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211  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: ginormous (well, for me) fairytale embroidery on: August 12, 2008 05:00:47 PM
Wow, I actually have this book! (Great choice of reference  Wink )
Incredible. I don't know much about embroidery, but I can't imagine how much skill and concentration this took. Beautiful.
212  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Deerchk, something lost from the woods on: August 12, 2008 04:41:36 AM
I saw a few of your fiber critters a few days ago, and was super, super impressed. This piece impresses me, if possible, even more! I love your twisted-forest-like style; the pieces are sweet, incredibly beautiful, and deliciously disturbing. I also got a sort of fallen Peter Pan impression - perhaps it's the haircut, and the fact that Pan the Greek god had hooves (my brain jumps all over the place Tongue). GREAT work!

Are you going to paint his/her head? Just wondering, because I think it would look great either painted or left unpainted.
213  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Faerie house/glen --- picture-replete on: August 11, 2008 08:57:20 PM
Huzzah, my first posted project! *is very excited* I searched faerie houses/hutches and they all seemed to be in this forum, so I'm hoping this is the right place to put it. Made Christmas '07 for my little sister, who doesn't play with it since it came a few Christmases too late (just when I get around to finishing, she decides to become a teenager Tongue). I hope you enjoy!

Front view of the house/glen.
The base is a section of tree trunk I bought at some craft store or other, covered in some once-green Spanish moss. The patches of "garden" are from a bunch of dried flowers a friend gave me, and the stepping stones are white beach stones I collected. All are glued to the base of the moss using much Tacky.

Back view of the house/glen, with my hand for size reference. The butterfly on the main part of the house, which is made of half of a coconut, is woodburned in.

The little house, close up (sorry for the fuzziness). This was made of a coconut I bought at the grocery store that I cut in half with a small hand-held saw, carved out with a grapefruit spoon (I shudder to remember how long that took), cut a doorway in, and filed the edges of. The design around the doorway is woodburned, though there isn't a door - I made one but just never attached it.
You can just see the welcome mat, which is a little scrap of leather with woodburned lettering. Oh yeah, and the chimney is a piece of bamboo.

Open! I painted the inside blue with clouds and made a little soot mark where the chimney comes out. The hinge is a long strip of leather that I superglued to the inside of the coconut and then nailed to the base before putting the moss on.

Fuzzy-ish closeup of the wishing well. Made of a wooden napkin ring and little stones, with drywall compound for molding. The roof is made of plain ol' twigs, and the crank is made of a toothpick or two with small ring-slices of bamboo.

Up it comes, a bucketfull of wishes . . . erm, I hope you wished for moss Smiley
The bucket is a hollowed-out acorn shell with a tiny forked twig handle, the string is silver embroidery thread, and there's a wire hook out of sight so that the bucket can come off the string. 

Whew! Just a few more pics.

The treemushroom house! I took a baby food jar and glued the lid to the inside of another (tinier) coconut shell. I then glued the jar to a mini flower pot and covered them in drywall compound and Elmer's glue, leaving "windows" in the paste.
Nope, no idea how anything'd get in there (or breathe once they got in lol), but it's my favorite part next to the well.

The mailbox is visible from this photo too - it's a stick and two halves of a piece of bamboo. There's a little message inside, which was my Christmas card to my sister Smiley

Aaaaaand . . .

The bottom! Done about a year before the rest. A woodburned (and slightly inaccurate) copy of Robert Graves' poem, "I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child. "

I'd love to hear what you think!
214  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Lot of Hemp Jewelry (pic heavy) on: August 11, 2008 04:06:28 PM
Beautiful! They're all so well done and the bead/hemp colors are really well matched!
My favorites are 3, 5 and 6, especially 5 and 6. I would definitely love to wear them Cheesy
215  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Porcupine quill pen!! Labels and ink too. on: August 09, 2008 05:26:43 AM
Great idea! Simple yet very elegant (I love the quill especially, it must be a joy to write with).
I think I now must try that, I have several calligraphy nibs lying about.
Ditto, thanks for the links! Cheesy
216  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Mushroom and Flower Incence Holders on: August 02, 2008 05:50:10 PM
Very cool!  Grin It makes me want to make a sculpey mushroom inkwell, in immitation of those inky mushrooms, or a porcupine-mushroom hybrid creature (the incense sticks reminded me of quills).

Love the bi-coloration, it's very eye-catching.
217  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Big family crest/code of arms faux stone wall plaque on: July 31, 2008 03:27:57 PM
Amazing!  Grin

It looks so heavy, in the bronze and stone finishings, but how hard was it to lift in reality?

Haha, I, too, have an uncle who has spearheaded a family tree investigation. He's gotten pretty far. I'm not aware of any crest discoveries, but you have motivated me to find out!
218  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Random Kindness to Strangers on: July 31, 2008 02:57:41 PM
I just have to say I love this thread  Cheesy It is warm fuzziness incarnate, and makes me feel a little better every time I read it. All of these stories are amazing!

I wish I did it more often, but once in a while I'll leave an origami peace crane in a random place for someone to find, sometimes with a message on it. I've left a few in airports, just something to brighten up what might otherwise be a stressful, too-fast or too-slow day. I also like to leave them in libraries, and I've left them on teachers' desks.

I've recently thought of finding some of my favorite books and leaving a crane at my favorite parts, with some sort of message to the effect (but nothing cheesy, fangirly, etc. - I don't know who's reading it after all, and it might well be someone who wouldn't like being interrupted by an "ohmygodILOVEthispart!!!" lol). I don't know though - it might be better to just leave one at the front saying this is one of my favorite books and I hope you enjoy it too. I wish I had some bigger paper on me right now . . .
219  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Salutations (and some other fluffy words) from Massachusetts :] on: July 17, 2008 09:32:22 AM
Greetings from the east coast of the US! My name is Ether (or Tree, or whatever - forgive me, I'm a little paranoid about giving my real name out online, though I probably will later). I'm 19 and live somewhat near Boston.

May I at once announce that craftster is quickly becoming my favorite site.  I've known about it for a few months, but didn't actually start exploring until a few days ago. A. Maze. Ing! I am in awe of everyone and everything here.

My craftendency: anything that catches my imagination. Lately origami, fabric paint and recycled materials, but I'm also into more studio arts like sculpture, oil painting and black and white photography. I'm also a big fan of mixed media, both in practice and in principle.
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