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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Flash back to 1989, 18 and Life plays on the radio... on: May 20, 2009 09:13:07 PM
...You have just used half of a can of aquanet hairspray to make you bangs stand straight up and every so slightly curled the ends over and teased them into an enormous bush to top off you spiral perm.  Heavily applied black liner accents your eyes and about 100 black jelly bracelets adorn your wrists.
You open up your copy of Metal Edge and see Sebastian Bach from Skid Row in super tight jeans and a leather jacket and know that you must use this picture for your "word art" assignment in your high school art class.

The full drawing on white drawing paper with a sharpie marker

Here's a detail, the lyrics from all the songs on their self titled album are included in this drawing.
I have to thank my Mother for saving this since 1989, she recently brought me a bunch of my old art projects and this one was my favorite.  She called it "that lady with the words"
Thanks for looking and please tell me I'm not the only one who loved this band! Grin
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fertility Goddess Shrine on: April 22, 2009 01:14:26 PM
The back story to this project is my friend Christy Nelson has a monthly craft challenge, (packets are $5.00) and she has some pretty cool prizes, so I decide to join in.  The April packet included a piece of green felt, a piece of burlap, two cloths pins, some rhinestones, and four green paper circles.  The rules are that you can make anything that you want, but you have to use at least a little bit of everything in the packet.
After playing around with the cloths pins I decided to make a fertility Goddess shrine.

I made the outer box from cereal boxes laminated together and shaped around a can.  I used the felt, paper circles and rhinestones to decorate the interior.

I used the burlap to decorate the outside and to make the hair for the Goddess figure

The Goddess is my favorite part, the shape of a dissected clothes pin inspired the entire project and I used polymer clay to accent it.  I used part of the other cloths pin to make the feet for the shrine.  If you want to see some of the other fabulous entries check out the flickr gallery.
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Balinese Filigree Pendant on: April 15, 2009 02:17:14 PM
I have a lot of left over bits from making mokume gane, clay with flecks of gold leaf and different shades of one color, just little scraps, so I decided to make them into a Balinese filigree pendant.

This is the second one I have made, the other one was for the last bargain hunter swap(round 6)  I really like this technique and I don't have to sand these I just buff them with the dremel Grin

Here's what it looked like before I added the texture and baked it (darn that crappy light over my work table!!!, terrible for photos)  There are a few more photos on my blog.
Thanks for looking Cheesy
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mokume Gane Votive Holder on: April 07, 2009 09:18:44 AM
I've been trying to find new things to cover with mokume gane and I decided to try a candle holder.

It came out really well and since the candle holder was so thick sanding was super easy.

I think I'll have to make a black and silver one next.

It was hard to show what it looks like when lit, this is the best I could get.  It gives off a soft violet glow and the gold leaf sparkles on the inside.
I have a tutorial on my blog for anyone who would like to try mokume gane themselves.
Thanks for looking Smiley.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Turkish Vest from Pop tabs on: April 01, 2009 07:54:06 AM
I did a personal swap with Tiffany(mieljolie) for the pattern for her Turkish Vest from pop tabs, she was even nice enough to alter it to fit my larger size.

From the front it really frames the girls.

Here's the back, I still need to add bells and coins around the bottom and a chain across the back, but I was so excited I had to share it now Grin
The pop tab "fabric" is really comfortable and stretchy, I was surprised!  I can't wait to wear this out.  There are a couple more pics on my blog.
She also sent me one of her paper mache witch's boots.

Comments and Questions always welcome Wink
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bottlecap Pincushions on: March 24, 2009 10:10:53 AM
I started making bottlecap pincushions in January, I was going through some stuff and working on them helped me to relax.  They are a great little distraction, I highly recommend them for crafting therapy Grin.
I just finished this one today, it's a ladybug on a lotus like flower (more pictures here on my blog ). 

I used a larger bottlecap from a 1 liter soda bottle for this one.

