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1  Question about Fabric - Max's wolf pajamas in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by abandonedcouch on: October 09, 2009 09:48:15 AM
This might be better suited to the Halloween board, but I have a fabric question so i figured you guys would know.

So, OpeningCeremony has released a supercute and awesome adult-sized set of Wolf Pajamas that are almost identical to the ones Max wore in Where the Wild Things Are.

Only thing is, they're $600 [!!!!!!!]. And even if I could afford such things, they're already sold out. So of course I'm going to attempt to make a set myself.

I was wondering if you guys could tell me what kind of fabric this is? It looks supersoft and I think I had a blanket made out of it once, but I'm at a loss as to what it's called.

Thanks! (Tips for sewing with said fabric would also be much appreciated as I've never sewed much of anything before).
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2  Polaroid Lightbox in CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES by abandonedcouch on: July 03, 2009 08:48:03 AM

Sneak Peek!

The lamp unlit.

The lamp when lit. Oooo.

This little project was thrown together in desperation for my Alternative Processes class. On the day that it was due, I somehow found myself with almost $200 worth of Polaroid stock both old and new and no working cameras to use. Fortunately, a friend brought by her relatively new camera and since I'd bought out the very last of Walmart's stock the day before, I was able to cobble this together in about an hour.

First, I took my polaroids and tossed them in the freezer while they were still developing and left them in for a few minutes. Then, out of the freezer and into a pan of almost-boiling water. Both of these processes cause a bit of color distortion, so timing is really up to you...when you've got the effect you want, take them out of the water and dry them off.

Detail to show the pretty color distortion. Blues are bluer and reds are redder thanks to cooling and heating the image while it's still developing.

Now, cut along the edges of the Polaroid so you get rid of all of the white border. You should be able to peel the layers of the Polaroid apart so you're left with the transparency, which is the top layer.

There should be a powder on the back of the transparency. I washed most of this off with hot water (using the same pot I'd boiled them in, which almost caused my BF to break up with me*). The more you wash off, the more light will shine through, but be gentle, too much will cause you to lose your image. I also gently scraped the back of the image with a scrubby sponge. Again, this is all based on your tastes, so feel free to experiment. Another guy in my class left the powdery film on and etched into it with a pin with amazing results. He etched halos around his subjects' heads that were only visible when he turned his light box on.

This one shows the scratches made by the sponge to the back of the polaroid.

Unfortunately, I can't take credit for the light box...it was a silly Target lamp I've had since high school. You were able to switch the transparencies out so it could say "Occupied," "Lounge" etc...I just glued the polaroid transparencies to the back piece. I used hot glue, which was a big fail, since they're starting to come loose.

*If you're going to boil Polaroids, I recommend not using the pot your BF uses to make his favorite food, Velveeta Shells and Cheese. If you go ahead and use said pot, I REALLY recommend washing it thoroughly afterward. If you DON'T wash it thoroughly afterward, I recommend warning BF not to use said pot, preferably sometime before a Shells-and-Cheese-loaded fork is heading toward his mouth. Extra rage may occur if you actually helped him make the Shells and Cheese without once mentioning that you'd poisoned his cookware.  Undecided
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3  fairy flowers [toying with photoshop] in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by abandonedcouch on: August 12, 2008 06:01:01 PM
So, on my last day off I played around with some different photoshop tutorials and came up with these. The photos were taken by me in my cousin Jean's [car fans might know her as Mean Jean Jennings of Automobile Magazine] gorgeous garden at her cabin in Michigan.

Please let me know what you think!
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4  Re: Come on Crafsters! Get Drawn!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by abandonedcouch on: August 12, 2008 05:54:46 PM
Hey, if you're still taking requests, I'd love it if you drew my boyfriend and me. This is my absolute favorite picture of the two of us, taken two years ago on one of our first dates.

Let me know if you decide to use it and need a higher resolution. Just pm me or email me at [email protected].


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5  Twinkle Twinkle [holiday jewelry set] in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by abandonedcouch on: December 06, 2007 06:37:25 PM
I forget what I originally went to Walmart for but I know that my attention deficit disorder dragged me into the Christmas section, where it caught sight of some shiny and colorful miniature Christmas light charms that it absolutely demanded I buy.

Since I work with kids [portrait photographer] I wanted some cute little holiday jewelry to wear to work but didn't want to get too MawMaw/Elementary School Teacher with it. So I made these, which I think are both cute and festive yet still manage not to look frumpy.

And here's an action shot [i.e. me covering up my sweaty post-work face]

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6  How to get rid of my texturized walls in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by abandonedcouch on: May 31, 2007 04:08:28 PM
So, the old owners of my house decided to add some texture to my bedroom walls:

No, that's not the ceiling. Here's the ceiling, also texturized, in a different color than the walls. That's lovely, right?

So, I was ok with it at first. Then I noticed that it was starting to peel.

But what finally broke me was during a moment of *cough* intimacy with the bf when he decided it would be romantic to try and ravish me up against the bedroom wall a la Joy Luck Club.


Needless to say, I am thoroughly done with having bedroom walls that can flay the skin off my back. However, the stupid peeling ugly crap has decided, now that I want it to come off, that it would much rather stay and hang out for a while. Here is the result of ten minutes with the putty knife and the big linoleum scraper-upper I stole from my contractor buddy [who is conveniently out of town for the next two weeks]:

There HAS to be an easier way. Craftsters, have any of you had any success getting this stuff off your walls?

I'm thinking it might be time to rent a sander, but if there's an easier way, please let me know.
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7  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by abandonedcouch on: May 24, 2007 02:21:56 PM
way back in the back of beech fork state park, if you veer off the nature trail, there's this big tangle of vines and shrubs. it's awesome.

i thought it would make nice art for my bedroom Smiley

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8  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by abandonedcouch on: May 22, 2007 07:53:07 PM
i've posted this one elsewhere but here it is again:

I've spent the last 13 years wanting this tattoo [yes, i decided upon it when I was 11 Smiley] and my wonderful bf helped me pay for it as a late vday gift this year.

Mom and Dad get to see it for the first time at my best friend's wedding this weekend. I figure it will be ok since I've only been warning them about it for ages [and Mom actually went with me once to get it, but ended up crying in the middle of the tattoo studio because she was afraid I was "ruining myself"].

My brother bought me a copy of Le Petit Prince when I was a wee infant and even though I've bought plenty of other [english] copies since then, it was the book he gave me that I brought with me to the studio for reference.
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9  Re: The Little Prince in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by abandonedcouch on: April 09, 2007 04:28:11 PM
Yay! I hoped someone would do The Little Prince!

It's my favorite children's book...

...if you can't tell  Smiley

Great cards! I wanted to get a tattoo of the elephant inside the snake, but didn't feel like explaining why I had a tattoo of a hat to all the grown ups.

edit: to resize that humongotron picture
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10  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by abandonedcouch on: January 11, 2007 09:06:52 PM
Creepy awesome!  Where were these taken... what state?
Huntington WV.  (of "We Are Marshall" fame, it put us on the map I guess)

I thought that looked like Huntington fog. We really are the Seattle of the Appalachias when it comes to weather.

And here's some less traditional views of our fine city, by way of a photo project I did a few years back:

And yes, I'm such a nerd that I got my username from my favorite photo project ever Smiley Couch hunting should be the national pastime.
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