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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / playing around with my camera (pic heavy! 13 images) on: March 06, 2010 08:41:44 AM
I'm taking a photography class this semester and I've never used a really nice camera before. Just a point and shoot one. these are some of the images I took over the weekend just messing around. I have more but these are some of my favorites Smiley

I think I'm getting the hang of the camera more, hopefully I will get a better grade than a C this time :/
Enjoy your day Smiley
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I blame Gossip Girl on: January 06, 2010 07:45:02 AM
I have been a hairclip making fool lately. It started out with just a hair band, I really wanted a Blair Waldorph kind of hairband. Then it kind of morphed into something else all together.
My Nana gave me a bunch of stuff, hairclips and fake birds were included with a bunch of other random stuff and I'm pretty much determined to use all of it instead of throwing it out and this is what I've come up with so far.

This picture is the original hairclip I gave to my friend for Christmas, it was probably the best looking one and the only example I have right now of these hair clips actually in someones hair.

This is the only flower one I made. I didn't like it that much.

I think I'm adding something to this one later. I don't know yet.

This is my favorite button hairclip

This one is kind of a little tacky haha.

This is what I was originally going to give to my friend for Christmas, but she ended up buying one very similar to it at our schools craft fair. What are the odds of that happening?

This one is a little tacky too, but I love it Smiley

[imghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/fanfic_junkie/DSCN1725.jpg?t=1262792459[/img]http://I really like this one, but I think I"m going to rip the bow off of it.

If you could ignore the hot glue on the back of the band that would be great Smiley I was being a little messy.

Anyway, I would love to know what you think! Thanks for looking Smiley
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Window Clings on: July 30, 2009 09:11:56 AM
I got a window cling kit for Christmas that came with a bunch of "patterns" like a color by numbers kit but that kind of thing isn't for me so I decided to just make what I wanted to and toss the book out. So I did some images from my favorite band, The Beatles!

unlike clings I've made before with fabric paint this paint was really finicky so when I tried to pull a practice cling off of the sheet all of the flowers ripped off except one which got stuck to the cling itself Sad So I just left the Beatles on the little plastic sheets and stuck them on the window sheets still attached.

Here are two clings I've done before, I sent them out in a swap and forgot to take pics, oops! So I pulled the pic from my partner straight from the swap gallery. They are both my own design and were made with fabric paints.

I was going to make more but my stepsister expressed interest "in the weird men window clings" and she normally hates all of my crafting so I got really excited and gave her the rest of my paint to use so maybe I'll get her to appreciate crafting yet, we'll see Smiley

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I've caught the tote bag bug! on: July 20, 2009 12:19:26 PM
 Normally I like making clothing, but I wanted to make some bags and nowI can't stop making them! It started with my first swap and has gone down hill from there Smiley

These are some of the newest, they are all made out of old pants or skirts I got at the thrift store:

This bag I made for a swap and it was my favorite to make I think they used to be old curtains, I never figured it out?:

Some old pants:

Out of some bandannas:

I have plenty more to post but I'll have to do it later.
My goal is to make plenty of bags to wrap my friends Christmas gifts in, then they won't be using plastic bags (hopefully) at the store anymore Smiley
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jack's got style, a nightmare before christmas inspired outfit on: June 23, 2009 10:26:01 AM

During finals when I got overly frustrated with my drawing final I decided just to doodle. I like to draw clothing and I came up with this idea. Sorry for the bad scan, half of the picture didn't show up Sad
Anyway. My idea was to take famous characters for inspiration and make their outfits wearable. Like something fashionable that you can wear in public.

This is the result:

A better picture of the shirt? I used the ruffle idea from the coffee date dress on Burda style and just attatched white fabric to an old shirt I have. I don't think it looks very good under this vest so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them Smiley

I don't have a very good picture of the back, sometimes the self timer on camera's don't always work for me. Anyway, on the shoulders and on the back you can see where I hand stitched it. I wanted the vest to look frayed and old and handstitched together. I also purposely used white to stitch everything together.

the skirt, I handsewed a small spiderweb in the corner pocket and have a small plastic spider that I attached to hang from it.

A better pic of the spiderweb

This is what the jeans looked like before, they were a dollar and I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with them.

This is what I use to close the front of the vest, it's a small bat made from recycled #6 plastic

Once I have more material this is what I'm hoping to work on in the future. A Gir hoodie style dress and a black and white sally dress.

Anyway, please let me know what you think! Is it wearable? Do you like it? Does it look unplanned or silly? Do you have any suggestions?
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / More dorm room stuff on: June 22, 2009 01:37:20 PM
I really don't post as often as I should. I have had this stuff finished since the beginning of the summer.

Anyway, this is a dry erase board calendar that I made from a poster frame. I'm going to be 20 and I'm still obsessed with the Little Mermaid. in case I ever decide to grow up I can always change the picture Smiley

I hate plain blue so I painted this with spray paint, the paint will chip off eventually but it serves it's purpose for now.

Tiled dorm room floors are cold, so I started knitting a rug out of T shirt scraps. It's still smaller than what I want it to be but I have enough scraps to keep going when I get around to it. It's kind of getting bigger as I go, but that's no surprise. It happens to all of my scarfs too lol.

