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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Ten Symbols of Longevity Box on: October 13, 2014 12:46:10 PM
Inspired by all the lovely mixed media shrines, Altoids tins, ATCs, etc that I have seen online, I purchased a Tim Holtz Configurations box at Michael's with no idea of what I was going to do with it.

A few days later, I woke up thinking about some Korean screens I had seen at a Joseon Dynasty exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Ten Symbols of Longevity" is a widely used motif in screens, paintings, etc. The symbols I used in my rendition are mountains, sun, pine trees, stones, water, peaches, mushroom, deer, turtles, and cranes.

I used scrapbook papers, scrapbooking stickers, craft moss, mini Christmas trees, rocks, etc. For the peach tree, I used a cherry blossom branch sticker, removed the blossoms, and painted miniature fake fruits a pinkish-peach color.

I used origami paper on the outside of the box, painted with antiquing paint to mute the colors/give it a more natural feel.

Everything was coated with Mod Podge and lots of coats of acrylic varnish. I had a lot of fun putting it together!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Valkyrie and Dead Viking Costumes (Halloween 2011) on: October 25, 2012 09:00:57 AM
For Halloween last year, my husband and I went as a deceased viking and the Valkyrie who has to escort him to Valhalla!

I sewed my cape and skirt, and altered a store-bought viking helmet with bronze paint, feathers, and discs of craft foam (to plug up the holes left after removing the horns). My shirt and boots are from my closet, and my bodice was purchased at the NY Ren Faire a few years ago.

I made my husband's armor by sewing a tunic of brown wool felt and attaching strips of pleather with glue and basting stitches. I also altered a store-bought helmet for him, by covering the holes with foam, adding a painted foam piece for the nose guard, spray-painting the entire helmet bronze, and aging it with black paint. I wrapped and tied extra pleather around his calves. His shirt, pants, and slippers were from his closet.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / A couple of crafty touches for my October 3 wedding on: September 13, 2009 09:22:18 AM
Hi all!

I haven't posted in quite awhile... wedding planning has taken over my life! Only 20 days until the big event!

I was going to make my wedding gown, but chickened out and bought one instead.
Here are a couple of things I did make... small contributions to the overall event, but I had to include something crafty!

Fall-foliage baskets for the flower girls:

Table names in frames.. I painted unfinished frames, cut cardstock, stamped the acorns, and handwrote the names of our tables. They are all going to be National Parks and monuments that we have visited or are going to visit on our honeymoon.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Playing with bridal headpiece ideas on: February 23, 2009 07:28:40 PM
Hi everybody~
I don't want to wear a veil at my wedding. When I tried some on, I felt like I was in someone else's clothes (not in a good way).

I'm playing with the idea of a hair ornament instead. Something that will still say "I'm the bride!" without saying "I'm trying to feel like someone else."

Here is my first attempt. I cut apart some silk flowers from Michael's and sewed them onto a piece of vintage velvet ribbon. It's not quite right---I think the ribbon is too white against my hair, and I'm not sure if the flowers are too big. But it was an experiment, and it is a start.

Comments? Opinions?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fun-to-wear tweed jumper! on: February 12, 2009 05:37:16 PM
So I made this tweed jumper in the fall but have just gotten around to posting it. Smiley

I used Simplicity 3620.

It is lined with purple cotton.

Crazy sideways mirror shot:

Close up of neckline:

Front view, pre-ironing:

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Valentine's Clutch Purse on: February 12, 2009 05:31:16 PM
I had some Valentine's day fabric I bought a few years ago when Rag Shop was still in business, and a new purse pattern (Vogue 8527), so here is the result.

Action shots:

Front in better light:

Back in better light:

Inside pockets:

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Cute and somewhat silly Eve costume (with floppy stuffed snake ) on: October 21, 2008 07:20:26 PM
I decided to be Eve, as in Adam and Eve, for Halloween this year. I made my costume with peach-colored polyester dupioni and some green flannel for my fig leaf. The snake is made of velvety stretch jersey, lots of stuffing, and red felt for the tongue. He still needs some eyes though.

Oh, and I used McCall's 3514 for the dress, but I took it in at the sides to be less voluminous and made it a good deal shorter than the pattern called for!

Let me know what you think!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sweet blue linen dress! (Vogue 8232) on: August 24, 2008 04:55:35 PM
Hello. I spent a good deal of this weekend making this new blue linen dress. The ribbon was not part of the pattern, I just thought it added something sweet. I love how this dress with the ribbon shows off my waist!

With the ribbon:

Without the ribbon:

This last picture shows the color of the dress better than the others. In real life, it is somewhere between teal and royal blue.

I still need to add the hook and eye and hem it, but I can't wait to get it done and wear it!

Oh, and the pattern was easy to work with. It was my first endeavor at princess seams, and I don't know how I ever got by without them!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Sew my own wedding dress? Am I crazy? NEW MUSLIN on page 8! on: August 04, 2008 09:50:22 AM
OK, I'm not sure if I am crazy for considering this... Lots of people have been saying I should make my own wedding dress. I'm glad they have confidence in my sewing skills (maybe more than I do!). I'm considering it though, as a means to save money, and to be able to customize to get what I want (very picky, me).
I was kind of keeping it in the back of my mind, mulling it over, talking myself out of it, and then back into it again.

Today, I get an email that Vogue patterns are on sale... So I look around their site and see a very nice wedding dress pattern (http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V2788.htm) that doesn't require boning (which I'm terrified of!), that has sleeves or straps (I don't want strapless), and that I am now thinking of ordering and attempting.

Am I crazy? Has anyone used this pattern? Any snippets of advice? or does anyone want to talk me in or out of it? I figure if I make a mockup on a cheap fabric first and it doesn't work out, I won't have wasted too much money, and if it does work out, I can save a bundle, which is important since I'm on a budget.

I appreciate anything anyone has to say on the matter! Smiley

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Japanese flowers linen blouse on: August 01, 2008 05:11:27 PM
So it's been a little while since I've sewn any new clothes. Here's a blouse I finished yesterday and wore to work today. It's Simplicity 3867, and the fabric is a linen from Joann's that I bought back in the spring.

Sorry about the bright flash in the mirror!


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