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11  Halloween spray paint in Halloween Decor and Parties by yoopidou on: October 30, 2014 12:25:42 AM


There was big white blank on the wall that wasn't in the spirit of Halloween at all. So, I made a very quick painting to fill this white out.

I had old spray cans of yellow, red, black and white. I also had lots of blues, but I decided not to use them. I used an old plastic card to scrap the paint and "draw" the tombstones and trees. I cut out the haunted house, bat, witch and hat from construction paper.

Next time I will spray paint, I will make sure I have paint thinner or mineral spirits on hand, especially on a Sunday evening. There was quite a lot of scrubbing involved!
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12  low flying witch in Halloween Decor and Parties by yoopidou on: October 30, 2014 12:15:58 AM


This year, I tried to give the dining room a bit of a vintage Halloween feel but I didn't want to buy any new Halloween decorations.

I made a witch with things I had at home: two trash bags for the head and body, newspaper for the stuffing, two hoses for the legs and arms, a broom, a dress, a leftover piece of black fabric, and a hat from costumes from past years, paper for the shoes and tape to hold it together. It was fast and fun to see it appear. I'm thinking of adding facial features.

The witch was flying very low above the table, so I made a sign with a yellow sheet of construction paper.
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13  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: October 18, 2014 11:25:13 AM
This summer, I was lucky to visit the annual Granada exposition in Switzerland. This year, it was about a French impressionist painter, Pierre Renoir. It was very inspiring. I mostly knew about his bathing ladies and "dance at le moulin de la galette" but I discovered some incredibly lifelike portraits of children, especially two little girls in lace cloths. I also learned more about him and fully agree with his views on art. So, I made a page about it.

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14  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: September 10, 2014 12:21:05 AM
I received from my partner in the frugal swap. I got lots and lots of jams: blueberry, strawberry, plum, pluot, and guava. No cherry as they were caramelized.




I also received a few cards, I'll put pictures soon.
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15  First carvings with a knife in Completed Projects by yoopidou on: September 07, 2014 10:23:57 PM

During summer, I carved a few mountain animals. I used a carving knife and small pictures from a book to help me.
The first picture shows a chamois or isard, a kind of mountain goat from the Alps that looks a lot like a goat. It was easier as I got to see some while hiking.
The next one is supposed to be a big fat groundhog from the Alps, just getting out of her burrow. Everyone in my family said I made a nice bear!  Cheesy

They did get the wild sheep called mouflon right. It was pretty easy with the curved horns though. I have to admit I did a better job on this one.
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16  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: September 07, 2014 06:36:03 PM
I finally watercolored the only three pages I made during summer travel. They are sketches of fun activities I enjoyed with my family.




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17  Lamp shade repair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by yoopidou on: September 06, 2014 12:21:47 PM


The white lampshade had seen a better life. It was bent in places from having too many falls or people bumping into it. I wanted to buy new ones and paint them but couldn't find any in a size that fit. So, I just took the old one and made it look like it wasn't bent. I used a glue gun and a fabric I like. i glued the fabric at the base first. Then, the top with some pleating to make it fit the shape.
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18  First attempt at chip carving in Completed Projects by yoopidou on: August 12, 2014 07:53:04 PM


I carved a welcome sign with carving knives. I used plywood. It was hard cutting into more than one layer of wood. Next time, I will use solid wood, it should give a better result. I encourage you to try chip carving, I really enjoyed it.
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19  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: August 12, 2014 07:46:32 PM
My first attempt at chip carving. I need better wood, not plywood. Carving was fun anyway.
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20  Whittled edelweiss in Completed Projects by yoopidou on: August 03, 2014 11:50:55 AM

I visited my parents for a few weeks in the Alps. While I was there, I saw some beautiful mountain flowers called edelweiss.
(picture from Wikipedia)
At the library,  I saw a beautiful big wooden flower. After trimming the trees, I decided I could try to carve some. It was my first attempt at whittling branches and it was quite enjoyable.

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