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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ariel Cross Stitch and Mermaid-inspired Frame on: July 25, 2016 09:27:04 PM
I'm putting this under miscellaneous because of the frame.  had I just put it in a plain frame, I'd have gone with "needlework".  Wink

I was inspired to make the frame when I saw this link on Pinterest (I plan on making that too just to hang on my wall, but I need to wait for Halloween costumes to be in stores...which should be any day now).

I found this cute little Ariel pattern (via Beads&Stitch) and decided to make it. Of course the base is mint tissue paper mod podged onto a frame (that was brown so I had to paint it white), then I coated it in two layers of crystal glitter paint and one coat of aqua glitter mixed with mod podge. Then I spread more mod podge on the corner, covered it in gold glitter (that got EVERYWHERE and I will be finding it months from now), and added some seashells, beach glass, and faux pearls. I'm going to hang it on my wall. That's why I added stuff to the bottom of the frame.

it's 2.5in X 3.5in on 18 count Aida.

hope you like!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / removing sticker gunk from terra cotta on: March 25, 2016 03:51:26 PM
a friend suggested acetone.  I have acetone based nail polish remover.  it worked!  and it didn't even stain the terra cotta.  so maybe I can just leave this here as a tip for anyone else who may have this issue.  Smiley

so I bought a terra cotta pot and saucer to make an item I've had on Pinterest for a while now, and unfortunately the company that makes them felt it was necessary to use the stickiest stickers known to man for their barcode stickers.  I tried peeling it off, but we all know how that went.  so I tried Goo Gone.  BIG.  MISTAKE.  it did allow me to remove the sticker, BUT, not only did it begin to soak into the saucer, it left behind sticker gunk.  now I'm afraid that my paint won't stick plus I don't want there to be visible sticker gunk lumps.  any suggestions on how to get that stuff off?

and if you're wondering, the bottom of the pot won't be visible, so I'm not worried about that sticker.  however, the bottom of the saucer WILL be visible.  makes you wonder what I'm making doesn't it...   Wink
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Crimson Butterfly cross stitch canvas on: March 13, 2016 07:41:47 AM
my latest creation.  I found these nifty 14 count cross stitch canvases and I had to have them (I still need to pick up the white ones).  they're about 6in X 6in with a roughly 4.5in X 4.5in stitching area.  this piece is based on the video game Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Halloween cabinet on: March 06, 2016 02:01:28 AM
yes, I know it's [supposedly] spring, but Halloween is my favorite holiday.  so I'll craft for it any time I want to.  Tongue

this started off as a cute white "drawer" complete with a wooden knob on top that I bought at...either Michaels or Joann Fabric.  I didn't like the knob though.  I wanted a fancy one.  so I broke that off and replaced it with the pretty glass one.  then I Mod Podged black and orange tissue paper over the entire thing (I love doing this SO much).  you can see where the orange wasn't layered as thick, but you can't tell in normal light.  I had some things on hand from past projects and just because I collect craft stuff, and I bought other things.  but I made the table and the gazing orb on the stand.  oh, and the Ouija board on the table.  the second picture shows the string of beads I put on each side.

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES / House of Night needle book book on: March 03, 2016 12:25:58 PM
I have been wanting to make a needle book specifically for my embroidery and tapestry needles.  this challenge was the perfect opportunity since I don't need a very big one.  I've made several needle books in the past for others - Twilight: New Moon, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, The Book of Penguins (check page 19 for a closeup of the spine), Labyrinth, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - so I decided to finally make myself one.  I modeled it after a book series I enjoy, The House of Night, specifically the first book Marked.  I found the moon and made it blue, then used glow-in-the-dark floss to make the diamond/HON and swirls.  I also made the tiny moon on the spine.  whenever the book is small, I need to make a closure for it too.

the book is 3 inches tall (somewhere between 2.5 and 2.75 inches wide), but the angle makes it look bigger for some reason.  it's kinda hard to tell, but the last picture is of it glowing.  you can see a slight green to the floss color.  I have no clue how to photograph glow-in-the-dark stuff.  plus I don't have the greatest camera ever.  lol.

my fingers kill me after I get done with one of these, but they're so worth it.  I love each and every one that I've made and I would love opportunities to make more for others.  but I need money before I can start swapping again.  Sad
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ziggy Stardust...in memory of David Bowie on: February 23, 2016 10:52:57 PM
I felt like I needed to create something related to David Bowie after he passed away earlier this year.  the thing that came to mind was cross stitch...again.  I was going to make this on a bigger count cloth (11 count) but I don't have any.  I need to get some for later projects.  since I didn't have any 11ct, I decided to go in the completely opposite direction; use the smallest cloth I have (28ct).

