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1  my vintage brooch wedding bouquet in Weddings and Bridal Showers by maleficent on: October 23, 2012 07:04:40 PM
I've always found floral arrangements a little depressing, they are beautiful for such a short period of time, then they die and you have to throw away what is often a fairly sentimental piece. So for my wedding instead of spending hundreds of dollars on bouquets i decided to make a vintage brooch bouquet, I've seen them here on Craftster and on Pintrest and figured it would be a untraditional, personal piece I could make and keep forever Smiley it was quite time consuming and less cost effective than i though it might be but in the end i was very happy with the results

I found most of my brooches at local thrift store. but found i could easily incorporate pieces with sentimental value as well. i wrapped a necklace that used to belong to my grandmother around the stems and I borrowed one brooch that used to belong to my husband's grandmother to incorporate (temporarily) into the arrangement. it was very special to have pieces of these important people with me as i walked down the aisle. One of the most heartwarming moments was when my husband's blind grandfather found his late wife's brooch in my bouquet. it nearly brought him tears as he leaned down to kiss it. he was thrilled to know that a part of her was there with us that day

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2  Disney pin groomsmen boutonnieres (with tutorial) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by maleficent on: September 26, 2012 02:36:15 PM
My wedding is coming up in less than a month, and I've been busy busy crafting many different unique personalized elements to make the big day beautiful. my latest project is the boutonnieres for the groomsmen. we have no floral elements in the wedding My wedding bouquet is made of antique brooches (pictures to come) and my bridesmaids are caring handbags not flowers. so it did'nt make much sense to have floral boutonnieres for the groomsmen, so i decided I would have to make them. they needed to be untraditional yet still elegant, I found the perfect solution.

When he proposed my Fiance surprised me with a two week trip to Disney World. While we were there one of our favorite activities was pin trading (http://disney.go.com/eventservices/whatispintrading.html) we managed to collect almost two entire sets of these beautiful character silhouette pins. we decided these pins would be a great way subtly incorporate our mutual love of Disney and our engagement trip into our wedding. each of our wedding party was assigned a character from the set and their boutonnieres were designed around the pin (the bridesmaids will have fascinators made in the same style)

I am really happy with the way they've turned out and wanted to share the process with all of you.

here is a list of supplies that you will need

first you will want to assemble all the pieces you are going to need to build the boutonniere

1. Cut a rough leaf shape from the page of an old book

2. Hot glue a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long) to the bottom of the "leaf" and curl/crumple the "leaf" to give it some texture

3. Next wrap a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long) around your contrasting feathers, use needle-nose plyers and squeeze the wire tight to ensure the feathers wont fall out. make two of these

4. to Create a branch of beads begin by stringing one bead onto a length of thin jewelry wire (roughly 16ish inches long) leave about 3-4 inches on one side for the "stem"

5. Use the remaining wire to twist around the bead to form "branches" continue to add more branches until you are happy with the shape of your bead branch.

6. Create a bead stick by stringing a small bead onto the top of a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long). use your needle nose plyers to bend the top end of the wire (roughly .5 inches) over the bead and back down to meet the rest of the wire stick (this secures the small bead) then thread a larger bead onto the wire. push it up against the small bead so the hole in the bead goes over both the original stick and the top end you've just bent down, if you have small tail from the top end you've bent down, use your needle nose plyers to bend it up over the big bead a little bit to ensure the big bead doesn't fall off. (sorry sounds complicated it really isn't)

7. next wrap the stem of the bead branch around the stem of the bead stick to form one unit

8. now onto the pin (or whatever centerpiece you choose to use) hot glue a small part of the lace to the top back of the pin

9. Give the lace a small "dart" or "pucker" to allow it to bend around the pin, hot glue it into place on one side

10. Continue dart/puckering and gluing to each edge until you've wrapped the lace all the way around the pin. Trim the edges of the lace and glue any loose ends into place, try to make the two edges blend as seamlessly as possible

11. glue the decorative metal piece to the back of the finished lace pin

12. arrange the elements. start by arranging the bead branches and the book leaf tap the stems together

13. then add the feather sticks and tap them into place

14. arrange your group of stemmed elements on top of the feather, hot glue the feather in place on the back of the stemmed elements

15. hot glue your laced pin in the center of the boutonniere

16. lay your boutonniere over the fluffy feather so just the tips of the fluff peek out at one side. (ignore the fluff at the bottom it will get covered in the next steps

17. tape the fluffy feather in place

18. use the wire snips to cut the stems down to the desired length

19. hot glue one edge of the ribbon to the back of the boutonniere stem, wrap the ribbon several times around the stem

20. to finish the ribbon twist it and wrap it once more around the stem

21. bring the twisted end around to the back of the stem and hot glue into place.

22. trim any remaining ribbon and tweek the elements to your liking

and TADA! a beautiful unique personalized boutonniere

please let me know what you think. Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. If you find this tutorial helpful in making your own boutonnieres please post pictures i'd love to see your creations as well! 

