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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / What I did at school today (graphite on paper) on: September 25, 2008 11:09:18 PM
I know it's nothing glamorous or exciting, but I am so proud of it. Drawing is not my forte, but it's a Req for my degree @ college. My professor stacked up a bunch of stainless steel pots, pans, etc and told us to take one outside, put it in the sun and draw it. I got a late start (tummy ache and I was in the lav for a bit) and still got it done today- the only one who got my composition done.

My professor actually was shocked and told me it was amazingRoll Eyes Yeah, I confessed to him the class before that drawing was NOT my favorite thing to do and only a tool I was using to become better at & help plan out my 3 dimensional art.

So, it isn't the best of pics because some of the heavier shading reflected the flash from my camera (damned reflective graphite!) and not using a flash made the quality of the piece worse! In the background is a shadow of the portcullis at the museum entryway and the sidewalk.

Anywho, it's a stainless OXO measuring cup and I sat it on the concrete surround "bench" outside our school's museum, sat myself on the ground, pumped up Aerosmith on the iPod and got busy. (I didn't finish off the background really all that great, I think I may crop it off since it's not that wonderful)

Again, quite proud of my work. Comments are appreciated. Grin



So.... since I was able to finish it, he wants me to have another one done by Tuesday for homework! He's helping me put my portfolio together to get into a private college for my BFA. I think I will choose something more interesting to me than a measuring cup!  Cheesy
2  COOKING / Dessert / The 5 hour, 48 cupcake Elmo Cake on: August 21, 2008 09:18:09 PM
My littlest turned 2 this month and I didn't decide on how to do the cake until 2 days before the party.  Tongue The wasn't really into anything except balls until about 2 days before his party. Then he felt he LOVE for Elmo. It took me 5 hours to trim all the cupcakes to an even size and then pipe the entire thing. The bottom portion of Elmo is actually a 9" cake I cut in half and layered since I ran out of cupcake papers.
I did fix the bottom of Elmo's face after I took the pics and also for some odd reason the cupcakes on the right didn't want to fit together.... then I ran out of chocolate frosting for the outside.... twice... so said "$%#& IT!" and didn't bother trying to cover the empty spots on the side. Then when I went to write, 'Happy Birthday ******" !' on the top cloud..... the gel RAN! GAAAH!! Good thing I could cover it with sprinkles!

Even with it not being perfect it got me a job making a cake later next month for a neighbor's birthday! Yay!








It tasted yummy (even though I didn't eat any until the next day- I didn't want cake after working on it so long)! Butter cake(boxed! eek!) and butter cream icing (homemade) for the colored spots and I used chocolate funfetti icing for the outside.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mythbusters Poppets- DO NOT LOOK MOJEN on: August 21, 2008 08:49:56 PM
For the IYP9 swap I made Mojen Adam and Jamie dolls (from Mythbusters) I stupidly forgot to take pics of them in their glasses (duh)! They both have lab coats and polyclay glasses (not pictured, but you can pretend they are there). I'm pretty proud of myself. Grin

The feet are weighted so they can stand on their own.





Amazingly the hat is the one and only thing that actually worked out the very 1st time I made it.
I didn't have any black jean material, but I had some dark navy jean material- well, you use whatcha got right!?

So what do you think?


 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Is this an apple tree? on: July 09, 2008 11:13:41 AM
I am not the plant person in my family (my hubby is). I try, but usually I kill everything green I touch.
My son planted apple seeds in my backyard garden when we moved into this house a couple years back, my husband thinks this is an apple tree (which would be amazing that it grew! Shocked )

Anyone know? If it's just a weed I'll cut it down and out of the garden, but it looks like a tree to them.

I tried to get several pics, the main stem looks like a tree, but I'm not sure.
Here are pics of it:



Up close of the leaves:




Some of the pics I see on my google searches look like my tree. Should I tie up the tree to a pole for it to grow straight? Right now it's growing out, not up
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Whitewash or Painting rocks? on: July 09, 2008 10:51:05 AM
Since we found out we are going to be living in our current home for the next 2 1/2 yrs we have decided to tackle our ugly garden out back.... it used to be a jungle. I used to have pics, but they are on my crashed laptop. So image a wildy weedy overgrown jungle. It's bigger than the whole of my yard. My husband had a "plan" for it to make it look nice. We want to make stairs going up it and line it with all the rocks that were "growing" (seriously, there are more rocks up in there than anything) in the garden.
So we have like 2+ large totes like this of rocks. (this is the HUGE tote box) The dirt is from when my youngest escaped the house and dug up my veggie garden. Angry


