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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / twig snowflakes on christmas wreath on: December 14, 2014 02:31:24 PM
This was inspired by http://www.littlethingsbringsmiles.com/2010/12/rustic-snowflakes.html which i found on pinterest while looking for twig snowflakes.  Mine are twigs from the backyard, clipped/snapped to length and hot-glued together.  I spray painted them with gloss white (happened to have rust-oleum) and sprinkled martha stewart glitter while the paint was wet. I used both "crystal" (clear/aurora) and "white gold" (silver) glitter.  The white gold was more visible but I liked both together. I did a second coat of krylon clear glaze (again whatever i found in our basement) and put glitter on that time also.

The flakes are delicate and i had to repair a few of them as the door swinging shut would jar them.  They are wired onto a plain purchased evergreen wreath along with some battery-powered rice lights. Happy Holidays to everyone! It's so exciting when one of the projects in your mind actually makes it into real life!!  I wish i had had the patience to make more of them. Maybe next year.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Harry Potter 'Silver Doe' Shrine Ornaments on: December 14, 2014 01:41:18 PM
These are Absolutely Adorable! You created!! Somehow the grid-like texture of the background cardstock is soooo good. The sword in the water, the sweet little doe, so many details and you did every little bit. Thank you for being such an inspiration.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Winter Boots on: December 06, 2013 02:52:54 PM
could it really be that easy? Can't wait to try your instructions. The trim makes them extra super cute. I know a baby that needs these!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / thanksgiving placecard votives on: November 16, 2013 03:20:33 PM
summary: photos of fall leaves taken with the sun shining through them, printed and wrapped around clear glass votives, to be used for Thanksgiving dinner placecards

I used metal cup tealights. I taped the paper to the glass cups up a bit, bottom edge of the paper is parallel to the top edge of the tealight. I liked it best when the entire paper is glowing when the candle is lit.
Also, I preferred to place the photos so that only part of the leaf was showing. Without the edges of the leaf it is hard to tell it is a leaf.

Photo#1 (the colors are a little better in real life, your eyes are better than my camera)

Here's the too-long description of how i made them. summary, on the computer in Photoshop Elements i made shapes of the right size to wrap the votive, then imported, sized and moved the leaf photos so they showed well through the shapes.

OK. To make the shape the right size, I printed a leaf photo, cut it into a big approximate rectangle to fit around the small votive, then marked and trimmed it until it fit well. It ended up as a wide arc since the votives were not strictly vertical. see photo#2.

I scanned the hand-trimmed paper piece. Using Photoshop Elements, i created a new 8x10" transparent file candleleaf1. i imported the scan, then used the line tool (5 px wide) to outline the scanned paper piece and created a shape. I merged the layers with all the individual lines maybe there's an easier way but it worked. Once I had a single layer with the shape, i duplicated it and moved it so i had two shapes on the layer. (Deleted the original scan layer.) I used the paint can tool to fill white around the two shapes.

Then I opened the jpgs of the leaf photos as separate files. I would choose one, select all and copy, then paste into candleleaf1 which makes a new layer. The leaf layer should be moved to the back (so it will only be seen through the arc paper shape). Now, the leaf layer can be resized and moved until it looks good within the paper shape.

hint, after i placed the leaf, sometimes it was too big and encroached onto the second space. For the leaf layer, I would use the marquee tool to select the rectangle i wanted to keep, then invert the selection (on PC, control-shift-i) and press delete. This is basically a single layer crop. You can't use the regular crop command because it will crop ALL layers.

Added text layer with the name, using white color, bold. When i preferred to move the name away from the middle of the shape, i also rotated it a bit so the name was parallel to the bottom edge. Otherwise, the name looks crooked on the votive.


Photo#3 (because people on the other side of the table will see the backs!)

Be careful lighting them - if you made them as tall as i did, and if you are using matches instead of a long barrel lighter, i would light them first and tape on the paper second. With the long barrel lighter, the flame is contained within the glass and no fear of scorching the paper.

Have a great Thanksgiving!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Jacket on: October 23, 2013 03:54:04 PM
this is beautiful. Love it! While the jacket lines are classic and maybe somewhat easily copyable, the whole complication of the hood and neck protector look like a sewing party with lots of contemplation Smiley

Thanks so much for posting even though it's old (as you claim!).  Hope you are enjoying it!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Backsplash accent tiles on: September 05, 2013 01:10:00 PM
these are gorgeous, and how excellently personal to have your own garden showcased. I'm thinking you made the tiles yourself and rolled the leaves into the clay before firing?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My little Hippogriff on: May 18, 2012 07:27:26 PM
you are the best! hippogriff=my little pony+<genius>
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / paper mosaic (pixel) curtain on: February 06, 2012 09:43:38 PM
This year's advent calendar at my house: a paper curtain.  i was thinking about those bead curtains hanging in doorways, and my house has a non-essential doorway off the dining room that was perfect for it. It might also be good in front of a window or even a little bit away from a wall. I liked the doorway because it swung and twisted in any little breeze.

so here's the summary: my son made the xmas pixel art last year at my request, 25x40. I chopped up lots of colored paper (from michael's, i would describe as light cardstock) into one inch squares using a paper cutter; i clipped each square once from a side to the center; i slid together two squares to make it 3-D; then i hot-glued them onto nylon "invisible thread" hanging from a washer. For the advent calendar they found one string per day and hung it in its correct place (both the string and the holder have numbers).

and now, more detail.
25x40 is 1000, so that is 2000 one inch squares of paper. As i said, i used cardstock from Michael's. Using the paper cutter went relatively quickly, but the clip & fit together part was a wee bit tedious. Fortunately that could be done while watching tv - saw a bunch of episodes of Highlander while i worked Smiley
I had counted the squares of each color, and numbered the columns on my grid... but i still had to go back to michael's twice to get more paper because i somehow miscalculated.

Next, glue the paper pieces to the strings. I tied a long piece of invisible thread to the washer, then put sticky dots at the top with its column number. I had a corkboard where i carefully lined up several pushpins along a horizontal line to simulate the holder. I glued each square on with two dots of hot glue, leaving approx 1/16 inch between the squares. Once you have done the first string, that is now your guide.  For every other string, hang it next to the original guide and follow the guide as closely as possible.
My holder is wood with screws placed every 1 1/16 inch. Didn't need to look nice because it's in an eensy hallway where no one looks up.

Random notes:
 - The blue and green i chose look too similar (same saturation?) and from some angles look the same.
 - The invisible thread i used was very thin, and a little hard to work with. My kids walked through the curtain a bunch because it is fun Smiley but one of the strings got stretched out and i had to redo part of it.  Still, the thin nylon means that each string will twirl at the slightest air movement which is great.  I will try something slightly heavier next time (if there is a next time!). The invisible thread actually stretched a teeny bit just from the weight of the paper and glue.
 - My original idea was to use wooden beads, probably flat disks which i could spraypaint in groups. But that turned out to be too expensive. Would have sounded great when you walk through it, though.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Enchanted Stained Glass Granny Square Umbrella on: September 02, 2011 07:00:14 PM
i like this a lot, and i think the dangerous pointy look is key Smiley
Enjoyed your other photos as well.  There is a colorful parasol in my future!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Meet Walter, the wartskin frogfish on: August 18, 2010 03:47:05 PM
wow! that is one excellently ugly/beauteous fish.  (i'm a fan of frogs/bats etc.).  You did an amazing job!  i love that guy!
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