hey craftsters! i haven't been active on these boards for a bit. sadness. but i just did some crafting/decorating, and i decided i had to share it with all of you. i'm interning at a record company, and there are a lot of sampler CDs that are thrown away because, well, no one has any use for them. so i took a box of used, burned, purple CDs home with me and BAM- awesomeness. i took the wood burner i have and burned little holes in the top of a bunch of CDs, then i grabbed a bunch of clear thumb tacks and put them all up on our kitchen/bar area. once before i had to put a few holes in some CDs, and i used a needle that i held with pliers and heated up over a candle. that invloved a lot of me burning myself, so i'm all about the wood burner.
i can't remember what these are called. regardless. my mom had one of them that was dark green that she didn't want, so i took it, spray painted it black, and then painted roses on it. i'm going to hang it vertical (instead of how they usually are) and put my necklaces on it, so they'll stop being all tangled in their jewelry box.
i painted some little wood pieces i stumbled upon in michaels... i actually was trying to sell them at this craft fair thing, but they didn't go over well. oh well. i'm sure they'll wind up on my wall. (all 5, plus a closeup)
hey mass kids, punk rock fleamarket 8 is happening april 15th. mark your calendars.
info from honeypump.net: "Punk Rock Flea Market 8 is Near! Saturday April 15th, 2006 - All Ages, 11am - 5pm, $1 Mass College of Art, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 40+ Vendors selling books, records, clothing, junk, crafts, andso on."
come say hello to your fellow craftstersssssss (i mean, i'll be therrrrrrre... <3)
i hope it's totally cool to post this... i was wandering around allston tonight because my friend just moved there, and we stumbled upon a new tattoo shop called Stingray. so, it's not only tattoos and piercings, they have some cool shopping there too... i was drawn in by a shirt made out of that awesome tattoo-flash fabric i've seen on craftster so many times. so, the shop area of the store is mostly consignment from local people. there is jewelry, clothes, reconstructed shirts, bags, and other fun trinkets. i just thought i'd give a shout out to them, and tell my fellow bostonians to check them out because i was so impressed and was constantly flipping out. haha <3sham
so... this is day 3 of my weekend craft binge.... and i made a pillow! it's mostly for my roommates, cause i don't drink... but it's also sort of a piece of NH pride. i'm not sure why, but all kids from new hampshire love PBR. maybe it's because it's so cheap. anyway, here's the new pillow! it's sort of little.. about a foot square.
i did some simple embroidery on the corners, just to make it pop a bit..
these are 2 paintings i did. mostly, i just wanted these colors on my walls, it's sort of an inspiration and homage. people can look at them and just be like, oh, cool colors, but they are sort of a personal message to myself... if that makes any sense.
i've been making thumb tacks for awhile, just covering silver thumb tacks with some sculpey/fimo, and then baking them. here is a batch i made yesterday:
digital cameras are supposed to be so awesome, but i try to take up close craft pictures, and it doesn't work out too hott. in the picture are.... 2 day of the dead skulls, an orange, a heart, 2 stars, a cupcake, a flower, a happy sheep, a butterfly, a peppermint, and a happy tomato.
so one of my roommates and i found these crazy cranes without beaks or legs, and i decided they were seamonsters. so, i painted them up, painted the window sill, and put them in their new home.
so then i decided that wasn't enough. and painted the entire wall area next to the window.
the bottom is an anchor and some ocean-life.
and the top are fish depictions of the girls in the apartment. each shows something about us. the top has a flower tattoo, the middle loves the red sox(that's a championship ring on the fin), and the bottom one (me) has a "hook" in the lip (i have my lip pierced)
all the credit for this has to go to minouette, because otherwise i wouldn't have made this. she made a cactus pin cushion, and mentioned she had thought about making a hedgehog. i think hedgehogs are the coolest, so i went ahead and made one!
this is him wandering around my sewing machine:
he's a little long and thin (not as round and fat as i had intended) but i think he's still very cute.
EDIT!: ok, as requested, here is a little tutorial, ghetto as it is, i think it'll be okay...
first, you want to cut up some felt. i just made it up as i went along, but i wish lancelot (as named by my friend) was more round now, so i guess this is the part that you would want to modify. make these pieces wider and longer if you want him fat. so cut pieces (they'll be jagged on both sides because you cut from the same piece) and sew those bitches together. i just used black on dark brown, and you can't see stitches.
next up is the face. you want to take a fat triangle, and sew it together to make a cone. just fold it in half, sew up one side, and flip it right side out. then you can add bead eyes and a felt nose or whatever tickles your hedgehog's fancy. lancelot has a tiny, hedgey smile.
after you have the face-cone, you want to sew it to the body. just overlap one end of the spikes on top of the cone and sew around it. it should cover a little over one half of the circumfrence of the bottom of the cone (because the underbelly needs room to attach too) finally, you want to cut out a felt oval, same color as the face. this is the underbelly. sew some felt feet on there. then, you just want to attach it to the body parts you've already done. sew it up like the red lines suggest below. but leave an opening to fill up the hedgehog with stuffing. i used some left over pillow stuffing... but the pins sort of slide out easily. i'd reccommend some foam pieces, some more felt, or any fabric that pins may want to stay stuck in.
yep. that's about it. hope nothing's confusing. let me know how they turn out!!