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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fairy Garden Altoid Tin on: June 30, 2014 11:48:21 AM
Your little garden is absolutely amazing!  Would you mind if I shared it with my followers on my Facebook page?  https://www.facebook.com/Awaywiththefairiesgardens
I love to share ideas and inspiration relating to little gardens of all types.  It is too cute not to share!

Go ahead!  Just credit me, of course.  A link back to this post or to my Craftster profile would be nice.  Smiley
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Gallifreyan quote shirt (Doctor Who/Serenity crossover) on: June 24, 2014 04:47:33 PM
I got really excited when I managed to translate that without referring to the guide.  Now I feel like a nerd.  Cheesy

Are you making the vinyl decal yourself?  How does that work?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: ode to joy quilt on: June 16, 2014 09:05:51 PM
So each block represents a different note?  That's a really neat idea!  I love crafts with hidden meanings.  Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 14, 2014 08:34:46 AM
rockmygypsysoul, your paintings are beautiful!  Don't beat yourself up over the Michelle & Ben portrait because A) people are hard, and B) it looks great!  I love the softness of it, and I think you captured the moment perfectly.  Your Venice painting looks wonderful, too, and I love the clouds and the texture of the ocean in your sunset painting.

Wow, teag, fantastic job on the Diagon Alley posters!  I love that they're all so different, but they still coordinate enough to look like they belong together.  I'm impressed by the amount of detail you put into each one.  The wood grain on the Beater's bat, the shine on the crystal ball stand, the tongue hanging out of the Monster Book of Monsters, the feather texture on the owl - all of it looks amazing.

Great inchies, calliemae!  The stitching gives them a neat texture, and I love the different colors in the dodo.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mini Dresser Bandsaw Box
Project Page Link: Yes.
Brief Description: All the woodworking I know, I learned from my dad.  This is what I made in our last woodcarving class (although there wasn't actually any carving involved, just cutting and sanding).  It's a mini dresser cut from a piece of mahogany using a bandsaw.
Project Picture:

Also, an OWL proposal!

OWL Subject & Option(if available): Astronomy, option 3
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Geeky Altered Puzzle
Brief Description: I have recently become interested in the altered puzzle phenomenon, where you take a jigsaw puzzle and decorate each piece individually, then put it all together to make a single piece of artwork.  I like the idea of a puzzle that looks random and chaotic from afar, but when you look closer you can see how each piece relates to the overall theme.  I propose to alter a 24-piece puzzle to showcase some of my geeky obsessions, including Doctor Who, Firefly/Serenity, and of course Harry Potter.  If I complete an average of one piece per day I should be able to finish in just over three weeks.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wooden Mini Dresser on: June 14, 2014 07:17:18 AM
At carving class with my dad this week we made bandsaw boxes.  Bandsaw boxes are, as the name implies, boxes that you cut out with a bandsaw.  They're generally made from a single piece of wood, with bits cut off and then glued back together so the grain matches up.  I came up with a slightly wonky two-drawer dresser design for mine.

Bandsaw boxes aren't technically difficult to make, but you have to do all the steps in the correct order - which, as it happens, I didn't.  I forgot the bit where you cut off the back and I went straight into cutting out the middle, which meant I had to make a new back out of a different piece of wood.  I used a thin bit of cedar planking.

The main wood I used is mahogany, which I think is an absolutely gorgeous material, although it doesn't look like much before you finish it.  The only in-progress picture I have of my box shows what a difference a little mineral oil makes.

I am not very good at making straight cuts with a band saw so the drawers turned out kind of slanty.  I was going for a whimsical look, though, so I'm all right with it.  Smiley

The box is about 5" by 2.5" by 2.25" and the top and bottom drawers are 1" and 1.5" deep, respectively.  I used bits cut from the drawer interiors to make the drawer pulls.

It took me a little over four hours to make this.  I wanted to finish it all in one go, while I was at my parents' house with bandsaw and belt sander and clamps at my disposal.  I ended up getting home around midnight but it was worth it.  Smiley

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 11, 2014 06:42:00 AM
Calliemae, those spanakopitas look delicious!  The recipe doesn't seem too difficult, I might have to give those a try.

Noodle-bug, I love the elephant quilt!  I especially like fact that the elements are proportional.  SCIENCE!

Inselaeffchen, it's great that you're preserving all those memories!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Tiny Books
Brief Description:  I made one of these little books last night and it was simple and fun so I made another.  I used typing paper and scraps of leather from a thrift-store skirt, and bound them together with pamphlet stitch.  I left the ends of the thread long so you can tie them closed since they don't like to sit flat on their own.  These were fun to make, but I'm not really sure what to do with them now that I've made them...
Project Picture:

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Make Your Owl Pom Pom Owl (with semi vague tute) on: June 09, 2014 06:20:42 AM
Awww, those little guys are precious!  Thanks for the tutorial!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 07, 2014 02:44:00 PM
This semester's off to a great start!  I love the crochet booties, origami flowers, and knot badges in particular.  Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gallifreyan Planets
Project Page Link: link
Brief Description: Circular Gallifreyan is my new favorite thing - it combines my recently acquired love of Doctor Who with my longstanding love of cryptography and fantasy alphabets.  I drew this picture of planets and stars with a hidden message from the Doctor.
Project Picture:

This is the Gallifreyan on which I based my design.  It translates to something the Doctor says in nearly every episode: "Run!"  Grin

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gallifreyan Serenity Shirt
Project Page Link: another link
Brief Description: More Gallifreyan!  This one's a Doctor Who/Serenity crossover with my favorite Jayne quote in Hufflepuff yellow and black.  It says "Let's be bad guys."
Project Picture:
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Space! (with a secret message) on: June 07, 2014 01:51:21 PM
I've been playing around with Circular Gallifreyan recently and I thought it would be neat to try and incorporate a word or phrase written in the Gallifreyan alphabet into a picture of planets and stars and things.  Since this was my first go at it I used a simple design just to see how it would turn out.  What do you think?

Here's the Gallifreyan design I used (the pencil marks are just guidelines, what's in pen is the actual word).  I wanted the translation to be a quote from the Doctor so I picked the advice he seems to give most often.  It just says "Run!"  Grin

As a first try at this concept I think my drawing turned out okay, but I don't love the random shafts of light that I used to represent the lines in the Gallifreyan design.  Is there a different way I could have indicated lines that might have looked better?  Maybe comets or something?  I'd appreciate any suggestions, I want to make more of these.  Smiley
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Gallifreyan quote shirt (Doctor Who/Serenity crossover) on: June 07, 2014 09:37:16 AM
I hope this is the right board...tracing counts as an image reproduction technique, right?

I've been on a Circular Gallifreyan kick lately, I love codes and different alphabets and I think anything written in Gallifreyan just looks cool.  I wanted to combine my two great science fiction loves, Doctor Who and Firefly/Serenity, so I picked my favorite Jayne quote from Serenity and wrote it out in Gallifreyan on a piece of cardboard.  Then I traced it with a fabric stain pen onto a T-shirt.

The quote is "Let's be bad guys."   Cheesy
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