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21  I LOVE my new screen printed bag! A must see! *edit* The photos are fixed! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lafemmedramatique on: August 18, 2007 08:02:01 PM
I made this purse out of some sheets I bought at Goodwill... I couldn't pass on the insanely bright yellow!

I also had been wanting to do my first screen printing project, and this seemed like the perfect project for it, since plain yellow would not have looked right....

So, I used the screen printing tutorial from Threadbanger.com, but the only thing I did differantly was instead of using panty hose, I used old dryer sheets that I sewed together.... I don't recommend it if you want a clean design, but for the somewhat messy look, it worked out really well....

So, without further ado, here is my new purse! Let me know what you all think!

On the bed...

Close up of design... which I copied loosely from a t-shirt I love...

In action....

Let me know what you think! Any questions, comments, suggestions, whatever about the bag or screen printing process are more than welcome...

oh, and it is fully lined, btw, in the same yellow material...

Hope you enjoy!

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22  Why join the navy when you can be a pirate? Duh! (oops! now with photos!) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by lafemmedramatique on: August 14, 2007 12:36:08 PM
This is a modest little collage painting.... I did it by scribbling all over my paper w/ orange crayon, then using water color paint in blue and green to paint in the white space... i'm sure you all remember from elementary how the wax repells the water, and shows through... blah blah....

anyway, then I took this awesome quote that I found in a season catalouge for an opera house (the opera in question was pirates of penzance, and the quote in question was by steve jobs, the founder of apple) and ripped them up and pasted them on with some modge podge, and then used a clear coat of modge podge to seal it... I am very happy with it, even though I have nowhere to put it  Cheesy

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23  new shirt for fall, made patternless... Now with links if they won't load! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lafemmedramatique on: August 14, 2007 12:24:08 PM
Not entirely sure how I feel about this one.... I love the fabric (super soft cotton) and I love the idea of it, but it just didn't quite turn out how I envisioned it... Not that I dislike it... I guess I just need reassurance that it's cute, since my boyfriend said "I like it, but it's not my favortie"....

Just wanted to see what you all thought! comments, suggestions, and critique is welcome!

oh, and excuse my icky face/hair... i had been cleaning all day long when I came across my camera and took a break for photos!


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24  My fourth "wall"... setting up a second bedroom with folding screens *edit* in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by lafemmedramatique on: August 14, 2007 11:50:59 AM
My roommate and I share a one bedroom apartment, and my room is part of the living room... I love it, actually... My fourth wall is actually made up of 3 folding screens and a bookshelf that faces the living room side.... it looks cute from the living room, and from my room!

Here are some photos of how I decorated my awesome wall Smiley

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25  fancy wall nook on the cheap... in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by lafemmedramatique on: August 14, 2007 11:43:18 AM
So, I finally came up with something to fill my wall nook with... I had decorated it w/ one of my two siamese cat statues (which were my grandmothers before she died) a candle holder and green candle (on sale at hobby lobby) a blue wine bottle from the antique store, and some green fabric... but there was something missing... i wanted some big art, but could never quite decide on what i wanted, or what would fit... So, one day I thought "Hey.... I have some acrylic paint... wouldn't some painted twigs look cool in here?"

So, across the street I went, took some twigs off on old half dead tree, and then tromped back to paint them... they're now green and blue, and are arranged in what used to be a fish bowl...

hope you enjoy it!

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26  Eve ate the apple, and she isn't sorry! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lafemmedramatique on: July 18, 2007 12:10:33 PM
Here is a fantastic necklace I made from some vintage apple core charms, and some red beads.. I adore it!

let me know what you all think! Comments, suggestions?
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27  I love New York (even though I've never been there...) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lafemmedramatique on: July 18, 2007 12:03:44 PM
So, at the end of freshman year, my roommate asked if I wanted some of her old clothing... never one to turn down something free, I took a bunch of the stuff that fit ok (she's much much taller than me, so some of it just wasn't going to work)

Anyway, she had an "I heart NY" t-shirt, and I've always loved them... but, about a week after we moved out, I realized it had pretty bad pit stains... not that she's gross... everyone sweats... it just wasn't MY sweat, so it seemed creepy....

So, I had it for almost a year, and only wore it a few times... then finally, after I got my new sewing machine, I had some knit fabric that I got from walmart, and there was just enough extra to make this work... so in a fit of crafty rage, I chopped, pinned, and tucked til I got this!

Let me know what you think!

please excuse the rediculous face!

close up

and the cliche mirror image

Hope you all like it! comments appreciated!

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28  Cute reversible purse! link to original tutorial AND video tutorial! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lafemmedramatique on: July 18, 2007 11:37:09 AM
So, if any of you watch Thread Heads on threadbanger.com, you know that they're amazing! If you don't, go watch them!

In their episode about bags (also the earth day episode) they answered my question by making a bag (which they sent to me... it's amazing!)

However, before they sent it, I used the website that Corrine used on the show to get the tutorial to make the bags, and I made one for a close friend as a graduation gift (she cried when I graduated, i crafted when she graduated... it's a fair trade, i think!)

For the original written tutorial, go here: http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/

And for a video tutorial via Thread Heads, go here: http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/threadheads_10

So, without further ado, here it is!

the paisly side!

the stripy side!

mmm... full of candy!

hope you enjoy!
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29  Inexpensive, fun, funky, and arty coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lafemmedramatique on: May 10, 2007 08:04:57 PM
My birthday was Monday, and I had been dropping hints to my boyfriend like crazy to get me "The Starving Artist's Way" by Nava Lubelski.... and, like the good boyfriend that he is, I got the book!

So, I've been reading it off and on since I got it, and I came across a project that is uber simple, and very fun. Hot Glue Coasters (well, she suggested hot glue table cloth or placemats, but I went small scale for my first project).... Basically, just pick some colorful paper (i used the grocery advertisements, myself) and let your hot glue drip all over it... then, peel off the excess paper... I personally went back over it with another layer of clear glue drips when I was done, but you don't have to (when I did it the second time I put it inside a metal can lid.... FYI, hot glue dries really fast on metal, and peals off easily, so it's a good thing to put it on for that last layer)...

I think they came out nicely... My little sister thinks they're cool, but she said that they're too small... I think that I agree, and I can't decide if I should mount them on something or not.... prehaps glue 'em to some funky colored cork or something.... we'll see... (if you have suggestions, then suggest away!)

Hope you all like them!

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30  my first fully successful recon! (photo chubby) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lafemmedramatique on: April 29, 2007 10:38:35 PM
So, this came about when I was trying to recon another shirt... I haven't gotten that one to where I'm fully pleased with it yet, but this one came out wonderfully! I just used some 99 cent fabric from goodwill, and the bottom of the shirt that I cut off... it came out really well, and I got a lot of compliments on it! (especially when I wore it last night to the civic theatre production of Hair... haha)

I really love it, and I would adore some comments on what you all think!

The top part, w/ me in it!

The front-ish of it

the side

This last one was an attempt to show the back of it, how the neck goes up and all, but it wasn't particularly successful! my hair looks nice though!
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