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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / odd question - what do I do with my secret? on: October 25, 2008 05:47:17 PM
Advance apologies if I'm not making sense, I'm coming back from an accidental med interaction.
My BFF and I have a silly phrase that has become a way for us to say "I love you." I want to put this phrase on some little trinkety thing that he and I could both wear or carry with us all the time. But I don't want it to be too obvious because it involves a dirty word and I don't want to offend people.

I thought the best idea would be to pick the brains of all you brilliant, creative Craftsers and see what develops.


PS (WARNING: PROFANITY) The phrase is "fucking for emphasis" in case anyone's curious ^_^
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first "real" painting... on: August 06, 2008 02:03:36 AM
I've dona a few acrylic pieces before, but they were always drawn by my teacher. This is the first thing I've ever painted freehand. It was actually just supposed to be a jewelry holder, but I like it a little to much to go poking holes in it.

The pic is of the crappy cellphone variety, the background is much brighter red. It's actually Apple Barrel Gloss craft paint.
3  COOKING / Dessert / HALO cake? is this the right place? on: October 06, 2007 12:23:29 PM
Okay, so, my fiance and I have already purchased half of our "cake topper" couple: http://www.amazon.com/Spartan-Sniper-Needler-Assault-Halo/dp/B000BI7XII

He will be posed without weapons (so as not to offend his family) and I'm making a coordinating (inasmuch as a chick in a dress can be coordinated with a Spartan) bride from polymer clay.

We decided to do cupcakes for our guests instead of cake, but we're having a quasi-traditional "wedding cake" display on an offset three-tier cake stand. The bottom tier will hold a cake for the cake cutting ceremony, which we will serve to our parents/wedding party. The top tier will hold the "cake top" that we're supposed to freeze and eat in a year, and the middle tier will display the figurines.

So, can anyone think of HALO-related cake decorating ideas, or any other ideas that might look cool with a guy in red Mjolnir?
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / first felt plushies (picture chubby) on: August 20, 2007 01:22:21 PM
I don't even know what made me decide to try my hand at felt plushies, but here's what I've managed so far. All stitching was done by hand, because I was at my fiance's house.

Project #1: The Toastenator. Embroidered eyes and mouth, reverse appliqué "slots", pony bead "feet":

His sidekick, Li'l Toasty, is just two layers of felt, no stuffing, all hand-embroidered features.

Here's a "detail" shot of the Toastenator's "slots":

Next up, Mr. Ninja, with French Knot eyes on his reverse appliqué face:

So how am I doing so far?

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / These Are The Days: my DIY Exies shirt on: August 10, 2007 09:46:04 AM
My fiance got me tix to the Bad Boys of Rock Tour for my birthday, for one reason: The Exies!!! I've been waiting to see these guys since I was in high school (and they did not disappoint!). So of course, I had to make a shirt:

This was my first ever stencil, I just printed up the band's name in a font called Anarchistic and cut it out with an xacto knife. Painted with Tulip Velveteen Fabric Paint in ebony - it was the only black fabric paint I had. Then I cut off the neckline, cut out the shoulder seams and safety-pinned the shoulders back together, and laced black ribbon about halfway up either side. And my work paid off, as you can see:

Autographs from Scott, Chris, Freddy, and Hoss! The guys were absolutely great, and they loved the shirt Cheesy

I'm thinking of cutting off the top half and then splitting the front from the back, so that I can frame the stenciled part and the autographs together.

Thanks for looking!!!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / anniversary altoid shrine (slightly image buxom) on: July 12, 2007 12:36:48 PM
I made a pocket shrine for my fiance for our anniversary (yes, we got engaged before our one-year anniversary). It was my first. Since the tin I had was one of the chocolate ones with an embossed lid, so I needed to cover it with something dimensional. Since I teach knitting and he teaches crochet, I chose yarn. (More details on that: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173378.msg1781907#msg1781907.

I put a piece of camo-print scrapbook paper in the lid with the words "Cant hide love like ours" (to tie in the camo theme). The "card" inside is Harley Davidson flame scrapbook paper with three cardstock panels inside (in our wedding colors of red+black+white) tied with a piece of kevlar thread. The panels are all quotes from him: the way he asked me out, the way he first told me he loved me, and the way he first told me he wanted to marry me.

The bottom is a picture of us framed with camo ducktape, and five little items attached around the frame: a 2006 penny (he collects coins), a little gold "pirate" coin (because we love pirates), the "home" key off my old keyboard (because he asked me out via IM), the HALO logo (HALO=life - we're totally naming our first son John Cheesy), and a screw (because we met remodeling at work).


A "concert ticket stub" thing (I can't remember where I found it, but there's an online generator for it) with our names on it, a clearance price sticker that he stuck on me the day after we met while we were pricing stuff at work. He put the ring in there - it's a leather turk's knot ring that I made for him that turned out too small.

And since we met working at Michaels, i decoupaged the logo onto the bottom:

Thanks for looking, and for putting up with my long-windedness  Roll Eyes
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / getting married - two vaguely related q's re: dresses on: June 25, 2007 04:25:12 AM
Okay, I'm kind of a newbie seamstress, but I have the combined forces of my and my fiance's families to help me, so I think I'm going to try for handmade dresses.

First - I'm getting married in Phoenix in June - dare i say it will be HOT? Does anyone know good resources for ideas/patterns for wedding-suitable dresses in lightweight fabrics?

Also, and I'm mostly dreaming this part - anyone ever seen a pattern for a dress with tuxedo styling? Or even a ladies' top that resembled a tuxedo shirt/jacket? (Aside from the tux-halter from Flashdance?)

Thanks in advance for your help, oh brilliant Craftsters! I know if anyone can help me, it's one of you Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / is it possible to turn a regular full skirt into a pick-up skirt? on: June 11, 2007 01:01:35 PM
So, I'm getting married in a little over a year (he proposed Saturday night!) and since we're both college kids, this is definitely gonna be a budget wedding. I'm looking at wedding gowns, and it seems like pick-up skirts are *really* expensive, but I'm crazy about them anyhow. I'm wondering how feasible it would be to buy a regular ballgown and do the pick-ups myself? I figure I'd need to buy a too-long skirt to have enough excess material, but that shouldn't be a problem since most things are a mile too long on me anyhow.
Am I dreaming? Because it seems to me like it would be pretty easy.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from oops to w00t - my first recon post on: June 06, 2007 08:37:35 PM
So, a couple months back I tried to make "it's a cinch" from generation T...and somehow ended up with an unintentionally cropped top Sad I let it "simmer" for a while, then tackled it Monday. I cut several inches off the bottom of a red shirt, sewed it to fit, and sewed it to the bottom of  the croptop of doom, leaving the part adjacent to the ruching tubes unsewn. My plan was to run one end of the ribbon in front of the red band and one behind, and gather it up in the tie. Well, after half an hour I decided I didn't like it. So, I borrowed by boyfriend's seam ripper, opened up the red band, poked it full of holes and laced it back together. I like it much better now Cheesy
The shirt (minus my embarrassingly un-photogenic face):

and a closer shot of the laced-up part:

Thanks for looking!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / yarn on an altoids tin? on: May 30, 2007 11:24:53 AM
I've seen so many awesome altoids tins on here that I have TOO MANY ideas for my own. I'm wondering if it would be possible to wrap the lid in yarn? How would I get it to stay on? And can anyone recommend some kind of glaze that I could put over it to give it a solid (or mostly solid) surface?

I'm sure I'm not explaining this very well...but if you can figure me out, I'd appreciate the advice!
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