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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Birdhouse Pendants on: July 10, 2015 06:52:41 AM
 I always want to wear more necklaces in the summer since I don't have a scarf covering them up. I joined the pendant swap this round and this is one of the designs I decided to try. I have always loved the birdhouse pendants but thought cutting the roofs would be cumbersome and a pain. I found the squares with holes and pegs at Michaels and decided to try using Sculpey to make the roof. I think it turned out pretty cute and saved my fingers from some unwanted bloodletting.
 Here are the fronts

 and the backs

 I love the look of Dictionary pages in artwork and wanted to use inspirational and nice words on them.

 While I was doing the clear coat I realized what this one said on the back. It was completely random so it made it so much funnier to me. Yes, It reads "beat a person" in bold text no less.  Roll Eyes

 Here's a shot of how I made them taller. I glued, painted and sanded them before adhering the dictionary pages.

 Thanks for checking them out. I had a lot of fun making them and suspect a couple family members might get some for Christmas.
 
 
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Books and Cats on: July 06, 2015 08:18:49 AM
  Remember that commercial where the pig goes "and boots and pants and boots and pants....." I think of it and say books and cats every time I see this fabric. LOL!
 I made this purse as my quick weekend outing purse. I can just throw a couple thing in it and go instead of digging thru all the day to day stuff I carry around.
 I had to have this fabric when I saw it. It's so dorky and I love it. Books and cats. Two things I love and can't live without. Add in a little sewing and it pretty much sums me up. Big ol' nerd.

I was cropping the pic of the back and laughed when I realized my black cat Dahl had stuck her nose in. She's black so you have to look hard at the black chair. She camouflages well.  Wink

 Here in an in progress shot of the inside pocket.

 and just one to show off my other cat, Venkman.  Tongue

 Thanks for looking!  Grin
43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ellie Travel Cases on: June 14, 2015 11:04:27 AM
 I found this free pattern on line and decided to try it.
http://fabricmutt.blogspot.com/2014/01/ellie-travel-case-tutorial.html
 Here's what I came up with.

 I made two bags for the Summer Games. The pattern was really good and clear. The zipper was a little tricky due to the thickness and the curves, just go slow and you'll be fine if you decide to attempt it. It was the first time I had done straps like this too. I pinned the edge of the fabric down until I had my needle firmly in it to keep it from unfolding.

 To help it go faster I made them at the same time.

 I got lots of help setting the zippers in. That's Venkman inspecting them. I call him quality control.,
 And here is a pic of getting the second side of the zipper. Sorry about the cat butt, he is always right next to me.
 I don't recommend doing the zipper with the bit of linen showing. I did both ways and the one with the linen showing had a weird pucker to it.
 Here's the first one I finished. I have had this abstract bird fabric in my stash forever and thought it would work well with this project.

 The inside is a blue polka dot. I liked that the bird showed on top too.

 For the second one I bought this fabric when I got the linen. I thought it was really pretty. A classy pretty instead of the normal flashier stuff I do. Cheesy Front & back.  
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 The inside was a soft yellow-ish beige with white polka dots.

 These pics are just for size reference and to show off my beautiful Dahlia.

 Thanks for checking them out!
44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Cat Tags on: June 09, 2015 12:12:12 PM
 It's June so we all know what that means, half way til Christmas! Wink LOL!
 I do my shopping year round and this month on the Summer Games the Battle is creepy vs cute. Don't know what the Games are? Check it out here...
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439402.0
 They are super fun and really get your creative juices flowing. You can join any time and right now is perfect since the Games just started.  Wink
 Anyhoo... back to what I was saying. I decided to go ahead and make tags for my Christmas gifts. I wanted to make them myself this year to be a bit more personal (and possibly because I am cheap).
 Here's the finished results. I plan to double stick tape the backs of them or punch holes to dangle them depending on the package.

 I started off with the sketch in the top center and placed it under the other sheets and traced it and added different themes to it. Bunny1kenobi helped me come up with ideas (thanks Bestie!).
 
 Then I scanned it into the computer and traced them all in Photoshop. Sure there was an easier way but I am not great at Photoshop so this was how it was done.  Tongue

 I colored them in, which wasn't as easy as I thought, and then shrunk them down so they would equal three across.

