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21  My Easter Themed Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by disposableactor on: March 21, 2009 05:33:31 PM
Here's a little pendant I made out of a real quail's egg, copper wire, and an aluminum flower.  On the inside of the shell it says, "As I have loved you, so you also should love one another."

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22  "The Juniper Tree" themed Hoodie (image chubby) in Needlework: Completed Projects by disposableactor on: October 26, 2008 01:18:32 PM
The image is all my own design and painting was done freehand.  The black and white parts are puffy paint.  Everything in color is stitched.  The stitching took 3 weeks (on and off).  I made this for a friends birthday but I haven't seen him yet.  Sooooo . . . .it's sitting in my closet.
I was inspired by the Grimm's fairy tale "The Juniper Tree.
Here's  link to a version I found online

This is a close up of Marlene.

Here is the detail of the stitching on the bird.  I used split stitch, rice stitch, satin stitch, and french knots.

A detail on the little boy's skull with a flower growing out of it.  Plus BONUS mysterious shadow!

Here's the juniper tree.

And here is the entire image!  (modeled by my hubby)

Let me know what you think!  It's not too girly is it?  My husband says it isn't (in fact, he wants it).  But I made it for a guy friend and I'm nervous that it's going to go over like a fart in church.
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23  ORCA bag for sister's graduation in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by disposableactor on: August 27, 2008 06:26:29 PM
I dyed some fabric and made this bag.   The embroidery is my own design.  My sister has a thing for Orca whales and the color pink so I thought I'd make her something that incorperated those things.

Here it is!

The little hand belongs to my baby boy.

An here is a detail of the stitching!

I think she liked it . . . at least my mom told me that she did . . .
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24  My Old China Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by disposableactor on: June 30, 2008 11:57:44 AM
About 3 years ago, I spent a month in China studying art and art history.  I was super excited and wanted to remember everything (and I didn't have a lot of money for souvenirs) so I made this little journal out of sketchbook paper and some handmade-pressed-flower-paper I found on sale at a local craft store.  It's essentially six little booklets that I sewed together at their spines.  I also sewed little pockets on the front and back cover and sealed it with some decoupage to make it a little sturdier.

Here is the journal closed.  I got that hello kitty pineapple creature at a Mc Donald's in China, the fan is from a tea house in Shanghai, there's a phone card that I used to call my mom and fiance (now husband) and it's all tied up with a length of silk that I got at this Tibetan themed bar.  *Not pictured is a little jade charm that I later found out I totally got ripped off for . . . it's stuffed under the silk somewhere.

Here's the first page.  You can see the littel pocket I made.  Inside the pocket are my notes for my Chinese film class.  On the left is a drawing of the view from the first hotel room I stayed in.  I drew a lot of pictures because my camera broke 3 days before I was supposed to leave and I couldn't find anyone to fix it.

Here's the tail end of an entry, a receipt, a hotel keycard, and maps to two of the hotels where I stayed.

I asked all the people I was traveling with to draw something in my book to remember them by.  Here are two of those drawings.  A couple people were too stuck up to draw in my journal, but I don't want to remember them anyway Tongue.

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25  Re: World of Warcraft Addicts Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: June 10, 2008 08:02:55 AM
Finally have my pictures up!  I think I've had my package for nearly a week Sad.   But here is my super awesome loot!

Here's everything together . . . well almost.  There was a bib that didn't make this shot but I have an action shot of it.  In this picture I have, a mechanical squirrel Shocked , pin cushion, quest bag, journal, magnets, and anti-carpel tunnel stuffy of doom (aka the fuzzy pink kidney).  I just realized that the pincushion is upside down in the shot, the other side has hunter and mage casting bar icons on it.

Here's a closeup of the magnets so you can see the fun little pictures.

Here's the very impressive and incredibly adorable mechanical squirrel.  My husband LOVES this.  He tried to steal it but we live in a super tiny apartment so there isn't any place he can put where I can't enjoy it.

I was torn between this and the squirrel as a favorite.  But I think this is it.  He needed this so bad.  his little neck got too chubby for his other bibs and this fits great.  I keep it in the diaper bag so that we can wear it out where everyone can see our epix bib.  It says "Level ?? Humanoid."

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26  Macro Photo Challenge: Ignatius in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by disposableactor on: May 14, 2008 12:29:34 AM
A picture I took while playing with my son.  The rosy lighting is from sunlight coming through a sheer red curtain. No flash, the light was bright enough and he was drowsy enough that I was able to get a fairly good belly shot.
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27  GNOME cake! in Dessert by disposableactor on: April 24, 2008 09:25:06 PM
I made this dirt cake for my husband for his birthday.  The flowers are made out of candy melts and m&m's.  I used an Oreo cookie copy cat recipe and vegan mousse for the cake, not to mention the obligatory cool whip.
Everything but the gnome is edible.

Here's a close up of the caterpillar and a flower.
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28  Hubby's Birthday Bento in Recipes and Cooking Tips by disposableactor on: April 21, 2008 11:40:04 AM
My husband wanted a picnic lunch for his dinner so I assembled a bento of some of his favorites.
My kitchen table is a dirty lime green which I thought was awesome when I bought it.  Now I think it makes my pictures look a little icky.  Try to imagine that it's a more appetizing color.

This lunch includes (from top going clockwise) beef and veggie kabobs, tamago sushi, mushroom sugar cookies with Oreo cream icing (there will be a gnome cake later this week), crab rangoon, and soy dyed quail eggs.  The round container to the right has an Indonesian peanut sauce for the kabobs.

I also made a baby bento for the little guy.  There's a baby meatloaf, tiny banana pancakes, and mix of pureed fruits and sweet potatoes.
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29  Re: World of Warcraft Addicts Swap! (Sign ups 4/12/07 - 4/19/07; Send outs 5/20/07) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by disposableactor on: April 14, 2008 09:05:32 PM
Here is my main.

I <3 Petunia (my bird),  I've had her forever!

And here is my gnome.

That's his pet bunny Bun Bun in the foreground.  I namemy non-combat pets, I'm a dork.
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30  Babyfood Paints in Recipes and Cooking Tips by disposableactor on: April 13, 2008 05:02:05 PM
I felt that my little guy needed a creative outlet, a means of expression beyond screaming and poopy diapers.  I got the idea from Be Prepared (It's a book for new daddy's but the ideas are SO much better than any girly babybook) and made him finger paints out of babyfood.
I make all of his food at home already so it was mostly a matter of thawing a couple portions from the freezer. 

The red is tomato, the green broccoli, the orange carrot, and the blue and yellow are cauliflower with food coloring.

He was a little confused at first.

But he got into it.

And had a lot of fun by the end.

Here's the recipe if anyone is interested:

1. Boil veggies/fruit until fork tender (you can skip this part if you are working with something already soft like bananas or melon)
2.  Put the cooked food into a blender or food-processor with a little bit of the cooking water and blend.  If it isn't blending well, try adding more water.
3.  Server or pore into ice cube trays for later.  Each ice cube = 1 oz.
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