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181  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: September 06, 2014 02:35:07 PM
blupaisan claimed me for "odd creatures" and found this odd "water bear" online. It is one of the most amazing creatures on earth. My DW has a botany degree and when studying mosses, was fascinated by the water bear. Now it is not a large creature, you need a microscope to see them, but they can dry up, be 100% dessicated, blow around in the wind and when moisture finds them, come alive and go about their business. Mosses can do this as well. Mosses stored for years will come to live when water is added. So cool. She thinks she has seen them, they are not the easiest creatures to spot with a microscope.

Here is the wonderful, the amazing.......WATER BEAR! Now think microscopic......

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182  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: September 03, 2014 03:33:05 PM
StudioANF sent the most fantastic 4 elements card. It stretches the size requirements just a tad, but really...it's the right size! A bit of zentangle, a bit of illustration, lots of great color and .....

... here are the 4 elements revealed.

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183  Re: 3D bug swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by cmarion3 on: September 03, 2014 03:29:01 PM
I found a poor dried up dead bee last year in a window when cleaning (well brushing some other dead bugs off the sill). It was so perfect and finally added the little bugger to an altered puzzle piece. So yes, this is going to be a fun swap when we get going.

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184  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by cmarion3 on: September 01, 2014 11:47:30 AM
I made a small journal (3.75 x 5.75) for vacation to tuck into my backpack. I had an old pencil box with colored pencils, a black pen and a few pastels. It was a 6 day music/event festival and  I managed to get a few sketches done, very quick and fun. But really, I just had fun and did not think of my journal very often.

Afternoon concerts were at the Acoustic stage is in a beautiful setting, a natural bowl surrounded by trees.

What else do you draw when you are sitting around but feet?

Easy Street is a woods path that industrious womon decorated with thousands of glow sticks plus an art work or two. While this drawing does not capture the fairy effect of glow sticks at night, close your eyes and imagine a deeply wooded path aglow!

The night stage was entered this year by a wonderful structure constructed of branches and fairy lights.

And a spirit doll to watch over us all.

And the cover of the journal.

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185  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: August 30, 2014 02:27:28 PM
Oddacity you are on a roll. I love the jelly fish! In fact all the cards are so much fun.

I received from oddacity the sweetest card for my moon and stars theme. It has layers of tissue paper for stars and moon. I love it. I think this one will hang from my new shelf!

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186  Wired Bird Nest with Mama Bird and Eggs in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: August 30, 2014 02:22:45 PM
I made this little bird and bird nest for a Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine Wired/Mixed-Media Assemblage reader challenge. Whew. I have been working on this for several months, it just would not come together, but with the deadline looming (Sept. 5th) I finally finished and photographed it. Finalists will be posted on the 12th!

The wire bird nest is constructed of salvaged wire from wire-bound manuals, cherry wood sticks, raffia and strung beads. It is lined with milk weed pod silk and three tiny wire wrapped egg-jewels snuggle inside. Mama bird is hand-stitched from hand-made paper fabric with bent wire legs. Overall size is about 4x4x6 inch.

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187  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cmarion3 on: August 23, 2014 08:11:21 AM
I sent (and they were received) these pieces to jpdraco. All on a music theme. I really don't remember her theme, it may have been artist choice. But here they are. One is a water lily and the other is just fun music.

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188  Re: Abandoned Art Craftalong in Craftalongs by cmarion3 on: August 18, 2014 10:42:21 AM
I traveled to Michigan and back and abandoned art along the way and at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. I had both the little birds and the shooting stars. Since I left my camera at home and the phone quit after a few days, I only got phone pics of some of the drops along the way...and many did not come out. Time for a new phone maybe?

I dropped over a dozen and it was fun. Many at the travel plazas were gone very quickly. I hope they all got enjoyed!

Here's what I dropped as the pictures really look like blobs for the most part...but it is evidence.

Now for the fantastic pics! Even Photoshop did not help.

Time to make some new items....hmmm, what is next?
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189  New Home for Wayward Dolls in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cmarion3 on: August 17, 2014 05:54:03 PM
I have received some amazing dolls in swaps and they were tucked into various nooks, crannies, and hidey holes all over my craft room. I wanted to be able to admire them easily and needed a display shelf.

We converted our fireplace to a wood burning stove insert a couple of years ago and the old mantle had to go. It sat out side for a few seasons and was supposed to be cut up and disposed of, but it just sat there and peeled and weathered.

I finally took a crowbar and hammer to it to pry off the top shelf part of the mantle. It was home made and had lots of big honkin' nails holding it together. The wood was gray, cracked and there were spots of dry rot.

I sanded, scraped, chipped out bad wood and finally remembered my heat gun and got the rest of the paint off. I filled the holes including one big one on one side. I still wanted a bit of a used look so I didn't get too crazy with the filler. I purchased some wood shelf supports and aged them as well.

A couple of coats of shellac to seal the formerly mildewed wood, a couple of coats of primer and a couple of coats of paint and there was my new shelf. I hung it high on the wall over my sewing machine and now all the dolls smile down on me...ok the Junker Jane doll has a bit of a snarl, but she's still grateful.

And a pic of the before, after rescue from the elements.

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190  Turtle stuffie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: August 17, 2014 05:21:44 PM
I have been working up some new animal patterns and got a request for a turtle. I drew this out and made it in about an hour, with time out to help my DW create a sign for a bio diversity project. Unfortunately, the turtle and the owl now live temporarily on the display!

I have lots of upholstery samples that have been hogging space in my stash, so I picked out a couple and a turtle crept into my life.

It's done in two pieces, the body and the shell, then whipped together. A piece of cardboard helps make a flatter bottom shell.

Here he is crawling up my front steps.

And he slipped and turned over!

And here he is with his new friend, Mr. Owl.

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