Ms. Retrospective

Catch a glimpse of the mundane adventures in my life, my artwork, and my warped night dreams!

What My Appearance May Be In 60 Years!

September18

I decided to be an old “me” for Halloween so I did some digging online, researching how people age.  I saw some Hollywood make up videos aging a 27 year old gal into a very old lady.  Since I don’t have 10,000 dollars for a professional to make a plastic overlay for my face, I will have to stick with stage make-up.

As I browsed the web, I also saw some Photo-shopped images of Hollywood stars as old people.  So, last night, I spent 3 hours on my own “older” self in Photoshop.  I added cloudy color in my eyes to depict glaucoma, sagged my cheeks, eyelids, and chin, grayed my hair, and used the burn tool to draw in each wrinkle, along with yellowing my teeth and thinning my lips.

I wonder if when I get to be 87 or so, if I will actually resemble this.  Only time will tell!  I only hope that is isn’t before 60 years that I look like this…

Below is a before and after picture of me, current and aged:

old becky

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“Celebrate” Wine Glass

August10

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I used enamel glass paint and sparkle paint to create this celebratory wine glass!

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Jewelry Holder Project

July11

Necklace Holder Project

Above is the jewelry holder that I made this weekend.   I bought an inexpensive bamboo cutlery holder and lined the inside with craft paper.  The paper was semi transparent and shows some of the wood grain behind.  I used rubber cement so that it wouldn’t wrinkle up.  Next I used screen door fixtures to hang the jewelry on.  The back screws were flat and worked nicely so that they wouldn’t stick out too much on the backside.  The screw went into the post like a drawer knob would.

I had an old skirt with lace at the bottom and used that for hanging my earrings.  I have used a screen before to hang my earrings before but I found that this kept them in a nice row.  I sewed the skirt together to make three rows: a short earring row, a medium size for larger earrings and a bottom row where my large, dangle earrings could hang.  I tacked the material onto the bottom edge of the cutlery holder and used a pink leather cord that was left from the skirt to hand the jewelry holder from.

This turned out nice since I can use wall space instead of sitting necklace trees and earring holders on my dresser.  So far, the cats haven’t discovered this jewelry holder yet and even when they do, it will be difficult for them to reach it.

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Case Cover Sewing Project

May7

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A co-worker of mine asked me to make a colorful cover for him last week.  He does balloon animals as a Jester at children’s birthday parties and uses a small air compressor to inflate the balloons.  The black case looked like a camera bag and wasn’t as festive as it should be when he is working.  I found some nice green and orange material and designed a bag casing.  He needed a pocket of some kind to hold the balloons for the kids to pick from so I made one with a snap flap to close it.  I made a button hole for the air nozzle opening and quilted the top flap.  I was happy with the way it turned out.

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Purse Sewing Project

April20

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To go with my handbag accessories, I decided to make a purse. In order to fit all of my accessories, I needed a larger purse for daily use. I haven’t used a pattern since middle school but as hard as I thought it would be, it wasn’t difficult at all! I used a See & Sew pattern and modified only a couple of details. I felt it necessary to add an additional inside pocket for pens and coin purse (as seen below).

The entire project took me roughly 8 hours to do (which included quilting the main fabric). I was mostly happy with how it turned out although when the pockets are full, the lining material is pulled down, collapsing in on the open purse space. That is not too large of a problem, however if I had designed it, that wouldn’t happen.

It was nice to be able to learn a few new tricks (like how to use a zipper foot) and use new tools (pattern haha) in sewing!

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Fun Decorations & Accessories for Handbag

March12

I received a purse for Christmas and thought I would personalize it. I went to JoAnn Etc. and bought some quilting material. I wrapped the material around cardboard that I cut into paw shapes and then stitched them to the bag, which was approved by my pet kitten Willey (as seen below). But that was just the beginning!

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I then decided that the purse needed a wallet, partially because my leather one was too large. I thought having a custom wallet would be nice to have (and it is!). I didn’t use a pattern (they become a headache) so just winged it. I think it turned out fine for a first try actually. I added ribbon and buttons and a picture ID pocket. That project took 5-6 hrs to get it all finished.

Then since I was in the groove, I made a cell phone holder. I saw an image of it online and thought, “hey, I can do that”, and so I did. The flap that covers the opening is the shape of a kitty and I sewed buttons on for the eyes and nose. To save room inside the purse and for easy access, I made it to hang over the purse strap (and it therefore got to use the button function on my sewing machine! )

After the cell phone holder, I was STILL in the groove so I then made a business card holder to match which I had been needing for a long time. The process of these projects took a few weeks to complete them all and I may not be done yet. There is material still left over so I was considering making a makeup travel bag but not sure if there is much more room in the purse for it. We will see, but either way, I was proud of my no-pattern-handmade purse accessories!

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Refinishing Old Table

October25

There was a dirty table at my work’s old building upstairs. When we were moving, I asked if I could have it and some people asked me why I’d want that ugly thing. I saw some potential under the grit and grime and thought I could make it a kitchen table. I sanded off the scratches and dinks and ground in graphite for over 5 hours. I stained it with a red oak stain and then varnished it with 6 layers (sanding lightly in between each layer). Finally, it is finished and it turned out better than i hoped! Now all I need are some black chairs to go better with the table… but those cost money and can wait…. I love FREE!!!

Nice job Becky! That turned out really good. I’m impressed, all those months at the hardware store paid off!

Posted by Chris on Oct 25, 2008 9:34 PM

Just beautiful!!! Nice job!

Posted by Jen on Oct 27, 2008 9:02 PM

freakin” awesome table!!!!

Posted by Hunker on Oct 28, 2008 12:25 PM

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