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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Autumn Leaves mobile on: September 17, 2014 10:15:44 PM
I made this for my partner for the WWP Mabon 2014 swap! Our theme was one hanging item and so I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration. I saw a few different mobiles using drift wood or some sort of "stick". I had been saving a limb that had fallen from our large maple tree, hoping to use it creatively Wink It was already without bark and interesting looking so it was perfect for this project.

To "cure" the wood of any critters or other unwanted things, I baked in the oven for a few minutes. I would have "nuked" it in my old microwave but it was a little too big for that. Nothing seemed to be in the wood so I then sealed it was a "matte" finish sealer.

After the sealant dried, I had the eye screws that I screwed into the bottom side of the wood. Then, I hot-glued some moss and wooden ladybugs to the top part. I used some twine and attached some pine cones and cinnamon sticks to the bottoms for weight. I then used some artificial leaves, small pinecones, and small pieces of cinnamon sticks. I used some thin wire to attach those to the twine.

For the finish, I used a bright heavy ribbon to hang it with! Its pretty simple yet effective! It smells very nice but not overpowering with the few little pieces of cinnamon.








Thanks for looking!
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Painted pumpkin on: October 26, 2013 02:43:42 PM
So my work is having a company carved/decorated pumpkin contest. I cannot carve very well so I decided to paint one. I was really inspired by this pumpkin I saw on Pinterest Wink http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2009/10/messy-pumpkin-tutorial-giveaway-winners.html  SO I decided to go for it! It took a few hours since there are a lot of layers of paint! I used shimmery metallic paints for the background and finished up with a gold glitter glaze over top! The office ladies loved it so we'll see how well it does in the contest Wink (The winner wins a company sweatshirt lol)



Thanks for looking and hope it inspires you too!!! Happy Halloween!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nightmare Before Christmas chunky house/shrine on: October 18, 2013 11:11:46 PM
I made this chunky house or shrine for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap. I used a pre-made birdhouse and demolished it hehe! Then I had my hubby help drill random holes in it for a mini string of Christmas lights. I made the pumpkins, the moon, and Zero out of ploy clay. The hill with Jack and Sally are cardboard.




Thanks for looking!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Spooky Fan Art on: October 18, 2013 11:02:26 PM
I made this painting titled "Nightmare of the Fandoms" for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap. I'm a bit out of practice with my painting but you can tell what it is lol! I added some cool spooky glow-in-the-dark stickers I had saved for something special. See if you can pick out the different fandoms....



Thanks for looking Wink
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Beach sprayed t-shirts! on: June 16, 2013 01:24:47 AM
So I've been meaning to try the bleach sprayed shirts for awhile now and finally "sat" down to do it! I made my dad a couple of t-shirts for Father's Day. He likes eagles and wears a lot of skulls so I used those as my inspiration. I found some pictures online and copied them free-handed onto some card stock type paper. I placed the paper on the shirt and sprayed away lol! For the eagle shirt, I just flipped the stencil and moved it around. After each shirt had dried, I rinsed in cold water and let hang dry again before washing.








I just like how cheap and simple it is to turn a $5 t-shirt into a more expensive-looking custom piece!


This shirt I made for the IYP 23 Swap with edelC! She loves flamingos so I came up with this design! This was actually my first attempt at bleach spraying.

The latest bleach sprayed shirt for a swap!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Winter paintings on: February 13, 2013 12:48:27 AM
I had this painting I started last spring but had a hard time with the face...it was inspired by a picture i saw in a catalogue. Finally I decided to finish her once and for all! LOL! I ended up going with a model in a magazine ad for the face...

("Cold Moon" acrylic on 8"x10"canvas board)
I'm not totally happy with the hair but that is one area I still need to improve upon! Since, that was finished I was inspired to paint a couple more!
This one had a second round to it as well since i wasn't happy with the right side of the painting...I'm still not quite happy with it either lol!

("A Northern Night" acrylic on 8"x10" canvas board)

Next I tried for a little mix of paint and paper for this one!

("Hare Moon" acrylic and paper on 8"x10" canvas board)
I used some fun shimmery metallic paints for the background! I like how this turned out...different anyways!
Thanks for looking and any helpful hints would be great!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fall/Autumn Projects! on: October 25, 2012 10:39:42 PM
I was in a couple fall related swaps and wanted to share some of the things I made!

