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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Halloween Tree on: September 15, 2008 02:31:16 PM
I decided to make a tree for my Mom decorated for Halloween.  Everything was made using Sculpey III with a wire skeleton for the tree and the raven.  We both loved Wicked so I made a mask to look like Elphaba and her hat.

This is a trick or treat bag with a ghost on it.

And a slightly blurry closeup of the mask and the Raven.

22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zill (a.k.a. finger cymbals) Pouch on: September 08, 2008 08:55:59 PM
I take an American Tribal Style Bellydance class and we use zills a.k.a. finger cymbals in every class.  I've been waiting to get a set (four cymbals) until I could decently keep rhythm on my finger tips while we dance.  I just got my first set so yay me!  They are very pretty with a lovely ring to them so I decided to make a small bag to carry the around in so they don't get dinged up.

Zills and Pouch (Pouch is about the size of a typical man wallet)

Zills climbing into the pouch (plain black lining)

Gratuitous material and shiny button pic (my Mom sent me a bag of the extra clothes buttons she's collected in her sewing box over the years)

23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Blasphemy Cow says "Beware of false idols" :) on: September 07, 2008 05:15:13 PM
A friend was texting from Church and in his honor I decided to make a golden calf.  I think my favorite part is the raised eyebrow.

24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / First Sculpey attempts... autumn tree, bike seat, and an iron skillet on: September 06, 2008 11:43:56 PM
My first attempt with Sculpey - 4.5" Autumn tree (trees are my standard "first time" project)

My bf created a mini rendition of his bike saddle and I made a mini iron skillet pendant (with a wee bit of wire inside so that the handle wouldn't break off) in honor of Iron Chef, which was on at the time.  With quarter for size comparison.

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrap oak tree on: September 01, 2008 10:19:22 PM
Much like everyone else, I *loved* Fun2Create's wire wrap Tree of Life designs https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265273.0.  Here's my take which turned into a necklace pendant, based on an oak tree.  My favorite part is the wee hollow in the middle of the tree, which is unfortunately sort of difficult to see.

26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Yarr! Me tall ship iron on is complete :) on: September 01, 2008 09:51:39 AM
I have more plain t-shirts than you can shake a stick at and a love for all things nautical!  I decided that this one needed the silhouette of a tall ship.  I found a Creative Commons image on Flickr, wiped out the background, and reversed the polarity of the entire universe!  Well, of the image anyway.  Once the ship was white and the background was black, I printed and cut out the transfer (HP for color fabric, BTW) with an X-acto knife and ironed that sucker on.  Once the shirt has been watched and dried a few times, the transfer will get a little brittle, break up a bit and have a nice, worn look to it which I love.

Note:  I was out of the waxy paper that comes with the transfers so I used a sheet of computer paper.  If you ever have the transfer stick to the wrong thing, don't let it cool down!  Just flip the ironee (in this case the t-shirt) over and iron through that.  (Basically apply the heat to the thing you want the transfer to stick to.)  The transfer was now sticking to both the shirt and the paper, and when I threw it in the washer the paper was dissolved.

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Duct Tape Dress Form on: August 20, 2008 09:16:41 PM
So you've probably seen a billion of these so far, but here is my duct tape dress form.  My boyfriend wrapped me up in about a roll and a half.  I dug through the recycling bin for enough paper to stuff it, using magazines to sort of line the sides and especially the back.  I put a piece of cardboard in each of the holes to hold everything in and made duct tape asterisks to hold those on.  Next up, I'm going to make a stand for it, but for now, it seems to stand freely because of the sheer amount of stuff packed in.

The instructions came from Etsy Labs http://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/03/dress-form-tutorial-want-to-make-exact.html and you can find my tale here: http://loriholden.blogspot.com/2008/08/duct-tape-dress-form.html it was pretty freaky being wrapped up. 

28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wire tree homemade notebook on: August 20, 2008 10:10:25 AM
I'm a lefty so notebooks with massive spirals on the edge are pretty uncomfortable for me to write in.  I made this one using 24 gauge wire, two pieces of 8.5"x11" cardboard, and a pile o' loose leaf.  I used a push pin to punch the holes for the wire, which is wrapped in the back and covered with a section taken from a manila envelope.  Great thing about it is that it will lay totally flat!  Tree is based on a pic I took in the Sacramento valley, the image is included below and it is a bit Photoshopped because the original was just so darn bright.  Any thoughts/considerations for the next one are greatly appreciated!   

The notebook:

And the inspiration:
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pocketbook/Clutch in one! on: August 14, 2008 09:07:14 AM
I tend to like small purses that are more like a mini sack than anything else.  Too many pockets and I can't find anything!  I've made purses before, but here's my first attempt at a liner, a zipper, and making a strap that allows that bag to transform from a shouldered pocketbook to a wrist-strapped clutch.  I just added a button an inch above the bag part on the inside of the strap and a corresponding buttonhole about 10 inches up the strap.

30  California / California: North / Calling All Santa Rosa Crafters - Need Area Info on: December 28, 2007 12:27:18 PM
Hi Folks, I'm a knitter/sewer moving from Chico, CA to Santa Rosa, CA at the end of January.  I've been through the area a few times and stayed the night in Rohnert Park once or twice, but that's about as familiar as I am with the area. 

I was hoping for some tips on knitting/crafting circles, good craft paraphernalia stores (aside from the typical Michaels, JoAnns, etc) as well as info on the general area.  Any tips on good/bad areas to live, known rentals, etc would also be greatly appreciated!  I'm looking for a 2 bedroom house with a garage and a fenced yard that will take me, the boyfriend, and the 3 year old black Lab.  We'd prefer living near Rohnert Park as that's where the BF will be working (and probably me too).

Edit: We're here and loving it!  I'm looking for folks to knit, sew, etc with on Tues/THurs/Sun evenings.  Hit me up if you're interested!
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