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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Labyrinth themed initial letter block on: January 01, 2016 04:01:08 AM
starting off 2016 and the "50 Projects 2016" craftalong with this little cutie.  I'm actually going crazy over how much I love it!!!  I have been awake all night working on it.  I'm going to bed as soon as I'm done posting.  lol

I had no idea how I was going to decorate this at first.  I just knew that I wanted my initial on it and that was it.  I bought these cute little domes when Christmas items went on sale, and I knew I wanted to use one.  so, while playing around with some bits and bobs, I found the little glass marbles you see under the dome.  then it hit me; Jareth's glass orbs in Labyrinth.  then I came up with the idea to have a little mask sitting on top too since that's my favorite scene (and song).  but a mini mask?  I don't have any...so I made one.  I bought these fashion creator paper kits years ago (I've used some of them for ATCs you might see floating around on here), and I remembered there was a mask stencil.  so, I took one of those fake credit cards you constantly get in the mail, traced the mask shape on there, cut it out, cut out some extra pieces of plastic to make a nose, glued it all together, painted it white, and dumped (yes dumped) glitter on it.  it needed eye holes, but there was no way I could cut them out.  so I used two marquee-shaped blue nail crystals (another item I collect.  good thing too) for the eyes, and a little star burst to decorate the mask.  but the star burst wasn't enough.  for it to look like a true masquerade ball mask, it needed feathers.  so I pulled some fluff feathers off of larger feathers I have, trimmed them down, and stuck them behind the rhinestone.  the dome needed something on top of it (it was strangely deformed and I needed to hide the dimple), so I glued down a pretty little ribbon rose.  add a couple of clock hands to the back of the block and there you have it; a Labyrinth themed initial letter block...that's so cute I can't freaking stand it!  Grin

also, I'm not obsessed with the movie or anything.  it's not like I was in a Labyrinth swap.  Roll Eyes
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / mini ornament wreath on: December 23, 2015 09:52:27 PM
I finally decided to grab some ball ornaments while I was at the dollar store today.  I only grabbed two containers of them (50 cents each), and that didn't give me quite the wreath I was expecting.  luckily I had like 3 more containers that I bought years ago to decorate with beads.  glad I never got around to doing that or I'd have had to wait to get more.  I'm hoping that on Sunday I can go to Walmart and a home decor store I adore (what a rhyme!) and grab a bunch of larger ball ornaments so I can make a bigger wreath.  or, if worse comes to worse, I'll just make a big wreath out of small ornaments.

also, my aunt contributed to this in a way; every year for the last few years, my aunt has made me Spritz cookies.  I love Spritz cookies.  they are usually in a tin, but this year she put them in this pretty Christmas-themed box that kinda looks like a book.  she then tied the ribbon you see on the wreath around the box.  it was perfect to use for this!  and I still have some left to make another bow!

side note:  weird.  my wall looks yucky in this picture.  it's supposed to be a pretty mint green.  Undecided
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas wine cork mice on: December 10, 2015 07:11:42 PM
so, for $25 at Kohl's, you can get these cute mice ornaments made from wine corks (ok, so this is a set I just noticed.  but you can buy them individually too.  or you could back when I first saw them 2 years ago).  I got most of my corks for free, and I had felt, wire, pins, jingle bells, and snowflake brads on hand.  but still, they only cost a couple of dollars to make, and I think mine turned out cuter.  plus handmade rules.   Cheesy

one goes to my mom's sister, the other to my dad's sister-in-law.  though now that my mom has seen them, she wants one.  I just need to buy more wire.  I only had enough for two.  but I just love how these guys turned out.   Grin
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sailor Moon Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch on: December 08, 2015 08:49:57 AM
so, I found a Sailor Moon Ugly Sweater as a sweatshirt somewhere online (it was created by machmigo. I received a nice little comment about this piece and confirmation of the creator on the third page).  I decided to turn it into a cross stitch pattern.   Grin  took me about 3 hours to make the thing too.

this one hardly took any time at all.  roughly 12 days is all it took.

size: about 81/2in x 11in
cloth: 14 count navy blue Aida
colors: 11

each of the Sailor Scouts is represented by their aura color; Mercury = blue, Mars = red, Jupiter = green, Venus = yellow orange, Moon = pink, Uranus = dark blue, Neptune = sea foam green, Saturn = light purple, Pluto = dark purple.  the shirt had their planet symbols, but there was no way for me to shrink them down, so I just went by color.
if you see shiny/dark areas around the bottom, that's just Fray Check that hasn't totally dried on the back.  you can't really see it from the front once it's completely dry.

