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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A pinupy Wonder Woman Costume on: November 01, 2010 02:37:32 PM
edited because I didn't like the thumbnail

I always sort of pick my halloween costume on a whim, but because I insist that my sister, the Mr. and I wear related costumes it leads to some complicated places. I decided around the beginning of October I wanted to be Wonder Woman.

Here I am, in the least creepy full length picture of the costume.

The friend standing next to me is pregnant, and I am unabashedly molesting her belly in all of the group shots. I made pretty much everything except the red tights and the tank top that the red top is attached to, including the shoe covers and the fabric for the skirt.

This is a reasonably good photo of the top and accessories. For anyone who nee to attach a head piece, I recommend the beauty supply store. There are clips designed to hold in hair extensions and they are without equal for keeping something on your head for an entire evening.

I feel like it is important to note that it is near impossible to get blue fabric with white stars on short notice this time of year, so that skirt was a feat of spray paint and freezer paper.

My sister is dressed as "Crazy Catwoman" and had stuffed cats tied to her belt with string so that they would drag around her ankles all night.


Finishing with me and The Mr. He is the green lantern, although I woke up late and didn't have time to paint on his mask.

Hope you like it!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / not really a standard baby quilt. on: June 16, 2010 08:36:06 PM
I made this for some friends who had a baby. Her name is Nova, so I put the stars on it. If I am able to find the picture of it fully finished, I used the stars as guides for the actual quilting. It's got about an inch of batting in it, so it was a little difficult to do the quilting, but I have received reports that it is the most absorbant quilt that she owns.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First attempt at GothicLo (although it looks more old west Saloon girl) on: June 16, 2010 10:27:19 AM
I made this dress as the final package for the MAF5 swap. My partner,kitkat_pro had a couple of awesome Gothic Lolita dresses on her wist and I tried to recreate the aesthetic. I'm not sure how well I did, but I definitely broke in my ruffler foot on it.
A slightly blurry picture of the dress front.

A hurried picture of the rear and the mini top hat I made to match.

Detail on the bodice.

I wasn't at home when I finished this dress, so I couldn't get a picture on the mannequin. A ruffler foot spoils you and makes hand ruffling seem like torture, FYI.

C&C appreciated (particularly from makers of Gothic Lolita items.)
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Snazzy beltbuckle for SwitchbladeShane on: June 16, 2010 10:14:50 AM
I made this belt buckle for a lover of kitsch for his graduation.


Those are winged specs, dice and Schlitz cans. And purple sequins.

Originally, it looked like:

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Something I loved from my childhood that could never destory us. Mr. Stay Puft. on: November 01, 2009 10:31:45 AM
I was told by our friends that the guy to beat at the halloween party for best costume was the FSM last year. We had our work cut out for us.
The whole deal.


Face detail.
Getting going.

It was unseasonably warm, and my husband almost got heatstroke (there's a lot of layers and padding), but he was a trooper. We won the costume contest this year and got a bottle of homemade wine!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Please help (ATTENTION ATTIC DWELLERS!) on: May 31, 2009 09:03:10 PM
I spent my early years as a basement dweller, and now that my husband and I have found an gorgeous attic apartment, it would seem I've switched to being a permanent attic dweller (This is the first).

The challenge with this apartment is all related to the roof.

Because it's the attic, the only vertical walls are the ones separating rooms. The highest part of the ceiling is about 20' high. There are dormers with windows in just about all of the rooms.

Any ideas for how to paint?
How do I hang my pictures?

This is the layout:
Orange lines are 4' half walls (except the platform which is like 8")
Green lines are the ceiling pitch.

The apartment is huge. The size on the kitchen side is off. I didn't measure when we went to look.

Thank you for the help!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / electronic stash organization? on: November 29, 2008 12:38:44 PM
Does anyone use one of the (two?) electronic stash organizing programs?

My husband wants to develop one for me and I'm wondering if it might just be cheaper (and faster) to buy one?

I'm looking at the Wild Ginger one and was wondering if anyone had pros and cons on how it works.
Does it seem practical?

Also, if he were to develop one, is it something any of you guys would be interested in nor would it just be a party of me and my mom using it?

I explained the idea a little better here.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Is this something that would be useful? on: November 21, 2008 05:23:16 AM
My uber geek husband and I came up with a website idea that is essentially an organizing tool for patterns. The idea is to have a database of patterns so users ca keep track of the patterns they own and ideally be able to text a pattern number, type of pattern or piece of the pattern info and find out if they own the pattern, what size they have it in, etc, to avoid rebuying patterns (which I do a lot). I was also thinking of adapting it to fiber work patterns and floss stocks.

The question: Would this even be something people could use? I know i would, and my mother could finally retire her little pocket notebook of pattern numbers, but does anyone even care about buying duplicate patterns?Would I need special permissions to do it with the info and under what circumstances would I need those permissions (i.e. if we upload photos of the pattern envelope or peices, if there is a fee associated, if it is a public program)?

Or even any thoughts on where I would start looking for this info?

Thank you guys!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / MuffinMerge 08 (more pictures that everposted prieviously) on: November 11, 2008 01:47:09 PM

The centerpieces. which were all put together by friends while I was getting dressed. That picture is from our friends Jay and Liz's wedding last spring. There were pictures of our families and friends.

Favors, with the instructional "put the pictures here" cards

Our program board, in lieu of many paper programs

The other favors...The minimuffin buffet. I made the plates from random cut glass pieces.

What the bridesmaid outfit generally looked like, as modeled by my youngest sister. I made the sashes, people chose their own black dresses (although it was aparently a navy year in retail because we had the hardest time finding plain black dresses.)

My attire (I made these):

Head accoutrement

This is to show my shoes (spraypainted from brown leather to wonderful sparkly blue) ... And my husband.

I also made the bouquets and boutineers and the mom corsages.

Other Fun things made by:

Cake by my sister (raspberry and white chocolate with buttercream frosting) and a topper purchased from melabo on etsy.

Helper presents by me and photoshop.

My ring from shade jewelry on etsy

Basler Buffet... Made by my dad and Family.

Dear lord, that's a lot of stuff. PM me if you want tutes on any of the made stuff, I can either provide one or send you the one I used.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Alice, the white rabbit, the cheshire Ca(i)t on: November 02, 2008 08:52:27 PM
I am one of those people who insists on dressing people up in contextual costumes. This year my husband and my sister fell into my clutches. He dicided the costume therme on wednesday.
All of us together.
The cheshire Ca(i)t

From the Rear

This is the best closeup I have of my husband's costume... It came out very cute.
The rear. My husband made his tail.

I am most proud of his jacket/vest because when I acquired it, it was a very illfiting single breast suit jacket from my dad.

Over all, I feel like I did ok on 2 days notice. And we had a great time. Also, my sister's name is cait... SO that would make some sense.
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