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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wood Burnt Squid Pasta Fork on: February 26, 2008 04:45:33 PM
A couple of years ago I bought myself a really cheep wood burning kit at Michael's hoping to make stuff in the vein of the beautiful www.sticks.com furniture I had seen at a couple of different art galleries and fell in love with. I tried a couple of things that didn't really turn out and then put it away and never really thought about it much. I was looking at craftster the other day though and saw this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225375.msg2438407;topicseen#msg2438407 by Annie-bleam that got me thinking about pulling it out again.  When I was at Ikea the other day I noticed these really plain sets of wood utensils and thought they would be the perfect, useful but cheep, thing to try wood burning on.



Here is my first result, a squid pasta fork. I still need to draw designs to fit on the spoon and that thing with the holes in it. I have no clue what that is called or what it's for.



UPDATE: Octopus holy spatula on page 3
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / French Bulldog Papercut Valentine on: January 30, 2008 09:10:54 AM
I made this valentine for my boyfriend.  It is of our imaginary future french bulldog who's name is Zidane Cousteau. The name is a combination of his two favorite French people the soccer player Zinedine Zidane and Jaques Cousteau.



I've been really inspired lately by some of the papercuts on Amy Carol's http://angrychicken.typepad.com/ blog.

Here is another one with cats, birds and squirrels.



3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Octopus, Blowfish and Snail Half Aprons on: January 24, 2008 08:43:12 AM
I've been making a lot of these aprons lately. I finally worked out a design that is fairly simple and easy to recreate but well made and I think really cute. I like that I can combine my screen printing and sewing and also use up my ridiculous stash of tenugui dish towels from the Marukai 98 cent store. Each apron uses exactly one tenugui for the pocket and the ties.


4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Succulent Wreath on: December 03, 2007 09:52:37 AM
I decided last Monday at work that I absolutely had to make one of these living succulent wreaths. If it does ok I can have it on the door year round. I managed to find all the supplies in one shopping plaza (Michael's and OSH). It just required a wire wreath frame, floral wire, peat moss, potting soil, rooting hormone and lots and lots of cuttings from succulents.



I cut all the succulents the day before I started to make the wreath so they had some time to callous over. I packet the wreath first with a layer of wet peat moss, then soil then more peat moss and then wrapped the whole thing with floral wire so it stayed attached to the wreath. I poked holes with a screwdriver and stuck the cuttings, dipped in rooting hormone, into the wreath.

It took way more cuttings than I imagined. I filled it in as much as I could with cuttings from my own yard. Then I wandered the neighborhood discretely picking pieces off my neighbors plants. Don't worry, most of them were from communal areas or plants that were huge and overgrown. I did find some really nice plants along the Strand (which is the row of houses right in front of the ocean) in front of a brand new giant multi-million dollar house that they had just put in the landscaping for. I'm sure the owners will never notice a few missing pieces of their plants.

Here is is in progress with the extra cuttings waiting to callous over.



I really like the way it turned out. I had it hung up on the door but some pieces were falling out if the door slammed too hard so I took it down to give it a little more time to root.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Take Out Menu Pocket on: November 28, 2007 08:09:11 AM
My boyfriend and I have a lot of take out menus sitting around our kitchen that don't really have a dedicated space since we have no free drawer space.  I decided to remedy that by making this menu pocket to hang on the wall next to the refrigerator. 

It is really simple but I think its cute.  The main fabric is wool I got from a thrift store, the radishes (or are they turnips?) came from superbuzzy, and I embroidered MENUS on it to make it clear what it's for. 
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My favorite Extinct Animals Cards on: November 13, 2007 11:15:04 AM
I'm always not sure if I should put block prints in the paper, image reproduction or more art less craft forums.  Craftster really needs a forum for fine art printing or just printing (not on fabric). 

Anyway, after I carved my block for my linoleum Christmas cards (which I may post pictures of later but possibly after Christmas) I was inspired to make more linoleum block printed cards.  These are inspired by some of my favorite animals to have gone extinct in the last 500 years.


This is the Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis).  It was a big flightless bird related to puffins and murres that was formerly native to the North Atlantic.  It was last sited on July 3rd of 1844.


This one is Steller's Sea Cow (Hydrodamalis gigas). It was a 3 ton manatee like animal that in prehistoric times lived along the North Pacific coast.  It was first seen by Europeans when the Russian explorer Vitus Bering's ship was shipwreaked on the Commander Islands in 1741.  The crew found the animals quite tasty and easy to catch and by 1768 it was extinct.


The final one is the Stephens Island Wren (Xenicus lyalli).  It was a small flightless wren native to Stephens Island, a small uninhabited island off New Zealand's South Island.  A lighthouse was built on the island in 1894 and the entire species was supposedly wiped out by the lighthouse keeper's cat named Tibbles in that same year. 
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Anglerfish Screen Print on: October 23, 2007 03:38:59 PM
For some reason I had always been under the impression that I couldn't print light colors on dark shirts.  I guess I was wrong though because this turned out pretty well. 

I liked the way my jack-o-lantern http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202523.0 turned out so much this year that I decided to recreate it in t-shirt form.  This is my boyfriend modeling it.
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Jack-o-Lanternfish on: October 17, 2007 03:36:01 PM
When carving my pumpkin this year I decided to play up the lantern part of the jack-o-lantern and carved a lantern fish (or angler fish). It is kind of like the scene in Finding Nemo where Marlin and Dory are transfixed by a beautiful blue light that is dangling right in front of a pair of big scary jaws. Just part of the fish is illuminated by it's lure and the little fish are staring at the light. 

Here is is at night


9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corduroy Skirt with Trees on: October 10, 2007 09:01:59 AM
I made this skirt from corduroy I got at a church thrift store and some bits of cute tree fabric I got at superbuzzy.com.  I really like how it turned out.  It seems very fally to me.  Actually perfect for fall in LA where I can still have bear legs all winter without getting chilly.



side view


close up of the tree accent fabric


This was my first time attempting french seams.  Next time maybe I'll actually read instructions when I sew.  It sort of worked.  This was where it looked the best on the inside.  In most areas I have really wide inside seams so that the edges didn't peak through on the front. 
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered Chickadee Tote Bag on: October 09, 2007 11:25:24 AM
I made this bag last Friday.  It was inspired by this bag http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7365845 by homegrown skinny on etsy. 



I embroidered the chickadee on this wool tweedlike material I got at a church thrift shop.
 


This is the back.  The tree and hedgehog fabric is from superbuzzy.com.  The plovers are from the marukai 98cent store. 



the inside pocket



I made the (not actually cut on the bias) bias tape from material that was onsale at ikea.

I really like how it turned out but my stuff kind of keeps falling out of it when I put it down.  I guess I made the bottom part to shallow.  Maybe if I added a button closure it would keep my stuff inside better.
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