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1  Re: Can anyone help me with ideas making a fun fairy shelter/den for a 4th Birthday in Party Planning by GrandTheftUno on: June 29, 2008 01:05:35 PM
store bought dining tents/gazebos are like a blank canvas if you leave the included coer off. Buy some cheap gauzey or sparkly sheers from the fabric store and hang it over the assembled tent like this.

I did this for a fake prom, but I am using the same tent with different fabrics this year for a "VIP tent" at my speakeasy party. The look can easily become more whimsicle with sheer and sparkly fabrics. It takes between 10 and 25 M depending on how you do it. All of this fabric was $1 per M
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2  Two Toy Horses-macro photo in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by GrandTheftUno on: April 20, 2008 06:25:36 PM
The macro setting is definitely a favourite. I snuck up on these two little guys who have been hanging out in my house since...well, since before I was born.

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3  A prom-even though we're not in High school! in Party Planning by GrandTheftUno on: August 10, 2007 08:38:51 AM
A few months back, my friend Jessica and I planned a prom for her birthday. It ended up morphing out of a birthday party and completely into prom. We had a ticketed event with a buffet (self catered!)

It was a pretty crazy and fun day. Our budget was about 250$ including food and decorations (we only made back about $175 off our tickets, but a lot of the stuff we have used again, or will use). We got all of the fabric we used from Fabricland (where we work!). We waited until clearance went to half price, and got most of our fabric for $1 per meter (we ended up with something like 80 metres, but its getting re-used!)

One of my closest friends is on her way to a career in photography, so she offered (was coaxed into) doing our cheesy prom photography. We used a collapsable dining tent for out photos, which we decorated with our $1 fabric and paper lanterns

My dad (being the guy that he is) got the crazy idea that he could build a shed in the week before prom. By Thursday, I knew he wouldnt have it done, but he said "you can use the base as a dance floor". The base of the shed (sorry, dance floor) was literally being finished as our guests arrived.

Our centrepeices were simple. We took various glass vases (some clear, some green) and single gerbera daisies, and some coloured bamboo and curly twigs in pink and green.

Our decorations included swags along the deck and fence, as well as paper lanterns. We had plans for more decorations, but we ran out of time on the day of. We didnt set up the tables until everyone was waiting to sit down to eat, on account of the construction site that was our backyard) Our tablecloths were plastic (easy cleanup!)

Our food was a hot and cold buffet. We had samosas (prepared by a wonderful coworker) perogies, sausage and spanikopita for our hot foods, as well as a cheese tray, cracker tray, smoked salmon, and vegetables.

Our desserts were a chocolate fountain and various dippaples (we managed to go without spilling chocolate all over ourselves) as well as a cupcake tree, with the cupcakes decorated in our colours. We constructed the tree ourselves by epoxying together various thrift store finds

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4  Faery Fest Costumes in Costumes: Completed Projects by GrandTheftUno on: June 26, 2007 09:50:08 PM
This weekend, my friends and I attended an event called "Faery Fest"

Its sort of like a Rennaisance or Medieval Faire, but with a fairy theme. Naturally we all made costumes. The lady in the red was a total stranger, but she came up to us to get a picture of us because she liked our costumes so much.

I'm in the light green...my corset was too big on me...and my skirt was superfloof. its six layers!
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5  30 minute dress-This dress is faster than pizza! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by GrandTheftUno on: April 10, 2007 03:40:11 PM
So, my best friends boyfriend is a photography student, and he's put his last shoot off until the very last minute, so yesterday I got a text message saying "adrian needs a dress for tomorrow night-we can bring you the fabric tomorrow afternoon"

I agreed, because I am CLEARLY an amazing friend. They arrived at my house just after 5 pm, with no idea what they wanted, no pattern (for which I am kind of glad) and not even sure of who would be modelling the dress (possibly a size 14, possibly a size 4)

Its a tube dress with an elastic casing (so it could fit either model) and another elastic below the bustline, its just pinned, but its tucked in a pretty little bow.
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6  Painting of my favourite band-AND they want a poster of it! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by GrandTheftUno on: March 24, 2007 04:13:48 PM
So, I did a painting of one of my favourite bands, The Golden Dogs, and I posted a picture of it on their myspace, and it magically spawned into them wanting to buy it, and also wanting me to design their tour posters, which is totally amazing.

this is the painting

and this is the mock up of the poster, any feedback is super appreciated

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7  Also not really "prom-along", as it was almost three years ago.. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by GrandTheftUno on: January 30, 2007 10:03:06 AM
This is the dress that my mom and I made (together!) for my senior formal, which by the way was a totally overrated event!

The dj was bad, the food was worse..atleast no one had the same dress as me! Its from a modified McCalls pattern (it orginally had sleeves, and either had a hook and eye front OR a lace up back, but I did both) The ribbon straps were my idea, and they were a good one until they started falling down...

I'm just realizing now now markedy similar this is to my duct tape dress...I didnt have much of a colour scheme in High School

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8  my duct tape semi-formal dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by GrandTheftUno on: January 30, 2007 09:53:21 AM
It was my semi-formal dress in 2002...tenth grade was so long ago!

Nobody really noticed it wad made of Duct tape and plastic capes until halfway through the night...most of them were just shocked to see my hair was curled!

I wore duct tape rolls as wristbands just incase

The back laces up (with duct tape, of course) but I didnt let anyone take a picture of it...I also made some duct tape flip flops, but they were silver and didnt go with the dress. I didnt really get the concept of a heel when I was 15...not that I do now, at 20, or anything like that.

It was a Valentines semi, like my school did ever year. I decided "if I'm going to have a terrible time, I am going to have a terrible time and wear duct tape!"
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9  "Love Stinks" - Inspired by The Wedding Singer -IMG heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by GrandTheftUno on: January 28, 2007 08:30:30 PM
Other favourite movies of mine have come and gone, but for the last 7 years, this movie has remained at the top of my list. My favourite scene was always his "Love Stinks" episode, where he essentially has a nervous breakdown while singing at a wedding. I think, if he were a girl, he may have worn something like this...

the shirt..

the skirt..

closeup of the skirt fabric

now I'm just being silly..

The shirt is part re-con. the polo used to have long sleeves, and the black shirt is from scratch, the letters/heart are iron on. The skirt is a circle skirt with a knit tie waistband.
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10  I'm new, but these are some pillows I made in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by GrandTheftUno on: July 06, 2006 09:21:31 PM
I wanted to make fun gifts for the girls in my graduating class, so I made pillows for the 10 girls that would be going to grad. I did these all in one day, as well as an 11th pillow, a pair of pajama pants and a skirt for myself. I was up until 3 30 in the morning sewing, and my family thought I was losing my mind. I used scraps of red flanellette and pink scrubby poplin, and this really neat multi coloured fabric that looks like little records, I think. I also used some iron on graphics and made some appliques that I ironed on with hemming tape. I've made about 6 more pillows since. I'll post as I keep going

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