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21  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: August 30, 2017 04:16:42 AM
That sounds very intriguing UtM! Can't wait to see it  Grin

Also, when I was crafting for this swap, I meant to make a few extra so that I could abandon some fun (faux) animal taxidermy too...and since I had some free time last night, this magic happened  Cheesy

I'm not the best at polyclay crafting, but you can tell they're shoes haha.
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22  Re: Animals Gone Wild! (pic heavy) in Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: August 29, 2017 06:26:57 PM
No lie, I have a dinosaur who might be on death row due to these wee beasties.

But, I just can't legit decapitate him until he has a theme. It can't be a senseless act.

Hah! Here's another one I made many years ago. A much simpler makeover - but I do like the small touches of makeup and nail polish  Cheesy

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23  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: August 28, 2017 04:45:36 PM
the GISHWHES crafts are so awesome!! I hear about it every year, and always think that's something I should get into. So cool  Grin

Love the shibori - such wonderful memories of the Canada meet up last year.

It's been a dogs age since I last posted but I finally have a few things to share.

A couple of yarn bombs I made and put out in the world  Smiley

And a bunch of faux taxidermy that will be abandoned for others to find soon! Check out my post for more pictures.

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24  Animals Gone Wild! (pic heavy) in Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: August 27, 2017 04:40:37 AM
I love the idea of faux taxidermy. And I love animals in clothes. So you can see how I might have arrived at making these little guys.

When I craft, I start to develop backstories for them - and this helps to guide my creative decisions, or justify them maybe.  Roll Eyes Funny enough I didn't give any of them names. Maybe it makes parting easier that way. Anyway...

So Mr. Christmas Tree Horse (if we're being technical I think he is actually a zebra but you can hardly tell now) started out as my intended circus sideshow type character. Except I was really hating the color combo of the blue skirt and sparkly green top I made for him.....until I starting thinking of what that green could be transformed into....this lead to me recalling my very fond love of ugly Christmas sweaters....and well that kind of grew until he turned into a tree. Well to be fair, he's not a tree. He's just VERY enthusiastic about ugly Christmas sweaters and took it up a notch. My favorite detail is probably the wee candy canes I made. So tiny. So cute!

Mr. Gryffindor Dolphin stumped me for a long time. Initially I was thinking of making him a top hat and a bow tie, but everything I made for that just turned to crap. He really didn't speak to me for a long while, and I'm still not sure what clicked in place, but once I thought, hey!! He could be a huge Harry Potter nut and is going to Hogwarts, I was totally in love with the idea and went with it. The scarf was a royal pain to crochet (color changing with such tiny stitches is hard!), but I love how it came together. Unfortunately, in the picture its rather hard to see but he does have his wand - it just happens to blend very well with the background mount color.

Mr. Rockabilly Punk Horse was probably one of my first creations as far as concept goes. I've always had a bit of love for the rocker vibe and knew I had to represent somehow. I am super proud of how I got the shirt to fit (thank you level 1 fiber class in college for teaching me how to make a pattern even if I did hate it at the time!), and love how everything offsets each other. Also super proud of the studded choker Cheesy

Ms. Dino Material Girl reminds me of Madonna's 80s aesthetic which didn't necessarily start that way. I found the leopard print fabric in my stash, then added the white lace skirt, and it really went from there.

Mr. Sleepy Time Horse Butt took a bit of stewing to come up with the idea as well. I patterned out the shorts first, and the flowery pattern and color really pushed me in a pajama vibe so that's where we went! Of course my favorite thing is the bunny slippers! Hopefully whoever finds it can appreciate that - they are kind of hard to see...

Ah lastly, my wee Sweetheart Tiger. He tries to be tough but is a big softie inside. Of course I started with the crochet sweater, which I am thrilled to pieces I was able to make (was really winging it and hoping for the best when I started that). He stumped me for a long time after that as to what his personality would be. But randomly one night I decided to glue some flowers in his mouth, and that did it - he's the quiet boy who brings you flowers unexpectedly. He does have a bit of flair for fashion after all when I came up with the hat and earring. The watch just totally by coincidence matched and I just love how it all came together in the end (So in love with the tiny watch, its so simple but cute!)

I am really proud that all the supplies for this project (minus the wooden plaques and plastic animals) came completely from stash, though there were a few moments that I was sorely tempted to go to the craft store.

Now they'll be put out in the wild as a part of the Abandoned Art Swap for strangers to find, and hopefully it'll put a smile on someone's face.

P.S. I've already started working on two more (animal butts) so I have a couple to abandon myself! I'll share pictures when they're complete  Grin

I made this taxidermy butt with the leftover end of my wee tiger! I wasn't sure where to go after I crocheted the pants, but then found this little bunny that needed a ride and it just went together  Cheesy

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25  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: August 24, 2017 10:31:35 AM
Ooh onyxnox - that looks cooooooool! I'm guessing some sort of butterfly wing, but I'm excited to see the full detail once its received  Cheesy

I guess I've been in a bit of a mood today but I have the day off and had lots of free time so I went about dropping some yarn bombs  Grin

I found this rock too when I was out...

Here's a second yarn bomb

And here's the tree art I mentioned before - it's even cooler than I remember driving by.

Oh yeah, almost forgot this little face I put out on my morning run, haha. He's going to be my little cheerleader as long as he stays there.

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26  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: August 22, 2017 03:27:26 PM
I found this picture on pinterest while browsing the other night. Tickled me in the best way with it's simplicity but sheer brilliance elevating the mundane to art  Cheesy


By a street artist named Miguel Marquez according to the pin.
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27  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: August 17, 2017 02:44:49 PM
LOL - thanks, now all I am seeing are tampons too!

I think I am almost done... just trying to decide if I want to  leave some pieces as is, or add a hole to make them hangable...  and make up a note/card to go with them.

I'm planning to make the back of my pieces mountable by magnets AND a ring to hook onto things. That way when l2e is out abandoning, there's a bit of flexibility in case there aren't any good hunks of metal to abandon on.

Edit: Adding in-progress picture featuring a very cute tiny hat!

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28  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: August 09, 2017 05:30:23 PM
So excited to see what everyone's going to get up to!!  Cheesy If people want to share in-progress pictures don't be shy  Wink This swap runs a little differently than most, as our final projects for the most part are going to be put out in the wild for others to enjoy.

Here's my craft table, covered with all sorts of crap haha. Of course not pictured is my most important tool for this swap: glue gun!

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29  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: July 30, 2017 03:00:49 PM
Here's the sweater!

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30  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: July 29, 2017 05:31:24 PM
Just sent my Q&A!  Grin I look forward to seeing the tiny sweaters!

It is just one lol. My hands hurt too much from the fiddly work to torture myself beyond that....though I might make a tiny scarf  Cheesy

The last round, some people shared in-progress pictures so here's one from my crafting adventures last night   Grin

I should snap one of the massive mess I've made in my craft room too. It was clean until 2 days ago haha.
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