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61  Re: Fairy tales, Folklore & Fairies gallery of gorgeousness! in The Swap Gallery by eukarya on: April 07, 2008 02:48:26 PM
My Fairy Loot, let me show you it...

Here is the opened box, full of possibilities...

Beautiful card!  I love how the faded color of the old-time photo looks on the aqua glittery background.

Ooooh what is this surprise?  My partner knows me well and knows my greatest chocolatey weakness.

This is a gorgeous postit notebook.  Who doesn't use postits?  I go through stacks of them.  The artwork is a photo of a sculpture by one of my favorite artists.  The name of it translates to "protection" or something like that.  It shows, doesn't it?

Here is the bulk of the items (to save on bandwidth).  The needlebook and pincushion are soooo cute Smiley  I love them both. Those lovely pins came tucked safely inside the book.  There is also a lovely journal with a reverse applique of a Waterhouse painting (Does my partner know about my sketchbook/notebook fetish?  I  *love* journals!).  And those pretty sparkles are Swarovski crystals on a lovely clip with a maiden in the moon...we both sent something with a charm of a lady in the moon to each other :

And without further ado, here is this amazing embroidery piece depicting my favorite tale, well poem actually.  I've always loved the Pied Piper of Hamelin.  The rats, the music notes, the words, even the red and yellow scarf/pants and the cute little bird on his hat...it's so detailed, I am just awed by it!  The stitches are so neat and precise.  I really, really love this and it's already on the wall above my computer. 

Thank you thank you thank you!  Spookshowbaby77... You've really made my first swap awesome Smiley

heh heh, 
So I attacked one of the kindereggs right away, and guess what was inside?  A cute little artist/painter toy, how appropriate!!  Cheesy Grin Cheesy
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62  Handwritten and illustrated Story Book-14 pics (dial-up users beware!) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by eukarya on: April 02, 2008 07:27:08 PM
Now I know how all those poor monks in the middle ages felt as they copied texts all day.  Talk about a cricked neck!  I worked on this project for a swap and put quite a bit of time into it.  However, it is something I've always wanted to try.  I'm fascinated by the idea of a handmade, handwritten, handillustrated one of a kind book.  So I made one.

The story is Little Red Riding Hood, obviously.

I used some scrap matboard for my covers and followed the tutorial here for binding the book:
The cover piece is a watercolor painting matted with the same paper as the inside cover, framed with ribbon.  The whole thing is lacquered to within an inch of its life and glued to the cover.  The lettering is simply gold acrylic paint.

I used fancy linen-textured paper for the inside covers.  This was the only thing I bought new for this project.

Title Page. The ink is just ordinary calligraphy ink (the kind in a cartridge and pen).  The illustrations are done in watercolor and outlined with black artists' marker (ZIG Millenium...I *love* these markers!).

Dedication page.  Names are blurred out to protect the innocent and guilty. Wink

The Story.

I was inspired by some kawaii Japanese fabric in my partner's wist, so yes, there must be big eyes and a pointy hood on little Red.

I had to learn how to draw a wolf for this project.  I'd never done so.  (other animals, yes, but not a wolf). 

I love how my backgrounds turned out in these illustrations...I'm still working at painting/drawing whole scenes as opposed to isolated people or things.

Little Red's posture here is awesome, I think.  She's looking at "grandma" but her body is turned away.  She knows there's something off, but she's not sure what it is.

Rather than make a gruesome scene, I think a spilled basket and flowers is more tasteful (and easier to draw!)

The End!

I ruled the pages in pencil (I can't *draw* in a straight line, let alone write in one!) and sketched in the layout (where the words go and where the pics go).  I'm a chronic doodler and I'm sure it shows in the flowers and such.  After calligraphy and inking the pics, I erased the pencil.  Watercolors came in last.  I used standard watercolor paper cut in half and folded.  For the first time I broke into the watercolor pastes that someone gave me ages ago (i've used watercolor pencils but never pastes out of tube).  I normally prefer acrylics, but I'm pretty happy with what the watercolors gave me.

Once I made the pages, the rest was fairly easy.  However, binding takes *patience*!  Do a little bit, and let it all dry before you can do more.  Move too soon and you have a big mess.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the result as long as I don't look too closely (I start seeing all my errors up close, and there are many many errors).  It was fun but is was also very very time-consuming.

All hail Gutenberg...in the future, any books I make will definitely involve a printer! (Naturally, my sister is already asking for her own one of a kind book, so that might be happening soon)

Cheers to all!  I hope you enjoyed looking at my project Smiley

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63  Re: Fairy tales, Folklore & Fairies gallery of gorgeousness! in The Swap Gallery by eukarya on: March 30, 2008 09:51:09 AM
And it made me giggle a bit because I have a feeling all of our minds are traveling down similiar paths..I have two projects on my desk that are very close to something posted
LOL! That is exactly what I thought!

I too, have a few similar things in the works.... wow, we must all be linked by cosmic fairytale goodness  Cheesy

Geez, I hope my pack can compare with Murbeck's Undecided. Excellent start to the gallery!


Tease tease tease...

