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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Out of Africa quilt on: February 01, 2014 07:26:16 PM
That is simply gorgeous. Very nicely done!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Makin' my crock rock... on: February 01, 2014 07:23:14 PM
It all started with an ugly crockpot. I've had it since our housewarming party 12 years ago. It served its purpose and I didn't really hate it, but it was starting to look ROUGH. Like "embarrassing to take to a potluck" rough.  So I ran across this tutorial: http://angela-thesimplethings.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-paint-crock-pot.html and thought I'd give it a try. Nothing to lose but an ugly crockpot afterall...

Here she is in all her glory (please don't judge how gross she looked before)



Taped off with plastic bags (bottom/inside), masking tape (top/knob) and packing tape (handles). I recommend the packing tape because it tends to go around the curves better than masking tape did.


Planning the layout...


After 50 coats of yellow automotive paint - if I had it to do again, I would have primed it in white to cover the flowers better.


Final vinyls applied and ready for the red.


I just finished early this afternoon and took the vinyl off about an hour ago. I have NOT cooked in it yet (and honestly will probably give it a week or two to cure to be on the safe side.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oven mitts - 'hot' off the press on: December 09, 2013 05:26:15 PM
Those are really great! Love the french fry fabric - so cute.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen towel/potholder sets on: December 08, 2013 08:35:00 AM
A couple of kitchen sets that I made for my best friend (flowers) and my mom.


Also did a peppermill, I have one for my mom as well, but don't know if I want to use the same design, or something different - suggestions?
 
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Yarn Bowls and Mugs and Pots, Oh My! on: September 05, 2013 06:52:04 PM
It's hard to pick a favorite. I love the shape and line of the yarn bowls (and the depth of color on the green one). But I love the motif on the tree mugs, but I think the fish bowls are my favorite because I'm a Pisces, so I have a thing for fishes, and the sgrafitto work is stellar!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My Woodburnings on: September 05, 2013 06:14:50 PM
You are obscenely talented - I am amazed that you've been at woodburning less than 2 years. Really incredible work!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My elven costume on: September 05, 2013 06:13:04 PM
That is truly a lovely work of art, and you look beautiful in it!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Backsplash accent tiles on: September 05, 2013 06:09:42 PM
Thanks for all the kind comments! I am completely smitten with the new backsplash.

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I'm thinking you made the tiles yourself and rolled the leaves into the clay before firing?

Yep! I am fortunate enough to have access to a fantastic pottery studio with a slab roller, so that made things very simple. There are a few tiles where the clay reacted with certain plants and made dark, shiny spots in the finished piece - something I wasn't really expecting - just a word to the wise in case anyone else wants to try it.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Backsplash accent tiles on: August 24, 2013 05:20:26 PM


We recently remodeled our kitchen and I have been coveting a cool backsplash. A while back, I took a few pottery classes and really enjoyed working with leaves, so I thought it would be cool to do some tiles with leaves from our garden to use in a back splash (you might be able to spot: sage, rosemary, parsley, Japanese maple, thyme, coleus, watermelon, tomato, cucumber, marigold, creeping jenny, and a few other leaves).

Here are all the tiles together:


Instead of glazing them (which would require another firing that I do not have the patience for), I finished them by rubbing them down with brown shoe polish paste to act sort of like a resist. Then I painted over them with a thin wash of ivory acrylic paint and then washed the paint off of the waxed surface.  I will seal them with a coat of satin finish poly before installation.

Here's what they'll look like with the background tiles:


Update (9/7/13): Grouted, caulked, and complete!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Morbid Acuteness of the Senses on: August 03, 2013 08:08:23 PM
Absolutely one of the coolest emboidery pieces I have ever seen!
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