Tag: diy

More Box Office Progress

So here we go again. Close to the end! But I wanted to add an update! We installed some lights and it looks BOMB.

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Our moment of truth came through for us! No ditching the lights idea, because it fucking worked like a charm!

Next photos will probably be from the wedding. LATER BITCHES!

Box Office Progress

So it’s been a whole month since I’ve posted anything. My excuse was all this damned planning and building of this box office, while also applying for jobs, doing interviews. freelancing, and also, starting my new job (Yay!). Right now Chris and I are at a point of which we can say that the box office is at a good stage close to completion that I can start to relax and catch up on other things.

A couple of weeks ago, we went to my parent’s place and built up our frame

box office frame

It wasn’t too bad to put together, however the damned thing didn’t really fit in our Mazda6 wagon, so we had to re jig it. We ended up taking the long beam sandwiched in the middle out and having the two rectangle/triangle pieces separated and a free standing middle piece to support the weight. Unfortunately, didn’t mark that progress, but you know. Stuff.

Box office plans

Here’s a photo of the plans that I had created for myself for cutting out the pieces that I needed. Didn’t want to end up needing more foam core, and guess what, I AM FUCKING BOSS AT ESTIMATING MATERIALS. Used all the pieces of foam core. Only a wee bit of left over, but all of our big pieces were taken care of and I didn’t have to Frankenstein together some weird pieces to make one big piece.

Box office painting


This is just an example of some of the painting I did. Also the plans for real size to guestimate how the ping pong balls would look and how many I would need to put around the box office. I also used paint from Dollarama (which is better than the stuff from Dollar Tree FYI).


Box office transfer


So this photo demonstrates how I transferred the images to foam core. I used some Saral wax free yellow transfer paper (of which I got at Mona Lisa’s) which I had for transferring sewing patterns. I just printed out the image from the computer that I made in Illustrator and blew it up to actual size and tiled the pieces together. I then just transferred it using a knitting needle I had lying around. This wax transfer paper worked well. While painting over the guidelines, the yellow did not, not even once, muddy up my paint. I know with pencil/graphite I tend to get those gross greyed out places where the pigment reacts to the paint/binder, so I highly suggest this stuff. It stayed underneath my painting, never to rise again.



This picture is just a progress picture of what I got done before going to work when I couldn’t go to sleep because of worrying about this freaking project.


Box office 90% complete


Now this is a photo of everything coming together. All those fucking circles, I am so happy I did not have to cut them out. I delegated that task to poor chris. I feel bad, but he made those circles perfect. I would have not been (and have not even decently achieved) as successful as Chris was with those things. We ended up getting the Olfa compass circle cutter from Sew Much More to cut these circles out.

Circles. In foam core. FML. Just a sad memory from ACAD I do not want to relive.

We were lucky that we sourced some shitty ping pong balls from Dollar Tree. 8/$1.25, and they were the crappy kind, so they were great for this project. Easy to cut and had a seam in the middle. Not optimum for playing ping pong, but definitely great for crafts. Just wanted to let people know that they had them there since I was concerned about finding something as suitable as ping pong balls for the lights. I also grabbed some led lanterns which will be housed in the box to light these up.


Here’s more photos.


God our living room is a fucking mess. But, it will be cleaned once we’re all finished with this thing and Michelle’s wedding comes up (which is this coming Saturday). The only thing that we need to do from this point on is install the lights, cover the inside with a shit-ton of tin foil and attach those middle pieces, and the starburst, and figure out how to install the diamond with ease for transport. From this point on, probably a good 6 hours, but we’ve decided to take it easy and play some well deserved Mario Kart 8.

Two Tickets to Paradise

This post is actually about the box office I’m creating for our friend’s wedding. I wanted to at least blog and document the process design-y that wasn’t work related. I think it’s interesting to read and look at someone else’s process. Ah yes, James Jean’s Process Recess’ were always one of my favourites. That and that man can make pretty pictures.

To start, the information I was given was what this was for (guest entry, ticket dispensing), and the dimensions. I didn’t fiddle with the measurements at first, but instead wanted to get the feel for this thing so I could get a start on what this thing should be like.

