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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Who needs water when you can skate or....Narwhal Skateboard! on: September 17, 2010 03:30:38 PM
I was asked to participate in an auction to benefit my Alma Mater, The University of Akron. All of us alumni were asked to create artworks on blank skateboard. Some of you may have seen my entry from last year. But this year....I did something a little more unconventional, for me, at least.

Inspired by my favorite marine mammal (after the beluga, but the poor little beluga isn't as stunning an image), the narwhal, and that lovely sailor art, scrimshaw. And from that was born my hand-carved narwhal skateboard!



In the beginning


Yeah...that's what it looked like midway through. What a mess. But you can see the original color of dayglo orange
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My post-high school prom on: May 05, 2010 04:51:43 PM
So, I'm a high school art teacher and I've temporarily lost my mind. I am chaperoning prom. See? Mind lost. Anyways, I decided the best way to ignore the awful music and teenagers dirty dancing is to make it the prom I never had. Never had as in I didn't know I was crafty in high school. This is my chance to have a crafty, unique prom. I made a headband. Everyone was horrified by my materials list: pearls, felt, ribbon, rhinestones (200+) and silver beads. But without further ado, I give you the amazingly tacky, not tacky headband for prom!



Pearls and rhinestones on the felt.


Beading....


On my head...



3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A little encouragement for a terrible roller derby skater[pom poms] on: April 11, 2010 02:14:02 PM
I am an aspiring roller girl. However, I cannot skate. I had a lovely bruise last week to prove it. I'm working on it though. So, I've decided to take on some crafts to give myself a little confidence. I mean, if you make a craft you have to show it off, right? And if it's on my skates, I have to skate to show it off. Anyways...here we go. Skating advice and encouragement also welcome.

Pom poms...just like old school roller disco!







And for my entertainment, crazy or crazy awesome as a hair accessory?

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Self-Portrait Embroidery on: January 16, 2010 04:34:46 PM
These are a series of self-portraits that I embroidered as part of an art exchange. We had to complete 5 pieces no bigger than 4"x6". So...they're tiny. They're regular embroidery floss on tarlatan (kind of a loose, starched cheesecloth). C&C please!









5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Holiday Cat! on: December 06, 2009 04:02:55 PM
I wanted my kitty to look fancy for the holidays since we'll be traveling around a bit. And who doesn't like to look fancy during the holidays? Anyways, my cat doesn't take well to clothing (who's does?) so I made something I knew she would wear. Without further ado...holiday fur collar.







6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dr. Who - Tom Baker Sock Monkey on: December 06, 2009 01:07:59 PM
I had to make something for my friend's birthday tomorrow and since he is the one that got me hooked on Dr. Who, I decided the only gift for him was a Dr. Who sock monkey! It's super creepy but I'm pretty proud. I've never made clothing for a sock monkey and that was quite a bizarre feat in my mind. For next year...I must make him a felt tardis and a sock dalek!



7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Printed Holiday Postcards on: November 25, 2009 11:09:52 AM
I try to make cards for the holidays, using the skills I went to school to gain. So here are this year's version. Relief prints on cardstock. I send them as postcards. Awesomely cheap and very personal.



8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Where the Wild Things Are....Max(ine?) on: November 06, 2009 03:12:10 PM
I really wanted to be Max for Halloween, but I also wanted to feel cute (having been on a job search and a break up this summer have helped me put on the pounds). Furry pajamas seemed like they might be crazy unflattering on me. Anyways, I made the adorable hat thanks to the pattern I found on Craftster but then what?!

My solution: an adorable little white jumper. Then I made arm warmers and leg warmers to tie it all together. I had an amazing black boa that I used as the tail (I thought it was a bit more true to the book and super cheap since I had it laying around)

Without further ado, I give you hipster/female Max





I look so sad in this last pic (I promise I wasn't!), but you can see the hat I made for my friend that she used in her ZombieUnicorn costume.



9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Katboard...skateboard for the future on: October 01, 2009 02:11:16 PM
I was asked to participate in an art auction to benefit my alma mater, but the art had to be on this lovely skateboard I was given. It was a hideous shade of florescent yellow and in the words of my former professor "it glow in dark." My personal art is totally different than how the board ended up. I love fabric, which I work with, but I felt like a hack stealing some brocade satin pattern I found on the internet. So...I created a fabric-inspired pattern but out of something that was totally....me. And yes, I hand cut that stupid cat stencil. I give you...katboard.









Here's my original photoshopped pattern from which I made the stencil
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Unicorns ARE real on: September 09, 2009 05:31:22 PM
Thanks to jessyratfink's awesome hat pattern, I finally know how to make a decent hat. So I sense an endless variety of horrible hats that I've been envisioning.

Anyways, on to the project. My most beloved friend is turning 26 next week so I have decided that the best way to celebrate is by making her a hat of her favorite animal; the unicorn. I really aimed to make this as tacky as I possibly could handle. Without further ado....









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