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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A few reversible aprons on: July 13, 2009 07:16:55 PM
I wanted to use up some of my stash, here is the start of that endeavor.  they are all reversible with a message on the back (or front if you prefer)















12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / the anti-suit corset on: July 13, 2009 07:11:46 PM
my homage to living outside the 9 to 5 box



13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchy Purse on: July 12, 2009 05:16:08 PM
I decided yesterday that I wanted to challenge myself to make something I wouldn't normally make.  I became very inspired by a bag of scraps from a number of projects I've worked on lately.  I typically have a very difficult time making things in the "DIY" style.

Comments appreciated you can read more about the purse and see additional photos on my blog Scrappy Purse Blog post



14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / two wooden skull decorations on: July 09, 2009 03:11:31 PM
Just a pic of each.

The first was sketched, woodburned and then stained Its Day of the Dead (dia de los muertos)  I had to use the flash so it's a little washed out



and the second is from a wood cut out I did a while back that I kept waiting to tell me what it was meant to become, and it finally did.  Handpainted aged and mounted to a mirror.  The flash images were too intense (with bright light coming out of the eyes and nose from reflection on the mirror so this one is a little dark Tongue



ETA:  The flash photo of the other is cool so adding it in



Opinions and such greatly appreciated Smiley
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / not for the faint of heart - Creepiest thing I've ever done on: July 07, 2009 02:02:23 AM
we're talking heebie jeebies here.  For 2 years we've had a wheelchair access ramp to our front door, hubby finally got around to removing it the other day and below it there was an entire culture of various bugs living there, the creepiest being a nest of black widows, particularly the western black widow.  I had to kill them so that he could safely haul the ramp away (I've been bit by a black widow and that is the one of the most awful experiences of my life).  

So after spraying and killing everything under there (milipedes, centipedes, black widows, etc...) I noticed a few that were rather pretty hanging there all dead.  I had a fleeting thought to turn one into a piece of jewelry.  Hubby immediately said YES DO IT, I'LL WEAR IT AROUND MY NECK.  

The inherent difference between me and my husband - I hate spiders he is completely creeped out by them.  So upon his exclamation of needing the spider jewelry I knew I had to make it.  I carefully collected them with tweezers and a cup and called my sister for emotional support to pull of turning them into jewelry (THANK YOU SAM!)  there was more than one instance of screams and hair standing straight up on my neck.  

The disappointment comes in here:  I've worked with natural materials and resin before and had discoloration/reaction with the resin, and the black widows are no longer so black.  but the reaction is a neat one, the spider actually floated up slightly in the resin too so you can literally feel the spider through the back of the pendant.  You can see where the reaction caused the skin around the 'butt' to go clear so you actually can see the internal aspects of the butt of the spider (maybe not in the photos)  If you look closely you can see the clear halo around the 'butt' and where the legs slightly protrude from it (they are completely coated but you can feel them)

So without talking anymore I'll show you the photos Smiley  I regret I don't have any 'befores' I put them in the resin simply because of the discoloration but I don't think I could mentally have stomached it lol

From the bottom:

From the top:


16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Since some find popples creepy (image heavy) on: June 30, 2009 12:39:12 AM
I thought I'd try my hand at a creepy one.  Again lots of creative liberties were taken.  This is the result of about 10 hours of work lol.  I. Hate. Hand. sewing.  His eyeball and guts are stretchy for lots of good fun.  I'm still working out how I want to do his tail so he's sans tail for the time being

I left the one popple alone with a zombie ball and woke to find this Wink Zombies aren't very good at sewing themselves up so his guts fell out poor zombie














17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Twisted child of the 80's grows up on: June 26, 2009 06:41:14 PM
and makes sickly adorable popple. 

If you're a child of the 80's I'm sure you remember them.  They were all fluffy and cute.  While cleaning in my office and organizing I have a 'deal' with myself, after I finish a big job I get to treat myself to making something.  This was my reward project for getting all of my patterns organized.

he looks a little crooked in the one photo, but I just stuffed him and tried to get a pic before the sun goes down behind my greenbelt.






Now I need to finish another big organizing project so I can make the other popple that is dancing around in my head too. Comments and such much appreciated!

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wordy Corset on: June 23, 2009 02:53:52 PM
I thought it'd be fun to make a corset since I haven't in quite some time, I realized after making it that I remember why I don't wear them lol.  I actually finished 2 last night I've gotten bigger since last time I measured myself so unfortunately they don't fit me quite like I expected them to. I only boned the front seams, I think had I boned the others as well I'd be happier with the overall fit.  Thought I would share anyway cause it's still a neat bustier.  I like the way it looks better on my mannequin but i'm being lazy and not dragging her outside for good photos lol, though having the hubby take photos of me was probably more painful than it would have to take her out (I think the 3 shots below are the only ones not focused somewhere other than where I wanted them to be)




19  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How would you finish this piece? on: June 12, 2009 12:59:39 AM
I made this 'square' about a month ago, it's an art piece (my first attempt at a 'true' art quilt)  But I'm at a loss as to how I should finish it, overall it's 9"x12" right now. Thoughts, Advice and opinions are most definitely greatly appreciated!



if you want to read back story on the why I did it or what it is I did post about it on my blog here Underground Quilt
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gnarly Pink Tree of life and 2 Rosaries on: June 08, 2009 10:53:47 PM
I am sure that I should post the two of these in separate posts, but I am fascinated by both and want to share them both together.  Each shares a religious purpose for different groups, and I think sharing them together shows unity amongst people.

First we have another go at the tree of life, I tried to make this one extra gnarly, I think I did a pretty good job in that department.  (here was the first go http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307739.0) The 2nd attempt is on page 3 of the same post. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307739.msg3528799#msg3528799)  I wanted to be gnarly and pretty at the same time, did it work?  Also an image of the back side as someone asked before how they look from behind.













and two Rosaries.  Upon studying a bit in the area of Catholicism I learned much about the significance and symbolism of this device.  They are both traditional 5 decade Rosaries.  If you'd like to learn to make Rosaries I have a tutorial on my blog along with links to all the pieces I used which you can find here http://gettothe.com/?p=108













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