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polychromatic pachyderms

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Behold, my bad ass elephant T shirt!

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I actually got a picture before I started sewing.

I traced out 24 elephants from tear-away stabilizer, laid them all out, then went over the lines in backstitch. The stabilizer was really great and easy to remove. The numbers on the elephants correspond with my thread, which I also numbered. It was a pretty easy project and didn’t take too long. Well, about 10 hours. I used a T from American Apparel that I got on discount.

And one more for the road!

Here are the pictures of Katie’s black shirt. Her last name means “Elephant Herder.”

This shirt was a Craftster featured project in September 2009, and it was used as the main photo for a Craftster article on elephant themed projects in February 2010!
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the streets of New Orleans just got a little bit sweatier.

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Taken from my post on Craftster

I’d been thinking about spicing up my latest bicycle–in New Orleans we like our bikes to be very spicy. Before, my seat was generic black and real bummer. So I pulled out a scrap of canvas and some paint and got to work!

A little bit of home-town pride. Everything I make winds up getting branded.

The key to keeping your bad-ass accessories from getting jacked in the Quarter is to put your name all over it, real big.

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The construction of the cover took only a few minutes. I spent a while painting it though. I sewed the top and sides, then stapled it to the bottom of the saddle.

I topped it off with a few coats of clear sealant. When I ride with a skirt, the saddle rubs my thighs, but that’s the case with any seat. The design hasn’t worn off at all. I’ve also decorated my basket with some beads I got down on Bourbon last weekend. People have tracked me down in the city by recognizing my bike seat!

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suiting up

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For about a year and a half I’ve been eying some glitter Spandex at Joann’s, knowing exactly what I would make out of it if I could only find the excuse. Well, this year I went to BURNING MAN. It was insane; it was incredible; it was indescribable! And I was well dressed.

First, here’s a shot from the desert, with the fabulous Cosmo:

As it turns out, you don’t have to have a great body to prance around in a bodysuit. Stick anything in 2 yards of sparkly spandex and it’s fabulous. I got more attention wearing these than when I walked around naked.

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The outfits were interpreted in so many ways, as a fish/mermaid suit, as an astronaut, as an alien (especially when I was in the rocket), and a superhero. It was actually pretty cold at night and my silver fringed arm warmers didn’t do much, so when I wasn’t dancing my tushy off I was snuggled up in a teal robe.

I didn’t use a pattern on these but they fit perfectly. I loved being able to change the attitude by the height of the zipper (I did wear it around with the zipper completely open). Also I whipped up a silver utility belt, which was so useful! I kept food, a camera, toilet paper, a knife, and all sorts of little essentials on hand.

The blue one was second and came out much better. It only took 90 minutes from start to finish (excluding the sequins at the collar). Also on this one I figured out to use the 3-stitch zig zag, which worked so much better than the regular zig zag!

Since I didn’t get a lot of shots at Burning Man, yesterday I suited up again and played in the neighbor’s tree house.

For next year I am going to have a different color for every night. Also, I’m thinking about putting in a much longer 2-way zipper to go from the neck all the way to the back, so that using the porta-potties isn’t such a hassle.

This is going to be great for Mardi Gras!

By the way, I totally wear these around my house and when I visit the neighbors. They’ve gotten used to it.

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iPod cases

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Taken from my post on Craftster

So I was hanging around a little house in the middle of France. There was no place in the village to get internet and we didn’t have TV either, so iPods were the only technological source of entertainment. And then… one day mine broke! I freaked out but was able to order a new one, cost quite a lot. Since it was my birthday present to myself I decided to buy new earphones. I picked out these blue ones from Carrefour before I knew what kind of case I was making, so I was quite pleased when it turned out to match perfectly.

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I found some vintage comic books (in French) in an upstairs bedroom and fell in love with a series of black, white, and blue images. I covered the papers in masking tape and cut out the shapes with an X-acto knife, then used more tape to assemble the case.

The next day I made the black and white case for my friend. This one was much more modular, with just 2 pieces–the sides were part of the front and back. Not only was it quicker the second time around, it did come out better. But mine has the matching earphones.

The closure is just a long tab that slips in over the top of the iPod. There is a layer of tape over the clicker wheel and the screen has bits of plastic from our chausson aux pommes box. I made these in March and they are still holding up quite well.

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70s-tastic shorts

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Taken from my post on Craftster

I made these shorts (and a few other things) out of my old bedroom curtains. I was working at a clothing-resale shop and the time that sold a lot of vintage clothes, and people thought I’d bought my shorts there. Nope.

The belt loops are made out of the tabs at the tops of the curtains.

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check out my awesome belt.

I’m making a weird face here, but you could figure that out yourself. I entered this project in Readymade‘s MacGuyver challenge but they weren’t impressed.

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Rebirth of NOLA, screw hurricanes

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Taken from my post on Craftster

So I live in New Orleans where I study art history at University of New Orleans. It’s way different from Tulane and Loyola, and no one’s ever heard of it unless they live here or went there (people do that sometimes). Anyway, to combine my love of art history and the rebuilding efforts of my city, I made this watercolor painting.

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It’s based off of Boticelli’s Birth of Venus, but instead shows our city’s patron saint, the goddess NOLA (which I just made up) rising from the Mississippi River. The bridge in the back is the GNO which connects the two sides. The east bank is represented by the Superdome, while the west bank is symbolized by industry.

By the way, NOLA is the city’s abbreviation: New Orleans, LouisianA.

I had some posters locally printed, and I sell them at various art markets around the city. Nola posters are available on Etsy!

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