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1  Holidays cards. Because if I don't start early.... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by spaz2phreek on: March 13, 2013 10:07:31 PM
It'll never happen...

So for these first three, I got some cheap holiday tags super cheap after Christmas last year and...yeah.

I think I'm set for holiday card needs...maybe time to create a nice stock of birthday cards.... Anyway, thanks for looking.
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2  Re: Fabric Lovers Scavenger Hunt GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by spaz2phreek on: May 17, 2012 09:22:40 PM
Green...and sort of green (teal). Great fabrics....I'm thinking the teal sewing theme fabric might have to be used for my own crafting tool belt. So perfect! And these coordinating strips are super cute. Might be time for new make up bag.

Vintage....super cute vintage trims! Love trims....

Sharp....Bazinga bitches! Needle book that you are all jealous of...you should be. It's going into my sewing kit I keep in my car.

Round....Big Bang Theory gang magnets. They are going to work with me tomorrow so my new coworkers can start to figure out that I'm a nerd.  Grin

Tiny....super cute buttons! Love buttons! Already have ideas on how they are going to be used....yay!

Local - Necco candy from Revere, MA....which tells you where costumesaremylife sort of lives. You may stalk her if you like.

Sender's choice....I call him Herman. He is deeply loved. My roommate is jealous. I will start carrying my cash in him immediately. That way, when I buy stuff I can show him off.
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3  Greetings cards are taking over my home.... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by spaz2phreek on: December 08, 2011 07:09:35 PM
For a bridal shower gift earlier this year, my roomie/cousin gave the bride to be a bunch of greeting cards for all occasions. They were a HUGE and major hints ("I want that for Christmas") were dropped... So we've been making a ton more. Some will go to Grandma for Christmas, so we'll keep and actually start sending to peeps and some are going to be donated to my aunt for auction items for her Breast Cancer 3 Day fundraiser parties next year. We have literally made somewhere around 75 cards so this is just a sample of some of my favorites.

I'm also dropping a bunch of holiday cards in the mail tomorrow for our troops so here's about 1/3 of those....

We have had a ton of fun making these and watching our shows. And working together is really great because we inspire each other with new ideas. Thanks for looking!
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4  Dino corset...what craziness is this? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by spaz2phreek on: July 12, 2011 05:07:07 PM
I tend to get insomnia & desires to sew in the wee hours, which means I use what I have on hand. I wanted to try McCall's 4861 so I dug through the stash to see what I had to work with...awww, good times.

No idea what I'm going to do with it now but it's too fun not to share.  Grin
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5  2011 costume idea for this corset I finally finished... in Halloween Costumes by spaz2phreek on: July 06, 2011 05:22:44 PM
So about 3 years ago I started this corset. I got almost all the way done and life got crazy. I just didn't have the time or inclination to do all the hand stitching to finish the edge (done similarly to a quilt binding, if you've ever done that...takes forever!) So I finally finished a while ago and it looks great!
Problem is I have no idea what to do with it. I can't get past "pirate" which I can't bring myself to do because it's not a terribly unique idea. For the first time in my life, I repeated a costume a couple of years ago and last year's didn't come together how I wanted. This year...

So, any suggestions?


ETA: I've already done steampunk...that was my repeat costume. Just can't do it again. That is my only other idea.
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6  loosely Victorian inspired Steampunk jacket & skirt. (lots o' pics!) in Costumes: Completed Projects by spaz2phreek on: May 11, 2011 04:26:32 PM
Finally decided to finish this little jacket (mostly) but it's not that awesome so I wasn't going to post it. But, since I'm putting up this skirt, which I'm more proud of, I thought they could share a post.

First, the skirt.No pattern, just made it up as I went along.

Initially, I was just going to make a really full skirt & add some straps to pull up the front (inspired by https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276754.0) but then decided I wanted it with, basically, all the gathering in the back. But I couldn't really figure out how to do that. So I decided the gathered part would have it's own waistband bit that would attach to the rest of the waistband. So I cut the fabric, sewed it back up, pressed the seam open & sewed the edges where the front & back "separate" then attached the "main" waistband. (It's at this point that I decided to start taking pictures.)
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So then came the back part. I did it wide at first (so it went from one side to the other) but didn't like it so I folded it in on itself and proceeded to test the limits of my sewing machine trying to sew it all together. (At some point I had also added a pocket...)

So now I've got to decide how to fasten the whole thing. There's been some...changes in my weight that I'm unsure if I really will be motivated enough to change back so I wanted it to be a little adjustable. So, the "main" waistband is sort of like a bra, one set of hooks & 2 rows of "eyes". Then I added some buttons to the "main" and "back" waistbands & wrapped a couple of elastic hair ties around them. Viola!

