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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Squids! on: November 26, 2010 08:41:34 PM
I've spent the last week and a half making these little guys and I wanted to show them off! I'm really proud of them, but in the process of making them I think I've figured out a different way I'd like to make them, so my next batch will be like..Squids Version 2.0! I'm really excited to experiment now that I'm getting better with this stuff and I'm going to make my mother in law a Christmas squid ornament. I think these would be so sweet on a Christmas tree! Christmas doesn't have enough sea creatures!

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Leftover Yarn on: November 20, 2010 08:03:42 PM
What do you guys do with your leftover bits? I always end up with a couple feet/a small ball of yarn that I can't integrate into my project and they just sit around gathering dust. Does anyone have any good ideas for the leftover pieces? Done any good projects? I wish I had kids because they would just become craft projects for them but alas..
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pet Portraits and Other Animals on: November 17, 2010 06:34:14 PM
A few months ago someone asked me about a painting of a dog I did that I'm using in my LiveJournal avatar. She asked me if I'd paint her cat for her, and ever since I've been painting peoples' pets! I love it! It's so fun and I love seeing people's pets and how happy they are when they get their paintings in the mail. It seriously warms my heart. I've got two more to do in line and then I'm going to do my husband's cats, who are both black so it should be interesting considering how much color I use in these.

These are not pets, clearly, but I would like to have any of them as a pet.

This is the first non-watercolor painting I've done since high school (6 years!) and it took months, months, months, and so much paint to get it right. I am really happy with it but acrylics are hard! People who have any kind of mastery of acrylic paint are amazing to me!

A nautilus! Just a little silly thing I did for fun.

I made this for my mother-in-law for Thanksgiving. I REALLY wanted to write "EAT ME" on it but I didn't want to make her clutch her pearls or anything so I just stuck with the classic.

Thanks for looking!
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dial-up Beware! Squid, Octopi, and One Teeny Whale on: January 22, 2010 06:45:53 PM
I was sort of amazed that people were so keen on the squid I made a couple of months ago, and honestly I was pretty pleased with myself as well, so I've been messing around quite a bit with the clay. Here's what I've made in the last couple weeks.

Some octopi! I like the way the yellow one came out best, but he got dusty. Pro-tip: When you need to set a clay project aside for a couple of days, make sure you cover it up or else it's going to collect little bits of hair and gunk and look gnarly. Sad Especially true on light colors.

A squid! This was sort of a sad, mistakey guy. For one, I burned the bejezus out of him. For another, I melted a coated paperclip into his back and it looks TERRIBLE! I had intended to sell him but it was just such a mess overall that I decided to give him away to a friend. Poor fellow...he looks cute from the front at least.

And this is a teeeeeny little Sperm Whale I made and then painted pink with nail polish. Visual dick joke? You decide.

Thanks for looking! Grin
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some recent work, mostly silly... F-WORD on: January 22, 2010 06:30:59 PM

I woke up one day and just had a paint a cute girl in corpse paint and a pretty dress.

Several months ago I wanted to paint a French Bulldog in a bow tie. As soon as I started painting, however, I remembered just how difficult it is for me to paint animals. I got frustrated and went at him with pastels and colored pencils instead and was really pleased with how he came out. A little abstract but cute no less! I never frame or hang my own art but I'm going to get him a frame.

Cupcakes seem to be this popular blogging/arting topic, and as fun as they look and as much as I like to bake, I just don't like to eat them. So I painted this. I thought it was cute.

And this is just a little doodled comic I thought I'd share. I thought it was funny.

Thanks for looking! Grin
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Non-Traditional Holiday Greetings - Sort of NSFW on: December 11, 2009 05:39:35 PM
So I got dumped and cheated on and lied to by someone I very very deeply loved and as a distraction I thought it would be a good idea to make some Christmas cards for friends. My intent was for them to be sort of cheeky, funny, cute and sweet and definitely non-traditional (because none of my friends are really into Christmas, nor are any of them religious or anything like that) but my being bummed out seems to have translated into the cards themselves and..well, you'll see.
In any case, in some sad sort of way I think they are all funny and interesting and I hope my friends (and you, Craftster pals!) enjoy them.

This is the only one that was genuinely sweet and nice without any sass.

This one was hard to photograph. For a Catholic friend who claims to have some Israeli blood in her family. It says "Aren't you Jewish? Oh well. Happy Christmas Anyway!"

Says "Who gives a shit about trees?"

I promise this is a holiday season card, I'm just a jack ass and think being wrong is funny.

Says "Beer! It rhymes with cheer."

