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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ddm / mexikitsch hoop swap? or mexi but not necessarily hoop? on: September 29, 2011 08:38:43 AM

how about a day of the dead / mexican kitsch hoop swap? sayyyyy..... hoops no less than 6", no greater than 10".... that would be all that was required, and then a couple small extras would be okay if wanted? wanna do another ddm swap, but i got a lil too ambitious with the last one... this would be something easy and relatively quick, (the holidays are looming) thinking signups opening around 15th october for two weeks, crafting time two/three weeks, send 2nd/3rd week november?

any takers?

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / teeny tiny potions cabinet : snape approved!!! VERY PIC HEAVY on: September 23, 2011 11:05:02 PM
hey everybody!! for the back to hogwarts swap, i made a potions cabinet for my partner pinkleo!!

i started this project very casually, and the more i worked on it, the more involved i got.... ended up putting an insane amount of work/detail into it, ended up totally falling in love with it.... i know people say this all the time, but it really was hard to pack up and send to its new home! let's look at some detail shots!

here's some door closed/door open shots:

top left cubby:

here we have a lil mandrake in a pot (carved from sculpey, accessorized with moss)... don't worry! he's tame! he's quite happy living in pinkleo's potion cabinet, i promise he won't screech at you!! also sharing the cubby with the mandrake are a vial of "magic nick & mom's hair" (my son helped me gather all the potions ingredients from around the house, i never knew i had so much magic stuff!), some random other potions bottles (all of these tiny bottles are glass beads fitted with sculpey stoppers and bases) and a tiny golden snitch having a bit of a rest before it heads off on new adventures!

center left:

a cauldron full of potion is brewing!! wasn't able to get a good photo of the potion itself, but it's a very fine silver irridescent glitter... maybe some liquid luck? we might never know.... a vial of "magic cork parts", some coral from the beach in florida, a few more miscellaneous potions bottles, and the foe-glasses mounted on the back wall are vintage watch crystals.

bottom left:

a portrait of Professor Dumbledore keeps watch over a rare illuminated manuscript and pinkleo's wand (made from a toothpick and a bit of sculpey) while she's away... a vial of "magic dead leafs from the kitchen plant" and a vial of "magic floor popcorn" (nick had been having a snack, i swear i don't always have magic floor popcorn in the house!) the lil silhouette is from a whimsy swap with sheepblue, and other vials...

top right:

a few essential potions books have their homes in this lil cubby! pinkleo's also chosen to set her cup of tea here... perhaps not the wisest place to put her tea, but last time she left it next to the cauldron, and we won't even go into the fiasco that occurred then!!! perhaps it's the warmth of the tea that's drawn him in, or maybe he just felt at home with hagrid's portrait hanging here, but a wee bat has stopped in for a bit of a kip until night falls and he can go hunting!

center right:

a convenient place to do a little record keeping on her latest potions experiments, pinkleo also has a stash of scrolls here from previous research! (strips of pages from year 6 ~ my dog liked this book so much he had to swallow half of it! i've been using the rest for crafting...) and one must always keep a nice sharp quill and an inkwell at the ready!! (this quill donated by my cockatiel!) maybe professor snape is unimpressed with pinkleo's handwriting... his portrait certainly doesn't seem very happy!)

bottom right:

a skull (sculpey) in a bell jar ($.25 machine bubble & sculpey), a tiny seashell, and some more potions!

here are some pics of the inside of the cabinet!!

among my fave ingredients: "magic paintbrush hairs", "magic smellgood candle waxes", "magic tiny seashells", and "magic jar of tiny eyeballs" (that one's waaaay down at the bottom, it the back. we made them from teeny balls of sculpey and painted the irises/pupils on with acrylic!)

and thumbnails to MORE pics, if you're interested!

oh, and a tiny bottle of love potion and box of chocolates, juuuust in case!!

thanks so much for looking! hope you enjoy perusing as much as i enjoyed making!!!  Grin

edit: also wanted to mention: this entire project was made from things i already had around the house!! total cost: $0!!!

aaaaand~ a special thanks to knickertwist! i got about halfway thru and ran out of ideas, kind of stalled out! so i posted up some pics and asked her for some advice, and she made some super helpful suggestions!! more pics also at http://www.photobucket.com/lilpotionscabinet , where you can see those in progress shots, as well as a few pics of the other stuff i made for this swap!!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / mel kadel embroidery for sheepblue... on: September 15, 2011 08:26:12 PM
here's a hoop i did for sheepblue in r6! inspired by one of her favorite artists, mel kadel.

detail shot

back of hoop!

aaaand ~ two of mel kadel's artworks that inspired the piece...

thanks for lookin'!!!  Cheesy
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / a totally Alien pinup! on: September 15, 2011 07:56:39 PM
sheepblue and i recently did a personal swap! and she asked me to paint her a painting! in chatting back and forth i discovered that she liked my traditional tattoo style paintings, and also that she and her bf were big fans of the Alien movies. (i'm totally a big Alien fan too, btw) so, anyways, i decided nothing else would do but to combine the two!! without further ado....

here's a closeup ~ it's a little glarey but the colors are really true in this pic...

here she is in all her glory...

and my original sketch...

i think i'm gonna have to do another one for myself, and i think i'm going to paint a matching predator pinup to go with....   Grin
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / because two heads are better than one!!! on: September 15, 2011 07:45:56 PM
for a personal swap with ms sheepblue, i created these fine fellows.... well, maybe "brought together" is a more accurate term!  Wink

just look at 'em! you can tell they've got attitude! in my head they rather have a lot in common with those two fine fellows from the muppet show.... you know the ones i mean!  Cheesy

they arrived on my surgical table somewhat worse for wear....

and the things they had to say to me while i was doing a little selective amputation would make even the swarthiest sailor blush with shame!!!

snip snip snip fiddle fiddle cuss shift fiddle fiddle trim brace cuss fiddle fiddle aaaaaannnnnnddddd a little hot glue:

and my patients were up and about and feeling better almost right away!!!
(i'm sad to report, however, that their language failed to improve much ~ cheeky buggers!)  Grin
hope you like!

