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31  Re: Help me customize my VW Beetle! in Discussion and Questions by sweaterbrau on: October 25, 2007 09:37:46 PM
UPDATE: We painted my beetle at the beginning of September but I never got around to taking pictures.  Here's my sweet little beep-beep.

The flower around the emblem isn't a decal, it's painted on and under the clear coat.  I had to dust off my geometry skills for that.  Wink

The photos look a bit dodgy due to the way craftster resizes. If you want to see them full-size and without the graininess right click, properties, copy the URL and paste it in your address bar.
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32  Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) in Clothing Sewalongs by sweaterbrau on: October 23, 2007 09:55:03 AM
October 23rd and I've yet to start my costume!!! I bought all the accessories (that I can't make) and the pattern, but no fabric yet!

I'm going with the carnival side show/creepy circus theme and I'm dressing up as...THE BEARDED LADY!

I'm using McCalls 3674:

I'm going to do a hybrid of the upper and lower right costumes.  I want a long dress (It's damn cold on Halloween!) but with a short gathered bustle. I'm going to try my hand at making a mini-tophat to match. I already bought some elbow-length black gloves, a black feather fan (totally awesome), and...my facial hair.  I've been so tempted to wear it to work!!

I plan on using bright halloween-y colors rather than the typical red and black that can can girls generally are. I drew a little concept sketch and I'll post it here when I get home.  Hopefully everything will come together in time!
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33  (untraditional) Skull Jack-O-Lantern in Halloween Decor and Parties by sweaterbrau on: October 16, 2007 06:44:08 PM
I carved this pumpkin tonight and I am so PUMPED about how it turned out! This is the first time I've tried anything like this and I actually had to go out to the craft store and get some ceramics tools to do it. (Can you tell this has been on my mind for a while?)

So without further ado, my untraditional pumpkin:

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! This was definitely a learning experience for me. (Now let's see how quick it rots... Wink)
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34  Re: Lose your vehicle NO MORE! in Completed Projects by sweaterbrau on: October 15, 2007 08:07:23 AM
...or you could paint your car a blinding lime green!

It definitely sticks out in a parking lot full of silver and grey cars! Smiley
(I'm so in love with my little beep-beep, I can't help but show him off!)
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35  Re: Altoid Tin Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweaterbrau on: September 19, 2007 02:54:05 PM
I got home from work today to find one little package waiting for me on the porch!! Look at all my loot from ritathepita!

She picked my lingerie/panties theme!! SO CUTE!!!

I am so pumped about this! Look at all the little panties!

Inside the tin...a little cupcake and two little charms:


Aaaaand, I GOT PASTIES!! Haha! (That makes me giggle. I had to hide them from my parents!)

Very wonder woman, no?

Rrao! Neon green leopard!

ritathepita, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You did such an excellent job!!!

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36  Re: Help me customize my VW Beetle! in Discussion and Questions by sweaterbrau on: July 18, 2007 07:38:20 AM
I came up with this idea yesterday and I think it's pretty sweet. In fact, this might be the route I take! I tossed around the idea of flames but I don't think they really suit my car and they're a little...ordinary. I definitely want something wild and unique and this popped into my head:

 Cheesy TENTACLES! It's still got the look of flames and from far away you might even think that's what they were. I like em a whoooole lot!
(By the way, sorry for the crappy cell phone picture.)
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37  Re: Help me customize my VW Beetle! in Discussion and Questions by sweaterbrau on: July 17, 2007 10:35:25 AM
I did see those decals, they only offer them in the UK from what I read. There's one in the collection that I liked more than the birds, it's called "Mudsplats":

If you look, there are little swirlys and such in the splatters.  Grin
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38  Help me customize my VW Beetle! in Discussion and Questions by sweaterbrau on: July 17, 2007 06:34:53 AM
I recently purchased my first car ever, a *pre-loved* 1998 VW Beetle.
Within two weeks of having it I was rear-ended. Cry  No serious damage was done but the lights/lenses around my license plate were broken and a good amount of paint chipped off of my bumper, it's fiberglass so it didn't dent or break. I FINALLY got the check from that guy's insurance company and it's a GROSS overestimate (totally awesome for me!) so I've decided that I'd like to totally repaint the car. My dad will be painting it and the sky is pretty much the limit. The only thing we're not really able to do is airbrush work.

I've been trying to think of different ways I could potentially paint the car and I'd really dig seeing what you guys could come up with! Post pictures you find online, things you draw, or just explain it to me and I can sketch it up.

Here are some photos I found online (just for inspiration, not concrete ideas):

Flames are a definite maybe.

and I've been playing around with the idea of doing lace panels/racing stripes on the car. Here are a few sample pics of what I mean:

Any suggestions or ideas you have would be much appreciated!! Thx.  Grin
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39  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by sweaterbrau on: July 10, 2007 02:16:14 PM
I...am a rotten person. I am particularly late posting these photos but here they finally are:

All the loot! I got a bunch of Portland zines (LOVE zines!), little beeswax tea candles, bubbles, Oregon-themed stickers, postcards, a cloth pantiliner from Glad Rags (so cool!), handspun yarn which I am totally geeked about, and a Stanford mix CD. Not pictured is a nestlace (which I haven't taken off since I got it) and some dark chocolate that was promptly devoured upon opening the package.

Catpants' very first handspun yarn! She learned to spin during Eugene's stay.

Here's Eugene (the Viking narwhal) chilling with his new friend, Squishy pig.

Don't be fooled by the late-ness of my picture posting, I love everything!
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40  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by sweaterbrau on: May 17, 2007 06:20:54 AM
I've been thinking a lot about the "on the arm" thing lately...I want to get my first tattoo and I want it to be small, but bold so that it'll still have some definition and won't get blobby once I'm old and wrinkly (mm, sexy). What I really want to get, that I know I won't regret, is the feminist symbol of a female gender sign with a fist in the circle:

Where I'd really like to get it is on the underside of my wrist...I figure that it's out there enough for people to see it and I can wear it with pride, but if I ever get a job that's restrictive about tattoos I can wear some bangles or a fancy cuff to cover it. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?
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