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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / first ever adorable (and wearable) TANK! on: July 06, 2007 06:48:10 PM
This tank was inspired by Sherbert's tanks... alot of you have proably seen them, as they were in like "the hottest new craft" thinger for a while.  Anyway, i dont think she posted a tut, but there was a similar tank with one, so i used that and just added the bottom.
At first, i just thought the t shirt material (yellow) was being a "female dog" to sew with, but then i realized it was just my crappy old sewing machine. Actually it was my moms. So we got like a brand new hand-me-down sewing machine a while ago, and i thought id try it.... and it worked like a dream!! It was a jamsung, i think... if im even spelling that right. Anyway i really love the way it turned out! Without further adue, (sp?) here it is!!

And the folowing pictures my little SIX YEAR OLD brother took... he is quite good, no?

And here's me with my little brother. My sister chopped his head off. Oh yeah, i give her credit for all the other pictures;]

umm.  I looove comments! thanks for looking everyone!!
ps the skinny jeans i also sewed, they were a recon for flares. I didnt make the tut but if anyone is interested, there is a tute for them in the recon tut list.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Simple dimples. on: June 26, 2007 12:25:23 PM
As in smiles.
These are plain jane square knot bracelets with a twist... Embroidery thread and Adjustable closure.
So i made them in pairs with alternating colors as friendship bracelets.
OK here we go!

Orange and Blue, with tiny buttons

Pink and Yellow

Example of Adustable Drawstring Closure... just pull strings!

Kitty Hemp... I just threw this in there. It closes with a button.

Well. Comments are appreciated. Thanks for looking!
xo lauren
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / OH PIN! on: June 26, 2007 12:17:45 PM
So this is ridiculously easy and simple, unlike pretty much any other project in this forum... anyway, i bought like 200 old base ball pins(i guess they were for the kids not cool enough for cards?) for about a buck. I tried painting but my acryllic paint is ANCIENT, so i just kinda decopaged/glued stuff on. Sorry for the crappy pictures. here we go!
All together Now!

Arizona State flag.... even though i live in NJ i thought it was fetching.
Sara Vaughn (my favorite!)
Animals...A tiger, Chicken, and some Zebras

I'm sorry for the bad pictures... I haven't had the chance to edit them, but if anyone wants a better look, I will lighten the exposure and repost... Just let me know!
xo lauren
ps i love comments...Smiley
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Roses, now with Tute! [Image OBESE.] on: June 26, 2007 12:01:30 PM
I made thses. Obviously. Out of tissue paper. Even though they may not look like much, each take about an HOUR to make!

Well thanks for looking, and comments are very much appreciated<33

You need:
  • Tissue Paper, About 4 colors
  • Glue (I find that arelene's tacky glue works best
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper
First, Cut the paper long ways to about a third of it's origonal width, as shown:

Then, roll paper as shown, at about a 45 degree angle. If it is less, it won't turn out right.

Tape the end

If you did it right, that taped end should be 3/4 way down the stem, like in the picture... the scisors are pointing to the taped end.

Cut a strip of tissue paper, about 2 inches wide. If you want to, you can also cut a really thin decorative strip.

Wrap the base color around the stem tightly, and at an angle*. When you wrap the thinner strip around, it should be at the same angle, as shown in the picture.

* Save the excess base color paper, like in the above picture. You will use it later.

I used five different colors of paper, but you can use any amount, really. This may sound confusing, but stay with me, it will make sense if you think about it.
You have to cut three of each petal size in each color.  Confused? Say i have a sheet of pink tissue paper. Cut three small petals, three medium, three large. On another sheet of orange paper, cut three small, three (or six) medium, three large.
So do this on all paper colors. Instead of just small medium and large, you could do a larger medium as a fourth size. Here is a picture of all my petals before they were glued on:

I find that cutting petals straight off the edge is the eaisest most conservative. So when youre done cutting petals, your papers should look like these:

Ok so now we assemble the flowers. Before you do, put a small line of glue on the bottom of each petal, like so:

By doing this to all petals in advance, it saves time.
After they all have glue on them, start putting them on; start at the top of the stem with the smallest petals. Press the glued part onto the stem.

