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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lady Gaga costume on: October 23, 2010 11:39:41 PM
This costume was inspired by Gaga, rather than it being a repro of one of her dresses. I needed to come up with a costume for a teen dance where I work and was down to the wire. Suddenly I has a flash of inspiration and I came up with this. I had a lot of fun making it and really like how it turned out.

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bag for my Diana camera on: October 11, 2010 04:24:32 PM
I finished this last week. I wanted a small bag to carry my camera in and a roll of film or two. I was in such a hurry to finish,that I didn't take process pics. Maybe next time:)

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted strap for my Lomography camera on: September 13, 2010 06:12:23 PM
Hi everyone! I just bought myself a Lomo camera: the Diana F+ and I'm experimenting with it. I love it so far, but the plastic strap it came with is not the most comfortable on my neck, so I decided to knit a cover for it. I'm happy with how it turned out, but I had to sew it around the plastic one. I want to come up with a way to make some I can change it when I get bored.
 Thanks for looking!

14  California / California: South / Join the Riot, Craft Riot, that is!In West Hollywood 12/5/09! on: December 03, 2009 01:57:19 AM
The word on the street is...Craft Riot is back and it's better than ever!
Shop for friends and family at this one-of-a-kind WeHo event and discover some amazing artists who create beautiful handcrafted items. There are over 60 vendors this year, including the ever-popular TEEN CENTER Craft Booth.
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Admission only $3

Who doesn't like swag?The first 50 people in line get a free swag bag stuffed silly with freebies and items from vendors.
Like raffles? We do too.
NEW this year is the Vendor Scavenger Hunt. Locate a list of vendors while you shop, get them to stamp your scavenger hunt card, and when you're all done, submit it for raffles throughout the day. You'll have multiple chances to win prizes and items donated by vendors.
Want more?
The Urban Craft Center will be having FREE craft workshops where you get to try needle felting and embroidery. The best part is you get to take your creation home with you!
The very best part?
The proceeds from the $3 entrance fee and all the sales in the Teen Center Booth will be donated to this year's WeHo Toy Drive!

15  California / California: South / Join the Riot!!! on: September 17, 2009 08:16:15 PM
The City of West Hollywood will be having its second annual "Craft Riot" this December 5th, 2009 from 11:00a.m. to 5p.m.! This is a perfect opportunity to do your all your holiday shopping and help support some unique local businesses.  Items sold at the event are handmade by the artists and include beautiful jewelry, stationery, household items, and various other offerings.

 The day will include raffles, food, childrens craft area, and entertainment.  The entrance fee is only $3 and the first 50 people in line will receive a goody bag with freebies, including some donated by vendors at the event.  Shocked The admission fees will benefit the City of West Hollywood Toy Drive.  The "Craft Riot" will take place at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood 90046

Hope to see you there!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / One-of- a-kind Art t-shirts on: July 11, 2009 08:37:27 PM
I've been inspired as of late, so in order to take advantage of it, I've started working on a few projects. One of them is making t-shirts for my nephews. A while back I picked up a bunch of plain white t's for a dollar each and although I didn't know what I would do with them, I stocked up!  Huh
I made these a while back using spray paint, acrylic paint with fabric medium, and some homemade stencils(The Mona Lisa and Darth Vader I got on-line, but I can't remember where!). He absolutely loved them and my sister tells me they're his favorites to wear because his "tia" (aunt) made them special for him

And here's the latest one. I basically cut out the monsters freehand out of felt and used embroidery thread to applique them on to the shirt.I have a few other ideas rolling around in my head for the next ones.

Thanks for looking!
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Van Gogh drawing exercise on: June 18, 2009 11:24:51 PM
I recently rediscovered a huge coffee table book of Van Gogh's complete works that I got as a gift. I was inspired and started trying to redraw some of his work using permanent markers. I mostly did it as a drawing exercise to study the way he uses color and texture, but now I'm hooked. Here's my first attempt: The Artist's Bedroom. I also added another work in progress. I'll post the finished product as soon as I'm done. I would love to get some feedback.Thanks for checking it out!

I like it, but of course,all I see are the things I would do differently.

I'm so impatient. I want it done now!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Recycled Faux Leather Magazine/Book Holder w/lots of pics on: May 10, 2009 12:41:48 AM
Hi everyone! This is my first project post, so bear with me... Smiley

I have 2 cats and the litter I use comes in a cardboard box.  They started piling up (quickly!), but I felt bad throwing them away, so I kept them thinking about what to do with them  Huh. Finally, it came to me! I've seen how-to's on re-purposing cereal boxes into magazine holders, but they always seemed flimsy to me.The boxes I had turned out to work perfectly for this because they're so sturdy.

Here's the result. Thanks for looking! Smiley

1.empty cardboard box
2.brown paper
4.x-acto knife
6.gel medium(or white glue, thinned a little with water)
7.wood stain
9.acrylic paint(burnt umber,yellow oxide)
10.paper towels or old rags

After cutting the box diagonally,I cumpled the brown paper(you can use paper bags) and then cut a piece large enough to fit the the cardboard. Leave enough to wrap over the edges. Glue the paper down using the gel medium(or glue).The more wrinkles the better.

After I wrapped the outside I cut pieces to line the inside with. You can skip this part, which I did on my first sample, but having it unlined drove me crazy...my OCD acting up  I coated the surfaces with a couple of layers of gel medium, letting it dry between coats.

Take the acrylic paint and dab it all over with the brush, letting the colors blend on the surface of the paper. Wipe off any excess paint as you go along.You'll end up with dark and light spots in the wrinkles of the paper.

Then I took the stain and wiped it all over the box. I did this a couple of times.The stain gives it a little bit of a shine and adds depth to the different shades of brown.( You really can't tell the difference yet, but you'll see the effect in the final pictures)

Here it is after the extra coats of stain. I also added a couple of coats of gel medium for extra shine and protection. BTW, the height of the front of the holder is 4".

I really like the seam in the back for some reason.

I love all the texture.

I love how it turned out.I ended up making 5 of them in an assembly line and it went pretty quickly. I also made the leftover scraps I cut off the box into small holders to store cards or cds. I have yet more boxes, but I'm thinking about using a turquoise(y)milk paint and white acrylic for an antiqued look.

I would love any feedback you might have!

19  California / California: South / Sewing machine repair shop near Koreatown? on: May 06, 2009 10:25:49 AM
I have two sewing machines I've neglected in desperate need of a tuneup. Does anyone know of a good repair shop near Koreatown in Los Angeles? Thanks for your help! My machines thank you as well!
20  California / California: South / FREE art vent! West Hollywood May 16 on: April 24, 2009 01:04:16 PM
Hello everyone! Here's some info about an event I'm helping put together. We're happy to be able to offer this event to the community, especially in these cash-strapped times.Hope you can join us!

The City of West Hollywood celebrates its 2nd annual Chalk Art in the Park Saturday, May 16th, 2009 from 11a.m.-4p.m.  Chalk Art in the Park is an exciting FREE event designed to celebrate the creativity of our community and promote the importance of public art, as well as providing a safe place for families to gather.  We will provide pastels and a goody bag, generously donated by Whole Foods in support of Chalk Art in the Park, to the first 100 participants; all you need to bring is your imagination! There will also be raffles throughout the day. The Chalk Art Contest is open to all ages and abilities. Be sure to reserve your spot beginning April 11th at the Plummer Park office.   Plummer Park is located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Sign up early because space is limited! For more information please call: (323) 848-6530.

Send me a convo if you would like me to add you with: Your name, phone number, age, and whether you would like to participate in the Chalk Art Contest.If you need more than one square, let me know and I'll see what we can do.


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