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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: insert lame sailor joke here on: July 04, 2006 09:07:05 PM
that is friggin hot!  and to that end, so are you, charles! it looks awesome on you.  great work!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro whirl away dress! on: April 13, 2006 09:20:18 AM
could this dress be more frickin adorable?  answer:  hell no!!  Cheesy

you look fantastic in it, wow, what an awesome job! a lot of times when people make stuff reconstructed from sheets, i feel like the pattern doesn't totally work with the design of the garment itself, but in your case they look **brilliant** together!

what kind of dump do you have where you live that (a.) you're allowed to roam around in it and (b.)somehow, things don't get all mucked up?  i live in brooklyn, so neither is true here by a longshot.  the pattern looks like it was in good shape to have been found in a dump.  if you don't mind, could you please tell the story of how excited you were when you found the pattern?  because such stories of found trash are like porn to me.  Grin

also, i love that you made this with your grandma.  it makes me miss my gramma jean, who was an amazing seamstress (sadly, my sewing machine skills are real crappy...ok, nonexistant).  i wanna see a pic of her too, haha

one more thing - sorry about this being the longest post ever, i just had tea and i am excited for you - i don't entirely get the "whirl-away" concept.  you're not ever really supposed to wear the dress "whirled-away", are you?  i mean, it's not convertible or anything, just a catchy name...?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: yarrr! jaunty hooded nautical tee on: April 13, 2006 09:08:21 AM
that is bad-ass.

you look great in it too...i like your little tough sailor-y expression in the pic with the hood up.

reall nice work, you must be feeling the delicious i-made-it-myself high.  enjoy!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first hippie style dress on: April 13, 2006 08:59:51 AM
hey weeza,

i totally dig your dress - it came out great!  i love that you used different colors & patterns but they harmonize in such a way that the whole dress isn't too "busy".  i also love the structure of it...the vertical stripes of different patterns and then the double ruffle at the bottom.  it looks way long, are you really tall?  (at 5'3", pretty much everyone's lookin "really tall" from here, heh)

anyway, very exciting about the baby...hope you're feeling great and good luck with all that!  maybe you can post a pic of you holding the baby while wearing the dress, a coupla weeks from now : )  i would love to see it!

love from brooklyn,
r.p.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Easy short-sleeve baseball tees on: March 13, 2006 03:59:15 PM
hey miss american pie,

those look great!  i love how raglan tshirts fit me, too (you know, with the sleeves stitched in on an angle like that)...do you have "before" pics showing what you made these out of?  did you stitch by hand or with a machine?  i'd never know they were re-con jobs and the fit is very flattering!

would love more details/pics.

nice work!

r.p.

p.s.  i noticed your version of "favourite" has a "u" in it, making me think that despite your name, maybe you're from UK someplace, or australia?  : )  where do you live?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: little screenprinted boat tote on: February 21, 2006 05:40:28 PM
hey, that's gorgeous!  beautiful design (color choice, bag shape, layout of prints) and really professional looking.  your friend is gonna be totally impressed.  that's a fantastic gift!!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: iPod case from Pocky box! yay! on: February 21, 2006 05:37:08 PM
just wanted to chime in with the rest and say, how cool!  figured you wouldn't mind hearing it again Smiley

forgive me if you (or someone else) mentioned this in another post, i didn't read all of them, but just a thought - if you wanted to make it more durable, you could carefully wrap the box in clear packing tape to reinforce it, or paint or spray it with shellac. 
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bleached Photo Box on: February 21, 2006 05:33:55 PM
hey, good times!  thanks for sharing Smiley  all kinds of potential in this one!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / cell phone bag on: February 21, 2006 05:30:53 PM
hello friends!  i haven't posted anything in a long while so it is with great pleasure that i present you with my new celly bag:



i will now cut 'n' paste what i wrote about it on my flickr page here.  (who doesn't like a good shortcut?  Smiley ):

                            _____________________________________

In between practicing the dance from Napolean Dynamite, I crafted this wee cell phone bag. I've been wanting one for a while - my phone's always buried at the bottom of all my crap - colored pencils and cameras and notebooks and snotty tissues and what-have-you. Now it has it's own easy-access proper home. The strap is heavy-duty velcro'd so it can be moved from one bag to another. And the price was right - 100% free, 'cause I happened to have all the materials around.

They are:
- busted pair of jeans (I hoard them to be harvested for stuff like this)
- orange embroidery floss; turquoise for the inside (because I ran outta the orange - but I dig how it looks)
- velcro, salavaged from another project gone awry (I had just enough to finish this - it holds the flap closed and attaches the strap to the back)
- E-6000 glue (top notch, in my experience, for heavy-duty stuff like velcro you'll open and close a lot -- but watch those fumes, they creep up on ya!)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! shoelaces from Payless -- got 'em a while back, knew they'd come in handy someday! I love how they worked on this.
- Sobo glue (to attach trim to front and back) - could've used E-6000, but felt like the fumes were starting to affect my genes. : )
- clear nail polish (for sealing the edges of the denim to prevent them from eventually unravelling)
- random button (it's purely decorative, gives some "finish" to the end of the trim there)
                        ______________________________

There was an attempted break-in to our apartment this past weekend.  No one was hurt and nothing was taken (except a package from a friend left in the hallway - annoying, but replaceable) - we weren't home, and the dead-bolt saved the day.  But they mangled the hell out of our door, and the whole thing left me feeling shaken with an aftertaste of bummed out.

Isn't it amazing how crafting stuff makes you feel better??

Hope you like the bag, and hope all's well where you are!

Good vibes from Brooklyn  Kiss
r.p.

p.s.  maybe i'm a lameass and i just didn't see it in the profile options, but if somebody wanted to share how to change my icon pic, that'd be great...thanks!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: More photo's of the Chicken Chaple/ IMAGE HEAVY on: January 03, 2006 10:55:21 PM
yo BadBird, where are the christmas light shots?  : )

also...it delights me that you and jean are 43 and 53, respectively...sometimes i feel like as a culture, we perpetuate a lotta messages like, if you don't do such-and-such-a-thing by such-an-such-an-age, you've somehow "missed the boat" and it's "too late".  you know what i mean?  sometimes i feel like i'm surrounded by a lot of "i could, but..." kind of energy.  i love seeing people doing all kinds of things at all kinds of ages.  especially making art for art's sake...or taking this crazy thing in your head and making it real...it's encouraging on so many levels.

also, it makes me feel like i have a little time to attempt to catch up to you.  the projects i've seen of yours are off-the-hook cool! : D

happy new year from a late bloomer,
r.p.
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