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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 / 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. 
3  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?
4  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:

5  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. 

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Various wall art on: July 30, 2008 01:22:22 PM
My landlords are super uptight and actually specified in my contract that I could only make two nail holes per room.  I cheated and put three in the living because I figure if I average two per room, I'm still safe.  And I count the stair landing as a room.  As a result, I've worked up a couple of very large projects.  

The first (and my favorite) is a triptych of the London Eye.  I have a slight obsession with things British.  They're each 36x36 inches and painted with black acrylic.  I used Rasterbator to help get the scale right.


My office / craft disaster room has two things.  The first is just a huge collection of photos, postcards, and ticket stubs I've come across in my travels.  They're masking-taped to the wall.

The second is a huge U.S. map I bought from a school supply store.  I put it in a frame I already had and I use it to track my Etsy sales.  It got accidentally steamed one day and the paper rippled, but it still works for its purpose.

In my bedroom are two huge prints of some photos my dad took at Pike Street Market.  They're in some cheap frames from Ikea.

Thanks for looking!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Deliver me from pink tile on: June 05, 2008 08:15:23 PM
I'm almost done decorating my apartment and there is one room left that is a thorn in my side.  This is, of course, the bathroom.  The whole house is done in neutrals, but for some reason, the landlords decided to do the bathroom in all this neat cream old-fashioned tile and then top it all off with a pink border.  I am, to put it mildly, less than a fan of pink.

I've been considering covering the tiles with black contact paper (if the tile were black, it would look like one of those old-school hotel bathrooms),  but I'm afraid the paper would peel from all the steam.  My landlords are super uptight, so whatever I do has to be totally reversable.  Ideas?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Plant waterers on: April 07, 2008 07:36:55 PM
I was watching TV and saw an ad for these:

The principle seemed like it would be simple to duplicate, so I bought some bottle pourers and a piece of narrow PVC pipe.  I have a collection of cool bottles that I thought I could use

I cut off two lengths of pipe and drilled holes up and down the length.  Then I closed off the equalization straw for the pourer and hot glued the pourers inside the spout.  

Then stab the stake down into the plant pot until all the holes are covered, fill the bottle, and stick it on.  Done!  None of my plants have died yet, so I'm tentatively calling this one a success.  


9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First t-shirt resize on: April 07, 2008 07:20:38 PM
Hellos.  This is my first t-shirt resize, so all things considered, I think it turned out pretty well.  I'm pretty boring, so I just trimmed it down, brought in the shoulder, and cut a V-neck.



Now I can no longer blame my hips on the t-shirt.  Blame now falls to the pants.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Retro-style flower hat from a trash can lid (photo heavy) on: April 01, 2008 10:51:44 AM

Here are my materials:

I had some really fugly floral garlands, a weird little styrofoam wreath, a cloth napkin, and a plastic trash can.

Proof of dollar-ness

The main frame of the hat was the swiveling lid of the trash can

I forgot to take photos of the process of making my little frankenhat.  Anyway, I deconstructed the garlands and sewed the flowers and some leaves onto the napkin, then glued on bits of the wreath on.  I trimmed the lid a little, then sewed the napkin around it.  I added a scrap of tulle for the veil, which was not from the dollar store but was probably worth about 20 cents. 

Finished hat:

Close-up (These damn flowers kept shedding little purple threads, which are now stuck all over my couch)

And now for the action shots:
From above

Veil down:

Veil up, troubled by the discovery that I am indeed mad:

Thanks for looking!
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