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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Converse All Star Chuck Taylors that don't fit! on: December 25, 2005 11:36:42 PM
My dad has pretty much lived for the past 15 years in converse, so you can imagine that there are old, holey ones that sit in the garage.  His are size 9( Shocked i no! And I can't wear them, being a size 4.5 teehee! ) low cut in a light blue colour- not quite sky blue, think more along the lines of faded-after-wear-dark-blue. I want to try and use as much of everything as I can, but so far I only have slight ideas for the cloth part.  I want stuff that I can use often, nothing artiful that will just sit ontop of my bookshelf with the rest of my art stuff. I have (I think, unless they are too scratched up) THREE pairs to work with, and since he has big feet thats a lot of cloth. A couple of things i thought might work are the converse wristband (I'm not really a punky or anything like that, so it might not really be "me")or somes sort of pencil case/purse/wristlet that would be just scraps sewn together. I hope I gave you a good idea of where I stand! Any suggestions would be apprieciated!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pet Pictures Swap? on: November 21, 2005 11:01:42 PM
I just got an idea that I do love myself as I was playing with my puppy. I'm not sure if there has ever been a swap such as this, but I'll put it out there/ relive it. Onwards! Don't we all love are faithful companions, and do very much enjoy showing them off? Why not have a swap where You send 5 or so of your favourite pictures of your pet, and your swap buddy can make things based on/using these pictures? Of course there may be some technical difficulties with people who don't have access to cameras / can't take a good picture for the life of them. In that case, you could (if you have artistic abilities) draw a picture, or for people with pets that are similar looking between breeds, find another picture for them to use as an example. (Or have someone else take a picture.) Some ideas to make WITH the pictures would be journals, bags, lockets, etc. Since I'm still a very very newborn to these boards, and in a sense crafting, I wouldn't be up for making a swap. I just felt it might be good to let the idea out and if anyone wants to they can take over.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tshirt recon sleeves? on: November 19, 2005 11:48:38 PM
I reconstructed a shirt from a regular old T-shirt. Since I'm not done, and I have questions, I'm posting it here.

Since it was a regular T, the sleeves are all plain and big and boring. The shirt in its new form is sort of elegant, and I don't know how to sew up the sleeve so it matches and it isn't too tight (my arms skinny, and that just wouldn't look good considering its form with the rest.) anyone have any ideas of how to make the blah T-shirt sleeves into a more err.. 'sophisticated' but simple sleeve? Answers much appreciated, as I had coffee and I'm wired so I'll be up all night.
PS ask any questions since its highly likely I confused you. oh and sorry the pics are so small, I had to take it with my webcam and I was very very confused.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / big ruffles on dress help! on: October 20, 2005 10:45:41 PM
I am trying to make a similiarish dress to this. I bought a dress at the salvation army which i fitted, and I bought cloth and the thingy... you no... (i totally no what I'm talking about!) what tutus are made out of? Ya that. Any ideas how i should make it? My dad was thinking to sew the two cloths together then ruffle it, but are there any other ideas? Any patterns I could follow? Any help would be great! Thanks!
PS sorry for the pic which doesn't show the whole dress. If you watch the What are you waiting for Music Video by Gwen stefani you can get an idea.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / newbie's quick barbie stuff (v v exciting...) on: October 15, 2005 09:34:03 PM
This was about a year ago, but my friend was visiting from out of town, and we decided to attack barbie dolls!! First, with much amusement we wiped the pink lipstick and baby blue eyes of the plastic thing. We did this with nail polish remover, if memory serves me correctly. Then we used the thinnest brushes i could find and painted faces on them again! I no my doll is not very creative, and actually looks (somewhat) like an original. I'm sure people with more creative minds would do wonderful stuff with great precision. Then, we found a pair of my old tights (man i loved them!) and took some string and needles and sewed dresses right on em! Later I also made a marilyn monroe type top (from the famous blowing-up-from grate-thingy pose) later on (around december?) They are masterpieces I know (starts to cough) but i just thought I could post em and other people would try similar techniques! I bet people would do wicked stuff paint on barbie's face!  Well here ya go, the pics!
this I did after my friend left. Sorry its sorta blurry  here's a full shot of the doll I did! Yes the face. I could lsit a lot of things that need fixing... And the Marilyn Monroe top.
I know, a thirteen year old with barbie dolls. Mainly they sit at the bottom of my closet in a box. I should donate them, but i'm a pack rat. I can't bare to part with something holding so many memories.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / under a minute headbands! first post! :) *added pics* on: October 15, 2005 11:24:03 AM
You know for school how you need to cover your books? Usually people will buy those stretchy book covers that go for about $1.00 or so at Back-to-School stores. Well, if you have found no need for them anymore, you can just cut them up and create stretchy headbands!! Even though the edge is sorta not good quality, I'm sure those very crafty and good at sewing people would be able to find away. I can't find my camera, so I guess everyone is left to there imaginations... You may be very confused by what I'm saying, but i promise im not insane. Edit: I found the camera!
the desk wearing hedbandmy head yay!
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