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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / EDITED: I'm a Planeteer. You can be one, too! on: November 14, 2006 08:02:29 PM
Here's my Halloween costume. I stencilled the globe design. It was super hard because there were two colors in the stencils, which I had never attempted. Live and learn. I found the khaki vest at the Thrift store and I was so excited that it actually fit! If you can't tell, I'm Ma-ti (heart) from Captain Planet. I also made the ring. I cut out the white plastic backing off those little googly eye thingies and used just the clear bubble part. Then, I made a red cardboard base with pink construction paper and a shiny hologram heart sticker. I bought a 25 cent "gold" ring from a machine.Hot glued them together, painted the border with gold puffy paint  and Voila! Oh, I have a monkey,too. And the red arm band.  Enough talk- enjoy. I'll have to add more pics later. EDITED. REPLACED SMALL PICS AND ADDED BIGGER, BETTER, ONES. Comments/suggestions welcome

I had to add the little pic on my pocket bc some uneducated people didn't know who I was. lol

12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Help with Jockey helmet, please? on: October 26, 2006 10:40:02 PM
Hi all,

I realize this is last minute, but I just picked my costume this year. Since I'm short, I decided to play up that feature and be a jockey for Halloween. I found these nifty beige stretch pants with little brown "boots" attached. It might have been from  a child's Anakin outift once upon a time. Yes, the child's costume fits, at least enough for me to wear it for a few hours.  Grin
Anywho, I need to get a cheap jockey helmet. I'd like to find a way to make one if at all possible. I like the soft, felt-looking kind. Jockey helmets are so cool!
Here's a link with a picture similar to what I want to make. Your suggestions are quite welcome! Thanks.

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Candy larynx on: August 26, 2006 03:34:05 PM
As one of my projects for my voice class, my partner and I crafted a larynx made 97.5345% out of candy. That's a rough estimation. lol Candy manipulated: taffy, Twizzlers Pull n Peel, gummi worms, Peachie-Os, yellow and clear gummy bears, AirHeads, and candy corn. We had to use some little wires to support the shape of the structure. Tape and flour was also employed to complete our masterpiece, along with good ol' engenuity and creativity. It took so long to finish this because we had to cool the pieces for a while to get them to cooperate. In the end it was worth it because we had the sweetest larynx in class.   Cheesy  Here's the pic (anterior view):

And here's a diagram of what it is supposed to look like:

Like looking into a mirror, huh? lol I admit, it's a little rough, but we got an A!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / In case of fries...shirt on: May 02, 2006 08:18:37 AM
Hey all,

I saw this shirt online http://www.cafepress.com/bpointsblog.19047291 and thought it was pretty clever. I might make something like this. Maybe. Just thought I'd share with the Craftster crowd.  Grin
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I Love You--Sign Language stencil tee on: February 25, 2006 10:21:37 PM
American Sign Language has always been an interest of mine. So, I expressed it with my very own stencil *grins*. Here's what I made to wear on this past Valentine's day. I used acrylic with fabric medium and freezer paper. There were a few more flubs than I would have liked because the fabric didn't stretch out enough. Good thing it was only my practice shirt. haha. Any ideas on how to get the colors to "pop" more on the black shirt? My original idea was to embroider it, but I'm too new to sewing for that. Maybe later...Thanks for looking and giving suggestions!


16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Bad Bookmark (Lemony Snicket style) on: February 25, 2006 09:51:40 PM
The title of this post is actually a misnomer-"misnomer" is a word which here means "misleading about the quality of the bookmark by naming it the opposite of what it really is." Or at least that's how Lemony Snicket might explain it in Series of Unfortunate Events.  This is what I made for my friend for Valentine's day. On the front, I wrote a letter from the bookmark (in Snicket font, Courier new) apologizing for holding the reader's place in this miserable story. The back has a personal message from me. Kinko's laminated it for me. The beads are amber and clear glass, except for one. The other bead has an engraving of the mysterious Count Olaf eye, made from tan polymer clay. I used embroidery floss for the tassle. I coated the tassle tips with fabric glue, so hopefully they won't unravel. Darn tassle was an ordeal in itself!  But I like the result and so did my friend. He was laughing, so I'm happy.  Cheesy

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Chocolate Bookmark=sweet! on: February 25, 2006 09:11:47 PM
Hi all,
Inspired by atomiqt's creations https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20315.0, I made a bookmark for my bookworm friend. Here's what I did to make it: I bought a plain Hershey bar (1.55 oz.). Then I carefully cut along the underneath of the back flap. I removed the real candy and ate it (and that took a lot for me to do, considering I'm not a fan of the stuff.  Tongue) Continuing, I cut brown 3mm thick sheet of foam to the similar dimensions as the real candy (except a little longer so the candy will stick out of the top). I scored into it with a mechanical pencil sans lead and then with a pumpkin pattern scoring tool. Then, I went over it lightly in pen because it didn't have enough contrast to show that it was "embossed." But it is raised a little. And I didn't want to do the Hershey's writing on the candy. I always thought that was redundant. lol Aluminum foil was wrapped around the middle to make a shiny wrapper. Didn't they used to come with shiny foil? Anyway, I stuck the foam along with the foil into the little hershey wrapper pocket. They fit snuggly, so I didn't use glue or tape for the inside. The back tab is double-sided taped shut. Then I tore a piece of the hershey wrapper over and taped it down. Cut out a little bite mark and VOILA! That sure is a long explanation for something soooo simple, but there ya go. Oh, any suggestions on how to make it durable? That's a concern of mine. Thanks for looking and giving advice.

18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / New at sewing, please advize me on: February 10, 2006 12:12:32 AM
Hey all,

I love the clothes you have all made! It has inspired me to make my own designs come true. Unfortunately, I've just started using my sewing machine. I have not sewed in years and that was with my grandmother. The problem is this:

-When I use the buttonhole stitch (to embroider, I guess), the ugly back side shows on the top (where the needle enters) and it only looks good on the opposite side. I know that stitch is supposed to look the same on both sides, right?

The other difficulty is:

-When I try to do a thicker buttonhole stitch, the thread gets stuck and the fabric is pulled down into where the bobbin is. It's hard to get the needle back at the top position. The thread gets caught up in the bobbin chamber (if that's what it's called. I might have made that up.  Tongue) I've tried adjusting the tension, and it works sometimes, but then it messes up again.

I've read the manual, but I still don't know the exact problem. Can anyone help? I'd greatly appreciate some advice on this subject. Thanks!

PS: My sewing machine is a JCPenney 7014. It is ancient (couldn't even find any date on the manual), but it looks new. I think it's me that doesn't work. lol Oh, and my practice fabric is thin muslin cloth. That probably makes a difference, too.
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Monkees themed stencil shirt on: January 14, 2006 10:50:25 PM
I'm a big Monkees fan and so is one of my friends. She's got so much Monkees memorabilia, I didn't know what she was missing. I decided to make her an original by moi featuring the band's show of the same name. The shirt is refering to a specific episode. Monkee fans should understand this one. It reads, " 1. Jump up and down three times. 2. Roll a head of cabbage. 3. Giggle," in the respective boxes. The headline says, "How to destroy a two-headed org" It's supposed to be like an instructional. First stencil, first picture post. Please be gentle. *wink wink*
The making--It turned out so-so. I used freezer paper, straight acrylic paint, and a sponge brush. The text was too small to cut stencils (or at least from what little experience I have), so I used iron-on transfer for use on dark fabric. I have issues with that, but I won't go into it. Anyway, my friend absolutely loved it and she's planning to wear it at a Peter Tork concert. So I guess it's all good. Here's the pic:

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