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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Adventures in Sewing -or- My First Quilt on: January 10, 2011 08:56:16 PM
When I decided to make a quilt to use as a picnic blanket and lap quilt I was probably delusional. Quilting typically requires patience. Lots of patience. When it comes to sewing, I'm about as impatient as they come!

I've always heard that making a quilt requires fancy tools like a large self healing mat, a rotary cutter, plastic t-squares and all sorts of doodads. I was just interested in using up an accumulation of fat quarters I had, not spending a mint on tools, so I just started cutting out squares with my big shears in my typical slapdash fashion:


From there I started creating rows of squares at random, pulling from any old pile and sewing them into rows of 10. I was only fussy that I not put two of the same pattern into a row. From there, I took my rows and laid them out to make sure no two squares of the same pattern would be beside each other when I created my quilt. This took a bit of flipping and flopping, but I got it and sewed all of my rows together.

Here you can see that corners touching was ok for two squares with the same pattern. You can also see that slapdash cutting gets you rows that don't line up properly. But I think that's more fun!

I put my quilt top, natural wool battling and backing fabric together and opted to quilt them together with a very simple and straightforward straight stitch up and down the rows of fabric. I would have liked to do some fun free form stitching, but my machine is too small for that.


After all of my labors, I ended up with a quilt that I absolutely love! My photos of the finished piece aren't the most amazing photos ever, but I'm just so darn proud of finishing my first major sewing project and quilt that I have to share them! Smiley



Thanks for looking! Cheesy
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Winter Watercolors on: December 03, 2010 03:09:26 PM
It's been quite a long while since I've posted anything at all on this board! Rather than exhaust you with all the work I've been doing, I'll just share my most recent winter inspired work! Smiley All three of these are watercolor.

First up are two 5x7 pieces.

I trust everyone knows who this Jolly old soul is?  Wink


A wee fairy home during the winter months.

This last one is just a hair shy of 8.5x11.

This is Yvonne, the Faun. Being a very particular creature, she wasn't just contented to be painted as she was, but insisted I dress her up for the holidays. Wink

Thanks for looking!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Mad Tea Party (Pic chubby) on: June 28, 2010 11:56:03 AM
I recently participated in a pictorial blog party hosted by Vanessa over at A Fanciful Twist. (http://afancifultwist.typepad.com/a_fanciful_twist/2010/04/the-mad-tea-party-2010-an-invitation-surprise.html)

For my party, I went with a through the looking glass theme and crafted some guests of honor (the Lion and the Unicorn) as well as decorated a few tea cups as well as my house. We ended up doing a two part photo shoot, one indoors and one out.  Here are my mad tea party photos along with the accompanying story. Can you catch all the references?

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Tis time for a very important date, whispered the dawn into my sleeping ear conjuring images of tea and cake and joy. "Oh, frabjous day!" exclaimed I springing from beneath the covers with excitement.  I woke my beloved with a start as I pulled on my favorite striped stockings and we stepped through the mirror. 

Little did we know a perfect picnic awaited us on the other side.




We met with some very special guests, taking a break from their usual bickering. We shared all manner of sweets and treats...


We played cards, talked about this silly business with the crown...




We sipped tea until Humpty Dumpty had no more tea to give us;




Our picnic came to an end with the arrival of a small Jabberwock.


Our fun, not to be spoiled by a small intruder, continued as we revelers walked a magical path leading to where I thought I had left my home!

"Oh, ho ho!" A voice cried as I opened the door, "despicably low on tea, I see!"



"Hatterrrr," purred the cat, "I thinkest they may prefer a bite to eat! My dear, silly girl..." added he "your party continues here, beyond the looking glass!"






As we mingled and munched, I met with the white rabbit, on leave from his queen. We also spied the dormouse, a stow-a-way revealed when Humpty Dumpty had a bit of a fall...




A scuffle caught my attention... the lion and the unicorn were at it once again!


But were easily soothed with a calming cup of tea.


We chattered and laughed until the wee hours and only parted when we heard the jubjub bird grumbling in the distance.

As he left the Unicorn spoke, "Well, now that we have seen each other, if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you." It sent my curious mind a spinning, and I pondered as I lay down to rest... if we all believed in each other (and a wee bit of magic) how much more fanciful a world this would be.

