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CAT-ADOR JACKET

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I’ve been working like a rhinestone zombie. So much sewing to be done! Some of it is Burning Man related, but much of it is just other small jobs for other clients, not really interesting enough to blog about. I’m leaving for the playa in 6 days and I haven’t had a chance to do any prep work. Eep! So I’ll let this post be mostly images, because my brain ain’t so good at processing words lately.

This was one of my favorite projects in a long time. Nando is a very playful and sweet guy, and he wanted to bling out his plain peacock-blue matador jacket. Obviously this was right up my alley (which is where these pictures were taken, appropriately).

Catador jacket, made by Julianne

Catador jacket, made by Julianne

I just loved this project. It was so much fun to work on, and he was so pleasant to work with. It was an ideal project.

Catador jacket, made by Julianne

I made the cat heat using some fabrics we picked out together, some fabrics from my stash, and that heat-fusible bond paper stuff (I told you I’m not good with words).

Catador jacket, made by Julianne

The epaulet is constructed from that awesome silver vinyl applique, a red velvet pad, and orange tassel trim.

Catador jacket, made by Julianne

I made a cat toy necklace from some of the leftover trims.

Catador jacket, made by Julianne

I also made him a set of booty shorts, complete with crotch gusset, out of the copper kitty fabric, but apparently I didn’t give Nando enough rum to model them in my alley.

Catador jacket, made by Julianne

Catador jacket, made by Julianne

If you see Nando on the playa, tell him you recognize him from the internet!

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COUSIN PUPPETS

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I had so much fun making these guys! It was the first time since January I made puppets (our car was so packed for our road trip that I had to leave my box of supplies in Los Angeles).

cat puppet, made by julianne

I made these puppets for two babies coming in June. One is for my friend’s sister, the other is for my friend’s boyfriend’s sister. So they’re kinda cousins… who will probably never meet.

It’s pretty amazing to make something for a kid that hasn’t been born yet. So many possibilities go through my mind as I construct a toy that I hope will entertain them for years. Will they ever realize that before they were born, someone who never even met their parents and would probably never meet them spent a few hours wondering what their lives would be like?

Lots of friends are having babies right now, so I get to spend lots of time making special gifts for their mysterious lives. I’ll be posting a lot of those creations soon!

cat puppet, made by julianne

cat puppet, made by julianne

There are many traits they share. Both have yellow vinyl ears, pink colors, fringe, and tails to match the body of the other.

cat puppet, made by julianne cat puppet, made by julianne

By the way, this is not foreshadowing my own future. I can enjoy spending time with kids without wanting one of my own.

These puppets are already at their new homes, but you can order your own puppet in my shop.

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SPARKLEPUSSY Mardi Gras 2014

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The idea to dress up as a glittery purple cat hit me like a bolt of lightning, and before I knew it five of us were roving the French Quarter as a herd of cats.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

This was the most Mardi Gras house in the Quarter.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

We meowed, and scratched with our claws, and drank a ton of whiskey.sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

I designed, drafted, and basted the suit before we left for our epic roadtrip, and then did the final serging, pink components, and fur accents on Lundi Gras in New Orleans.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

Originally the costume was going to be sleeveless (and therefore a little more roller disco), but I had to make several last-minute concessions to the weather.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

As it happened, Fat Tuesday was about 40º and raining: unusually miserable weather, especially for March! So I added the mesh sleeves, and arm warmers, and had to wear layers underneath my sleek catsuit. Some of those bulges are a wool sweater that I managed to stuff in, and I was wearing a jacket for most of the day. So apparently I didn’t need to lay off the french fries.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

The mask is puff paint and rhinestones on tulle. I need to add a clear plastic backing so that it stands up, since I wore the mask over my glasses. I really enjoyed this technique, and will play with it more (word to the wise: this took about 3 days to fully dry).

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

Can you believe the adorable pet tag?! Maria and Patrick made one for everybody, and mine is being stamped with “Sparklepussy.”

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

I really like this costume, but having to bundle up and still try to stay inside made it a challenge to have fun. I did catch a golden coconut at Zulu, and good friends + whiskey will get you pretty far in life.

I’ll have plenty of other opportunities to wear it, like Burning Man, and Halloween, and maybe the next party.

 

 

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TWINKLE winner! (and a cat gif)

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Twinkle Knits book giveaway, made by Julianne

Congratulations to Francisca for randomly winning the Twinkle Knits book giveaway! She entered by liking MADE by JULIANNE on Facebook.

Thank you to all who entered my first ever blog giveaway. I’m planning on hosting a few more giveaways in the coming year, with more de-stashing prizes as well as handmade goodies. You can find out about those by checking back here or liking the aforementioned Facebook page.

For those who didn’t win this time, here’s a consolatory cat gif:

catsewing

It’s my homepage. Happy knitting Francisca!

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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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