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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dresden Plate potholder - 100% hand sewn on: October 05, 2014 03:11:43 PM
My husband and I have been listening to a lot of audio books lately - such a great way to fit reading in to a hectic life! I started this little project to have something to do with my hands while we were listening to a particularly good book, and it only took me two (rather long) evenings to complete. A Dresden Plate potholder/trivet, 100% hand sewn!

I made the potholder using English Paper Piecing so that I could do it all by hand rather than by machine, and I hand quilted it as well. Please excuse the messy stitches! I really need to work on my hand quilting... I found it super tricky to quilt through all the layers (even though this potholder only has two layers of batting, one being Insul-Bright and the other Warm&Natural) which is why my stitches came out so large and far apart. If you have any tips on hand quilting, I'd love to hear them!

I love EPP and hand sewing in general, it's so relaxing! Don't you?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Subversive Machine Embroidery - Hoopla extravaganza on: September 03, 2014 02:17:13 AM
My mom has a fantastic embroidery sewing machine (a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond) and every time I visit her I take some time to play around with it. These are a couple of pieces I made the last time I visited - "Subversive Cross Stitch" inspired machine embroidery!

I programmed the designs myself in 4D Cross Stitch, and I actually liked the "Girls just wanna have..." one so much that I ended up making several versions in different colors. Most of them are embroidered on plain cotton, but I also tried some structured linen (the one in the large hoop above for example). That's one thing I love about machine embroidery, you can experiment and make several versions of a design in a relatively short time. Not so much so with traditional cross stitch!

I also made a couple of hooplas featuring "subversified" sayings in Swedish (my native language). Not sure how to translate them into English though...  Roll Eyes

Most of them were mounted in embroidery hoops I had laying around, but I also took a trip to the thrift store to buy some frames which I painted to fit the designs.

I hope you like them! I actually sold two of these within minutes of posting them on facebook, so I would consider that a success. And of course I am keeping a few for my own wall! :-)

Comments and criticism welcome!  Kiss

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First Visual Journal! (pic obese) on: January 07, 2011 05:18:18 AM

I finally finished my very first visual/art journal! I'm really excited to show it to all the journaling pros here. Would love to hear your comments, ideas and advice!

These are some of my favorite pages. Most of the writing is in Swedish... One of the things I want to improve for my next journal is to add more ART into my art journal! Many of the pages in this one are more journalling and writing, either plain or on painted/collaged backgrounds. For my next journal (I'm starting a new one straight away!) I want to do more pages with mostly art and less writing. Any ideas on how to get started would be welcome!

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, my scanner isn't the best... How do you guys scan/photograph your pages?

Hope you like them! C/C welcome!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / TRUE BLOOD Sookie and Bill costumes! (pic heavy) on: November 02, 2010 02:32:21 AM
You might think that I'm a year late, but I got this idea in my head and couldn't get rid of it, so it had to be... Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton for Halloween! The silly thing is that I have brown, chin length hair and my boyfriend's hair is reddish blonde and very short... So these fairly simple costumes became a lot more complicated than they could have been!  Roll Eyes

This is me in my brand new blonde wig! This was the most Sookie-like style I could find. I sewed the apron myself, and customized the t-shirt to fit Sookie's Merlotte's uniform. I did change one thing in the costume: Short shorts might work well in southern USA, but in Sweden at the end of October it's just not an option! Black trousers worked well with my black and white sneakers.

Some close ups of the apron and t-shirt. I sewed the apron from scratch out of green broadcloth, it has a pocket on the front and the Merlotte's logo was made using a printable fabric sheet and appliqued to the front of the apron. The t-shirt is customized with another printed Merlotte's logo.

On to Bill... One of the good things about this costume is that you can wear pretty much normal clothes. I did the make up for this one, using a regular concealer, some white and black Halloween makeup, a red lip liner and of course some fake blood (the same used on on my neck).  The most time consuming thing about this was the wig. We couldn't find a perfect Bill hairstyle, so we bought a wig with much longer hair, and I had to cut it to style. The first pic shows the original wig (called "Liam", I'm guessing after the Oasis singer) and the second one is after the haircut.

We also made a couple of Tru:Blood bottles using Bacardi Breezer Watermelon. Just stuck them in hot water to peel of the labels, printed labels we found online, and attached them using my Xyron Create-A-Sticker! This is the result:

Bill having a drink:

Bill having another drink:

And this shot shows the retractable plastic fangs in all their glory (please excuse the adorable goofy facial expression! Kiss):

If anyone's interested in making their own Sookie costume for next year, here are the images I used for her outfit. The first one is for the T-shirt, and the second is for the apron. I used printable fabric sheets, but you could easily use iron-on sheets too. They'd just be a little less long lasting.

