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241  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A combined effort - Woodburned signage for a Dad's new business on: January 04, 2011 03:38:00 PM
I am particularly proud of this project because DH and worked on it together.  We seldom work on a project together because he is a contractor so sometimes he just wants to relax on his free time.  But his dad recently got licensed as a paralegal and started his own business.  He wanted a sign for the house, since that is where his office is.  I started woodburning last year, and suggested to DH that we could make him a sign together.  I think it turned out pretty good.

DH had some gorgeous clear cedar that he laminated together to make a decent size, and routed the edges for me.  I took FIL's business card and made up the lettering and burned it.  I added some decorative maple leaves to the corners.  I found his professional society's logo and added that to the lower right corner.  We weren't sure if he wanted his number on the front of the house or not, or an e-mail, or whatever, so we made a separate shingle for the number.  After the burning, DH verathaned everything, about 4 layers so it is super glossy.  Everything is attached by brass chains and eye hooks, and DH made a cedar hanger so that it can be attached to a post on their porch and hung under the porch overhang in the front of the house.  It is large enough to be seen from the sidewalk.

It was part of his Christmas present and I do think he liked it, and was surprised.  I got permission from him to post the information; both he and DH agreed that it would defeat the purpose if I blurred out the information.

I can't express how much DH and I enjoyed working on something together - other than menial household tasks - it really became great bonding time for us too.  He was so proud of it, he was showing everyone who came by the house.  He's talking about us making a sign for his contracting business too now, and I planning the layout for that now.

What do you think?
242  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Merry Christmas MoL on: December 08, 2010 01:09:08 AM
my guy's mom recently retired (OK, she hated her job and quit), and she has decided to crochet again after having not done so for over a decade.  She actually called me for advice, because she forgot some of the basics.  So for Christmas, I decided it may be nice to make her a kit of crochet goodies.  I bought her new hooks, scissors, measuring tape, some other doodads, a pattern book, and a technique/help book.  I decided to make her a hook roll and a work bag.  I loved the bagsket design from foofanagle (and which I originally saw here in a swap) and made a pencil roll from  you go girl for a swap myself recently.  I adapted the pencil roll to use for hooks, with a cover flap to prevent the hooks falling out, and with a ribbon tie closure, and made the bagsket in the same fabric.  I am a pretty novice sewer, but am pretty proud of how they turned out.  I think I may make one for another crocheting friend, and a set for myself too.

My bagsket - she likes purply colours and the greens will coordinate well with her living room.  It should be big enough to hold the roll, a small project and a couple of skeins of yarn.

The inside is lined with pockets for notions and crochet doodads

The hook roll

Do you think she will like it?

243  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More organza flower ornaments - tutorial link also on: November 27, 2010 05:05:07 AM
I first made these earlier in the year as a request from a bride to be for her wedding hair do, or part of her reception outfit next year.

I made a couple of more of these for a swap recently, so I took some pics of the process and made up a tutorial.

I made a smaller one to decorate a mini tophat that I hand knit and fulled.  I decorated it with an iridescent teal ribbon, a peacock feather, and the flower, with a freshwater pearl centre.  I made a full sized one into another hair ornament, with the green feather feathers again.

I do love these flowers, and I think I will be making a bunch of them with feather leaves for a wreath in the spring.  I also found some nice silver bobby pins with bases for adding decor too and maybe will make some of these for those too.

Anyways, here is the link to the tutorial.  I hope others find it useful.  Some other sites don't use the flower shaping, but I found that it made for nicer petals and a nicer texture overall.

Organza flower tutorial on my blog
244  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My owls have balls..... on: November 21, 2010 09:31:17 PM
or would that be my balls have owls?

Still a novice with woodburning but I thought these turned out cute.  I even added a bit of stippling for some texture to the wings and heads.

Bought 1 and 3/4 inch pine balls from Lee Valley Tools and buttons too.  Some girls love Tiffanys, and Dior.  I love Lee Valley.

Burned one of two different owl images onto one side of 6 balls.  DH drilled a hole for the ribbon and button for me, and I stained the balls a light golden colour, and the button a bright red before attaching the button and ribbon to the balls. 

I am going to make a set of snowflake balls stained blue for my own tree, and maybe some for family.  If I get the time.

I love the smell and rustic appearance of wood ornaments - they add a nice old fashioned charm.
245  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Santa Claus is coming to town... {Tutorial link added} on: November 21, 2010 09:18:48 PM

I am pretty happy with these.  This is the first time I soldered, so the edges are a bit rough, but maybe I will improve with practice.

