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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / Gryffindor Tower Boys' Dorm on: September 09, 2013 10:01:17 PM
My favorite One Tiny Thing swaps are the Harry Potter ones, so I decided to make a Harry Potter themed entry for this challenge.  I made the boys' dormitory of Gryffindor Tower.

This is Harry, Ron, Neville, Seamus, and Dean's room from early in their fourth year.  Dean has his new Viktor Krum poster and his West Ham football team poster up next to the door.

Close-up of the posters:

Like all teenage boys everywhere, the Gryffindor crew are not what you would call tidy.  Seamus left a robe on the floor, Harry's broomstick is a tripping hazard, and Ron's trunk is open with his Weasley sweater spilling out.

I did my very best to make everything in the room to scale.  I used 1 millimeter = 1 foot, because a millimeter is the smallest measurement on my ruler but I don't think in meters, I think in feet.  The beds are 8mm high by 7mm long by 6mm wide (approximately) and the trunks are made from slices of matchsticks.

I made a tower for my room to sit in, since Harry's dorm is at the top.  The entire tower is less than 4 inches high:
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cheeseburger pincushion and needle book on: March 20, 2009 08:54:38 AM

It's a felt burger.

BUT WAIT!  It's also a pincushion!

As if that weren't enough, it's also a needle book!  Wow.

I really liked this idea for a pincushion/needle book combination, but I'm not really into hats so I decided to do a burger instead.  (I'm actually not really into burgers either, being vegetarian, but when I tried to think of an object with a pincushion-like top and needle book-like interior layers, a cheeseburger came immediately to mind.)

My burger has lettuce, cheese, and a tomato slice.  (And a hamburger patty, of course.)  There's also a line of ketchup:

...which doubles as  a handy place to store things!

If I had an adorable pair of tiny scissors, I'd put them in there, but unfortunately I don't.  I did try to put my smallest pair of scissors in my burger...

...but it didn't really work out.  Sad

I'm usually not a fan of fake food (I much prefer real food), but this is useful so I think I'll keep it around.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / St. Patty's Day chainmail bracelets! on: March 17, 2009 04:01:31 PM
I got some stretchy neoprene rings as part of a swap package recently (BertaBerta, you're my favorite) and I've been experimenting like mad with them ever since.  I thought I'd try some stretchy bracelets using the 4-leaf clover weave, since it is St. Patrick's Day after all.

The one with the smaller black rings sits better on my wrist, but since it has fewer neoprene rings it's a pretty tight squeeze to get my hand through it.  The other one goes on easier but I have to keep fiddling with it to get it to lie reasonably flat.  All in all I'm pretty pleased with them, though.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!  Go eat potatoes and drink green beer (only if you're of age, of course) and try not to get pinched.   Wink
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mazes in various fun shapes on: March 17, 2009 07:56:59 AM
I really enjoy drawing mazes.  At first I just made rectangular ones on regular graph paper, but then I realized they're much more visually interesting (and more fun to draw) if you stick them into recognizable silhouettes.

Since it's St. Patrick's day, we'll start with a shamrock maze:

At the day camp where I used to work lived a potbellied pig named Milo.  One of the first shaped mazes I ever drew was the one I made in his honor:

Finally, a dinosaur maze.  Because who doesn't love dinosaurs?

All of these are what I consider proper mazes - there's only one path from entrance to exit and there aren't any loops.  (Unless I messed up and didn't notice, but I'm pretty sure they're all good.)

First person to solve them all gets a virtual cookie.   Wink
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Miscellaneous Celtic Knotwork on: February 23, 2009 03:05:46 PM
I love drawing Celtic-style knotwork.  These are some of my older pieces.

Multiple-strand designs:

Single-strand designs:

Experimenting with different patterns:

Comments?  Critiques?  Let me know what you think!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Green Patchwork Scarf on: February 22, 2009 04:03:29 PM
I made this for a swap partner, based on a scarf from her wist:

(Also in the picture are some of the other things I sent...)

The top is a patchwork of every type of green fabric I could dig out of my scrap bag (plus some from my roommate's stash).

I had to stretch the definition of "green" a little bit.  Roll Eyes

The back is super-soft fleece.  I had a hard time giving this up, but I'm glad it went to a good home.  Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Celtic BC pill pack on: January 31, 2009 09:28:12 AM
After reading another post about a decorated OTC pill pack, I realized that the default pale peach really is kind of hideous.  So I busted out the Sharpies and my trusty silver paint pen and made mine pretty:

I probably should've used acrylic paint instead of Sharpie (especially since the ink tended to resist the silver paint, causing no end of frustration), but I'm a big fan of instant gratification and I didn't want to wait for paint to dry.

I used my Celtic Tree of Life design and I covered it with Mod Podge so the Sharpie wouldn't rub off.  I'm pretty pleased with it.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Firefly/Serenity shirt with River Tam quote on: January 30, 2009 02:33:00 PM
Best Firefly quote ever:

Oh, River.  You're my favorite.

The back is River's silhouette, from the Serenity DVD cover art.

Close-up of the back:

I used the freezer paper stencil method, and I'm really happy with the way it came out.  (The paint on the back cracked like crazy the first time I wore it, but oddly enough a trip through the washer and dryer healed it again - or at least made the cracks a lot less visible.)

Let me know what you think!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sad Monsters in the Rain on: January 18, 2009 06:56:58 PM
It rains a lot in Knoxville.  This makes the monsters sad.

First in the series, acrylic paint on...um...paper.  I think I also used some watercolor and colored pencil.

Monster #2, digital, drawn in the GIMP.

Monster #3, also digital, drawn using the Facebook Graffiti application.  (Yeah, my medium just gets classier and classier.)
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hogwarts House Colors Chainmail Bracelets on: January 16, 2009 04:21:38 PM
Why yes, I am a big nerd.   Grin

Top to bottom: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw (canon blue and bronze rather than movie-style blue and silver), Hufflepuff

They're all Half Persian 3-in-1 style, with clasps that (more or less) match one of the ring colors.  Let me know what you think!
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