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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / FaiRy WinGs, BuTTeRfLy WinGs, DragoNfLy WinGs (lots of pics) on: August 15, 2007 07:23:23 AM
A little while back, I went on a little wing making spree. They've made for some fun times at local music festivals. Now they are just waiting to go to Burning Man with me. They are made out of old stockings, heavy gauge wire (or a coat hanger in one case), a little bit of fabric, and fabric paint.

My favourite pair:

Same ones hanging in the sunlight:

And a detail shot:

These are the ones made from a wire hanger:

They've experienced a bit of wear and tear, here is what they look like now:

And an uber close-up of the design:

This pair glows-in-the-dark, but I have to trim off most of the feathers if I want to bring them to Burning Man, as the feathers are liable to get blown off in the dust, creating MOOP (matter out of place - basically loose garbage, and its a leave no trace event, so thats a no-no):

This is the same pair, in full gLoW:

These ones also glow:

Closer look:


And finally, my pink dragonfly wings:

Thanks for looking!

(You may have seen one or two of these before with my Burning Man crafts)
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / The Answer is Blowin' in the WIND! *Now With Downloadable Iron-On Image!* on: August 04, 2007 03:14:41 PM
Hi there! This is my entry for the craft challenge:

I made the whole thing from recycled and thrifted materials (because of course, thrift stores keep treasures out of landfills). The printed and plain white fabric I found just as weird shaped ends hanging with all the sheets in one thrift store, and on another occasion, found a bag of webbing, and a bag of crazy 70's pom-pom trim. The only thing that isn't reused is the iron-on on the front, and the thread.

I had quite a few sources of inspiration, and I figure I'll explain the whole thing Cheesy

Well, I knew I had to enter this challenge, as we already shop at a grocery store where you have to bring your own bags, or pay 5 cents each for the plastic ones. So we bring our own bags of course, and we definitely need some more!

Immediately I knew I wanted to have something related to wind power on the front. My BF works in the wind power industry, so it is an issue that is personal to me. His work has sent him on several trips to visit wind farms and he always takes great pictures, so I decided to use one of his pictures for my tote bag. And after going through his bumper stickers and badges with windpower slogans, I thought they were all pretty cheesy. So I decided to use the lyric I did, kind of change its intended meaning a bit. I'm sure Bob Dylan would approve Wink.

So I took the photo, my slogan, and went off to work in photoshop. I'm no expert at it or anything, but I had a lot of fun tweaking the colours, making it look like the turbine and trees were glowing and stuff. I'm pretty happy with how the image turned out.

For the shape of the bag, I sort of based it on the PC 'Canada's Greenest Shopping Bag' which you can get for 99 cents at any grocery store that sells President's Choice brand stuff. Here's a link to a picture of one:


And I also wanted to include pockets like the ones on a tote bag that my friend brought back from Japan for me. They are awesome pockets, so I copied them!

This is me holding the pockets up out of the bag so you can see:

Theres lots of tucks and stuff, and I am *super* proud of how they turned out. In the process of pocket-making, you can see the pleats:

And the finished pockets:

The pockets in use:

Here's a few more shots from different angles - the back:

The inside, empty:

And the inside, full. Well, not totally full, it can still hold way more:

All the seams are reinforced three times so it doesn't break, and so it holds its structure better, like the PC bag. And the pom-pom trim is sewn in between the layers at the top, then tacked down on the outside so it doesn't get in the way of putting groceries and stuff inside.

I hope you all like my bag! I'd be happy to answer any questions about it too Smiley.

Edit to add:
OK, I got the image up, so that if anyone wants to use it as an iron-on, you can. Just make sure to flip it when you print it so that the words show up properly. Should be an option in printer settings for that I think...

So click that picture and it should take you to the post about this project on my blog, where you will be able to click on the same picture again (scroll down to the bottom), and it will get very very big, so you can use it too!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter crafts- Luna accessories & knit bolero & Wands *NEW action pic pg4* on: July 29, 2007 09:27:54 AM
*ACTION SHOTS* now on page 4

**new pics on page 2**

The release of the Deathly Hallows was a great excuse for me to do some crafting, since I work in a bookstore. We didn't have a midnight release party, but we did open super early Saturday morning, and had lots of decorations and stuff.

I really wanted a little purple sweater, so I decided to dress up as Luna. I ventured into the realm of polymer clay for the first time, to make her radish earrings:

And made a cork necklace, to keep away nargles:

And decoupaged a Luna quote on the bottom:

I also wanted to make a little cardigan like the one Luna wears in the OOTP movie. I dont crochet, so I found a knitting pattern I thought would look similar (cloud bolero by ysolda) and knit it in a similar colour. People recognized it, so I guess it was close enough Smiley

I also made a pair of pants based on ones Luna wore in OOTP, and also put crazy shoelaces in my all stars like Luna's. I'm hoping to get some pictures from my coworker, since I forgot my camera that day. Then I will post action shots! And hopefully pics of the pants and shoes if they don't turn up well in her photos.

