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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Gr33nT3a on: December 26, 2012 10:18:27 PM
Hello everyone. This is my first Semester and boy have I been busy! I was so excited and started making stuff right away, but haven't had a chance to post anything until now.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts - Kappas
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Kappa bento
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I was really inspired by this class and have always thought kappa a great part of Japanese mythology. I made a kappa bento including: Rice with nori cut out of a kappa, green salad with home made dressing in livestock shaped containers (kappa like to go on land and kill livestock), sesame seed cucumber salad (cucumber is their favorite), and some veggies that looked green/bumpy/slimey like a toad.  Cheesy

         

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Gemini Challenge
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Christmas cookie plates
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Cookies for the neighbors. So many of the same thing. No final picture because my camera with all the good pics all wrapped up got stolen. At least insurance is covering it though.

 

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention over the Holidays
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Christmas tree
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: My family decided not to do gifts this year since my MIL and FIL flew out to Hawaii to visit with us. The one thing she really wanted though was a Hawaiian themed Christmas three (and sushi, but I didn't make that) Of course I dragged my feet on making it and there are no decorations that are not crazy expensive. So I made a hula girl topper out of a thrift store Jasmine barbie, made a shell and net garland, threw on some Hibiscus flowers, and got some hawaiian fabric for the bottom. She loved it!

   

Last one I promise!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Holiday Recipe
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Yummy vegan Banana nut muffins
Project Page Link (if available): http://savvybrown.com/health/moist-vegan-banana-bread/
Brief Description: We make this vegan banana bread all the time since we did a month long vegan/vegetarian challenge. The only thing I add to the recipe is more cinnamon and a handful of chopped walnuts. Was a great hit at the work Christmas party last year!

 
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2  Re: Avatar Round 4 / Legend of Korra / All things Avatar GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Gr33nT3a on: September 19, 2012 09:34:40 PM
WOOOOOO!! I'm finally posting all the awesome things I received from the_essence. The Navy has been working me like dog, so sorry about these pictures taking a little while.

My husband and I opened the package together. He was actually really excited about this box and helped me tear it open. It was bound pretty good with duct tape.

First a teaser:


I really wanted some propaganda and received this awesome print:


I also received a very nice inspirational poster. The picture she took in venice and added in the avatar statue. It includes one of my favorite quotes from the ATLA.


Next I got a letter from the Republic City Metalbending Police Force Management with this box.


Inside were my Metalbending Police Force badge after having been repaired and polished as well as a Fire Nation Emblem from General Iroh for my team's work with the United Forces. I also got some Earth Kingdom coins and some little metal fans from Kyoshi.


Below is a picture of my Beifong Academy graduate pin after being repaired and polished as well. It was originally in the box, but had made it onto my favorite purse by the time I took pictures. IT IS SOOOO COOL!! I freaked out when I saw this. I can't wait for my Avatar friend to come back from the mainland to show her this.


And last but not least, a very large Amon propoganda piece. We are talking at least 24X36 and the entire thing is cut out paper and some marker for lines. You did not dissapoint with my odd request for propaganda!!


Thank you so much for everything. My husband and I really like everything and are going to get frames for the posters to put up in my craft room. I can't wait to wear my Metalbending Police Force Badge as well when I go to the mainland in a couple of months!
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3  Re: Patio Umbrella in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Gr33nT3a on: July 31, 2012 01:18:23 AM
Pinned!

I'm always lusting after the very ridiculously expensive patio umbrellas at Pier One and this looks just like it could be sold in stores!!

Example: Ok, so a few more layers of umbrella but it is like $200. FOR AN UMBRELLA!


I don't know why I never thought of this before and thank you for the inspiration. I live in Hawaii so the sun gets pretty harsh. I need to replace the umbrella that we lost in a storm and this is a wonderful idea to make something colorful.
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4  Painted decorative pillow in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Gr33nT3a on: July 31, 2012 12:20:53 AM
I made this for my partner in the "Put a bird on it swap". I had a blast making it and showing it off to the ladies I work with.

Here is the front. (I shamelessly stole this picture from SunflowerSmiles because hers had better lighthing.)  Wink  He is a Rufous sided Towhee. I'd never heard of them before the swap, but they are very beautiful.



I painted it using regular acrylic paints. The front is canvas and the back is just some patterned cotton I picked up. Here is a close up of his little feet.



A close up of his face. I really liked how the eye came out.



And the back. Normal pillow back. Nothing much to see here. The sewing came out a little wonky so the pillow is a little tight around the middle.



I used a great tutorial for the pillow base found here: http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/08/easy-4-step-cushion-covers.html#comment-form

I also had a reference picture of the bird that I based my painting off of but can't seem to find it again.

