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11  Post your unusual flower pictures here! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by m8888888 on: November 26, 2007 04:54:52 AM
Post your non-ordinary flower pictures here! These are two I've been liking a lot lately:





I can't get enough of flower pictures! I work at an agricultural high school, and we just got done having a chrysanthemum festival last month (where I took the first picture! It's a chrysanthemum. I'm not sure about the second flower. It was growing wild.). There were soooo many pretty flowers everywhere, so I have about a gazillion flower pictures, plus a bunch of bee ones. It's easy to take a beautiful flower picture, I think, but the challenge is to not make it look like everyone else's!
Comments are welcome, and please post your photos!!

Some of my other favorite pictures on flickr!
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12  Blue oceany quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by m8888888 on: August 28, 2007 08:38:01 PM
I made a lap quilt as a wedding present for my friend.

Closeup of the fabrics.
Obviously Denyse Schmidt inspired! I didn't plan it all, just started sewing, so all the squares came out different sizes, and I had to add in some random pieces. But I like that! Then everybody knows it's homemade, right?!
It's supposed to be sort of ocean themed, because he proposed on a boat and they got married on the beach. The front doesn't look to oceany, but the back does:

Closeup of the quilting on the back- they're waves, see!
A detail I embroidered on. There are only two of them, but I didn't want it to be JUST "Suzanne loves Corey," because he loves her, too! So it's "Suzanne loves Corey loves Suzanne"- get it?
It was also my first time doing a real live binding (My grandma taught me to leave the backing longer than the front so you can just fold it over and it's only half the work!), and I finally got a chance to use that clover bias tape maker thing! Yay! I did a blanket stitch on the back to attach the binding, so it's very visible not like a traditional binding stitch, and I embroidered their names instead of the blanket stitch on a small section. I was going to write the date, too, but I couldn't remember it, and didn't want to ask since I just finished it a couple weeks ago & they got married in November. I wanted to pretend like I got it finished on time, and I was just waiting until I saw her in person again to give it to her! I did START it on time, anyhow, way back in September! I did most of it then, and then lost the bobbin holder for my sewing machine. Seriously, the thing just disintegrated into thin air! & I hated the machine so much, I just bought a new one instead of replacing the bobbin holder.
She seemed to be very happy with it. Phew!
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13  Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by m8888888 on: August 28, 2007 07:28:45 PM
This is my second one (I posted the first one ages ago in this thread!), and I didn't follow the pattern this time, just kind of did it from memory. About halfway through I realized I wouldn't have enough yarn, so I decided to make it look all mismatched. He's SUPPOSED to look like that, I promise!

And a view from above, so you can see all his little mismatched feet duh, tentacles!:
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14  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 20 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by m8888888 on: March 30, 2007 04:49:39 PM
I received stationary from Samsara! It's really cute, with embossed old fashioned cameras and fountain pens on it. & there was a cute owl notecard she wrote on that I forgot to put in the picture. Doh!


Thanks again, Samsara!!
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15  Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by m8888888 on: December 13, 2006 03:17:37 AM

Thanks so much for the pattern! It's darling!
This is my first amigurumi (or however the freak it's spelled!) thing I made. I'm a bit disappointed that you can see the stuffing a bit through the holes. I guess I need to use a smaller hook or something?? It's pretty cute, though... now what to do with it?!
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16  Re: Fishy photos in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by m8888888 on: December 11, 2006 09:30:52 PM
Wow, thanks so much everyone! I'm seriously in love with the second one, too. As to the first one... I'm not sure I even have the original left (a bad habbit! Once I fix the levels and crop in photoshop so that I'm happy, I delete the original!). Thanks so much for the PS advice, Polkaroo. I need to branch out more in what I use in PS. I almost never ever both with masks and layers and all that, I ususally just stick to levels and contrast and things. I guess everyone's not supposed to like the same art anyhow, so it's cool that not everyone likes the first one! But I'm so glad some people do, that it's not just me! Ha!
My camera is a Nikon Coolpix S5. My SLR is a film camera, so I usually go back and forth between them, since it's kind of a pain to remember to develop film! It's a really good small camera, though. I don't think I even had to adjust the colors that much in PS for the second picture, just brightened them a tiny bit!
Here's another one from the same fish pond, just because I love fish! It's kind of fun to see more fish, but definitely nowhere near as great as the other one:
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17  Fishy photos in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by m8888888 on: December 11, 2006 05:32:57 AM
Here are two fish photos I've taken that I really like. I'd love some comments on them. Especially the first one. The boyfriend doesn't like it, he says I've made it too dark. I think it looks more arty that way, and I really like the simplicity of just the fish and the leaf. So tell me what you think! Even if it's negative- I can take it!
This was taken in a pond at a palace in Korea:


& this was taken in a pond in Thailand. The fish were very hungry, it seems, because they were crowding around. I love the colors & the sharpness of it:


I actually took both photos with my small digital camera, not my fancy-schmancy SLR.
Here's a link to some of my other fave pictures, in case you're interested!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/18959411@N00/sets/72157594403230177/
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18  Re: A Long Long Jewelry Gallery in The Swap Gallery by m8888888 on: December 03, 2005 01:36:18 PM
Yay! I received my October package from Bladeburd (it got lost in the mail & she very nicely sent another one!). I love it! Here's a picture:

& here's a (slightly crappy) picture of my September necklace I got from Starpiste, since I forgot to ever post a pic:

There's a better one that she posted a few pages back, also showing her cool joss paper packaging!
I also really like that one! Thanks gals! You're both awesome!
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19  Re: Quilted flower belt in Discussion and Questions by m8888888 on: November 21, 2004 11:04:49 AM
I think if you just paste the link at the bottom of the page it should work (the one that starts with {img}, that is!).

It's kind of a neat belt... but I can't BELIEVE how much they're selling it for!! I'll have to try making one.
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