Hellooo! I had seen some really cool ribbon rosettes online, so I thought I'd try my hand at making one! I made a bee ribbon, just in time for Sherlock Holmes's birthday! After retiring from being a detective, Holmes started beekeeping instead... hopefully, this is only the first of many weird little Holmes references that I can wear all at once.
I tried some super-novicey stumpwork... I wasn't able to find too many tutorials online, so I sort of made it up as I went along. Thanks for having a look!
All righty! To me, Craftster is all about trying new things and new media, so for this challenge, I decided to go completely out of my comfort zone and do two totally new crafts for me: canning and embroidery! My sister and I bought a ton of strawberries at the farmers' market and made some delicious strawberry jam, and then I embroidered/sewed two covers for the jam jars.
I've never embroidered before, so for the first one, I decided to freehand it instead of trying to make a pattern:
I found that I really really enjoyed embroidery; I never would have expected it. I don't usually take to crafts like knitting, crochet, etc. but I found embroidery to be the perfect mix of drawing and repetitive motion for me. I'm sure my work is pretty sloppy and that there are tons of new stitches and techniques for me to learn, but hey, that's what Craftser is for, right?
After I made the strawberry one, I thought, "you know, I'm totally going to lose my metal cred over this frilly jam cover." And so I made a second one, and officially named our jam batch: "ETERNAL JAMNATION." I tried to make a tracing-paper pattern for this one, but it didn't really end up working out, so I ended up freehanding this one as well after making a few guideline-stitches. Maybe next time!
The odd couple:
According to my profile, I joined Craftster in February of 2005... I can't believe it! I've learned so many new things from this site... I can only imagine what I'll make for the 20th anniversary!
Now, I have some questions for the good people of craftster: I used regular acrylic paint to repaint this; is there a better choice? And is there some sort of sealant or lacquer that I could use to seal the covers so the paint doesn't chip or get damaged? Thanks so much!
I'm back at it again! It's been awhile, but I've made some more paper dolls. Perhaps I've been watching too much Jeeves and Wooster, or maybe I'm just excited to see the new Great Gatsby movie, but I had to do some tuxedos. Each one has a little masquerade mask that attaches with straps behind the head!
While I like them apart, my favorite is when they're hanging out:
I'm thinking that next I'll do either a little girl or some martyr saints. I love me some St. Sebastian!
Here's my latest paper doll design... THE WOLFBRAT! He thinks he's a toughie, but I guess he still carries around his stuffed lamb.
I love making these paper dolls, and I want to print a lot of them, but I often have issues getting my print shop to get the colors just right. If anybody else makes fine-art-esque prints, I'd love it if you could give me some advice about where to get it done!
Hey everyone! I've been off living in Korea for some time and it's been quite a while since I last posted... but I'm back with a vengeance! The last couple of weeks, I've been designing paper dolls. I've always loved paper dolls, and now that I'm back in the good ole' U S of A, I have all the paint and tiny brads my heart desires!
This one's probably my favorite one I've made so far. It's an articulated body with changeable bird heads. Each head is attached to a tab with an egg on the end. The tab pops out just above the doll's hand, so he holds each bird's respective egg depending on which head he's wearing!
You can choose between the scarlet ibis:
I have a couple more designs to upload over the next few days, but the birdboys might be my fav.
This thing was super exciting to make, because I love installation art and finally got the opportunity to do a piece myself. There was too much stuff packed in there to post pictures of everything, but here are the highlights! Here's the installation itself, with me sitting at the desk. I wanted people to be able to poke around and look at everything in the cabinets and boxes:
The room follows the story of Christoper, a young prince, and his struggle against Ezra, this snakey demon sort of guy:
The story is explained in this little pamphlet; Christopher beats the snake, but takes its mask so that he doesn't get hurt again. The mask gives him strange powers, but he becomes a bit of a zombie personality-wise.
Here's a little family portrait of Christopher and his parents, the king and queen:
Christopher's mom, the Insect Queen, doesn't recognize him after he puts on Ezra's mask, so she just collects pictures of him how he used to be:
Christopher's dad, the king, uses Christopher's newfound powers to get rid of two of his potential assassins, the twins Asher and Felix Orthrus. Christopher has to deliver their hands to the king for proof. The first twin's hand:
The five fingers of the second twin, each in its separate box:
The cabinet was also full of little goodies:
Haha, this was probably confusing with just photos and a little bit of context, but hopefully you can enjoy the visual aspect of it, if not really the story/audience participation bit
I recently made this altered book out of a thrift store find called "The Adventures of Philip Volume 2." It was published in 1900, and I thought the title was so hilarious that I had to have a go. Everything inside is actually carved into the book, and when you open it, there's a pop-out dirigible!
The author's name is Thackeray, but I thought in my altered version, Thackeray could be a monster that Philip has to fight.
The two page-spreads are somewhat linked by the fact that you can see through the middle chunk into both spreads:
I liked to think of Philip as a dork who imagines grand adventures from the comfort of his study (projecting a little bit, maybe? ) Finally, the back:
My little sister's birthday was late April, so I made this cake book for her! It's a case binding, and the embroidery/cream puffs are sewn right into the book cloth (also the first time I made book cloth!) I hope she'll use it for recipes, but so far she says she's waiting until she "gets some perfectly triangular thoughts to write down." Fair enough