"Burn Christmas to the ground."

This one is my favorite. It's really cute and everything, but on the back I wrote "I don't give a fuck about Christmas."

Holidays are stupid and all sentiment and cheer should burn. <3
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dangly Squid! on: November 16, 2009 09:34:27 PM
First of all, I am not good at this stuff. I can draw things and sometimes I can sew things and embroider things, and maybe do some other stuff, but I am not good with clay. But the other day I got a wacky idea in my head to make a dangly squid that could hang in my boyfriend's car for Christmas and so today I thought "Why not?" and gave it a go. It's not exactly what I wanted and it's actually A LOT bigger than I wanted (As in, no longer a rear-view-mirror-hanger) but I am still pretty pleased with how he looks. The tentacles are my favorite, even though they got a little burnt in the oven.

18  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Banh Mi/Vietnamese Sandwiches on: November 11, 2009 03:43:37 PM

I am totally obsessed with these things, but there isn't a place in my town that makes them. So I made my own. Perfect for packed lunches, but for real I could eat one of these for any meal of the day. If you like sandwiches or salads, I definitely suggest you try this out.


1 Bunch of Fresh Cilantro
3-4 Carrots, thinly sliced or shredded
1 Whole Cucumber, thinly sliced and quartered
1/2 Cup White Onion, thinly sliced or chopped
1 Jalapeno, thinly sliced and quartered
1 Cup White Vinegar
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Package Firm Tofu
Vegan Mayo
Hoisin Sauce
Sriracha/Rooster Sauce
Soy Sauce
Sesame Oil
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Garlic Powder
3-5 Demi Baguettes (You can make them but I just bought mine. I highly suggest you go to an actual bakery and skip the grocery store's mediocrity.)

First, before you do anything, mix the sugar and vinegar in a bowl with like a cup and a half of water and soak the cut carrots. They need to soak for about 45 minutes.
Cut up your pepper, cilantro, cucumber and onion and toss it in a bowl as you would greens for a salad. I added a little bit of soy sauce to this and put it aside.
Mix a little (or a lot) of Hoisin in with your "mayo" and add a little Sriracha for zazz and set aside. There are no measurements for this because it's better to suit your own taste with this than to follow a recipe. You want a spicy sandwich, add a lot of Sriracha. You want a more savory sandwich, add a lot of Hoisin. Whatever.

Dogs are not very helpful in the kitchen because they have no thumbs and have a hard time controlling their appetites. But they are good for vacuuming up any tofu you drop on the floor.

Time to fry your tofu. I like it scrambled, so to speak, and just cubed mine and mixed it all up in the pan, like so. But if you're heavy into tofu you can do slabs and fry those. Also, you only need a little bit of sesame oil (or olive oil or whatever, your prerogative) and can call it a day, but I also added soy sauce, sesame seeds and garlic powder to the pan as well for flavor.

After your tofu has been browned it is time for sandwich construction. You can see the tofu, "mayo" mixture and veggies here all ready to hop into this sandwich and then into my belly. All of this made 4 sandwiches perfectly with about a cup of the veggies left over. Also, I added some soy sauce directly onto the bread for more zazz.

And ta~da! You have a totally amazing delicious Vietnamese Sandwich! Prep time for me was about 30-45 minutes, so this is something perfect to make when you're pinched for time but need to impress your friends with your worldly and adventurous culinary skills.

Does anyone know of any/have any ideas for variations or additions? I know most restaurants will add Daikon radish but I couldn't find any/don't really care, but I'm curious about what else could be good in this. Let me know if you try it and like it!

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stripes! on: October 20, 2009 10:09:19 PM
I thought it would be cute to do some portraits of my boyfriend and I, but we're both brunettes so I gave the gal red hair to zazz it up. They were really fun to make and I will probably do a couple more. The frames are the little 4" ones and I embroidered on off-white bull denim, which is kind of fussy and I don't really recommend it, even though it looks nice enough.

They were also my first attempt at finishing the back so they can be hung and it turned out really nice! I used this tutorial --> http://www.purlbee.com/swatch-portraits/ which was posted somewhere on the questions board, but finalized everything with some felt so it all looks nice and clean.

If you're ever bored and just want to do something quick and fun and easy, I suggest trying this as a project. Just sketch up some portraits and go.
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Pretty Girl in Her Underwear (And boys, too) - Watercolors on: October 14, 2009 01:09:03 PM
I got started and couldn't stop. Painting underwear is fun! I still want to do four more for a set. Definitely one of my favorite projects in a really long time.

If there's anything better in the world, who cares?
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