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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / First Silkscreen ever with bacon! on: May 11, 2010 08:40:04 PM
I am really excited I have been accepted as a model for an art study abroad program through my university.  Being a poor collage student I have been fund raising my but off to buy my ticket to Greece.  My totally awesome friend, Amy, said she would teach me how to silkscreen to help me out.  Another one of my friends drew the designs and yet another friend helped burn the screen.  I am so lucky to have super rad friends!

This is three of the bacon patches:

They say, "I Heart Greece" with my favorite food bacon!

These are the rad mud flap ladies with the Greek flag in them:

Here the up close pic:

They say "Naked in Greece" because I will be modeling for a figure drawing class while I am there.  The added bonus is I get to paint for 4 hours a day!  I am really excited and I am so happy that my friends are helping me learn new skills.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Do you have this vintage Kenmore sewing machine? Loads of Pics. on: July 30, 2009 09:27:50 PM
Hello ya'll

I just bought a new to me Kenmore.  It is totally rad for being so old.  It weights at least 3 time more than my newer model Kenmore, so hopefully that means it it made of metal and not plastic.  Anyways It came with a whole stock pile of cool feet and other items but no instruction manual. I am hoping someone out there has this machine and could point me to where I can find a manual.  Also I need help identifying some of the parts.  Thanks everyone for your help!

On with the picture show...

Side panel:


This plate thingy?Huh?

This brown thing Huh?, top view:

Side view:

Metal L shaped stick Huh?

Top View:

Then there are 5 of these hard plastic plates  HuhHuh??

Purl plate???

Back of Purl Plate:

Regular plate?Huh

Back of Regular plate:

Keyhole plate???

Back of keyhole plate:

Bound plate?Huh?

Bound Plate back:

Thanks for any info on this machine and it's parts!!!

3  California / California: North / Snip and Stitch Craft Extravaganza: Sunday, July 26 2009 on: July 06, 2009 05:23:33 PM
Come support Arcata's first indie craft fair Sunday, July 26 2009! 

This will be my first fair and I am really excited and nervous. 

Here is the website for more details: http://craftymavericks.com/

See you there!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Should I buy this Jaguar Serger for $100??? on: April 20, 2009 11:08:31 AM
I have been wanting a serger but I don't have a lot of $ to get a good one.  But I just found this serger on my local Craig's list:

"If you always wanted a serger this is the one with the right price 1997 comes with vhs video and manual. model055 "

And is it only $100.  But I can't find any information on the web about this machine.  Is $100 too much for something that is 12 years old?  Does anyone have one of these?  Help me please!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Prayer for the Just Born (Lots of Super Pictures!) on: March 13, 2009 08:17:57 PM
This is the painting I did for my midterm.  The canvas is 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide I even made the stretcher bars.  The painting was done in acrylics but there is also embroidery, sequins, piped paint, faux fur, Swarovski Crystals, and piped glitter.  I spent over 120 hours on her and I am really happy with the results.  There are a few things I want to fix but we need a break from each other.  I traditionally create sculpture but with in the last year I have found myself enjoying another medium.  Because of my sculpture background I think I am more inclined to do other stuff than paint on my canvas.  I am really happy she is done and I know everyone here can appreciate all the hand work I did to her. 

I am not totally happy with her beard.  I am thinking about taking a needle felting class to make a better one.

A close up of her tattoo.  (The black dots are stray black glitter.) You can also see her french knot bra!

Here is the corona, it was made by piping gold paint.  I used a star tip in the pastry bag.  I love the texture it makes.  You can also see her wonky hand, it is something I am going to fix.

Her guarder belts are all 4 strand french knots.  Her fishnets are also embroidered. 

This banana has 1600 sequins!  I used a head pin, a clear yellow seed bead, and a lime sequins.  I put heavy gel medium on the back of the canvas to "glue" them into place.  This took 10 times longer than I planned.  The ends of the banana are black rhinestones.  Her shoes are black glitter mixed with medium to give them demention.  I added another layer of black glitter on top of the wet glitter.

The outer border of the corona was archived with glitter mixed with gel medium.  I used a larger star tip than the gold corona.  I stenciled on each peep and then  added the glitter to simulate sugar.  I mixed the purple glitter with more heavy medium and piped it to outline the peeps.

I edged the border of my canvas with sparkly magenta, lime green ric rac, and mirror circles.

I hope ya'll love her as much as I do!  Sorry about the bad lighting, I had to take pictures in the back room of the painting lab.  Any comments and criticism are totally welcome!

6  COOKING / Dessert / Bacon Again! Maple walnut bacon cupcakes with chocolate frosting! on: February 23, 2009 10:35:08 PM
My friends are bring me dinner in the lab tomorrow.  So I whipped up these yummies for dessert.  The cupcake is maple, walnut, and bacon.  They are very light and fluffy.  The frosting in plain ol' chocolate with pecans for fun.  The frosting is really dense almost fudge-y. Everything was from scratch too!

Group shot:

I love that I have a cuisine setting on my camera.  It seemed a bit weird but it looks good.

Tell me what you think!
7  COOKING / Dessert / Maple Bacon Fudge on: December 20, 2008 07:55:08 PM
Tonight is our annual Bacon party.  I have been in bed with the flu so I threw together a couple of things: bacon vodka, bacon candy canes and these bacon fudge bites.  They were REALLY easy to make!

Here is close up of one piece.  You can see the bacon on the right side.

Thanks for looking!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Homemade Bacon Candy Canes, yes bacon on: December 20, 2008 07:49:58 PM
Tonight is the 3rd annual bacon party.  I usually go all out but I had the flu this week so I only made a few things.  In honor of Christmas I decided to make candy canes.  But not just any candy canes but Maple Bacon candy canes.  I was going to have a red stripe but when I went to add the red food coloring the Bottle was empty. Boo!  So these have 1/2 a pound of bacon in all.

Sorry the picture isn't the best.  I'll give an update on how they went at the party.

Thanks for looking!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Monster Wreath on: December 14, 2008 01:11:26 PM
I was planning on making this for Halloween but now it it December, oh well! The bow is removable so I can hang it for Halloween next year.  I think I might put teeth in it for Halloween but for now just the glitter bow.

It was inspired by craftster callakat's wreath: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53867.0

I followed her directions except I sewed the outside of the wreath and only hot glued the middle ring.  I hope you like it as much as I do!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stick on Snowflake Decorations on: December 02, 2008 06:55:11 PM
I live in a tiny apartment, ie less then 260 square feet.  There isn't much room for a lot of decorations.  So I came up with these snowflakes.  I took the Ikea window cling stuff and cut out circles.  Then I folded the circles into triangles and then cut random patterns into them.  Then voila!  Instant snow flakes! 

I stuck the first batch on my front door.
This is my favorite little one:

I will be making more for my mirrors and other windows in my house.  Thanks for looking and tell me what you think!
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