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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mexican folkart inspired frame on: February 04, 2012 02:11:12 PM

I made this frame for the awesome Gocco print of a calavera Buddy Holly my friend gave me for Christmas. The sacred heart/microphone is glitter craft foam. The bottlecaps are filled with old 45's labels and black glitter. I am proud to say that the only purchase I made to finish this project were the epoxy stickers in the bottlecaps. Of course, the rest barely dented my stash... I think I have to make more!

To give credit where credit is due, the print was made by Jose Pulido and purchased on Etsy.

What do you all think?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cutting a bias skirt pattern on the straight grain? on: July 28, 2011 10:40:41 PM
I own this dress: http://heartbreakerfashion.com/dresses/aimee-dress/aimee-dress-dandy.html and am working on recreating it in a different colorway.  I am using Vogue 9668 (OOP) which is nearly an exact match, but it calls for a bias cut four panel skirt.  The dress I own has an a-line skirt cut on the straight grain.  I like the way it hangs and would prefer to save a little material. What should I do to convert the skirt pattern piece (other than the obvious elimination of the center seam)?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Purse of the Sacred Heart on: September 21, 2007 06:43:03 PM
I made this for a friend's birthday.  She grew up Catholic, and still collects Catholic iconography in its varied forms.  Now she has a Sacred Heart of her very own!

It's made of squeaky acrylic from my stash, with some metallic-y cotton stuff (Knit Cro-Sheen, maybe?) for the flames, regular and metallic embroidery floss for the thorns, and Czech fire-polish faceted beads for the droplets of blood.

Of course I forgot to take pics of the cream velvet lining and the little red zipper, and to include any sort of size reference.  It's about 5 1/2" at it's widest point, just big enough to hold  tiny cell phone and a few dollars, maybe a lipstick, too.  I kind of wish I'd kept it!

What do you think?  Other than the fact that I take lousy pictures... Roll Eyes
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Scaling up vintage patterns? on: June 28, 2007 07:46:37 PM
I can't for the life of me find the site that explains how to do this.  Anybody able to help me out?
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Marie Antoinette, la Reine de France on: October 30, 2006 09:16:04 AM

Here I am in all my glory.  I made everything you see except the wig and the stockings.  I did dye the feathers and do all the trims on the wig, as well as powder the wig (rather poorly).  I used a modifed J.P.Ryan pet-en-l'air/robe francaise pattern for the main robe and petticoat, a heavily modified Butterick pattern for the stays, and I used the instructions from www.marquise.de for the chemise, except with short sleeves and a stationary pleated neckline rather than a drawstring.  The embroidery on the stomacher is stemstitch and beads. The shoes are reconstucted to better resemble 18th century shoes, and I made little "diamond" shoe buckles.   My favorite part, though, is the necklace, which is beaded to look like blood droplets, and bears the legend "les permettre de manger du gateau".  That, of course, means "Let them eat cake."

And please pardon the slightly bemused expression and the more than slighly crooked trim on the skirt - 2 a.m. on one's birthday is not the best time to decide to craft...
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Arrgh! Booty! on: August 28, 2006 04:00:49 PM
My friend's pirate-themed going away party gave me a little too much license to create the following:
And here she is attmepting to slice it with a prop sword:

The cake was a double chocolate cake with hazelnut meringue, bittsweet ganache, and Frangelico buttercream icing.  It was covered in a mrbled semi-and-bittersweet choclate sugarpaste (rolled fondant) and "filled" with assorted metallic-wrapped candies and gold-dusted candy necklaces.  The sand is left-over ground hazelnuts mixed with light brown sugar.  Time constraints prevented me from getting better shots of it.  Okay, that's not entirely true.  A little too much grog contributed.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / It's about darned time - a tiny strawberry skirt on: September 21, 2005 06:36:30 PM
I finally got around to taking some pictures and adding them to Craftster, so my 1st show of my stuff is rather overdo

It would be better displayed if she could stand unassissted.
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