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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Joker T-shirt on: July 21, 2008 11:38:38 AM

My boyfriend and I made matching joker shirts last night after seeing The Dark Knight.  I only got a picture of mine, but I'm wicked proud of it so I just HAD to post.  The glossy-finish paint doesn't really show it's true colors in the picture, the hair and eyes are nice and vibrant in person.  I think I've finally figured out how to get stencils to show up on black t-shirts...hurray!!!

Thanks for Looking!!!  Grin
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Life-Sized Weighted Companion Cube Plushie! on: January 12, 2008 03:58:48 AM

It's been ages since my last post, but I'm really proud of this one.  It's a late Christmas present for my boyfriend.  I actually started it in the middle of December but just finished it this morning .  I'll try to get some better pics with his camera after he unwraps it:P.

Thanks so much for looking, It's good to be back. Grin
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Measuring Tape Slap Bracelets! on: May 05, 2007 07:23:52 PM

I made these for my sister's 14th b-day.  I looked for a tutorial, but I couldn't find anything other than directions for covering an existing slappy bracelet.  And then I had the bright idea to destroy my dad's tape measure and these suckers were born! Grin
Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ♪My Hat Plays Music!♪ [img heavy] on: March 25, 2007 07:36:35 PM
This could easily be classified as the craziest idea I've ever had.  But I got an mp3 player for my birthday (6 months ago), and I've hardly every used it because I hate hate hate cords hanging around my neck. (not to mention those earbud things don't fit at all...)

Thus...the 'Hat-phones' were born.


You can kinda see the mp3 player poking out of the hidden pocket in the lining...

A better picture of the attached headphones cord and the secret pocket.

The top of the hat, the color's a little wonky...it's hard to take pictures of the top of your head! Tongue ...plus a close-up of the coolest button ever (25 cents for a pack of 5 of these at the thrift store)

(I think this could be rather useful for those long lecture-type classes...as long as I keep it soft enough so I can still hear the teacher.)

I should probably clarify that the headphones were stitched onto a piece of fleece, and stitched to the inside of the band so they sit right over my ears...I noticed no decrease in sound quality, and when I wore it to town, nobody around seemed to hear anything...so it's all good.

I wish I had some pictures of the inside wiring and such...but I was so caught up in my inspired streak that I totally forgot...sorry guys Undecided...if perchance one of my friends wants one, I'll take some process pictures...

Thanks for looking anyway! Grin


5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Three Metalocalypse Tees!!! on: February 04, 2007 07:54:54 PM
Group shot

Close-up of the Pickles shirt...I thought about adding more stuff...but it looks pretty cool plain

Dr. Jonathan Twink-let-its and a banana sticker.  My 11 year old sister did this one...her first stencil ever...she deserves a cookie...and even better, she's agreed to let me borrow it!

Toki...the paint was wet when I took this picture so the color's a little wonky...I stenciled the outline and words then painted in the colors...pretty cool...

Thanks for looking!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Guitar-Shaped Backpack (with TUTORIAL LINK!) on: December 28, 2006 08:26:05 PM
I've never made a purse or bag before...much less one with no pattern.  But when my backpack decided to split and spill all my books on the floor one day, I decided to give it a shot.  I stole the straps from my broken backpack, but the rest is all my work (the little decorations are just pins and patches I found in my junk)...I think it'll do nicely for a semester of college...

The front

The top

The back

Unzipped (Hello Calculus Book!)

Inside with the leopardy pocket

I reinforced the front panel with some thin poster board stuff I found in the garage, so it holds its shape while I wear it.  (I sprayed it with laquer to waterproof it somewhat, but I don't expect it'd survive on a hike through the icy slopes of mount everest)  I decided on a side zippy because I didn't want to mess with the zipper and curves at the same time...turns out I had to go around the curve anyway...oh well I still love it...

Comments are always appreciated, and even though I didn't get any in progress pics, I remember how to do it well enough to make a tute if anybody wants one...

Thanks For Looking! Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sheet to Hoodie!!! on: December 20, 2006 05:20:37 PM
I wanted to make hoodies and I decided I wanted to try making them out of bedsheets.  I've been collecting random sheets for the last six months, but I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing before I went ruining them.  Today when I found this old transformers sheet, I knew it was the one I wanted to experiment on.  I'm pleasantly surprised with my result, and although the pattern's a little too cluttered and maybe a bit too psycho to wear outside, I'll definitely romp around the house and sleep in it.  It's thin, but it's baggy enough for me to slap a long sleeved shirt underneath it and still be warm.

As always thanks for looking!!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flowery Green Halter Dress on: December 16, 2006 03:35:01 PM
I got this odd fabric from the thriftstore for a dollar...and decided to try making a dress out of it.  I still have 5+ yards of the stuff...and a charming new dress...

The pics are kinda crap because I couldn't find anybody to take pictures of me wearing it...BOO!

I was making a stupid face so I cut it out...
The back isn't crooked like that, I'm just standing kinda funky...
and there's my final attempt to get my face and the dress to cooperate in the same picture

It doesn't have a zipper...the material doesn't stretch...so it's pretty much MAGIC that I manage to get it off and on...  I have some old ninja turtle and batman sheets that might look cool in this style, and when I try that I'll add some elastic in the back to give it a little stretch...I'm still proud of myself for dreaming up my own design...so it's all good...

Thanks for looking!!!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / We're ALL Lorraine...and You Will Be Todd...(Bubble Boy Shirt!) on: November 03, 2006 01:17:57 PM
Here's a pre-glitter pic...it's a bit easier to see...(there's yellow construction paper under it in this pic...so it looks a lil wonky)
I dyed the collar of the shirt...but I was too lazy to put the little orange sleeve rings on it...

Hehe I love it...I'm gonna wear it everywhere...

Thanx for looking...comments and such are appreciated and loved Grin

-Manda (or um...should I say, Lorraine?)
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Duct Tape/Packing Tape/Paper/Chain Wallet Quest! (IMG HEAVY) on: October 13, 2006 07:17:46 PM
I've never been the type to carry a purse...and I've had the same wallet forever because I can never find cool chain-compatible wallets...so I decided to make my own...

My first attempt used pages from an old issue of Shojo Beat...the chain isn't on in these pictures...but I think it came out pretty good...it was just to make sure I knew what I was getting into.


There are a few little problems with ^that one^ but I'm sure I'll find something to do with it...I'm proud of it because it helped me perfect my pattern before I tried making "The KISS wallet"...  I've always been a pretty big kiss fan...so I printed off scans of Psycho Circus and made this cool wallet...It took me about an hour because I was really obsessive about making sure it looked right...

Whew...I didn't mean for it to get this long...if you read all that and looked at all of the pics...I seriously thank you...and if you have any suggestions/questions/comments...I'd love to hear/answer them...

Thanks For Looking! Grin
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