New stuff brewing:
Bellydance belt using bottle caps and stock piled trim. I have a huge collection of craft stuff I continuously stock pile, so it’s always great when I get around to using some of it. I have some great upholstery trim I found on super-uber clearance about 5 years ago and a whole assortment of saved bottle caps for jingly bits.
The Bins (and other thrift store) Upcycling. I have become a devoted fanatic of the Bins (formal name: Goodwill Outlet Store). I am not sure if everyone has Bins in their part of the world – the Northwest is the first place I have heard of such a place. Basically, it’s a warehouse filled with big tubby-like bins in which tons of stuff is dumped.
It’s your job to sort through it and find cool shit – think dumpster diving without all the gross food bits.
So far I have upcycled a dress from a men’s t-shirt for my daughter, salvaged a rocking foot stool which we repaired and reupholstered, and some fantastic bloomy pants out of sheets. Oh and the book bins – you find some classic stuff. I got all 3 of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, various Herbal books and super rad vintage kid books and history books of all sorts. In conclusion: Bins = Awesome.
Making Stuff for Bezels. The whole reason I just mentioned the Bins above is to talk about a super score – a whole bag full (about 20 different pieces) of various sized bezels for necklaces and lapel pins for only $4.00. I am thinking these need to turn into something with Octopus tentacles, bugs, creepy cameos, etc.
Badass Mermaids with Lollipops. A friend of mine just moved into a new shared house (room mates – what you do in Portland). To commemerate her new home she has requested a shared painting of a previous badass theme we did. The process involves opaque projectors, tracing and paint. And a lot of silliness.
Steamed Hussar. I am just about settled on my hussar pants. I made a quick pattern based off of Ahmed’s Chalwar from Atira’s Fashions and it turned out fairly decent. I am going to make a few adjustments (wider leg at the thigh and more tapered at the shin down) and call that portion of the outfit done.
I have been collecting various bits for the accessories – metal florettes, clock pieces from a Bins find and metal plaques.
I am noodling on weapons and such – if I am to be a demolitionist, I need some good support gear. I found some tiny squirt guns at the dollar store that have a ray-gun look to them that might be fun to mod. I have a bracer idea that would incorporate gauges, timers and buttons. Perhaps some sort of bandoleer with steam powered grenades. While watching Doctor Who I came up with a sketch for a handheld steam pistol that would use lamp parts and various hoses and tubes.
Restructuring this Blog. I feel like I need to structure this blog a little bit – like a finished projects section and works in progress section. I am a little underwhelmed but WordPress’s social presence. It seems like there are far more bloggers on Blogger than WordPress. Or everyone just has self-hosted blogs and aren’t using JetPack. Either way, I want to make more connections with my fellow DIYer/crafters and WordPress is pretty sparse in that department. I dont know if the solution is to start another blog on Blogger and crosspost between the 2, or to just hang out here on WordPress and hope more poeple come to the community.