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1  sparks can (the drink!) costumes in Halloween Costumes by kristenp on: November 18, 2008 02:20:30 PM
so this is the best-worst costume (or worst-best) I have ever made.  By that I mean - I whipped these guys together in a few hours and the stitching is totally not finished but I think they are totally awesome and hilarious.

Here's the finished product:

If you're not familiar with it, Sparks is an alcoholic energy drink that is very delicious - it is sugary and not gasoline-y as some other alcoholic energy drinks are.  My boyfriend and I drink a lot of this drink... it's become our little thing.  So for Halloween we decided to go as different colors of Sparks.

The orange sparks is the original. the blue sparks is sugar-free sparks, or "sparks light".  the black sparks is "sparks plus" because it contains more alcohol AND more taurine (I believe that's what it contains, haha)

Now as I mentioned before, this is the best-worst costume I've ever made, mainly because I didn't follow any pattern to make it, and cut as many corners along the way because of time.  But here's a quick run-down on how I made it:

1. I bought fabric in orange, black, and silver, and guesstimated the amount I would need, which turned out to be WAY too much. I also bought some fusible interfacing, and used some extra batting I had lying around.

2.  To make the letters, I downloaded a Sparks logo, enlarged it in Photoshop, and then printed out these large letters.  I ironed the fusible interfacing to the orange fabric on the wrong side, and pinned the logo letters on the front.  I then cut the letters out.

3. To make the body/can, I estimated the amount of fabric I would need, circumfrence wise, by wrapping the fabric around my boyfriend (who I used as a dress form since I don't have one) and leaving plenty of extra room in case I messed up.  I again estimated the measurements on the black/orange and silver ratio, based on the fact that only one letter fits in the colored part of the can.  I sewed together the black/silver and orange/silver pieces to create the can body.  Then I fused the letters on to the can, and the plus/minus signs.
(note: the letters were tacked on after fusing, because fusing alone wouldn't hold it.  also, if you have the patience I would go ahead and sew everything by machine, because although it's easier on your back to hand-tack, it takes FOREVER.  luckily the bf can sew.)

4. Now I had two big, flat cans. I cut armholes (I do believe this is the most free-form sewing I have ever done!), again measuring both costumes on my boyfriend (we are relatively the same size).  I then used some batting that I had to line the inside of the costumes, folding a hem over the top and sewing through the batting.  I did not attach it at the bottom, but I would have if I had more time.

5. To finish the costumes up, I pinned the two ends together in the back and did a quick seam: just like sewing up a tube!

so there's my random tutorial. although I think I could have done a better job if I'd had time to slow down and stitch, I am happy with the over all conclusion.  In fact, people kept asking us all night if we worked for sparks!! I wish!
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2  watermelon suitcase **updated pictures** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kristenp on: August 17, 2008 06:22:37 PM
I was inspired by this fashion spread in Nylon to repaint an old Samsonite suitcase like a watermelon...

***updated "before" shots***

as you can see, the inside was very ugly and it smelled too!


I used Krylon spray paints for the pink & green parts, and just basic acrylic paint for the white, light pink & light green lines, and also the black watermelon seeds.  When I was done, I sprayed the whole thing with matte sealer.

(here's a little tip: instead of hand painting each watermelon seed, I made seed templates with black construction paper.  I then used these to perfect seed placements, traced with a pencil and then filled in the seeds with a small paintbrush and the black acrylic paint)

I tore out the (very gross) lining and relined it with some stretchy pink gingham I had.  I used a spray adhesive to make the gingham stick.  Although it was useful while placing the gingham, it didn't work very well in the long run. As you can see, in many places it is no longer adhered at all.  If I were to do this again, I'd try to find a more heavy duty spray adhesive.

But!  At the top I hot-glued a matching hot pink ribbon trim... I really like this part, as it serves dual duty: making sure the lining doesn't come out and cleaning up the edges from where I ripped the old lining out.

I put the suitcase to good use on a trip I took recently (to the ooh's and aah's of some Continental employees and a few little girls who were on my flight), and was curious to see how it would hold up to the conveyor belts and airplane ride.  It's pretty nicked up, and smudged with black in places, but the way I see it, suitcases are made to be used!

as an advocate of traveling in style (i hate the whole pajama look on airplanes... i usually wear a lightweight dress if it's summer and some slip on flats and i'm just as comfortable) let me just say it was a delight traveling with this little watermelon suitcase.  yes, it was heavy and I had to lug it by hand, but it was the easiest suitcase to spot coming down the conveyor belt Wink
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3  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! in The Swap Gallery by kristenp on: December 19, 2007 11:16:03 AM
sorry these are posted so late...

