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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Les Boutons: Vintage Button Rings (pic heavy!) on: November 09, 2007 12:00:40 PM
I finally got these pictures edited to my liking. I have quite a few more that aren't even photographed yet. Let me know what you think! Which one's your favourite?

Spectemur Agendo ("Let us be judged by our acts") Crest

Mint with Vines

Midnight Blue with Stitch Detail

Lime Bakelite

Mint Checkers

Breakfast at...Well You Know

2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Off to see the Wizard: Ruby Slippers on: November 08, 2007 05:58:15 PM
I've always wanted ruby slippers, and this past Halloween was my chance to whip some up. This is my first ever shoe recon, and all in all it was a quick and cheap thrill! One day I'd like to make a better quality pair using sequins and the whole bit but I decided to dress up and go out fairly last minute so these babies had to be made quickly.

If you're curious about my method, I took a pair of cheap faux leather pumps, sanded them and used a file to rough them up a bit, and then applied white glue and a ton of red glitter. When this dried, I touched up any bare spots, let that dry again, and sprayed them with two coats of varnish. Due to my extremely cheap price range, all I could find in my size were navy pumps, but if you try anything like this I would strongly recommend that you use red ones. The glitter held up decently, but dancing, carousing, and having your feet stepped on definitely take their toll and some glitter did come off leaving exposed navy blue patches. Thankfully, it was dark and most people were too inebriated to notice. If you really wanted the glitter to stick, I would suggest weld bond glue as opposed to good ol' elmers, or even epoxy if you have the money to cover that kind of surface area in it.

Anyway, here they are. Hope you like them!

Close up:

Eta: I just looked through the shoe board properly and saw that this has been done before a few times. I guess great minds think alike! Well anyway, this is just my version and I did come up with the method in my own mind. I love the other versions too though!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Shadowboxes? on: November 08, 2007 05:26:50 PM
I mean the kind that are enclosed with glass and a couple of inches of depth...hopefully you know what I mean! I know you can buy them at retail stores, but I'd love to find a resource for buying in bulk. The shipping would be a real pita I'm sure but I'm hoping it'd be cheaper on the whole. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Eta: Has anyone ever made shadowboxes? Is it expensive to have glass cut to size? This could be an option if there aren't any good resources to buy them.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bright Eyed, Please, and others...photography. on: August 09, 2007 02:55:07 PM
So, I'm a long time fan of the "Post your photography in here" thread, and I was thinking of making a contribution, but when I started looking through my photos I realized that I love way too many of them to clog up that board with them all. I've tried to pick my favourites or the ones that are most popular on my deviantart account for your viewing pleasure (I hope!).

I've reduced the size and image quality by a lot in order for them to be uploadable to Craftster's picture hosting, so if you would like to see bigger, better versions of these I'd love it if you'd visit me on deviantart at http://tierneyb.deviantart.com/ (don't worry mods, I'm not selling anything there!).

Without further ado, some of my photos:

Taken as part of a series at the animal shelter in my town.

...second in the series.

"Sabra Caged"

"Bright Eyed"
A self-portrait.

"Morning Bloom"
-light play on a little flower in the garden.

"Little Path"
-a photo of a path on a nature preserve in town that I lomo-ized in photoshop.

"Lomo Dad"
-my dad mugging for the camera. Also lomo-ized in photoshop.

Well there's a small selection for you. If you enjoy them there are more photos on my deviantart account, link posted above. Thanks for looking <3
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wristlet and sunglasses case with vintage fabric (Pic HEAVY!) on: May 21, 2007 06:41:17 PM
I love these so much that I went a little overboard taking pictures of them (sorry dial up users Embarrassed ). I drew up the patterns for them myself, and although I plan on changing a few things next time I make them, I think they turned out pretty well for prototypes. The wristlet lining and lining/accent fabric on the sun/glasses case were found at thrift stores and I probably paid a quarter or less for each of them. The grey blue fabric is cotton broadcloth and the black and white herringbone is some kind of woven synthetic blend that ravels like crazy.

The wristlet:

The strap is connected using a keyring, making it removable if someone wanted to use it as a clutch.

-close up. I'm addicted to fabric covered buttons.

The lining with pocket and label (it's just wrinkly because of the way I'm holding it).

The fabric, magnetic clasp, and topstitching on the strap.

The label, which is just my initials hand embroidered on a loop of white ribbon. The blobbish thing after it is actually a spiderweb stitch for embellishment.

Gratuitous action shot hanging in my yard!

