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31  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Rocket Science and Cotton Farming - lots o' pics 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
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Eggs with NOLA Mardi Gras Confusion 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
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bored At Work - Office Space Wallet 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?
34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Celtic Wedding Dress - lots o' pics 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.

35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Smutty Purse 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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