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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A pillow, a slip cover and a retro starburst mirror on: September 06, 2009 11:41:46 AM
Before:
A pretty boring living room with a hodge podge of furniture.

After:
A new butterfly chair slip cover and a fancy new pillow.

All fabrics were found at Hancock Fabric's home decor fabric sale.

The chair cover was made by tracing the existing chair cover onto the new fabric + 1in. extra around for seam allowance with tailors chalk to make the front piece. Then I traced the top wings and bottom wings with tailors chalk, ending both pieced near the pockets. All pieces were edged with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying. Next, I folded the straight edges of my back pieces twice and used a straight stitch to make a hem. Finally, I pinned and sewed my two back pieces to my front piece and (ta da!) finished my slipcover.

The pillow was made using a standard 16 x 16in pillow slipcover pattern.



This baby was made using the Decor It Yourself tutorial on Threadbanger.com
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Fat Bottom Fun Bag on: September 06, 2009 11:21:47 AM



I actually started this bag earlier this summer, but I misplaced my purse handles and had to put the bag on a 2 month hiatus until I found them again.

The bag is crocheted using white(multi) Jelli Beenz yarn that I got on last year's Kansas Yarn Shop Hop. I found the interior fabric on etsy.com and I made the flower pin by cutting out 2 flower shapes out of some scrap upholstery fabric, folding them in half, hand stitching them together and stitching a random button for it's center.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out!  Grin  Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Froot Loop Xmas/ Mother's Day Socks on: May 11, 2009 04:57:59 PM

My mom asked me if I would knit her a pair of socks for Xmas despite the fact that I had only knitted 1.5 socks prior for Sock Wars 2008. Being the ambitious little knitter that I am, I chose to do froot loop (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring08/PATTfrootloop.html ) pattern from knitty.com. Though I purchased my yarn (Plymouth Yarn Co.'s Happy Feet; Color 16) and got started around Xmas time, when the spring semester began in January I got bogged down with more homework and these socks got pushed to the side. Luckily I was able to return to them as my semester wound down. After knitting and unknitting these socks 3-4 times (after completing sock number 1, I discovered that the sock would best fit a size 10 women's foot rather than a size 7 foot), I was able to finish my mom's socks for mothers day.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / (Untitled) Invention & Innovation: AATA 2008 on: December 19, 2008 11:25:00 AM

I call this piece (Untitled) Invention & Innovation: AATA 2008. This is an 8 x 10in mixed media piece that I created for a homework assignment that asked us to create an art reaction to the 2008 American Art Therapy Association conference in Cleveland, OH. The image includes Bob Ault (recently deceased key art therapy founder and the founder of the ESU art therapy graduate program) in a Buddha pose with angel wings smiling down on the scene. He is holding a paintbrush and pallet because he felt that anyone could be an artist. Bruce Perry M.D. stands tall in the center holding two brain scans as he is a neuropsychologist and was the keynote speaker and the highlight of the art therapy conference. Around him are Cleveland snowflakes and to the left lightning strikes a kite (a symbol for invention). Below is the Cleveland skyline with the area of the conference aglow on the right.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Inventive!? Innovative!? *Homework HELP!* *Feedback greatly appreciated* on: December 18, 2008 12:53:10 AM


Above are two photo's of an 8 x 10in. art piece that I'm working on as homework for my graduate studies in art therapy (one shows the line quality best and the other seems to represent the colors better). The assignment is to create an artistic response to my experience at the 2008 American Art Therapy Association (AATA) conference that was held in Cleveland, OH on November 19-23rd.

The piece is being worked on gessoed watercolor paper and so far I've used mostly pencil, colored pencils, watercolors and watercolor pencils with a little white gesso and acrylic paint used in the clouds and the buildings.

So far I've got the Cleveland skyline, a map of Cleveland,  Bruce Perry M.D. who was the keynote speaker at the conference, and recently deceased art therapist, Bob Ault (who helped start AATA and founded my art therapy graduate program here in Kansas) in a Buddha pose floating in the clouds and watching over the conference. He's holding a paintbrush and a pallet. I feel like the doodle is lacking something but I'm not sure what it needs. More saturated color? Some photo collage? Snowflakes (because Cleveland was snowy)? Tire tracks (because our free tote bags had wheelchair tire marks on them)? Lightning striking a kite to represent invention?

