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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Octopi Obsessed Headband :) on: June 27, 2010 06:17:02 PM

I am obsessed with octopi.  I was experimenting with other things, when I decided to find out if I could even cut out an octopus with an x-acto knife.  Originally it was going to be a pendant, but I don't really wear necklaces, and I liked how it turned out.  So, I thought it would make a really cool headband. 

it makes me smile  Grin

It's made from an old headband I painted and... cardboard.  I hit the cardboard with a LOT of outdoor ModPodge, and I'm really hoping it holds up.  Any suggestions?

Please excuse the picture quality, my digital camera is dead so I used my webcam.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Table for two on: June 16, 2010 09:51:53 AM

So, lucky girl that I am, my summer job is at the one small art museum in town.  Last weekend, we had a table setting fundraiser, where local businesses made table settings, and then we drank wine and ate cheese and voted for our favorite. 

Oh also, my dad owns a hardware store, so I created this table design was for his business.  Everything on the table except the napkins and tablecloth can be bought at his store.

The whole table. (Notice the kid's artwork in the back from the summer program I help with)

Close up of the "bouquet"

I'm quite proud of how this turned out, and my conservative little town surprised me by voting us the winner! Thanks for looking, hope you like it too.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / my super-duper double-dip quilt on: July 28, 2009 09:49:37 PM
so i can claim no actual credit to this quilt, i am just here giving props to my AWESOME grandma...
and showing off what i think was i pretty original idea  ? Smiley
this year my grandma gave everyone of us grandchildren a quilt for our birthdays (there are 6 of us)
i love all complimentary schemes, and especially purple and yellow Smiley
so here is my quilt....
(sorry for the picture quality, the fabric is extremely detailed..and my camera is not)

...and for the plot twist!!!!

since i am headed off to college in the fall
the other side is ALSO a quilt front using K-State fabric
(quite a feat since my grandma lives in georgia)

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / oh no, i broke a mirror...with a HAMMER! on: July 28, 2009 09:37:14 PM
obviously, i am not one of those superstitious people...

i really have a thing with broken mirrors... how they show bits and pieces of yourself and your surroundings, and how the piece itself relates to its surroundings through the reflections
soo of course, when i did a tile mosaic class, i broke not one but two mirrors Smiley
and what better to pair them with but black, red, and part of a china doll??

thanks for looking!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / sorry, real flowers were harmed in the making of this painting :} on: July 28, 2009 09:29:53 PM
so this was one of those happy experiments...
part printmaking and part painting Smiley

i pressed actual flowers into different colors of paint, then onto the paper
a couple of the petals are actually stuck on the painting

i am really happy with how this turned out  Grin
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / the shyest ptoject i have ever made... on: July 28, 2009 09:04:56 PM
i always try to make my birthday gifts for friends...
and so since my friend's apartment is decorated with lots of mirrors, and the color scheme is black and silver...
 i thought i would paint her a mirror
which actually was a lot harder than i expected due to the fact the reflection kept getting in the way
and i spent forever trying to get a decent photo of the detail...but here it is:

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cheap and easy tie dye - first post on: June 29, 2009 07:23:05 PM
this is a really easy method of decorating shirts to get a "tie-dye" effect that we used with the kids where i work, and of course i had to try it myself. I loved how quick it was...i just colored on the shirts with sharpies, then hung them up on the clothesline and sprayed them with a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol...i really loved the effects. (and it also makes a great kid's project)

action shot

my first shirt


the shirt with the orange peace sign i posted to show how quickly to spray the shirts, i sprayed half then had to refill my bottle so the other side didn't run as much...

sorry if my post is off, this is my first one!  Grin
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