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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey Spoon Necklace on: April 11, 2014 10:52:33 AM
My partner in the Complete Nonsense swap wanted a spoon necklace because she loves the book Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (No it's not THAT book; it's a satirical novel about a future society where people can only see a limited range of colors and the range you can see determines you social class).

I discovered that spoons are really, really, really hard to drill. Or maybe I just have the wrong tools. Either way this was a challenging piece to make for me. I cut the bottom part of the spoon, used a metal file to smooth the edges, hammered the crap out of it to flatten it, and then etched the book title onto the spoon. Shades of Grey is about two characters in different color classes (a green and a red) who fall in love so I added heart beads in each color.

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jack Skellington Mini-Canvas Necklace on: April 11, 2014 10:44:08 AM
Lately I've been leaning toward embroidery and painting in my crafts. However, my partner in the Complete Nonsense swap said she didn't want any wall art or hooplas. What she did want was jewelry. So what the heck, I decided to try indulging my artist tendencies by making a mini-canvas necklace.

I painted Jack Skellington as my partner listed Nightmare Before Christmas as one of her favorites. I finished the canvas with clear acrylic sealer to help protect it. Next I glued soft felt to the back of the canvas and then soldered the edges of the canvas and added a jump ring. It's the first time I've used my soldering kit and I managed not to burn down the house or lose any limbs so I consider it a success. The solder is less than perfect, but I'm still happy overall.




And a last pic to show the size of the canvas.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Catch Me If You Can" Mini Art Quilt - Pic Heavy on: February 26, 2014 12:35:05 PM
I love art quilts. Love, love, love them. I made this art quilt for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap, it's inspired by my sudden fascination with patchwork things, Harry Potter and layering texture. It took ages and I'd probably still be playing with it if the swap deadline hadn't arrived. I am super pleased with the results though:







I began by sewing together five different complimentary fabrics. Next I broke out my acrylics and swirled on some color washes over the fabric and then painted on some lovely gold spots with lumiere fabric paint (a personal favorite). I picked a dark blue thread and used the quilting foot on my sewing machine for the first time. The result is a bit choppy but I was just making random patterns and playing with the movement. I also added two flying keys with black thread - free-hand embroidering them on the machine.

I printed the words "Catch Me If You Can" onto white muslin (stiffed with freezer paper to go through my printer), cut them out and machine embroidered them with black thread onto the quilt.

Next I bought some shimmery blue & white chiffon and a pretty opalescent netting. I cut strips of each fabric and used my heat gun to melt them onto the quilt and layer them. It added a lot of texture which I really enjoyed. Then some more machine quilting, this time with a bright yellow thread to compliment the key and the gold spots and help secure my melted fabrics.

Here's a shot that shows the texture from the layered and melted fabrics:


I already had the gold key on hand and created wings for it using some fantasy film and my heat gun. Then I sewed it onto the quilt using clear nylon thread.

Not ready to call it quits, I broke out my ridiculously vast collection of beads and randomly sewed them in place all over the quilt. Finally I added two silver rings to the back of the quilt so it can be hung on the wall.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Believe" Altered Art Bottle on: February 26, 2014 12:14:07 PM
Definitely not sure where to put this one. I created this altered art bottle for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap. The base is a small triangular bottle I had lying around. I stained the inside with alcohol inks (no good pics of this sadly) and then layered elements on the outside until I was happy. It's all rather random but I was going for a warm color palette. I finished the bottle off with some fun ribbon, a charm that says "Believe" and a tiny bead cluster, then spritzed the whole thing with a bit of gold shimmer spray (also not visible in the picture). I like the way it came together.





15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hufflepuff Night on the Town Bracelet on: February 26, 2014 12:04:47 PM
Another jewelry piece created for my swap partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap: a Hufflepuff inspired bracelet. I loosely braided some fancy ribbons and bead strands I put together. I'm not happy with the clasp solution I had to use so I'll be brainstorming a better solution if I ever decide to make one of these again:



16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Royal Hedwig Mini Art Quilt Necklace on: February 26, 2014 12:01:14 PM
I've been obsessed with art quilts lately so I decided to try making a teeny tiny necklace with one. This was created for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap. We both like Harry Potter so I stamped Hedwig on some fabric, embellished her with a very fancy rhinestone crown and then layered the piece, added some random stitching and hung it from a gauzy purple ribbon. I rather like the effect.



17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Hedgehog's Adventure I & II on: February 10, 2014 11:13:52 AM
Anyone who knows me knows that I love hedgehogs. I was recently inspired to create a couple of embroidery hoops based on that mild obsession. They are patchwork style with shrink plastic charms for added detail.

