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31  Re: turning button down shirt to skirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ikillbarbies on: January 04, 2005 08:25:00 PM
I made two tutorials a long while ago for turning button down shirts to dresses.  It's not exactly what you want but it may give you an idea to start from.  They are very simple paint tutorials, done very quickly, but the idea is pretty simple.

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32  Re: Dino spiked hoodie. Tutorial included! *Works now!* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ikillbarbies on: January 03, 2005 10:54:23 AM
I was already gathering supplies to make one for my friend when I found this thread.  I finished mine this morning, so I had to share!
$5 hoodie + 2 sheets felt=

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33  Re: A Well Read Time Keeper in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ikillbarbies on: December 27, 2004 12:49:15 PM
Here is the inside of the book, if you need a better idea of how it was done.

I cut a notch out with an exacto knife and fit the clock movement inside.  I also rubber cemented the outside edges of the pages so they would stay together.  The rest of the pages are free though, which help it stand, and make it look like a regular book.
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34  3 Layer Cat in The Hat Stencil in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ikillbarbies on: December 25, 2004 05:42:17 PM
This was my first big stencil, I worked on it over several months.  It's about 3 feet tall and 3 layers.

And the stencils:

I have a bunch of other stencils that I'll post soon.
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35  Clutching Presents! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ikillbarbies on: December 23, 2004 07:56:06 PM
For Chrismukkah this year, I decided to go the DIY route for family and friends.  There seems to be a running theme of books, aside from these two purses, there is also a book clock https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20621.0.

These were pretty straightfoward to make, using the same idea with slight alterations.  The Pink/Silver Clutch was made for a friend out of a hardcover book (duh), a girl's shirt, pink seam binding, elastic and a (fake) pearl button.

The Plaid Clutch was created for my crafty 16-year-old cousin* who has begun to study fashion and wants to learn how to make her own clothes(!).  This was made from a Reader's Digest book**, a men's shirt, wide blue seam binding, a size 4 snap, and a metal button.  The snap is hidden under the button, which is only decoration.

Any questions/critiques?

*A week after I sent this to her, I recieved a thank you note from her.
"Thanks so much for the adorable purse....It is so neat.  Everyone who has seen it so far thinks it's really cool too.  Where do you come up with these things?"
I was floating on air for two days after reading that.

**Old Reader's Digest books are the best I've found for crafting.  They are thick, generally aren't that interesting for reading, and have great wall-paper-like covers.  I picked up a stack at a garage sale from a Free box.  I offered to give them money, because I felt like I was cheating them, but they refused and tried to give me even more when I told them my plans for them.  I would think saying things like "Yeah, I just want this stuff to cut up" would be a deterent to sellers, but apparently not.  I was bargaining with a woman who wanted a dollar a piece for her records and wouldn't be talked down at all, until I said that I was an art student and planned to paint on them.  It was like, "If you want to listen to them, you have to pay full price.  But if you're just destroying them...Two for One!"   I don't get it, but I'm not complaining.
Sorry, totally random tangent, but I thought it was a good story.

And now back to crafting!
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36  A Well Read Time Keeper in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ikillbarbies on: December 23, 2004 07:55:01 PM
I made a record clock for a friend's birthday over the summer, and started a small obsession.  This is the second in the clock series (I don't currently have a picture of the first).  I made this for my newspaper editor sister and she loves it.  I'm pretty impressed with how it came out, even though it's very simple.  I have several more Reader's Digest books (you can see my story about them here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20622.0, along with 2 book clutches) and many more clock parts, so I think there will be several more of these in the near future.

It stands on it's own and keeps perfect time (and my smartie sister doesn't need numbers).  I would love to hear and see new ideas for the book clocks.
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37  Re: Drink Coasters in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by ikillbarbies on: June 28, 2004 10:35:26 AM
I know you said no cds, but a few days ago I spraypainted some cds using stencils and they came out really well, very un-cd-like.

first post. woot!
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