM
I wanted a fan for my faire costume, but hte pretty feathered ones started at $23.  So I bought a $6 straw fan, thinking it would get me through the hot day and I could buy/make something cool later.  Then I realized I could just decorate the straw one and make something pretty and unique, without spending any more $$ except for cheap supplies...

I drew my faire symbol, a swan, and painted it.  I added blue and white for the water and glued on random dark blue sequins.  I added a string of cheapo fake pearls along the edge, and then I got some white feathers, cut them lengthwise, and glued them along the edges.  I threaded the blue ribbon through the straw so that it stays on, and then I used E6000 to attach a tassel to the handle.

voila!  cheap, creative fan that won't match anyone else's at the faire.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ren faire belt pouch on: August 17, 2006 06:03:32 PM
I needed a new pouch for my costume, and there was a clearance at JoAnn's.  I got a bunch of fabric, including a big piece of black w/design for $1 and heavy pale gold for another dollar.

Then I came across a plant hanger for $1.50.  The sun design is very close to the logo of my home faire, Bristol.

I used wire cutters (and a little help from my dad and his steel-cutting tools) to get the hooks off the the plant hanger.  I bought some gold gimp (trim) and sewed the pouch using a simple design from a costuming page (I think it was called Red Dawn).  When I was done, I used E6000 to affix the sun to the front.  Voila - new belt pouch, for barely more than $4!

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Renaissance faire favors on: July 31, 2006 08:26:09 AM
I'm a ren faire "playtron" - a patron who plays along at renaissance faires by coming in costume.  (And saying "Good day" and "M'lord" sometimes, though I don't bother with the accent because I'm really bad at it.)  A tradition at ren faires is the giving of favors - a small token, usually a pin to be worn on the bodice or shirt, to signify friendship.  The favor usually reflects the giver, and it can be given to faire friends or to new acquaintances.

Below are my favor from last year (left) and this year.  Last year's was a burgundy shield made from cardboard and covered in fabric, then stitched on the edges with beads added, then a pen tip glued to the front like a sword.  This year's is a wooden disc handpainted with a swan image, edged in pearl string.

Other faire fans, I'd love to see your favors and other faire items!  My next plan is to make a new costume skirt with some WONDERFUL markdown fabric I got as a remnant on 90% off.  I also have most of the pieces to make a new, big belt pouch for carrying CDs that I purchase from independent musicians I meet at faire.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / JoAnn deals on: July 30, 2006 07:05:13 PM
Did you ever get such a good deal on crafty stuff that you just HAD to brag to someone who would understand??  On Friday over lunch, I went to teh JoAnn Fabrics near work.  Their remnants were on 90% off, so I picked up a big, gorgeous piece of pale green lace.

After work, I was headed to a singles dinner (whcih turned out to be a complete and total bust), but on the way, there was a JoAnn Superstore (biggest I've ever seen!).  So I browsed their remnants and came away with a 2-yard cut of red/blue/gold decorator fabric and a generous swath of black/gold designed decorator fabric.

After church on Sunday, I stopped by the JoAnn's nearby.  I found creamy/white lace, pale pink Asian silky blend, a narrow cut of blueish tapestry, and a generous supply of muted gold decorator fabric.

So that's 7 pieces over the course of the weekend, most appropriate for ren faire costuming, which is my current obsession.  The original price for all this stuff, if I bought it off the bolt: $82.10.  The original markdown remnant price, if I had bought them wihtout the sale: $41.05.  The final price I paid: $8.21.


5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How do you revamp a Sharpie? on: July 27, 2006 07:24:04 PM
OK, I'm on a weird mission - I want to take a regular Sharpie and revamp the barrel to some theme.  All I can think of is to get craft glue and ribbon; paint the glue onto the barrel; and wind the ribbon around.

But there's got to be more, better, creative ideas out there.  How does one revamp a pen barrel, other than by covering with polymer clay and baking?  Any examples or suggestions?

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Introducing... felt s'mores! on: July 02, 2006 07:03:17 PM
I just love the felt cakes seen here:


After making several as gifts, I decided it was time I add to the catalogue of felt food (which also includes felt donuts - I don't have the link, but search Craftster if you want to see the brilliance!).  So I came up with the following...


felt s'mores!!!

You can get a better idea of the construction by looking at these:



I owe a big THANKS to Neliamne, who gave me the stretchy white fleece that I used for the marshmallow.  (I also thank her for the homemade pizza and the happy evening of DVDs and laughter!  I sewed the s'more while spending an evening with her and her hubby.)


7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I heart Andrew Lloyd Webber on: June 22, 2006 08:15:37 PM
I'd love to see stuff based on A.L.W.'s works.  I know there was a Phantom swap recently; maybe the next one could encompass all of his brilliant music.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Rainbow swap? on: June 13, 2006 06:01:44 AM
I was pondering on my commute into work this morning, and I got to thinking, what about a swap where you send 7 tiny craft/gift items, one for each color in the rainbow?  (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)  It could be call the Roy G. Biv Swap (did anybody else learn that "name" as the way of memorizing the colors of the rainbow?).  There would have to be seven items - you couldn't use one item to cover two of the colors - but it would be OK to have other colors appear on an item.

There could be other "lots of small items" collection swaps based on other themes - I was thinking about the Seven Dwarves - but rainbow might be an easier start.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What does "fat quarter" mean? on: June 09, 2006 07:02:40 PM
Quick and possibly dumb question - can someone tell me what the term "fat quarter" means?  I"ve seen it applied to fabrics on craftster, but I'm not sure what it means.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pen holder on: June 03, 2006 10:12:40 AM
I carry my stories-in-progress in a big 3 ring binder.  I used to clip a pen to the middle ring, but it wasn't a secure way to keep it there; the pen clips would eventually break off.  If I tuck a pen in the inner pocket of the binder, it stretches the plastic pocket and slips out.  I wanted a way to keep pens with the binder, so I made up a pen holder.

I used the lined zipper pocket tutorial (available in the Purses/Bags section).  Then I sewed about an inch and a half from the bottom, from one end to the other.  I lined up and marked where the three rings of the binder would clip together, and then I put in three grommets.  Voila!  Secure and pretty pen holder.

Since it came out a bit big, I added not just two pens but a tiny bottle of glitter that I got from goatgoddess as part of a swap - she marked it with an I for "inspiration."  So now I carry my inspiration with me!
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