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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bingo card journal on: August 18, 2007 06:35:45 PM
Here's my first one, right from St. Adalbert School Bingo hall. I made the text block myself from manila paper and trimmed it using a ream cutter and a corner trimmer.

1. Sewing signatures on the sewing machine with the longest stitch setting works really well. If you fold the top sheet of the signature in half you can use it as a sewing guide. It even makes the signatures easier to fold!
2. A brayer works great for spreading glue onto endsheets so that it's not too thick.
3. You really need to check twice before you glue your board covers on to make sure that one isn't upside down. LOL  Tongue

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Bingo Cards on: August 14, 2007 07:32:38 AM
I saw boxes and boxes of old bingo cards at the salvage yard. Alas, I have no idea what to do with them. Any ideas?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lengthen my shirt, please! on: June 24, 2007 06:38:55 PM
I don't mind lower waistlines, and I don't mind shorter shirts, but when you're 39 years old, you generally can't pull off both at the same time! I took pity on myself and my coworkers tonight by lengthening one of my just-too-short shirts. Here are before and after shots.

The "before" shot is actually a different shirt of the same design. They're always the right length when I buy them and then shrink lengthwise and stretch widthwise.

The ruffle on the second "after" shirt was made from cutting the sleeves in a spiral and sewing onto the bottom of the shirt. I didn't have thread that matched the green, so I used white and went over the collar, neckline and sleeve edges to make it match the ruffle.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I see dead chibis! on: June 24, 2007 03:07:20 PM
I did this little embroidery this week. I didn't have a chance to scan it in until today, though. I don't yet know how I'll use it. It's a little day of the dead thing. Happy skeletons, yay!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / That's a spot under my bluebird! on: June 16, 2007 11:32:22 AM
My dear stepdaughter showed me a dress that had a chemical stain on it from jewelry making class, hoping that we could remove it. No such luck, said I, so she chose to cover it using a bluebird tattoo design in white that would blend with the dress itself. It turned out quite well, if I may say so myself.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New portrait in disposability - FINISHED! on: May 07, 2007 07:31:17 PM
Here it is... the latest in my portraits of disposable items. It differs from the previous ones in that it is painted in acrylics on canvas. 22x28" I still need to touch up the background, but the rest is pretty much finished.


And now it's DONE! Hooray!

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New digital work on: April 25, 2007 12:58:40 PM
This is a digital painting I recently completed using Corel Painter IX. I am working on my MFA, and a large part of my research has to deal with the disposability of American society. As a response to this, I am creating a series of "portraits" of everyday disposable items. By depicting these normally unnoticed items in a durable manner such as portraiture, I am hoping to encourage people to notice the vast amount of resources we take for granted as being worthless.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / The prodigal screwdriver! on: April 20, 2007 08:08:46 PM
I have a wonderful serger. It's a Babylock Evolve. You could theoretically use five needles at once in the suckah, and each needle is held in place with a little set screw, adjusted by a teeny tiny little allen wrench-ended screwdriver. Well, the screwdriver is actually pretty normal-sized. It's just the end that's tiny - much smaller than anything you would get in a regular allen wrench set.

So I lost my special screwdriver... a couple of months ago. I knew it was in the studio somewhere, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out where that was, even though I searched for it *everywhere*.

I wanted to make a couple of knit tops this weekend, and so I went through all of the sewing machine drawers again for the hundredth time and I FOUND IT!!  Grin
It wasn't even anywhere completely stupid! It was in one of my sewing machine drawers.

I'm just so completely happy I just had to share it with the world.

Stupid screwdriver.  Tongue
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *Another* Jeans bag on: April 20, 2007 05:00:44 PM
Well, DH ripped the crotch out of these some time ago, making them impossible to mend. I've used the legs for other things and then I was left with the top. So I made a bag. I've got a zipper in the top, and I figured out at the tender age of 38 that it's easier to install if you put the zipper in a gusset. Duh.

I've gotta find somebody who wants it, because I don't need it! LOL

It was allllll from my stash! And now I don't have the top of my DH's jeans cluttering up my studio!

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurimi-ish little "outfits" on: April 15, 2007 08:43:15 AM
I made these yesterday as part of what I plan to be an assemblage piece on consumerism. They're kinda cute, though. LOL

Factoid: The average American purchased 48 items of clothing in 2001. -Worldwatch Institute

Only 44 more little clothing pieces to go.  Roll Eyes
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