16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / big, big, big-big love!! CLOGGED with photos!!! [anatomical heart] on: September 15, 2011 07:34:41 PM
so i recently had a personal swap with the lovely ms sheepblue! and in stalking her it became pretty clear pretty quick that she had a BIG thing for anatomical hearts.... a thing SO big, in fact, it was going to take a pretty darn big anatomical heart to fill it!! and as i'm always eager to oblige.... may i present - a giant heart to hug n love on!!!  Cheesy

hand and machine stitched in 4 different colors of fleece, then i drew up some patterns and took them to my mom and sweet~talked her into crocheting the "fat" for me...  appliqued that on and then built the "veins" on top using more fleece!

aaaand here's a pic of my son with the heart in mid-progress doing a quality-control check to ensure the heart was reaching proper levels of huggability and cuddlefulness.....

in fact it was SO huggable and cuddleful that i had to sick a pack of rabid dingoes on him to get it back....  Grin
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / harry potter opening night pre-show! (VERY image heavy!) on: July 17, 2011 09:47:58 PM
soooo..... i see i'm not the only one who had a harry potter fiesta! we, too, got together for a shindig on opening night. revelers gathered @ mi casa around 8pm - we had snacks, watched DH1, goofed off, and then all crashed the theater together for the midnite show thursday night!  

first, the big surprise! two friends and i got together a couple nights before and made up blank wands (20 of them!!!) ~ the main activity of the night was everybody hanging out at "ollivander's" painting, decorating, bedazzling their wands to take to the movie! they were a big hit! everybody enjoyed and we got A LOT of compliments at the theater!

and then if you move into the kitchen we have "honeydukes" ~ contributions by lots of folks that came to the party, but i've got recipes for pretty much everything if anybody's interested! we were all stuffed to the gills by the time we headed to the movie!

and here are some of us before we headed out! there ended up being about 18 of us alltogether, i think, but it was hard wrangling all of us together into the same place at the same time!

and, finally, me sporting my totally awsome new shirt i ordered AGES ago for the occasion, which FINALLY arrived the day of the party! yay!

hope y'all enjoy!  Grin

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / star wars under the sea... on: July 03, 2011 10:43:10 PM
i'm not sure why i haven't posted this sooner.... got a bit sidetracked, i guess? here are a pair of hoops i made for prettyrustyrobot in the hoopla:diptych round! (my first hoopla swap)  she mentioned that she's a big fan of manatees, and we're both big star wars fans, so i decided to combine the two!  Grin

and the backs...

sorry for the terrible pics... the lighting situation was terrible and i didn't realize it till it was too late...  Embarrassed
there's a lot of texture stitching in the background i wish you could see....

hope you like!!! Cheesy

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / faux pulido!!! a very (dead) potter embroidery...(plus cricut friendly pattern?) on: July 03, 2011 10:34:41 PM
so when i angeled for miss cassettetape in the dia de los muertos swap, i came up with this lil goodie. first of all, she's a huge fan of harry potter; even had a potter themed wedding! and i have wanted for a long time to embroider one of jose pulido's drawings... wouldn't it be cool, i thought, if pulido had actually done some potter-themed designs?!?!? a quick search left me empty-handed.  Sad so i decided that i would do a pulido-impersonation!!!! here's what i came up with!!!


with the hoodie and tshirt i had a friend print (teamwork!) for cassettetape and her husband:

and finally, the pattern, by special request of ms PirateColey! if anyone uses it, i'd love to see pics!  Cheesy

inspired by this guy! http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8H6lsifcsxI/TOoKjpi2hjI/AAAAAAAAAYY/_uAa_x51Wg8/s1600/Star-Wars-Mexican-Traditional-Art-6-1024x1024.jpg

*on request* a slightly more cricut-friendly version???  Wink

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / gypsy suncatcher!!! on: July 03, 2011 10:15:16 PM
my partner in the buttons swap - ms fiddlegirl8 - aside from being a total sweetheart, also has awesome taste! when i stalked her wists, i found this: http://charmednblum.blogspot.com/2009/10/gypsy-wind-chime-3-finished.html
i thought they were gorgeous and instantly knew i wanted to make one! so next time i hit the craft stores i went on the hunt for mixed chains, geegaws, and some jewel-like buttons! here is what i came up with! since it's made from mostly different types of plastic buttons instead of glass beads, i decided it's more of a suncatcher than a chime.... Grin

i didn't happen to have any nice curvy organic looking branches in my collection - but when i got to hunting thru what i did have, i got the idea to use this seashell! a few minutes with a drill, and i had the perfect hanger! originally thought the convex part of the shell would be the front, but then pulled the lil birds-on-a-branch charm from my stash and got the idea to hang it in the concave part - so happy with how that turned out!!

plus a lil button egg for the birdies  Cheesy

hope you like!!!!  Grin

ps just a heads up - all of these buttons came from the quart bags of mixed buttons you can get at hobby loby or michaels - they're generally 4.99 and they're usually at floor level on the bottom of the button displays, and there are always amazing treasures to be had in there!!!
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