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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Day of the Dead is coming after you on: November 02, 2015 12:07:08 PM
Our church did a Trunk or Treat this year so my trusty Matrix received a make over to DAY OF THE DEAD!

I constructed the hat out of posterboard, an old pair of black pants (I couldn't find enough plain black fabric in my stash), and red pom pom trim. The mask was downloaded from the internet and hand colored (I grew short on time!). The rest of the outfit was straight from my closet.

I painted up some birdhouse gourds to keep me company and cut tissue paper garland for a festive look. I ran the lights from a Diehard battery charger. The candy bowls are missing in this pic, but were cut from the gourds and painted with shellac. I included a pic...we ate ALL the candy!

Come and have fun!

12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wild Woman of the forest Ninni!!! on: October 15, 2015 05:36:05 PM
She's wild, she's untamed, she's a forest dweller, she's a ninni!

For the Fall Ninni Swap I created a wild woman of the forest. Her hair is wild, her cloak is torn and dirty, her bag is full of rocks and acorns. Watch out or she'll hex you!

Check out the Fall Ninni Swap http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440842.0

13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "Jacquotte" The Fierce Female Pirate on: October 15, 2015 04:49:12 PM
Dotees are so much fun. No arms, no legs, just all personality. Meet "Jacquotte". She's gone to live with blupaisan and to sail the stormy seas.

She has a sword, a pirate hat with a feather, and masses of red hair. But her lacy under skirt reveals her soft side. Watch out, she will sink your ship. And check out the Sept. Monthly Dotee swap. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440774.0

14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quick dry wallet and gadget bags on: September 06, 2015 06:00:24 PM
With a trip to the rainy Pacific Northwest looming, I wanted to make some quick items.

First was a wallet. I love these simple little wallets, but the one I have is falling apart and made of cotton, which would never dry if it got wet. So I made several of these for my sweetie and me.

Then I made gadget bags to protect my gadgets. One is for my phone and the other is for my book reader. All from left over ripstop and nylon camping fabric. Hence the green and brown. I made a bunch of camping bags several years ago.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fleece hats for warm heads. on: September 06, 2015 05:54:50 PM
I'm a natural fabrics type of gal, but with a trip to the San Juan Islands, we needed some fleece items.

Now end of Sept/first of Oct in the Pacific NW can be beautiful, but just as likely to be wet and cool. We needed warm items and quick dry items. So into my stash I went and found some fleece.

I made several neck gaiters. Easy as pie. The soccer one was the prototype and the gray is micro fleece.

The hats and headbands were from the left over micro fleece and a piece of tie dye fleece someone gave me.  I think we are set.

16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Frida Kahlo Dotee....a painting come to life. on: August 15, 2015 09:40:14 AM
I've always been a fan of Frida Kahlo, her life and paintings. What an amazing woman. So here's a Frida  dotee from one of her paintings. It is hard to see, but there is a monkey on one shoulder, a cat on another and moths in her hair.

And her traveling frame:

17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Urban Zoologie Jelly Roll....Now What? on: July 27, 2015 05:41:28 PM
I bought this Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie jelly roll from Craftsy to make a baby quilt for my niece's baby. They don't know if it is a boy or a girl, but I figured bright colors always work. These days, all colors work, but I feel that too much pink could make a new boy's daddy nervous.

Now what? I love the fabric and those birds are just too much. I've added the red dot as the backing and another color. I may pull the brighter green or the brown, not sure yet.

So just basic three stripe blocks to showcase the birds and the patterns, or something more intricate. It's busy, so I don't want to get too fancy (and my quilting skills are at the very basic level. I may just look at this and enjoy the colors for a while!

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another ODU bag....for mom! on: July 19, 2015 05:33:25 PM
I finished the ODU bag for my DIL. It's made out of her husbands old uniforms and I wanted to keep as much of the Coast Guard identity as possible. The fabric is very tough and when you have several layers, it gets tricky, even with the proper needle and my new Pfaff! The lining is batik, with pockets inside too.

Here's the link to my grandson's string back pack. I filled it with summer fun. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439789.msg5321199#msg5321199

I'll be shipping the two off tomorrow.

And the happy recipients.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Military uniform to backpack. on: June 28, 2015 10:15:10 AM
My DIL and grandson would like bags made out of my son's old coast guard uniforms. He's an officer now and left me with his old ones. Very sturdy navy fabric. The bags sell for quite a bit on Etsy, custom made but still....

Here's the first bag, just a simple string backpack/book bag for my grandson. Took me a bit as I made it up as I went and the fabric is pretty tough to sew through on multi layer areas. These string backpacks are pretty simple, it was figuring out how to use the shirt to the best advantage. But it was a good way to get used to the fabric and the issues I may run into making the bigger bag for my DIL.


And the original shirt complete with sweat stains.

And the very happy recipients.

20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Adult "Play" night at a friend's art studio on: June 12, 2015 05:56:27 AM
Do you find making art "play"?

A friend of mine recently realized her dream of her own art studio, well almost her own, she has a co-artist sharing the space. But she also shares the space for anyone who will drop in and play. Bring your own project, or use the paints, pencils, pastels, markers, paper, scraps of paper, etc. to create.

To me art is play, the best kind of play: Creative, inspired, fun, liberating and awesome. Play should refresh you, relax you and open you up to the world. Yes, this is play.

I came rather unprepared after a long day at work to one of her impromptu studio evenings. A piece of heavy paper, glue, water and scraps of painted paper and i was on my way to the first layer of a collage/mixed media piece. What fun to have different papers to work with and no project in mind.

The finished work is now dry and laying there looking pretty wonderful. And I am planing the next step.

So I'd love to hear your thoughts on art and play and wonder and all that good stuff.
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