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51  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Advertisement Wallets on: June 09, 2006 04:21:18 PM
I made these a few months ago out of a calendar of vintage ads from the 50s. One is an actual wallet, and the other 2 are just coin purses. I slipped 2 little pieces of magnet strip in them for a closure. I think they're pretty cute. The oddly shaped one is my favorite <3.

Wallet with a bus pass/ID holder on back.

This is the first one I made...that's why I left the picture of it's lining out. Heh  Undecided.

^My favorite.
52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 30 minute dress to eat barbecued chicken in on: June 08, 2006 07:06:57 PM
Today was my last full day of highschool. I chose to use this afternoon to construct this dress ON my friend. It's made solely out of a half roll of paper towels, and masking tape.

The little clutch is my favorite part. I did my best to make a little ball clasp with tape.  Cheesy
53  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / old wrinkly bag to nifty little cozy on: June 07, 2006 07:59:45 PM
Here's a little iPod cozy I made out a white grocery bag and some red plastic I got from cutting apart a party lei. I think it's pretty cute with the little red bow. I was surprised how quick it knit up, too. I figured that I'd have a lot of problems with the plastic stretching and tearing but, to my delight, not at all. Dig it:

54  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Plastic Shopping Bags on: June 07, 2006 05:59:43 PM
How about a craft challenge where 95% of the product you make has to consist of plastic shopping bags?
55  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Just a great big weed... on: June 07, 2006 03:07:13 PM
I made this for an assignment that I was originally incredibly disgusted with, but I'm actually really proud of the outcome. It's a gigantic (almost 3 feet tall) fluffy dandelion made of over 150 HAND MADE pinwheels. Because of my initial disgust, I wanted to make the most cost effective project I could in the least amount of time. In total, this cost me $1.79 for a bag of hot glue sticks but it took about 18 hours to construct. It consists of an immense amount of construction paper, a piece of PVC pipe from our basement, 1 1/2 cans of black spray paint (also from the basement), and cut up styrofoam lunch trays that I used for paint pallettes.

Here it is near my desk, I suppose for scale purposes. I blurred the background a little to make the dandelion stand out.

This is a closeup of the pinwheels.

Hope you all dig it!  Grin
56  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / !!Anatomy of a Crafter!! on: June 05, 2006 07:48:41 PM
I had this idea this morning while getting ready...what do you guys think about posting pictures of yourselves, kind of like the famous DaVinci drawing of that male anatomical model, with little labels of things that make you easily identifiable as a crafter? I thought it would be pretty cool to see everyone's little diagram of themself. Anybody else want to do it aside from myself?
57  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Something to let a certain boy know I still love him on: May 31, 2006 05:39:30 PM
I haven't been in the best spirits lately. It's my senior year of highschool and I've been particularly stressed with all those applications, deadlines and the such. I have a really low tolerance with people because of all this crap...especially with the boyfriend. I've been trying to think of some nice little things to make for him to let him know that it's nothing he's doing in particular, but I'm at a loss.

He's a drummer and he recently took up the guitar and I've been thinking about knitting him some kind of cool intarsia design guitar strap but I don't think it'd be particulary supportive (it'd be kind of stretchy). He was originally born in Israel and he speaks Hebrew but he's a terrible Jew...

So if anyone has any ideas for little gifts or tips on that guitar strap i'd love to hear them. Smiley Thanks, guys.
58  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I am an art whore (IMAGE HEAVVVVYYY) on: May 29, 2006 06:37:45 PM
This is just more or less a collection of... A LOT OF STUFF that I've been doing this past year. By the way, I go to a special arts focused high school. I'm a senior visual arts major.  Wink

This is the first of a 2 panel series of insect paintings. Entitled "Estrangement".

This is the second. It's called "Self-Absorption".

Just a pen drawing in my sketchbook...candle.

Fine line ink drawing of random items, including a stuffed lobster, an old shoe, and an iced tea carton.

Just some nude studies done on address labels.

I have a whole lot more that I'll post eventually, but I don't want to totally crash your computer.

59  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mittens in tha' spring on: May 29, 2006 05:43:00 PM
I'd been craving some hand-knit mittens all winter long but was too swamped with applications, and long-term projects, and a number of other graduation-related obligations to actually make them. Things have slowed down (thankfully) and I finally made myself some cozy mitts. They're 100% acrylic (oh, the squeaky goodness) and I love them. They have little buttons at the wrists to keep them closed and add some interest. The main yarn reminds me of rotten wood with little worms peeking out of it everywhere. I love them. Also, here's a gratuitous mouse photo  Grin

60  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Acid" Bag on: May 29, 2006 05:22:22 PM
This is the first large bag I ever knit (to completion). I was still honing my knitting skills when I made it and I've improved greatly since then. This was knit a while ago but I figured it was good enough to be my first real project posted on here.

It is knit in an acrylic/wool blend and the top purplish half was originally set to be white. However, it seems that bulky white yarn is like hen's teeth in all my LYSs. I'm still pretty satisfied with it. It's lined with some amazing fabric I bought a year or so ago at Wal-mart for a buck a yard (the pattern is the reason it was dubbed "the acid bag").

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