Now, the sunglasses case:

The black loop is a bit of jewelery elastic stuff. The case is padded with a layer of fleece for protection. Oh there's also a layer of stiff fusible interfacing in the wristlet.

Well, thanks for looking. I hope you like them and I'd love any comments  Wink See ya later

EDIT: Yay, thanks for your sweet comments everyone. I could attempt a tutorial...I've never written one before but if it turns out ok I'll post it. Thanks again  Cheesy, Erinn
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Framed nature embroidery on: May 21, 2007 05:54:46 PM
This is just a simple little design I drew and stitched in split stitch and backstitch. I was inspired by a little cross stitch booklet by dmc that had a similar dandelion seed or hydrangea stem design (I'm not sure exactly what they are  Undecided ). I meant for it to be simplistic so I used all white and I love the way it looks in the weathered frame that I found at a consignment shop for a couple of bucks. Anyway, I hope you like it, I always love comments, and thanks for looking  Wink

Sorry it's a little blurry. It looks better in real life!

-close up.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pewter Pintuck Evening Bag from Placemat on: April 18, 2007 07:46:20 PM
Sorry about all that alliteration but I couldn't resist. It really is a pewter pintuck bag made from a placemat I picked up on sale at Pier 1 for a couple of bucks. I gave it to my mom as a gift when I moved out of town for a while. I doubt she'll ever use it because she doesn't have many opportunities to dress up, but she displays it on the mantle over the fireplace in her room so I think she likes it.

It was easy to make and I just made up the pattern as I went (it's basically a tapered Jordy bag). I hope you like it and I'd love comments or feedback. Thanks for looking!  

The placemat before cutting, sewing, etc.

The finished bag, as modelled by my lamp:

Detail shot of the pintucks and the vintage pearly button (the colour is more true-to-life in the previous pic). In case you're wondering, it's lined with simple black cotton:

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sage Toile Envelope Pillow on: April 18, 2007 07:30:17 PM
Here's a pillow I made my Mum as part of her birthday present. I made the pattern up as I went, and I covered the button in fabric myself since there weren't any buttons big enough or in the right colour where I live. Hope you like it, and I'm always appreciative of comments good or bad. Thanks for looking  Wink

Detail: button covered in brown corduroy.

I love this fabric:

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Earth tone ribbon wrapped bulletin board on: December 15, 2006 01:27:42 AM
So a friend of mine and I whipped up some nifty (and cheap to boot) ribbon wrapped bulletin boards a weekend or two ago. They're made of a particle board sawed in half (with a bread knife), two layers of fabric (dirt cheap broadcloth on for 50% off!) which we wrapped and stapled in the back , and a pile of ribbons. If anyone's interested I can give you the particulars so you can make one for yourself. Thanks must go to the infamous Martha, from whom we gleaned inspiration (holiday guide thingy, winter 06). This was only my friend's 2nd grown up (ish) craft project (and my bajillionth).

Here's some pics of mine, since my friend's is already wrapped for her sister.

The ribbons are pulled tight before stapling so that pictures etc. can be slid behind and held up.

My favourite toadstool pushpin:

One of my favourite retro-style cards thats up on the board:

The back (its ugly, I know, but whos going to see it other than, well, you?):

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1950's Hollywood-Inspired Prom Dress (pic heavy) on: June 01, 2006 10:01:56 PM
So, I'm a long time lurker but I rarely post (you have to admit it's a bit intimidating with all of the amazing people and ideas on this site) but as a Craftster devotee I decided to take some inspiration from all the brave souls making their prom dresses this year and make one for myself. Sadly, I didn't make my dress last year when I actually graduated, but hopefully I'm making up for it by making one for this year's prom which I'm attending with a younger friend. It's also my first dress, and my second time both making a piece of clothing and using a pattern (the first was a pair of pj pants for my bf), although I have made a bunch of purses and other random crafty/sewed/beaded/etc. things. Anyway, the pattern is McCall's 4444, although i altered the straps, the length, and had to make it fit. Part of the directions were...well I want to say hard to understand but really I think they were just wrong. Wrong I say! And my hair and makeup aren't done the way they will be for the actual prom, which happens June 10, but I think you can get a fairly good idea of the dress itself. I hope it looks reminiscent of 1950's Hollywood with the hourglass top and fuller skirt. Let me know whatcha think.  Wink

Without further ado, the front, and my shoes (please excuse the dirty mirrors in these pics):

The back:

The front again--I think you can get a better sense of the shape of it in this one. Sorry it's a little blurry and dark though:

A close up of the ruching/gathering on the bust. The hand is an attempt at modesty  Undecided You can kind of see the princess seams as well.

The fabric:
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