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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box on: August 26, 2015 07:05:35 AM
Awesome!  Thank you!  Grin
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box on: August 17, 2015 11:16:06 AM
Thanks!  I work more with archetypes than particular deity.  Our Lady of the Waters is the second in a series of elemental/nature-based shrines.  The next one (currently in progress) is based on the archetypes of creation/destruction goddesses from the Neolithic period.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box on: August 17, 2015 06:57:02 AM
Instead of making three different posts I'm putting all of these together.  This is what I've been working on lately.

Our Lady of the Waters Shrine (thrift store cigar box, old spoon, findings, paper clay)



Face detail


Top detail


Message in a bottle


Octopus Treasures Box
Small wooden box, painted black all over.  Embellished with metal bits and paper clay octopus.
(I didn't show the inside; it's boring)



Frida Shrine
Frida is my #1 inspiration for art and life.  I just saw some of her pieces at a special exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts; my first time seeing her actual work in person.



4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our Lady of Galaxies Shrine on: April 30, 2015 04:51:15 PM
I've started a making little art dolls and some of them are going into shrines.  This is Our Lady of Galaxies.  She goes Above and Beyond.






The shrine is a painted tray from the local thrift store covered with sparkly paper and (obligatory) glitter glue.  Above and Beyond embellishment is a little lapel pin I got in a $1 bag of random junk from a local shop.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Chalkboard Potluck Food Tags on: March 06, 2015 08:35:36 AM
Thanks!  They're really easy to make and the supplies are pretty affordable.  I also purchased some chalkboard paint and a bazillion blank wood cuts in various shapes (top hats, birds, etc) to make my own surfaces.  The most expensive investments are the paint and the pens, so use those prolific coupons with wild abandon if you don't already have those things on hand!  Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Chalkboard Potluck Food Tags on: March 05, 2015 06:14:49 AM
Long time no craft.

This is what I've been doing lately.  These are prefab chalkboard clothespin thingies.  I arted on them with chalk markers and gel pens.





I have a lot of potlucks and know a lot of people with various allergies or dietary restrictions.  So this is an easy way to say "this is safe to eat" without having to hover over the food table.

I have more sets planned but I need to study up on some different lettering styles first. 
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Heart in Hand Shrine on: August 13, 2014 06:47:55 AM
Thanks youse guys!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Heart in Hand Shrine on: July 26, 2014 04:43:41 PM
This is a jewelry box covered in wordy washi tape and mounted to a resin frame I found at Michael's.  Inside is a porcelain doll arm, mini spool, bakers twine, buttons, and dresden trim.


9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Ape Vigoda or Turning In-Jokes into Hoopla on: June 08, 2014 11:41:47 AM
Thanks much! Cheesy
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ape Vigoda or Turning In-Jokes into Hoopla on: June 07, 2014 07:46:16 PM
I have to explain.

My wife and I host this yard games event called Big Fun ('cause we're Fats) a couple of times each month.  One of the things we bring is Trac Ball, and the last time we met up we were goofing off with the Trac Ball Rackets at the end of the evening.  My pal Shane happened to get a shot of this happening and posted it on Facebook.  No one could figure out who the person was in the photo, and my wife and I kept trying to figure out who was there that we didn't know.


From left to right: Me, AV, Wife (photo credit or blame to Shane)

We finally realized it is our friend A, just from a really weird angle and with a Trac Ball Racket over her face.  We cracked up about it and shared it with A, who had also hilariously not been able to recognize herself and had been wondering who the "weird ape lookin' guy" was in the picture.  So we made up a whole backstory for this non-existent guy who is something of a creep and who is named Ape Vigoda.

So of course I had to stitch it.  If you people are still reading this, you are awesome.

I put the photo into Paint.NET and followed some really long instructions online to turn it into a coloring book image, then traced with a Sulky iron-on pen and transferred to fabric.  Stitched it up with black and olive green, the covered the back with a deeper green to hide my messy stiching.   Grin

Ta da!  Ape Vigoda, Con Creeper and Yard Game Meetup Crasher



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