 After you have all three petals...

add the next layer of petals, But inbetween the first petals, and continue this way, altering petal placement. This piture has three layers in it, and you can clearly see each color.

When applying petals, you will run into edges sticking out like this:

Just press them flat and the glue will hold.
 Just keep putting on flower petals. I find an easy way to do this is to hold the flower upside down and place them.

Flower in progression:

 I think you will notice that the petals are very spread out. When you finish, place your hands here:

Top(of stem)
 Just smoosh them together; they should slide eaisly because of the glue.
Tape the bottom part of the rose to secure the petals.

Now remember that piece of tissue paper we saved in the beginning?

Cut a small petal out of it...

And glue it to the flower as a leaf!


Notes and Tips
1. Please PLEASE don't sell these!! They are like... my personal design and its taken along time to develop and perfect them. Please respect my wishes by not selling them... i dont care if you like give them away as presents or anything.
2. The longest part of this process should be cutting out the petals; if you take too long putting the petals onto the stem, when you go to smoosh them together, the stem decoration will rip.
3. Arlene's tacky glue works ALOT better than elmer's for this project.
4.The stem paper thing takes practice. It's pretty hard to do at first but after a few flowers it should get eaiser.
5. No one color should dominate the flower; try to use equal ammounts of each color.
6. If you ues less than five colors, you will need to cut more than three sizes to compensate for the loss of petals. A rose with only 10 layers looks whimpy; the flower in this tutorial had twice that many.

questions? just ask.
this was my first tut so i hope it made sense!! thanks for readig everoyne!!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Invisible Walls (Img chunky) on: June 26, 2007 05:03:23 AM
I usually stick to the clothing forum, but lately, I have been loving my room... because, the other day, I was out thrifting and yard saling with my mom and i got 8 records for only a dollar! Usually, they are $.25 a piece, but it was half off day at the thrift shop. Anyways, I already had one record wall, But these new records couldn't fit there... or anywhere else! So i cleared a wall, and figured I'd post, so... drum roll please...here is my "crib"!

Entering the Palace...

Old Record Wall

Up Close (And i also love my yard sale lamp!)

New Record Wall

Thats my bed Area.
If you notice the walls, that is what my whole room is like, with pictures and such... that's why the subject is invisble walls....
Anyway, I was going to include my "entertainment System" wall, but you could see that from the fist picture, and my guitar wall, but it was pretty much the same as the wall next to my bed, so. yeah.
Anyway tell me what you think. Also, vote yes or no for tearing it all down and repainting it. Like brown or orange.
ps sprry fpr poor picture quality.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / thrift shop butcher (img chunky) on: June 25, 2007 07:04:32 PM
So a while ago, I found this super huge ugly shirt at my local thrift shop,but i really like the collar. And so i bought it, not really knowing what to do with it. At the time, I was not as fond of polka dots as I am now. However, the shirt survived its make-over and lives today.
Here we go.

Full Body


Woah! Extreme Close up! (waynes world)

Anyway comments are muchhhh appreciated:]
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / .:bw Sundress:. on: June 25, 2007 05:59:04 PM
So i saw this post (which brought me here, to craftster!):
I thought it was soo cute and had to make one for myself!
My first attempt was totally disastrous... it was brown and tan but i totally ran out of fabric and couldn't even finish :]  Also, I omitted the button strip thing because well. I was too lazy.
here is the final result:

(crappy picture)

Detail of Top

Body (Bottom not shown)

Full Dress

So let me know what you think!!
xo lauren
18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / I love this site! on: May 27, 2007 07:14:06 PM
So a few days ago i was looking for a sundress pattern online, and i got referred to Craftster through yahoo! answers. YAHOO!
i really love this site.. its exactly what ive been looking for!
So anyways i guess im supposed to post a bio here or something.
16 years ago, a not-so princess was born to a boat mechanic and his lovely wife. Ten years and two kids later, she has grown fond of many things, including Murachan Instant Ramen Noodles, playing te piano, the color orange, the carol burnett show,sunflowers, english slang, crafting, art and ben folds.
now she resides happily in her tiny town with her amazing boyfriend of 1.5 years.
who is this not so princess?
her name is Lauren.
and she is me:)
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