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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Zebra Diva on: September 05, 2009 07:26:49 PM
I have not been crafting much lately due to a bout of  bat sh*t craziness, but these are a couple of the things I have made.
They were made for my 10yr old niece's birthday, to go with the pink, lavender, black and white diva room I helped design (including a handpainted zebra dresser that I do not even want to think about anymore...ugh @ carpal tunnel!).
She said she wanted art "with shoes!".

I am posting here instead of in the art category as they are really made more as room decor than "fine art".

The stretched canvases were painted with the zebra stripes, and the shoes were pieced out of a silver-embossed scrapbook paper in the same colors as her bedroom.  The edges were painted black after I took these pics.

This last pic was taken with a standard paperback novel to show relative size.

42  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Collage Cards on: March 23, 2009 09:51:41 AM
I made a "set" of 4 cards for my partner in the Paper Crafts Swap.  Some blog-stalking told me that she had a love of geisha, Snoopy, and bird collage.  I tried to incorporate these themes into greeting cards for any occasion.

My favorite - "We are all destined for greatness".  Geisha image from a wonderful group on Flickr, butterfly from the gorgeous packaging from Etsy seller UnderGlass, glitter from my friend in the UK who works in a glittery factory (cool!), and torn up mulberry paper

Another geisha card.  This exact image was used on a chunky page that my partner had admired.  I found the base image on Flicr and painted it with watercolor.  The leaf is from my backyard last autumn.

The bird - again, Flickr is my friend.  The text reads "Love is what you give"

I love this snoopy card.  The text and images just seem to go together so well.

All cards are on 5x5" white base cardstock with envelopes.
43  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bad Robot! on: March 15, 2009 08:29:50 PM
I made this robot plushie for my partner in the 7 Words You Can't Say On Craftster - Naughty Word Swap 2.

This pic was taken before I added the wire & bead "filament" between his antennae.  I forgot to take an finished pic.
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my first try at embroidered lettering
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He is just so kooky and fun, I loved him.
44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchiepalooza! on: March 15, 2009 08:22:40 PM
Here are all of the inchies I made for the recent Inchie swap.
I played with all different kinds of styles.
A mirror one was broken in transit.  I think the other one went missing out of a package (oddly, no packages were LOST, but a couple of them were opened and were missing 2-3 inchies!!)

I used all kinds of backgrounds - paint chips, mirror, cardstock, cut up paper coasters, playing cards, watercolor paper, tags, etc.
I embellished with everything I could find: googly eyes, semi-precious stones & pearls, yarn, lace, fabric, origami cranes, paint, glitter, vintage nudes, metal charms, etc

SO much fun to make!
45  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Naughty Gnomey! on: March 14, 2009 07:34:34 PM
Here is a keepsake box I painted for my wonderful partner, UntouchableFace, in the 7 Words You Can't Say On Craftster: Naughty Word Swap 2.

The main art was inspired by a print by BadBird (without the naughty part!)

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WIP pics

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He was so much fun to make!
46  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Miss Magnolia goes to Virginia on: March 14, 2009 01:04:09 PM
Meet Magnolia (Mags to her friends).
She is a sweet southern free-spirited gal who has gone to live with Jenicat.
This was my very first boobie poppet.  The top was made from a linen placemat.  I had to add 2 pairs of darts to get it to fit her ample frame.  She is a bit chubbier than the average boobie poppet.

pics of her at Jenicat's house, wearing her hair wrap.  Looks like her eyelashes were a bit crushed in transit. I hope they fluff out.

before leaving my house (one eye looks wonky here because it twisted before I snapped the pic - it was fixed before sending)
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Oh NUTS! on: March 02, 2009 09:09:11 AM
I painted this keepsake box for the Forest Friends swap.  The design is based on the embroidery outline on UrbanThreads which I ADORE!
I distressed the finished box for a different style.

top before final touchup and distressing

finished box
48  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / What a Deer on: March 02, 2009 09:03:25 AM
This lil guy was made for my partner in the Forest Friends swap.  This is the first complex pattern I have made on my own - 28 wee pieces!  I was inspired by the gorgeous 2-tone deer by etsian followthewhiterabbit.
He stands about 9" tall from toe to tip of ear, and is entirely handstitched in felt, including his green butterfly friend.

headshot to show off his lil visitor

deer bum!

49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Be A Bird on: February 11, 2009 11:07:11 PM
Be A Bird
mixed media piece on canvas board
Background is acrylic paint.
Leaves are mulberry paper and paint, trunk is a thin tissue-like mulberry paper that I "dyed" with watered down acrylic paints and crushed for bark texture.
Bird is felt. 
Poem is cut from a 1969 book of children's poetry I scored at the library book shop for a buck.
It is the first of 2 pieces I have made for the One World One Heart blogger giveaway event.

50  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swapping and CPSIA? on: January 21, 2009 08:33:38 AM
As of February 10, 2009, it will become illegal to sell (or swap as this is considered barter) items intended for American kids under 12 that have not underwent testing for lead and phthalates, and have the documentation to prove this.
It will probably not be so difficult to do swaps within the US (though still illegal), but for anyone with a partner in another country, the customs forms (and potential inspection) could ruin the fun.  Partners from other countries will also not be able to send kids goods into the US without first having testing done within the US first (costs vary, based on number of components in each item, could range from $400 - $4000 or more!).
This applies to ALL kids goods - handknit hats, stuffies, blankets, posters, books, applique onesies, toys, etc.
As a Canadian, I have been doing what I can to raise awareness of this legislation via my blog and forums.  I have also written my MP to see how Canada plans to work with such legislation that will destroy the handmade community as it exists now.

Change.org had a petition up, where this issue did make it into the top 10 concerns, and will therefore be brought to the attention of President Obama.  I cannot presume to know what he will do - especially since this legislation was introduced and passed by Democrats. 
I am all for saftey for the children, and with recent lead-content scares by big name manufacturers with plants in China were the reason for this VERY badly written law - but this extreme testing should be done on a component level by the manufacturers and not be left in the hands of the artists.  Goods coming from countries like Canada, the UK, etc who already have strict standards should not be banned.

I just wanted to throw this out there because it DOES affect Craftsters, and not only the ones who sell their wares.

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