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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Skirt on: July 29, 2016 08:46:28 AM
 Hey there! I love to sew but I never make clothes so it's new for me to be on this board. So many neat things over here!

 I made this patchwork skirt for a swap I was in, the Common Grounds Swap. My partner pretty much only wears black and white so I kept to her trend and used only black and white fabrics.
 The band has a bit of elastic on it so it makes it more comfortable to wear. It has a nice long ties as well.
 I used a new foot to do the hem with Bias tape. So much easier and neater than anything I have ever done before. I love the way it turned out. It was also my first time doing overlock stitches and using that foot. I went thru a lot of bobbins but I think it worked well.

 I used my partners pics since they were so much nicer than mine.  Cheesy
 I really ended up liking it. I might try to make another with random, bright fabrics.
 Thanks so much for checking it out!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / If You Never Saw The Stars Shadowbox on: June 28, 2016 10:13:37 AM
 Okay, I have no idea where this would go so I am guessing here. Moderator, sorry if you have to move this....

  I made this for the Favorite Book Swap. Its one of my favorite quotes from Maggie Stievater and its from the book The Raven Boys (or maybe the second one, Dream Thief  Huh ).
  This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. I really wanted to make something out of it. I had the idea and ran with it. I also love that it lights up. Thats one of the things I havent done much of with crafts and I decided it was time to light something up (but not with fire). Fairy lights it is!
 I really want to make another one for myself. The quote says, "If you never saw the stars, candles were enough".
 Here it is with the lights on.

 And lights off. I tried to swirl the wire so it had an interesting, kind of Van Gogh meets Burton feel when it was off.

 Thanks for checking it out.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Eternal Free form sewing tote on: June 28, 2016 07:26:22 AM
 For the Favorite Book Swap I had this idea to make a freeform panel for a tote for my partner. I have never attempted to freeform sew before but I was determined. I had this vision of what I wanted to do and couldnt shake it.
 The first road block I came across before I even started sewing was the design. I needed a heart on the fabric. I used Inktense pencils and drew one out on white fabric but as you can see on the left, it wasnt really that intense. I let it dry and went back over it. That was the result. So I decided to try a couple more ideas. I didnt want to use acrylic because I didnt want it to be stiff or hard to sew thru. I ended up painting some Tim Holts inks onto it. I let it all dry, heat set it and then hand washed it. It held up pretty good.

 I did the same for the strips of fabric minus the Inktense pencils. I just dripped the Holts ink on then uses the reducer on it to blur it all out. Here it is before the reducer. I also used paint pens for the words so they would stand out and be clear. The Quote is from The Perks of Being a Wall Flower and says, and in that moment, I swear we were infinite. Such a great quote!

 Im not sure how youre really supposed to freeform sew but I pinned my pieces down and then just started. It was a little jarring at first. No, I dont have the freeform sewing foot. I plan to get one though. I was just so happy to get the dog feed to go up and down that I wasnt really concerned past that point. LOL!

 And then I just sketched and wiggled all over it. Below is the first run with the blue. I used four or five different colors of thread.

 I was really pleased on how it turned out. Especially for my first one. I think I want to fix the first heart and do something with it too. I loved the organic and energetic outcome.  I also enjoyed trying something new.

Thanks for checking it out.
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Love and Decay - Parker Brothers teeshirt on: June 27, 2016 01:30:00 PM
 I have been reading a series for a while now. It's not like a normal series of books. It's a Kindle series that comes out every other week for about four months of the year. The name of the series is Love and Decay. I've been reading it for about four years now and absolutely love them. They are quick, fun novellas that I get to enjoy while sitting in my car at lunch.
 In the Favorite Book Swap I got paired with Abbeeroad who also read and enjoyed the series. I think she just finished season 1. The book is about the zombie apocalypse and a girl, Reagan, who end up traveling with a group of brothers with the last name Parker.
 I'm using the pic Abbeeroad took since it is better than mine.  Wink

 I have to make one for myself next.
15  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Door Hanger on: June 14, 2016 02:01:49 PM
 This may seem random to make in June but I made it for a friends b-day. She had it on her Pinterest Board and I figured I can make that!  Cheesy
 I switched it up a little from the Pin and made the spider at the bottom so it looked like they were hanging off his web, at least to me. I used ribbon to secure it and a staple gun to keep it all in place. The ribbon is eyeball Halloween ribbon from my stash.  It's made to hang on a door instead of a wreath.
 Thanks for checking it out so far from Halloween!
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Egon in the Garden on: June 14, 2016 01:55:09 PM
 This is a happy little painting of my happy little kitty Egon. That is the expression he always has. He is such a content and happy little man. I made this piece for the Wall Art Swap. I drew him out them outlines him with glue so there was a distinct boarder. Then I painted the background. After it dried I glued swirls on it and painted those for some added texture. The butterfly is some chipboard piece I got a long time ago and found in my stash. The painting is a light brighter in person but I couldn't get a good pic of it.
 Thanks for checking it out.  Cheesy
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / First attempt at Steampunk Canvas on: June 14, 2016 01:51:39 PM
 This was my first attempt at doing any sort of Steampunk type canvas art. I made this for the Wall Art Swap. I had most of the embellishments on hand. I had no idea I had that many sprockets but I did.  Tongue  I made the book page roses a while ago for another project that never happened and was happy to have a place to use them. I'm still undecided on the piece as a whole but my partner seemed to like it so I was happy.
 Thanks for checking it out.  Smiley
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Gold Steampunk Canvas on: June 14, 2016 01:47:29 PM
 I recently tried my hand at creating some steampunk canvases. This one is smaller (about 12x5 ish). I used what I had on hand and just tried to have fun with it. I have a fear of embellishing since I am not really that good at it. I'm trying to learn. I used acrylic paint, splatter paint, liquid ink, and lots of adhesive.  Tongue

 Thanks for checking it out.
19  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Undercover Fandom Angel Needed on: May 05, 2016 12:00:03 PM
 We are in need of 1 Angel for the Undercover Fandom swap.
 Original Thread:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=444628.msg5372065#msg5372065
 Gallery:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=446257.0

 Gozer (that's me) needs the Angel. This swap is for 1 Medium and 2 smalls. I have The Raven Boys (book series by Maggie Steifvater), Love and Decay (book series by Rachel Higginson), Star Wars, The Expanse, Ghostbusters, Step-brothers and a bunch of other themes. My Pinterest has a lot of ideas on it too.
 If your interested let me know and I will send you the full questionnaire. You will have three weeks according to Craftster rules.
 Hoping someone can reverse a negative feedback and get back into swapping!
 Thanks so much!!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shadowbox Fridge Magnets on: April 26, 2016 09:36:27 AM
 I bought some of these small windowed boxes from Michaels and decided I needed to make them into shadow boxes. They were the perfect size for tiny little art. After I finished the first one I decided to throw some magnets on the back to make it functional too. Who doesn't love functional, right?
 This was my first one. A friendly little mushroom.  Cheesy

 This one was for my friend, Bunny1kenobi. I used alcohol inks to color the metal box and Copics to color inside. I made it fade but then the cut out of Nefertiti covered most of that.  Tongue

 I made this one for the Undercover Fandom swap. It's Pee Wee Herman's beloved bike at the Alamo.

 I had a lot of fun making them and I hope you like them too. Thank for checking them out!
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