Hope you all like it!
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5  Robin Egg Diorama in Completed Projects by Gr33nT3a on: July 30, 2012 11:50:09 PM
There are so many materials in this, the miscellaneous topics area seems to fit perfectly.

I made this egg diorama for the "Put a bird on it" swap I was just in.

It is a real chicken egg. I started by doing the traditional needle pokes on each end and blew out the egg white and yolks. Then I cut open the shell wider and cleaned the inside with some soap and water.

As you can see from the front I covered the slightly wonky edges of the egg with clay branches that were painted and added some green leaves at the top. The inside has a shimmery blue sky, green moss canopy, a twig from outside acting as the tree branches, and a wee clay robin painted with acrylics.


I painted the inside and outside with acrylic paints. I added the clay details of the branches and leaves afterwards. Here is the back.

Here it is from the side. The base is made from an old brass piece I picked up at yard sale that was painted with acrylics and embellished with paper.


My partner in the swap really liked it and I had a blast making it. I hope to make one again soon for Christmas!
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6  Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap - Send out Friday July 27th in The Swap Gallery by Gr33nT3a on: July 30, 2012 11:29:59 PM
A few more pictures of the box for those that wanted to see more. A few close ups too. I hope no one minds all the pictures. (I managed to save them off the SD card from my phone)

Japanese white eye on a Hibiscus flower, owl, swallow, flamingo, (some kind of migrating birds found in Brazil. Can't remember), Humming bird, chickadee landing in nest, The first generic bird (yuk)


Rooster, another swallow, hawk (can't remember which kind. I think red tailed), (Can't remember the one at the top either.. I think a crane), cockatiel, random bird feeding baby bird (I just liked the picture and have no idea what kind of bird it is), crow, eagle, Reppin' CA the CA quail, sea gull, adorable toucan


Sparrow, racket tailed drongo, ostrich, booted racket tailed hummingbird, penguin, cormorant, love birds, and a mallard!

The box all put together


Some close ups:

The cockatiel for microjivvy


Ostrich inspired by SunFlowerSmile's avatar


lovebird and mallard


And some of the first I drew, the japanese white eye and the owl


 Grin
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7  Re: 4x6 Art Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Gr33nT3a on: June 23, 2012 05:59:59 AM
OOh I like the wings on the one posted earlier.

The geometric design on is also fab. I don't know how you got the lines so uniform.


Here is also a picture of the mermaid I made that shows the colors a little better:


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8  Water color Hawaiian Mermaid in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Gr33nT3a on: June 23, 2012 01:10:10 AM
I made this for my partner in the recent 4X6 art swap. I immediately knew I wanted to do a mermaid and play around with my water colors. Then I came across this gorgeous stock photo on DeviantArt by kxhara http://kxhara.deviantart.com/.

The final piece:


Here is the preliminary sketch:




The hands in the original were also somewhat cut off and I was having a hard time rendering them. I also had a hard time with the hair. I think it should have been a little darker in some areas to draw the eye down more, but I couldn't seem to resolve the issue while still making it look like it was floating in the water.

Thanks for looking! Comments, critiques, and water color tips are greatly appreciated.
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9  Re: 4x6 Art Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Gr33nT3a on: June 22, 2012 03:04:35 AM
I received yesterday but didn't have time to post pictures until tonight after I got home from work.

Here it is!



At first I thought all the beads were just glued on, but I took a closer look and they're sewn!! I can't imagine how long this would have taken.



Even the words and little designs are stitched on. I thought the Hershey label was really cute with the squiggle cut too.



My partner also said that I would get bonus points if I knew where the quote was from. Sadly, I'm horrible when it comes to movies and have no clue. Any fellow crafters want to help me out?
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10  My first garden. Square foot gardening in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Gr33nT3a on: May 28, 2012 10:55:17 PM
I just wanted to share my first garden. My husband helped make the boxes and I have been taking care of the plants. I will be able to do my first harvest with the radishes tomorrow!

This box has Kabucha pumpkins, zucchinis, cantaloupe, pak choi, bak choy, and radishes all in different stages of growing.


Look at the little cantaloupe flower!


This box has two squares full of pole beans, two squares of cucumbers, lettuce mix, green onions, and beets.


Close ups from the box:

Pole bean flower buds! They are so cute. The flowers are these tiny little purple things.


Cucumbers are going crazy on the trellis.


The green onions.


The BEETS!


Also in another box, which is mostly empty as I wait for my other veggies to grow big in strong inside, is DILL!


And last but not least, my little upstairs nursery which has little baby tomato plants, broccolis, and kale.


My favorite tomato. Is it wrong that I have a favorite? He's just so cute and strong.


Thanks for looking everyone. If you have any gardening tips for these veggies I'd love to hear it. In some ways it's easier what with living in Hawaii, and in other ways it's so hard battling the sun and random raining.
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