And here is the garden, partially cleaned up (this is actually looking GOOD)


He has to do the weed killer up in there, cut down 2 of the overgrown bushes on the left and then dig up the old roots for the bushes that were in there. (we have an allergy issue with them) Then about 2 weeks after that we can do work up in there and we are going to plan a garden, a useful veggie garden at that, roses (since they aren't wind pollinated and won't aggravate our sinuses) and some other stuff that won't irritate us.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO my question is this (sorry it was just long winded) How would I paint all those rocks white to line the path of the steps? Just latex paint and a sealer? Should we use whitewash? Doing whitewash seems like such a p.i.t.a, but if it'll hold better, we'll do it. Otherwise I have white latex paint here and could do that then seal it?

 Undecided

I need help.

Help?
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dying stained crib sheets? on: June 04, 2008 09:22:57 AM
I have 2 white crib sheets that have nasty blow-out stains on them from when my daughter was a baby. I have tried shout, oxiclean, bleach and white brite on them to get the stains out. They won't come out! (toxic poo I suppose)

So I have the brilliant idea of dying them! Will it work or will I still see the stains? I really can't stand looking at the stains anymore. Please help me. Smiley
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Iron-on + stenciled t-shirt ~FIXED the boo-boo!!~ on: May 21, 2008 10:38:09 AM
Here's t shirt #2 for Hubster for his Birthday. We're huge Black 47 fans (Irish punk rock band) so I decided to make him a shirt from on of their album covers.

I accidentally forgot to reverse the image so I had to cut out the text. I refused to waste the transfer I made so I used the reverse image and then stenciled w/ freezer paper the text below it ( I removed the pic of the cannon in the text though). I accidentally got a smudge of paint, so I need to think of something to put around the fist. Skinny lightening bolts?

Here's the shirt w/ the smudge. Sad Other than the smudge i think it looks pretty good.


Here's the original image.


What do you think? Any suggestions on covering up the smudge? I think it needs something......  Huh not sure what though.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Since I have to steal his car ( that I JUST bought him) this fall on: May 21, 2008 07:23:50 AM
I made him a copy of it..... on a shirt for his Birthday! Grin

What do you think? It's not as perfect as I'd like, but I think he'll like it.

Here's one of the pics I took of his car:


Here's the finished shirt:


Long story short- Hubby came home from Deployment last month and needed a car because I need the family car and he can't seem to find a carpool out here. So we bought him this little 87 Nissan 300zx for a great price! Welllllllllll...... .. my daughter finally got into the HeadStart program out here, little guy is going to daycare and I am going back to college this fall.... My husband takes my oldest to his Charter school in the morning because it's on his way to work and my daughter's going to the same school.
His car is a 2-seater. Um yeah. So he has to take my SUV and I have to take his lil b!t@h car to school.  Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Ya know what pink icing?! on: May 14, 2008 10:24:52 PM
I #$%@ING HATE YOU!!!! HATE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

No matter how much WILTON RED GEL FOOD COLORING I put in you, you stayed PINK!! PINK!!!!!!! Nasty Pepto Pink!!! Now I had to send my poor Hubster out to the store to get RED  SUGAR to cover the said Pepto Pink because my son will CRY if he takes PINK COOKIES to school on his Birthday!

I hate you.

You SUCK.

Making a little kid cry. Cry

Wilton, you WILL be getting a nastygram from me! Angry

I hope he gets back before this ROYAL ICING dries.  Sad
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Camo Bug Cargos {creepy crawlies} on: May 09, 2008 02:41:34 PM


I did some 'tweaking' of the pattern ( I made him shorts earlier http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245054.0 and they weren't the best) and positioned the pockets lower so they wouldn't be cut off completely. Which meant lowering them almost an inch lower than the pattern showed where the pockets could go and it turned out PERFECT!
I also decided to not do the velcro on the cargo pocket and made it much smaller than the pattern had it. It's still functional, but not what the directions/pattern said to do. Yes, I know. I am a rebel!
I also lined the pockets. It made my AR/OCD go off the charts by having raw edges inside the pockets! LOL

So what do you think?

As modeled by my ironing board..... (no action shots as of yet)


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