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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / CTHULU ATTACK! (or that time i made a thing for absolutely no reason) on: September 17, 2012 05:03:37 PM
so i made a cthulu the other night, basically to see if i could do it. i've had some ideas about out-of-the-hoop stitching for a while, so i thought i'd try this one out.

i spent about a half-hour on this guy total, just a quick doodle. after a half-hour of being in the crafting zone, i finished and realized... i had absolutely no use for a little cthulu.

eventually i added a hat and gave him to my english teacher from sophomore year, who lovingly named him hp lovecraft and hung him in the classroom. really, what is a terrifying sea creature without an adorable accessory or two?

i highly reccommend using this method to make little thingies. i think i'll be making some of these in different animal forms as holiday gifts. Smiley

as usual, comments and criticisms encouraged! thanks for checking it out!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / decoupaged backpack (image heavy!) on: June 28, 2012 12:06:49 PM
hi, bag boards! this is not so much a purse as it is a backpack, but it got me lots of compliments at school, i thought i'd show it off!

at the beginning of this year, someone outsourced ordering a backpack to my father (even though i was willing to sew one up for a lot less money... whatever, mom...). bad choice number one. he got me an ll bean backpack with a pattern so far away from my usual style and so visually displeasing to me that i had to cover it up. i tried paint, no dice, embroidery, no dice, applique, no dice. finally i broke out the mod podge and a bad fantasy novel (you can see something else i made with that book on my profile) and decoupaged it up!

the whole thing took about a week of drying time. i was trying to make it very hard and dingproof, so i did many, many coats of mod podge and book pages. i loooooove how it turned out, and it was an easy and fun thing to do! highly recommend this method.

now, images!

thanks for looking, comments and criticisms encouraged!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / john green TFiOS hoop on: June 28, 2012 11:44:53 AM
hi all! i made this hoop for a non-craftster swap done between an online friend and myself. we both love john green's novel the fault in our stars, and this is one of the most-crafted quotes from it. i figured, why mess with perfection? so i stitched her a hoop that says "MY THOUGHTS ARE STARS I CAN'T FATHOM INTO CONSTELLATIONS".

so, without further ado...

in progress shots:

this is the first swap of any kind i've done, and it was very casual. naturally, i had a couple of issues. the patches were sewn on in an effort to conceal some seriously botched stitching, and i forgot to wash out the marker before i put on the backing. :\ le sigh. i tried to oxiclean it out, and that only made it worse... fortunately, the tie-dye camouflages most of the spots because it's so busy. i shipped it the other day, i hope she likes it!

as always, comments and criticisms are heartily encouraged! i'm new at hoopla and love criticism. Smiley thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / painted gamer sweatshirt on: June 02, 2012 11:39:30 PM
hi clothing boards! i painted this sweatshirt! (mods: i wasn't sure where to put this, please tell me if i need to move it!)

i got this a while ago at american apparel. while it has served me well in the potato-couture area, it has gotten a little dingy over the years. a little paint here, a little glitter there, and suddenly it's a mess. i decided i'd paint a phrase on it to give it some pizzazz and cover up some stains, and i found this on someone else's pinterest. the sweatshirt now reads: IF YOU CAN READ THIS, I AM AFK. (afk is gamer-speak for "away from keyboard") i thought it was so clever.

i just used black acrylic paint. a general rule i abide by is if it stains stuff pretty well, it can be used for fabric painting.

excuse the mess... cleaning isn't a priority around here.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / eye and mascara hoop (as usual, IMG HEAVY) on: May 27, 2012 10:41:08 AM
hello, needlework boards! this hoop is based on a doodle i did a while back. i always liked how it turned out, so i figured i'd do it in a hoop! this hoop is very small, i think a 2 or 3 incher, and was just the right size. this is my first hoop, and i love the result!

trying to get a good picture of the depth:

blurry picture for scale:

this is also the first time i tried to do backing! i didn't google it first, and as a result my magazine picture backing did not go well. i didn't stuff it, nor did i attach some kind of hook to hang it from. i just tried to stab the pin i was hanging it on through the paper. bad choice.

and, of course, obligatory wall shot (i don't currently have a hoopla wall, and i'm excited for july, when i'll finally be of age to do a hoopla swap!):

thanks for checking it out! comments and criticisms much encouraged, as this is my first hoop.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / book lamp (IMAGE HEAVY) on: May 27, 2012 10:26:03 AM
hi, craftster! a moth or so ago, i got fed up with my target lamp being shadeless because the shade was ugly. i remembered that someone gave me a fantasy book called gardens of the moon recently with the instructions to destroy it (i tried to read it, just to be sure it was bad. it was so awful. don't read it.), and i got to work! this is just a $20 lamp from target with the cloth cover ripped off the plastic shade, decoupaged with steven erikson's subpar work. (sorry if you're a fan of his novels. this might not be the post for you...)

first, here it is turned on. it gives off this really pretty glow, and i love the sort of vintagey look it has. (please excuse GRODY crafting table. need to clean that up.)

here it is turned off. it looks sort of pasty in these pictures, but it's just the pages of a book. i'm sure you can imagine that color.

thanks for looking! comments and criticisms HEARTILY ENCOURAGED!

7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / fused plastic shoes (IMAGE HEAVY) on: May 09, 2012 02:48:16 PM
before i even begin, allow me to beg of you: don't judge my horrible pictures, my ridiculously messy room (i promise i'm not a hoarder), or my weird ankles. if feet gross you out, then don't continue reading, but i'd suggest getting off the shoe boards as a whole if feet gross you out.

now. i found this tutorial on instrucables for fused plastic converse. i thought it was neat, and i had some barely-worn converse lying around (they came with me to bonnaroo, and my feet died from blisters. they went to feet heaven. it was so awful), so i decided to try it. i love the results, though i think i cut them a smidge wonky, because you can sort of see my toes. my other criticism would be that it is SO EASY for the eyelets to rip. so easy. i'd say to be careful and reinforce them A LOT if you're going to wear these regularly. but if converse do make you blister, as they do for many people, this made the back spine much much much softer and easier on the feet.

thanks for looking, comments and criticisms much appreciated!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / riptides tam on: January 07, 2012 08:25:59 PM
hello craftster! this is my first time posting, so bear with me.

first let me say: THIS IS THE GREATEST HAT PATTERN I HAVE EVER KNIT. i am having it laminated and put into some sort of binder. i love it so much.
HOWEVER- i did alter it. after attempting ribbing several times, i gave up and did the whole thing in stockinette stitch. it came out fine. also, i used bulky yarn instead of super bulky yarn. also not a problem. the pompom was also an addition. i had leftover yarn.) had i sat down to make it instead of knitting it a couple of rows at a time, i am confident i would have finished it before the end of a season of rupaul's drag race. it was very simple, very quick.

NOW. ONTO THE PHOTOS. sorry in advance for mirror pictures, my tripod was lost. also sorry i didn't get a modelless photo of the hat! i meant to.

pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/riptides-hat .
used Bernat Roving yarn in Low Tide.

thanks for looking!
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