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1  Mexican Star Lamps in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by kitsue43 on: January 12, 2012 06:31:08 PM
Hello fellow craftsters. I have had a massive crush on these lamps ever since I first laid eyes on them, but unfortunately have not been able to afford them on a college kid's salary. Then also, there's the glass... and my inevitable nature to hurt myself in magnificent ways... so yes, I was hoping to recreate the look of these lamps by reconstructing them out of cheaper less dangerous mediums.
I figure white tissue paper and painted cardboard for this one:

And maybe cardboard with die cuts followed by a silver spray paint for this one:

Now, my only issue is basically I know that with a few tries I could easily figure out a pattern to make this, geometric shapes and all, but my issue lies in the fact that I would like to light these suckers.
I have no idea how to go about that.
I love the idea of white Christmas lights, but worry about the weight, and don't like the idea of a good chunk of the lights trailing down out of the lamp. And the other idea is to incorporate L.E.D.s, but I know nothing of wiring and the amount of heat and bulb emits. So ideas?  Huh
My last resort could be those really nice battery powered tea-light/votives (fake candles). But then I won't be able to shut them off with much each as these will be suspended higher than my short self could reach. And if I have to start installing pulley systems, things maybe get too difficult. haha  Grin
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2  3 Bracelets and 1 Headband (img chunky!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kitsue43 on: June 25, 2011 01:57:39 AM
So nice to be back on craftster! I've missed you guys ♥  Grin
Using my summer to finally get rid of my stash of odds and ends.  Wink

Spiffy new bracelet I made this afternoon : ) ♥ followed this tute with some alterations: http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2010/08/diy-braided-chain-bracelet.html?showComment=1308883403339#c8914995365290019192
Close up:

Totally cut my thumb while making this :p

Made a nice headband out of some lime colored yarn, and matching elastic from an old dollar store hair-tie.

Totally gonna make one in a cream and rust color  Smiley Maybe I'll dye some yarn?

Jet-setting bracelet! Smiley Made this one from the other half of the gold chain from the first bracelet, braided some blue suede strands, worked the charms from a set of dollar store old wine glass ring markers into the weave pattern and finished it with some sewn-in glass beads. I added the little blue bow button at the end because it reminded me of Hello Kitty : ) ♥
I have a tiny passport charm I want to add, but it's have no way to be attached. I'll have to glue it to something. so this is not yet complete.

lol this one is an old bracelet from my days when I thought I could actually braid friendship bracelets. I cannot. So this was a sad attempt at the bottom of my box for a few months. Decided to finish it and do some loose braids with a button closure. This may or may not see the light of day depending on how ridiculous I decide it looks  Tongue

haha although blurry, you can see my near effort at the beginning and lack thereof everywhere else.

And if anyone's curious, the "wallpaper" in the back is actually a poster that I painted to relieve some stress back in high school. I highly reccommend painting to everyone! Smiley thanks for looking!
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3  Turquoise Homecoming Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kitsue43 on: December 08, 2008 08:25:53 PM
So once again I decided to make my homecoming dress. This time my mom and dad helped me sew it on the machine and I sewed up some parts, such as the lace neck and zipper bottom by hand. This was SUCH a challenge. We started three nights before the dance and worked only during the nights. I went to the dance with an hour of sleep left.

Front and Back:

My date and I:

(I had to make his tie fifteen minutes before he came to pick me up due to a huge misunderstanding lol. And for the first time making a tie, it turned out great. He kept saying how I MADE his outfit so cool and he called me Ashley Armani. lol And everywhere I went at the dance everyone kept complimenting me on how I made my date's tie. He had gone off boasting to everyone he saw xD he's so cute.)

Here you can see the lace neck a bit clearer:

An action shot of the circle-skirt. (lol I'm known for my large bow belts and circle skirts around the school dances)

Our group:

And my date's best friend won a spot in the Homecoming court Cheesy

Thanks for looking!  Wink
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4  Black Vest from a hideous little girl dress. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kitsue43 on: May 14, 2008 12:15:24 AM
Apparently I, in what I can only figure was a druken state, purchased two of these hideous little girl dresses. The inner shirt and skirt are fused to the hooded outerwear. Blech.
So last Sunday I took apart my black and red dress and salvaged the hooded torso piece and 2 inch waistband.
(No before shot for the black dress. Sorry!)

Here's the finished product:

Here's a close up of the button, which was an extra from a jacket I bought long ago.

And to meet with bandwagon demands, here is a myspace shot:  Smiley

And it's all hand-sewn!  Grin
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5  Re: yay 1st recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kitsue43 on: August 31, 2007 08:22:39 PM
I hope you don't mind but I took the liberty of photoshopping the lighting effects of the pictures for you:

Now that I can see the shirt, I have to say that I ADORE it!  Smiley
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6  Re: Yummy Sweets Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kitsue43 on: July 15, 2007 02:27:23 PM
I received my package from DropDeadSuzie on Wednesday and only now had a chance to post it.
Okay so first thing's first. The package! Adorable from the start!

