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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Plant Station & Traveling Chest on: September 12, 2019 10:37:05 AM
My Mom gave me this old wooden chest that she got for $10 in Alaska sometime in the 1970s. It used to be a stained a brown color, but the stain had worn off in a lot of spots and was generally pretty dodgy. My husband stripped and sanded the old stain, and we discovered that the chest was made of different kinds of woods for different parts of the chest. So, instead of staining it a different color, I just put a white wash over it.

I wanted it to be a kind of tribute to Terry Pratchett's discworld books, as a reference to The Luggage. It doesn't have lots of tiny feet and isn't sapient, but we put some Discworld stickers on it and whenever we visit someplace new we add more stickers to it. Once it's sufficiently covered in stickers I'll probably put a coat of sealer over the top.

It also serves as a plant station. I seem to kill most plants I encounter, except for orchids. I keep my orchids in a glass house and apothecary jar, water them when they're dry, give them plant food every so often, and they seem to be doing well. In the winter, I'll replace the bulb in the lamp with a grow bulb so they stay warm and get some extra sun, since the days are really short here in the winter. The lamp itself is an eBay find; I found similar ones in the local stay and on Wayfair, but they were outside my budget.

And a bonus picture of my cat with the plants and windows.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Moon Princess Bomber Jacket on: September 12, 2019 08:41:06 AM
I wanted a custom fall jacket with a Sailor Moon theme. I didn't make the jacket myself; it's from H&M. But, I designed, cut the design from different colors of iron on vinyl using my Silhouette Curio, and hand embroidered around each element of the design myself. Smiley I also added up various patches, buttons, decorative flowers and rhinestones, and used phone charms and keychains for my zipper pulls.

The design is inspired by a Sailor Moon chest tattoo design I found when I was googling images for inspiration.

I have room for new patches/elements as I find them, and I'm debating if I want to embroidery Love and Justice on the front pocket flaps, but I consider the jacket to basically be done. Cheesy Only took a year and a half, haha.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Kitchen Cabinet Revamp, Caffeination Station & Bonus Plate Rack on: September 11, 2019 09:39:15 AM
I was a busy bee the last few months working on projects in my kitchen. I wanted to at least get all of the cabinets painted before my Mom and Aunts visited last month, and I managed to finish reinstalling the last cabinet door a few hours before my Mom's flight arrived. Had her flight arrived on time, I might not have gotten it done in time, hahaha.

I started out with dingy 20 year old yellow-white melamine, and used a rustoleum paint kit made specifically for painting cabinets like mine. I ended up supplementing with additional paint and benjamin moore sealer because the sealer that came with my kit was contaminated with weird black speckles, but rustoleum refunded me for the cost of the kit which ended up covering the additional purchases of sealer. We also added new brassy door knobs, which my husband picked out because the design reminds him of shields and he likes playing a paladin in games.

I also added some extra storage conveniences. First, we converted the panel in front of our sink into a tip out drawer.

We use it for sponges. It just keeps the sink area tidy ish (when we have guests anyways; otherwise we're kind of sloppy). The instructions for installing the tip out were really awful and it took us three hours to do. I ended up gorilla gluing the handle on the front when we couldn't get the screws the handle came with the drill through the panel.

Next, I added some sliders from IKEA to my pantry

Last, we added a plate rack in my open cabinet, and a pan hanger across the top of it. I love being able to store our plates vertically.

I also cleaned, added new knobs, organized and decorated my baker's rack, turning it into a Caffeination Station. The knobs match the ones on our cabinet and island drawers. The baker's rack was originally my Mom's; she got it for $20 at a yard sale in Florida. When I moved to Canada, she gave it to me. Smiley It has rusty legs and is missing a rack, but I feel like that gives it character. I tried to remove the rust at first, but it seemed to cause more harm than good so I desisted.

The Dalek caffeinate print is from artist autogeography on Etsy. I have no connection with them, I just liked the print and through it would be nice for our caffeination station. Cheesy I've been trying to add tastefully nerdy things around the place, but I don't want to to lean to hard into nerd decor in case it becomes gaudy - at least not on the main level of the house. The basement knows no such rules. The round apple basket was a gift from my Mom, and the apple sugar bowl was a Christmas gift from an old roommate in college. I also have some cherry tea canisters that I got from Teavana and baskets we got from the dollarama.

As a bonus, my husband put together this IKEA plate rack for me and we hung it together. I bought it specifically to display our Studio Ghibli fine china that we bought during our honeymoon in Japan, although it also holds coffee mugs.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Disney Anniversary Lightbox Surprise on: August 23, 2019 09:06:18 AM
My brother in law got engaged at Disney World a few years ago right before my wedding. :3 We were there for our 'bachelor/ette' party with some friends, and I helped plan the engagement carriage ride.

They are now celebrating their first wedding anniversary and he asked me to make a surprise piece of art for his bride. He originally wanted a black and white silhouette drawing of the carriage with the Cinderella Castle in the background, but I thought that was a little boring. I always wanted to do a lightbox, and my brother in law likes LED lights. I thought I could give them their fireworks too; the fireworks were supposed to go off at the end of the carriage ride, but they got delayed.

So I made this layered lightbox with an led light that can flash and change colors. Cheesy The sky has little holes poked in to try and resemble fireworks.

Here's a WIP from before I added the carriage in.