 Then I printed them on cardstock and cut them out! I normally use markers to color everything so this was a different result for me. I thought they turned out cute. Cute was my goal.  Wink
 Thanks for checking them out!
45  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Ever painted Quilt for Dad (pic heavy) on: April 01, 2015 07:31:31 AM
 My Dad is the hardest man on Earth to shop for. Every Christmas the entire family freaks out and complains about it. Last year I decided to make him a quilt since he always says he is cold. At the time I had no idea what I was getting into. I had never quilted anything successfully before.
 I wanted to make it personal for him so each block was either something about him or a family member. Problem was, I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. I had the hardest time getting just the right fabrics. I had no idea a simple beagle or Chihuahua was going to be a headache to find. In the end I decided to paint the squares that I couldn't find. Also, a non cartoon alien or bigfoot is nearly impossible to find too.  Tongue
 
Another impossibility is getting a picture of my Dad that his dog isn't photobombing. LOL!
 Here is a pic without the boarder done yet.

Here is a shot of some of the individual squares I painted


 and here are some shots of the individual blocks.
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My sisters block had her dog and The Wizard of Oz on it.

And here are blocks of his beloved dog and the cat




 I know it is a super simple design but for my first quilt I was completely overwhelmed.  Tongue I had no idea it was going to be so much work and I was on a deadline for Christmas. I am happy to say I got it done. Sorry for taking so long to post up!
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cloud Light on: April 01, 2015 07:05:26 AM
 I have been on this huge kick since my divorce on redecorating my house and making it mine, finally.  Wink I wanted to add some whim and quirkiness to it. I have an extra room now that I am hoping to turn into a multifunctional office/guest room/reading room. I have seen these on Pinterest for a while but I thought that they looked hard to make. Not sure why. Huh It was super easy. I have to admit it looks a lot better in a photograph than it does in person. With the lights on it just looks like a big piece of fluff hanging there. Undecided I was thinking if I made a couple more and had some other things around it (hot air balloon, birds, etc) it would look better.
 Here is my little cloud hanging in the shower for now. I have to decide where I want to hang it up....

 and here it is all lit up. I used tiny LED lights and I am thinking of getting one that flashes to give it more of a storm cloud feel.



 I took a bunch of dark shots because it was turning and each angle looked a bit different to me.
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Scrappy Scarf on: October 27, 2014 08:22:21 AM
 I saw on Pinterest a very pretty scarf made with scrap fabrics. The person made it with a serger and had large pieces of fabric panels. I don't own a serger but thought it would be really cute to make it with smaller patches and make it more useable in the winter, not so much as a fashion scarf. I have been saving up my scraps for this one for a couple months trying to get enough variety of the purple. It's for my sister and that is her favorite color. I backed it with a soft, cozy flannel and it worked really well.
 I am really happy with how it turned out. Whenever I get time, most likely after Christmas, I plan on going thru my scraps again and making me one too.  Grin
 Here it is on my table
 
and here is it in action, sorry for the stupid expression. The camera was not cooperating and this was the only pic in focus.  Tongue

 Thanks for looking!
48  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Frankenstein & Skulls Halloween Purses on: October 21, 2014 01:20:39 PM
 I kept saying I was going to make myself a purse. As long as I have been attempting to make them I have never carried one that I made. I always give them away. At the beginning of the month I was going on a trip to Vegas with my Dad and decided it was time to do it and make one that would travel well. I have made this pattern more than a few times and I still have one more request for it so it will be made one more time, but it really is a great pattern.
 Here is my Halloween bag for October and probably for the rest of the year too.
 Frankenstein!

 on the back is the Bride of Frankenstein. Sorry for the sloppy shot. I have been using the purse for about 4 weeks now and I just took a quick shot to post it up.


 I also made one for Bunny1kenobi for the IYP swap. We met up in Vegas and actually got to meet which was beyond awesome! I knew her right away because she was carrying the bag I made for her!

 I added zippers to the tops of both of these so they are a bit different than the others that just had the magnetic closure.
 Thanks for looking and I promise after this next one I will find a new pattern.  Tongue
49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Skull Splatter on: October 21, 2014 05:39:08 AM
 I wanted to try something a little bit different. I had this idea of doing a line drawing and water coloring loosely over it. I never watercolor so I was just winging it. I chose a skull to get in the spirit of the season. After I finished the line drawing and water coloring I thought it needed more so I brought out the spray inks and gave it a couple squirts with both green and a teal. I think the teal has a shimmer to it which I liked.
 The skull isn't perfect. This was more of an experimental piece. I also used a brush pen for the inking instead of a regular pen for a more organic feel.
 
 Thanks for checking it out! Grin
50  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Luna the Lady on: September 23, 2014 07:10:22 AM


 This was done for Suereal in the IYP swap. I also did her other dog Cosmo as a gentleman.
 This one is Luna the Lady. She wanted her dog to be anthropomorphic Steampunk characters. I think Luna has some sass.  Smiley I cut her out and raised her from the background for a more dimensional effect. I have never done someone's animal before so I was intimidated. Much less switch them around so much. I really hope she likes them. I sent them to her parents home so she hasn't seen them up close yet.

 Thanks for looking! Grin
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