The Hedgehog's Adventure I



In Henry's first adventure he's determined to prove that hedgehogs CAN fly even if they don't have wings.

The Hedgehog's Adventure II




In Henry's second adventure he decided to try skiing, because the world needs more skiing hedgehogs.
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Llama Llama Mini Canvas Ornament on: January 24, 2014 08:45:34 PM
Each year my kids get an ornament based on something they are really into that year. Sometimes we buy them an ornament but if one isn't available I break out my crafty ninja skills and make one. My son's Llama Llama book obsession led to the creation of this:


I painted the Llama Llama character on a black mini-canvas and then added some pretty ribbon as a hanger.
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A Bevy of Harry Potter Ornaments on: December 03, 2013 08:19:33 PM
For a recent photo shoot with my HP group I painted a bunch of props. A pigwidgeon and howler piece were particular favorites of mine. I decided to try making both into ornaments. I scanned both paintings, shrank them down, printed them on canvas with my printer and then sewed the results onto felt. For Pigwidgeon I added a bit of stuffing to give him some dimension. I used eyelets to create a hanger and shredded the edges of the canvas material for a more homespun look. I really love the results:



Way back in November I wrangled three of my favorite crafters into a private HP ornament swap. Here are the ornaments I came up with for each of them.

Fawkes
Hand-painted onto muslin, cut out and glued onto red felt and then coated with 3 coats of Modge Podge to add a bit of stiffness and protect the painted image from fraying/fading/small children with sticky fingers.


Potter Puppet Pals Theater
I pried the lid of an altoids tin, painted the outside like wood, lined the inside with blue and made little red felt curtains. Next I painted the three characters and cut them out and then added them to the theater with some pop dots stickies so the tin would have a nice layered effect. I used the hinges from the tin's former lid to secure ribbon as a hanger.


Expecto Patronum
Using a blank plastic ornament (a slightly flattened disc shape) I painted half the inside white and then added tinsel glitter to simulate snow. Next I printed a blue stag image on transparency paper, cut it out and hung it inside the ornament to dangle freely. Finally I painted the words Expecto Patronum in an HP font on the front.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter Photo Kit - TONS of Pics on: April 09, 2013 11:01:25 AM
I've always loved silly photo booth props like mustaches on sticks or funny glasses because they get people to relax and have fun when you're snapping a picture of them. For the recent One Awesome Harry Potter Thing swap I created a Harry Potter inspired photo kit for my partner, snagged from Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, naturally.

Everything was created from scratch, from the box that held the items to each individual piece. I hand painted every item, with the exception of the Snitch which was made using scrapbook paper. The labels for the box, bags & drawers were created in Photoshop. This is the most involved project I've ever worked on. Surprisingly, it was the box to hold the props that took the longest and gave me the most trouble. The props themselves were fairly easy Smiley



Box top: Weasley's Fabulous Box of Magical Photo Fun for Muggles


The Drawers inside the box: Things on Sticks, Things on Clips, Things without Sticks or Clips, Tattoos, Buttons


Things on Sticks: House pennants, Hedwig, Trevor, the Sorting Hat, Death Eater Mask, Mad-Eye Moody's Eye, Dumbledore's beard & hat, Harry's glasses, Luna's Spectrespecs.

Each of these items has velcro on the back so it can be attached to a stick and easily held.

Things on Clips: House ties, a pink Pygmy Puff

Each of these items has a small alligator clip attached to the back.

Things Without Sticks or Clips (flat props to hold): Rita Skeeter's acid green quill pen, Sirius Black's Azkaban prison sign, love potion, a Howler, bottle of Butterbeer, Remembrall, Snitch, Harry's wand


Temporary Tattoos: Dark Marks, Harry's scar, Azkaban prison tattoos, the Deathly Hallows symbol


Badges/Pin-back Buttons: Head Boy, Head Girl, Inquisitorial Squad, Weasley Is Our King, Quidditch Captain badges for each house, Prefect badges for each house




Some action shots:







You can see a ton more pics here, including my daughter modeling every prop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tapestrymlp/sets/72157633205808296/

And in case you're not tired from all the pics, some making of shots:




Altogether I used one roll of Duct tape, six huge sections of bristol board, four pieces of card/poster board, 3/4 of a bottle of Modge Podge, four dowel rods, and dismantled three large packing boxes. My house looked like a tornado hit it for about a week while I was making the box & drawers to hold all the props. Plus I mis-measured for the final box so there was some recutting and cursing involved. Heh.
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