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21  refurbished bulletin board in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Farnsworth on: April 10, 2009 10:43:23 PM
I have had this bulletin board at least 15 years, and we probably have owned it longer, my family got a lot of things like this from garage sales in the 80's, and it could be really, really old.

Anyways, it is a little small and heavy for me to use as a bulletin board, I like really big ones I can attach all my homework to etc. So today in an entirely random moment, I decided to tear out all the old cork and recork this thing with some cork tiles I had lying around.

I used an x-acto knife to cut out the old cork, and a spoon to pry it out ^^ The cork was nice and thick but very brittle and the surface was damaged. I also found a little dry rot in part of the cork Sad

I hotglued the tiles in. I ran out of hot glue at one point, and luckily found some wood glue, which I probably should have used in the first place.
I sanded some of the crud off of the frame.

Anyways, painted it with metallic paint, and varnished the wood. The white stuff is glue that is still kinda wet. It will be clear.

I think I will perhaps add ribbons and use this as an earring holder, it would be the perfect size for that.
though I think it turned out well for having almost no plan in mind Smiley
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22  Re: wedding hair styles? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Farnsworth on: March 31, 2009 05:33:30 PM
Do you have a photo of your dress?  Is your wedding casual, semi-formal, formal?  What is your venue?

Check out tutorials on YouTube for different hairstyles.

Also, if you're going to be pinning your hair up, use one of these as a base.  Use bobby pins to secure the donut to your head.  Pin curls to the donut, covering it completely.  Hair donuts are used pretty frequently to add volume.


I always wondered how people with shorter hair than me managed to have voluminous updos and mine usually aren't. lol, there's a lot about doing hair I don't know, I admit.
I will also have to check out some youtube tutorials.

This is my dress...

I no longer have the orange in my hair alas, but you get the idea.

We'll be changing into these Moroccan clothes for the reception, which is going to definitely be warm, but fun. My fiance lived in Morocco for several years, and my soon-to-be in-laws still live there, so I thought it would be a fun way to incorporate something that is important to him into our wedding.
This fact may mean two different hair styles, now that I am thinking about it. :/

and we're getting married on his grandparents' farm, because you can't argue with free Smiley

Congrats on your wedding!  I'm getting married in July also but I have the opposite problem with a hair style.  My hair is short and straight.  I've been growing out all the layers for several months now but I have no idea what to do with it past tucking it behind my ears and maybe adding some fancy clips or a flower. 

For a summer wedding I like your hair up.  You would be much cooler and it looks really pretty that way especially adding in flowers. 

Your hair looks really cute with the style of dress you've chosen though Smiley I think small flowers might look really nice in your hair.

I think what will help me make a more final decision would be if I actually try both hairstyles with the flwoers and with the actual dress.

Thanks for the advice!
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23  wedding hair styles? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Farnsworth on: March 29, 2009 03:36:40 PM
Well my wedding is in a little over three months and I only just started trying out different hair styles. School has kept me a bit busy, one could say.
Anyways, normally I have straight hair but I want to curl it and put it up for the wedding. I don't plan on wearing a veil for a couple practical reasons, but I would like to have flowers in my hair.

I tried putting it up:


back. (If I did go with this style, I would probably have someone else pinning my hair, thus it wouldn't look so messy)

Side view, making strange faces at the lamp.

My mom suggested that I try my hair half-down, so I did.

I don't have a front picture of this.

I liked the look, but my concern would be that this is an outdoor wedding in July, and I would be worried that maybe loose hair would lose its curl and perhaps get sweaty. Also it seems like flowers would be more difficult to pin in hair that is half down.
I will doubtlessly try more styles, but does anyone have opinions on the up verses half-down? I know I don't want all of my hair to be loose because that will be really warm and might look a bit odd.
Thanks for your opinions Smiley

Edit: tried a couple more, with fake flowers!

back of hair

side view. I will not be wearing my glasses, hopefully the optometrist will have received my contacts in 3 months!

updo version of the same thing. Wouldn't be a hard switch to do this one for the reception.

I am not normally a redhead by the way. The lighting in my bathroom is not the best.
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24  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES by Farnsworth on: March 04, 2009 05:37:35 PM
Which could also be titled "Stay and listen to the nightmares of the sea..."
I wasn't able to put the time into this project that I wanted, but I had to do something for this challenge, so I present to you my interpretation of the ancient mariner.

