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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Baby Poncho on: January 13, 2014 09:18:47 AM
I've been slowly teaching myself how to crochet over the last few years. I've made scarves for both my son and myself and I've learned how to make a crochet wig cap for a couple poppets. But other than those, my crochet projects have been limited to single crochet. Because let's be honest, to a newbie, some of the other crochet stitches are quite intimidating.

I have been in love with baby poncho ( http://thewoollenhippy.typepad.com/blog/2011/05/the-baby-poncho-tutorial.html ) that I stumbled on years ago and never really had a little girl to make one for so the pattern sat bookmarked on the computer forever. But when we found out we were having a little girl, learning a new stitch or two seemed less intimidating because I was just so excited to get to finally make one!

I've learned how to make a basic granny square with this project, as well as how to double crochet, and how to reduce stitches. So all in all, I'd say crocheting is an addicting new hobby since I'm now working on a baby blanket.

I am thrilled with how it turned out and how easy it was. I might just have to scale it up a bit and make one for me one of these days!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / World of Warcraft Blood Elf on: September 12, 2012 12:12:02 PM
It's been a while since I posted anything, so today is a good enough day as any. For the WoW swap, I made my partner a poppet version of her blood elf paladin in her favorite armor set, black dragonscale mail. It was interesting to try and translate a video game image into a real life piece. But I'm really pleased with how it came out. So much so that I want to make one of my main toon (and a friend of mine wants one of her main toon  Cheesy )

The armor is made out of black felt and I hand painted the details with silver craft paint.

I even learned to crochet just so I could make a wig cap. I have to say it's now my favorite way to attach hair. And I have to give props to my hubby who picked out exactly the right color of yarn that I was looking for without me being with him at the store  Smiley

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paper Mache Faery on: March 02, 2011 05:41:00 AM
Last year I created a Gypsy ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343605.0 ) out of paper mache. I finally had gotten around to creating one for myself, but this time a Faery. She was inspired by the yarn I had randomly picked up about a month ago. I used paper clay for her nose, ears and part of her base.

I'm really pleased with how she turned out. I might just have to get a bit more supplies to make another one at some point  Smiley

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mermaid Mixed Media on: February 04, 2011 06:13:21 PM
I've been embracing my whimsy side in my artwork lately. The mermaid was created on hot press watercolor paper using watercolor crayons, pencil and acrylic paint. The background was created with acrylic paints on bristol board. I had fun creating this piece and look forward to exploring my whimsy side more often.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Elemental Goddess Paintings on: September 27, 2010 07:25:55 AM
I made these for my partner in the Elemental Swap. They were painted in acrylic paint and I used some thin scrap pieces of wood for the canvas.





Thanks for looking.
~K. Michele
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Autumn Painted Bridal Shoes on: September 20, 2010 07:10:13 PM
My cousin emailed me with a random question "Have you ever painted shoes before?" The answer..No! But after a bit of research and a trip to my local JoAnn Farbics, I was pretty confident I'd be able to save her a bit of money (a woman that her fiance knows charges 200 dollars for painted shoes) and give her something she will love on her special day next month.

The inspiration for the shoes was a picture she emailed me of her guest book.

I forgot to take a before picture of her shoes but this is the picture I got off the company's website where she ordered them from. They were a white satin.

I made two different size stencils for the leaves. I used some textile paint from Jacquard and a make up sponge (brand new of course) to apply the paint. I'm really happy with how they turned out. My cousin is thrilled and excited that they turned out just how she pictured them (My aunt and cousin were both nervous).

I showed my parents how the shoes turned out. My dad said "Hope you realize everyone you know is going to come to you to paint their shoes".

With a huge smile on my face, I said "Bring 'em on"

C & C always welcomed.

Thanks for looking  Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklace for Charity on: September 13, 2010 06:51:19 AM
My sister works for a local law firm. Every year the law firm throws a charity event and this year my sister was asked to help out. Go Red for Women is their charity this year and they plan on having a silent auction to help raise money for the American Heart Association.

Their theme for the silent auction is women's accessories. After helping my sister brain storm some ideas as to who to contact and what sort of items to include, she asked if I would be willing to create something for the auction. I jumped at the chance and created a necklace. It's sterling silver with swarovski crystals.

I'm not a jewelry designer in any form. But occasionally I come up with something that I'm really pleased with. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

C&C welcome!

~K. Michele
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gypsy from paper mache on: April 06, 2010 12:50:24 PM
For the Ostara round of the WWP swap, I made a little gypsy for Saturn. She is made out of paper mache covered styrofoam. Her ears and nose were made out of air dry clay. And her little tamborine was made out of paper.

Here's a photo that Saturn took after the little gypsy arrived at her new home.

I have more photos of her on my blog. She was very hard to let go, but I'm glad she is loved in her new home  Smiley

Thanks for looking.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Faery Trinket Box on: February 24, 2010 02:15:02 PM
I was inspired the other day to pull out a project that, for the longest time had sat in mid progress, on the back burner for one reason or another.

I love flower faeries and gardening. So I combined the two loves after receiving a few birthday cards with faeries on them. I used a cheap cigar type box that I had laying around for years as the base. Some paint, tissue paper, glitter, rub on transfers, stickers, flowers, ribbons, lace, sequins, polymer clay, scrapbook paper, and a few hours and this is what I had come up with.



Right Side

Left Side


I am by far not the best paper or mixed media crafter, but I had fun with this and am currently working on another in a different theme. There are more pictures including in progress shots on my blog http://craftyfae.blogspot.com

C&C welcomed!

Thanks for looking.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Just another pin cushion on: December 31, 2009 07:03:29 AM
I know that there has been a lot of pin cushions posted, so bear with me lol. I'm pretty proud of the one that I made and felt like sharing it.

I'm not sure if the glass base I used for mine was supposed to be a votive candle holder, a bud vase or just what it was supposed to be. I've had it among my craft supplies for years just because I loved the shape and couldn't bring myself to part with it.

It now has a new purpose in life and I love it. Cheesy

This is the first pin cushion I've made and definitely won't be the last I'm sure. I even tried my hand and writing up a tutorial for it on my blog.

Thanks for looking!
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