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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Acorn hairpins! Also, star anise and tiny pine cones! on: February 12, 2009 11:37:31 PM
I really like the idea of natural elements being incorporated into everyday outfits. I use natural elements in many of the crafts I do so I thought it was only fitting. Plus I have a thing for acorns and such  Cheesy I plan on making more with small birds, nests, and flowers. Since spring is coming, I can't wait to wear these little critters and bits of nature on my head.

The idea is simple, all it takes is some bobby pins and some good old E-6000. I use E-6000 because it sticks to not only the acorns and other seed pods but the metal of the bobby pin as well. Okay, on to pictures.

From left to right- Star anise, little birch pine cones, acorns, and a bobbin (not really natural but the shot was for mah blog  Wink )

The required action shot. I have looong hair versatile hair so it's fun to do wavy curly updo's and have some acorns just nesting in there  Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Comments/crits welcome!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Custom ceramic mugs! Tentacles, Zombies, and Harlots! on: December 31, 2008 12:30:43 AM
So I decided for my friends to make their gifts this year, being that I was broke but still thrifty. I bought several ceramic mugs at the thrift store for $.99 each and then purchased one of those ceramic pens that you draw with and then bake it in your oven to make it dishwasher safe.

The green mug has tentacles circling the entire upper rim of the mug. The blue one has "harlot" in fancy script. The small white teacup has "RELOADING!" and zombie hands and splatter on it (ode to L4D). No stencils were used.

Comments and crits welcome. Thanks for looking!

Edit: I've been getting a lot of questions about the paint pen I used, so I figure I'd add it up here Smiley

The brand of paint pen I used was Porcelaine 150 by pebeo and I bought it at Michaels. It's a fine tipped ceramic paint pen. They come in tons of colors and multiple tip sizes.

"Porcelaine 150 can be applied to all heat-stable bases that are able to withstand a temperature of 150°C (300°F), such as porcelain, china, glazed earthenware, terracotta, metal, enamelled sheet steel, copper and glass. The choice of base enables numerous effects to be produced and experiments to be made with the transparency and intensity of the colours."

With the glazed ceramic mugs I used, the mug should be cleaned thoroughly with alcohol before applying the paint or else it won't adhere properly. Please keep in mind that these mugs are hand washable only. Sticking them in the dishwasher will destroy them.

I thought the paint pen would be easier than just the regular ceramic paint and it was. It works like any other paint pen with the pumping mechanism and the shaking. The only thing is that the paint sets up quickly so if you want a smooth surface to your paint then work on one small area at a time. If the paint dries and you want to change the design or fix something before you bake it, I used an exacto knife to carefully scrape off the paint. Also, be patient with the paint pen because the tip will get clogged. I suggest keeping a scrap piece of paper or paper towel to help un-gunk the end and make sure the paint stays running.

Once again, thanks for the featured projects and all the wonderful comments! Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pagan Rosary- glass vial, spiral beads, silver chain on: December 30, 2008 11:39:18 PM
I usually stay away from jewelry but I decided to give it a go for the WWP 9 Yule Swap. I made a Pagan rosary, or Pagan prayer beads. Instead of using a charm for the end I decided to use a small glass vial instead. You can put a small gemstone or even herbs within it. I attached that pretty little topper to the plain cork myself to jazz it up. I originally attached a small bail to the cork on the vial but I didn't want the cork to pop out if she chose to wear it, so I had to devise something pretty but appropriate to hold the vial. I wrapped a thin piece of jewelry wire around the small neck of the vial and created two loops to attach jump rings and therefore the silver chain. Ta-da.

There are 9 beads around the actual circumference of the necklace, 9 being a sacred number to the Goddess. There are three spiral beads surrounded by marcasite, each spiral representing the three aspects of the Goddess (maid, mother, crone). Along the hanging part above the vial is one spiral bead, several marcasite beads and 4 small glass seed beads representing the elements. Each of the colored glass beads represents her children and one for herself.

Thanks for looking!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Moon goddess Shrine- pressed flowers, old book pages, vintage photos! on: December 30, 2008 04:40:20 PM
I made this for the WWP 9 Yule swap. When I asked how my partner (Solitaire) how she envisioned the goddess she said as a moon goddess so I kinda ran with that theme.

The background is old book pages over a box built from thin wood and watercolor paper for the sides (so as not to ripple when many layers of paint were added). I then used acrylic paints to build up the background color. The moon is from a science book from the 1960s and the goddess is a vintage image I found online. I printed her out in black and white and painted her with watered down acrylics and glitter paint. The pressed flowers in the background are from my yard (periwinkle and silver maple). The stars in the background are iridescent sequins with paint in the center.

We all know purple photographs strangely, but this is quite true to color. Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Widening a pencil skirt, need help on: December 11, 2008 05:28:37 PM
The other day I bought a $3 pencil skirt at the thrift store. It's plum colored and it has a double brass button front like the skirt pictured below.

The problem is I was blinded by the great color details and didn't pay any attention to the size. It is a 6, I need it to be a 12. I've got some hips on me but I'm on the shorter side of things so I always hem my skirts. If they go below my knee they make me look shorter. I can hem at least 6 inches of the bottom of the skirt and still keep it a good length.

My question: Is there any way or the best way to add the panel of fabric that I take off the bottom to the skirt to widen it while still maintaining its symmetry? The buttons are purely aesthetic but there is a left side zipper. Where is the best place to add this panel of fabric? The center front? The center back? Two equal pieces on the left and right side?

I don't usually work with patterns but I can if need be. I usually do minor to major alterations on thrifted and new garments so I'm comfortable with a moderate to advanced level of sewing.

