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1  Re: The All Things Oz Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by piratelibrarian on: October 13, 2008 07:58:14 AM
Yeah...the hoody is at least loosely inspired by the flying monkey costume from the movie - were I any good at direct translations of anything I'd be working for the UN Wink

Here's a pic of the full front with my son in it.  He wants one now too.

It was a spur of the moment flash of inspiration that came to me at the fabric store to make it so when I was buying I was going by my memory image of the costume and not the real deal.  I completely forgot about the white bits which would have made it more obviously flying monkey-esque.  I'd never really worked with polar fleece before this project.  It was very forgiving in ways I hadn't imagined and unforgiving in ways I thought I had covered.  I think next time I choose to applique fleece to fleece I'll use quilter's spray adhesive or something to stabilize it.  If you lot have any suggestions in that capacity, I would appreciate them!
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2  fun with shrink plastic in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by piratelibrarian on: September 02, 2008 11:26:39 AM
The products of a lazy afternoon spent in lawn chairs drawing on shrink plastic:

They're all free-hand drawn on shrinky dinks bright white, which is nice stuff if you're horrible at remembering to do lettering backward, as I am.  We strung them all on organza ribbons or braided cording and took them to the market the next and sold loads of them!  The ones pictured are the leftovers.
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3  yoga mat bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by piratelibrarian on: August 15, 2008 09:13:15 AM
This was made a few months ago after the daughter came home from school and rather frantically told me that she had a birthday party to go to...the next day...and needed a present.  A trip to the local liquidators, a waltz through my stash and an hour of drafting/sewing later I produced this pretty, batik yoga mat bag for the birthday girl (and included a yoga mat, of course.)

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4  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by piratelibrarian on: August 15, 2008 09:06:31 AM
Here's a pic of my older baby, a refurb husky 500 computer.  She's about 13 years old now and works like a dream.

Here's my newer baby - another refurb bought as a gift from me to me with love for my birthday this year.

Gratuitous pussy shot - our recent rescue, Ypsilon, doing a 5 point check for me.  I don't dare lay a foot on that peddle until she's assured me all is safe and secure.  I'm pretty sure she was lecturing me about having beer in such close proximity to the cords in that shot.

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5  4 new pieces (lots 'o pics) in Beads: Completed Projects by piratelibrarian on: April 16, 2008 02:18:31 PM
I had an urge to bead a couple of weekends ago and here are the fruits of my labour:

A bamboo coral and black agate bracelet

...and the other side of said bracelet

A necklace to match (which really is more truly red than it shows in the picture - the red is that same as in the bracelet)

A fun little pearl bracelet

A pair mis-matched mother of pearl and vintage silver (which I polished ever-so-slightly to maintain the patina) earrings
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6  plaster & line drawings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by piratelibrarian on: February 19, 2008 08:33:42 AM
This plaster bandage mask used to be part of a Hallowe'en costume I put together a few years ago - I was the Baron Samedi and decidedly the creepiest thing to run into on the streets that night.  We decided it was artful enough to keep it around as a fixture in our living room.  Apparently it's still rather creepy.  Guests say the creep factor is increased by its position next to the thrifted mirror, one of two mirrors in our home:

And the following is a collaborative piece which came out of our last art night.  The son attended and found reprieve from the adultier (ei: boring in his world) conversations in glueing capacitors and other electronic bits to dollar store canvases then handing them off to the rest of us for completion.  This is the one handed to me - just sharpied line drawing in a rather obsessive manner and currently sported by our ancient coffee table:

We're calling it 'primordial cream of mushroom soup'
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7  Re: An army of stockings in Winter Holidays by piratelibrarian on: December 24, 2007 05:22:00 AM
Here are eleven of them all done:

Turned out I was to make 21 in all but many of them left the house before I got a chance to get pictures of them.  They've been well received so far, even had someone commission a whole set for her family for next year Smiley
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8  An army of stockings in Winter Holidays by piratelibrarian on: December 16, 2007 06:06:54 AM
Our family has created a tradition of making stockings, filling them with homemade goodies and giving them to friends and family as Christmas gifts.  Each year when they come to visit they bring their stockings back to be refilled with more homemade goodies.  I thought I was finished with the stocking-making about three years ago.

This year I was presented with the unique & wonderful challenge of finding/making a gift for my best friend's boyfriend whom I have met only once.  So then I thought 'well...I've made stockings for everyone else, I should make one for him' which lead to me remembering that when I was about to present the stocking to the best friend (3 years ago now) I discovered his stocking, along with one I was about to give another friend, had been destroyed and the contents had been eaten by my dog.  So I thought I had better replace the damaged stocking too, which lead to me thinking about all of the new friends we've acquired (largely through my romantic interest moving in) and how they should have stockings too.

Needless to say, what started as a relatively quick and painless project has turned into a full on frenzy to get the count of 18 stockings needing to be made done by Christmas.

Here are a few which are done so far:

The stripey/moire one is for the best friend.  The plaid one is for his lovely new boyfriend.  They're stuffed in that pic as we did our Christmas with the best friend yesterday so they look a little lumpy-bumpy but I assure you they're nicely shaped when not stuffed.

Those 5 are for other friends and family.  I wasn't 100% sure about the shape of those ones, when I drafted it I wanted the booty ones to look a little Dr. Seussesque and I think I achieved that and they're growing on me.  I was mostly concerned with finding fabrics and trims which spoke to the person each one would go to so each one is different...it's a good thing I've got a really big stash.

There are a few more which are finished and others in various stages of done-ness but I think I'll have them all done in time.
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9  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by piratelibrarian on: November 27, 2007 08:02:53 AM
OKay...it didn't actually take me a week and a half to get this thing under control.  I was, in fact, finished the day I started then got busy filling orders and shopping and having my mum foist free supplies from auctions upon me (which obviously needed new homes too) so of course it's a wee bit more of a mess than it was 2 fridays ago but it's far more organized than it was.

Without further ado, here it is:

Look!  Floors!  And a plugged in sewing machine!

Things having homes!  And the sewing machine is still plugged in!

More things having homes!  The big empty space on the shelf is where my embroidery stuff goes (which is just to the right on the chest.) The mess on the chest is stuff which will be going into a swap I'm hosting this evening so I don't feel too badly about them not having a home at the moment.

One funny from the experience was that I had a big rubbermaid bin under my desk which hadn't been opened in a long time as I thought I knew that it contained pillows.  Well I actually opened it and found my ginormous stash of dupioni and Thai silks.  That was a nice surprise Smiley

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10  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by piratelibrarian on: November 16, 2007 01:35:10 PM
So the studio (or the ADD) is winning.  I got a bunch of it cleaned up and decided I needed some spiffy new pin cushions and a pretty bin for all of my sharp, scissory things:

But that's stash busting and giving homes to things which would otherwise be relegated to stuffy, pants plastic containers, right?  Right?
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