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ALLIGATOR DREAM PURSE

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For this slice of New Orleans life, we’re living upstairs from my old apartment. My best friends Maria and Patrick are in the other upstairs apartment, and we have breakfast together on our back porch. Soon after our arrival, Maria told me about a dream in which she found a nest of baby alligators, and they were all pink. It’s such a charming swamp discovery. And so: fanny pack!

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

I used glitter vinyl, one of my favorite materials. The baby gator was cut with an exacto, carefully sewn, and the edges were finished with puff paint. I used puff paint for the teeth and claws too.

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

Such meticulous puff painting! I practice almost every night. I omitted the planned eyes, because this magic alligator sees through dream visions, of course.

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

I really love these findings! The metal parachute clasp is so smooth and shiny, and I love the durability of a brass zipper. The piping is reflective plastic, given to me years about by Patrick. The sides and backing are a metallic printed denim, and the lining is waterproof rip-stop nylon.

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

There’s a zipper pocket with contrast lining, as well as a slim pocket for ID. Enough pockets to keep your gear safe and accessible, but still easy to look through in a dark party.

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

It was a lot of fun to make, and since we share a studio space and live in adjoining apartments it was hard to keep secret! But I managed to keep it together.

baby pink alligatorIt’s seen a lot of action since our swampy Xmas celebration, but I don’t think the little critter has a name yet. Maybe it will earn a playa name at Burning Man this year!

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CAT PUPPETS

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The original inspiration for these puppets was [no surprise] Burning Man. We were going to have a puppet show! But we got distracted, and did other fun things, yet the puppet-making inspiration has stuck around.

cat puppets, made by Julianne

cat puppets, made by Julianne cat puppets, made by Julianne

Another little project to use up neat scraps, and give as charming gifts, and always fun to get drunk and then see what the little kitties have to say about the world.

cat puppets, made by Julianne

cat puppets, made by Julianne cat puppets, made by Julianne
They make great liquor bottle coozies too. So if you’re really desperate, you don’t have to drink alone anymore! Another tip: they fit nicely on top of a long water pipe, if you happen to be the kind of person who owns that kind of thing. If.

cat puppets, made by Julianne

cat puppets, made by Julianne
I love the pipe cleaner whiskers of course, but they are not baby-friendly, no matter how friendly the babies themselves might be.

cat puppets, made by Julianne cat puppets, made by Julianne

They are all cats. I’ve thought about making other creatures, mostly robots and monsters, but so far I’m really enjoying having all these damn cat puppets strewn around my space. I’m surrounded by cat puppets.

cat puppets, made by Julianne

Some have names, some don’t yet. Mercy was the second-ever cat puppet, and he stays with us. He came to a funeral once, but I made him wait in the car.

 

Here’s the first ever: Slowjam, given to buddy Matt at his Bill Murray-themed costume birthday party (that got busted by the cops – twice!)

slowjam the cat puppet, made by Julianne slowjam the cat puppet, made by Julianne

Mr. Siadek and I dressed up at Steve Zissoux. Oddly, I was the only diver Steve and the only cross-dressing Steve. I was also the only disco-version of Steve, with a silver glitter beard. I’ve gotten so much wear out of my glittery aqua bodysuit over the years. Also, damn, I feel like I look weird without glasses.

zissoux

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