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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Madman with a Box Doctor Who wood burned spoon on: September 26, 2013 11:09:06 AM
This was my first finished project using a wood burner that I picked up at a thrift store ages ago. It was one of the items in the first package that I sent to deathbeforedishes in the Make-a-Friend Swap. I found the main image I used on dbd's Pinterest (not my design!). I also added the sonic screwdriver and an appropriate quote/reference from the 11th Doctor's first episode. This item represented my love of cooking, with the extra twist of having Doctor Who designs that appeal to both me and dbd. Smiley

I don't think I'll be doing much more wood burning with the tool I used. It took a lot longer than I thought it would because the wood was pretty dense and the burner didn't have any sort of temperature control. Now I need something different to do with the extra wood spoons I bought Tongue
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Star Wars characters stitch marker set (crochet) on: September 25, 2013 10:17:53 AM
I made a set of Star Wars themed stitch markers for deathbeforedishes for the first package in the recent Make-a-Friend Swap.

They are made with polymer clay with a few dabs of acrylic paint and glaze and the biggest lobster clips I could find (~3/4"). I accidentally dumped half my polymer clay glaze all over a friend's table trying to make these because I had a difficult time figuring out how to hang them to dry. I wound up putting wire hooks in a box to suspend them all where they could drip without harming anything.

The Princess Leia was inspired by one on dbd's Pinterest, but from there I went crazy...

Two lightsabers, Jabba the Hutt, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader:

Star Wars stitch markers by MissRiggles

Darth Vader (same one), Chewbacca, Yoda, C3PO, R2-D2, and a Ewok

Star Wars stitch markers by MissRiggles
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral cross-body style purse (Cath Kidston inspired) on: September 24, 2013 10:42:49 AM
This was one of the crafts I sent deathbeforedishes for the third package recent Make-a-Friend swap. She had some Cath Kidston bags and things on her Pinterest, so I found some similar floral patterned fabric with pretty roses on blue. I modeled the purse after my own (Lily Bloom) cross-body bag and made my own pattern for it.

The strap is adjustable so it can just go over the shoulder or be a cross-body purse

Floral purse by MissRiggles

Floral purse by MissRiggles

Floral purse by MissRiggles

Floral purse by MissRiggles

Floral purse by MissRiggles

There is a little pocket on the front flap that closes with a snap. I also installed a snap to keep the front flap closed. The inside has a little zippered pocket, and the backside has a tablet sized pocket. The shell of the purse and the back pocket are lightly padded with fleece.

This is the first time in quite a while that I didn't make my own straps out of matching fabric, but I thought the cotton strap would break up the monotony of the floral fabric on the outside, while keeping the polka dot interior fabric more of a fun secret.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodland armrest pincushion on: September 23, 2013 04:38:14 PM
For the recent Make-a-Friend Swap, I made deathbeforedishes an armrest pincushion based on a couple from her Pinterest. I used one of her favorite colors (peach!) and one of my favorite themes (woodlands animals <3) when I picked the fabrics. I used a tutorial found here: http://duringquiettime.com/2009/10/scrappy-armrest-pincushion-tutorial.html

On the top is a patchwork pincushion, and on the sides are roomy pockets for scissors or crochet hooks or some other small tool. I also enjoyed making the quilted back section even though it will be hidden most of the time Smiley

DSC_1528 by MissRiggles, on Flickr

The pincushion:

DSC_1531 by MissRiggles, on Flickr

The back:

DSC_1533 by MissRiggles, on Flickr
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Earth Spirit Lantern Shrine on: June 30, 2013 11:30:09 AM
This is one of the shrines that I made for Wulf in the Shrine Swap. I decided to go with an Earth Spirit theme, and I accepted Wulf's challenge to construct a "weatherproof" shrine that he could place outside. My original plan was to make some small shrines out of tins with windows, and I decided I wanted something that could light up for the evenings. So I went to Target looking for some of those $1 garden lights that are solar powered. I also picked up a larger lantern which wound up being the base for my large shrine because I discovered that cannibalizing the solar powered lights required more tools than I was prepared to go buy (soldering iron, etc.). I'm really happy with how things worked out though.