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Hope you enjoyed your visit to my tea party! Thank you for stopping by. Smiley
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Love is Eternal on: January 26, 2010 05:49:43 PM
I've always been two things, a firm believer that love can continue even after death and an opponent of all things pink and frou-frou. So when making this shrine I decided to take my belief in the first and work it into a concept while trying to stick to my guns about the latter.



I actually had no idea there was a challenge on until this past Saturday, when I happened to see Audio's project on her blog. So, thanks Audio. Cheesy



My matchbox was made from cardstock and measures in at 2x3x1. I had a bunch of wee blank matchboxes on hand, but no vials that were small enough to fit inside. I sculpted the heart and skeletal arms from air dry clay.



Secret number one rests inside the vial...



Oh, a small tab... Secret number two must be behind it...



A wee portrait of a happy, muchly deceased, couple. Smiley

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / WWP 15 - Samhain Card Swap! on: September 10, 2009 10:15:47 AM
Merry Meet and Welcome to the WWP 15 Samhain Card Swap!



Date to send cards by October 25!

This is a swap within a swap, and you have to be signed up for Witch/Wiccan/Pagan Swap 15, or have sent in a Card Swap Only questionnaire and be a returning crafter from one of the previous Witch/Wiccan/Pagan swaps to be involved. Information on this can be found from RondaS at the main swap page:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319499.0

Here's the link to the WWP 15 Swap Gallery for when we start sharing what our partners have made!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321706.0

Please answer and post this quick questionnaire:

Quickie Questionnaire:

Is it okay that the card has blatant pagan themes on it, or do you need to be careful of the other people in your house that may view them?

Does the envelope need to be discreet with regards to pagan themes?

Are you okay with tasteful nudity?

Would you prefer a traditional card or a postcard?

Do you get sickened by those personal news letters people sometimes include with their cards?

Anything else?


 

This gallery will serve a few purposes.

  A place to post pictures of the cards you receive. You can post them as you get them or you can post several at a time. Be sure to include the senders name.
  THE IMPROVED TRACKING SYSTEM (courtesy of Saturn with modifications by WindoverIreland) that makes my job easier.
  A place to prattle on about Witch/Wiccan/Pagan Swap 14
  A place to check in with your progress

 

Heres our participants list. Your name will be blue when you have sent all of your cards and green when everyone has received from you. A number will be placed next to your name to show how many have received your cards, and how many have yet to receive.

PARTICIPANTS LIST:

1.   RondaS
3.   Windoverireland
4.   LunaKitten
5.   Feywalker
6.   DanniQuee  
7.   Nobodyhasthisoneyet - 10/14  
8.   sullengal - 6/14
9.   phnxreign99 - 6/14
10. hardyswanton01- 6/14
11. Ffrogg526
12. Phizzychick
13. hawkeyes_girl - 5/14
14. edelC - 11/14
15. missmuffcake
 

Please cut and paste this list in your post along with the quickie questionnaire in the card swap gallery. You will cross people's names off your list as you receive cards from them. Don't forget to cross yourself off your own list! Once you send please modify your post to say youve sent and let me know the date. If you need help doing this, just let me know!

Some Samhain Lore and Inspiration!

Samhain is the third and final harvest festival and marks the Celtic new year. This sabbat bids farewell to the last rays of the summer light and ushers in the darkness of winter.

On this night the veil between the worlds is thinnest and it is a time when communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easiest. This is a time to honor the darker aspects of the Lord and Lady, often symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort.

Some Symbols of Samhain Typically include:
Black Cats, Jack-o-lanterns, Gourds, Besoms, Cauldrons and Apples. Anything Halloween realted applies as well. Wink

Foods of Samhain Include:
Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Cider

Dieties of Samhain:
Crone Goddesses, Dying/Aging Gods, Death and Otherworld Dieties

Some Samhain Activities:-   Make Resolution and Burn them in a candle flame.
-   Do Divinations for the coming year
-   Carve a Jack-O-Lantern
-   Create a spirit candle and place it in a window sill or jack-o-lantern to light the way for wandering spirits
-   Have a mute supper
-   Trick or Treat
-   Tell spooky stories around a fire
-   Make a witchs ladder
-   Create an altar to honor ancestors
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Clutch of 9 Dragon Babies on: August 20, 2009 07:04:59 PM
I made a clutch of baby dragons for a personal swap with another awesome Craftster. 9 in all in a rainbow of colours, each with their own personality.