That's it! Whew! Sorry about all the pics, but this is the first time I've had anything to show for a challenge so I'm very excited!  Tongue I would love to hear your comments!!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another Upcycled Cake Stand on: October 31, 2010 02:53:11 PM
I'm sure you guys are getting tired of seeing these, but all the lovely vintage plate cake stands here on Craftster inspired me to make one for myself! I found the plates at a wonderful local thrift store, they were a steal. The betweens are an egg cup and a candle stick, both really pretty and the perfect size for this sort of thing!

And another shot which shows the proportions a little better. The top plate is 5" and the bottom one is about 8".

I'm really happy with the result and I've gotten lots of compliments on it. Now I just need an excuse to throw a tea party! Smiley

Thanks for looking! Comments welcome!  Wink
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Monogram stamp, mushroom, kitty, and a colorful snowman on: October 31, 2010 02:36:01 PM
I made this monogram stamp for two close friends who got married this summer. I looked at some monograms online for inspiration, but I ended up combining different designs into one to fit their style. They seemed to like it, always a relief!

Also thought I'd share some other stamps I've made over the past couple of months. This little mushroom was made for the last Handmade Rubber Stamp swap.

This snowman was also made for the HRS swap. It has four different parts - the outline, the hat, the scarf and the nose. I like the idea of being able to combine different colors!

And last but not least, one of the few stamps I've made for myself, rather than for swaps or gifts! I really like this little kitty.

C/C welcome! Thanks for looking!!

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Circle Wall Art on: October 31, 2010 02:18:02 PM

I made this piece of wall art for littlebluegirl, my partner for the Buy Nothing Swap. What a great way to de-stash some buttons and felt! The project took a little longer than I had expected (all those tiny stitches!) but I think the result was worth it!  Smiley

The felt is a mix of acrylic, wool/acrylic blend and all wool felt, the colors especially chosen to match my partner's preferences of course. Turns out I have a ton of different shades of blue and purple, I didn't even use them all in the end!

The backing is simple black broadcloth. The frame also comes from my stash, I painted it black to match the backing. A close up of the circles and buttons:

I hope you like! C/C always welcome!  Wink

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed media painting - Energy on: March 13, 2010 12:02:42 PM
This is an acrylic/mixed media painting on canvas, about 8x10". I wanted to make something cheerful for spring!

I haven't put it up on the wall yet, so here it is prettying up my kitchen table:

A lot of the inspiration for this comes from the awesome iHanna's blog: http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/. Check it out!

Comments and advice welcome! Thanks! Smiley
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / How to start an altered journal? on: January 29, 2010 01:58:20 AM
Hello experienced paper crafters!

I need some advice from those of you who make altered/visual journals... Lately I've been thinking more and more about starting a journal, both because I want to practice my creative side and because I need to start writing down my thoughts. The thing is, when I look at all the gorgeous and intricate art journals on flickr, Craftster and other sites, I feel completely overwhelmed and intimidated!  Shocked

I feel like I wouldn't know where to start... I can't get my head around the steps of the process, from blank page to complete piece. I have done collage-type ATCs for a while but I would like to try using more watercolors, acrylic part and other "artsy" stuff in my journal, not just collaging.

I was wondering if anyone has any tips or a link to any tutorials for starting an art/altered/visual journal? I would love to start with a kind of step-by-step guide, just to learn the basics before I can improvise more on my own. Any tips or ideas?

I posted a question in the art board as well, but I figured the "journalling" part of art journalling might fit better on the paper crafts board. I've been looking through the Altered-journal-along as well, but again, when I see a page that inspires me I still have no idea HOW it was made.  Roll Eyes

Thanks guys!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Art Journaling Advice! on: January 29, 2010 01:45:03 AM
Hello art board!

I usually don't hang out here much... But lately I've been thinking more and more about starting an art journal, both because I want to practice my creative side and because I need to start writing down my thoughts. The thing is, when I look at all the gorgeous and intricate art journal on flickr, Craftster and other sites, I feel completely overwhelmed and intimidated! I just don't know where to start... I just can't get my head around the steps of the process, from blank page to complete piece.

I was wondering if anyone has any tips or tutorial for starting an art/altered/visual journal? I would love to start with a kind of step-by-step guide, just to learn the basics before I can improvise more on my own. Any tips or ideas?

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