I'd really appreciate any help, Thanks!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Forest floor mini hanging shrine-- vintage girl, acorns, and trees! on: December 06, 2008 04:02:33 PM
So this is my new deal. Wanted to try something new but didn't want to buy anything new since money is tight. I recently gutted a few old books from the 60's and wanted to use the pages for something fun. Anyway, I call this one The Gloaming of the Forest Floor. The little lady is supposed to be a dryad or a little woodsy person with roots for feet. I know they look like tentacles  Cheesy. I wish I had a camera that could pick up all the details.

I built the box out of a small piece of wood for the back and watercolor paper for the sides since I would be adding lots of paint and glue I didn't want it to ripple or warp. The box is 5.5in x 3.75in and .75in deep. I then built up the insides with ripped book pages. I added acrylic paint in many layers and then pasted on pressed leaves from my backyard (dandelion, silver maple, clover). Then I added all the dimensional parts like the moss and the trees. The tree leaves are leaves from black fake flowers. I cut and shaped a few of them. The little lady is a vintage photo I printed out and pasted on card stock. I then used thin acrylic paint to color her.

Any question/comment/crits are more than welcome. Thanks for looking!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Antiquita, dust fae doll! Vintage lace galore! on: November 08, 2008 12:13:24 PM
So here is my new little lady. I was definitely inspired by my Halloween costume since I was cleaning up most of the little white bits of lace and such yesterday. I absolutely adore her little face. I named her Antiquita (an-ti-kwi-tuh) because I imagine her playing in the dust around old books and dusty china. Her hair is yarn that I unraveled in two colors, a dusty pink and a white with iridescent bits in it. To make her hair have so much volume, I glued some polyfill to her head first and then bunched the yarn around it. Her little face is hand painted and I was going for more of a kabuki type look here so she's not so Froud-y.
Her outfit is made of vintage and scrap lace, tulle, and fake flowers. I wanted to incorporate more of a nature feel into this one which is why there are so many layers to her little skirt. I do need to find a less clunky way of doing shoes, though because these look like paper sacks tied to her feet, haha.

Thanks for looking! Comments, crits welcome!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Witch Hazel! An impish fairy doll! on: November 06, 2008 01:43:37 PM
So being inspired by some Brian Froud stuff I decided to whip up a small fairy using a bunch of my scrap material I had lying around.

Her hair is made of unraveled yarn and her outfit is made of scrap lace and fabric. Her body is floral wire covered in felt while her face is a hand painted wooden bead. Her wings were such a pain! They were made using craft wire and tulle and I think I'm going to use a different technique next time. She is flexible and posable though. I made her necklace from a closure and some thin jewelry wire.

What do you think? Comments/Crits welcome!! Thanks for looking!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Marie Antionette wig and mask! Flowers, feathers, and pearls! on: October 25, 2008 01:14:58 PM
So I've been spending time on my costume for Halloween/Samhain. My friend and I are being porcelain dolls, but with a slight French Victorian feel. Her costume is completely black, whereas mine is all white. I've had to purchase few things for my costume and the most expensive item I had to purchase was a white Marie Antionette wig. My friend is wearing a wavy black wig and a top hat. For her I made an all black fascinator that gets attached to her top hat using purchased and thrifted materials.
I used vintage buttons from my stash, black flowers from the craft store, some thrifted black lace and satin ribbon, large feathers, and marcasite beads.

We are also both wearing masks but since I don't have a hat to get in the way, I decorated the mask to my liking Smiley I didn't have to purchase anything to make this other than a small fabric mask for $.99 at the costume store. I could have made a mask from scrap using paper mache or something, but I wanted something flexible. As far as the base goes, I altered the shape of the eyes and the outside edge to give it a more feminine shape and allow me to see much better.

I used thrifted lace (one color was tea dyed), pearls, large feathers, silk flowers, pine branches that have been stripped of their bark then sanded and brushed with a little white acrylic paint, hemp string, vintage buttons, and some remnant trim for the edge.

For my costume I chose to wear a large wig instead of having a top hat. Since my wig is a Marie Antoinette styled wig I decided I needed to swank it up a bit.
I purchased the wig at the local costume store. I didn't have to purchase anything new, I already had all the materials which are similar to the ones I used on the mask. There's orchids and roses, pearls, large white feathers, satin ribbon, and a small mushroom bird.

I'm still working on the rest of the costume, I can't wait! Comments/crits welcome, Thanks for looking!

So here are the before and after for my shoes as well. I bought these shoes at the thrift store for about $6. They're white patent leather and I made the embellishment on the front. I also figured out that hot glue will peel off the patent leather so I can use these white shoes for another costume if I want which is awesome because a $6 pair of white pumps is a hard find Smiley

Once again I used felt, satin ribbon, and pearls.

I'm working on pictures of the rest of it. Dunno if I want to put it all on again since Halloween was a little wild and I forgot to take pictures myself.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altoid Tin Travel Sewing Kit on: October 14, 2008 12:02:29 AM
So I jumped on the Altoid tin bandwagon, but made it slightly more practical for me. I always carry some sort of sewing kit for those 'oops' situations but the one I had was bogus. So I made this using a spare Altoid tin and some scrapbook paper I had lying around. I attached a piece of felt to the top to hold the needles and maybe the safety pins if I feel really organized. There's some band-aids, a couple buttons, a spare bobbin with a bunch of black thread on it (sort of as a mini spool to carry more thread around with me), a small set of travel scissors, and the tiny file that came with the original mini sewing kit I had. Figured it might come in handy. The insides are also lined with some random black scrap cotton to reduce the clonking around sound as much as possible. It's really simple but I dig it.

Thanks for looking!

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