They range in size from 1" - 1.5" at their longest/tallest. This is the smallest I've ever worked and the first time I didn't stress making them perfectly smooth, since they're dragons. Finger prints substitute scales nicely! Cheesy

Here there be dragon kin!











These little guys are now in a happy home, with a new dragon mom.

Thanks for looking!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / WWP 14 Mabon Card Gallery on: August 14, 2009 08:29:58 AM
Merry Meet and welcome to the WWP Mabon Card Gallery!



Date to send cards by - September 14!

This is a swap within a swap, and you have to be signed up for Witch/Wiccan/Pagan Swap 14, or have sent in a Card Swap Only questionnaire and be a returning crafter from one of the previous Witch/Wiccan/Pagan swaps to be involved. Information on this can be found from RondaS at the main swap page:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316028.0

Here's the link to the WWP 14 Swap Gallery for when we start sharing what our partners have made!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316036.0
 

Please answer and post this quick questionnaire/remember to cross off your own name! in the card gallery thread.

Quickie Questionnaire:

Is it okay that the card has blatant pagan themes on it, or do you need to be careful of the other people in your house that may view them?

Does the envelope need to be discreet with regards to pagan themes?

Are you okay with tasteful nudity?

Would you prefer a traditional card or a postcard?

Do you get sickened by those personal news letters people sometimes include with their cards?

Anything else?

 

 

This gallery will serve a few purposes.

  A place to post pictures of the cards you receive. You can post them as you get them or you can post several at a time. Be sure to include the senders name.
  THE IMPROVED TRACKING SYSTEM (courtesy of Saturn with modifications by WindoverIreland) that makes my job easier.
  A place to prattle on about Witch/Wiccan/Pagan Swap 14
  A place to check in with your progress

 

Heres our participants list. Your name will be blue when you have sent all of your cards and green when everyone has received from you. A number will be placed next to your name to show how many have received your cards, and how many have yet to receive.

PARTICIPANTS LIST:

1.   RondaS (4/4)
2.   DanniQuee (3/4)
3.   edelC Sent  (4/4)
4.   phnxreign99  (3/4)
5.   Phizzychick  (/4)

 

Please cut and paste this list in your post along with the quickie questionnaire in the card swap gallery. Once you send please modify your post to say youve sent and let me know the date. If you need help doing this, just let me know!

A little Mabon history and inspiration:

Mabon is the second of the harvest sabbats, the Great Harvest. It is also the Autumn Equinox. At this time, day and night are balanced in length and we use the light of the sun to gather and store crops for the upcoming winter and the light of the Harvest Moon to pay our respects to the coming of the darkness. The colours in the trees begin to shift from green to fiery reds and oranges and the animals begin their preparations for hibernation and migration. Mabon is typically celebrated by a large feast of Thanksgiving surrounded by friends and family.

At this time, we celebrate the Goddess as she passes into her Crone stage and Honor the God as he prepares to die and await rebirth in the Otherworld.

Mabon is a time to give thanks for the things you have, to count your blessings and to reflect on the balance in yourself and your life. Give thanks for the darkness along with the light.

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Legends of Mabon

The name Mabon comes from the Welsh god of the same name. Mabon is the Young Son, Divine Youth, or Son of Light. Just as the September equinox marks a significant time of change, so, too, does the birth of Mabon. Modron, his mother, is the Great Goddess, Guardian of the Otherworld, Protector, and Healer. She is Earth itself.

From the moment of the Autumn Equinox, the Sun's strength diminishes, until the moment of the Winter Solstice in December, when the Sun grows stronger and the days once again become longer than the nights. Mabon disappears along with the light, taken just 3 days after his birth. Modron laments and mourns the loss of her son. Mabon is found thanks to the wisdom and memory of the most ancient of living animals - the Blackbird, the Stag, the Owl, the Eagle, and the Salmon.

