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1  Fabric Scrap Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheBeldam on: October 20, 2010 10:49:59 PM
This is one of my recycled t-shirt bib necklaces.  My sister is the one in the pic and she specifically requested this unusual color combo. At first, I was skeptical but I really like how it turned out in the end!

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2  Re: Music that changed my life swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by TheBeldam on: October 20, 2010 10:41:34 PM
All right ladies, here's what I received from my lovely swap partner, janiegirl!

It's a super snuggly pillow! janiegirl also sent along a wonderful note explaining the pillow as well. This is the front of the pillow. The sun and the flowers represent the song "5 years time" by Noah and the Whale. This is happy song and a happy picture!  Cheesy


Close up of the flowers. Aren't they so cute!


Close up of the happy sun! I wish I had a better camera so that yall could really see the incredible detailing on the embroidery, because it is INCREDIBLE! I'm super jealous of janiegirl's mad skills!


The other side represents the song "Sleep" by the Dandy Warhols. This is one of the most beautiful songs ever. Seriously. You should go listen to it.  The music note represents sleep, dreaming, and calmness.


Here's a close up of the music note. IT'S HAND-TATTED, PEOPLE.  Shocked  And beautiful!  


Here's another pic of this side...


But wait! What's this?  Huh


It's a hidden pocket!! But there's something inside it!


Inside the pocket I found this!  It's my favorite quote form the Nine Inch Nails song "The Fragile".  The pocket is in black because this song respents my darker days in the past. But the pocket is hidden because it's all in my past (thank god).  The quote is hidden in the pocket because it's a very important part of who I was.

 
When I first opened the package and read the letter my inital reaction was something along the lines of the famous Wanye's brothers quote "I AM NOT WORTHY!" Seriously.
I was just blown away by janiegirl's talent and all of the love and effort she put into this project.

In  summation: I LOOOOOOVE IT!!!!! Cheesy   THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!!  
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3  Retro Aprons Rock My World!!! (Pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheBeldam on: October 15, 2010 11:40:20 PM
This is the first apron I made. I drafted all the patterns for these aprons myself! This apron is the only one that isn't fully lined cause it was my 'expirimental' one.





This is my lemon apron. The chartreuse fabric came from a bedsheet I found at Goodwill!





This is the polka dot apron I made.  I did all of the ruffling and pleating by hand cause I haven't figured out how to use my ruffler foot yet.





This is my absolute FAVORITE apron! I bought that retro TV print several years ago for this dress I made and I love it SOOOO much. I used the last of it for this apron.


The big 'ole bow in the back!
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4  Mock Akrotiri Dig Site (LOTS of pics) in Completed Projects by TheBeldam on: April 25, 2010 04:15:37 PM
SO here's the deal...

The science museum I work at likes to corroborate our hands-on activities with each new IMAX movie we get. Our newest IMAX film is called "Greece: Secrets of the Past" and focuses on the ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri. (Akrotiri was discovered in 1968 on the island of Santorini buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash. Basically, Akrotiri is the greek version of Pompeii.)  

But anyways, so we decided that a cool hands-on activity to go with our new movie would be a mock archeological dig! I spent 4 days working non-stop on this thing to get it done by this weekend, but I think it came out great! It was totally worth it!

The last step of this project was to fill the whole thing with sand so that the kids could dig it out. IT took well over 300lbs of sand to fill the silly thing.

Here's an overview of the whole thing. It's 6 feet by 8 feet. The walls are made of this purple foam board stuff that I hot glued together and painted with acrylics.


A different angle of the whole thing. The columns are old building blocks that I painted and hot glued in place.


Yet another angle. The 'frescoes' on the walls are images I printed out from the internet and mod-podged on the walls.


One more!


Now for the close ups!

This is a close up of the 'Forum' which would have been a public gathering space where people came together to discuss politics and stuff.


This is a close up of the Temple. The statue in the center of the temple is a green army man I painted with gold acrylic paint.


This is a close up of one of the 'houses'.


Same angle, but slightly farther away.


Image of the paved road running through town.


Just another close up.


Ditto.


Thanks for looking!
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5  Juicy cherries on my feets!!! in Shoes: Completed Projects by TheBeldam on: March 15, 2010 06:37:21 PM
I bought these chunky black canvas wedges at TJmaxx on clearance ages ago. They sat at the bottom of my closet until last summer when I pulled them out and decided to paint cherries on them!  They looked okay before but now they're FABULOUS. Only problem is that I used so much paint, they flop off my feet while I'm walking, so i'm in the process of trying to do something about that.

Hope you like them!







Also, I apologize for the crappy photo quality, but I destroyed my good camera so I had to take these pictures with my camera phone.
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6  I LOVE Big, Bold, Black lines!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TheBeldam on: March 15, 2010 06:22:14 PM
These are some of my recent explorations into acrylic. Both of these paintings are done with acrylic paint on canvas. The first painting is 16" by 20" and the second one is slightly smaller.








I apologize for the crappy quality of the photos. I had to take the pictures with my camera phone and I have really shakey hands, so this was the best i could do.

NEW PAITNING!!!!
So this painting was another commission from my wierdo friend. IT's a shark swimming around a Tesla coil and the lightning shooting out of the coil takes the form of the words "Stasis  is Death".  I asked why on earth he wanted that as a painting and apparently he came up with the idea while he very, very drunk.
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7  Gorilla Skull Painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TheBeldam on: March 05, 2010 12:57:27 PM
A friend of mine was taking an evolutionary biology course and fell in love with picture of Thomas Henry Huxely's famous gorilla sketch and asked me to paint it for him.  Originally I was going to paint it on a regular canvas, but while I was shopping at Goodwill I came across a stack of old LP's and thought that it would look way cooler on an old vinyl than a canvas.

I did this in a few hours using acrylic paint. Once it was done, I gave it a slightly uneven dusting of white spray paint to make it look more like a chalkboard.

The original sketch which inspired this project can be found here:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b2/Huxley7.jpg

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