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1  Re: Post your CRAFTY Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by crystabrittany on: December 28, 2010 10:08:40 AM

This was my 27th birthday gift to myself.  It's on my upper left thigh, so it's hidden about 99% of the time, which is great (I'm a teacher) but also a bummer because it's so rad I want everyone to see it!

Done by the amazing Mike Flanagan at House of Tattoo in Tacoma WA.  He took my pathetic little sketch and turned it into this beautiful piece. 

(This was soon after it was done, so apologies for the redness.)
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2  Re: Birds Birds Birds r2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by crystabrittany on: June 16, 2010 12:17:47 PM

Things have been hectic, and when I mean hectic, I mean CRAZY, so it was a welcome moment when my package from CraftyStoner arrived!

First, it all came in this lovely box with handpainted paper.  Oooh.

(The box is a little crushed in the corner, but nothing awful.  Totally still usable.)

Then, the goodies.

Here we have fabulous little blue birdy earrings, and a lovely bird silhouette frame, which is now hanging from my rearview mirror on blue ribbon.  Note more gorgeous handmade paper.

Also this bottle of essential oil with a really cute painted box with a cork.  Tell me what this is!  I am desperate to know!  Then, a jar of bath salts that smell luscious.  So exciting. (Also, the stamps from which the silhouette was made. Tiny cards to friends are in my future.)

And then!

An incredible felt armband for my iPod!  I used it the other day on my jog, and it worked beautifully.  Plus I got to show it off to all my friends.  The bird is a wren, my favorite.  Smiley  Also, a super cute feather and bead dangle, which is now hanging off of my computer monitor.  So far, the cats haven't noticed.  AND in the back is another little box covered in the handpainted paper!

Aaaah, what a wonderful swap!  Sorry it took so long to post the pictures!  Smiley
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3  Back-up GI Tract in Completed Projects by crystabrittany on: April 29, 2010 08:52:19 AM
My friend Laura has been battling Crohn's disease, and recently came through (hopefully) her last surgery.  One day, while we were chatting about crafts, she said to me, "I wish someone would make me a new colon!"  I immediately knew what I had to do.  My original intention was to make her a plushie colon.  But a colon all on his own seems pretty dull.  Then I got to thinking that it could be a game - "How Well Do You Know Your GI Tract?"  I would have all the organs, and she would have to place them on some sort of mat, or a t-shirt.  I began making patterns and cutting fabric, but I was plagued by the pronoun "your."  Laura's had multiple surgeries, and I have no idea what her GI tract looks like.  I didn't want to accidentally rub it in her face that her colon isn't picture perfect.

As I sewed the velcro to the back of the organs, it struck me.  It's not a gameshow.  It's a survival kit.

So here it is.  "For the Modern Girl (with Crohn's) on-the-go..."  (that's what it said on the box I gave her) :

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4  Re: Crafty Detective Round 6- the gallery! in The Swap Gallery by crystabrittany on: April 12, 2010 03:22:39 PM
Okay folks, here it is!

  A pink and purple crocheted purse, with a really cool heart on the flap.  I have no idea how she did that heart.  Totally impressive!  Smiley  I didn't get a shot of the inside, I just realized, but it's lined in this very sweet pink striped fabric, with interior pockets.  Lovely.

  A pink, black, and white crocheted project bag, with little green pop stripes on the sides, and pockets on the front.  This bag is so gigantic!  It will hold so much yarn!

  The infamous cake box!  Inside: a bar of Vanilla Mist soap, which smells fantastic; a little cupcake lip gloss; a cool wire twisted ring (hard to see in the picture, sorry); a super loaded charm bracelet; and an Alice-themed necklace (coming up in another picture).  Awesome!

  An super bright and textured cowl!

  A flowered headband to help me as my hair grows out from punk short to donate-able long.  Smiley

  A cozy soft and very flow-y green cape.  The cowl can also be raised up as a hood.  So perfect for the on-again/off-again rain/mist we get here in the PNW.

And lastly, a long dangly necklace with this fabulous White Rabbit frame at the bottom.  I wore this to work today and got tons of compliments from my students.

Thank you so much, Joey!  You're amazing!

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5  Chirp the Bird: My Very First Needle Felting Experience! in Felting: Completed Projects by crystabrittany on: February 11, 2010 09:53:48 PM
I took a needle felting class tonight at my local independent bookstore (they are amazing), and look what I brought home!

I've named him Chirp.  Here's a side view so you can see his tail.  (Sorry for the dark pictures; the light in my kitchen in horrendous.)

He fits in the palm of my hand, and makes me happy.  Smiley
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6  My Very First Paper Craft! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by crystabrittany on: February 10, 2010 12:52:50 PM
Hello paper crafters!  I come to you from the land of knitting and beading, to bring to you my very first paper craft: a valentine for my best friend Kati & her hubby Steve!

