Four more days of school left... four more days. Hopefully I will be a lot more active in the HPC thread come summer.
Until then, I submit my obligatory end-of-term project dump.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Altered Puzzle Swap - ocean/beach theme Brief Description: This piece was inspired by my (imaginary) trip to the bottom of the ocean. While there, I got to see all manner of sea creatures, including a poly clay sea horse. (The turtle is a metal charm I painted.) Project Picture:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Altered Puzzle Swap - flowers theme Brief Description: My fwopper takes its cues from the myriad of colors found in flowers. (The 3D ones are poly clay.) Project Picture:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Altered Puzzle Swap - chocolate & turquoise theme Brief Description: My two techniques/mediums for these sets of pieces were paper crafting (mod podge & stickers) and poly clay. Project Picture:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DaDA House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Altered Puzzle Private Swap - purple theme Brief Description: Amazing Craftster member JillHogan does a wonderful job of hosting the Altered Puzzle Piece Swaps. I had the opportunity to do a private swap with her and get to know her a little. = ) (The text on the pieces says "Hollywood Squares" and "Purple Royale: (Grimace) VS. (Barney)" Project Picture:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Altered Puzzle Private Swap - Sun & Moon theme Brief Description: The whole time I worked on my Divination assignment, the skies were clear (even at night), so for my Aeromancy project, I focused on the sun and moon instead of clouds. Project Picture:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Altered Puzzle Private Swap - Nature theme Brief Description: These two nature-themed pieces feature a variety of winged creatures, including bees, ladybugs and butterflies. Project Picture:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Closet Fabric Storage Center Brief Description: For my Herbology assignment, I made a fabric storage system in my craft room closet. It helps me to keep all my fabrics handy and visible for crafting, but also makes me happy because I love looking at them! Project Picture:
My puzzle is complete! I did a private swap with our lovely organizer, JillHogan, which proved to be fortuitous since she also made my angel pieces.
First, the two actual pieces, starting with "La Sandía". The colors are absolutely wonderful (and incidentally, La Sandía just happens to be one of my favorite cocktails at the watering hole I frequent down on the river during the summer time )
Next up, my favorite of the whole batch, "El Snitch Dorado" (tee-hee!):
And then, for the two angel pieces, "La Araña"...
... and "El Perro":
Thanks so much, Jill! They're absolutely my style, I love them. And thus, my puzzle is now complete! Thank you all for the wonderful swap, I'm so excited to start the next round (I have about 18 themes I want to go with now... but I think I've narrowed it down to a winner )
I love the black/white contrast of the two pieces as a pair! The sparkly shoe sticker is just fabulous, and the layering and texturing of the palm leaves is simply wonderful. Really great pieces, IJ, thank you so much!
And.... for the first time this morning, I put what I've already received together, just to get a feel for it. Too excited not to take a picture of that, too!
She said that initially she struggled finding inspiration with the theme (after working on themes for 10 different partners, I totally understand!), until she found this awesome Mayan-themed set of images. They're wonderful, seeuudee, thanks so much! She also sent copies of all the other images from the set, so I have lots of cool extras to play with.
Next are pieces from smmarrt:
El Hongo! It looks kind of flat in the picture, but the mushrooms are actually painted wood cut-outs, they really pop against the background. The pic also doesn't really do justice to the pretty background color on La Corona. Thank you both so much, ladies!
Lovely pieces! I especially like the comic text and the orange "J" monogram.
I have a couple more sets to share for my Loteria puzzle, first from sammylouise40:
A traditional "La Luna", and a non-traditional "La Xtabay" -- I love them both! I had never heard of la xtabay before, but a quick Google search filled me in on a very interesting legend! Great choice sl40, I think it is going to end up being one of my favorite pieces.
And then, from Golden Sunshine:
Another La Luna (very fitting for her! Group mates will understand what I mean ) and a La Rosa. I would've never thought to add the colors of the Mexican flag, so smart! Thank you for some more awesome pieces, ladies.
Gosh, now I'm feeling the pressure to deliver for my partners!
I almost feel silly posting this, because a) it is not a craft at all, and b) it may be super obvious, but I had this light bulb go off, and I was so excited I had to stop what I was doing and implement this immediately!
So, I am one of those people who doesn't own a sewing machine, but still feels a compulsive need to start every trip to the craft store in the fabric aisles. I have been storing my fabric in plastic drawers on wheels, but storage space in my craft closet is quickly becoming a premium.
Anywho, a couple months ago, I Pinned this idea for using a filing cabinet to organize fabric on hanging file folders:
Which looks great and all, except for the fact that I have no spare filing cabinet at the moment. As I was going through my pins, though, and came upon this guy again, it suddenly occurred to me that I could put my fabric on wire hangers! Et voila:
I mean, I know that it is such an obvious thing (in fact, when I bothered just now to actually click on the Pin to the original link, sure enough, the blog posting had this very same idea posted), but what can I say, it didn't occur to me until now. I actually ran out of wire hangers with a lot of fabric left to go, but I just picked up a load of dry cleaning this week, so more are on the way. I have them secured to the hanger with a couple of large paper clips -- seems like they will hold just fine without sliding off the hanger.
As an added bonus, I get to delve into my OCD love of organizing. Naturally, the fabrics are arranged into sections: first, primarily color patterns (ROYGBIV order, of course), then holiday fabrics hanging chronologically, and finally, themed fabrics alphabetized by topic.
And yes, that is (upside-down) George Washington with abs on that July 4th fabric -- now you know who's buying all those delightfully tacky holiday male pin-up fabrics at Joann.