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141  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / F-f-f-feathers! Again! on: July 02, 2012 11:22:38 AM

This was a painting I donated for a rather large fishing event, it was a super fancy dinner for all the big-wigs of the fishing world. Aaaand scored myself and my boyfriend free tickets to the event. Ahem, that's right, $150 dinner tix for FREE.
'Tis a walleye


Just another wolf.


My boyfriend is originally from South Africa, he lived there till he was 13. In Africa there is the "Big Five". These are the animals that are considered the hardest to hunt on foot. They are the Black Rhino, the lion, the African Elephant, the Leopard and the Cape Buffalo.



And some foxes.

All of these are painted with acrylics on either peacock wing feathers, turkey wing feathers or turkey tail feathers. All legal, of course.
142  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boyfriend Bag - Ugly Leather Jacket has a new life! on: July 02, 2012 11:14:47 AM
So my boyfriend was in need of a messenger-style bag for school, to carry around textbooks and his laptop. Found one for a good price, buuuut it wouldn't fit his laptop. And was faux leather, which is just not the way we roll. Real leather all the way.

So he asked nicely if I thought I'd be able to make one. Naturally I took on the challenge.

I found this x-large genuine leather jacket/trench coat at Value Village for $8. Its a gorgeous colour, a nice rich dark brown, so dark its almost black. Little bit of mottling, and super soft. So I gutted the jacket (which is a disgusting task for those who like to rip apart pre-owned jackets), and took a look at what I had to work with. The chest part of the jacket had some zippers, which I kept, they are the slightly diagonal zips on the back of the bag. I didn't want the main zipper of the jacket to be included in the back of the bag, so I carefully cut it out and reassembled.

I used a belt that he had and no longer wore because it broke, but it matched the leather perfectly. Had some black 1.5" strapping kicking around with the adjuster, incorporated that as well. The length of the strap can be adjusted in two ways.

Because it was primarily meant to be a laptop bag, the bag itself needed protection. A lot of bags have a neoprene type of casing incorporated into the bag, so I waltzed over to Dollarama and managed to find two thinner neoprene laptop cases for $2 each. Those are now part of the laptop portion of the bag.

Some things didn't line up properly, but meh, good enough. He's happy with it, so I am.





143  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / So much lace!! What to do with it all? on: April 25, 2012 06:22:01 PM
I've collected lace. I love the stuff, black stretchy is my favorite but I've collected bunch of different kinds. Stretchy, non-stretchy, stiff-ish, black, white, yellowbluebrownpinketc, some sexy, some girly, some baby-ish.

Often I use it for undies (tehee), and I've used it on things like pencil cases (which was made entirely of black leather with a strip of black lace - many comments about the 'sexiest pencil case ever' - haha!), but I'm not sure how else to deplete this enormous stock.

Ideas??

Doesn't have to be clothing, can be anything.
Photos are appreciated, but comments are welcome as well!
144  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Re: Galaxy Dress. on: April 08, 2012 09:51:15 PM
Every girly outfit is made better by some biker-esque boots. <3
And may I say that this dress is EPIC.
145  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: First attempt at painting in year - Birds on: April 06, 2012 08:37:49 AM
Very nice! Ruby-throated Hummingbird & a Kingfisher?
Love the little feather details, it keeps everything together. And how you've painted it, especially the little smudge of red on the Hummy. Nice job!
146  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Save Me - Detailed Painting of a Cheetah on: March 25, 2012 07:40:01 AM
My latest painting. Its for a small contest promoting Endangered African wildlife, so I tried for a desperate pleading look on the cheetah.

Its all acrylic paints on a 11"x14" canvas


147  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Messenger bag for Uni on: March 04, 2012 10:21:48 PM
Very nice! Looks study enough too for all those heavy university books (I know, my shoulder wants to kill me!  Cheesy)

Love the outside fabric, and the pop of pink showing around the edges really adds to it.
148  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Tasty ways to jazz up popcorn? on: March 01, 2012 05:03:10 PM
I got my air popper from Ross of all places! I love looking at their kitchen stuff. Cheesy

ETA: Although I just saw a really cool style in a magazine, after it pops it, it keeps it in a clear bowl type thing that is part of the machine (unlike mine which shoots it out into a bowl I put under it) and then there is a button to turn a mixer on so you can mix up the flavorings you pour in!

Found it! Ok, more expensive than my $12 Ross one! Cheesy

http://popcornairpopper.us/cuisinart-cpm-950-easy-pop-plus-popcorn-maker-red

I want one! Ours is literally..26 years old. Still works, but about a third of the popcorn comes whizzing out and either burns you, or gets all over the floor and counters.
149  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Show-Zebra with Headdress on: February 27, 2012 02:30:20 PM
Everyone is so kind! Thanks all so much for the sweet words!
Very encouraging Smiley
150  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Edgy Pink and Purple Butterfly Painting Paint Splatters on: February 27, 2012 02:28:51 PM
Thanks everyone!

Your butterflies rock massively. Smiley
Your icon rocks massively.
I must paint one of these badasses one day!
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