I present, Ziggy Stardust...

14 colors
28ct Evenweave
3.5in X 3.5in (the extra cloth around it makes it more like 4.25in X 4.25in.  it will stay till I figure out what frame it's going in)

UPDATE:  I framed him!  and yes, I used glitter paper to mat.  Grin

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch on: January 25, 2016 07:23:58 PM
so a friend on Facebook suggested I make a Zelda ugly sweater after I completed my similarly themed Sailor Moon project.  so, I sought out some game sprites and a pattern for some mistletoe and the Triforce (and a few other additions) and set out to create a pattern.  the pattern alone took about 5 hours to create.  and it's only less than 2in x 2 in in size.  lol.

hunter green 14ct Aida (special ordered online.  I don't understand why you can't buy it in stores)
9 colors
approx. 11in x 13in

metallic floss is EVIL.  but it's so pretty...
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Labyrinth themed initial letter block on: January 01, 2016 04:01:08 AM
starting off 2016 and the "50 Projects 2016" craftalong with this little cutie.  I'm actually going crazy over how much I love it!!!  I have been awake all night working on it.  I'm going to bed as soon as I'm done posting.  lol

I had no idea how I was going to decorate this at first.  I just knew that I wanted my initial on it and that was it.  I bought these cute little domes when Christmas items went on sale, and I knew I wanted to use one.  so, while playing around with some bits and bobs, I found the little glass marbles you see under the dome.  then it hit me; Jareth's glass orbs in Labyrinth.  then I came up with the idea to have a little mask sitting on top too since that's my favorite scene (and song).  but a mini mask?  I don't have any...so I made one.  I bought these fashion creator paper kits years ago (I've used some of them for ATCs you might see floating around on here), and I remembered there was a mask stencil.  so, I took one of those fake credit cards you constantly get in the mail, traced the mask shape on there, cut it out, cut out some extra pieces of plastic to make a nose, glued it all together, painted it white, and dumped (yes dumped) glitter on it.  it needed eye holes, but there was no way I could cut them out.  so I used two marquee-shaped blue nail crystals (another item I collect.  good thing too) for the eyes, and a little star burst to decorate the mask.  but the star burst wasn't enough.  for it to look like a true masquerade ball mask, it needed feathers.  so I pulled some fluff feathers off of larger feathers I have, trimmed them down, and stuck them behind the rhinestone.  the dome needed something on top of it (it was strangely deformed and I needed to hide the dimple), so I glued down a pretty little ribbon rose.  add a couple of clock hands to the back of the block and there you have it; a Labyrinth themed initial letter block...that's so cute I can't freaking stand it!  Grin

also, I'm not obsessed with the movie or anything.  it's not like I was in a Labyrinth swap.  Roll Eyes
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / mini ornament wreath on: December 23, 2015 09:52:27 PM
I finally decided to grab some ball ornaments while I was at the dollar store today.  I only grabbed two containers of them (50 cents each), and that didn't give me quite the wreath I was expecting.  luckily I had like 3 more containers that I bought years ago to decorate with beads.  glad I never got around to doing that or I'd have had to wait to get more.  I'm hoping that on Sunday I can go to Walmart and a home decor store I adore (what a rhyme!) and grab a bunch of larger ball ornaments so I can make a bigger wreath.  or, if worse comes to worse, I'll just make a big wreath out of small ornaments.

also, my aunt contributed to this in a way; every year for the last few years, my aunt has made me Spritz cookies.  I love Spritz cookies.  they are usually in a tin, but this year she put them in this pretty Christmas-themed box that kinda looks like a book.  she then tied the ribbon you see on the wreath around the box.  it was perfect to use for this!  and I still have some left to make another bow!

side note:  weird.  my wall looks yucky in this picture.  it's supposed to be a pretty mint green.  Undecided
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas wine cork mice on: December 10, 2015 07:11:42 PM
so, for $25 at Kohl's, you can get these cute mice ornaments made from wine corks (ok, so this is a set I just noticed.  but you can buy them individually too.  or you could back when I first saw them 2 years ago).  I got most of my corks for free, and I had felt, wire, pins, jingle bells, and snowflake brads on hand.  but still, they only cost a couple of dollars to make, and I think mine turned out cuter.  plus handmade rules.   Cheesy

one goes to my mom's sister, the other to my dad's sister-in-law.  though now that my mom has seen them, she wants one.  I just need to buy more wire.  I only had enough for two.  but I just love how these guys turned out.   Grin
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