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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My last-minute Voodoo Doll costume on: October 31, 2010 10:35:56 PM
I wasn't going to dress up this year because I was only planning on handing out candy and just wasn't feeling very creative. I NEVER wear a store-bought costume... and even if I did, the plus-size section can be very limited.

Then I saw this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217085.0
Suddenly I found myself at Joann's buying fabric and other supplies for a Voodoo Doll costume.  Tongue

I had originally planned on getting actual Burlap, but although I can sew straight lines just fine, I knew if I was going to be making a dress, burlap would just drive me nuts. I found some brown tweed on sale for 50% off and figured it would do. I basically just cut out two dress shapes and sewed them together making the dress. I also sewed my very first zipper and it turned out awesome!  Grin I left it unhemmed because I wanted a more ragged look. I stitched large x's all over with pink and black embroidery floss and added a red felt heart. To get the "needles" to stay, I just spiraled the ends and sewed them to the dress. I was planning on using styrofoam balls for the needle heads, but the wire would push through and I was worried I'd stab some poor kid in the face... so I made them out of polymer clay, instead. Then I took an old headband, covered it in the tweed fabric and attached another "needle". Oh, and I added some rope to the dress, too.

Anyway... enough rambling. I only took a few photos so I'm sorry for no detail shots. I could always add more later.  Wink

My boyfriend and I. I begged him to dress up... but he didn't feel like it, haha. You can see the headband in this picture.

Oh... and Betty Buttons. She got a costume from PetsMart because they were $3 and I didn't have time to sew her one. My boyfriend always calls her a little shark because she's going through that puppy phase where she is chewing on anything and everyone!

12  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Dexter Pumpkin!! on: October 30, 2010 11:22:45 PM
I'm a big fan of Dexter and when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to carve I thought that a Dexter pumpkin would be pretty awesome. I'll admit that I'm not an advanced pumpkin carver. I found one Dexter stencil online, but it just looked too complicated. I knew if I had attempted it, I would have messed it up and got aggravated, haha.

So, I went the easy route and did this instead.  Tongue

I like it!

Here it is next to the other pumpkin I carved. I've got a bulldog puppy so I had to do a bulldog pumpkin, of course!  Cheesy

So... they aren't SUPER FANTASTIC like some of the pumpkins I have seen on here, but I thought I'd share 'em anyway.  Smiley

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Collars for my new English Bulldog puppy, Betty Buttons on: September 20, 2010 07:31:48 PM
So, about 2 1/2 weeks ago my boyfriend and I added a new addition to our family. While most couples our age want babies... we wanted an English Bulldog. It was my birthday present from him.  Cheesy Meet little Betty Buttons!

After going to PetsMart, I just didn't find any collars that I fell in love with. I had seen a lot of people on here who had made some really cute dog collars and I wanted to give it a go. I mean, I make my own jewelry... so I might as well make hers, as well.  Smiley I knew she'd be going through collars like crazy so I made them in a range of sizes. I bought a bunch of really pretty fabrics from Hobby Lobby along with some interfacing to make them more sturdy. I was too impatient to buy the hardware for them online, so I just went to the Dollar Tree and bought a ton of adjustable collars and took them apart.

It was very simple and I'm really happy with how they turned out.

I apologize for the not-so-great photos. I plan on taking some tomorrow afternoon when the lighting is better and I will edit them in. There are several more that I had made that aren't pictured, so I'll be sure to add those in, as well. I also added some bows to some of them after I took these photos.

Now, I tried to get little Betty Buttons to model some of them for you all, but she is a crazy, hyper puppy and I found it very difficult. She'd run right as the flash went off. Gggrrr! So, I guess these few pictures will have to do. If I can get some better pictures tomorrow, I'll add them.  

Next I'm going to try my hand at making leashes and harnesses... and adding more embellishments. =]

---------- EDIT ------------

I took some new photos of the collars. =)

P.S. Thanks for all the awesome comments, everybody. Betty gives you all hugs!

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Three new button rings on: August 30, 2010 08:02:58 PM
It's been a while since I've posted some more of my button rings, but I wanted to share these three with you. I actually made these about 2 months ago, but I've been 2,000 miles away from home for over a month now and just hadn't bothered to get pictures. But, I did bring them with me and I took some not-so-wonderful pictures yesterday. My photo box is at home... so I had to settle with the lighting in the dimly lit bedroom.  Sad But... they'll do.

I really like how this ring turned out. I LOVE the damask print button. They have to be my most favorite. And I was so happy to find that cute little camera charm.

This is similar to several I've made in the past, but I really liked the combo of the sewing machine button with the polka dot button.

And lastly, a zebra print button ring. I'm crazy about zebra print and have it all over my room. If you look at my past projects, you can probably tell.  Tongue

I hope you like.  Grin
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pretty Music Note Earrings on: May 28, 2010 06:02:41 PM
I haven't really made any earrings recently, but I saw these music note charms in my stash and wanted to use 'em.  Smiley

I really like those little bow beads.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cheerful Button Necklaces on: May 28, 2010 05:57:01 PM
Lately, I've been going crazy with the button rings. I decided that I needed a little more variety, so I decided to make some button necklaces.

I found these little rubber ducky buttons when I stopped at a Hancock Fabrics while on my trip to Alabama.  Grin

I made myself a ring like these months ago and it's one of my favorites, so I decided to make some similar necklaces.


And all of the others:

All have chain and close with a lobster clasp. =)

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sewing themed jewelry on: May 27, 2010 02:22:19 AM
I found these really cool sewing machine charms a while back and had bought a ton of them. I decided I needed to use some more of 'em. I may have went a little overboard, but I really like the results.  Smiley

I love this little thimble charm. <3

The funny thing is.... I actually despise sewing.  Lips sealed But the charms were so cute....
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bright & Colorful Button Rings on: May 27, 2010 12:37:34 AM
These are my latest button rings. They're so bright and colorful... I love 'em! I hope you all do, too.  Grin

They're all made with a variety of buttons and charms.

I tried being a little artsy with the photos, so I hope they turned out alright.

Have an awesome day! Cheesy
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Want to start participating in craft fairs... a question about rings on: April 07, 2010 01:45:39 AM
I have never done a craft fair before, but I've been told by several people that they think I would do extremely well because my stuff is completely different from what a majority of the people sell at the craft fairs in my area. So, I'm really considering doing a few.

My main question is this. A big majority of my jewelry is adjustable rings. I have already ordered ring displays. What I'm worried about most is people trying them on and adjusting them. I don't want the rings to be completely bent out of shape because people keep adjusting them. Does anybody have any advice on what I should do about this? I thought about putting a little sign up asking people not to try on the rings and having a few sample rings for people to try on. But, is that rude? Will that scare away buyers? I just don't want a bunch of my rings being bent completely out of shape.


20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some new button rings (and a few earrings, too!) on: February 17, 2010 01:21:33 AM
My boyfriend is still 2000 miles away, so I'm still putting a lot of my attention into making more rings to keep my mind off of things. These are just a few of the latest ones. I do have some more, but I've got to order some more rings cause I ran out of the 50 I just bought a few weeks ago! Haha.

I really like this one. =]

Side view:

Trying to add some sparkle to my rings. =)

Adding some rhinestones. =)

I'll throw in some earrings, too.  Grin

I started out years ago with guitar pick earrings... and occasionally I'll be inspired to make some again.

And some others. =]

I really love that mug.  Smiley

Anywho, I hope you all like!
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