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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage lady with peacock fan mixed media hoop on: July 07, 2012 10:33:15 AM
I made this for scarlet_nights in the vintage swap.  When I was poking around her pinterest in the stalking phase I came across the most beautiful picture she had pinned, and I knew I had to do something with it.  I'm not sure where I got the idea to paint the picture and then embellish it with embroidery and sparklies, but that's what I did. Smiley  I knew I wanted to keep it sepia-toned but have the feathers as a burst of color...at the last minute I decided to give her red lips as well because it seemed better balanced.  Enough talking, picture time!  Cool

Detail shots!

Face detail...I used sparkle tulle netting for her headdress and tacked down the folds with little stitches.

Feather deail...I mostly used couching but there are a few other stitches floating around in there as you can see.  I had a concept of kind of having the feathers turn from sepia to bright color as they got farther away from the lady's hand, but I'm not sure about the result, I don't think it really worked.  Undecided

The most tedious, mind-exploding part of the whole project- my first run-in with lattice stitch!  The feathers took a long time but this part...oh man.  I'm still tired, hehe.

Aaaand, just for fun...

My original inspiration. Smiley

So, what do you think?  (And yes, I managed to remove the cat hairs before sending, but I forgot to do so before taking the pics, lol)
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Assassin's Creed Ottoman crest stencil t-shirt on: May 12, 2012 04:30:58 PM
I've been chewing my leg off waiting for Assassin's Creed 3 to come out, so in the meantime I made myself this shirt.  The Ottoman Assassin crest from Revelations is my favorite so far, so it's my first shirt (I have the feeling I need more, because every time I wear this it makes me happy in ways I can't fully explain). 

Progress shots!

I don't even want to talk about how long it took me to cut out this crazy thing.  Let's just say I watched a couple of movies.

The colors are inspired by the gradient in the loading screen of Revelations, but obviously I changed the colors completely to fit what I had on hand and to match the color of the shirt.  I'm really, REALLY pleased with the way it turned out!  I used Tulip Soft fabric paint (the kind that comes in bottles similar to acrylic craft paint) because it's easy to work with and has really stood the test of time and washing with me.  I have a couple of shirts I used it on that are 3 years old or more.  I love this stuff.

Bonus action shot...

I just got him at Toys 'R Us today, which finally got me off my lazy behind and inspired me to take pics.  Cheesy

Oh, and to give credit where it's due, the image I used was from Vesferatu on Deviantart. Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Assassin's Creed swap? on: April 28, 2012 10:08:50 AM

I was trying to think of something witty to say here, but I'll just lay is straight out instead.  If you're like me, you are counting down the SECONDS until AC3 releases in October, and you are feeling the urge to strap on that hidden blade and use it as a crafting implement.  (Don't lie, you know it would be awesome to use it to make paper snowflakes or something when you aren't stabbing Templars in the face)

Is anyone interested in an Assassin's Creed swap?  Big or small, even OTT?  

I've never organized a swap before so I would prefer not to and instead co-org, but if no one else can I am more than willing to take the plunge.

Come on, Assassins (and Templars)!  Let's get crafty AC style!  What do you think?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lipstick, eh? on: April 22, 2011 02:42:38 PM
I know it's been done a million times, but when I saw this pattern I absolutely had to stitch it up for my awesome aunt.  I think I get my perv genes from her. Wink  I don't have any pics of it unframed unfortunately, so this is the best I could get.  Sorry for the glare!

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Detail of her head and...lipstick.

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All framed!  I had it done at Michaels during one of their framing sales, and the look on the face of the girl who took my order was freaking fabulous.  She was like, "Is that a..uh..." and I replied, "The pattern called it lipstick.  You know, the really awesome kind."  Fortunately she thought it was hilarious and wrote "girl with "lipstick"" on the description, haha.

Uhmm...notes about the embroidering.  I haven't done a lot, even though my mom taught me how when I was five or so.  The stitches I used were satin, split, back, couching, french knots, and that vine type stitch I can never remember the name of.  Possibly more?  And crayon tinting, obviously.  During the course of this project I learned to properly hide my ends, though they do show through rather horribly around the hair.   Undecided  Oh well, I learned better and I won't do that anymore. Smiley

Oh, and yes, I did alter the original pattern a lil' bit just to make her a bit more realistically shaped and a little less Barbie.

I made this last year and still haven't sent it to my lovely aunt!  Embarrassed  I'm sending it out first thing Monday, I hope.  We're moving this weekend and I decided to take a break from packing and post this as an incentive to myself to get the silly thing in the mail!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Insulated curtains- looking for tutorial on: April 21, 2011 04:14:20 PM
We're moving in less than a week to a new apartment that has single-paned windows and is a bit drafty (o hai, budget apartment) so I'm looking into making curtains.  I'm not so much stuck on what to use, as my googling has turned up plenty of options (though suggestions are welcome!), but rather I'm not too sure on how to make the layers look nice without being bulky.  I've only ever made the simplest of one-layered curtains before, so this is a new one for my skills.  I just know this apartment will swelter in the summer and freeze in the winter, so this is high priority for me!  Can anyone point me to a tut?

Oh, and if it matters I'm pretty confident in my sewing skills, I'm not afraid of advanced tutorials.  I just can't seem to find anything!  I feel like I've been trying alternate search terms half the day.  Roll Eyes   
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother CE-4000 tangled bobbin thread, error E6 on: April 06, 2011 10:35:44 PM

I'm really hoping someone can help me with this.  I've been searching online for hours with no luck, not to mention messing with my machine half the day, and I'm just going crazy!

