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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / End of the Trail necklace on: October 27, 2013 02:12:49 AM
so there's this sculpture I absolutely love called "End of the Trail".  I thought I had seen this little pewter figure glued to a glass marble once when I was in this neat store in Sedona.  well, we went back to Sedona on Saturday to get some rocks and so I could find that figure.  I couldn't find it, so I just looked around the store at other things, thinking that maybe I might find something else with the sculpture on it.  I found the jewelry rack, and when I came to the very last side, there it was; a sterling silver "End of the Trail" pendant.  so I got it.  it was just a pendant, so I needed a matching chain (which of course they didn't have.  great idea, right?  "hey!  let's sell these pendants but nothing to put them on!").  there's a tiny, tiny bead store on the way out of Sedona, so we stopped there so I could look for a chain.  I ended up getting the silver beads and the Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads to make this necklace.  I wish SB turquoise wasn't so expensive.  I would have got these pretty little ones I found so I could have more for other projects.  oh well.

I love it!  oh, and here's a link to a picture of the actual sculpture and its history.
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Beaded Steer Skull on: October 20, 2013 02:17:42 AM
if you were ever curious as to why I'm looking for ceramic steer skulls, you're about to get your answer.

I make beaded masks to go over them.  I've posted others in the past, but they were a bit smaller than this.  also, I received this skull from fellow Craftsterer, mieljolie.  I don't think she's online anymore though.  Sad  but thanks to her trade, I was [eventually] able to make another one of these masks.  Grin  oh!  and I only broke one bead!  Cheesy
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Batman cross stitch on: October 20, 2013 02:05:54 AM
I had started working on this back in June or July (I forget which) for the Summer Nerd games battle royale: Marvel vs. DC.  I obviously chose DC.  this was done on 28 count because I didn't want it to turn into a poster.  if I had done it on 14 count, it would have been more than 20 inches wide.  and because each stitch was so tiny, I was unable to finish in time to enter the challenge.  but I finished it around the very end of September.  and here it is:

my fingers were killing me by the time I was done.  and I even drew blood a few times when I'd stab my finger with the needle.
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Butterfly brooch on: October 20, 2013 01:59:47 AM
I love this more than I can say.  so I don't know what more to say now.  lol.

35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hunger Games necklace on: October 20, 2013 01:57:40 AM
I like to wear jewelry inspired by the movie I'm going to watch (but usually only if it's something like Twilight or The Hunger Games).  I bought a pair of mackingjay earrings, but I couldn't find an AFFORDABLE necklace, so I wanted to make one.  and I did.  Grin

I put a little black acrylic paint in the "12" to make it stand out more.  I love this more than most of the handmade THG necklaces I've seen.
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Peace Sign jewlery set on: October 20, 2013 01:50:32 AM
so...my cousin's little girl is into peace signs and I've been wanting to make her a pair of turquoise (because I live in the southwest) peace sign earrings.  Id been holding off because I wasn't sure how big the signs were that I saw because she's only...6?  no.  she's 7.  anyway, I went back to Michael's and saw that they weren't very big at all, I grabbed them and made earrings and a necklace.

it is [imitation] turquoise.  I swear.  stupid flash washed it out a bit.
37  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sub-Zero cross stitch on: July 24, 2013 07:15:53 PM
so you may (or may not) remember the Scorpion cross stitch I posted last month.  here's a refresher link.  well, since I'm crazy, I decided it would be a good idea to make another one, only this time it's Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat.

of course I made mistakes, but I figure I'm the only one that knows where those mistakes are, so who cares.  Tongue  this one's a 5x7 on black (making the black floss nearly impossible to do) 14 count Aida.
38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Scorpion cross stitch on: June 27, 2013 12:00:30 AM
I have NEVER made a cross stitch project this detailed.  14 colors.  would have been more if my converting program hadn't lost at least one color.

I made this from a Mortal Kombat Sega Genesis sprite (I found it again last night after I posted this).  I made so many mistakes, but none that anybody would really notice...except me.  Tongue

I just found the frame today.  lol.  I was so, so happy to have found one this small!  it's only 3in x 4in!! Grin  I used 28 count Hardanger cloth (you're supposedly supposed to use it as 14 count, but I like a challenge).  had I used it as 14 or even used 11 count like I wanted to, it would have been HUGE!!!!!!!
39  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Noob Saibot wins! (cross stitched picture) on: May 28, 2013 11:48:41 PM
MS Paint XP is a wonderful thing.  I LOATHE any version of MS Paint that came out after MS Paint Vista (it's basically the same as XP).  the XP version allows you to create your very own patterns using a graph that changes in size as you zoom in, whereas the 7 version has a graph that stays the same size as you zoom in.  that doesn't work for pattern making.  all of the cross stitched items you have seen on here from me (as well as some square stitched beaded items) came from patterns I made myself using MS Paint XP.

ANYWAY!  I made this picture for the Summer Nerd Games as my entry into the Pirates vs. Ninja Battle Royale.  obviously I went with the ninja theme.  Wink  Noob Saibot was originally a hidden, unplayable character in Mortal Kombat II, and was made as a cross between 2 other ninjas, Sub-Zero and Scorpion.  at the time, he was only a shadowy silhouette (he is a wraith ya know), but has now evolved into an actual humanoid being.  you can see him in action by clicking here.

Noob Saibot in his victory pose.
40  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lego Classic Catwoman! on: May 10, 2013 01:31:08 AM
I got the little green cape as a free gift when I bought some Legos a while ago.  I had no idea what I was going to use it for, then one day, while looking up Catwoman - whom I love - I realized that there was a Catwoman who wore a purple dress with a green cape.  it was then that I knew what I was using the cape for.  the problem was that I had to repaint EVERYTHING since there appears to be no such thing as a purple skirt slope or a plain purple torso.  but also, Catwoman's mask only comes in black.  I found the PERFECT purple, then proceeded to buy the parts I needed, except for the whip that came as a 2 pack when I only wanted one for my other Catwoman minifig, and the gem which I had from a pack of gems I bought to use with the other Catwoman and a Jack Sparrow minifig.  the mask came from the UK, so it took a little while to get here, but when it did, I was SO happy.  I spent Thursday painting everything and this is what I came up with.

for my first custom minifig, I'm pretty happy with her.  Grin

here's my inspiration:
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