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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My best dress- 1950's whirl away wrap dress (Picture sumptuous) on: July 24, 2008 09:14:01 PM
Who can not love this dress! Saw it on craftster first- got the pattern during a 99 cent Butterick sale. I love the fabric, it seems like it was made just for this dress!

I altered the pattern a tiny bit, I didn't like the gaping neckline, so I added some elastic shirring under the neckline and sleeves to pull them off my shoulders.

I apologize for the fuzzy pictures- mom is not so good with digital cameras...

The dress:

Bodice closeup- you can see the fabric a bit better:


And lastly, the obligatory artsy whirl-away shot:

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Japanese Print Tote Bag on: March 31, 2008 07:27:26 PM
I bought this fabric when it was on sale at JoAnns- It's my favorite fabric right now. I love the colors and the design reminds me of Japanese fabrics. I also had some brass metal clasps and hoops that I've been saving for a bag and I thought they worked well with the design.

I didn't use a pattern- I just winged it. I might go back and add some support and give the sides some dimension (its flat right now). Overall its a nice bag if I only have a few things to carry.

The bag:

Some fabric details:

The brass fixtures:



3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crazy Awesome Messenger Bag ***Now with Link to Tutorial, Page 7*** on: November 03, 2007 07:42:27 PM
As an interior design student, I usually drag a lot of obnoxious crap across campus (I have more triangles than a girl should have). The school gave us a very unfashionable ziplock bag to carry our things in, but that wasn't cutting it for me. I wanted something very sturdy and big enough to hold most of my supplies. Oh- with lots of pockets.... 

Bag front

Front Pockets


Inside pocket

Side pocket

Water bottle pocket

Thanks for looking!

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask on: November 03, 2007 07:25:55 PM
My roommate this year are on opposite ends of the spectrum on almost everything. I am usually in bed before midnight, she starts her homework around 1 am. Since I am a very heavy sleeper, I wanted something that would block out the light from her desk lamp (which I swear must have a 400 watt bulb!). Thus I give you, the sleep mask:

strap and other side:

Finally, an action shot:

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dot 50's style dress and matching tie! on: June 10, 2007 02:21:06 PM
When I found out I was going to my boyfriend's prom in May I knew I wanted something fifties-ish. He picked out the fabric (its pure silk- I got it for $4.99 a yard!) and I sewed it in the lounge of my dorm (I made a mess, my RA thought I was nuts). Anyway, we had a blast- it was better than my prom.

Oh yeah, I also made his tie. Its not short, he just can't tie it correctly  Wink

Not a good picture of him, but a good one of me:

Thanks for looking!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Birthday gift for tree hugger boyfriend on: June 07, 2007 07:44:42 PM
My boyfriend is turning 18 in July. He and I are both tree hugging hippies, but he is thinking about going into Environmental Science/Policy/Engineering (depends on the weather and the day of the week). I want to put together a sort of "environmental scientist in a box".

My Ideas so far:
- I am making him a shirt that says "this is why i'm hot" (from that rap song?) and then has the chemical equation for ozone depletion
-I got him a comic book entitled "How to survive global warming".

and thats where my ideas end. For our one year anniversary, I did a list of the 10 things i love about us and made him a gift for each one. For "tree hugging"- I bought him a tree. In Devon, England. Not sure when we are going to actually hug the tree.

I look forward to your suggestions!
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / How about some creative ways to break in shoes! on: April 12, 2007 09:59:24 PM
So.... I got the perfect shoes for my boyfriends prom. I love the way heels look, but I really cant wear them. So i opted for a cute patten leather kitten heel from payless. I absolutely love them to death. I wear them around the dorm in my boxers and bra- doing dishes, laundry, vacuuming, wherever, just to break them in.

So, my question to you is, how do you break in your shoes? Any creative methods? In the past, I have wet the insides and worn them wet for a few hours... it works a little bit.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! 
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Duct Tape Rose Bouquet with Tutorial! on: April 08, 2007 09:53:19 AM
As promise, I got boyfriend to do a tutorial for the lovely duct tape roses he made me for our anniversary, as seen here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161856.0

Here it goes...

First thing first, you're definitely going to need duct tape. I find that the "Duck" brand of duct tape works the best.
You'll also need
-Floral wire
-Wire cutters (to cut the wire)
-Scissors, or a razor blade and cutting mat

First thing you do is to get your floral wire. Unroll as much as you want, or if you get the precut stuff...well, thats how long  your stem is going to be. Just remember that the longer that the stem is, the harder it is to stand the rose up.

Next, take a piece of tape about 1" - 1 1/2" long and fold the top left corner down to the bottom right side, making sure to leave adhesive on the right side.

Then take the right side and fold it to the left side, making a triangle with adhesive left on the bottom.

Take that piece and fold either end over the tip of the wire, it depends on whether you're left or right-handed. Do it whichever way you're comfortable.

Now the key to making the center is to wrap the tape tightly. If the middle gets crinkled up, don't worry about it. You can take a pencil and push the crinkles out later.

To start making the individual petals of the rose, repeat the steps to make the first petal. Line up the second petal of the rose in the middle of the one you've used for the center. the tip of the new petal should be close to the same height and and close to center with the first petal. when you feel comfortable with the alignment, wrap that petal around the first one.

For every petal after that, point the tip of the petal in the direction you're wrapping. The corner that ends up on the top of the side of the petal should be lined up with the top tip of the previous petal. Wrapping petals in this fashion allow the rose to open up and look beautiful

Repeat this step over and over and over and over and over until you reach the desired size of the rose head. Just remember, a long stem with a big head wont stand up on its own at all!!!

Now its time to make your stem. Most sane people will use green tape, you know, to simulate a real rose but you can use any colour you like. <--Name the band and you're a winner!

Take your tape and pull off a long strip, it should be about as long as your stem. Rip it off, then take either scissors or a razor and a cutting mat and cut that entire strip in half. I find that the razor works better, and much faster, for those clutch situations.

starting at the base of the head, angle the tape at about a 45 degree angle and wrap it tightly downward, the tape will overlap and form creases, but that gives the stem character. If you have extra wire at the end when you run out of tape to wrap, chop it off and you have made your self a duct tape rose!

If you feel like experimenting further, try adding leaves or thorns to your stems.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My (too colorful) dorm room- Update with Duct Tape Rose Tute! on: April 03, 2007 02:07:58 PM
Finally posting pictures of my dorm room!
People laugh at me- I really moved into my room. I just don't understand how they can live here with white walls and no decorations : /. My room is really tiny (smallest dorms on campus, go us!), but we still have a ton of junk. Enjoy!

View from the doorway

Frank, our guardian monster

Duct tape roses from my boyfriend (thats us in the picture)
Link to the tutorial he wrote for the roses: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=162792.0


Inspiration corner (cards from my mom mostly) and my crazy curtains and flowers (our room is the only room with curtains, you can see them from the street)

Crazy lamp

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Intense Red Hot Chili Pepper Shirt-NEW PICTS 12/26 on: December 15, 2006 04:29:18 PM
This was insane. Ive been working on it for about a wek in between classes. It is part of Christmas for my boyfriend- my theme was Stadium Arcadium (I also got him the box set and the vinyl set)

The entire shirt:

Back detail:

Asterick on the Hood:

UPDATE 12/26/06
He really loved it: "I absolutley loved the sweatshirt. I was in awe that my girlfriend would put out so much time and effort from her heart to make me such an amazing sweatshirt. I love her so much...the crafster world must know this."
-Seth, the boyfriend : )  

Anyway, here is a picture of him wearing it:

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