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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / there's something furry going on down in the ocean.... on: November 05, 2010 07:16:12 AM
it's a MERBEAR!

I was sitting around a bonfire at my friend's house and had my boyfriend's chicago bears blanket wrapped around my legs.  A girl I didn't know kept calling me mermaid because of the way the blanket made my legs look like a tail.  I said, "nope, i'm a merbear!" (on account that it was a bears blanket).  Hence the idea for merbear was born!

I bought a couple yards of the darker brown fleece, a yard of the light brown (shoulda just bought half a yard), drew a couple o sketches and voila!  I made cute wee gloves with some extra fabric.  I had on aqua coloured tights that I pinned on a bunch of felt to look like coral and seaweed and a fishy swimming around, so that my legs were the ocean floor.

The only problem was that people didn't even look at my legs when they saw me, they just asked if I was a bear or a mouse...grrrr!!!  But once I pointed out that I was a merbear people thought it was purty funny Smiley

what I though was really frikken funny was my best friend's costume, Sexy Weird Al!!!  She's so stinken hilarious!!!  Last year she went as Sexy Abe Lincoln!

here you can kinda see the little gloves I made

a closeup of the makeup (I also made the scarf!  took me almost a year and half to finish....not because it was hard, but because i'm lazy!!)
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mad at the world? Make a VooDoo Doll! on: November 05, 2008 01:30:08 PM
Ok, I'm not mad at the world, but I did make a Voodoo doll costume and stuck pins through my heart.

I, uh, borrowed the idea from a fellow craftster, I thought it was such a fab idea!  I didn't have any money to spend on supplies, so I made the dress from fabric I bought a few years ago on sale at a custom drapery shop.  The belt, tights, and shoes were all thingos I had already.

I teased my hair into two pigtails and painted big Xs on my eyes with a marker...It took forever to clean it off!!  I had traces of black around my eyes for a couple of days.

I had so much fun!  We hopped around to about five different bars and parties, and even dressed up the next day in the same costumes and went to a Dia de los Muertos party.  Oh, and here's my husby and I, he was dressed as "your mom"...heehee!!

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / PLEASE HELP!! Can I dye a wig? on: October 08, 2008 03:52:07 PM
After hours of searching through all the dark little never ending corners of the internet, I finally found the perfect wig for my costume!  Well, it's almost perfect...it doesn't come in orange.  It's blonde.

How can I make it bright orange?  Not neon, but definitely an unnatural orange.  Is there a spray I can use?  Will manic panic work?  Although I don't know if it'll look any good if I wet it when I have to wash the dye out, or if it'll even hold in synthetic fibres...has anyone done anything like this before?

please haaaalp!!!!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / What's a girl to do when she's bored? Learn to embroider!! on: August 30, 2008 09:39:09 AM
I was doing my friends a favour and tending their shop while they were away on business, so there I was for a week with absolutely nothing to do...other than my shoply duties of course.  But there's a lot of downtime in between making everything look pretty and chatting with customers.

So on Monday I decided to learn to embroider.  I went online and found the basic stitches (I already knew how to backstitch, but everything else was pretty new to me) and started stitching away.

My first one is a wee design that I drew, hardly anything fancy cos I kinda suck at drawing...so it's just a simple widdle birdie and some eggs falling from the sky.  I wanted the stitches in the raining eggs to be random lengths cos I like the look of it.

I didn't notice till I was resizing the images that the yellow bits were all wonky from being folded up in my bag...poo!

The second one I did was a little more complicated, but I've had this idea in my head for a little while and i really wanted to do it.  So of course it's very wonky indeed.  It's supposed to be blackwork (although technically I guess it's scarletwork cos I used red thread...) but the back looks nothing like the front...oops!

and again, the 2 is weird looking cos I didn't bother straightening it out after it was folded up in my bag...

and no, it has nothing to do with Feist's song...it's a secret!

it only took me about ten hours, but weeeeeee do I love embroidery!!!!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute wee Luggage Tags for my pugs on: March 28, 2008 11:08:56 AM
We're flying to Texas this weekend and bringing the pugs along!  We just got them new under-the-seat carriers to shtick them in, and the luggage tags that came with them are hideous...so I decided to make them new ones last night!  I also made little beds to put in their carriers, but that's an entirely different thread. Grin

Cosmo is quite the dapper boy.  He loves black and red together, so I made this one for him:

Ravenherst isn't all that girly, so she asked me not to use any flowery fabrics.

hope you like them!  My pugs sure do... Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / oooh, puffy bag! on: March 06, 2008 10:06:25 AM
halloooo!  It's been awhile, my dear craftster...I need a virtual kick in my creative pants as I haven't made anything for a long long time...this is something I made a last year in the summer, and only now decided to post.  Sure, I just moved and my sewing room is in shambles, but that's no excuse!

