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“I Survived An Indiana Earthquake” T-shirt

December 31, 2010

On December 30, 2010, Central Indiana felt an earthquake that registered 3.8 on the Richter scale.  I posted on Facebook “Be sure to get your ‘I Survived An Indiana Earthquake’ t-shirts while they last.”  I got a lot of comments on it, so that evening I decided to actually make this t-shirt.  This t-shirt however was one of my biggest blunders.  Not only did the t-shirt not turn out like I thought it would but I got the Richter scale wrong.  On the day of the quake, the news reported 4.2.  My brother even warned me to check the news to get an update, but I told him to shove it.  I went with 4.2 and it turned out to be a 3.8.  Sigh.  Anyway, here is the creation.  It simply a red, long-sleeved t-shirt, with some writing from a black sharpie and a Clorox bleach pen.  I let the bleach pen soak for about three minutes and I should have let it soak for probably 15 minutes.  It just didn’t fade like I wanted it to.


Gauze Man Costume

October 24, 2010

Every year around Halloween time, I participate in what is called a Mystery Bus Tour.  Basically, people board a bus without prior knowledge of where the bus is going to stop…hence the name “Mystery.”  It is a fundraising event put on by the nonprofit organization Hemophilia of Indiana which advocates and educates members of the bleeding disorder community.  This year the Tour was scheduled the week before Halloween.  Naturally, it was encouraged to dress for the occasion.  They were giving out prizes for the different categories, and the one that I was shooting for was Best Hemophilia Related Costume.  I have hemophilia so it only felt proper.  Initially I chose to go as a piece of gauze, which is commonly used by hemophiliacs to soak up/stop bleeding.  Then it evolved into Gauze Man, the hemophiliac superhero.  Needless to say I won the prize. 

Now the costume was simply made out of white fleece and cheese cloth draped over a dowel rod and secured with white yarn and white duct tape.  I cut a hole out for my head.  I then printed out a red blood drop with the letter G in it and used two-sided tape to secure it to the chest of the costume (not shown in the ** photos below).  I then crocheted a hat out of red yarn and made it in the shape of a blood drop.  Finally I finished the costume with some white socks and red shorts. Voila! GAUZE MAN!

** I sincerely apologize if these photos have scarred you for life.