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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / My first "from scratch" gingerbread house (of God) on: January 07, 2014 12:13:37 PM
I had never made a gingerbread house before this holiday but I've always wanted to try to make one. I started off with a couple of kits and had fun doing those, but I really wanted to try to make the windows out of melted candies (the kits didn't have open windows). I found a pattern on cakecentral.com for a church made completely out of icing, and decided to use the template for my church. I'm sure I made my walls much thicker than necessary, but I'm still happy with it. My cat really likes it, too. She has licked one side of the steeple smooth!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Poppet UFO on: January 07, 2014 12:01:53 PM
Hey everyone. I haven't posted on here in forever. I'm talking years! I haven't had much time for craft projects in a while, but I had a month break from school for Christmas and I decided to take care of some of my UFOs. I started this poppet several years ago, I had her body and corset done, and decided to finish her. I'm pretty happy with how she turned out.

I'm sorry for how they came up sideways. Not sure how to fix that.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My poppet for the mini swap on: July 14, 2009 04:58:38 AM
Since everyone else from the swap is posting theirs on here, I figured I'd join in on the fun. Please meet Lily. She is a former courtesan who had a run in with the wrong count one night and is now a vampiress. She even comes with her own casket. She is my first completed poppet. I have one in bits and pieces at the moment but she has been put on the back burner for my 13 days of Halloween swap.

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Another Koi on: July 09, 2009 06:23:01 AM
OK, I totally fell in love with Skeeba's koi fish stencil shirt:
So I decided I had to try one myself. This is my first, and only (so far) multi-color stencil (well, if you don't count one where I used a little paint on a bleach stencil).
The pattern is my own design, but it is greatly influenced by other designs online, like Chris Garver's excellent koi tattoos. The paint bled a little bit in some areas, but I'm still really happy with it. C&C always welcome!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Frenchy bag pattern - my opinion on: June 24, 2009 05:58:40 AM
This pattern is by Amy Butler and I will start out by saying I LOVE this bag. It is very comfortable to carry and can hold a lot. I am not totally thrilled with the pocket design on the inside, though. The inside is basically divided into 3 sections, and the partitions can get a little bunched up when you fill the bag. On my second one, though, I put a hidden magnetic closure on the two partitions so they make a closed pocket in the middle. I think this helps a lot. Also, my first one, I didn't have a magnetic snap handy so I thought it would work fine without any snap at all. It might have, if I didn't put the large button on the front. I ended up putting in a large sew-in snap, which isn't pretty but it is effective, and you don't see it when the bag is shut. The second one I used a hidden magnetic snap again, which works great. Anyway, I thought I'd show off my bags and also give a little advice (my own opinion, of course) along the way.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / After much blood, sweat and tears... on: June 24, 2009 05:50:55 AM
This laptop bag was for my niece for her high school graduation. I made this pattern once before and it is one of my favorite bags I have made yet, but I kind of view this pattern like giving birth: the first time hurts like hell, but after a while the memory of the pain fades and you think it might be a good idea to try again (this coming from a woman with no children).  This is an excellent pattern, very clearly and well written, but there are a lot of layers to sew, so it can be difficult on a standard sewing machine. Literally blood, sweat and tears went into the making of this thing (the blood coming from having a sewing machine needle go part way through my finger. Don't worry, I didn't get any blood on the bag). I am very happy with how it turned out, though, and she loved it, too.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / some new ones from me on: June 24, 2009 05:42:44 AM

The front and back of a shirt I did for my husband's birthday. The color around the cake on the front was done because I messed up and bleached outside of the stencil. So, I just decided to make it look more intentional. I think it sort of looks like a wall in the game where you might find the graffiti.

I based this angel on a photo I took in Italy (figure standing next to a tomb in the Sante Croce). I wanted an angel, but the figure I photographed was just a woman, so I added the wings. I really wanted to do the crying angel in Doctor Who's "Don't Blink" but I couldn't find a full body image online. (Please forgive the cat hair. My siamese's favorite place to curl up is on any piece of black clothing she can find)

This last one is an ambigram for the word "Beauty" I designed (it reads the same thing upside down).
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / colored pencil from photograph on: May 28, 2009 05:14:08 AM
This was a Christmas present for my parents that I just finished a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I moved the week before Christmas, so this got put on the back burner. The four of us went to Italy last May (I was there exactly one year ago today. Sigh!) and I took this picture on the way back to our apartment from dinner one night. This is actually the second time I've sketched it, and I'll probably do it a third time as well. This one is far better than my first, but I'm still not happy with it. All the crazy angles messed with my head! C&C welcome.

The drawing itself. Sorry for the cruddy picture. I photographed it, and it is only a slightly better image than if I had used my scanner. I wish the colors were more accurate.

The original photo. This the Duomo in Florence, by the way.
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / My first glass post - lampwork on: May 27, 2009 07:25:15 AM
I've been more involved with the purse forum here on Craftster but thought it time to introduce myself here. Besides a ton of other crafts, I make glass beads and jewelry. I've been in withdrawal because we haven't re-built my studio since we moved at Christmas, but hopefully we'll get to start in the next couple of weeks.

My pictures are somewhat chunky, so I decided to post thumbnails.

This guy was my last "big" project before packing up my shop (he's probably about 2" tall)

I love glass chains and was just curious to see if I could make a byzantine chain out of glass. Talk about a PITA!

This is one of my all-time favorites! He even has a little skull murrini in the front of his bridle

Another favorite. This one is a couple of years old.

Hope you like! C&C welcome.

Edited to add: Hmm. I don't know why when you click on my thumbnails someone else's work shows up in my gallery. I do have other things in my gallery, but with these glass thumbnails, none of the rest of the stuff is mine...
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Angels and Demons swap? on: May 24, 2009 07:15:34 AM
Just an idea I'd throw out, since I can't host a swap yet. What with the new "Angels & Demons" movie coming out, I thought a swap based on the book/movie could be fun. It's wide open to possibilities; projects could be based on Rome, the artists and works referenced in the book/movie, ambigrams (which I'm currently having fun designing), even the actors/actresses themselves. Just a thought...
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