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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / ZZZzzz - a bedroom solution on: August 09, 2013 08:51:26 AM
To me, Craftster is a way to express ...myself ...my hands ...my thoughts ...my comments ...my appreciation ...my admiration ...my inspiration ...my anything related to crafting! 

(As a teenage in the early 1970's/precomputer days, many Friday/Saturday nights were spend alone in my room.  My boredom was alievated by gaining craft skills, but because crafting supplies were limited to yarn and glue, I improvised with lots of unrelated materials and techniques.  Later as a young adult I associated crafting with loneliness and rejected anything associated with that time in my life.  Fast forward 40 years and I now realize Craftster has taught me to recognize the earlier period of my life as a time of reflection and skill development.  I am now able to allow my crafting soul to grow and have learned so much from others in the Craftster community.)

I wanted our bedroom to be gender neutral and needed something for the wallspapace above the bed.  I had seen a collection of the letter "Z" arranged above a bed, but didn't have any as I collect the letter "K".  Even if I did have lots of the letter "Z", I don't want a ton of holes in my wall.  So...I decided to improvise.

After gluing different paper patterns on to foam board, I then traced the letter "Z" from templates I got at the hobby store.  Because less than 30% of the population dream in color, I purposely chose black and white patterns.  I then glued the letters on top of each other in the shape of a thought bubble, with an added splash of color to balance the look.  In order to support letters that were not laying directly against the wall, I cut small squares from the foam board and glued them on the underside.

I'm pleased with the way it turned out, and in hindsight I should have hung it a little higher over the bed, or provided better reinforcement to the bottom letters because cats can be curious -- and one of the culprits happened to mangle a couple of the lower letters.  Fortunately and easy fix is in sight!

Thanks for looking  Smiley
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mervyn Peake - Portrait of the Artist as a Poet on: August 09, 2013 07:40:09 AM
Your tenderness for Mervyn Peake is beautiful.

If he were still alive, he would be incredibly proud of your skill and more so, appreciative of the role you have played in encouraging others (in this forum) to consider his talents.

Thank you for sharing your loving memorial and I hope some day you will be able to get it cast.
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: update: 7-19-13 Jelly Bean painting on: August 09, 2013 07:28:25 AM
Infant Sea is incredible...and this is even more INCREDIBLE (squared!).

Just curious...do you use black licorice for the outline? Also, what do you use to seal it (especially from humidity and bugs)?

Thank you so much for sharing your progress photos.  You are an inspiration!
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Jelly Bean painting - Infant Sea on: August 09, 2013 07:17:26 AM
Wow-wow-wow...I can't wait to look at your other work!

I thought you stippled(sp?) with paint, but JELLY BEANS...what an incredibly beautiful (and sweet!) piece. 

I would love my DENTIST to have this in his office (instead of a fish tank and to show a sense of humor)

25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sleepy Kitty on: August 09, 2013 07:11:04 AM
The kitty in me said "meWOW"...it's beautiful!

What a fun project!
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: After many pin pricks, stitch picks, and curse words... ;) on: August 09, 2013 07:08:13 AM
Oooohhh...beautiful!!!  What a precious welcome gift into our wonderful world.

(I know Haley's mom will love it and you may want to start making another because Haley is bound to have a tantrum each time Haley's mom needs to wash it.)

27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Washi/Duck Tape Decorated Toenails on: August 08, 2013 04:41:24 PM
To me, Craftster means...a chance to share my creations in a supportive environment, even if one of those creations is kinda gross.

I tend to blame working at a keyboard all day for my poor penmanship, along with anything else that requires fine hand detail.  Thankfully I'm not a girly girl because no matter how hard I try, my polish jobs tend to be a bit sloppy unless I use stick-on decals.

So when my summer pedicure needed an update, I decided to experiment on my toenails and make my own decals using zebra duck tape and pink washi tape.

Using a sheet of decals as my pattern, I outlined the shapes/sizes and copied them onto the non-waxy side of Freezer Paper.  Since my toenails are short, I drew a line to cut the nail pattern in half.

I then laid the sticky side of the tape facing up and positioned each half of the nail pattern (waxy side) on either side of the tape so that the nail pattern extends over the tape.  This ensures the curved sections will be cut smoothly and the paper will act as a tag to separate the tape from the paper.

Once cut, the individual pieces are compared against the base of the toenail for the best fit.

After the tape is peeled from the freezer paper and placed on da piggies, the excess is trimmed and filed.  It seems the washi tape stays on longer with a coat of clear polish, whereas none is required for the duck tape version.     Thanks for looking Grin
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Phrenology Helmet on: August 08, 2013 03:39:25 PM
Thanks everyone for your positive words!
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Denim Hammock on: August 08, 2013 07:05:45 AM
To me...Craftster is my drug of choice!   Grin

(My mantra is "accentuate the positive / medicate the negative", and the BEST medication is creating something!  Even if I don't physically produce anything, the thought of ...how it might be constructed, ...the materials to use, ...the technique I want to apply, ...the colors involved, ...the message I want to convey, etc... takes me into a private zone and the cray-z world around me disappears.  Yeah, there may be some bad results, but each trip a wonderful experience and makes me crave more and more.)

My brother-in-law was retiring and while "no gifts" were to be part of the celebration, I figured I would break his rule and make a hammock from denim scraps.  Afterall, isn't the opposite of "work" called "relaxing"?

Loved bluejeans were cut into usable lengths and then laid out so that shades varied.  They were sewn together and a length of outdoor fabric was used for the underside.  Topstitching the denim top to the outdoor fabric provides even greater strength.

A 7" strip of denim was placed at both ends of the hammock to provide reinforcement before grommets were attached.

Using cording from the dollar store and directions from the internet, lengths of cord were secured around a solid ring and woven into a traditional hammock design...

...and the remaining cord was threaded into a wooden stave, looped around the grommets and then tied off.

The hammock now takes a place of honor in his backyard and is perfect for napping!
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Creativity is messy... on: August 07, 2013 04:53:26 PM
How fun!  And colorful!  And pretty!  And fun to receive!

I am too shy to swap Smiley but we share a similar motto!  At work I always reminded my coworkers that "creative minds are rarely tidy"
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