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21  Mermaid Charcoal drawing in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by puppybreath on: October 16, 2008 08:41:08 PM

I don't draw often. I used my leftover supplies from my college drawing class to make this tonight. I drew up a thumbnail sketch last night and used vine charcoal and white conte to make it. I upped the contrast on the photo so it was a little easier to see. I love Alphonse Mucha drawings and the sunburst (or moonburst?) in the back was from that inspiration. All that hair she has must weigh a ton. Thanks for taking a peek and I'd love to hear your opinions.
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22  Duct Tape dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by puppybreath on: October 01, 2008 07:56:49 AM
It's homecoming week at my sister's high school and everyday is a different dress up occasion. This Thursday is 'duct tape outfit' day.

We had her put on a tee shirt and started covering her up. We cut off the excess tee shirt when she was covered. It took about two hours and one roll of tape between the two colors. Then we cut a slit in the back (like where a zipper would go) that can be taped back up when she's ready to put it on for the day.

Here we are about an hour in:

Is anyone else reminded of the ABBA costumes from the end of Mamma Mia? She is also going to cover a pair of flipflps in tape to match and wear it all day at school, where she'll have to do marching band practice in it... I don't think we'll win the Duck Tape Scholarship  Wink http://www.ducktapeclub.com/contests/prom/, but it was a lot of fun.
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23  Re: A first knited FO-- Calorimetry in Knitting: Completed Projects by puppybreath on: September 29, 2008 07:50:13 PM
I made my first Cal tonight too. I made it to wear on my motocycle on my way to work. I think it'll be less likely to fly off. Here I am practicing my biker face.

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24  Re: credit card wallet with tutorial (pic heavy sorry!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by puppybreath on: July 27, 2008 08:40:01 PM
I used your tutorial today. I'll definitely be making more to give as gifts. It uses hardly any fabric and comes out really cute.

Thank you for your tute. I'm still a new sewer and have a hard time figuring these things out by myself.
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25  Padded Coffee Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by puppybreath on: July 20, 2008 12:04:51 AM
This is a table I revamped tonight. Completely recycled. Table, cardboard, and pillows. Super easy project that only took me an hour. It's a litle big for my living room but somehow with the padded softness it doesn't seem so intrusive.

This is the table I started with. It was from a friend's college apartment and has the scars to prove it. You can see where I started to glue down some glass intending to resin over it. I left it on there so I can finish it someday.

I just cut a heavy piece of cardboard a little smaller than the inset in my table. The green fabric was 2 pillows I took apart. The stuffing was too. Stapled it to the cardboard and fit in the table. It's not glued down so i can work on the glass underneath but not have it all ugly/unfinished in the middle of my living room.

It's a little lumpy but not meant to be permanent. I'll post the finished glass tabletop when it's done in a few decades.  Wink
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26  Re: Two Things Combined Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by puppybreath on: July 18, 2008 11:28:49 PM
I recieved my great package from rockabyeretro. My themes were kangaroos, travel, henna patterns, and vintage motorcycles/scooters.

This is a very well made bag. Henna patterns, travel and kangaroos. It's reversible, with a very long strap. i was able to wear it across my chest -on my motorcycle- on the way back to work the day I opened the package so I would say it thoroughly covered the motorcycle and travel themes. bonus points to rockabyeretro

I also revieved a neck pillow for traveling. Which coincidently also works well when you sit on the couch for too many hours reading. Again, very well made.

She also included some roo/cycle action stickers with my name on them. I had a great swap partner and a great time with this swap.
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27  Re: PLEATNESS BAGS! now enriched with tutorial goodness! pg 10 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by puppybreath on: June 20, 2008 09:09:06 PM
I just finished one. Thank you very much applesaregreen for the very clear tutorial. I couldn't have done it without all the pictures. This is my first sewing project I'm proud of, so thanks for putting it out there.

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28  Ipod Armband in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by puppybreath on: May 14, 2008 10:33:58 PM
I needed one and didn't like the ones in stores.

The pouch is made from a tee shirt. I put some interfacing in where the slits (just over-sized button holes) are in the back. The armband is the waistband from my husband's boxers. I didn't want it to be adjustable because I was afraid of it popping off. I can't wait to ride my bike with it.

i'm glad you checked it out. have a super day.  Grin
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29  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! in The Swap Gallery by puppybreath on: December 13, 2007 08:20:34 AM
I think these might be my last two.  Cry

I'm so sad I won't be getting more. I got some really great cards. Thank you to everyone for making this such a great swap. I hope there's still a million more cards to be posted.

Oh, btw, I stepped on a cricket a few days ago, BAREFOOT. It made an awful popping noise and I screamed and jumped in the shower to wash my feet. yick.
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30  Hand painted floor in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by puppybreath on: December 06, 2007 11:03:21 PM
This is the floor of our new office at work we did this past summer. I with I had some in progress pictures of this. I stole the design from something I saw online. It took 5 days. Here's what we did.

We put a tinted skim coat of quik-crete down over the existing concrete floor. We tried to smooth it out perfectly, but the color and texture came out not uniformly which ended up being a good thing. Then we chalked lines in a grid pattern over the entire floor. We had two stencils, the football shape and the diamond shape. My lower half was coated in orange chalk. We traced those shapes with pencil over the entire grid (2 days with 3 people) Then painted in all the shapes with red and brown paint. (2 more days with 3 people)

For our logo, I cut a vinyl stencil with our plotter and stuck it to the floor. Then I painted it in. Easy-Peasy. It's normal latex paint and there's no sealer over it. The idea is that it can be touched up thataway if necessary. It's been six months and has held up perfectly. The room isn't empty now of course. We have those mats under out desk chairs, that's where there would be the most damage. We get lots of compliments on it. People think it's tile and I'm really proud of it.
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