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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong on: March 31, 2014 06:37:08 PM
Everything posted is fantastic! I've finally started one of my pins, but I don't have enough finished yet for pictures.

vincentvanbuck - That's some sweet fabric. I have a yard or two of the St. Patrick's Day men. I intended to make a bag out of it. That didn't happen in time for St. Patrick's Day, so it's now on my list for next year.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Altered Thrift Store Paintings on: March 25, 2014 10:49:30 AM
Thanks, everyone. Sorry I haven't been back to respond sooner  Embarrassed

My altered art was well-received! The recipient of the UFO painting (my favorite) said she was going to display it in her kitchen.  The other two went to one of my cousins, and he said he was either going to put them up in his office or give them to clients, haha!

I have two more pieces of horrible art that I will eventually get around to putting my own touches on them. When I do, I'll post them!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong on: March 21, 2014 02:17:09 PM
Okay, I have to jump on this. I have a problem of creeping the internet for ideas, but I am slow to get moving on actually making my visualized creations. Crafting accountability buddies unite!!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered Thrift Store Paintings on: December 23, 2013 04:58:23 PM
I was invited to three white elephant gift exchanges this week, and I was looking for those perfect unusual gifts to bring.  I decided on altering some fantastically awful thrift store treasures.

This last one is a dorky motivational poster that says "RISK:  It's not the circumstance, it's your reaction to the circumstance."

I've loved making these and foresee an explosion of altered thrift store paintings in my house!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Gaze of a Siren Brooch on: February 21, 2013 09:18:47 AM
Thanks guys.  My pin did not place in our competition.  The pieces in the contest were beautiful, and I'm happy to have entered this year.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: geo-delic contrast tank and rainbow leggings on: February 07, 2013 11:36:11 AM
The first thing I did with my serger is break a needle.  I've made Spandex booty shorts with my regular sewing machine, but I ought to become one with my serger to make sweet leggings like yours.  <still drooling>
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Gaze of a Siren Brooch on: February 07, 2013 10:39:17 AM
Here is a brooch I made for the local bead society's competition.  We were each given a metal filigree circle that was required to be in the completed design.  I used it as a base to secure the rest of my piece, and it can be seen on the back of the pin.  The only other rules were that we use at least 10 beads, and the design must be our own. 

Siren mythology appealed to me for this design.  They lured sailors with their beautiful song, yet they were dangerous creatures.  I wanted to incorporate the weird into a beautiful beaded piece.  The blue fringe and rings represent sea elements of coral and suckers on the grasping tentacles of squids and octopuses.  The eye symbolizes the enticing gaze of the Siren.

This is the first time I have colored metal components.  It pleased me to be able to match my metal materials to my beads and to free myself from limited commercial color treatments.  I also found that adding an element in an unconventional way can be tricky, however that is part of the journey in creating your own design.  Attaching the ringed corona required more labor than I anticipated and required me to alter my preconceived image of the finished piece.  I am fond of the extra color the blue coral fringe adds, and I am pleasantly surprised by the steampunk feel the pin conveys.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: geo-delic contrast tank and rainbow leggings on: February 06, 2013 04:26:48 PM
WOW!!  I *love* your leggings! How did you treat your seams?  I am nearly speechless with awe.  I play roller derby and would be oh so happy to make some crazy leggings to skate in.  This totally ROCKS!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Junker Jane Style Doll Swap GALLERY! on: January 30, 2013 04:53:38 PM
I received my doll from Melissaurus!  She made me a Siren doll that is PERFECT!  I play roller derby, and my team's name is the Deadly Sirens, and our team color is teal.  She incorporated all of that into a cute but creepy doll for me Cheesy  Please note her cuteness is not marred by the tiny trickle of blood dripping from the side of her mouth, ha ha ha!  Her hair is covering up her little X stitches for nipples, tee hee!  The Siren is holding a sea bear, and there are hand made envelopes folded from a crafty book on how to plant trees, landscape, use various tools, etc.  This package is so full of awesome.  Thank you, Melissaurus!

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Junker Jane Style Doll Swap GALLERY! on: January 30, 2013 05:16:20 AM
I recieved from onthinice yesterday, and I am in LOVE. Love, I say. I am so happy with the doll she made me - straight out of Junker Jane's antique animal menagerie. It's a crow, and a little lovely ring. Smiley

Look at the feet! I am in LOVE with the texture and feel of them. And the little ring - it sparkles so much on my finger. Definitely something I could see this crow swooping in and stealing from some unsuspecting human. But now it's mine. Muahaha.

And I adore the fabric on the beak. Onthinice plays roller derby - something I am interested in getting in to, and I can see a bit of that kind of awesome, rebellious derby girl in the sparkly snakeskin beak. Totally awesome.

Thank you so, so SOOOOOO much, Onthinice. I love my JJ Raven so much! Smiley

Hooray!  I'm so glad you like it!!  And you grocked exactly what my thought was with him and the stolen sparkly ring!  Yes, his beak fabric is faux snakeskin Spandex from some helmet covers I made for my team a couple years ago.  I thought it would be perfect to add texture to his head.  He was fun to make, and it was a challenge trying to keep my cat from stealing his legs.  Sparks' favorite toys are pipe cleaners, and technically I stole some from his private reserve to make the crow.  I'm also happy that the ring fits!  Since you've received my crow, I should get your package any day now  Grin
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