These are made with 1"x3" glass microscope slides.  I got a pack of 72 or so for a nice price at a local surplus store, so that made over 30 slides.  I cut out vintage Santa/Christmas images, printed and trimmed to size, adhered one per slide and used two slides to make each ornament.  Soldered the edges together and bent wire and soldered them to the frames to be hangers, and used a charm for each at the bottom.  

I plan on making a few more, and will probably post a tutorial on my blog at some point.  

Comments and criticism always welcome.

I made a second batch yesterday and took pictures of the process and wrote it out.  For some of these, I added jump rings to the frame so other hangers, like chain or ribbon could be used.  I love the vintage Santa's, but also brainstormed some other ideas for them too, so I may actually reconfigure these for ornaments for a future Christmas too. 

Anyways, click here for the link to the tutorial on how I made these; I posted it on my blog yesterday

Please let me know if anything needs clarification
246  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Microcrystalline wax question on: October 23, 2010 11:42:52 PM
I made a lot of glass tile pendants with Diamond Glaze before I found out it was not waterproof.  I am now going to switch to making them with resin.

But in the meantime, would buffing the glazed pendants I have with something like this help improve their wear in humidity?  They already have many layers of Glaze and I don't want to put resin over them because they are built up enough right now.

Renaissance Micro crystalline wax:
247  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / On a wing and a prayer, and here there be dragons..... on: October 15, 2010 11:31:12 AM
I made both of these for swaps.  The first is for the Greek mythology swap.  It was a two part freezer stencil, with the basic wings put down first.  I did them in pearl, then added detailing in bronze, and brass, and a final wash in gold, for something more "god-like" since it is supposed to represent Eros.  Then I added the heart afterwards.  It was all done in metallics, with a new (to me) paint - Jacquard Lumiere.  Beautiful colours, but stiffer than Pebeo.

I love how the wings turned out.

And these were for Luckdragon in the IYP swap.  The first is a shirt.  The twin/heart dragons are the front, and the lettering is Chinese characters for "Luck Dragon" over the left shoulder on the back.  These were done with Pebeo fabric paints, in metallics too.

This is a tote done with a dragon yin/yang on one side, and the same characters on the opposite side:

248  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Garden inspired crochet (and some knit) on: October 15, 2010 11:13:16 AM

For the recent IYP swap I made the Garden Path shawl by Lily Go, in Fiddlesticks Lace Sensation, in black.

Since we have the path, where are the flowers?  Here they are!  I made two lariats of crocheted flowers on a knit i-cord with knit leaves.  They can be worn singly, or together.  This was part of an Angel package for the Greek Mythology swap.  I have a pattern for an all crocheted one on my blog that I made last year, but wanted to see if the knit i-cord would be smoother.  It is.  This was done in Lustersheen cotton.

249  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ode to Eros - in fabric form on: October 15, 2010 11:02:37 AM
I made these two items recently for an angel package for the Greek Mythology swap.  The recipient listed Eros as a favourite Greek god, and I found these great images of the statue and of Eros and Psyche (a myth I love too).  I used the Bubble Jet set recipe posted on Craftster and printed them on fine cotton.  I found an Amy Butler pattern for making a notecard portfolio, and adjusted it to have some more pockets and to fit a 7x10 sketchbook.  Also a nice pencil roll pattern.  I framed the images with fabric.  I really like how they turned out, and will likely do this again.  I have some nice Japanese art images, to make myself something similar.  I don't often sew, but I am happy with how these turned out.

The inside of the portfolio.  I added more to the dimensions, and changed the inside slightly so there is more pockets, and also the two large inside flaps to hold the sketchbook, or larger papers.

The pencil roll

The inside
250  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Posies for a future bride on: September 14, 2010 12:52:29 AM
One of my coworkers is getting married last year and was perusing a wedding site when she saw a hair ornament that she wanted.  She showed me and I figured I could replicate it to some extent and this was what I came up with.  They are made with organza cut into graduated flower shapes, with the edges sealed with a heat tool, freshwater pearls sewn in the centre.  A base was made of felt, with a hair clip sewn on, and feathers mounted on the other side, then the flower mounted on the feathers.

The one she had shown me had guinea hen feathers, but the ones I got weren't the nicest, so I made a couple of versions with other feathers to see what she would like.  These are my top three - and luckily she loved all of them.  I love how it looks like peonies, and may make a bunch more to make a wreath of them.

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