We, like lots of people, have 8973209842 plastic bags kicking around. We reuse them, but my son is always having trouble remembering which cabinet they're in. We have lots of Mexican stuff in our kitchen, so I made this from some linen/cotton curtains I had:
The bags go in the top...
and come out where? His mouth, of course!
It's decorated with standard craft acrylic and some red glitter fabric paint. I may paint more on it; this is where I stopped yesterday when the colors started to swirl before my tired eyes. I do wish I'd made it a bit bigger, 'cos I dunno how many bags I'll be able to cram in this one. I was limited by the size of the paper I had to make the pattern (typing paper).
I received from FrankieRevolver! The piece broke in the mail, but that's ok. I plan on putting it in a wee shadowbox in my bedroom-- the colors are perfect and so *me*. It's a Mucha illustration, which we're both very into. At first I thought it was a printable 'dink, but no! It's all handdrawn and colored. Very nice work. Thank you, Frankie!
Thought I'd post this, just to show off my mad shrinking SKILLZZZ.
This is from another swap, but shows what happens when you use nail polish on the rough side of a 'dink. On these I colored everything on the rough side, including a white "corona" around each creature (they're Froud illustrations). Then I shrank them and coated the back with glittery polish. I loved them and wanted to keep them!
The polish also helps the magnets to be glued on, I think.
I sent my package to SugarCouture who, alas, has disappeared. But I have an angel now! Yaaaay! I <3 you, waterbaby!
Anyhoo, since there's not much chance of SugarCouture posting pics of what I made, I'll post 'em myself.
Lots of my items had silly titles.
"3 Little Goblins Sticking On Your Fridge" magnet set. Made with shrinky dinks and Froud illustrations:
"Puck It" mini journal. I sewed the pages together with my sewing machine, and made a cover from vinyl and ribbon, with another shrinky dink (this time of Froud's Puck illustration) glued to the front.
Goblin stamp. This is the bit that makes me cry about being flaked on; I carved this stamp on a very coveted carving block that a good friend from ANOTHER swap sent me. I hate to think I wasted it. At least I stamped a few trial copies of the picture before sending, and my mom framed one.
"Mab's Glory" crown. Made from a variety of beads, red and black wire, and black vinyl.
"What the Merfolk Found" necklace. I wanted something really organic looking, so I did freeform crochet with a random assortment of glass and faux pearl beads. I also wove silver thread through the front of it, and made YET ANOTHER SHRINKY DINK as a charm. (Good thing I'm in the shrinky dinks swap, yeah?)
"Goblin Market" bag. This bag gave me soooo many problems. First the material I chose didn't work, and then when I was (foolishly) ironing the seam binding (which has lines from Christina Rossetti's "The Goblin Market" printed on it), the paint I used created fumes when combined with the iron, and it made me SEE THINGS. And get dizzy, sleep for a while and want to throw up. It turned out quite nice, though, with apparently no lasting damage, so I guess it was worth it, sort of. The sides have corset style lacing on them. The inside was lined in blue with a few pockets that I don't have photos of.
So... that's what I made. Shame I can't say "I hope you like it!"
I've been reading Froud's fairy books a lot lately, and decided to figure out a pattern for gnome hats-- like knitted pixie hats, with a point on top, but sewn. It took several tries, but I finally wound up with a few gnome hats I'm rather proud of. They're both made from brown cord material, yarn and felt:
The braids come undone and the flower is a removable pin. I used embroidery floss and hemp to give the flower a "stem."
The other one, which looks awful on me with my black/red hair, but would be rockin' on a blonde:
The ear got folded a bit before the photos were taken; it's not really so mangled normally. The "blonde" one has embroidery on one panel, and a little string with three bells hanging from the point. The braids on this one also come undone. I placed the "hair" on each to hide the wearer's real ears.
I hope you like; I had so much fun making them and am already working on a few more.
Grrrrrrr! For the umpteenth time, I cannot upload my pictures to craftster. I dunno if they're too big or what-- so I'm storing these on my LJ for now, so the loading will take a bit longer. Please let me know if they're ginormous or something, 'cos they're showing up fine on my monitor. Bleh! Sorry...
