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31  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: May 16, 2014 11:50:02 PM
I needle felted Calvin and Hobbes.
It only took me a few months, since January maybe! Gozer asked me how I made the elves' hands and I thought: lets show the whole process and make a tutorial. I could make something else, why not Calvin and Hobbes? Poor Gozer is still waiting on the tutorial as I had trouble with Hobbes' paws. I had to redo them so many times, my desk is full of severed hands, some too fuzzy, some with the thumb at an odd place, some with a peculiar shape, some half undone, some with no wire left to attach them...
But I am very pleased with the end result. I am having a lot of fun taking pictures of them. Here is one:

You can see more here

And I'll add the tutorial before the end of the month. I just have to pick the pictures to show the effective way in the ocean of pictures of how to make fuzzy, strangely shaped hands.
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32  Calvin and Hobbes in Felting: Completed Projects by yoopidou on: May 16, 2014 06:13:04 PM
I needle felted Hobbes and Calvin over a wire frame so they be poseable.
Warning: I had so much fun taking pictures that it was hard to stop.

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33  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: April 23, 2014 02:31:22 PM
You all have been very busy. I like all the new projects. The lovely bolero, the fun Easter hat, all the cute jewelry, the incredible bags, the leather dyed gourd that looks like real leather, the beautiful flower bouquets, the dreamy keys to imaginary places and all the stuff I forgot to mention.

I have made some cascarones for Easter.
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34  Cascarones or confetti eggs in Easter by yoopidou on: April 22, 2014 12:13:28 AM

For Easter and birthdays, I sometime make eggs filled with confetti, called cascarones. My son especially loves to shower us with confetti. They are easy to make.

First, gather some empty eggs. You don't need them to have a tiny hole or a perfect one. Rinse them and let them dry. I used spray paint to decorate them. Next time, I will spray the paint in the last step, so the eggs will look even better.

Then, take a funnel or make one with a sheet of paper rolled in a cone shape and fill the eggs with confetti.

Lastly, cut some tiny discs of tissue paper and glue them over the hole. I used basic white glue.

Then, if you haven't done it at the beginning, decorate the eggs whichever way you choose. As they will be broken, I suggest something fast and easy. I spray painted them.

Now, you have a bunch of cascarones ready to be squashed in your hand over a friends' head. This will release a shower of confetti and tiny bits of egg shell.

We also throw them at the ceiling so they brake and let all the confetti slowly drop. It's a bit messy but a lot of fun. It really makes for a fun party.
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35  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: April 03, 2014 06:06:55 PM
The more I work in my journal and the less I write in it. Turns out it's just a visual recording of happy moments or things that make me happy.
I finished a few pages but now that I see them in picture, I see lots of imperfections in the watercoloring. Maybe I will try colored pencils next time.

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36  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: April 01, 2014 12:19:15 PM
challenge february-march

I had troubles coming up with something purple or orange. then, I found frozen blackberries at the store. So, I bought three bags and made purple jam. The only part that i don't like is getting rid of all the seeds. I put the fruits in a blender then pass them through a mesh colander. If you have a better, easier, faster, smarter idea, please, I would love to hear it.

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37  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: March 28, 2014 01:40:40 AM
I've finished a few pages in my sketchbook/travel close by or in my mind journal. I think I need to work some more on the name of my journal Wink.

First, some colorful and imaginary birds, just because they make me happy.

The tiny spring flowers I saw while climbing up old tram tracks.

Our Valentine's day lunch at a farm on the North shore.
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38  Re: Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites - Party Food Appetizer in Recipes and Cooking Tips by yoopidou on: February 06, 2014 11:43:32 AM
Thanks for the recipe. I baked them and they all disappeared pretty fast.
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39  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: February 06, 2014 11:36:08 AM
I made some new pages. I ruined the first ones when I drew with a marker other the pencils line, but I'll keep them for now.

I searched different ways to draw a coconut tree. Some were inspired by the internet.

With the rainy fresh weather, I enjoyed a cup of hot tea.

My husband played discordant music so the cat came to see what was going on. She was very happy when it stopped!

A Valentine's alphabet, to get in the spirit of the season.

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40  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: February 01, 2014 04:43:33 PM
I made 17 projects in January.

New things I tried:
-homemade pasta( past posts)
-creating 5 new recipes. the one I liked best was the beet-orange-goat cheese salad.

-new art medium: oil pastels for the first time

-new art medium try: encaustic like painting with oil pastels.
   I have tried melting the pastels. So, I used a heat gun, the heated pastel leaves a thick trace but it cools down very fast.
   Then, I tried drawing on an electric grill plate. This works fine. The heat has to be high enough. It leaves a thick layer. It reminds me of Impressionism but it uses pastels like crazy.

-new art medium: pencils that have three colors on the same lead.

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