First up was this Pinterest inspired witchy sign! I just bought a wooden framed out blank sqaure at Walmart and went to town with the craft paint! I started with a black base then added two different orange colors using a foam brush. I free-handed the hat and letters. Then I just tied off some plaid ribbon and tacked it to the back!



Next is a spoon wand that I have been inspired to make since I received a gorgeous one from Knickertwist in a swap last year! I took a wooden spoon and woodburned the symbol for Hecate and Prosperity. I then used an orange paint wash over it. I wound some plaid ribbin around the handle with some eucalyptus and wire. I embelished with a pentagram charm and orange feather.



This next project, I just took a plain craft hand broom and embellished with some eucalyptus, ribbon, raffia, cinnamon sticks, pinecones and glass leaves.



Then I made a charm bracelet with all things fall! I mixed different metallic tones so my partner could wear it with almost anything Wink




Thanks for looking!!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Suede Journal on: June 23, 2012 06:15:21 AM
I made this journal for another swap I was in recently! This was new territory for me because:

a.) I have never bound pages before and
b.) I have never worked with suede/leather

It turned out way better than expected lol!



I bought a bag of suede remnants at JoAnn's and just kind of pieced them together until I found a nice pattern. Luckily there were some pieces that fit together fairly well! SO I just stitched them together on the sewing machine...not sure if that is the proper way to do it but it worked out just fine! I lined it with navy blue fabric with small white stars but silly me forgot to take a picture of the inside before I sent it!!!!  Tongue

I used this tutorial that I found from a blog for the general outline of the pattern. http://pinterest.com/pin/68328119316743194/
I found it super easy to use! The pages are stitched with the ribbons and they can be untied from the cover if more signatures need to be added! I used a nice parchment paper for the pages.



Now I was trying to think of how I wanted the journal to be closed. Luckily, there was a piece of suede already cut and with the holes punched out to make the strap with!!! (Such a lucky find!) I had a suede-covered button in my stash and some gromets to I set off to attach them all!



(Back)



Now obviously the stiching is a little wonky but overall it was a successful preject and I would gladly make another! (Maybe not with so many small pieces of suede though lol)! I hope you all try the tutorial! It makes journal making easy!!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Smaug's Treasures on: June 23, 2012 05:54:25 AM
I was in The Hobbit Swap last month and knew immediatly what I wanted to create! I've seen a few Smaugs with treasures and thought a little treasure chest would be the perfect podium!



I used one of those plain wooden boxes (cuz its just more economical lol). I painted the outside metallic red and copper. I then found this small roll of snake-like fabric that looked like I imagined Smaug's skin to look like! I wrapped that around the outer bottom. I was looking for gold ribbon and found gold ric-rac. I used that as embellishment and a gold key charm to finish it off.

Now, Smaug I made out of poly clay. I then painted him and added the rhinestones for his eyes and the jewels that his belly was encrusted in from years of sleeping on his treasure!


For his stash, I had several little random gem-like whimsies and just twisted some gold ric-rac for extra gold lol! And because it just didn't have enough glitter, I made some glittery glass pebbles to embellish further lol!
 

On the inside, I added a bit of sparkly felt to the bottom to protect the treasures and painted this simple design I saw on pinterest!

It's a minimalist pic of Gandalf, Bilbo, and the 13 dwarves!!  Wink

I hope you all enjoy and feel inspired to try your own dragon nest!
10  Washington / Washington: West / Looking for a crafty penpal in the Snohomish area! on: April 13, 2012 05:58:50 AM
Hello all! My name is Mandy! I got the idea from another post on here after I was perusing the Washington area for a possible Make A Friend partner. But I realized it would be nicer to make it more of a personal swap/penpal thing lol! I currently live in Michigan but my older brother and his family lives in Snohomish and I love it out there so my husband and I are planning to move nearby within the next year! It would be awesome to have some friends already established since the only people I would know are my brother and his wife's family. Please pm me if you live within half an hour from Snohomish and would be interested in making a new friend! Thanks so much!!!

~Mandy (mandykaye)
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