The shrine can be completely inclosed with the glass windows in preparation for all kinds of weather, or the front panel can be taken out for a clearer view of the inside. I sculpted the little earth sprite with a mix of bronze and beige polymer clay, so it is shimmery and fleshy at the same time. His wings are made with maple seeds, and he has twigs for hair. I also sculpted the mushroom with polymer clay. This shrine obviously came out more like a scene then a shrine, but a lot of the things I had planned to use didn't fit inside. The bottom is about 3.5"x3.5"...

The lantern was originally black, but I love copper and patina on copper, so I gave the outside a makeover before starting.

I had a horrible time of trying to get a "lit up" shot (because I was lazy and didn't want to get a tripod out), so here was my best effort from my in-progress shots:

And I forgot to take a picture of the backside when it was done, so here is the back panel when I was taking in-progress shots:

(The stamp is one I made for my wedding stationary last year).

And lastly, here is a shot from before I started:

I had a ton of fun making this, and now I really want to go back and buy another lantern to do another for myself. I need to focus on other things right now though, so it will probably have to wait til next year when they are selling these lanterns again.
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Fox and Forest Pincushion in a Teacup on: April 24, 2013 11:16:22 AM
For the recent pincushion swap, I decided to make something I have been wanting to try for a long time for my swap partner (and good friend). She likes vintage things and woodland creatures, so I made a miniature forest pincushion with mushrooms, rocks, and trees. I absolutely had to make a cute little fox to sit there. Everything was needle felted wool, and then I plopped it inside a teacup that I have been saving for something special. I have lots more teacups, so I plan to run with this idea and make a bunch more Smiley

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Crafted Clock Swap on: April 18, 2013 09:43:43 AM
I've been seeing some very nifty crafted clocks lately, and I love functional crafts, and I have zero clocks in my name. Would anyone else be interested in a crafted clock swap? Any ideas on guidelines for the swap other than the obvious "make a clock"?

Here are some fun and inspiring clocks I have seen lately: http://pinterest.com/jlrigdon/clocks/

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Letter Hoops for Baby Room on: April 18, 2013 09:14:35 AM
I just realized I never posted the rest of the letters that I made for my friend's baby. I posted the first two a couple months ago, so here they are with the rest of them. The baby's room is a beach theme in brown, teal, and coral. I used some of the fabric that I got for her diaper bag and some extras that I bought in case I make her something else later for the room Smiley

I had fun with this project and got to learn a lot of new stitches. I wish I had a picture of them all hanging, but I haven't seen the baby's room yet, and had no where to hang them for pictures.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Fallout Stamped Bottle Cap Garden Markers on: April 16, 2013 11:35:43 AM
Here's another one of my crafts from the recent Video Game Swap. I wanted to make some (semi-) functional things for my partner, and she told me about her extensive garden, and her efforts to become more energy conscious. I wish I had had more supplies to make more of these for her. I hammered a bunch of blank, unused bottle caps flat, and then I stamped them with herb names. I decided to go back and add the Vault Tec logo from Fallout on an extra bottle cap for each marker to make sure it was very obvious that the bottle caps were a reference to the Fallout currency. (I made the Vault Tec logo stamp, too, but that is for another post Wink ). I also sealed them a few time to make sure the stampings didn't wash off. It was hard to take pictures of these because the caps were so shiny. They say "Chives", "Oregano", "Parsley", and "Rosemary".

I really wanted some action shots, but I didn't want to get her garden markers dirty before shipping them off ;P

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle-felted Orgrimmar Wall Hanging on: April 16, 2013 06:05:04 AM
For the recent Video Game Swap, my partner mentioned that her favorite landscape/area of World of Warcraft was Orgrimmar. She also put in a request for wall art for her home. I decided to do a needle felted scene (on a wool sweater) of the front gates of Orgrimmar for her. The finished design was much bigger than I meant for it to be. I think the frame was about 18" x 24"... I used scraps of the sweater from the sleeves to make the little flags as separate parts which I tacked back on to the main piece.

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