"sometimes i hope my swap partners flake so i can get awesome stuff from an angel instead of junk"
i get this... it's nerve wrecking sometimes cause you're like "oh, i hope this person has my taste!" both so that they will like the stuff you sent and you'll like what they sent to you.

"you were really going somewhere.  i wish i hadn't gotten you high for the first time.  now you're a huge pothead."
this can be tough, but to the sender of this secret, don't be too hard on yourself... this person sounds like they had a good head on their shoulders at one point and will probably regain that...

sorry this is blurry! i haven't taken these contacts out for 3 years.
haha, dang!  i use daily contacts so that i don't have to bother with solution.  it's great!

"some people call me pretty.  no one said i'm beautiful."  the back said "i wish they would."
to the sender of this: i'm sure you are beautiful <3

"i sent boring secrets to people who limited what i could send"
i totally understand this one... i think i made up for the more tame secrets i sent with the people who didn't have limitations requested. Smiley
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4  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! in The Swap Gallery by kristenp on: December 04, 2007 07:23:53 AM

text reads: my boyfriend and i have this fantasy where we drink each others blood. i can't wait til he makes that dream come true. i really liked the card, it totally appealed to a certain side of me Smiley thank you secret sender!

text reads: everyone in high school thought I was a slut and whore. The irony?  I was a virgin!  Boys lie.  The back reads: and my parents believe them! 
Thank you sender!  Boys are always trying to keep their egos in tact...

text reads: On our Wedding Day... and stickers read: It was worth it! I am assuming either it was worth it getting married or it was worth it waiting?  Either way, awesome!  I am glad it was worth it!!

text reads: As much as I love her, stealing Brad from Jennifer was really shitty!
This one made me laugh... so true, so true.

text reads: Park that car, drop that phone, sleep on the floor dream about me. Below that it says: Everytime I hear this lyric, I think of you.
I'm not sure what that lyric is from, but it's lovely!  I have so many lyrics like that... sometimes its good that when think of someone, sometimes it's rather sad.  I hope this is good..

hahahaha!  Hilarious Smiley I know where this secret sender is coming from - I used to be very "don't talk about that, I don't do that, I'm a lady", but then I became vegan and didn't really have an option on that matter... my system moved well and when i had to go, I had to go.

text reads: I like admiring my breasts in the mirror
Right on secret sender!

text reads: it's a few years since the wreck but i'm still afraid of wooden bridges
my heart goes out to you - i understand <3

i have a few more secrets to post, but later. xox, thank you to everyone who sent!
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5  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! in The Swap Gallery by kristenp on: November 28, 2007 07:57:38 PM
thank you so much for my secrets!  opening the mailbox is really like receiving little personal presents... thank you for sharing Smiley

text reads: i feel like a kid when my friends order drinks with dinner and i don't

text reads: i say i hate my dad but really i'm just scared he'll leave again

text reads: my biggest fear is not being able to retire

text reads: college life would be so much easier if i were extroverted

thank you again for sharing Smiley
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6  Re: Fall/Winter Scarf Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kristenp on: October 30, 2007 07:22:47 AM

kristenp - is that a preview of the adorn coming out this month? I haven't received my subscription in the mail yet... what a great job you have.

yup - that's the new Adorn Smiley
it's coming out on newstands on Nov 6.  and i do love my job.

I also forgot to mention in my previous post that the scarf Brittany (oneyedsally) knit me is actually the first knitted object she's finished (not the first she's knit, but the first she got to bind off and block and what not.. and a cable to boot).  I'm so impressed...I didn't get a close up picture of the scarf but it's extremely well done.  all of my friends are jealous.. thank you again brittany.   I'm posting the picture again so you don't have to go back...

and I'm glad you like the scarf.  I'll look for the name of the stitch and post it later...
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7  Re: Fall/Winter Scarf Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kristenp on: October 26, 2007 06:41:24 PM

many thanks to Brittany (oneeyedsally) for sending me these great goodies... a colorful scarf, a handmade pouch, and fall-scented body lotions & scrubs.

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8  cute giant-owl handmade candle in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kristenp on: March 27, 2007 12:53:02 PM
This is from one of the molds I recently purchased on ebay.  I'm going to be selling these at craft fairs in Brooklyn once I get the colors/pouring perfected.  I also am making tree-bark pillar candles, and anchor shaped candles.

(sorry - I haven't been on craftster long enough to post the picture directly.  Very soon!)

What a cutie.

<edited to fix picture>
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