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71  Re: Where the Wild Things Are - Painted Toy Box (Oodles of pics) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Artisan82 on: December 22, 2007 06:13:40 AM
Wow guys! Thanks so much for your generous, and uplifting compliments.  I've got a huge grin as I type.

To answer some questions:
I used to be painter, but my skills are WAY out of practice.  To transfer the image, I photocopied the pages from the book onto regular printer paper, then scribbled all over the back with a charcoal pencil.  I then stuck said scribbled-on paper to the wooden chest and traced the outline of the characters in ballpoint pen, transferring the charcoal onto the wood.

I used oil paint to fill in the colours, then freehanded the cross-hatching with a paint marker.  Here's a progress shot:

This was so much fun to do (and so rewarding) I think I will send hubby to pick up a few more crates.  I might try to sell a couple.

Thank you again for you compliments.  I just love how Craftster is such an uplifting community!
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72  Where the Wild Things Are - Painted Toy Box (Oodles of pics) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Artisan82 on: December 21, 2007 07:45:50 PM
I painted this toy box for my nephew for Christmas.  The illustrations are from the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are".  I'm really proud of how this turned out, so excuse the gratuitous self-promotional number of pictures. Comments are loved!

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73  Froggy (with naughty bits) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Artisan82 on: November 09, 2007 06:15:56 PM
Our family has a cottage on Kashabog Lake (about 2 hours north east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.)  I'd like to present The Kashabog Frog! He doesn't do much except drink beer with his hands on his bits queuing up songs on his mp3 player via remote - but hey, the cottage is for relaxing, after all!
(Okay, I removed the naughty bits and gave the frog to my nephew - but I had to take a few silly pics first...here's one of them).

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74  Generations Quasi Scrapbook *Updated with Detail Pics* in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Artisan82 on: November 09, 2007 06:05:55 PM
I made these shadow boxes to display on our guest book table at our wedding.  Each little tag represents a different generation of my husband's ancestors...

And my ancestors...

I love how these turned out.  They took me so long and I had the house taken over with tiny bits of paper forever.  There's a lot of personal touches in all the details of the collage that represents each of our family histories (such as the coat of arms of Nova Scotia, where my husband's mom's family is from).  The photo on the far left of the second collage is my great great grandmother in her nurse's uniform in 1826!
This was such a labour of love - I'm so happy to be able to show it off to all of you!

Some detail shots:

And here's how they were displayed at our wedding reception:

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75  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by Artisan82 on: November 09, 2007 05:32:12 PM
I got going on my jumbo-sized poppet tonight.  He has bunny ears.  The first photo is a comparison between Ghilie's normal-sized pattern (blue leg) and the enlarged version I blew-up on the photocopier.  The second pic is a summary of tonight's progress. (I'm going to make him silky pyjamas in the red printed fabric on the inside of his ears).
Ghilie, this pattern is really great.  Generally my sewing experiments are disasters - but I'm so happy with how this is turning out. (I'm having a much easier time sewing the bigger body parts - beginners out there may want to try enlarging the pattern.)


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