I think it's safe to say that none of my stuff is like Murbeck's but I think it will go over well Smiley  Shipping out tomorrow!
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64  Emergency Easter Cake in Dessert by eukarya on: March 23, 2008 01:37:04 PM
Hi all,

I found out at about 10am that DH and I are going to visit the in-laws and oh, by the way, could we bring dinner rolls and dessert?  They are so lucky I keep a reasonably well stocked pantry.  Wink

I whipped together an Easter cake using a yellow cake mix.  I tried to make a lemony custard filling (I'll let you know if it turned out when I've tried it), then went crazy decorating it.  The frosting for the basket has nutmeg and a little bit of cocoa mixed in to help with the color and give it a little kick, the rest is vanilla buttercream (well, I had no milk or cream, so I emptied the last little bit of a can of whipped cream into it). 

I needed a refresher on how to do a basketweave, so I found one here:

Those two caramel eggs on top are the only Easter candy we have in the house and it hurt me to give them up.

It's nowhere near the prettiest cake I've ever decorated, but it'll do, plus the frosting turned out yummy. 

Oh yeah, and I knocked out some rolls too...if they taste good, I'll post the recipe later.  But the dough was great to work with and a nice eggwash sure made them look pretty! Smiley
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65  My neighbor rocks! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by eukarya on: March 06, 2008 02:42:50 PM
Hi all,

My wonderful neighbor and fellow craftster has been helping me to learn how to sew properly.  With her help and her pattern, I was able to make this nifty bag.  For once I've made something where the lining fits and where all the parts fit together.  Some of the seams are even almost sort of straight Wink

Neighbor, you're the best! Grin

It's blue twill with brightly colored lining and an outside pocket

I love the crazy inside colors.  I also made a cell phone pocket and a pen pocket out of scraps (these are the 2 things I always have trouble finding in any bag!)

Comments/Criticism gladly received. Smiley
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66  Rocket Science and Cotton Farming - lots o' pics in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by eukarya on: March 03, 2008 08:23:38 PM
Hi all,

Here's my addition to the challenge.  I call Huntsville, AL my hometown these days and I really wanted to make something for the good old Rocket City.  My main hobby is to paint eggs (which is appropriate considering how big the egg and poultry industry is in rural Alabama).  I've traveled around a fair bit and in no other place have I seen pure rural imagery crashing into high technology like it does here.  In Research Park, there are world class research centers with cotton fields for neighbors.  Imagine denim-clad, Chevy truck-driving folks with thick Southern drawls talking about rocket systems and microchips over "pig sandwiches" at a bbq joint within "spitting distance" of NASA.  I love this town!

Here's the finished piece:
Rockets - Huntsville is the original home of the US Space Program.  The Saturn Rockets were developed here and several old rockets stand guard over the city from the US Space and Rocket Center.

Cotton - Even though Cummings Research Park is reportedly the second largest research park in the United States, and the fourth largest in the world, it is still interspersed with large fields where cotton is grown every year.  Before the rockets, Huntsville made lots of cotton.

Here are some additional views of the Saturn Rockets and cotton fields:

Here are some "in progress" pics... You can see what a mess my desk is:

And finally, here are some pics that show some of what inspired me to make this ornament:
Rockets -

Cotton and Research -

Thank you for looking!  I hope you enjoyed the lovely dichotomy of my hometown as much as I do! Cheesy
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67  Easter Eggs with NOLA Mardi Gras Confusion in Easter by eukarya on: February 25, 2008 02:56:00 PM
Hi all,

I just finished these Easter Eggs up for a friend down in NOLA.  She loves Mardi Gras and tells me that the Fleur d'Lis is the city's official symbol so I tried to make one for each theme:

I love how the swirly background turned out on this, although I'm less than thrilled with the masked reveler.

Here is the Fleur d'Lis. 

Comments/Criticism?  I welcome it all Cheesy  I've only just shipped these so she hasn't gotten them yet but I don't think she frequents these boards much Smiley
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68  Bored At Work - Office Space Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by eukarya on: February 17, 2008 08:02:28 PM
Ok, so...I really have nothing to do at work.

In my doing-nothingness, I reached the pinnacle of boredom the other day.  I took my multi-colored post-its and my scotch tape dispenser and built a wallet/business card case.  The outside is pale yellow with purple stripes, the interior is blue.  The whole thing is laminated with tape, so it's rather durable and the clasp is a simple purple paperclip:

I think it turned out pretty well for just messing around at my desk one day.  Smiley

Comments? Criticism?  Have I gone completely insane yet?
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69  Embroidered Celtic Wedding Dress - lots o' pics in Needlework: Completed Projects by eukarya on: February 11, 2008 09:30:45 AM
Our wedding anniversary is coming and I want to show off my mom here (I inherited my creativity from her)

For an irish-themed wedding I wanted celtic knotwork embroidered on my dress but with a natural, botanical feel to it, not sharp edged or machined looking.

I designed the knotwork and sketched a design for the bodice onto large paper.  We fitted the shell of the bodice first then traced the design onto the fabric.  She embroidered over the traced design before sewing in the lining and finishing it. 

You can see some of the in-progress pics below.  The knotwork is a padded satin stitch, the vines and flowers use a stem stitch with glass beads as the center of the flowers.

Here are pics from the final fitting.

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70  Smutty Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by eukarya on: February 09, 2008 02:53:49 PM
Hi folks,

This is my first time posting but I think I've found my home here on craftster.  I made this purse recently using the covers of some old "Bodice Ripper" romance novels.

The covers are laminated and bordered with silver hologram ribbon, the sides and bottom are made from hot pink canvas and the lining is silver lame with stars.  The handles are also hologram.  I'm afraid that the quality is very poor since I'm lousy at sewing (my talent lies more with paint brushes and pencils)

Please tell my what you think of it  Grin

Thank you for looking!
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