I received my package from GougeAway on a day that was totally crappy; it was pretty much the only thing that made me not bury myself alive! And wow, is it ever awesome:
Closeup of the box she sent. She does these awesome rubbings-- I think with nail polish remover or similar (I know she posted a minitut here)-- and this is one of my favorite Craphound images (I cut it off the packaging and kept it in my secret paper things stash):
All the loot on my messy table:
I gave my daughter the pretty pink fabric that she'd used as packaging. She said it was yummy.
She sent a FABULOUS rubber-stamp carving kit. I'd wanted to do this for so long, and had a few failed attempts because I was using erasers (not bad on themselves, just small) and a dull Xacto knife (resulting in cut fingers). The kit she sent included many erasers of different sizes, several carving blocks, a deluxey stamp pad, a soft pencil for transfering images, a step-by-step tut on disk, several mounting circles and E-6000 to glue stamps to them, a handmade skull stamp (which she made in the tutorial), and my favorite, an fecking sweet lino cutter that works like a dream and all the little tips fit inside the handle so I don't lose them (which I would very quickly do otherwise). I tried it out already, making a very simple leaf stamp.
Outside of the box--so pretty!:
The stamp she made:
The stamp I made:
The lino cutter which I damned near slept with under my pillow last night (you can see the ink on my hands from testing out my stamp):
She and I share a love of zines and other papery goodness, and MAN did she spoil me in that department! She sent a buttload (which is bigger than a normal load) of zines, including Steampunk Magazine (I'd downloaded a copy, but having it in my hot little hands is so awesome) and Found. I never mentioned my love of Found to her, but we both adore it. I read the book they put out, but never had a copy of the actual magazine. So these are living on my nightstand at the moment, and the heap o' zines will be getting their own special box for our household reading pleasure.
I love this one with teeth:
Fun paper stuff! Also seen are the stamp carving blocks, a pin that says "Reading is Sexy", a sweet little pen, and a plastic kid's ring that did not survive the journey :
What I did with some of the paper stuff already:
She also ordered me a mini-sampler, which I'd always been tempted to do! It had a bracelet, a pin, some tasty tasty cocoa soap, a really funny cross-stitch chart (which could probably be used for knitting or crocheting, too), a small skein of handspun yarn in a beautiful yellow colorway, a fancy card, and a zipper pull. It was all so cute and sweet and I want to eat the soap! But I'll take smelling like cocoa instead.
Detail of chart, which says "Chubby ninja fears no diet" :
And last but certainly not least, she sent more of the chai that she's gotten me totally addicted to (I'm drinking some right now), and spiffy candy that turns to gum when you chew it (my son made off with a lot of it).
I love chai.:
GougeAway, you spoiled me silly! Thank you so much for all of this, but most especially for your nice letter and the craft kit. You really cheered up my week.
Here's a few pics of the one my son designed. A note, too, to say that he understands he can't play with this outside until I repaint the tip bright orange. Since we live in Wisconsin, it'll be a few months before he can be running around the yard with it anyhow.
Before: Gah, no picture. Imagine a big bulky squirt gun in neon colors, much like the other one.
I painted it black, again:
Then added silvery blue and metallic blue "buttons" and silver metallic rub-on to make it look metallic. There's still a hole on one side where the water plug went, so we're going to glue something mechy on there.
I effed up on the colors, there-- you'll notice the sides aren't exactly the same. But meh, the kid's too little to care. All he knows is he's got "a play gun that looks like it's from Transformers the Movie."
I'm working on a "lady's pistol" that will have wings on it, but I have to work out what to make them out of. Sculpey or an old milk jug, I'm thinking.
I didn't put this in the Toys section because GUNS AREN'T TOYS. Even toy guns. It's possible, though, that I'm far too loopy tonight to think straight, so if need be just let me know that I should move this. Seriously, though, this isn't meant to be played with. I made it as a steampunk prop in case I ever go to a comic con or something. Oh, who am I kidding? I've been seeing them all over steam_fashion on LJ and thought I'd try and give it a shot (hah!).