Then these COMPLETELY CUTE tissues that are just too nice to use!  Cheesy

Some sweet ring pops:

Precious 3-D Stickers! On top of the message she included (Sweet stationary too!)  Grin

A terribly cute box filled with tiny pins and the most adorable barrettes I've ever seen!

Tiny cupcake candles iside of a polka dot bag (how did you know I adore polka dots?  Grin  )

Cute pink boxes with ice cream ribbon and cute cupcakes!!

And since I do love crocheted things she even made me this adorable cupcake:

Which opens!  Cheesy Haha!! Awsome!

Some wonderful barettes! Smiley Made with the best ribbon I've ever seen!

This sleeping-mask which I didn't want to take off! The heart-lace elastic is just precious, and the ice cream fleece is soooo cozy!

Then here is the best tote in the world! It has straps long enough for me to open with out having to take it off my shoulder to rummage through.  Smiley

And check out the cupcakes inside!

Then this interesting Grow your Own Birthday Cake, that I can't wait to try  Cheesy

And this little ice cream bag that I COMPLETELY fell in love with: (also a candy lip gloss case, and ice cream keychain charm.)

And then this was my absolute favorite! A custom made cupcake scarf, that I Absolutely LOVE to wear! It's not too long (since I'm short.) and is the perfect color for my skin tone!  Wink

Thanks you sooooooooooooooo much Suzie! You understood my style PERFECTLY! I'm surprised we haven't met before! Ha~  Smiley
I can't wait until I finish my room renovations. I'm going to decorate my room using your crafts as my inspirations! Thanks again so so so much!!! You're THE BEST!!! Grin
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7  Re: checkers dress.ideas? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by kitsue43 on: June 10, 2007 02:09:33 PM
Attacked it with photoshop.~

I don't know, I'm thinking a bit more mod inspired.

Granted, I think we all sgree on the black belt/waistlaband.

You can do all of these things, by cutting up an old black tee, as for any seamstress, that is the most preffered material to work with.~  Smiley
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8  Re: Really Unhappy about my converse =[ in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by kitsue43 on: June 10, 2007 01:38:45 PM
WIPs: Why thank you! I specialize in computer drawings done via the mouse  Smiley

MoonLightbliss33: Glad to see you have your hope back!  Smiley
First off I'd recoomend tracing the sole of the shoe onto some felt. Doesn't need to be plain old felt, Felt now comes in designs and patterns. Usually on this felt the back side is white. That's where you will trace the sole onto. Then you will place the felt into the shoe and cut and crop it, until it fits like an insert. Now you can place fabric on the shoes and hot glue or sew on the felt to keep the fabric in place. Be sure that when you use the hot glue you apply it evenly or you'll end up with bumps. So make the hot glue, VERY hot so that when you place on the felt you can smooth out the glue lumps until it's smooth. You may want to just do that with a spoon by pressing and gliding the spoon on the felt, to smooth the glue below.
Here's another paint product :3~
A tute!
Criticism appreciated!

Hope that helps. I can make more tutes, if you need them!  Smiley
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9  Re: McQueen Corsage vinyl sandals in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by kitsue43 on: June 10, 2007 10:07:37 AM
A picture might help those who don't google much:  Smiley

Anywho, I'd say first purchase some soft black mesh. Then maybe some clear elactic, from say the beading section. Or even black elatic that may blend it.
Then fold and bunch the mesh to the desired shape.
Cut three or four sepreate elastic pieces, all a long equal length, and tie them around and knot them one at a time, to hold the mesh. This way, even if you happen to pop an elastic, several others are still in place and can hold the mesh until you replace the bursted string.
Also, slip another elastic under your ties, and attach them easily to the shoe! And voila!   Wink
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10  Re: Really Unhappy about my converse =[ in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by kitsue43 on: June 10, 2007 09:28:11 AM
A messed up shoe?
Oh no, honey what you've got there is a barrel of opportuniy.
You have the most important part of any chucks.
The sole and the little toe tip

Just think, you could make anything out of them!
The very first sandal chucks, is what I'd do!
And how perfect that now you can mess with the bottom until your feet are comfortable enough.
Just tell us what you'd like to do with them, no matter how impossible and we'll help you out!  Smiley
That's what we fellow craftsters are for!

Here I just put together a quick could of sketches on paint, see if I can't inspire a bit of creativity flow Smiley

Honestly, I envy you! XD I'd love the chance to do these types of things!
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