So anyway.  It's got a "hidden" pocket on the front there, which serves no really good purpose as I'm sure stuff probably falls out of it.  But I think it looks cute!  The back is the same as the front, only with no pocket.  There's a pocket on the inside which I put on an angle as I thought it went well with the crazy v-neck-ness of it all.  The strap tapers on one end, and I sewed it onto one end with a button.  I made the pattern myself, but I got some inspiration from a bag here on craftster!

whatcha think?  I think perhaps the fabric combinations are a little too "mature" for me, as I'm kind of a silly girl...but I still luvs it...
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Ideas needed for my Ugly Sweater Party! Oooooh yea on: February 05, 2008 12:39:55 PM
Hallo!  I'm hosting an ugly sweater party, where the only thing you really need to wear is the ugliest sweater you can find.  Only thing is, I've run out of ideas of fun things to do!

I bought a gingerbread man cookie cutter and we're going to have a "give your gingerbread man an ugly sweater" cookie decorating contest, but that's all I could think of...sweater related.  Some of the people invited are crafty, so one of them suggested making the tackiest craft possible with your ugly sweater (like a toilet seat cover), but I don't want to cut up my beautiful ugly sweater and half the guests wouldn't know where to begin...

And we'll be giving out three prizes...one for the ugliest sweater, one for the sweater that's so ugly it's cool, and I can't think of a third.  For the prizes we were thinking sweater themed, like a Bill Cosby book, or the Weezer album that has the Sweater song on it, but I'm trying to think of something cooler!  Perhaps a de-pilling sweater shaver...yeaaaaaaa

yarrrrr I wish my brain wasn't stuck...

Any help?  I know you ladies and gents can think of something amazing!  THANK YOU!!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / oooooh, it's damask! Matching purse and crochet hook holder on: May 21, 2007 01:55:58 PM
Actually, it's a dpn (double pointed knitting needles) holder I made for Ambraqi!  I was in a private swap with her in February, and we swapped a dpn holder for a lovely lovely scarf she made me.  Well, it took my lazy ass so long to make her dpn holder (it took me two flippin months....SO SORRY, ambraqi!!) that I felt really bad, so I made her a matching purse.  She loved the fabric, and she had one of those bags in her wists, so I thought it would be perfect.

So here they are!  I love the pirate fabric too, cute and funny!




Und the bag!  I used drapery fabric for the interior that I got at my local drapery store when they had their awesome gigantic sale.  I got over 50 yards of fabric for $20!!!!  Unfortunately, they only have a sale once a year, and it already passed.


thanks for looking, and thanks for doing a private swap with me, ambraqi, even though I was a lazy poohead!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Switch plate delight on: May 19, 2007 07:49:46 AM
Hallo!  I made these for a craft show coming up in June.  I picked out some swanky fabrics and cut the shapes out and used spray adhesive to stick them on the plates.  Then I cut slits in the holes and folded the edges in so that it had a nice finish to it.  I then brushed mod-podge over it all for a glossy finish.  Ah luvs them!  Now to convince the hubby to do it to all our switchplates!

The first one I added some puffy paint to some of the flowers.  The last one I spray mounted some a felt bird and felt plant to the front.  With the mod-podge it has a great hard-spongy kind of feeling.

These are just fabric covered.  I liked them the way they are, they're busy enough I think.  The apples one is very thin jersey fabric, so the glue kind of seeped through in bits and you can see splotchy bits.  Oh well!

thanks for looking!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red n Blue fold-over bag on: May 08, 2007 05:18:00 PM
Hallo!  I was rushing to make a red purse for my hubby's cousin's wedding, and I have this cool-ass bag on my wists and wanted to copy it:


So I made this one!  It's red corduroy and blue chintz.  I love the strap too, I put snaps on the ends so that you can remove it, although I don't like clutches so the strap is essential for moi.

yey bags!  It's pretty small, but it fits my keys, camera, lip balm, eye drops, mini harmonica, and my little solid perfume.  Hurrah!
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