Curtains that match my chair

And pillows that match nothing else in my room. I'm might get around to putting stuff on them eventually. But that will be another post for another time. The awesome pillow hiding in the back is a huge body pillow. I always loved those and the fabric is my favorite ever Smiley

Oh gee I almost forgot to post the shirt quilt, anyway thanks  for looking!

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Time to clean my room! on: May 27, 2009 11:44:29 AM
It's my day off this week and it's raining outside so I decided to clean my room. Of course when that happens  I always dig up old projects and then end up working on them instead of cleaning, whoops.

In my little University town there is this awesomsauce thrift/consignment shop that buys/sells and trades new or vintage clothing and I found this gem in their dollar bin. I thought it had potential, I lovelovelove the fabric. And if it failed I would  just use the fabric in my scrap rug. This project didn't really take more than an hour.

The original, I think the fabric is adorable but I love what other people find hideously tacky but whatever.

This is what I turned it into, I was going to keep it long and flowy but ended up cutting it shorter because it looked really matronly (channeling my inner Tim Gunn haha) Forgive my shirt, I know it super tight in a bad way haha Sad

Better pic of the skirt? It's pleated if you can't tell.

When I bought it I could tell it was handmade, and hideously see through from the lack of lining so I put in some lining with scrap fabric I had laying around, I think it used to be an old curtain but It serves its purpose. I hope this pic isn't sideways, I tried editing in photobucket but it might have failed me.

AAAAAAAaaaaaannnnnnd a close up of the pattern because I love it so.

So easy peasy recon, I basically cut the top off and shortened the bottom. I think I'm finally moving into a wearable clothing direction, huzzah! Thanks for looking, and have a wonderful day! C&C is most welcome Smiley
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger help? (Pics. for detail) on: May 07, 2009 03:31:04 PM
I bought a singer ultra lock from Walmart for Christmas.  I used it a bit over Christmas vacation and I didn't seem to have any problems with it until now.

Today I was trying to make several workshirts of my fathers sleeveless.  While I was about 4 shirts in the machine seemed to be ripping the fabric at the edge and just did weird things to the thread. I took the shirt off and tried sewing on some scrap fabric and the machine made a loud unfamiliar noise when I began to sew again.
Then it just stopped all together. Instead of making a "chain" of thread when I pressed the foot the threads were just straight and the thread didn't make a chain together at all.

I looked inside of the machine and saw that several of the threads had come undone or snapped so I tried re threading it according to the crappy instructions on the side of the machine. (I can't find my serger instructions manual anywhere. I know I saved the book but it has completely gone MIA)

Now my machine makes chains but they are strange. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, or maybe I was sewing it completely wrong in the first place. Can somebody point me in the right direction? Or should I try to find someplace that deals with Singer machines? I don't want to have wasted $200 you know? I don't really have anyone to ask for help because I'm the only person that really sews and this is the first time ever using a this Singer my life and I could be completely doing it wrong. I have not idea. I never had this many problems with just my regular sewing machine.

Here are some images of the machine threaded, I hope they make sense to your eyes.

This is what the chain looks like.

This is what it looks like on the fabric

A less fuzzy close up. The threads weren't so square looking on the ends before I started having problems. I don't know how to explain it.

I think I found an example of what I mean. If you look at this piece of fabric the diagonal line with the tight threads is what it was doing right before it made the scary noise. Then the horizontal edge is what the thread was doing to the fabric after. You can see that it's really different looking. 

Any help would be really really appreciated. Thank you!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / New computer chair on: May 05, 2009 07:45:18 PM
It's nothing new I know buuuuut here is this chair that I re-upholstered yesterday. There's nothing like stapling the crap out of plastic after a long frustrating day at work. I am trying to make my dorm room really cool next year since I will have my own room during the second semester *pumps fists in the air and cheers rather loudly* I was lame this year and didn't decorate my dorm room. Probably because I lived in an all girl hall. Being boy deprived I spent as much time out of my room as possible.
So you'll probably be seeing ALOT more of me on this board over the next couple of months.

The color is a bit off but as you can see it's just a boring gray chair. That scary white stain? Just acrylic paint. I'm an art major and get paint everywhere. I mostly accidentally spill it on my roommates bed when I trip. I'm surprised she hasn't killed me yet.

And re done, it's pretty true to color. It looks nice, until you look at all of the half sticking out staples on the bottom >.<
When I started it I was actually thinking hot pink fun fur but then decided to go with this because I have plenty of this fabric and plan on making matching curtains for the ugly dorm windows.

Thanks for looking Smiley

30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Charcoal drawings on: April 09, 2009 04:43:32 PM
So I have more charcoal drawings, we have about one a week so class really keeps me on my toes Smiley

This is a self protrait, I know I look miserable but I wasn't about to draw any teeth.  My shoulders are really wide but yah know. Whatever.

This is by the secretary desk in my dorm building. And a bunch of gesture drawings of everyone who was passing through. Meh.

Two hour drawing.

This assignment was supposed to be a portrait of a friend in a complicated interior. My friend ended up going home for the weekend so I BS'd this piece. I know, how do you BS a drawing? Just draw the outlines and make up shadows >.< I spent less than an hour and a half on this and it was my professors favorite. Go figure.

Anyway, thanks for looking Smiley
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