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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bubble Chamber on: February 14, 2009 09:53:13 AM
I painted this for my boyfriend for Valentines day. It's based off of the image in my avatar which is from a bubble chamber experiment (for more info: http://teachers.web.cern.ch/teachers/archiv/HST2005/bubble_chambers/BCwebsite/index.htm). It's watercolor and ink. I guess it's not your typical Valentines day gift (since it's not pink and covered in hearts, although it has a good amount of swirls Wink) but I think he liked it (we're both science loving geeks).

It's in a 3" x 5" mat so I measured the paper to fit the frame and then measured out the mat space (that, combined with my lack of time, is why the whole sheet isn't painted--although I think I kind of like it better that way). There's also a blurry pic of it all framed so you can get the idea.





Let me know what you think!

M
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Quick and Easy Patio Furniture Cushions on: July 13, 2008 09:42:35 AM
Hey all!

   My parents had a set of wrought iron lawn furniture that they no longer wanted so they offered it to me. Unfortunately, I could only take a few of the pieces since we didn't have room for everything. But the pieces I took found a nice new home on my front porch.



The mesh grating however, made seating somewhat uncomfortable at times. So I decided they needed some cushions. After looking at some in the store (way overpriced!) I decided I would just make my own. My boyfriend had an old thick mattress pad that he donated to the cause and I picked up some cheap fabric and buttons (total cost for the whole project was somewhere around $6) and went to work. Here is the end result:



The cushions are held onto the chair and love seat with two ties on the back and a few buttons that attach the fabric that folds over the top.



close up of tie

close up of button


And one of my favorite parts: both cushion covers are removable so I can throw them into the wash if/when they get dirty (the cushion slides right out of the top).


They were super easy to make and I think they turned out pretty nice. I'd love to know what you all think! Now I'm off to go sit out there with my iced-tea!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Sympathy gift for pet death. Help! on: July 02, 2008 07:00:03 PM
Hi everyone,
   Recently my bf's family had to put another one of their dogs to sleep. She was quite old and very dear to the family. Last year they also had to put another of the family dogs to sleep (again she was also old and dear).  I wanted to make something for them then but somehow I never got around to it. So after hearing about the recent passing I came up with this window/sun charm thing (the pictures aren't really that blurry in real-life):






Unfortunately I'm not really sure if I like it. What do you guys think? Should I give it to them or should I scrap it and just give them the card? Thanks for the feedback!

EDIT:
 Thanks for the feedback everyone! I decided to leave the spiral but I made it more compact so it looked much better. I also gave the family a small potted Japanese Maple tree which I hung the charm from. I told them they could to whatever they wanted with it and I think in the end it was hung up as a window charm Smiley. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the modified charm but here's the tree all potted and sitting on the deck:

They really loved everything, thanks again for the comments!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gift cards to Gift tags on: January 12, 2008 10:23:12 AM
Hey all!

  I had some $0 balance gift cards laying around from Christmas that I couldn't bring myself to throw away. Not only because they seem too cute to just dispose of but mainly because, honestly do we really need more plastic going to the landfill? So I got out some scissors, a hole puncher, and matte sticker sheets and went to work.
  I double layered two sticker sheets and stuck the cards onto it; then I cut the cards out (basically so as to remove any store logos present). Finally I put a hole in the corner of each. Voila.. finished!

Front:


Back:


The backs are plain white for decoration and the holes make it easy to attach or hang with some ribbon. They can also be reused yearly (just put a new sticker backing on). Or they can be hung from various locations to decorate for the holidays Smiley. Thanks for looking!

-Miranda
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Owl Mask! on: November 13, 2007 08:07:54 PM
Hey everyone! It's been a really long time since I've posted anything but I have still been checking out everyone else's awesome creations and I've finally motivated myself to post something!

So this is my owl mask. Technically I made it for Halloween but it didn't get much use (Tongue):






(**please excuse the messy hair and pjs**)




What do you all think?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / tiny wallet that fits everything! **now with pic heavy tutorial on pg 2** on: June 03, 2007 07:53:49 AM
Here's what I came up with after deciding I wanted a small compact wallet to fit all my cash and cards in:

it's 3.75" x 3" x 0.5"




ID pocket


card pocket (fits 6 cards)


a fully lined zipper pocket


that holds both cash and coins



I had a lot of fun making this and I plan on putting together some more. On the next one I will probably use different plastic for the ID pocket and try not to sew the edging around it into the main seam  Undecided.... otherwise I really like it, what do you think?

-M
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / digital and colored pencil hummingbird on: January 24, 2007 06:45:39 PM
Hey all!
So I think that my boyfriend and I have a good artistic system going on. He takes lovely digital pictures, like this gorgeous hummingbird:



and then I take his image and draw it in colored pencil:



here are some close ups...

Digital Picture:


Colored Pencil drawing:


and here they are side by side for a comparison:


I love the photo he took and I think that the drawing came out nicely (it's much brighter in person). What do you think?

Cheers
-Miranda
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