The theme of the conference was Art Therapy on the Cutting Edge: Invention & Innovation. Let me know what you think? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My Ami Elephants on: December 16, 2008 05:05:25 PM
This week my Graduate school classmates had a holiday party with a white elephant gift exchange. Gifts were to be $5 or less. Since I seem to have an abundance of yarn, I decided to make a white elephant for the white elephant gift exchange using some left over Encore Worsted yarn and Lion Brand's free pattern found here (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70582AD.html). I started it on December 2nd and, after a brief hiatus, finished on December 12th. It now lives with a first year graduate student who named it Wilbur.

As I was crocheting the white elephant, my boyfriend suddenly developed a fascination for elephants and requested one for himself. I told him that I would make him an elephant if he picked out the yarn. He knew that he wanted a blue elephant, but as we were browsing the yarn selection at Wal-mart his colorblindness got in the way and he kept pointing to the purple and lavender yarns. We finally settled on the first blue yarn that he pointed to, Caron's Simply Soft Eco yarn in Blueberry Mist. I started the blue elephant on December 12th and finished it on the 16th.  Cheesy




7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Puppet Power! (image obese) on: December 09, 2008 11:45:45 AM

Child Sarah puppet

Teenaged Sarah puppet

Future adult-self Sarah puppet

These hand puppets were my final project for my Art Therapy with Families/ Advanced Assessment graduate course. The assignment was to make 3 hand puppets that reflect my relationship with members of my immediate family. Since I thought they turned out so well (and my classmate's 9 year old daughter gave them her stamp of approval), I thought that I would share them with the Craftster community.

Each of the puppets is handmade by me with inspiration from the punch and Judy patterns found here: http://www.punchandjudy.com/dryadleaflet.htm. The heads each started out as Styrofoam craft balls that I sculpted to look like my face. The bodies and outfits were sewn on my sewing machine and the hands were stuffed, wired for pose-ability, and sewn by hand. The hair was cut from felt and glued with the exception of child Sarah's hair which was wefted following instructions found here: http://www.nonidolls.com/weft.html. The eyes were each drawn by hand on paper and cut and glued to the puppets.

Each puppet also comes with accessories and special features. Child Sarah puppet comes with a painting and paint brush because she loves to make art and a stuffed bunny (not shown). Teenaged Sarah wears a wallet chain and an "I heart Gavin Rossdale" t-shirt, has a hidden rose tattoo on her right shoulder (just like the real thing) and comes with a baseball bat to keep her younger brother's in line. Future-adult Sarah comes with an Obama pin because she's into politics and a book that's probably about feminist social issues. Also, the eyeglasses on the two puppets are removeable.

The whole puppet making process took me about two weeks of late night hard working. I have posted even more photo's of my puppets here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2292165&l=86fd5&id=16807539

Feel free to send me any comments or questions and thanks for looking.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Semi-nude cross stitch on: September 24, 2008 09:23:03 AM


The inspiration for this cross stitch came after viewing the work of fellow Craftster, leahwoo9 ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=242446.0) (http://crotchstitch.etsy.com ). I liked the idea of having nudity in my cross stitch, but I was seeking something a little more tasteful, and something that would emphasize my favorite part of the male anatomy- the side ass. So, with the help of darklilac.com and my trusty google image search, I created this:

The final project measures 8 x 10 inches. I haven't ironed or washed it yet so you can still see the cross stitch hoop imprint.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Free Tibet Cross Stitch on: September 10, 2008 11:30:20 AM
I had read about a Free Tibet cross stitching contest on the Radical Cross Stitch forum and really wanted to participate and support the cause. With the help of darklilac.com and my image in mind, I created this:



I made 2 separate cross stitching patterns, one for the Dali Lama and the Tibetan flag, and I made up the dove and text by taking inspiration from the internet (google image search anyone?). Then, I combined all of the patterns using my creativity and math skills. Unfortunately, my ambition got the best of me, and I was unable to finish my cross stitch before the contest deadline- finishing 2.5 weeks too late, just in time for the 2008 Olympics. But not I have this wonderful cross stitch to show off and share with you. 
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bukowski cross stitch on: September 10, 2008 11:19:35 AM
I cross stitched this piece about a year and a half ago for my boyfriend's 21st birthday. We had only be dating for 2 months, but I knew that he loved Charles Bukowski and the color blue. Therefore, I decided to throw him a Bukowski themed party. I found this quote from Charles Bukowski and stitched him this:





It measures approx. 5 x 7 and took me a week of finger straining stitching to create.

And don't worry, we're still together and are soon approaching our 2 year anniversary.

For those of you who are interested, I also created some Butt cookies to go with it- inspired by a line from Factotum. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161409.0
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