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141  suiting up! with beaucoup photos in Costumes: Completed Projects by julibooli on: September 14, 2009 08:18:50 AM
For about a year and a half I've been eying some glitter Spandex at Joann's, knowing exactly what I would make out of it if I could only find the excuse. Well, this year I went to BURNING MAN. It was insane; it was incredible; it was indescribable! And I was well dressed.

First, here are some shots from the desert:

As it turns out, you don't have to have a great body to prance around in a bodysuit. Stick anything in 2 yards of sparkly spandex and it's fabulous. I got more attention wearing these than when I walked around naked.

The outfits were interpreted in so many ways, as a fish/mermaid suit, as an astronaut, as an alien (especially when I was in the rocket), and a superhero. It was actually pretty cold at night and my silver fringed arm warmers didn't do much, so when I wasn't dancing my tushy off I was snuggled up in a teal robe someone loaned me.

I didn't use a pattern on these but they fit perfectly. I loved being able to change the attitude by the height of the zipper (I did wear it around with the zipper open). Also I whipped up a silver utility belt, which was so useful! I kept food, a camera, toilet paper, a knife, and all sorts of little essentials on hand.

The blue one was second and came out much better. It only took 90 minutes from start to finish (excluding the sequins at the collar). Also on this one I figured out to use the 3-stitch zig zag, which worked so much better than the regular zig zag!

Since I didn't get a lot of shots at Burning Man, yesterday I suited up again and played in the neighbor's tree house.

For next year I am going to have a different color for every night. Also, I'm thinking about putting in a much longer 2-way zipper to go from the neck all the way to the back, so that using the porta-potties isn't such a hassle.

This is going to be great for Mardi Gras!

By the way, I totally wear these around my house and when I visit the neighbors. They've gotten used to it.

You can see this on my website! http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=67
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142  vintage French comics iPod cases in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by julibooli on: August 20, 2009 04:43:21 PM
So I was hanging around a little house in the middle of France. There was no place in the village to get internet and we didn't have TV either, so iPods were the only technological source of entertainment. And then... one day mine broke! I freaked out but was able to order a new one, cost quite a lot. Since it was my birthday present to myself I decided to buy new earphones. I picked out these blue ones from Carrefour before I knew what kind of case I was making, so I was quite pleased when it turned out to match perfectly.

I found some vintage comic books (in French) in an upstairs bedroom and fell in love with a series of black, white, and blue images. I covered the papers in masking tape and cut out the shapes with an X-acto knife, then used more tape to assemble the case.

The next day I made the black and white case for my friend. This one was much more modular, with just 2 pieces--the sides were part of the front and back. Not only was it quicker the second time around, it did come out better. But mine has the matching earphones.

The closure is just a long tab that slips in over the top of the iPod. There is a layer of tape over the clicker wheel and the screen has bits of plastic from our chausson aux pommes box. I made these in March and they are still holding up quite well.

You can also see this on my website! http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=65
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143  Resin window - stained glass-ish & NOLA-riffic! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: August 26, 2008 05:45:14 PM
Something else to commemorate pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans. I know it's getting old, but it's coming up on the 3 year anniversary and it's been on my mind.

First let me say that this was not my idea. A friend of mine makes these and sells at the New Orleans Art Market, for those in the area. She was very excited and supportive when I told her I was making my own. I'm already collecting glass for my next window.

Unfortunately for the first section I poured I used fiberglass resin, which apparently isn't clear and doesn't dry clear, like I was hoping. crap. I'm using it as a metaphor for the floodwaters from Katrina, although I might knock those sections out and do something new.

Are you guys starting to get an idea of what my house looks like?

Here's the final product:

You can see my bed post in this one. Those knobs go great with the window, because they all catch the light. Actually, there are 3 knobs left over from the bed attached to the top of the window.
 I have this scarf in the window because the stucco wall of my neighbor's shed is 3 feet away from my window, and that's all I see.
This was a great way to preserve all those little things I've collected over the years.

The arch of nails and screws is a rainbow of rebirth and rebuilding of New Orleans.

The flamingos are just cool, and popped up all over the city outside the FEMA trailers.

The lost keys represent all the empty homes in the city. They are keys to nothing.

This is my favorite--a Napoleon lapel pin and a dead bee; bees were his person emblem and are fast becoming my own.

Here's a shot at night, to give you another idea of the colors.

Quote made on my label maker, from GOGOL BORDELLO, who are coming back to New Orleans in 2 months!

Some detail. The slides are all of my own artwork, much of which was destroyed in the Hurricane.

Here's the window before I poured the resin. If you make one of your own, BE SURE to set up your window on some 2x4s before you arrange everything. I had to very carefully lift mine up at the last minute.

