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1  Texas / Texas: Central / Re: I have a ton of Beautiful antique books in excellent condition -willing to share on: March 24, 2009 04:07:49 PM
I am always in need of vintage books for my hollow book safes.  I know this was a little while ago, but if you still have any let me know!  I will gladly drive to Round Rock for pretty vintage books.

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Hello Kitty costume... for an adult! Hehe. =D on: November 18, 2008 02:25:49 PM
too cute!!! awwww.  great work on the head!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / sparks can (the drink!) costumes 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!
4  UNITED STATES / Texas / Seeking Vendors and Volunteers forTeam Etsy Austin's Holiday Bazaar!! on: November 12, 2008 02:27:19 PM
Seeking crafty vendors and volunteers for Team Etsy Austin's first ever Holiday Bazaar! 

Dec. 19th - 21st at the Broken Neck in East Austin.

Fri. Dec. 19th: 4:00 PM - midnight
Sat. Dec. 20th: 2:00 PM - midnight
Sun. Dec. 21st: 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! Deadline for applications is November 16th. Click here to download application, and please send application to etsyaustinholidaybazaar@gmail.com

VOLUNTEERS WANTED, TOO! We are looking for volunteers to help run concessions, help with set up and break down and aid vendors who don't have helpers.  Volunteer shifts are only 3 hrs long, and we will be running a Volunteer Raffle with great prizes for those involved. Contact beth@snuggleherd.com if you'd like to volunteer!

We anticipate a great turnout and a very exciting event because of the unique vibe and indie spirit of The Broken Neck. This skate and punk rock venue located in East Austin is definitely not a typical location for a holiday bazaar - this aint your grandmas craft show! However, we think it will be a wonderful opportunity to create an affordable holiday gift-buying experience for people looking for something different.

Our bazaar will be open to a wide range of vendors, such as local artists & crafters; clothing designers; vintage clothing & home goods resellers; record collectors; and bakers & cooks. Aside from all of the great vendors, we will also have live music throughout the event and a skate demo. It promises to be an entertaining weekend that will draw a diverse crowd!

please email applications to  etsyaustinholidaybazaar@gmail.com

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: watermelon suitcase **updated pictures** on: August 19, 2008 05:30:08 PM
yayy, thank you all for your sweet comments!

in response to the question about sealants... i don't have a specific brand i tend towards... I picked something up at Michaels for another project and just happened to have it around so I used it to seal this.  In retrospect, it might have looked nice with a glossy sealer. 

And a fabric suitcase would be much lighter - and wouldn't get as mucked up probably!

i updated with "before" shots that I found on my comp.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / watermelon suitcase **updated pictures** 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
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hot Dish! [Several pics of shirtless construction workers] on: July 21, 2008 12:16:10 PM
i jumped at the chance to click on a link that said "shirtless construction workers" Wink

these are so cute!!!  what an awesome idea.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! 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
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! on: December 10, 2007 06:56:21 AM
to the dog dying: I totally understand. I had a rabbit from when I was 10-13.  I wanted one very badly for years, and finally was allowed to get one.  I didn't play with it half as much as I wanted to - I'd take it out and let it hop around, my it lived it's existance like a glorified hamster.  I still feel really guilty about that.  Sometimes I feel like I don't play with my cats enough now, but luckily, they are pretty self-entertaining.  I leave the blinds up so they have things to look at, and they sleep all day so...

anyway, I totally understand this feeling, but I'm sure you are a great mommy to your pup!  Just make sure you tell them each day how handsome they are (or cute!) and that you love them <3
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! on: December 07, 2007 09:26:50 AM

one of my friends dressed up as the question mark guy for halloween a few years back...  'twas superb.
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