I work at a girls boarding school, and for Valentine's Day, we put out a table of card making supplies and had each girl make a valentine for someone else.  I walked by the table of papers every day, and finally decided I would give it a go.  I know it's simple, but I'm super happy with it:

It's just plain pink cardstock, with some green scrapbook paper pasted on for the heart.  The back white is recycled computer paper.  I did the lettering freehand, based off of Californian font, in my favorite ultra-fine Sharpie.  The back is set up like a postcard, with little pink boxes for the message and the address and the stamp.  (Since it's already addressed, I didn't want to post that picture, obviously!)

I had so much fun making this card, that I have a feeling I have many more in my future!

Happy Valentine's Day!
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7  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by crystabrittany on: January 28, 2009 02:26:24 PM
Number 6!

These took me about thirty seconds, and I did them as I was realizing that my other earring projects are missing elements.  So I made these to use up stash and make myself feel productive.

They're just base metal, wood, and some old yellow beads I inherited from a former crafter.

(apologies for the horrid photo - craft #7 is making a white box and figuring out how to photograph my work!)

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8  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by crystabrittany on: January 25, 2009 05:40:29 PM
Hooray!  Everyone has been so productive!  Here are my numbers three, four, and five!

#3 is a blueberry pound cake from The Moosewood Cookbook.  I'm not a huge baker, and this was my first non-cooking baking experience.  I used whole wheat flower, which is why I think it took ages longer than the recipe called for, but it sure was tasty.  (Pain to get out of that pan, though. Yikes.)

#4 is my refinished coffee table.  The original stain was peeling up and looked terrible.  So I hand sanded it (hi, that takes forever) and then finally restained it.  You can see with the new stain that the grain shows through a lot more, which I lurve.

#5 is this cable bag that I started forever ago.  This was my first attempt at cables.  The pattern was a free one from Jo Ann's, but I just didn't like how much yarn it was asking me to use.  So mid-project I decided to go with a different bag style.  I lined it with a plaid fabric that I got on sale.  I so love it.  Woot. 

Next up - fabulous Lucite earrings!

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9  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by crystabrittany on: January 18, 2009 08:13:39 AM
So I hadn't even thought to count these until this morning, when I realized they were done and I could move on to other crafts!

My Americorps team is hosting a Home Energy Efficiency Fair today for Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.  At the fair, we'll be giving away CFLs and draft busters - those little stuffed tubes that you put against your door cracks to keep the cold air out.

Well being the only person with a sewing machine, I was in charge of the busters.  I made 36 in all.  Basically sewed up scraps of fabric, stuffed with polyfill (a lot of polyfill) and then hand sewed the tops (long story about why my sewing machine was not an option for the tops).

Here's the whole lot of them:

And the three fabric options, with my smartwool-socked foot for scale.

And, my poster on why CFLs are so awesome!

So that's #1 and #2 done!  Woot!
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10  Seattle Wall Decal in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by crystabrittany on: November 09, 2008 10:10:16 AM
At the beginning of September, I moved from my beloved Seattle to central Pennsylvania.  Although PA is lovely, I miss Seattle greatly.  I also moved into an apartment with large expanses of white walls, unable to be painted (thanks, landlord).  I had one particular wall, which faced my bed, which just ached for something awesome.  So I came Crafster searching, and was assailed with awesome ideas.  I saw a post (which of course I now can't find to give proper credit) of someone doing these really awesome ravens on their walls in black contact paper.  Ah ha! 

I started by doing a rough sketch of what the Seattle skyline looks like, and how it would look in silhouette.   

I measured it and saw that it was about 3.5" x 5", and I figured I could just make those into feet and that'd be big enough.  (PS, that's REALLY big, but I wouldn't figure that out until later.)  At this stage in the game, I was also planning a plain black border around it, like a frame.  So I made a grid from which to work.

Next came the tedious task of transferring the grid to the back of my contact paper.  This was made all the more tedious by my forgetting that I needed to draw it in reverse, so I had to erase the original drawing and do it all over again.  For the first drawing, I just drew the entire bottom row - so that's five feet of contact paper by one foot. 

Hilarity ensued when I tried to put up that five foot strip of contact paper.  Luckily it peels right off and you can put it on again. 

I already started to ditch the exactness of the grid, as some things were just solid black for two grid blocks high, so I just cut them that way once instead of doing two separate ones that I'd have to match up edge to edge.  But I still used my grid as a map.

For instance, good ol' Smith Tower, there, spanned two grid blocks.  No way was I going to cut those out separately and try to attach them.  So it went up as one giant piece.  This means that there's actually a bit of overlap on the piece itself, which I can sort of see when the light hits it right, but oh well.

Mount Rainer makes an appearance... clearly this silhouette is from somewhere on the edge of Queen Anne or something.

And finally, today, the Space Needle rose into view.

Here's a view with my bed involved so you can get an idea of the scale.  And how cute my cat is.  (He was surprisingly well behaved...kept his "destroy crafts" impulses under wraps for once.)

Now I see Seattle every day, even when it's 3000 miles away.  :0)

(In retrospect, I find that the Space Needle's spaceship part is a little too round on the top for my liking.  I may go in with an exacto knife and fix that later, but for now it's going to live just like that.)

Thanks again to whomever had those awesome ravens perched on their doorways!
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