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1  What to do with 3 Hello Kitty heads? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by maenad_au on: August 14, 2008 03:59:53 AM
I'm hoping somebody can come up with something that I can do with these three hard plastic Hello Kitty heads. They came in a bag of girly toys that my neighbours gave to us almost a year ago. I would have thought I could have come up with something for them by now but, nada.

To give you an idea of what they look like (no working cameras in the house atm) I've found a couple of pics.

See the oval shaped HK packaging in the middle with the HK plastic head? That's the sort of package these 3 heads came from, so just below the neck they have an flat, oval shaped little platform that keeps them upright and stable.

The heads are about the same size as this:

The heads are hard hollow plastic. Two have a ladybug in her hair and one has the standard pink bow as in the pic above.

I've got a baby girl due to be born at the end of September and I'd like to turn these into something for her. I was thinking of a mobile but at the same time I fear floating severed heads may be in bad taste.  Wink

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2  Dress Recon Finished. Thanks for the help! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by maenad_au on: January 20, 2008 01:45:21 AM
Thank you everybody who gave me feedback and encouragement on my first reconstruction project. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218840.0) As I promised I'm now posting the probably-finished project. I say it's probably finished because I can still see myself adding an applicae or something like that later on.

So here are some photos of the finished dress, including the dress with a shrug as MaxineBrandywine suggested. I'm sorry for the crappy quality of the photos.

I have a lot of trouble getting a decent photo because all I have to use is a webcam on my laptop and it was night by the time I finished so the pics are dark and grainy. If I stood any further away from the camera I'd be all out of focus.

Close ups:

I decided that my bust needed a little assistance so I sewed a bra into the dress. Doing that wasn't as fiddly as I had expected.  Smiley

Since I had to sew by hand and my hand-sewing is basic and dodgey looking, I used nylon "invisible" thread. Unfortunately it is also amazingly itchy. The bra that I sewed in was a little itchy on its own too. So, running out of time I grabbed some scraps left over and used this wonderful stuff I've just discovered called Rescue Tape. It's double-sided tape for fabric. Worked like a charm! I also used it to put on the tulle at the bottom of the dress which I don't want to keep there permanently. I want to be able to take it off so I can wear the dress to uni since the tulle makes it too fussy for school.

And inside:

The Rescue Tape held up perfectly to a couple of hours' dancing at a club. The only "wardrobe malfunction" was with the satin ribbon that was the holter neck tie. The knot slipped a bit and I need to duck into the Ladies' a couple of times to tighten it up again.

Thanks again to everyone who encouraged me with this dress. I'm really proud with how it came out and it has everything to do with the help I got from this forum.
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3  Re: Help with dress recon please? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by maenad_au on: January 10, 2008 09:00:00 PM
OK, here are some pics of the dress. It is by no means finished. My handsewing is admittedly woeful but I'm using thread that calls itself invisible and while it's itchy in places it is invisible on that black ribbon and not too bad with the darts I put in either. I did the runching first and that was fun.  Smiley

I'm afraid that the pattern makes my hips look rather wide so I want to make it more eye catching up top to distract from that. I'd probably have a better shape in it if I had an appropriate bra to wear under it. That will probably be my next recon project.

Feedback and tips are most definately appreciated. Smiley
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4  Re: Help with dress recon please? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by maenad_au on: January 09, 2008 05:09:50 AM
Thanks for all the help everyone!  Cool 

I've gone with the halter neck because something clicked and I could suddenly see how it could be done. My handsewing leaves a lot to be desired but it's mostly invisible and I am having trouble with the lack of fit around the bust but on the whole I'm really pleased with how good it looks so far. Since it's my first reconstruction I expected there to be a lot trial and error so that's OK. I'll post pictures of it when it's finished.

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5  Help with dress recon please? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by maenad_au on: January 08, 2008 05:46:09 AM
This is my first reconstruction that I'm going to attempt. I have this very basic 1980s dress that has cute material and falls on my hips nicely. My hips are wider than average so it's hard for me to find dresses that fit.

My problem is that the top part of the dress is horribly out-dated. After ripping out the shoulder pads and putting a hole in the shoulder seam I realised I had no idea what to do next. I'd prefer to take it in a rockabilly direction but I've been looking on the web and haven't found anything, so I'd be just as happy with something simple and effective. My sewing is mainly by hand too. Could somebody help me or suggest a tutorial please?

The photos are just thumbnails that link to bigger images.

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6  Manga & Anime Decoupaged Box in Completed Projects by maenad_au on: December 31, 2006 08:00:26 PM
My BIL has come from the other side of the country to start a new job. He is staying with us and I noticed that he has no storage for his manga and anime DVD collection. He's a very serious fan.

So I got a big box from the new discount shop up the road, and then sneaked into his room to snaffle his DVDs, take colour photocopies of the covers and then sneaked them back into his room. I then used the photocopies to decoupage the box lid. I was going to do the whole box but it would have ended up too busy, and besides, I ran out of time before Christmas. Tongue

Top view:

Side view 1:

Side view 2:

I found that the colour of the photocopies tended to degrade with each layer of glue but I'm still pleased with the result as this was the first time I'd tried to do a decoupage this big. In fact before this Christmas, I'd never decoupaged anything before!

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7  Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers in What the heck can I do with THIS? by maenad_au on: December 29, 2006 04:15:15 AM
I got into a decoupaging frenzy this past Christmas and decoupaged some of my old glass coffee jars with serviettes. The idea was that they will glow nicely as lanterns but I've run out of wire for wrapping around the top and turning into handles, and the candles I bought were too wide for the top of the small jars. Doh! So I can't report on how effective they are yet, but I do think they look damn pretty anyway. Serviettes are a tad difficult but I rather like the wrinkly and torn look because they suit the "shipwrecked on a south Pacific island" daydreams I've been indulging in lately.  Wink

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8  Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases in What the heck can I do with THIS? by maenad_au on: December 29, 2006 03:56:48 AM
This past Christmas I broke up old CDs and used them to decorate a picture frame form my MIL.

Broken pieces of CDs used to decorate a picture frame in a mozaic, just stuck on with superglue. The black and red portions were not painted. The back of the CDs were already that colour.

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9  A n00b's first suncatcher in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by maenad_au on: December 12, 2006 12:09:40 AM
Thanks to getting inspired by this suncatcher https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62920.msg596091#msg596091 I made my first suncatcher. Please be gentle with me. I've never made anything like this before in my life so I'm feeling tentatively quite pleased with myself. This is also only my second post so if I'm posting in the wrong place I am sorry. Since the beachglass suncatcher/windchime that inspired me was on this board I guessed that this was where I should also post.

I'm posting close-ups because it's really quite small. Sorry about the image quality. All I have is a camera phone to take photos with.

This one is a prototype which we will keep. The next one I make will be a Christmas present for my mother-in-law.

The tigerseye beads are from a bracelet that I had years ago that had broken. The green glass and the little crystals at the bottom have been attached using green florist's wire just like Jennickell did with blue wire. I've had the little crystals for years but they were just sitting in a box for the last year. The large green glass piece in the middle has the word "Trust" etched on it. I picked it up for 50c at a $2 shop. The rest of the beads and the string I bought at the local bead shop.
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