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61  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Addicted to Buttons on: March 05, 2007 07:39:30 PM
I am the biggest button addict I know.  I add them to EVERYTHING, so it seemed only logical for me to make an entire project made of buttons.  I made bracelets.  They turned out pretty well, for the most part.

Sorry about the blurry pictures.  My camera's pretty shoddy, despite being 5 megapixels.  *shrug*

Showing both sides of each bracelet:

Although I realized a problem with my construction:

There are ugly thread bits all over the inside.  Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix that?  I planning on giving away/selling the pink one.

62  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skirt Poofiness on: February 24, 2007 11:25:48 PM
Ack!  I made a skirt, but it's all poofy along the waistband.  Yes, yes, it's stylish right now, but I think it looks dumb.  How can I fix it?

This logo MUST remain on this skirt.  I love that movie!
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From protester to sexy protester [VERY IMG HEAVY] on: February 17, 2007 05:46:39 PM
There was a protest on the steps of the capitol building in Austin, TX a few months back, and, being the hippy I am, I simply had to attend.  We were protesting the Bush administration, complete with marching and silly chants.  It was so much fun!  Unfortunately, the shirts they gave us to remember the protest by were all ADULT LARGE, and little me wears an adult small.  So, it was a tent.  A very unflattering tent.

Blah.  How icky.



So I decided this horrible shirt needed to be shaped to fit me.  Only I'd never reconstructed anything before.  So it was off to the boards of crafster for me.  I found loads of inspiration, and decided to turn it into a tank top.  This is Austin, after all, and it could easily be 90 tomorrow.

So I cut it up:

And this is what it became:

My floor is such a good model.

I flipped the front and back.  I liked the big text of the back better. 

I really like the way the back hangs.  I was worried it was going to fall too low.

I'm not a "racer stripe" sort of person, but I cut the shirt down too small at first.  Oops!

This little guy is from a t-shirt I had with all sorts or emoticons on it.  It was about 3 sizes too small for me.

The straps are some basic ribbon that I had lying around.  The stripes are made of black, non-stretch cotton.

Unfortunately, I think it looks a little frumpy when my hair isn't covering the straps.  Does anyone know how I can fix that?

I don't think it's half bad for my first attempt at a recon.  What do you guys think?
64  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Super Cuddly Bears [IMAGE HEAVY] on: February 11, 2007 06:13:59 PM
I started making these bears around Thanksgiving '05.  They were Christmas presents that year, so I don't have most of my creations.  They're the 18" version.  I found it much easier to put together than the smaller, 15" one.

These two were the ones I kept for myself and my boyfriend.  His is the hippy, tye-dye one, and mine is the outer space one.

They were made from Simplicity 5247, but I used buttons instead of embroidery eyes and noses.  Also, they have no silly vests and hats.

http://simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=3&type=0&sec=33&startrow=1 for pattern reference.  (Sorry. I don't know how to hide links in this format.)


Spacey Face:

Tye-Dye Face:

Left Arm Patch:

Right Arm Patch:

Stomach Patches:

I absolutely love this pattern.  I have used it to the point where the pattern pieces are in tatters.  It's so simple, yet so versatile.  I've morphed this into a monkey, made it for men and women, boys and girls, used flannel, basic cotton,  fleece, that furry stuff, EVERYTHING.

What do you guys think?
65  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / kawaii cat ear hat on: February 09, 2007 09:28:07 AM
So, I got really bored last night.  When I get bored, I make silly things.  My creation from las night stems from this post:


Thanks, queenoftiaras!

So, here it is!

With a flash:

Without a flash:

Accent buttons:

Pardon my bored expression.  I was trying to take a picture that would still make the hat look good with my MacBook's camera.

The buttons are 2 vintage-looking big silver ones, 2 small, lilac ones, a dark purple heart, grapes, and a balloon.

The bulk of the hat is black fleece that I picked up in JoAnn's remnants section.  Man, that's the best section they have.

The insides of the ears are made with a very furry purple fabric that's stored with fleece at JoAnns, but isn't fleece at all.  Also, to make it fit a little better, I gathered the sides.  Is there a better way to phrase that?
Anywho, I'm quite happy with the results.  Now I can prance about my college making people feel awkward.

What do you guys think?

Oh, and obligatory "this is my first post.  whoo!" crap.  Do you guys even give a crap about when it's people's first post?
66  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Newbie Questions on: January 30, 2007 04:14:37 PM
How am I supposed to get started with swaps if all the swaps want you to have completed at least one?  I'm sure this has been addressed before, but I really want to start swapping, but I don't see any swaps that I can participate in!
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