This is inspired both by the epic poem, and by Iron Maiden's song. Here's a link to part 1 (it's a very long song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4C2TDUPejc, here are the lyrics http://www.gugalyrics.com/IRON-MAIDEN-RHYME-OF-THE-ANCIENT-MARINER-LYRICS/344772/ and here's the stock photo I based the mariner off of: http://tigg-stock.deviantart.com/art/Viking-Hoard-stock-33-114234832

Anyways, here is some explanation. I have wanted to do art of this story for a while, and I didn't have the time to a painting, so a drawing works too, right? I think of this as what the character in the song/ poem might look like after he returned home, charged to "tell this tale wherever he goes," living in the memory of that fateful journey. I wanted a slightly haunted look in his eyes, hope it worked :/

He did turn out a little more Norse-looking then perhaps the poem would imply, but I think it fits the story.

Thanks a lot for looking!
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25  Woodfired tea set in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Farnsworth on: March 02, 2009 07:14:57 AM
Well, I hand-built this tea set in like, November and December for my ceramics class, and just got it back yesterday Cheesy. We were going to get pieced woodfired, but unfortunately, there was incidents both with the teacher completing some thesis work and not having the time to do a woodfire this semester, but when they were ready to fire our pottery over winter break when I was out of the country, the bad weather here prevented them not only from driving to the nearest kiln, but the foot-and-a-half of snow that Oregon never gets caused some damage to the facilities. But eventually, the woodfiring commenced.

the slightly artistic shot of just the teacups

two of them cracked, so I really only have six, but photographing eight looked better ^^

the teapot holds about 4 cups of liquid without spilling. I think it would hold about five if I had angled the spout better, but this is only my second teapot.

the little handle came off fo the lid, but I expect some superglue will fix that.

Thanks for looking, I had a good time making this Smiley
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26  Photography- Roman ruins in Morocco in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Farnsworth on: January 06, 2009 01:42:44 PM
A few pictures of Volubilis, a very large set of Roman ruins in Morocco (It's in North Africa if you don't know) which still have some intact mosaics even after numerous generations and an earthquake, and an incident with a sultan taking the marble facade for a palace in Meknes.
I'm really liking this Christmas break ^^

Overall shot of what may have been a church at one time...

my fiance looking at a dam.. this was on the drive to the town

mosaic! It was very rainy, hence the shiny.

Me, on some steps, to what may have been a government building

Really cool old arch

Thanks for looking!

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27  another labyrinth sculpture, and a weirdly-shaped mug! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Farnsworth on: December 02, 2008 01:42:22 PM
I made a sculpture inspired by the movie The Labyrinth a few years ago, and it was the most time-consuming thing I've ever made in a ceramics class. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181908.msg1892078#msg1892078
Completely on a whim, I decided to make a smaller, quicker version in my current ceramics class.

considering it only took me a few hours to make, I really like how the thing turned out! The glaze is too shiny for this piece, but oh well.

the plain back

top view!

and here is an experimental mug. Experimental because I had very bad luck throwing mugs in this class, and accidentally destroyed two others that day ><
So I was preparing to trim the piece, but it fell on the floor, and dented one side. Deciding to not waste the still-intact form, I flattened the other side by dropping it again, trimmed it as well as I could, and stuck on a handle.

I'm not crazy about the glaze, but I would totally keep and use this mug if I hadn't stuck the handle on at an angle that's really awkward to use if you're right-handed. Instead I'll give it to a left-handed friend.

top view. It looks much flatter in real life, for some reason.

Thanks for looking!
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28  cobalt blue teapot! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Farnsworth on: November 28, 2008 03:43:48 PM
I made a teapot! I'm very happy, as it's the first ceramic thing I made in a year or two.

with lid off...

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29  My new ceramic pieces-dinnerware! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Farnsworth on: November 13, 2008 07:44:29 PM
I made a lot of little dishes. First tiems I've ever gotten successful pieces from the wheel.

Anyhoo, here they are.

I don't really like the glaze on this one, but the cup was really cute.

I wish it was a little bigger ^^

This scraffitto turned out pretty cool, but we had no clear glaze, so I used celadon, and it made uneven green spots. Next time I may use shino and see what happens.

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30  non-archetectonic coil vase-thing! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Farnsworth on: November 02, 2008 09:42:26 PM
We had to make coil vessels in my ceramics class that were over 10 inches tall, and one that left the coils visible, and another that had them smoothed out, but it had to be textured. I don'[t actually like texturing most of my ceramic pieces, I like the challenge of smoothing it out, but this piece was a pretty fin, silly one.

the professor said it took on a bit of a "snowman" shape, so to make him happy, I made it into a pitcher. It workes better that way, I think.

this being my first time using high-fire clay/glazes, I was unprepared for the high amount of drips. Also, my handle cracked a bit, but it was fixable with some glue.

for height comparison, next to a can of caulk. Yes I do keep a can of caulk in my dorm room. keave me alone ><

and without flash.

thanks for looking at my first real foray back into ceramics after two years ^^
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