Box Office Sketch 01

I didn’t actually have to do anymore sketches according to the clients. They immediately said yes, this is the box of my dreams. You are a god in human form, carry on.

From this point I was prompted to come up with a budget for this thing. OMG I don’t know how to come up with something like that without coming up with the plans (and thus materials and amounts), so I plowed through an evening coming up building specs and  the amount of materials and prices.

This thing is top heavy (I had already decided on installing lights on top), and so a steady frame would have to be made. These are a few of the sketches of how that would have to come about. Chris helped me immensely on this part, since I hardly work with any wood or structures.

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We also had to come up with practical use solutions. How tall this should be, ratios, how tall the window should be to be comfortable for all people involved (ticket people/guests). It should be comfortable for average height (being 5’0, I do not fit into this category), has to fit in the space (8 feet ceilings), and has to transportable. So many factors!

We decided the dimensions from these factors and I mocked up a model to scale.

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Which then corresponded to the computer.


This is the final comp I have come with at the moment. There’s definitely a few more things I need to refine, but I am happy with this result thus far. My plan is to keep it BADASS. I will be keeping up with progress at it comes along!


Attack of the 5″ Woman


Pulp FascinatorFor our friend’s bridal shower, the bride intended everyone to have a fascinator (and win a prize for the best one). Of course, me being me, I cannot let a DIY opportunity pass me by. Lacking funds on purchasing an overpriced centerpiece, I decided to make my own themed fascinator/hat with stuff lying around the house and a couple of items I picked up at the dollar store. I knew before purchasing trinkets that I wanted something pulp/horror themed. When I saw this busted ass doll, I knew I had to use her.


So I took inspiration from Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Here’s some sketches. I’d like to think I stayed pretty true to them.

Hat Sketch

Unfortunately, I did not win. :( However I got enough compliments to know that inside my heart I won. Oh nepotism, it’s cool, the groom’s grandmother won it, but they tell me I should have gotten it anyways. That’s all that really matters. That and I made something that people got some enjoyment out of. To me, that’s always the best part.

Materials: Illustration board, print, felt, tweed, pipe cleaners, hot glue, dollar store toys, elastic.

The Chiffony Chiffon Dress

Chiffon Dress 2013

So this is also an oldie. Made this back in 2013 for a summer wedding I went to. Don’t know if anyone can tell, but I’m just scrambling feverishly to add content to my blog. I’ve documented a few things that I’ve created and I constantly have to describe them to people. Screw it, so many people have cell phones nowadays, this is just easier, and might as well do it while I have the space on the internet. Refer people to my blog–>become internet famous. Hahahahah, that isn’t how it works, but a girl can dream.


This project is also posted on Craftsy, where the pattern for this is actually based on a dress from there. You can take a whole online class to step by step show you how to make the dress.

This is the original dress that I made in the summer of 2012 for the bridesmaids for my cousin’s wedding.

The instructor for this class is AMAZING. She is the reason why I started to do a lot of hand-sewing and basting and using some old school slow ass couture techniques to make my dresses fit me EXACTLY. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to improve their sewing skills.


As for how to make this dress, its the same bodice, and I just added a dirndl skirt to the bottom, and created that as the underlay for the chiffon that I had just hand tacked on (I don’t want to call it draping, I feel like I don’t know how to do that). This is how I economized 1.5m of chiffon. The fabric is actually from my boyfriend’s mother, who bought it while she was in New York and I asked on a whim for her to get me something cool. Man I was hoping for some cotton blends, and once again, whenever I get someone else to get me fabric, its freaking chiffon.

I don’t mind working with the stuff, but I have a hard time cutting it up because it is sooo pretty, and it is so easy to tear, and man I did have a couple of pulls near the side of the bodice. Because the patten of the fabric was so busy, no one saw them, but I knew in my heart of hearts that they were there. I got one more dress that I made as a variant of this pattern (it’s seriously so freaking versatile), and in that one I learned how to pad out the bra so I wouldn’t have to wear a strapless with it, and it worked.

Merry Fuckin’ Christmas; A Reflection Into My Ghetto Past

This is an oldie, but a goodie. Back in the days of being a poor student (circa 2010), Christmas presents had to be.. creative and cheap. Only made sense since.. you know… art school. Anyhoo, $10 Graphic tees from Threadless for everyone (12 people at least) made the most sense.