Like it says in the subject line, I have a Brother CE-4000, and I can sew about one stitch (if I'm lucky) before the bobbin thread gets tangled and the machine shuts down with an E6 error message.  An interesting aspect of the tangle is that it seems to be different every time- sometimes it's tangled around the top thread, sometimes around the bobbin casing itself, sometimes just sort of wandering into the wrong place (as pictured), and sometimes tangled around itself in knots.  Not to mention the absolutely godawful noise it makes when this happens. 

I've had this machine since early 2007, so I'm pretty familiar with the basics of operating it (yes, I am quite sure I'm threading it right, and I am using the appropriate needle for the fabric) but I won't pretend to be super well-versed in how to fix machines. 

This is what I've tried so far.

-Threading and re-threading
-Changing my needle
-Changing the tension
-Changing the bobbin
-Changing the bobbin thread
-Taking it apart and cleaning it
-Inspecting the bobbin case (looks fine to me, but I'm not sure what I'm looking for exactly though nothing looks out of place or damaged)

I just used it a couple of weeks ago, and everything was fine.  The last thing I attempted to do (if it matters) was to fix a hole in a nylon shopping bag.  That's when the trouble began, but it's not just the nylon that makes the machine do this.  I've tried cotton, felt, corduroy, knit teeshirt material, and flannel all with the same result- tangle and error.  I had a similar problem last year that cleared up with a simple cleaning, but that isn't working this time.

Can anyone help?  I'm desperate and completely frustrated.  I'm hoping I don't have to take it to be serviced as we have no money right now and I need to sew for a swap...did I miss something simple?
7  COOKING / Dessert / Mountain Dew Cupcakes- Gamer Food! on: March 08, 2011 12:20:28 AM

I made my first ever cupcakes from scratch for D&D on Sunday. Smiley  I'm very proud of myself, haha (even with the odd frosting job- but sprinkles make it allllllllll better).  Maybe I'll give up the boxed mixes for good now! 
This is the recipe I used- http://www.allthingscupcake.com/2007/12/05/mountain-dew-cupcakes/  They turned out super delicious (all 24 of them!), but a bit too lemony to really taste like Dew.  Next time I'll add a little less lemon and put in some orange, see how that goes.  A couple commenters on the original recipe suggested that, and it makes sense to me.

Here's what they looked like unfrosted...

After they were already in the oven I was sad that I didn't think to add dye to the batter too, oh well. 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for lingerie findings/notions online on: October 21, 2010 05:39:39 PM
I'm looking for all things underwear!  ...Okay, not really, but I have a big lingerie obsession and I'd like to start making my own. Smiley  I haven't found anything locally (Portland, OR area...local ladies if you know something I don't please tell me!  I'm fairly new around here) so I've been poking around online.

I guess I'm specifically looking for elastic lace for undies and stuff...a resource for bra and garter belt hardware would be nice too, but I really would like to find some lace.  

I found Sew Sassy Fabrics by googling, anybody have experience with them?  

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A goblet for Dionysus (img heavy) on: October 08, 2010 12:06:54 PM
I made this for my partner in the Greek mythology swap a while ago.  I seem to have lost my best pictures of it (my computer died halfway through the swap and my new one didn't have any photo editing stuff on it until yesterday, so I forgot where I stashed the pics, haha.  I'm sure I'll find them eventually!) but these show it off pretty well. Smiley

I used Premo to cover a beautiful wineglass I found at the Goodwill.  I'd never done anything like this before so I used about a billion different tutorials, and it took forever for me to finish the silly thing!  It's meant to be a candleholder (looks pretty cool through the translucent clay- unfortunately those pics were among those I misplaced).  The texturing on the vines was so much fun to do!  But enough talk, here are the pictures!

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / The Fountain of Mama's Anger (IMG HEAVY!) on: October 07, 2010 08:21:19 PM
1,575 hand-made-and-cut polymer clay tiles.  *falls over*  Just posting this finished shot reeeal quick to make sure I don't miss the deadline, more pics and details in just a little while!

I was going to write a big 'ol long post, but it was boring, and I banished it to my Crafty LJ.  All the pics (including many more progress shots, and many many views of the finished product can by found at my flickr.  I'm sure I forgot lots of interesting tidbits, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  I'm also happy to create a tutorial if anyone's interested. Smiley  On to the pictures!

When I first plugged her in, tucked happily away in the bathtub.

This is my favorite shot!  I almost made my mosaic out of these glass globs, but quickly realized it would be far, far too big.  I like them in the pans though, they look nice and fire-y.

Each tile was individually cut with the square cutter...

And then quartered with the blade.

My totally awesome lazy way of emulating the stained glass I wish I had, using lots of translucent clay.  You'll see why in a bit...

My dry run, laying out the tiles on the acrylic frame I used as a base.

And then I realized that my pattern was far too small.  Oops!  So much for my attempt at math.


Finished!  Tiling, anyway.

Making a hole for the water.  I just realized I neglected to take pics of the sealing step.  Pretend I did!  I used Varathane.  Probably won't again, at least not the spray stuff.

From drab to fab! 

Grouting, sitting on the edge of the tub.  I managed to bruise my booty doing this, and I got to feel extra smart every time I sat down for a few days. Wink  Next time, I'll drag in a chair, or at least fold a towel.

All finished, view from the back.

This is why I used translucent clay.  She glows!  I couldn't manage a pic that really captures just how awesome this is.  I almost started bawling with pride (and relief!).  Have I mentioned that I've been staying up way too late to finish this lately?  Hehe.

Thanks for looking!  I had a lot of fun with this, even though there were plenty of times when I was pulling out my own hair from frustration.  I'm just glad that after all that crafty drama I ended with a piece that I'm really proud of. Smiley

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