I also made a bunch of buttons. Some to give away to kids coming to get the book:

And some for those of us working to wear:

And wands! These were everyones favourite! People kept asking to buy them, so we started giving them away for a donation to charity.   They are based on the tutorial here. I ended up making a few more batches, but only took pictures of the first one:

Hope you like my HP stuff Cheesy Hopefully I'll be able to get those action shots soon.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Man-cho (Man's Poncho) on: July 04, 2007 10:09:52 AM
I finished this last summer, it's a man's poncho from the Spring/Summer 2005 Knit1 magazine. It was a late birthday gift for my boyfriend, but I think I've worn it more than him. It's knit in a whole lot of Wool-ease Thick & Quick, which I definitely never want to knit with again after this.  The dark brown colour was all furry and tickled my nose too much. And I had to go across the border to Jo-ann's to buy the yarn. The only place I could find it in Canada was Michael's, but it was a really poor selection of colours, and about twice the price of buying it across the border.

Anyway, onto pictures! (the dark line is just the shadow of the clothesline)
The front:

The back:
15  CANADA / Ontario / Knitters/Crafters in Hamilton on: July 02, 2007 09:27:14 AM
Anyone here from Hamilton, and knit?

I can't seem to find any knitting groups or anything in the city. I've lived here almost a year, and I'd like to meet some fellow knitsters/craftsters!

So, anyone know of a knitting group? Or want to start one? Let me know!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Frilly Apron! Simplicity 4282 on: June 27, 2007 12:24:39 PM
This is view A of Simplicity 4282:

All the bias tape was a little fussy, and the straps need a little adjusting, but it was pretty straightforward otherwise.

Here is a closeup of the pocket, and so you can see the fabric:

I love wearing it! It feels really girly Cheesy. It's comfy and useful and makes me feel like June Cleaver or something!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Beret (from Debbie Bliss Simply Baby) on: June 19, 2007 08:49:18 PM
I recently finished the baby beret from Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby. I used a yarn I dyed myself with Wilton cake dyes and I'm really happy with how it turned out! Its a gift, and I can't wait to give it.

Best part is that it was knit on two-needles (I don't do dpns), and it used less than 50 g of yarn! The seam is almost invisible, too, since I actually spent the time and effort to do the finishing properly.

Here's the yarn I dyed before I knit it up:


Anyway, the pattern was pretty simple, and I followed it almost exactly, just used a different yarn, and used a little more of the contrast colour. It is pretty fast to knit up, so would make a good last-minute baby gift.

Super extra huge image here: http://bp1.blogger.com/_q3-d2_9D6R8/RniU833gu5I/AAAAAAAAAAM/SYA4nL4CjdY/s1600-h/P6114764.JPG or on my blog, if you really want to see the high-res pictures.

And hopefully I will see the baby soon, and be able to give the gift, and even take some action shots on a real baby (not just Mr. Bronze Head).
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Burning Man craft-along on: June 16, 2007 06:06:45 PM
Almost all of my crafting lately has been for Burning Man. Sewing outfits, making gifts... I thought there might be others working on Burning Man stuff, and I'd love to see what everyone else is crafting.

So far, I've blinged up some sunglasses:

Made some wings:

...that glow in the dark (or blacklight):

And I've made the top part of a shirt, to which I plan to add lots of ruffles to the bottom part so it becomes a long full shirt The front view of it:

And the back:

I want to make some sort of corset top, and bought 15 yards of crinoline to make extra-fluffy petticoat/skirts. I've been collecting notions and trims to use, and I've been LOVING making costumes. Here is some of the stuff I've collected that I hope to use for Burning Man stuff. I appreciate any suggestions on what to with some of the stuff:

And I almost forgot, I knit a few leaves for A Tree Undone art project, a tree full of knitted and crocheted leaves that will be at Burning Man for people to unravel.

So what are you crafting for Burning Man?
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hanukah Gift for my Parents - Gefilte Fish Platter (complete w/ photos) on: December 10, 2006 12:17:18 PM
I had no idea what to do for my parents for a Hanukkah gift. I ordered the book Judaikitsch on a whim, and it was full of hilarious ideas. I saw the gefilte fish platter (pg 106), and had to make it, so I dragged my boyfriend to a paint-your-own pottery place. I picked out a plate, while he painted a psychedelic design on a picture frame for his mom. Here's the finished product:

I guess you kinda have to be Jewish to get it, but gefilte fish is kinda like a fish meatloaf often served at Jewish holiday dinners. So this is a serving platter for it. The Latin text is just imaginary, and the fish has a kippah (beanie) and pais (curls that little religious jewish kids often have).
I think the irony is very much in the Craftster spirit Smiley and I highly recommend the book. Some of the projects you probably would never make, but it's a nice alternative to all the Christmas craft stuff out there.
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peter Pan and Tinkerbell on: October 30, 2006 06:45:17 AM
I made Tinkerbell and Peter Pan costumes for my boyfriend and me. I started off with Simplicity 5363 and Butterick 4574 and this stuff:

And now for lots and lots of pictures!!

Completed costumes, on the hangers:

Close-up of the dress with the crinoline I wore:

The middle of the dress:

The wings:

Close-up of the back of the wings:



And the glowstick earrings and fake eyelashes I wore with it:

Peter's outfit:

Peter's hat (and grommets on the shirt which caused me to slice my hand open):

Better view of hat:

Fairy dust pouch (both of these were filled with pixie dust - glitter):

Peter's belt:



And now the action shots!!!

Hope you like my costumes!
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