The packaging (I don’t know how obvious) was inspired by yarn packaging. I printed this out of my printer on kraft paper (which I now know you can get at the dollar store!), and then wrapped together and hole punched for the holes and added some festive yarn to tie it together. I guess the most notable thing about this packaging is my shameless use of the most foul parts of the English language. If anyone knows me well, it’s that I have the mouth of a sailor. The point of these was to look really nice from far away (under the tree), until you actually get up close and realize how horrible these things really were.

Now this has started a trend in the family of getting everyone graphic tees for Christmas. I don’t blame them, it’s cheap and everyone likes to wear t-shirts, even if it ends up being a home shirt. These were done before I really knew how to use my camera (which right now is just.. enough), so I did my best to edit these in Photoshop as best I could otherwise.


I am always up for anything that is delightfully deceiving. Please add a comment on how you’ve been a delightful naughty child.

Airbrushing Edges




I had ordered my business cards a while ago, and I ordered quite a bit, probably more than I actually needed, but hey Jukeboxprint.com did a pretty good job of helping me out with these. I wanted painted edges, but unfortunately the artwork on my business cards didn’t lend itself well to those kinds of papers, and I wasn’t ready to splurge more than $100 for this set, especially as an just starting out freelance graphic designer.

As for those cool ass edges of bright colour to help out my business cards stand out, I was initially just marking them up with Prismacolor markers, but I found that over time, the edges would bleed and would look really amateur. Some people would probably have never noticed (which is what I was hoping for), but when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew i had to try it out.

Chris Wood on Behance

I first tested with some spray paint that I had on hand, some gold, and then some lime. I used only one clamp and found that it had bled between the cards just a little, so I ended up using 2 clamps and it was magic.


I wanted to colours that I had originally used on my cards, so I went out to Modelland (which is very conveniently placed 3 blocks away from my apartment) and grabbed up these paints. These paints ran my just under $10 all together. I decided to get these since I already had a paintbrush, and I find that spray painting with control is difficult for me. Also most model shops will carry a larger array of colours vs. your Home Depot. These took up no space in my little studio, my basket of spray paint is getting kind of messy.


So the process was quite simple. Clamp and paint and dry.  My tips would be:

1. Clamp tight, you want the cards to be one smooth block

2. Don’t spray paint too much, just a little bit at a time, don’t want the paper to soak up the ink, you can paint in coats, but 1-2 coats was enough for me, depending on the colour.


I’m lucky that I have quite a few things that I can use for these DIYs. Definitely something I would do for a client if need be. I think next time I might tackle a gradient with the airbrush to achieve a different effect. Good luck!


How Did It All Fit In There?!


there’s fabric here from over 10 years ago, when I first started sewing…. I’ll wait another 10 years, and then it’ll be cool.

I figured I would start with an actual post with actual content today. Today I will show you… MY STASH. No drugs, but kind of an obsession with any sewer I know. FABRIC. So many patterns and colours that imbue their light of inspiration to many a sewer. You touch a bolt of fabric and instantly you imagine yourself wearing a new pair of shorts or a new dress.

I have been pretty successful at keeping my hoard to a minimum (especially while looking at those picture on google of other people’s stashes), however I have kept my fabric in sad, large, and opaque rubbermaid containers. Everytime I wanted to make something, I had to dig through a pile of mess. You have no idea how elated I was to find this fabric organization solution on Pintrest. Not only does it keep everything neat, but it also allows me to look at all my fabric in a single glance.

This project is quite simple. I purchased a KILBY bookcase from IKEA for $39.99, and i spray painted the back panel a lime green. I took some leftover foam core and cardboard from school and cut it to the appropriate sizes for each shelves. I then wrapped fabric around the cards and fastened them with a pin. It did take me a while (one night and one morning) but it got done, and I am happy that I did.

this is where my fabric rolls! BWAHAHAH I’m punny…

Notice… this is where I sit when I sew. All I have to do is do a shoulder check and I can see ALL my fabric in it’s GLORY!! Hopefully those of you out there have figured out a good method of stashing away your goodies without forgetting them.