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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Elba, NY Onion Capital of the World!!! on: March 05, 2008 04:52:37 PM
Im from Elba, NY a small farming town between Rochester and Buffalo in Western NY, known for being the Onion Capital of the World because of our muck soil. 

Besides onions, farmers grow lots of cabbage, corn, wheat, berries, squash, pumpkins etc. we are home to quite a few large family farms and one of the countries largest organic CSAs.  Being from a farm town has its perks for example you can always find a summer job picking something, your produce is super fresh, and your town has an Onion Festival every summer.  Which is the social event of the year complete with parade, music, rides, blooming onions, French onion soup and the crowning of the Onion Queen and since I live right across the street from the park where the festival is set up I get a front row seat to all the action. 

For this challenge I made two Ukrainian Easter Eggs.  Ukrainian Easter eggs or Pysanky is a process of applying wax & dipping eggs in dye baths, the eggs are decorated using symbolic colors & symbols.  The decorated eggs were used during spring festivals and Easter because the eggs represented the change from winter to spring, because eggs seem dormant and quiet and then suddenly brings forth life.  In Elba we are similarly waiting for the coming of spring and new life to spring forth.

My Elba Eggs


Elba NY (Onion Capital of the World) Egg

Onion






Wheat Border





Onion Fest Egg
(the camera didn't capture the violet color of this egg very well)

Ferris Wheel






Together




Work in Progress



Tools


The best part!  Taking off the wax to see whats underneath!


Thanks for looking!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Night Stand into Jewelry Armoire on: February 11, 2008 07:24:42 PM
My boyfriend made me this for Valentine's Day and since its super awesome I decided to post it.

He took a sea foam green colored night stand/end table and turned it into a purple jewelry armoire that I absolutely love.

He started by separating the top from the rest of it and added a hinge.  He added shelves in the bottom and an earring holder that tucks into the back.  Then he finished the shelves with black felt and added sections in the drawers and the top for rings and earring studs.


Finished Armoire


Earring/Necklace Holder




Drawer


Shelf in Action


Work In Progress






13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Paper Mache Santa on: February 11, 2008 06:11:08 PM
Paper Mache Santa I made this past Christmas for my boyfriends Mom in my attempt to take the homemade challenge.  I thought it turned out pretty well for my first paper mache project.    

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Close up of Face & Santa Sack




He is made using Celluclay (instant paper mache stuff I picked up at Michael's) that is layered on top of a styrofoam cone and aluminum foil (for the tip of his hat).
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