The window weighs 20 pounds, and is hanging from chains from the solid window frame.
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144  even more photos! I made my bed! And I'm not just talking about the sheets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: July 18, 2008 02:45:24 PM
Well, really my exboyfriend built it, but I helped. And I painted it.

When I first started seeing my exboyfriend, I had a twin bed. The nights that he stayed over I got NO sleep, so I said to myself "I have to get a bigger bed or break up with him." HE volunteered to build me a bed, and I figured I wasn't going to come across an offer like that again.

The great thing about building my own bed was the customization. Since I store things under the bed, the mattress is 12" off the ground-lots of storage space. It took a weekend (in Jan 2007) and cost about $70, although it took 2 weeks to paint and the mattress cost $500. It's very sturdy, and generally perfect. And I didn't have to break up with my boyfriend.

I also made the quilt, but that's another story.

The glass knobs are salvaged from a flooded warehouse (I live in New Orleans). It took a lot of scrubbing, but they look great in the sunlight.

The trees are from a fairy tale that's called The Worn-out Dancing Shoes. One tree is silver, another gold, and the third is diamond.

There's a different pattern painted on each of the four posts.

Every part of the bed is painted (this is the inside of the footboard)


Oh ooh I finally found the "in progress" pictures!

Here's the unpainted head and foot boards.

Here's the ex helping me put the thing together. (And you can see the curtains that I made shorts out of)

Here's a better photo of the headboard. I forgot to say that in these stripes, no color is repeated more than twice.

Here's the inside of the footboard. With the mattress and boxspring, you can only see the top 3 inches! This was the first pattern I painted on the bed, and like everything else, it was all hand-done, without a stencil.

Thanks to everyone for your nice compliments!
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145  70s-tastic shorts in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by julibooli on: July 18, 2008 02:11:55 PM
I made these shorts (and a few other things) out of my bedroom curtains. I was working at a clothing-resale shop and the time that sold a lot of vintage clothes, and people thought I'd bought my shorts there. Nope.

The belt loops are made out of the tabs at the tops of the curtains.

check out my awesome belt.

I'm making a weird face here, but you could figure that out yourself.
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146  DIY IQ lights in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: March 03, 2008 06:55:55 PM
So, has everyone seen the IQ lightwww.iqlight.com? It's pretty awesome. BUT no self respecting craftster would pay $30 for 30 pieces of plastic, right? So I decided to make my own. I got a template from Readymade Magazine, but I modified it for two pieces on a page. You see, I just printed out the template on cardstock and cut out the shape!

Here's the template:

In order to cut out the little hooks, I used a hole punch so I didn't have to get into those tiny curves with my scissors. Made the work much easier!

My first lamp used 28 pieces:

And I'm not sure how many pieces are in my second lamp. I also am not sure how I made this!

I'm using 60w bulbs, and since the paper is not very close to the bulb I'm not really worried about fires. I'm using extension cords and added switches so that I can easily turn the lights on and off (my sockets are incredibly inconvenient).

This is a really neat project. It's amazing to see what you can make with just one shape. This would be fun to do with kids old enough to handle sharp scissors. Girl scouts maybe?
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147  Rebirth of NOLA, screw hurricanes in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by julibooli on: March 03, 2008 02:45:15 PM
Hey there everyone. So I live in New Orleans where I study art history at the terrible University of New Orleans. It's way different from Tulane and Loyola, and no one's ever heard of it unless they live here or went there (people do that sometimes). Anyway, to combine my love of art history and the rebuilding efforts of my city, I made this watercolor painting:

It's based off of Boticelli's Birth of Venus, but instead shows our city's patron saint, the goddess NOLA (which I just made up) rising from the Mississippi River. The bridge in the back is the GNO (Greater New Orleans) which connects the two banks. The east bank is represented by the Superdome, while the west bank (which some call the "Best Bank" but I call the "Skank Bank") is symbolized by industry.

By the way, NOLA is the city's abbreviation New Orleans, LouisianA.

I had some posters locally printed, and I sell them at various art markets around the city. I also help my friends sell their work without the pressure of having to fill an entire booth for a market.

You can find out more about my art group at our site, www.rebirthnola.org.
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148  Feminist Revolution jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: June 17, 2007 05:11:01 PM
So although I didn't actually make the jacket, I did make what makes it special, which I took off of an old hoodie. The letters are felt, and the bird is cotton.

If you didn't notice, the circle is actually the symbol for female. Everyone needs a feminist revolution.

And here's the action shot of me at Lake Erie, having a good time blowing dandelion puffs.
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