So it's been a looooooooong time since I've posted anything on Craftster, but I had always hoped to come back. I got hit with some really serious issues a while back that I had to deal with (and am still dealing with, though they've died down a bit now), and the energy it took to deal with all of it and still take care of myself zapped everything out of me. In short, I was depressed, and found after it blew over that I was unable to create much of anything. I can't say I was surprised, but I let myself rest for a bit before deciding to kick my own butt back into gear, and so of course the first thing I turned to to help me do that was to my faith.
So these are the first two projects I've finished in a long time. I've always loved triptychs, and decided to put this one together to decorate my (already pretty crowded) altar. It was made from some cheap craft wood panels I found at Michaels, lots of paint, glitter, buttons, mirrors, and some ribbon. I'm thinking about adding some more glitter in a few places, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, so I'm going to wait a bit and think on it.
The middle panel:
You can't really tell in the photos, but I used metallic paint for some of it--the purple and gold colors, and I LOVE the way it gleams!
I was going to outline both of them, but I like the way it looks without lining better.
I also did a pentagram to put up on the wall. Currently it's sitting above my craft desk, but I may move it in the future.
It felt really, really good to finish something after such a long break. Now the main problem I have is that I'm getting all these project ideas and have nowhere near enough time to finish them. Just like old times!
I am just SO BAD about getting pics up in a timely manner, and I apologize. But here are the two dotees I received (one more is on its way).
From Bec99, a lovely little autumn leaf dotee, because it's my favorite season. She is adorable, no? She looks so happy!
And from Smmarrt, a math moth! Don't you just love his face? I am tempted, however, to come up with a wild story behind what he is keeping track of on his wings. What could it be?
Thank you both! I love them immensely I wish the pics were a bit better, but the only time I have to take pictures seems to be after the sun has gone down And my lighting inside is not that good. I think you get the gist, though.
Well this one took a long time in coming. Unfortunately, Oodelally's first package got lost in the mail for some reason But she was kind enough to make me a wonderful replacement package which arrived a short time ago, and it is lovely!
She made me a yellow submarine out of perler beads:
which I am keeping in my DIY shadow box, next to my perler bead Creeper (it's hiding, can't you tell?)
and then this awesome Beatles stationary:
which is perfect, because I've been needing some more stationary and I LOVE these!
Thank you so much for the package, Oodelally, and thank you for taking the time to make a replacement, and also for co-hosting the swap! I had a lot of fun!
Rosie, I'm glad you liked your dotee! I was a little bit disappointed that I had to part with both of the ones I made this time around, but I know they went to good homes
Here are the two I received from my partners. From Rosie:
I got a lovely little Luna moth!
I listed moths as one of my themes, and recognized this one right as I pulled it out of the package! Luna moths are a type of giant silk moth that grow to be several inches long, and are one of the most beautiful I've seen. She got all the markings and everything just right!
She also included some really cool extras, which I'm looking forward to using. I've already used some of the embroidery thread to make bracelets and necklaces. Thank you so much, Rosie, I love everything!
And from Bacettox:
It's a teapot dotee! She said this was her first time swapping dotees, but I wouldn't have been able to tell. I'm such a tea nut, and this little doll makes me smile every time I look at it, isn't it cute? She also included some really good candies, which I SHOULD have taken a picture of as soon as I got them, but...I've already eaten them. They were really yummy. In addition, there was a really cool pinback button and postcard which I'll try to get a picture of later.
Such pretty pieces, Bookstorebabe! I love jewelry made from broken things, whether it's other jewelry, beach glass, old trinkets, etc. They seem to be so full of history and magic
I thought you all would like to see the scrap bookmarks I've been making. I got this idea when I was letting my son play with my tiny fabric scraps (the ones that are too small for anything else--I got the idea from Craftylittlemonkey and the popsickle sticks!) He found some packing tape and wanted to put it on top of the fabric he had glued down, and as I watched him, I realized that you can get some pretty cool results that way. So I cut up some strips of packing tape and pushed onto them some really small scraps in colors that compliment each other. Then I trimmed the excess and sewed it to some extra scrapbooking paper with a zig-zag stitch.
These are just the first few I made--I did something like 14 in all, 'cause they're really fun to make! I think I know what all my friends and relatives will be getting as gifts from now on!
Well I was going to wait for my last package to arrive before posting, but it is taking a very long time to get here So I'm going to go ahead and post the other two.
Two of my collectibles were the Beatles and dolls, so from Sparks I got this AWESOME wall art:
which I already have hanging on the wall in my bedroom It's got the Beatles logo carved into the top of an old vinyl record (I love vinyl record art!), and below it is the image from the Abbey Road album, one of my favorites. I luuurve it, thank you so much!
From Bubblegum_phoenix I received this lovely crocheted Matryoshka:
I forgot to take a picture next to something else for size reference, but she is about 2 inches tall, and I have put her on my bulletin board until I find the perfect place to put her. I'm thinking I may use her as a badge somewhere.
And then she also included this TEENY TINY little doll, which still amazes me every time I look at it:
She's even smaller than the Matryoshka, and so very detailed! I have such a weakness for tiny things and dolls especially that this was perfect for me I'm sure that I will find the perfect house for her soon, but for now she sits in my mini display shelf, safe from toddlers and kitty paws:
She also included some yummy fruit candies, but I have already dug into those, so no pictures
Thank you both so much! My packages have both been perfect!
Arryl is having some camera problems, so I'm going to go ahead and post the hat that I sent to her. I made a mini top hat that had interchangeable bands around the middle of it. In the beginning, I couldn't figure out what "theme" to go with for the hat, so I chose three and made it easy to switch between each whenever she felt like it.
The Voodoo theme:
This one was inspired by some polymer clay voodoo dolls that she had on her pintrest, and which I have no where near enough skills to make myself, but I did try and you can barely see it on the right hand side there.
The Victorian theme:
The Steampunk theme:
As you can tell, I had a lot of fun making this thing!
Ok, so it turns out it's really hard to take pictures of your own head But I wanted to take pictures of me wearing the hat I received from Arryl because anywhere else wouldn't do it justice! I had mentioned that I really liked snoods, so Arryl made me a very elegant snood in red adorned with pearl beads! Please forgive my dorkiness as I try to get decent pictures out of my camera phone. I hate it when I have to include the freaking phone in the picture
Thank you so much, Arryl, I love it! I have very long hair, and I've always wanted a hat that I can actually fit it in. This will work perfectly.