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11  Re: Edited: Straw Shrimp! in Completed Projects by Altair on: March 12, 2007 07:37:28 PM
Behold my shrimply armada!  The one in the front is the leader, you can tell by his little hat. 

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12  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Altair on: March 10, 2007 05:10:34 PM
Hey, all.  I just dyed my hair with Special Effects in Electric Blue, and I'm very happy with the results!  My naturally dark brown hair was dyed black, so I had to use bleach with 40 vol developer, and then a high-lift blonde dye with 30 vol developer to get some of the orange out.  It was light blonde when I was done, and my roots were white blond, so my roots with the blue are screamingly bright. 

The second pic is truer to color.  I love SE!
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13  London Calling in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by Altair on: March 06, 2007 07:17:25 PM
Here's a London Calling that my wonderful mom made for me.  Being as we didn't want to spend a hundred or so dollars on the yarn the pattern called for, we made some creative substitutions.  She used Mango Moon Capelli, which is supposed to be a carry-along weight but worked fine except that it stretched unless she was very careful. 

Three weeks, about a scrillion little balls of yarn, homemade yarn bras and a bunch of cursing later, it was born!  I love it to death.  Picture! 

Please excuse the pink owl shirt underneath.  Not the best choice, I know, but I was right home from dance and didn't want to wait to change. 

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14  First embroidery project, cherry blossoms (pic obese) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Altair on: March 06, 2007 01:49:16 PM
This is my first successful embroidery project, which is a little strange since I do most other kinds of needlework.  I got the pattern from a kit from Michael's...Savvy Stitches, or something like that.  I have no idea what the ideograms mean, I'm not even sure whether they're Chinese, Japanese, or something else. If anyone could tell me what they mean, I'd be grateful. Anyway, pictures.

I like it very much, but I have no idea what to do with it...
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15  Re: Worth Your While Apron Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Altair on: February 28, 2007 12:46:14 PM
Let's see...no, I wasn't wearing it when he proposed.  I was right back from dance class, so I was in a leotard and grungy jeans.  I opened it after all the excitement died down, but I'm sure it cemented his decision!  Grin  Thanks for all the well wishes and congrats.


Here's me being all housefrau and pretending to iron.  Good practice!

The apron in all its glory.


Thank you so much, Meg!  I love it!

(Here's a link to my journal if anyone wants to see the ring.  http://altairkaosu.deviantart.com/  )
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16  Re-buttoned and Painted Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Altair on: February 24, 2007 07:10:09 PM
I got this spring jacket from Old Navy on clearance, but the buttons had to go.

I ripped off all the original buttons (all 12 of them) and sewed on new spiffy Celtic ones.  My fingers weren't too happy with me after that.  I liked how that looked, but I decided the back needed a little sprucing up too. 

And now, pictures! 

After I sewed the new buttons on.

I got the buttons at Joann Fabrics.

Action shot.

Action shot of the back.  I drew out the knot, copied it to reduce the size, cut out the areas where I wanted paint with a razor blade, pinned the design to the jacket, outlined with pencil, and painted with fabric paint.  Phew! 

A close-up of the knot.

Since I'm obsessive compulsive, I also painted the belt and grommets with a paint pen. 
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17  Pincushions and Juggling Balls from Kokoro No Te. Pic obese. in Completed Projects by Altair on: February 13, 2007 06:40:20 PM
I've been handsewing a lot lately, and I made a bunch of these 'persimmon' pincushions from a pattern in Kokoro No Te.  Pretty much the only difference is that they're supposed to have stems and I left the stems off.  The fabrics are all from the oriental section of my local quilt shop.

The first one I made, and my favorite.

Second one I made.

Third one I made.

 I love the koi fish on there.

I also made a set of three juggling balls.  Don't ask me why, I can't even juggle. 

My boyfriend trying to juggle.  No, he can't either, but at least he's having a good time.

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18  Two Newsboy hats in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by Altair on: February 12, 2007 11:39:28 AM
So my mom goes to Florida for a week to visit my grandparents, and she comes back with not one, not two, but THREE versions of the Newsboy hat from SnB Nation.  I asked her to make me one in wool and one in cotton, since they would take me about a scrillion years to finish, but she picked up some Wool-Ease while she was down there and made one for herself too, only without the brim. 

I am in awe.  Three hats.  One week.  DPNs.  My mother is a knitting goddess. 

The cotton hat, frontish.  There isn't any mesh in the brim 'cause I like it floppy.

Side view of same.  This yarn is Plymouth Bella Colour.  It apparently took just a little more than one ball to finish a hat. 

Frontish of second hat.

Backish of second hat.  This is Patons SWS in the Natural Denim colorway.

I don't have pictures of the third hat, but it's super cute.

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19  Burgundy Pants Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Altair on: January 16, 2007 01:13:29 PM
I made this bag out of a pair of burgundy stretch velvet pants that my boyfriend found for me at the Salvation Army.  He's so helpful when I go looking for craft supplies there.  Cheesy

Anyway, I ripped the seams apart, resewed them so it would lie flat, double-seamed the bottom and made straps out of the legs.  Then for an extra added geek factor, I made my own appliques out of quilt fabric.  The one on the right in the pic is a rainbow skully, the one on the right is the Horde symbol, from World of Warcraft.  I am geek, hear me roar. 

Le bag.

The bag with my cat, Alex, on top.  For some reason, she loves the damn thing. Probably because I keep my yarn in there, and yarn is squishy, and hence, comfortable for cat butts. 

And more of my cat, because she's cute.
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20  View of Mt. Fugi Platter in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Altair on: January 15, 2007 08:45:55 AM
I had a ceramics class last semester at my university, and our last project was to make a platter based on a piece of art. 

One of my favorite pieces ever is 'Behind the Great Wave at Kanagawa', an 18th century woodcut by Katsushika Hokusai. 

This is a copy of the original.  I believe the colors are slightly more muted in the real thing.

Here's the front of mine.

And a closer view.

And the back. 

For those of you that know and care about ceramics, it was made with terra cotta, and all of the coloring is slip painting with M1 clear over top. 

Thanks for looking!
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