(Or, what I'm doing instead of writing my thesis.)
Here are two recent projects that I just completed.
My first is a cupcake light pull. My lamp came with an annoying little ball on the end that makes a terrible sound when it bumps into the lamp base. After about 6 weeks with a bare and ugly chain, I decided to make my own, quieter version and my cupcake resulted:
Now I'm stylish AND un-distracted
I then made a Calaca-style kitty. I love kitties, especially the graceful way they arch their backs, which I tried to capture.
He is made out of lots of armature wire with a polyclay over. Unfortunately, he had a fall and broke his pelvis, so he's also held together slightly with hot glue He keeps my Edgar Allan Poe action figure company
Remember Weebl and Bob and how they were popular for 15 minutes about 5 years ago?
Well, as I was making this, all I could think was "mmm, pie...want pie now! When come back, bring pie..."
And thus was born, cherry pie slices, or, polyclay crust with resin filling goodness
This is actually version 2.0--version one had smaller slices and larger polyclay cherries. I wasn't entirely happy with that, so I added red seed beads to my resin this time, but the resin matched too closely to the beads, and the beads were too small to realistically be cherries (this size bead could be blueberries but they'd be very small cherries.) However, I think next time I'll buy larger seed beads that aren't shimmery and give those a try
The pictures don't quite capture it, but the "filling" is fairly translucent and you can see the "cherries" straight through to the bottom. It looks like the so-bad-for-you-its-good roadside diner pie that I'm eagerly anticipating this summer
I don't know how other people make their kiwis, but this is how I've been doing mine. It was also my first cane, first tutorial and a lot of other firsts But I've had great success and hey! It's already peeled!
Well, it's not actually mine, but you get the idea.
These are my first miniatures, and I'm completely hooked. I started out wanting to make cupcakes but found them irksome (I diluted my frosting with vaseline and it got a nice, lumpy homemade look, but it was hard to apply and distorted the cupcake. Nothing too bad, just nothing to write home about.) The cake is definitely my favorite though. It was awesome looking in and seeing the layers for the first time.
I made the pie in a bottle cap and had hoped for a clear filling (there are actually little cherries in there) but it didn't work out. I still like it though. I think if I were to do it again, I would tint resin and put it in, then bake the lattice over top.
Regardless, excited! I have a new obsession to add to embroidery...
Well, I've been on vacation, and haven't been sitting in front of the television as much as usual (and therefore haven't done as much embroidery as usual), but I have completed these two projects:
The first is Scarlett O'Hara. I'm not sure if she's actually completed (actually, she won't be completed until I can figure out how to draw a nose for her!). I may put something underneith, like a favorite quote or the like.
I also finished a picture of June Carter Cash:
I'm pretty happy with her The words are the last part of "Wildwood Flower," and read: "He's gone and neglected his pale wildwood flower."
So, yeah, it was a slow weekend and I got to finish up a couple projects that have been languishing on my couch for a week or two...
First, for Mother's Day, I made my mom a shirt with gnomes on it, because she loves gnomes and has a "pet gnome" named Gerome, who points to his head and is now immortalized in thread.
I found the pattern for the gnome with flowers on here, I believe but I kind of re-worked him. She also has a gnome that is in a similar pose, but he's not named. (And I did get that dot out before I gave it to her )
Then, I finished a portrait of black pansies that I did with rayon thread for my dad. He recently grew a pot full of black pansies and was very proud of them, but they're slowly dying in the Florida heat, and surely won't be there by Father's Day, but I thought I'd commemorate his efforts as well...
I got this pattern from the gorgeous designs at http://www.needlecrafter.com/. I decided to use some verigated embroidery floss (That I've also heard isn't colorfast! ) and just make it bright and flashy. ::sigh:: I wish I had braids like that...
Bad picture with flash...I really just wanted to show off the trim, because I'm so incredibly in love with its tackiness.
Thos ripples aren't there...it's my crummy photoediting software
I enjoyed the leaves and flowers the most.
And this one actually has become something useful! I made her into a pillow...I was going to give her to my cousin (who is taking Spanish and is in love with Mexican culture) but I may just have to keep her
I finished this up last December whilst recovering from having my wisdom teeth taken out. I hadn't been up to finishing the flowers, but after several percocets, I was much more willing to sit down and do fine detail work
It was based on one of her Self Portraits (from 1940, I think) and I just now thought of putting "La Heroine de Dolor" in the scroll at the bottom. Bah, maybe later.
Anyhow, here goes...
Also, what do you all do with your embroidered things? I would make these into bags and things, but I'm a little consumed with what if's--what if there's a pull or a tear or a stain. I want to frame them or something but don't have the wall space for them, really. Suggestions?