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21  alien poppies in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by piratelibrarian on: November 20, 2005 11:08:13 AM
This is a quick pastel interpretation of the river of california poppies I had growing in my front garden - I managed to get it in just before the snow came and they died off.  They were fun to try because they all looked like they had little orange lights planted in the middle of them. 

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22  Fishy suspenders? in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by piratelibrarian on: November 20, 2005 08:10:09 AM
Having my last betta (sharkbait) meet his fate via the cat, I decided I should find an alternate means of displaying the lair of the new one (betta omega) out of kitty reach (in as much as things can be out of kitty reach).  So the betta came first and I planned to purchase a macrame plant hanger to suspend his bowl from, but couldn't find one that wasn't going to obscure the view of my pretty, social fishy...so, a few months of chasing the cat from his bowl later, I made one:

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23  a clockwork hippie in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by piratelibrarian on: November 18, 2005 08:13:58 AM

Please excuse this craptastic pic - I was forced to use my cell phone as I've lost the usb cable for my camera which is full up of birthin' pics of my nephew. 

This is a very hippie top my daughter and I share.  It was natural cotton ecru (save the wine stain on the front) until yesterday when I went through our uglified whites and dyed them red, orange a fuschia.  My right hand now looks like that of an oompah loompah as the glove I wore on it had a wee hole somewhere  Sad

Anyways...the wine stain remained so I grabbed a stencil of Alex from A Clockwork Orange (which, oddly enough, is the book I was reading my sister while she was giving birth to the child my camera is full on pictures of) and rendered it in pink and teal and ironed it over the wine stain.  It's not the cleanest transfer in the world, but it works and our sharesies top is salvaged Wink

Edit:  the stencil is courtesy of http://stencilpunx.cjb.net/
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24  new to beading in Beads: Completed Projects by piratelibrarian on: October 25, 2005 04:07:04 PM
Hi y'all.  The following projects are the first beaded jewellry projects I've ever done.  I'm usually the seamstressy type craftster, but I scored a bunch of stone beads at a trade show and got inspired.  

Sorry the pics are crap...I used my sister's digicam as I lost the USB cable for mine =(

I'm all about randomness and colour (I can't follow a recipe or a sewing pattern and my mum says that 'consitency is the key to success' so I thought I should probably not bother with beading.  Maybe one day I'll work up to those fiddly designs.

This one is the first I did.  Carnelian, jade teardrops and ivory seadbeads in a necklace and bracelet for my red-headed mum:

Next is for my Dad's girlfriend.  She's got whiter than white hair and a beautiful youthful face.  It has quartz cubes & purple seedbeads but  I'm not sure what that pinky coloured stone is.  It may be rose quartz but it's more purple (though the pic makes it look brownish) and smokey than any rose quartz I've seen.

And last one is for my kids Dad's girlfriend.  She's very hippie and brunette and is always wearing sweaters, so I thought something long and dangly which could be worn in a variety of ways would be nice.  I'm not sure I like the length (it's very long - I can wear it as a belt with lots to spare) but I'll leave it as is for the moment.  She gets this lariat style necklace (modelled by my sister) which has green lace agate diamonds, goldstone chips and lemon jade spheres:

That's it, that's all.  Feedback is certainly appreciated.
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