My brother and sister in law really like it and have already got it hung up on the wall. Smiley

I also made a small video of the piece with the lights for my Instagram, which you can see here if you are interested: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1aiJOhn_lf/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The Dawnflower's Trousseau on: July 25, 2019 07:58:54 AM
I finished this a while ago, but apparently forgot to post it on here. XD Better late than never, eh?

I made an illustration, hair accessory and boutonniere as fanart for the character Pike Trickfoot from Critical Role, and as a gift for the actress who plays Pike and her betrothed.

A lot of people like to start with a drawing or sketch for their idea, but I usually don't for kanzashi. I have an idea in my head and just start making it. So, after I wrapped up the hair accessory, I did this illustration to go with it.

And, I made this handkerchief as well - since I didn't think it the packet felt complete without something else.

I didn't think the character pike would go in for fancy packaging, so I used a simple lace ribbon and brown box packaging - slightly rustic. But inside, I used gold lame packing paper because Brian and Ashley are into wild fashion a bit haha.

I hand wrote a letter for Brian and a Scroll of Authenticity for the Pike-related items, like I did for my other Critical Role project (The Voice of the Tempest Reliquary), but didn't take photos of those items.

I wrote more about this project on my blog here: http://www.appledainty.com/projects-by-discipline/tsumami-zaiku/the-dawnflowers-trousseau/
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Orchid and Fern Frond Kanzashi on: July 22, 2019 05:52:27 PM
Been a while since I had a new design to share. Smiley This one's a resin orchid paired with a fern frond.

I used a UV resin coating on the orchid petals to lend them strength. They took longer to dry than indicated, but turned out nicely.

The fern frond is silk, wire, and rhinestones.

I wrote a long post about this piece on my blog: http://www.appledainty.com/projects-by-discipline/tsumami-zaiku/orchid-and-fern-kanzashi/

I'm working on some wisteria kanzashi next and purple resin butterflies. Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Blossom and Butterfly Ear Cuff on: May 30, 2019 09:06:07 AM
The weekend before my trip to Toronto I realized I had already finished my projects for the show and only needed to finish some minor packing. So, I thought I'd work on a personal project. It's a kind of test piece to see if a larger project I wanted to make would be viable (a kind of shoulder hugging cape veil type thing. Still thinking on it. x_x).

So, I decided to make an ear cuff. I love faeries and elves and so forth, so I thought it would be fun to do something faerie inspired.

I ended up not keeping the piece but giving it to one of my favorite kimono designers, who I was very excited to meet. I hadn't really expected to give it to her, but she seemed so interested in it and I thought it would make a nice memento of her time in Toronto. Smiley

Here's how it looks being worn.

And one more on a grey background. Helps bring out the blue iridescent shine.

The butterfly is a wire frame, dip resin with iridescent mineral pigment and rhinestones. The body of the butterfly is a Japanese glitter wire.

The cherry blossoms are two-tone hand dyed silk with bead cap and rhinestone centers, and I wrapped the wire with embroidery floss and added a few more rhinestones and pearl millinery stamens for accent.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Great White Trillium and Cherry Blossoms Kanzashi on: May 14, 2019 12:03:19 PM
I decided, a bit at the last minute, to do a piece for a charity auction being held at a convention I'm attending next weekend. I am happy because I managed to finish this all in one weekend. Cheesy Granted, I already made the cherry blossoms a while back - but still, making the wire frames and getting a smooth finish on the resin is time consuming! I feel like it counts as a one weekend project.

This piece features a great white trillium, the provincial flower of Ontario, and cherry blossoms - kind of an east meets west theme since the convention celebrates Japanese culture and animation.

I'm really proud of this piece, and I hope the auction goes well - it benefits the sick children's hospital. I must give credit to my husband for keeping me on task this weekend, and suggesting that I make a white trillium. Smiley Smart man, he is.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Intoxication Station on: April 15, 2019 10:08:45 AM
EDIT: I posted this in the wrong section; it should be in interior design. ;o; If a mod could move it, I would be grateful. I can't seen to figure out how to do it myself.

I finally finished this little bit of our house; the intoxication station. XD The bar cart's been done for a while, but I finally finished the shelf for the glasses, and now consider the space relatively complete.

The wine glasses I picked up at a rummage sale - $10 for all 8 glasses new in the box. We later saw them new in the fancy high end home goods store for something like $15 - $20 a glass, so I felt like a winner. XD

Our family friend Lauree died a few years ago, and she left me the antique cabinet we used to make the bar cart. So, I put this picture I draw of her and her dog for her celebration of life on the shelf above it. I've got a picture of her and my Mom that I want to get printed and framed as well, so eventually that will go up there. Smiley

And just a few detail pictures from the bar cart:

Iron handles/towel rack

Decorative corners

D&D Tray that I made with our hexagon wine rack.

Overall pretty pleased with how everything turned out. Once our kitchen cabinets are done I'm going to refurbish an old baker's rack and turn it into a caffeination station. Cheesy
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Clematis & Chrysanthemum Hairpins on: April 15, 2019 10:01:45 AM
Here are some new finished maiko calendar kanzashi hairpins Smiley Traditional motifs for seasons/holidays.

They are normally larger, but I made these smaller so they are easier to wear.

This one is new. I like making dragon flies, but I don't do them as often as butterflies.

This one is based on a Gion festival design, which actually change a little every year.

I've done this design before, but they always turn out a little different.

I originally made this one as a christmas ornament, but it's been repurposed into a hairpin. Smiley
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