Front shot:

Back shot:

And the jacket.
Used a pattern, Butterick 4926. What a pain! The sleeves at the wrist are pretty small and it was a total pain to sew. I don't love the sleeves as they aren't quite gathered evenly but it's not bad if you don't look closely. And I can't decide on which button for the neck so that's not done yet. I like the design but hated making it.

Thanks for looking!

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7  Re: Givers and Needers Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spaz2phreek on: May 08, 2011 01:22:28 PM
Got back from a mini vaca & found in the mail my thank you from MizzKodak.

Tada! Embroidered steampunk gal.

As we all know when shipping glass, it's a gamble. Sadly, the glass broke. But it sure was easier to photograph this way! For now, she guards my candy bowel, keeping me out because I have no self control, but some day, I may turn her into a pocket for a totebag (not that I need another totebag...)

Thanks, MizzKodak! She's great. She's already inspiring me to finish the shorter steampunk-y skirt I started last fall.
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8  Re: Clock Swap Gallery (Sign-ups 03/14/11 to 03/28/11, Send by 04/25/11) in The Swap Gallery by spaz2phreek on: April 28, 2011 11:06:30 AM
Got my clock from SonjaBoo today and it is perfect for my craft space! I took a picture of it with some of my craft storage so you can see how well it coordinates.

And by itself so you can see it better.

I love the fabric SonjaBoo used. Unless I'm mistaken, it's this sort of faux suedecloth type stuff (if it's the same type I used for an ewok costume once) and it adds this extra bit of texture that's just great.

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9  Re: Clock Swap (Sign-ups 03/14/11 to 03/28/11, Send by 04/25/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by spaz2phreek on: April 25, 2011 04:56:20 PM
Just cut my thumb on the packing tape dispenser thing and bleed on SonjaBoo's clock. Ew!!!! Luckily, I can remove and redo the bloodied parts.

In fact, just finished one of them so here's a teaser pic of my poor injured thumb holding the one I just finished....

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10  Life size witch & spider victim decorations in Halloween Decor and Parties by spaz2phreek on: March 05, 2010 07:01:27 PM
For the past few years I've been living in condo with a closed hallway entrance. There's no where to decorate & no trick or treaters to appreciate it. So I decorate at work. Wish I had more pictures but...

Here's a couple of items as part of key focal points:

A life size, free standing witch.

I created a simple frame from PVC pipe. Leggings & a turtleneck. LOTS of duct tape. Helps if someone loves you enough to indulge your craftiness & help. (I had to do my top on my dress form. Very sad for me.)

The top and bottom are separate. Easier for transportation. I stuffed the duct tape body shell with newspaper around the pieces of the frame.

The head...foam wig head. I took a cheap rubber witch nose. Glued that on. Used puffy (aka fabric) paint around the edge of the nose to create a smoother transition from rubber nose to foam head. Painted the whole thing in cheap, clear, acrylic gloss. Then spray painted. (Spray paint will each the foam.) Took a couple layers of each. Painted a face. Cheap wig (sewing pins with black tops holding it on when in use, otherwise wig is off for storage to keep it "nice".)

Thrift store clothes. Cheap black gloves, lightly stuffed & pinned to the arms under the sleeves.

Very statisfying. She doesn't look life size but she technically is (since I'm 5'0" and she's a smidge taller....)

Other notes: If I had someone to help me, the arms would be better & I'd had done her more hunch-backed. Maybe I'll remake the top part... This is actually not a cheap project. I spent something like $30 on duct tape alone. PVC pipe, paint, foam head, wig, thrifted clothes...some stuff I already had but it wasn't as cheap as I thought it'd be. Still, I like it better than the $60 witch I saw at a store.

Spider Victim: (Blurry picture...sorry. Everything's cover in webbing anyway so...)

This was much easier. Tights & turtleneck stuffed with newspaper. Thicker turtleneck (to disguise lumpy newspaper), jeans & socks. Another foam head. Again, if you spray paint, use an acrylic paint between the layers of spray paint as it'll eat the foam head. Paint a face, cheap wig. I wrapped the body in cheesecloth & some thread to bind it then wrapped some faux webbing around it. (Because I worked in a call center, she's also wearing one of our headsets.) We hung her from the ceiling close to the wall. I "trapped" her against the wall with fishing line & more faux web. Then hung the large spider from the ceiling & posed it over the body.

So, those were my big projects this past Halloween. They ended taking so long, I ran out of time to make a new costume. I wore a costume for the second time for the first time in my life. *Shudders* Never again...never again...
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