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11  mmmonkeys everywhere! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ninjanator on: January 07, 2010 07:44:42 PM

So this christmas, i decided to make toys for some of my closest friends - sock monkeys to be more specific! I've actually been meaning to make one for aaages, and finally got around to it after exams ended.

I love the classic sock monkey, but didn't want the red lips (and stripe on the butt) so I bought some women work socks without them.

(that's my first monkey helping me assemble the rest of his friends)

I hand-sewed most of them, and gave each of them an accessory to fit the personality of a certain friend:

I kept the furthest one on the right (he still needs a name! suggestions?) and gave the rest away.

i also crocheted a luma plushie for my bro, thanks to the great pattern by wolfdreamer Smiley

it was pretty well received - he slept with it for a week (by then it was pilling like mad, but hey toys are meant to be loved Wink) and had it by his side constantly.

thanks for reading, and comments are welcome ^^
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12  Jack's hoodie & old floral skirt rejuvenation! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ninjanator on: October 01, 2009 02:36:14 PM
Hey guys, I vowed to myself to make half of my wardrobe this summer ... but life (and the need for moola) got tangled up in my mission, and i present my meagre 2 pieces that i managed to finish Tongue

exhibit a:

Made this from a Jack's mannequin (so good!) concert tee i got at one of their concerts (the price was such a ripoff ... but it was an impulse buy) Basically hacked off the sleeves, took in the sides, and made the sleeves (two fabrics with one layered on top of the other) and the astronaut (a la threadbanger) hood.

the original shirt:

exhibit b:

so...i kind of like old vintagy floral prints (even though i've been told they're ugly, i think they add interest to an otherwise plain outfit) made this from a GIGANTIC poofy skirt with an elastic waist - it went literally down to my ankles ... yeah not a good look.


i live too far from the sewing store to run out and get a hook & eye in the midst of sewing so i just came up with this button tab idea. simple but i like it Smiley

anyway, thanks for looking and feel free to comment below (even if you're against old floral prints Wink)
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13  Honey, Honey - bumble bee action! [img party] in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ninjanator on: September 28, 2009 02:20:55 PM
Hey guys, I've been pretty busy with school lately but I wanted to share some new pieces I've been working on Smiley All of them reference some song or some other inspiration.

Sweet Dance

Shine On (a pin)

Treacle Cafe


Lupine (I wanted to make something for the guys as well Cheesy)

Capturing Night

Passion-bloom (pin numero deux)

Guiding Sea


There's some more pieces but one image party is about all I can handle at the moment Tongue Let me know what you guys think Smiley
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14  Summer Whimsy :) [picture party] in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ninjanator on: August 30, 2009 04:54:06 PM
I've been toying with the idea of coming up with a jewelry for a while now. I've been making things for a couple of years, but none were intended to be cohesive. But ... that finally came true this summer Smiley I think I've finally found my style. Enjoy! (and I love any & all feedback)

Carrot Love:

Sweet Dandelions:




Scattering Ice:

Blossoms at Dusk:

Garden Tea:

(I embroidered some clear seed beads onto the cotton eyelet so that it'd sparkle when the sun hits it Smiley)

Let them wear bows:

There's a lot more but I don't want to flood the board. Most of these pieces were inspired by the imagery in lyrics, or when i just wanted to experiment with a certain material (like feathers). Thanks for looking Smiley
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15  vest salvaged from near disaster & purple top [wordy & picture abundant] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ninjanator on: May 02, 2009 08:00:17 PM
...yes, I am quite descriptive with my titles Tongue

Anywhos, after exams ended I decided that I had to have a vest. But being a poor student, and the fact that I find a lot of vests out there too masculine for my taste, I decided to make one out of a pair of old dress pants that I hate & will never wear ever again (I think everyone knows what I'm talking about)

And here are the pictures:

it started its life like so ^

Then as i was making my button holes, I had this great idea to use my seam ripper to open them... BAD IDEA. I was in shock for about half an hour before I could come up with a viable solution. Thankfully, I actually like it better with the military-esque tabs and have already rocked it several times Smiley

And this is it on - i see it's a little buckly near the edges - reason is probably because of this waist cinching thing i put in the back. maybe i need to loosen it a little D:

Anyway, I drafted the pattern for this and made a mock-up out of some thrift-store cotton sheet before I started to cut into the pants. I could've used burdastyle's vest pattern but I was too lazy (oh the irony!) to go through the hassle of becoming a member.

