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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire, beads & broken mosaic tiles. on: March 20, 2011 05:34:11 PM
A group of friends gather at least once a month for craft night.  One doing mosaics cut some tile wrong and was headed to the trash.  My response was "You're throwing those out!?!" 
I recycled them into pendants for a necklace, dug out wire and some beads that matched perfectly!  And 30 minutes later here is my creation, with earrings to match.  c&c always welcome! 

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Slaying a Dragon on: January 30, 2011 11:52:27 AM
I want to paint a dragon for my son's birthday in July.  First step is trying to get dragon sketching skills down and not have my monster look comical. 
I want a ferocious beast, not a fatty that looks like he ate a village, and couldn't fly away.  So lets hope I can tame my pencil. 

This one looks more like a dinosaur. 

I plan on using acrylic for the painting.  Any tips for drawing a rocking man-eating beast? 
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Craftster swap inspired me! on: July 24, 2010 03:34:03 PM
After doing the Steampunk Charm swap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349575.0, I was inspired.  I tried new things and loved them! 

So I have been creating a bit more.  Here are a few so far:
This is my favorite NOW.

This one was a surprise.  I bought the wooden things to put some postage stamps (with naked lady art) and make them pendants.  I love this too, though.  The copper wire at the bottom is getting replaced with watchwinders, and then I think it will look awesome.

And I started really using polyclay.  Up to now, I always had air bubbles and fingermarks.  Got disgusted at the waste of supplies and time.  So I studied the Polyclay posts for the past few weeks, and a bunch of other websites to try to get better at it.

And I had trouble sticking to keeping things under an inch for the swap.  My partners agreed to go a little bigger, so that was cool for the swap.  But now, my personal goal is to make 20 small steampunk charms under an inch. 
My self-inflicted punishment is really becoming quite enjoyable!  LOL 

C&C is greatly appreciated.  And if you have any awesome tips for polyclay, please feel free to share.

4  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Montgomery, AL Riverwalk Festival on: June 22, 2010 08:04:07 PM
9am to 5pm, Arts & Crafts, Concert, Concessions, Riverboat rides, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Children's Art Area, The Hyundai Half Marathon, Carriage Rides.  Want to participate? Call 334-241-2300, or email [email protected].
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Patio Candle Holders on: April 24, 2010 08:34:19 AM
I made these yesterday for our Relay for Life tent.  But now the event is over, and they will be lighting my patio on hot summer nights. 
I free-handed some designs and used a dremel to cut out. (be safe, wear goggles!)  Used the dremel to drill the holes and saved time with precut floral wire. Then dug into the spray paint stash for fiesta colors. 

My friends like it so much we're going to make these for a craft day.  Going to have work on making the wire hangers a little prettier.   Comments and criticism please
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Little Diaper Baby Shower Announcements on: February 07, 2010 02:21:49 PM
Instead of using the little store-bought invitations for my daughters baby shower, we made them out of scrap book paper.

The Lil Momma is happy with them.  We still have to put the pins in. 

C & C are always welcome, and thanks for looking.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Recon T-shirt baby pants on: December 28, 2009 05:58:46 AM
My first grandbaby will be here in March, so my daughter came over with some old t-shirts and we made some pants.  Daddy decided we couldn't have all the fun so he painted bleach designs on this pair before I sewed them up.

Here are three other pairs, and I know we'll make more.  My daughters recycle excitement was fun to see.   

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tired of naked doll on: October 20, 2009 07:26:51 PM
Today, I officially got tired of seeing the same doll laying around my house naked.  I was less than happy with the quality of some variegated red heart - it was really rough.  The naked doll doesn't seem to to mind at all, though.
In fact, she looks really happy.  LOL

No pattern, just winging it, I made a ruffled skirt and a halter.  What do you think?

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Timing is everything on: January 14, 2009 12:04:44 AM
So there is this man, who happens to be my man, who is a mechanic, who fixed my timing chain a few months ago.  If you have never seen this surgical procedure done on a vehicle, the crank shaft and cam shafts have to be properly alligned and not one tooth off or lots of foul language happens. 

I found and borrowed the heart image from a some t-shirt site.  And here is what that mechanical stuff really looks like, curtesy of Google images.

I finished this tonight so I have tomorrow to frame it.  (I borrowed the frame from another painting for tonight to see how it will look.)  Oh yeah, I had to put the crappy border on it to hide a mistake.  We were on the phone and I was laughing so hard I dropped the damn paint brush with red on it. LOL

I'm just showing him some love.  Thursday is his birthday and VD is coming soon.  Manly enough to keep the parts guys from razzing him and decorative enough to hang in the shop.

What do you think?  And thanks for peeking!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I decided to play with water . . . ( on: January 05, 2009 09:30:27 PM
I usually stick to the sewing and crafting side of this fabulous website, but I decided to come back to my first love.  Trying to paint. 

I used to dabble in watercolors during my B.C. years (before children) and the oldest is 19, so I'm dusty & rusty.  Buuut, my Christmas present to myself was a new set of paints, some brand new "not beat up or shared with kids" paint brushes, and watercolor pads.  It took two weeks to get all my loot, because I'm cheap   thrifty, and it depended on the coupons I could find to buy my shiny new good stuff.  Then I had to find my old easel and paint box, buried in the shed behind the camping gear.  That totally wasn't worth digging out.  They both need a bath.  And the whole seek & find set off a "lets clean out this %#@& shed" and so on. 

So finally, here are my first five mini's in 20 years. in the order they were painted this past week.  I hope you like them, and I'll probably be back looking for tips/ideas/help!

These next three got washed out with the flash - is there a trick to this with watercolors?  We didn't have digital way back in the day.

And the best so far:

I was halfway into a big bottle of wine for the dandelions.  Did most great artists die of liver failure? I better google that!

Comments/Criticism welcome and thanks for peeking!

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