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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / J & T Challenge 2 - Summer Green Charm Bracelet on: June 17, 2010 05:13:46 PM
Hi! I wasn't sure about doing this challenge but this bracelet just came together on its own  Smiley When I think of summer I think of big green trees and sun shinning. This bracelet makes me think of those things.

The main bracelet is a chainmaille euro 4 in 1 weave of green aluminum rings. I built up attaching green scales, then a variety of green glass leaves, Finally mixed in are mix of light and dark green swarovski crystals. Lastly I wove a strand of green beads through the chainmaille for added interest and shine.

I hope you like it!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Some suggestions needed on: August 14, 2008 01:11:11 PM
This is me in my wonderful new hat I got at a thrift shop. I love it.

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But I need some suggestions. really a two part question. I want to wear this to a wedding at the end of the month.  I want to make myself something to go with it. This is a renewal of vows. The bride is wearing purple and 8 months pregnant. But they are having the ceremony part in a church. The reception is just everyone hanging out at their parent's house and the invite says to bring your own drink and a side dish. Sooooo my questions are is this formal and hat appropriate?  I was thinking a black choker, or pearls.  Undecided And the fact that the hat is white and black, is it ok to wear either of those colours to a wedding? Oh, and one more, what style would you say the hat is suggesting a dress to be? I haven't really had a chance or even been in a mood to sew anything for a long time, but I feel inspired again.

My man is going to be wearing a plain black suit and white shirt as the best man, and I won't know anyone there.  I don't know how much time we'll actually spend together. Should I be worried about looking too black and white when we're together?

Is the hat over the top?...now I'm worried Embarrassed
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / My first fake screen printing attempt on: July 23, 2008 11:06:38 PM
So I read about the modge podge screen printing here and thought it would be fun to try.  I had a picture of a koi on my desktop for ages and thought I'd try that.  My man is in the army so there are an abundance of green t-shirts floating around the house to use as test subjects.  I put it on and wasn't sure if it went through, so I lifted it to check - not a good idea - it needed way more paint, and once you lift those suckers up it's pretty much impossible to get it back to the same spot.  I'm still happy with the way it turned out, the fish is just splashing if anyone asks!

My second try was based on a shirt someone had posted here.  I looked and can't find the post, but it was great! It said video games stole my boyfriend.  I laughed my ass off and thought I'd make one as a joke to surprise my man.  He's been replaying every zelda game -  downloading them onto our wii, he wants to get the new one just out and has given himself the challenge to finish all the first ones before getting it. So I added the zelda "health hearts" across the top.  He loved it, although I think he thinks it's an encouragement to keep playing!  Roll Eyes I should have changed it to zelda stole my boyfriend.....

I think the first one came out better, the smooth t-shirt was easier than the ribbed tank.  I want to try real screen printing next time. There are so many other things I want to do now, this is addictive!!!

 I had a crafty weekend doing this.  I also made a bunch of paper stuff and tried for the first time to make truffles. I posted pics in the appropriate categories. Had the house sit for my parents and needed to keep myself busy.

Thanks for looking!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My crafty weekend on: July 23, 2008 10:41:27 PM
I had a family get together this weekend where we celebrated my man's Mom's birthday and his parents anniversary. I decided to make a few things.
For his Mom's birthday I made a card, and a bouquet of origami lilies.  I used some really nice pearlized cream scrapbooking paper.  Then I wired pearls and crystals though some.  I think it turned out pretty good. (My pics of the lillies seemed to be streched and sideways here - they look fine in my pic gallery - sorry)

For their anniversary I made a card with my first attempt at papercutting on it, and a memo book. The paper I used for the cover have love statements on it, you can't really make those out in the pics though.