Anywhos, afterwards I decided to make a 3/4 length top out of an unflattering purple tanktop and some grey material i found in the house. Et voila:

Enjoy, and comments are always welcome Smiley

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16  1st recon: Skeleton Hoodie [Img Chunky] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ninjanator on: April 04, 2009 12:52:39 PM
So I've been drooling over the things you guys make over here on this board for quiiite a while now - only problem: I didn't own a sewing machine.

But, thanks to the almighty craigslist, I got one this winter break from a lady who was moving across the ocean for something like $30, so I can finally give recons a shot now!

Aside from practice patches (where I attempted to sew in a straight line without buckling), I have never embarked on such an epic sewing journey.

I present you with my first (of many hopefully Tongue) ever recon'd hoodie:

I bought a skeleton t-shirt from my local thriftstore, took it apart (it was a large and its arms were set in really awkward places for me) cut out black sleeves - added original grey t-shirt material onto it for decoration, and then added this stretchy blue material.

Here's an in-progress shot and the original t-shirt:

The whole thing took me AGES (about 4 days) to do because I'm a perfectionist, and since I made lots of mistakes, I had to take some bits apart quite a few times.

But I'm kind of glad I took the extra time b/c now it's extra durable Smiley

(Yeah...I'm kind of really proud of my seams Tongue I know it pales in comparison to all you master sewers ... but I'm getting there Smiley)

Anywhos, thanks for reading through my long-winded tale, and feel free to leave any comments or critiques Smiley
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17  1st Polymer Attempt [Img Happy] in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ninjanator on: April 03, 2009 06:36:51 PM
Hey everyone ^^ So this is my first time on the board - a couple weeks ago I decided to give polymer clay a shot 'cause the projects here are adorable, and I wanted some new things to incorporate into my jewellery making Smiley

Here are my first ever creations:

These are actually two cakes - but I gave away a few slices already to friends as earrings Smiley

The cupcakes will be dangle earrings, the tentacle-y ones are on studs, and the strawberry is now a necklace

These are all stud earrings

The top two are pendants (the yellow one's a failed boombox thing...) and the leaves are just beads

Just a chocolate pendant for a friend

Thanks for looking, and comments are mucho appreciated Smiley
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18  Customized chucks :) [Image Happy!] in Shoes: Completed Projects by ninjanator on: March 22, 2009 02:37:26 PM
So I got two pairs of chucks recently and have finally customized a pair Smiley


They're painted on with acrylic mixed with this fabric medium thing (will get name if anyone's interested), ironed, then sharpied & embroidered over.

A couple detail shots of the embroidery:

Since the fabric medium diluted my paint so much, I had to basically paint over the same design about 3-5 times depending on the colour  Angry so it took me about a week off and on to finish the entire thing.

ETA: the black sharpie words on my right shoe are actually a sig I got from the lead singer of the band "The Midway State" when I saw them last week or so. I love their stuff Smiley

...and one more "in progress" shot Tongue

enjoy, and i love feedback ^^
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19  My walls were too naked... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ninjanator on: March 16, 2009 02:40:46 PM
So I did these a couple of months ago 'cause my walls were too bare (and I wasn't allowed to paint directly onto them  Angry)

Just acrylic & watercolour on cardboard - I stuck it on some white posterboard to make it easier to hangle (and not have tape or anything wreck the back of the cardboard)

A pink giraffe Smiley - I stuck it in this picture frame before putting it up

Top pic is a pencil sketch of gaspard ulliel, whom I had a short obsession with. I quite like his scar (which looks like a dimple) The bottom trees were inspired by this artist on etsy (forgot who though  Embarrassed)

This was painted on a record I bought with the intention of making a record bowl. Since that never happened, I just attacked it with some acrylic paints I had.

Hope you like them, and comments are welcome Smiley
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20  Fresh Spring Necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ninjanator on: March 16, 2009 02:33:09 PM
So it's been a while since I've posted on this board (or craftsters in general Tongue) but that doesn't mean I haven't been crafting!

I finally got off my lazy butt and took some pictures of my latest pieces

The flower is made from some scrap fabric & a button and the little drop dangles off from behind it Smiley

I wanted something in a different medium than I usually do, so I just randomly crocheted this out of some crochet thread I had

You can't see it in this pic Sad but the shell flower hangs off of this wooden bead ring thing I made

I've always wanted a peacock feather necklace, so I FINALLY made it Tongue (after like 2 years of wanting one)

Hope you liked them, and comments are very welcome Smiley
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