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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Couple More Oils on: December 18, 2006 01:18:54 PM
Here are a few more paintings I did for class. Each were about 10 hours. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
Rural Pennsylvania's splendor in an impressionist-type landscape:


And another portrait, done from a model.
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Final Project for Painting... Feedback? on: December 13, 2006 08:36:20 AM
My final project for painting this semester is a self portrait (which is creepily looking way more like my mom than me)... It's not finished yet but I'd love any feedback you can give me! Especially if you have any advice on getting the shadows on the skin to look like part of the skin... should I make them warmer? And the hair, it's looking wonky too.
Thanks!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / A present for a cheese-loving, interior designing, celtic-fiddling mom?! on: November 05, 2006 12:51:12 PM
I know this is last minute but I thought I'd give it a shot anyhow and ask if anyone had any ideas for a present to give my mom. She's a very wonderful lady and her 50th is coming up very soon and I'm blanking on what to get her.
She just came home from a trip to Italy about a week ago and discovered the art of cheese-making there. Does anyone know anything about cheese? Are there special supplies I can get her to fuel her new love for mozzarella?
She's also a fiddler for a celtic band and loves our Scottish heritage and anything related.
She is a retired radio morning show host (big talker) and now is spending a lot of her time doing an incredible job redecorating the ENTIRE house.
I love this woman very much and I hardly ever see her anymore, I just hope to give her something really special for her birthday! Thank you do any suggestions in advance!!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I Made A Sock!! on: October 16, 2006 07:41:03 PM
I know I'm not the first person to ever knit a sock, but this is a big deal to me!
I used the Socks pattern in First Knits by Luise Roberts and Kate Haxell because it was a cute pattern worked on two needles, which I thought was good for a first try. I skipped the color work altogether, maybe next time.
I used a nice handspun mohair blend and I swear I checked the gauge twice, and the pattern said the sock would fit an "adult medium", but I've discovered it's more of a men's shoe 13 or 14.
Good thing my brother has giant feet.
This picture is closer to the actual color of the yarn


The second shows the cute horizontal ribs in the pattern.

Now off to finish the second sock!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Paying homage to my favorite jeans. on: July 24, 2006 10:40:11 AM
After many years of service, my favorite jeans are left super soft and with tons of holes. After finally admitting I can't fit into them anymore without looking like a sausage (freshman 15...) I decided to cut a few squares out of them to help patch up my boyfriend's favorite jeans. (His still fit! Jealous!!)
Anyway, I was just wondering if any of you fabulous crafty ones had any idea what I could reincarnate my favorite jeans into? They're too small around the waist now so I couldn't do shorts or a skirt... I was thinking maybe a bag or super soft denim pillow... I dunno, what do you think?
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Sing The Sewing Woes on: July 16, 2006 08:01:03 PM
I was sewing something by hand and when I almost came to the end, I went to turn it over and realized I had sewn about half my project to my pants!
How does that even happen!?
Man I feel dumb!
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Martha Stewart Good Things Swap on: June 28, 2006 07:32:44 AM
I don't know about you guys, but I despised good ol Martha and her craftiness until she went to jail... after that she was rock n roll enough for me and became my idol.
Anyway, does anyone else think it would be extra fun to have a swap of her good things, or even just her crafts? Or maybe recipes if they mailed well (like cookies or something).
A lot of her crafts are really simple and basic so possibly using one of her ideas to start off, and then making it better. For example, these felt slippers are absolutely hideous, but with a little alteration they could be pretty cool.
Just throwing out ideas, what do you guys think?
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Wall Decoration (lots of images) on: May 25, 2006 10:29:02 AM
After framed pictures alone didn't quite make the plain white walls seem homey, I added some wall shelves (which I stained myself, soooo proud) and some custom wall art!
I was so amazed at the sheer brilliance of its_TRAGICx and her paint chip curtain (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51253.0) that I rushed over to Walmart and stuffed my pockets with paint samples. Here's an action shot of my version. Next are some adorable tiny smiley face paintings my boyfriend did a few years back, I love them. Last is three quick paintings I made for the kitchen to match the rag rug that I love so much. They're just on canvas panels. WAY less expensive than stretched canvas, but not as classy.

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Good Thing I Live in the Snow Belt on: May 25, 2006 09:30:31 AM
Cuz I've been ready for it!
My friend's mom made me this lovely blue scarf, then I learned to knit too and made some matching mittens! Soon as I got my first circular needles I turned into a hat factory, they take no time at all and I love it! The first grey one is one I made for my boyfriend, I was so happy to find out he wears it all the time. And the second two are a few that were not given away as gifts.
I'm working on a sweater right now for my mom, but she's probably not going to recieve it until her 70th birthday at the rate I'm going...


30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plaid Chairs? Are You Serious? (4 images) on: May 24, 2006 06:54:27 PM
When we moved into our apartment and saw the furniture we were forced to keep, I thought I was gonna puke when I saw this chair and it's matching WHOLE COUCH. Luckily my stepdad got me a sewing machine for a housewarming gift, and I found some WONDERFUL suede fabric from a secondhand store. At least my eyes burn a little less everytime I go into the livingroom now.
Before:

After:



Okay, here's the couch... 2/3's are striped courderoy also from a secondhand store and the other 3rd is some quilting fabric I stumbled across in Walmart... $1/yard! It has these dainty pretty little green flowers all over that I tried my hardest to photograph but to no success. Ignore the computer in the first picture, just wanted to give an idea of what the plaid monster of a couch looked like before...
Before:

And After!
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