I also did some screen printing - my first attempt and truffle making - again my first attempt. The shirts turned out but the truffle weren't so great.  I'll post pics under the proper categories.  Thanks for looking!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Melting chocolate help on: July 21, 2008 07:39:30 PM
Hi! Can someone give me some good suggestions to melt chocolate? I made truffles and went to dip them, but the chocolate just wasn't liquidy enough (think I double boiled - maybe didn't do it right???).  I tried again with chips and followed the microwave intructions, but it just ended up hard. Is the chocolate just trying to tell me something? Perhaps, just eat it, not try to cook with it??  Roll Eyes
6  COOKING / Dessert / Superhero cakes on: June 29, 2008 11:50:23 AM
Hi! I didn't even realize there was a dessert section here on craftster, I'm suddenly so hungry Grin
I made these a couple years ago for a friends birthday, and one for my husbands.  I bought the cake pans off ebay (they were from the 70s I think), and took my first attempts at icing other than just mush it on.  It was really fun, but I got sooooo sick of icing (maybe due to me needing to test it constantly... Wink ) I had never colored icing before and didn't know you could buy colors, or even coloring other then the basic food coloring 4 pack  Roll Eyes after much trial and error (and stained fingers) I got Wonder Woman and Green Lantern!

Plastic faces came with the pans. For the Green Lantern cake it was a superman face that I made a little paper mask for  Smiley I'm suddenly feeling cake motivated again, may have to try again

Thanks for looking!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Comic covered birthday - lots of pics! on: June 27, 2008 09:11:01 AM
Well I decided that for birthday this year I wanted to get all dressed up. Being a "crafty geek" I decided comics were to be my theme! I originally had a plan to make a costume and see if anyone figured it out, but.......I had a pair of cute shoes that I got on sale years ago but had never worn. Black suede, but one had been on display in a california window, so it was a little bit browny looking next to the other, thus crazy cheap. I always thought I'd re-dye them at some point, but never got around to it. Digging through a box I came across them and had an idea. I decide to make them comic chic. I dug out some comics that I was willing to cut up - this was truly the longest part of the process, my inner golem coming out as I muttered my precious over the comics, unwilling to cut into their beauty.... Then I went and bought copies of the ones I thought were good, as I never did find one of my own that I was willing to cut into  Roll Eyes I changed my mind over and over and decided to pick just art by one particular artist (Michael Turner) I grabbed the modge podge and my scissors and here we are!

(The mark insde is from the price tag being stuck on for 4 years)

Them be sexy justice league shoes ladies and gentlemen!! We've got Superman, wonder woman, batman, supergirl, green lantern, black canary, vixen, hawkgirl, green arrow, black lightning and red tornado. I added the red ribbon too!

After all that I saw pictures of little comic covers at the back of another comic, in the editor letter section and I figured my fingers should match my toes...

The close up is a bit blurry, but the actual little covers are super detailed, and clear. I have Justice league of America covers, Batman, Robin, Green Lantern, Justice Society of America, etc... I modge podge'd them on to fake nails and then clear polished over them  Smiley

So much fun, I can't wait to go out!!!! Weeeeeee!!!!!

8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hi from Manitoba, Canada! on: June 13, 2008 02:08:46 AM
Just found this site and I'm just giddy! Woot Woot! I'm a pink lovin', cat hording, comic geek who believes they can do anything, even if it's not a good idea, and I really can't and/or shouldn't. Wink  House rule #1 if you think you couln't possibly lose a finger, you need to stop what you're doing before you do. (The hubby gets twitchy when I start eyeing the power tools Tongue) I do like to dabble in a little of everything, as the pile of unfinshed items grow and after perusing some of the site I have been flooded with ideas and motivation. I started out as a costume designer who specialized in reproduction in Toronto, but got a touch disenchanted over the years and let the creativity go into hibernation for a while and moved back to my home town of Winnipeg. Now seeing the community here the craftster in me is begging to be released! Now I'm ready to jump in head first! The only other rules I've ever been given by my man, are not to set the house on fire... or myself!!!  Grin Now I must take pictures of what I've done to get some real feedback that doesn't seem to always be "I love you, it's fine" and ask a million questions from you beautifully talented people! Hurrah!
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