hope you like!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Marilyn Manson cross stitch on: November 24, 2015 11:31:52 PM
hello everyone!  it's been a long, long time.  hope you're all doing well!  and for those of you who don't know me, check out my profile and stuff if you want to get to know me.   Grin

anyway, why we're here; about 2 years ago - perhaps 3*.  I'd have to go through my posts to figure out the correct amount of time - I started working on a rather large cross stitch project of Marilyn Manson.  yes, I am this obsessed with him.  anyway, the pattern came out larger than I had hoped, so stitching it on 14 count Aida cloth would have been too much for me...at least without the use of a stitching frame (I really need to get one of those things).  plus, framing it would have been crazy.  so, I decided the best thing to do would be to stitch this on 28 count Evenweave.  I now have a deep hatred for 28 count Evenweave, but I know I'll get over it eventually.  I always do.  so, without further ado, I present the most insane cross stitch project I have EVER done in my life...

size: 10in x 10in
colors: 7
stitches: 89,102

next pattern!   Grin  Grin  Grin

*ok so; I went through my posts.  I WAS TOTALLY OFF!  it was only 17 months ago (around June 8, 2014) when I started this project.  so only shy of a year and a half!  wow!  and technically it was even less than that because I did set it aside for quite a while after I moved and for some time before I moved because of all that's involved in moving.  but that's it!  it was LESS than 2 years!   Shocked

update: I was going to have this professionally framed, but I got paranoid and was afraid to leave it in the store.  lol.  I was afraid they would snag it on something or worse yet, lose it.  so I framed it myself in a regular off-the-shelf frame and used pieces of black cardstock to "mat" it.

26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lord Canti cross stitch on: March 27, 2014 09:38:36 PM
I had started this back in February for the Nerd Battles, but alas, it took me 2 months to finish it.  it's still in the Nerd Battles, just not under the original category.

one of my favorite animes is Fooly Cooly (or FLCL).  the character I cross stitched is Canti, a really cool and funny robot.  you can learn more about him and the show here.

he's about 6inx10in, so a definite candidate for professional framing.  and he was stitched on 28 count cloth.

all credit for the design goes to kurichii.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Turquoise bracelet on: October 30, 2013 02:40:03 AM
I had made this a little while back after my aunt gave me the center piece (silver thing with a turquoise stone in the middle).  I had seen bracelets like this in stores, and I knew I could make something similar myself.  so I did.  and I wasn't real crazy about it.  I had a piece of rubber tube looped through the center piece with beads between them like you see in those wrap bracelets, but it wouldn't lay down flat.  but then, when I bought the silver beads I used to make my End of the Trail necklace, I knew they needed to be added to this bracelet.  so I fixed it and now I love it.

28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Black & Mint beaded jewelry set on: October 30, 2013 02:28:37 AM
my fingers hurt SO much from making this stuff.  I sliced my middle finger open a couple of times and even though I've showered 3 times since then and washed my hands at least 20 times, I still have two grey marks (I used smoke FireLine for my stringing material).  but I opened up the first knuckle on my ring finger pretty good.  it freaking HURTS!  Sad  but it was all worth it.

if the bracelet (which closes with 3 snaps) looks a little wonky, it's because I used Ming Tree rounds which aren't uniform in size or shape.  but I like it.  it gives it some texture.
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Steampunk necklace on: October 30, 2013 02:21:27 AM
this idea just popped into my head late late late last night.  and I'm so happy with the outcome.  Grin

and a closeup of the watch face:

I had bought the watch new, but it was on sale for like $5.  Grin  I got it and another one just for this reason.  I was having a tough time trying to figure out what to put inside since I only have access to what I have on hand (which isn't a whole lot since I'm getting into mixed media and stuff pretty late.  I mean, I've only been collecting stuff for this style for not even 2 years.  and I'm being picky with what I'm collecting).  the watch movement didn't fit in there very well since it's smaller than the backing, but I used some antique bronze beads and glued them around the edge.  now it fits in there perfectly.  you can kinda see them in the upper right hand corner of the face.  I also added some crystals to holes and spaces where tiny gears and whatnot used to be.  the dangles are a crystal drop (that I actually do have more of.  I'm just stupid), a key, and a piece of real quartz.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Starburst(?) necklace on: October 27, 2013 02:25:42 AM
I don't know what else to call it, so I'm going with a starburst.  Grin

I found a beautiful version of this necklace in a Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog and I knew I had to make my own version.  the original had a very southwest name...but I don't know it and the website doesn't say it.  Undecided  oh well.  you can see the original one here.
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