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21  Yet another cunning Firefly hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by Altair on: January 09, 2007 10:26:34 AM
I know this project is fairly amateur, but hey, I'm an amateur knitter, and this is my first ever hat.  As you Firefly fans out there will know, this is a copy of the hat Jayne wears in The Message.

I used Emisanboo's pattern, here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19076.20  but I knit it on straight needles, since I didn't feel like tackling circulars, and I used two strands of Wool-Ease held together as one. 

Front, modeled on my handy-dandy wig form.

Side view of same.

Modeled on me, yay.

And with one of my dogs, Spencer.  Doesn't he look just thrilled to be posing with me? 

The colors are brighter in the picture than in real life, and instead of leaving little strings like Ma Cobb did, I couldn't resist the urge to be neat, so I made little braids.
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22  Ukiyo-e Pattern Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Altair on: October 19, 2006 08:36:00 PM
Hi all! 

This is my second article of clothing I've ever made, the first being a Hawaiian shirt for my boyfriend.  I bought this fabric without knowing what I was going to do with it, but as I was watching Top Chef today, inspiration struck. 

I riffled through my mom's pattern drawer, and two hours, quite a bit of help from my beautiful mom and a trip to Joann's for seam binding later, this was born. I'm going to wear it to make pierogi with my Nana tomorrow.  Grin

The front. I know it looks crooked, but the apron itself is perfectly straight. It's me that's crooked.  The pocket lining up like that was a stroke of luck...it matches perfectly.

The back. The strings are long enough that I can wrap them around me twice, if I want.

I hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed making! 

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23  Varigated ribbed scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Altair on: October 02, 2006 06:45:42 PM
I know it's not very special, but I'm learning how to knit, and this is my first time doing ribbing.  It's made of rainbow varigated yarn, and I can't tell you what brand, because I started it so long ago I can't remember. 

The scarf.  Ta da.

Le action shot.
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24  Loomed geeky necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Altair on: October 01, 2006 07:20:14 PM
I made this loomed necklace of the royal crest from DBZ a while ago, and just now got around to finishing the actual necklace part of it so that it wasn't just a random rectangle. 


Yes, I'm a geek, and I make no apologies for it.  Grin

Anyway, picture time!

The necklace as a whole.

The pendant part, with a quarter for scale.

Le action shot. 

Comment, point and laugh, scream, whatever.  Just have fun. And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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25  Take-out box purse! Or, how I'm in glitter up to my eyeballs. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Altair on: August 14, 2006 09:07:05 PM
I stole the idea for this purse from this TV show, so I can neither take credit for the idea or the execution.


It was fun though!  I got the fabric when I was shopping for fabric for a 50's dress I'm making.  I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the green beads on the handle, but it's growing on me.  What do you all think?  I was apprehensive about the glitter at first, since me and glitter generally don't get along well.  I like how it turned out, but I'm glittery from top to bottom and fore to aft now. 

I'm going to quit babbling and show you what you came for...pictures!

With flash, one side.

Without flash, same side.

Other side.

Top.  Excuse the finger, I can't really close the top yet, as the glue isn't dry on the velcro circles. 

Le action shot.  It holds my phone, keys, money and lipgloss...everything a girl needs!

I hope you enjoyed looking, because I enjoyed making!
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26  Hawaiian Devil Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Altair on: August 04, 2006 06:52:21 PM
The title for this would have been:  "Hawaiian Devil shirt, or how my mother and I wanted to drop kick the sewing machine", but there wasn't enough room.   Grin  The sewing machine was acting up while we were sewing this, so we decided that it had to be the shirt.

My mom is teaching me how to sew, and my boyfriend wanted an obnoxiously loud Hawaiian shirt because he really likes Wash in the TV show 'Firefly/Serenity'. 

So...ta da!  My first project where I've done all of the sewing!  My mom helped a lot, and I'm very thankful she did, otherwise this never would have even been cut, let alone sewn.

On the hanger.  Something is horribly wrong with my camera, so please excuse the screwed up pictures.

On the happy boyfriend.

On me.  As you can see, it looks better on him, but I was just so proud.  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
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27  Plain white flats into exotic slides! in Shoes: Completed Projects by Altair on: July 31, 2006 03:57:24 PM
I bought these at the local Salvation Army for part of a costume, but they turned out to be too tight and I waddled in them, so I couldn't wear them onstage.  I hate to let anything go to waste (even if it's a two dollar pair of shoes), so I decided I had to revamp them. 

^ This is what they looked like before I got started.

This is what they looked like after I lopped off the backs and ripped out the lining.  At this point in my crafting, my 17 year old brother came into the kitchen and wanted to know when exactly I'd lost my mind.  When he was born, would be the correct answer. ^_^

Anyway, I cut tee shirt material for the lining, then I added some blue silk on top of that for prettyness, and covered the rest of the shoe (what was left) with some exotic fabric I had lying around.  After a quick trip to the nearest craft store for two yards of gold piping...ta da!

Action shot. ^  Excuse the funny angle, it's hard to take pictures of your own feet. 

The total cost of the spiffy shoes was $3.10.  Enjoy!
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28  Re: Pets or weird people doing weird things to your craft.... in Stitch And BOTCH by Altair on: July 21, 2006 07:47:40 PM
My dogs and cat love to 'help' me when I craft. 

When I bead, the cat goes running after the beads I drop.  It's no fun chasing a demon in gray fur for the Delicia beads you just spent way too much money on.  I can't leave thread, embroidery floss, or even thin scraps of fabric out, because she eats them.  If I leave Sculpey out, she sits on it, thus flattening my careful canework.  I lost at least three necklaces worth of beads to her furry butt. 

The dogs like to stand on my fabric and patterns that I'm laying out, and they love to lick my yarn.  One has also made off with a pair of scissors I was using. 

Here's a pic of one of the dogs, Spencer, and the demon cat, Alex, 'helping' me reconstruct a skirt.

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29  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Altair on: July 15, 2006 12:28:32 PM
I posted here before, and said that my work doesn't allow me to have 'unnaturally colored hair'.  Well, I'm going on vacation for three weeks, and so I decided to dye my hair purple!  Yay!  Best thing is, even my dad (who hates colored hair) thinks it's pretty.  So!  Pictures. 

This is my hair color before, although it's longer now.

With the bleached streaks.

And with the purple.  These are all taken outside, and the color looks more blue-purple out there.  It's more pink-purple indoors.

For those of you that are wondering, I used Special Effects in Wildflower. 

Your daily dose of crazy, brought to you by Altair.
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30  Things for my sister in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Altair on: June 19, 2006 06:35:32 PM
I made these for my kin sister, who lives in Alabama.  She has a thing for ravens, and the other statue is fairly self explanatory.  In that one, she's on the right in the orange shirt, I'm on the left in the purple shirt. 

These are the first things out of polymer clay I've made other than some small things and beads.  I used Sculpey, but I might use a firmer clay next time. 

Edit:  Fixed the blurriness, thanks to my gadget-happy boyfriend who showed me how to use the 'macro' function of my camera. 

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