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1  A rose by any other name..is a .pendant made from faxes in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Novenastar on: December 19, 2008 10:01:14 AM
OK, so my manager's resigning to start a baking business. And so of course I get her for secret santa ($10). And I spend my cash on vodka to infuse - as always. But I actually got through her farewell parties without crafting anything, and felt guilty.

So during her farewell party, our Assoc.Director made a top 10 list of things to miss at work, one of which being our boss' 40 page handwritten faxes from Japan. (He's an un-tech, old-school University Professor so when he goes abroad we fax him his emails and he faxes us back 20-40 pages of really bad handwriting response. Yes, it's cumbersome, but he's a sweetheart and worth it.)

So I decided that she shouldn't be bereft of fax.
So here's the pendant, on top of the fax I made it out of.

Here's a close-up, you can sort of see his handwriting in the rose

Here's a really good shot of his handwriting:

You can kind of see it says "letters to Forbes"

We were recycling old stationary in the fax machine, so this got printed out on good quality bond paper, which made it perfect! I painted the handwritten portions with Lumiere, and just went for a darker acrylic wash on the backs.

The rose is from this tutorial I found on Craftster: http://craftershock.com/blog/2008/11/13/tutorial-paper-flower-table-setting/

The 'leaves' are just quilled spirals - I tried to make separate leaves and stick them on, but they got crumpled and gross, and I was strapped for time.

I made the bail out of some spare copper wire - the 'chain' is embroidery floss which I crimped into a bronze-colored clasp. Also - ran out of time.

Everything here is mod-podged to death, so it won't survive a bathtub, but should survive a rainstorm. It's pretty sturdy.

People say I should sell these. Dunno who wants a pendant with my boss' handwriting out of it, but I really do like how this turned out.
Ideas? Opinions? Can you read the handwriting? Smiley
- Novena*
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2  Labyrinth/Jareth Owl Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Novenastar on: May 28, 2008 04:38:03 AM
Made this for my best friend, who has long been known as the Goblin Queen:


It's a crocheted bag (One strand white glitter yarn, with one strand funfur to simulate feathers) with an appliqued/embroidered felt face sewn on with more yarn. The front of the bag is a big circle stitched on the top, which makes the flap a little funky, but no other shape really seemed right for the owl face. It's not lined, but it's a pretty tight stitch (I tend to have very tight tension). I can't crochet anymore (repetitive strain injury) so I tend to be nostalgic about my crocheted things.

Next to it is a scarf I included in the package (we live at least seven hours away from each other, so whenever we visit each other, we give a package filled with crafted goodies!)

I really can't wait till I can just stick photos in these posts, it can't be fun to not see the photo right away Smiley
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3  Japanese Manhole Bag (new Pic!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Novenastar on: May 24, 2008 07:41:50 AM
Anyone ever see this bag?
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/10/20/world/20crime_slide08.jpg
It's from a Japanese designer, Aya Tsukioka, who makes 'street-safe' clothing. Among other things, there is a bag that resembles a manhole SO when you are being chased, you throw the bag down on the ground, so the mugger thinks its a manhole, and you come back later and pick up the bag. And the idea was just so funny that my co worker said he wanted to get one.

That same co worker is now leaving for Tokyo, and everyone else was trying to figure out what to get him. Our manager looked into getting the original bag for him, but it was $300 and would have taken four weeks to arrive, and the farewell party was only a week away. (And even if we'd had the budget, we did want to get him some actually useful stuff.)

And of course, I pipe up and say "How hard could it be to make?" Dangerous words. Here's my version:

Lining Shot:

Detail Shot:

Here it is at the farewell party:

I'd have liked another day to even out the paint job, but overall I'm good with it - it's the first round thing I've ever sewn, and the first lining I've ever done for anything. And my co worker really liked it, and he's not that easily impressed!

I'd love to see either someone else's version of this, or if anyone wants to try their hand at another of Ms. Tsukioka's creations - the vending machine skirt!!
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2007/10/20/world/20071020_JAPAN_SLIDESHOW_index.html
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