Mabon had been happily dwelling in his mother Modron's magical Otherworld; her womb. It is a nurturing and enchanted place, but also one filled with challenges. Only in so powerful a place of renewable strength can Mabon be reborn as his mother's champion, a source of joy and the Son of Light. Once reborn, Mabon's light is been drawn into the Earth, gathering strength and wisdom enough to become a new seed.

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Persephone

According to Greek Mythology, this is also the time of year when Demeter, Greek Goddess of Grain, must say goodbye to her daughter Persephone, as she descends into the underworld to be with Hades, her husband.

The myth goes that Demeter, Persephone and some companion nymphs had been out in the field, harvesting grains when Persephone wandered off to pick some flowers. Hades, Lord of the Underworld, had taken a notice of the beautiful young goddess and fallen in love with her. Upon noticing her separation from her mother and company he reigned his chariot and rode to Earth's surface, kidnapping Persephone and taking her to the Underworld to become his queen.

Demeter, beside herself with panic and grief, searched for Persephone for 9 straight days. As her grief grew, she and the Earth began to wilt. Crops withered and died and the Goddess refused to return life into the crops until her daughter was returned to her. Zeus, knowing Persephone was in the Underworld, dispatched Hermes to retrieve the young goddess and return her to her mother so that the Earth would not perish.

Their reunion was joyous, but bittersweet, for though they were together again Persephone had eaten the seeds of a Pomegranate in the Underworld. Having tasted the food of the Underworld they knew she must return again to Hades. Zeus, taking pity on Demeter and her daughter, decreed that Persephone should spend half of the year with her mother and the other half with her husband.

Now, when Persephone descends into the underworld to be with Hades, her mother Demeter mourns and the crops wither and winter comes.

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Some symbols of Mabon typically include:
Pumpkins, Pomegranates, Apples, Wine, Gourds, Pine Cones, Acorns, Grains, Corns and Cornucopias.


Some Foods of Mabon:

Breads, Nuts, Fruits, Vegetables, Stews


Some Gods and Goddesses of Mabon:
All Wine and Harvest Deities

Goddesses: Epona, Modron, Morgan, the Muses, Pomona, Persephone

Gods: Green Man, Hermes, Mabon, Thor, Thoth


Activities of Mabon:

- Wine Making
- Gathering and Drying Herbs
- Hiking or spending time in the woods
- Create a Harvest Wreath
- Make a Gods Eye
- Make a Scarecrow
- Make an apple garland - http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/samhaincrafts/ss/Apple_Garland.htm
- Hold a feast! Take turns with your friends and family saying one thing you are thankful for.


Happy Crafting!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A gallery o' chunk on: August 05, 2009 08:33:30 AM
Chunky pages, that is! Cheesy

Rather than start new topics when I finish a batch, I figured I would just create a gallery and update it as I make more. Smiley

First ever chunky pages:

Owls:


Vintage Flea Market:



Chunkies for the most recent round of WWP swap:

Benzaiten:


Cavewoman:


Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull:


Falling Leaves:


9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded Leaf Pendant on: July 28, 2009 08:43:31 PM
This was my very first foray into the world of beaded jewelry and it was created for a personal swap after seeing a similar leaf pendant on my partner's wist.


After the first two hours of work my poor pointer finger was dotted with teeny bruises and blood spots and incredibly sore, despite my use of tools. I had to put it aside for a few days while my finger healed and I devised a new plan of attack. I'm pleased to say the second half of the work went much more smoothly.

Silver plated copper wire, with a mix of glass and stone beads on multi strand leather cord.



Some detail shots of my beading and wire work...







I wanted a more organic, leaf stem feel for the loop, so I twisted the wire and banged it up a little with a small hammer to give it the look I wanted.



Thanks for looking! Cheesy
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Summer Thunder on: June 29, 2009 12:26:01 PM
I was lucky enough to have a giant rainbow appear over the apartment building across from mine after a ridiculous thunder storm. I ran outside with my camera as soon as the rain subsided to get some photos of the rainbow and the thunder clouds mixing with the sunset.







Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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