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3  sexiest prom dress EVER! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by maleficent on: December 17, 2008 09:17:56 PM
ok so this isnt mine it's my sister's but she doesn't have an account on craftster so being the gracious sister that i am offered to post them for her. it's afantastic piece of work and needed to be shown off! Smiley

she worked from a pattern for the top but it was altered considerably. the bottom is a circle skirt and the "crinoline"  is a tutu she made for everday wear some years back. she worked on it for quite some time as she is a novice sewer and she had to undo nearly as many seams as she made but i think it turned out really well! you can't really see in the pictures but the edge of the skirt and puff sleaves are scalloped and the extra fabric was cut by hand because she hadn't learned to use her serger yet. anyway enough story more pictures!

the front (the top hat was stolen from a friend part way through the night)

the back

the cute couple! and another basic full dress view!

hope you like it. i know she's looking forward to reading all your comments. feeback both positive and *gasp* even negative, is greatly appreciated! thanks! Smiley
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4  Re: Show off your dorm room! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by maleficent on: September 09, 2008 06:03:47 PM
hmmm i don't have pictures of this year's room yet (and it's an ENORMOUS mess right now so i'l save those for later) but i do have last year's room. this was very early on in the year so it's still really neat (i can promise you it didn't stay that way) our residence is actually pretty nice, it's used as a hotel in the summer so if you are thinking to yourself, "hey that look alot like a hotel room" yeah you're right, but the benifit is that the building is always really well kept, we have fantastic housekeeping staff that keeps the hallways and shared building lounges and kitchen REALLY clean and they come in every two weeks to mop our kitchen floor and clean the toilets and stuff (the things that a large percentage of the residents wouldn't actualy do themselves) anywho on with the pictures!

this is the view from the doorway. my roomate had gone home for the weekend and brought her sheets to wash and stuff so it looks pretty empty

this was my half of the room and my attempt at decorating i love my pink floyd poster and my beatles record paintings!

our closet and desk space

my desk area

the view from my side of the room into our kitchenette there is a door leading to the bathroom on the right and my awesome front door-o-magnets
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5  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by maleficent on: August 20, 2008 09:55:02 PM
i don't think i've posted these yet (if i have someone let me know and i'l take them down) i just found them on my computer again and remembered how proud of them i was so i wanted to share. this was a self portrait assignment for class the assignment was called "secret desire" take a picture of yourself as something that you secretly desire to be/do/etc i LOVE Alice in wonderland and have always imagined myself going to "wonderland" so anyway this is what i came up with i was super happy with them

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6  awesome new paper lamps for college design classroom in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by maleficent on: August 20, 2008 09:08:15 PM
 i am a second year graphic design student. in my program we are assigned a computer in one classroom and that becomes our home we NEVER leave. anyway it has become a tradition for alot of students to try to get the coolest lamp possible for the desk space, i however am quite messy, my creativity always vomits all over my desk, and the floor around it and basicly any other free desk nearby (im sure my fellow craftsters all understand) so i didn't want to take up the precious desk space with a lamp so i figured a hanging lamp would be perfect and then i found this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231484.0 and just had to have one. i decided i wanted it more colourful and fun than the white ones i've seen so i decided scrapbook paper would be awesome, very colourful and great patterns and great for a design room. i also made one for my 13 year old sister to match the bright colours in her room she loves it and i'm really excited to get back to school to show mine off.

anyway enough words on with the pictures

my lamp

Lit Up

My Sister's lamp

Lit Up

*EDIT* i didn't take any scale photos but they are about 14 inches across and the lightbulb inside is the energy efficient kind that wont produce much heat so fire hazards are significantly reduced.

anyway i'm super excited with how these turned out and am already planning on making many more i LOVE them and they give off a surprising amount of light (alot more than the pictures let on) so what do you think? comments?
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7  Re: DIY IQ lights in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by maleficent on: August 10, 2008 06:24:40 PM
hey i guess this topic has been inactive for a little while but i bookmarked it months ago with the intention to try this out and finally got around to it so i thought i'd share! here are some pictures of one i made for my sister's room the colours match perfectly i'm actualy really excited about it!

i don't have shots of it lit up yet....i don't have a lightbulb on a cord...where do i get one of those hmm that will be my next shopping adventure! thanks so much for this post it was incredibly inspiring!
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8  Re: Alice in Craftland :D in Craftalongs by maleficent on: August 04, 2008 06:46:49 PM
i did an Alice in Wonderland self portrait photoshoot and made all the props myself. i don't have any photos of the props on their own (i'l try to get some shots and post them later) but here are a couple of the photos i took. i made everything (including the house) and my mom made the white apron/pinny.

this one shows the apron/pinny better

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9  Alice In Wonderland Photoshoot (more photos added upon request) total of 9 image in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by maleficent on: March 23, 2008 07:55:13 PM
these are a series of pictures taken for a self portrait style photography project at school. i was rather happy with the way they turned out so i figured id share with you and would love to hear your comments and dare i suggest, negative critisisms on the shots. i created all the props and the house itself, i was running short on time so my mom sewed the white apron and a classmate lit and took the photo for me (sadly it's difficult to be in front of and behind the camera at the same time) thanks in advance for any feedback Smiley

here are some more photos from the shoot added upon request from several members

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10  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by maleficent on: June 14, 2007 05:22:07 PM
here are a couple self portraits i did recently

(moderate amount of photoshop ajustments to this one)
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