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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Light-Up Jellyfish! on: September 21, 2012 01:39:41 PM
It's been a long time since I started a topic in Craftster, but here goes! I've started making lots of pieces using LEDs, and thought I'd share one of my new designs - Jellyfish!

These are made of leather (metallic teal and white) backed in wool felt, and are lit with color-changing LEDs. Tentacles are dyed ribbon (sold in a skein for knitting) and sparkly, ruffled elastic. I make the lenses myself, out of scratched-up scrap acrylic, using a blowtorch, a homemade form, and a band saw. I do all the cutting, soldering, sewing, you name it! They are mounted on backs that allow them to be work as hair clips or brooches interchangeably.

I hope you like them! Thanks for looking!  Grin

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage leather jacket -> Burning Man costume + process (super pic heavy)! on: August 23, 2010 03:38:20 PM
Hi all!

It's been forever (and I mean forever) since I posted here, but I still love this site Smiley
I decided last week to go to Burning Man for the first time (http://www.burningman.com/ for the unfamiliar), which is extremely last minute, but I have been in full-force craft mode, and I think I'll be ready by Monday!

I came here today to share my favorite outfit I have made so far (sorry in advance for the cell phone pics).

It started out as this $6 thrift store leather jacket:

And ended up like this:

For those who are interested, here's the in-between stuff!

I started by taking off the sleeves with a seam ripper:

Next, I cut out the lining:

Then I cut the body in half & cut off the button bands:

I took in the sides & set grommets down the front:

I cut a strip to use for lacing from the longest part of the sleeve, then cut off the collar & a little more of the shoulders:

And then the top was done!

Next, I made the belt by cutting out the pockets, and adding belt loops, then stringing them onto a super-distressed belt I got for $2:

Then I made the skirt, using the sleeves & the last panel left from the body (the back panel).

I slit the sleeves down the middle, then cut off the cuffs:

The I trimmed the edges:

I don't have any more progress pictures of the skirt, but basically I just sewed the sleeve panels together to make the back, and then attached them with elastic to the square panel I had to make the front & then added 2 darts to the back (I used elastic so that the skirt can be pulled on and off).

Here's some more angles:

And here's the leather I had left, just the cuffs, collar, and button bands. I used almost all of it!

Sorry if this was photo overload! I hope this post was enjoyable/informative, thanks for reading Smiley
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / lysiabars! on: August 02, 2009 03:17:26 PM
Hi there!
I don't know if any of you saw the link that was posted on the craftster homepage for the "lrabar" recipe over on Chocolate & Zucchini, but if you didn't, check it out!
I was intrigued, as I have thought before about creating my own energy bars. I don't really like chocolate all that much (I know, I'm a freak), so I changed the recipe around. They came out really good, so I thought I'd share it here!

1 16oz package Medjool dates
1.5 cups roasted unsalted mixed nuts
Juice and most of the zest from one small lemon
1/4 cup whole flax seed
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
A little bit of whole wheat flour (or any flour, really)

First, pulse the nuts in a food processor until they are broken up, but not reduced to a dust. Remove and set aside.

If your dates are not pitted, you will need to pit them yourself (like I did). Simply slice in half with a paring knife and remove the pits.

Process dates into a thick paste in the food processor. You will know they are mashed enough when a ball forms and starts threatening to jam up the blade. Take the ball out, break it into pieces, and put it back into the food processor (your hands are going to be sticky now if they weren't already).

Add the rest of the ingredients (except for the flour), and process until mixed, or until another ball forms. Take the ball out, and if it looks like it could still use a little mixing, knead it around in your hands.

Flour your baking pan (I used an 8.5" square pyrex dish) and then press in the mixture.

Put it in the fridge and let it set until firm, then cut up into small rectangles and wrap them individually in plastic wrap. I got 15 out of the batch, they seem small but they are really rich and packed with energy. A little goes a long way! They will keep for about a week in the fridge.

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Katamari Cousin Ichigo on: November 05, 2008 09:17:13 PM
My costume is from the video game "Beautiful Katamari" (awesome game, check it out!)
I crocheted the hat, and the dress is an xl men's sweatshirt cut up and refitted. I crocheted the bottom border of the dress, also.

Hope you enjoy it!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Summer Dress on: June 22, 2007 09:00:28 PM
I've been lurking and commenting on others' amazing work, but this is my first post...  Smiley

This is a dress I made this week. It is all Caron Simply Soft and the lining is just cotton stretchy t-shirt material. Hope you like it!

Stitch detail...

Thanks for looking!
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