Here's the gun originally. Yes, it was a squirt gun. I found it in my garage.
I painted it black, then bits went copper and woody-brown. I used LOTS of layers on the brown to try and give it some semblance of woodgrain. Finally I used some scrapbooking/papercrafts rub-on metallic paint goop to make it look like metal, which resulted in:
I did another, though since it was based on my son's requests it's not so steampunky. (Silver vs. copper, blue "buttons", etc.)
This is very, very addicting. And what's funny is I REALLY don't like *real* guns. Hope you all get a kick out of it.
I got my box from GougeAway today! It was the best day-- first I found new pants and a top at Goodwill, then my husband and I went to the Chinese buffet for lunch, and when we got home, there was a box waiting for me! It was the cap on the awesomeness that was this day.
As she mentioned in her post, we share a love of papery goodness. And MAN was there a load of goodness in this box:
TONS of paper and envelopes, a gorgeous notebook/journal (and my journal is almost full-- how did she know I'd need another?), a shadow box for my decorating pleasure, and one of my favorite things-- a Russian themed notebook (I took Russian in school, and since this has the alphabet on the back, I can finally remember how to speak it! Sorta)!
Man I love that thing. I'm going to use it to store my crafty notes, so I'll look like a spy when I go to the fabric store (I need a fedora, I think).
One of her favorite things was a magazine about nurturing kids. It's taken the place of my Rolling Stone I was keeping to read before bed. I did take a picture, but I realized it's got her address on it (or her mom's), and I doubt she'd want that on the w.w.w.
GougeAway sent actual print photos, which are so darned pretty that I'm going to frame them. I love landscape/nature photos! Also in the photo are the assortment of Portland maps/guides, which fill me evermore with the burning desire to travel westward. The stripey thing on the right-hand side is her "letter," which unfolded and was full of awesome tags, stickers, photos, and of course her letter. And DANG IT there's something wrong with that photo.... ah well...
Chai! Spicy chai! I just drank all mine, so this was super great! (Reese's PB Cups are my favorite, and if I hadn't just eaten WAY too much Chinese, they wouldn't have made the photo.)
I show my approval by drinking a cup of Chai that's roughly the size of my face:
An awesome soldered pendant which is, sadly, photographed sideways:
I'm pretty sure this is my FAVORITE thing. It's a pendant she made with my Etsy name on it. I pulled it out of the box and said, "Oooh, ooh, look! That's my Etsy shop name!" to my husband. Then I pawed through the box more and later picked the pendant back up and flipped it over. I squealed and yelled, "AND IT'S GOT MY OTHER NAME ON THE OTHER SIDE!!" I was honestly that giddy. The pictures are perfect, too, for my alter-egos.
Not pictured, 'cos I'm a dork:
-A wee metal box full of tea and chocolate -A handcarved stamp of one of my favorite images from Craphound, which handily is published in Portland
GougeAway, you are so friggin' awesome. You just made my week. I think if we lived in the same city we'd be annoying our significant others by constantly hanging out at the fabric shop and coffee joints, drinking chai and giggling.
I love the colors and the crazy stitching over the fabric. It looks really cool, and practical! I hate having a cold neck from a separate hat and scarf, and it looks like the SCRAF would take care of that problem.
It does! I was wearing it out today in the windy windiness that is Wisconsin February, and the only thing that got cold was my feet. Now if only I could figure out how to make one for my toes... wait, those are called boots. Anyhoo, I was thinking if I make another that I'll do a much shorter scarf, possibly with some sort of closure, 'cos it's almost overkill having a scarf come to my waist (only on one side, though-- I had to lop off a hunk on one side to fix some issues with the fleece stretching).
Here's some more pictures, taken in actual sunlight!
And damn a second time... I keep trying to upload detail photos, but though I get the "Your image was successfully uploaded!" message, they're not in my gallery. So it's all cam-whore shots, now. Anyone know what's up with that?
Can you tell I'm insanely proud of myself? I love wearing this thing out in public; you get the most curious looks...