I also made these from smaller 20 oz. soda caps.  Once you start making these you look at the caps on everything, I have a collection of different sized small plastic lids and containers just waiting to be made into pincushions. Wink
It's a great way to practice/try embroidery and even if your stitches aren't perfect (mine surely aren't) you still have a really cute pincushion!
I found instructions and inspiration on craftstylish and I just googled embroidery stitches to find pictures of stitches.
Thanks for looking, comments always appreciated!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / How to Make a Simple Smock Apron Complicated on: March 22, 2009 01:09:09 PM
I wanted to make myself a smock apron, but I wanted it to be flattering.  I started out with the free smock pattern from sewmamasew.  I knew that I would need to alter the pattern quite a bit to get it to fit.  I made a test garment after the initial adjustments (you can see how that went here). 
I fixed the neckline and thought I was finished so I cut out to actual garment.  Things went well until I sewed the sides and shoulder seams together.  I ended up with extra fabric between the shoulder and the bust (see it here).
I ended up using darts in the armpits to get rid of the extra fabric.

I am happy with how it came out, but I would like to try it again and I don't know how to fix the extra armpit fabric problem without armpit darts.  Does anyone know how to fix that?  I was thinking I would need to redraw the front of the pattern and use princess seams, but I am not sure if that would work either Sad
I would love some suggestions from all you craftsters, let me know what you think.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / '70's Caftan into Chic Caftan on: February 20, 2009 07:54:48 AM
I bought this caftan at a yard sale last fall for a dollar or two.  There was an enormous amount of fabric and I knew I could do something with it!

Lovely, isn't it.  BTW I am almost 6 feet tall, so imagine the amount of fabric here.
I saw McCalls Pattern 5628 and thought that it would work really well with this fabric and view a had a tie to bring the boxy shape in right under the bust which is supposed to be flattering on a more zaftig girl.

There really are ties under the bust, but they are almost impossible to see, the fabric is pretty camouflaging (there are a few more photos here).  Surprisingly, there was not quite enough fabric to make it ankle length, but it is pretty long.  I feel very earth goddess in this dress.  The only thing I would do different with this pattern is to make a bust cup adjustment to make it a little more roomy for the "girls", but I think it is still wearable with a minimizing bra.
I love to know what you guys think, should I wear this out?, is it a good retro look or just weird retro? Smiley
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Knitting Bucket Organizer on: February 17, 2009 07:52:29 AM
I have been having a little trouble keeping track of all my knitting supplies.  I needed something to hold all of my supplies and current projects that could easily be tucked away in a closet.
I thought that a bucket organizer would be perfect and with knitting needle and crochet hook storage on the outside I could use the inside to hold yarn caddies and works in progress.

There are 30 slots for needles and 30 shorter spots for crochet hooks/DPNs.

Inside there are bands to hold my 2 liter bottle yarn caddies on one side and 8 pockets to hold other misc. supplies.

I used a sheet that I bought for a dollar at a thrift store and other supplies I had on hand for this one.  I think eventually I will make one using prettier fabric.  On the next one I would make the outside flaps larger and gather them a bit when I connect them to the inside to give more room for the needles, they make the organizer tight on the outside and it gaps a little where it's slit to go over the handle.

Thanks for looking Cheesy

******Update - there is a tutorial up on my blog*******
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two Recon Aprons - Sugar Skull Jeans Butt and Pillowcase Pinnie on: February 12, 2009 12:12:39 PM
I adore aprons, but the vintage ones just don't come big enough, unless I want to wear them on my thighs Grin, so I have been trying out some new patterns.
I've seen these cute jean butt ones several places and I knew that it would make a perfect crafty/vendor apron.

I just knew I had to use the Alexander Henry fabric I have been hoarding for this one.  I used the larger print for appliques and the smaller print for the ties.  On the right you can see that what's left of the smaller pocket perfectly holds my retractable tape.  The main pocket it very large, I know it's hard to see in the pix, but there is a 12" ruler and a pattern in there.

I also modified the carpenters loop to fit my scissors.  I like it, but I think it still needs something more, like sequins, embroidery or pompom fringe.

I also bought the pillowcase pinnie pattern from MakeDoMail on etsy to try.

This pattern makes a light, airy apron.  I made the large size since the pillowcase I used wasn't big enough for an extra large, so it looks a little tight over the "girls" (more info about that on my blog).  It looks great on my flat chested husband, though he doesn't care for the flowers and butterflies Wink.

Here's the back, he's standing kind of weird, but I swear it's even.  I really liked the simplicity of this pattern, but it just isn't that flattering on me Embarrassed.

Thanks for looking, comment and critiques always appreciated!
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