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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Doctor Who Empty Child zombie on: November 01, 2009 01:29:47 AM
I finished (and wore) my costume and I was so pleased, I had to share.  I didn't make a lot of the costume (I bought the dress - I knew I wouldn't have the time to do it properly), but I was fairly chuffed with the end result.  I was a plague victim from the Empty Child in Doctor Who.  I showed the mask earlier and some people requested to finished costume.  I didn't have any full body shots because I've lost a rather important bit of my tripod, but there's really nothing of interest going on below the waist anyway.  I wanted a nerdy costume that could be scary but could also be cute and would stand on it's own (40's lady!) to people who don't watch Doctor Who.  I think it worked, though my Starbuck costume last year was much easier to wear. 

I was particularly proud of my hair since my actual hair is way past my shoulders and is so straight and slippery that it generally refuses to hold curl or style.  I set it with hot sticks and rolled the victory rolls around rats, pinned the back under, then shellacked everything with a coat of hairspray.  It held really well, especially considering all the on and off of the mask.

And of course, the whole plague starts with a scar on the back of your hand - latex appliance, foundation, and lipstick blended.

And who might that handsome gentleman be in my locket?  Why, it's an attractive American soldier I've been shagging!  He's very open minded when it comes to, er, dancing.  The locket is from a local vintage shop.

The only disappointment was that I never found my toy sonic screwdriver.  I think it's lost in the abyss that is my office. 
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Doctor Who Empty Child gas mask mod on: October 11, 2009 02:18:44 PM
Maybe you should have saved this for the challenge?
I probably still could enter it, but not very much of my costume is handmade, so it doesn't seem in the spirit to enter it alongside the awesome costumes made from scratch. 

I just wish that there was a good, do-able costume for Torchwood!
If you had a whole group, you could all dress in school uniforms and declare "We are coming" all night.  But you're right - TW doesn't have very many good costumes since it's a lot of CG and pretty people in trendy clothes. 

This is far and away the best Doctor Who costume I've ever seen:

Some more http://community.livejournal.com/dw_cosplay/130390.html

I had nothing to do with this costume.  I just love it so much, I want to spread its awesomeness to all corners of the internet. 
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Doctor Who Empty Child gas mask mod on: October 10, 2009 07:18:04 PM

I'm being somebody who caught Empty Child plague for Halloween.  I have a cool 40s dress and shoes and am going to do my hair in victory rolls.  Scar on the hand, gas mask, good to go.  I bought an Israeli surplus gasmask for about twenty bucks.  It originally looked like this:

It's not a perfect match by any means, but I did want it to look more like the original mask.  Here's what it's supposed to look like:

I used the bottoms of soda cans for the eyes, foam and a plastic bottle for the filter, and blacked out the eyes with old pantyhose.  I'll post a photo of the whole costume after Halloween, but since I bought the dress it doesn't really belong here.  I'm super psyched for all the creepy "Are you my mummy?"-ing I plan to do. 
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Shirt printing help? on: October 04, 2009 06:37:55 PM
I'm opening a second Etsy store and I want to sell a couple of tee shirts designs.  Unfortunately, I don't have the capabilities to screenprint my own shirts and I don't want to do iron-ons.  What I'd really like is to be able to have shirts printed in very small batches so I'm not stuck with a billion shirts that never sell and I don't have to pay a lot at the outset.  Ideally, I'd like to have them printed as they are ordered, but I have no idea if that's a thing people do.  I've looked at Spreadshirts, but their tax setup seems complicated.  Your experiences?  Advice?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Travel Posters and Banned Books Bracelets on: August 23, 2009 02:29:24 PM
I have a question for people about the banned book bracelet.  If I make more, do you think I should keep them as is or swap out one of the covers for a bead that says something like "I read banned books" or a quote about censorship or something so that people will understand what it is right away?  Or is it better to just have the covers?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Travel Posters and Banned Books Bracelets on: August 22, 2009 08:01:54 PM
I just finished these bracelets and wanted to share!

This one is vintage Spain travel posters:

This one is covers of books from the most frequently challenged (banned) book list:

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: London Eye Triptych on: August 07, 2008 08:15:49 PM
and where is your amazing couch from? i love it!
Macy's.  It has matching chairs, too.  It has sort of a nouveau 70's waiting room feel.  I love them.

PS I'm really sad I'm missing the second half of the Doctor Who finale tonight.
Holy crap.  I watched that and I experienced a little Whogasm. 
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: London Eye Triptych on: July 31, 2008 07:58:35 PM
how'd you get such clean lines?
I used masking tape to mask everything off.  I have incredibly shaky hands, so I knew there was no chance of me freehand painting a straight line.  I used the acrylic straight from the tube instead of watering it down so it wouldn't bleed under the tape.  On curved lines, I used a paint pen.

Thanks, everyone, for the kind compliments!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: David Hockley Inspired Polaroid Wall Art on: July 31, 2008 07:54:50 PM
Very nice.  I love Hockney and the Polaroids are a neat variation!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / London Eye Triptych on: July 31, 2008 02:04:31 PM
I just put a bunch of wall hangings in the interior design forum, but I put a lot of work into these on their own so I thought they deserved a post in here.  Anyway, I did a triptych of London Eye silhouettes.  I'm obsessed with UK culture, but figured my collection of tube tickets and Doctor Who figures didn't really belong in the living room.  So I bought three 36" inch square canvases and painted them with black acrylic.  I used Rasterbator to help get the scale right. 

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