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1  Red flanked bluetail, female in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ysmeine on: April 09, 2018 05:57:03 PM
I finally finished my painting and my mom had an extra frame lying aroung that fit it. I started it three years ago. We moved my boyfriend in/out/and in again. Finally I found time to finish it.

The background is plastered for texture and then painted with a 1" flat brush. The bird and branches were done with a 1/2" angled brush and details with a toothpick. Suddenly when I had the urge to finish it my brushes came up missing.
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2  Re: Show Off Your Christmas Tree 2017 in Winter Holidays by ysmeine on: December 07, 2017 05:34:30 PM

I forgot to turn on the lights. They change between white and colored lights. I prefer the white lights, but. I had to compromise. It has rustic ornaments.
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3  Fall Obsessed in Thanksgiving by ysmeine on: October 31, 2016 06:43:34 AM
I have always decorated outside for Fall, but not inside. My apartment is a little cramped, even more so with my stepson visiting. I wanted to make things festive for him though. This will be his first Thanksgiving.

I started with the banner I made in a class, then the wreath, and decorated the votive candles on that wall.

When making this pumpkin flower arrangement I used similar red sunflowers to the wreath and different branches. My son made one with different flowers and a gray pumpkin. He then drew a face on it with chalk. I had to put it up high to protect it from the cats.

I then decided to make some Dollar Tree crafts. The terrarium, houses a small start off my spider plant for stepson. The pumpkin was leftover from the wreath. I had chosen the picks for the leaves but didn't want the pumpkins.

These other Dollar Tree crafts are for my daughter's apartment. I made two coordinating wreaths, one for her bedroom door and one for her roommate's door.

My daughter and I both love terrariums, so I made one out of a stemless wine glass and one of my candle holders. I placed the other pumpkin in it. Since did not glue it down, she can change it for other seasons.

I chose two signs to alter. A pumpkin for Alex and an acorn for me. The acorn stayed mostly the same. I just mixed up some chalkboard paint for the bottom half. For hers I had to remove the glitter outer frame, which my son chose to save for another project. The inner pumpkin shape was lacking stem so I used a cinnamon stick and finished with burlap bow.

Since my son enjoyed the pumpkin flower arrangement I had him help and to make this arrangement for his sister.

I decided to make one more thing for the livingroom. I knitted a pumpkin and mixed it with my store bought items. I chose a stick from outside, a couple thin vines that fell off a christmas rehab, a raffia bow and and orange leaf to bring out the orange in the yarn. I think it coordinates nicely with the store bought items.

I am switching gears to Christmas planning now.
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4  Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by ysmeine on: August 11, 2016 05:36:31 PM
I received mine today. I am very happy with it. My boyfriend was impressed with the amount of work that went into it.

He even readily agreed that it is nicer than the one I sent. Maybe too quickly. I am now questioning how I finished it. Maybe it needed something more...

Thank you I do like it, the colors are perfect.
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5  Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by ysmeine on: August 03, 2016 06:45:43 AM
I have the main part done, just still sorting out finishing it. I did make mandala, sort of, cookies last night though. Wish I could share them with you all.
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6  Lipstick Swatches in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by ysmeine on: June 26, 2014 09:06:03 AM
I started keeping my lipsticks and glosses upside down so I could see the label to choose the color I wanted. I was not completely happy with that solution as I was concerned that they might melt or fall into  the cap resulting in an unusable mess. I was inspired by Juleps cap swatches and decided to create an accurate smudge proof swatch.

These are my finished lipsticks.

This is my inspiration; the Julep polishes. Note how easy it is to choose the color you want. Since you are using the actual polish the colors and finishes can be seen.

I had a few thoughts on how this could be done with lip products. One was to apply a sticky dot on lid, apply the lipstick and seal with tape and the other was to create some sort of bubble a lipstick swatch could be put inside. I decided to play with google eyes.

My first thought was to slit the side open to remove the black dot and place the product in. I found that difficult and dangerous, so I made a slit on the top above where the black dot was resting. I was then able to pull the black dot out using a crochet hook.

Two things I noted here. This left the cut edges lifted and rough, I found that if I burnished the smaller side flat I could slide the dot out easier. Both ways left a potential leaking of product. I then decided to fuse or flatten the swatches.

The other thing I noted it is much easier and much safer to prep the bubble while they are still on their sheet. Care should always be used when using an axacto knife as well.

To flatten them I pressed the lids against a hot iron covered with parchment paper. I found that it worked best if you pressed the cut side of the bubble first so you smushed the product into the bubble, not out. I also recommend removing the lid from your lipstick while doing this to prevent any possible melting.

Here is the before of my glosses.

This is the after. You will note some of the thinner glosses had issues of leaking out when sealing. This is before I started pressing the cut edge first. I can still see the color I want to use so they are still functionable.
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7  Spring to Fall Frankenpolish in Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries by ysmeine on: October 21, 2013 11:25:50 AM
I like to buy cheap little polishes to mix with. That way if I don't like it I can toss or dump it out. These polishes are often under pigmented, but have a base color to start with.

I then chose my loose mineral powder pigments or make up, clear polish, glitters, and polish colors to mix in.

I use my cuticle scoop to add and mix the powders. They powders need to be mixed in well and I sometimes need to thin it with the clear polish. Add a little at a time until you get the color you desire. For a few colors I may have to add a drop of colored polish or even a glitter polish to get the look I want.

Today I started with a sheer peach pearl color and added a pinch of dark brown pigment, a shimmery rose glow powder, a drop of red, 4 drops of clear, and 6 drops of pink glitter polish. Some loose glitters can melt and clump up.

These are more appropriate for fall now. A rosy nude with subtle glitter, an antique gold, a dark burgundy brown, a dark purplish burgundy, and a semi translucent bronze with gold and brown glitter.

This last one was made for adding a darker gradient to the tips. I really liked it paired with this silver gray here.

The burgundy colors were mixed because I did not have an oxblood polish. I like both in their own way. The antique gold was a happy accident found by mixing a sheer gold shimmer with olive eye shadow powder. I think it also looks great with a glitter over it.

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8  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by ysmeine on: September 21, 2013 12:42:04 PM

It seems all my favorite manicures are in silver.
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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by ysmeine on: August 14, 2013 02:49:54 PM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: July randomizer- ancestors
Project Geekdom (if any): medeival
Bonus Points: nb
Project Name:Men's t- tunic
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:My youngest needed a new tunic by friday. We are going to a local SCA event this weekend and he didn't have anything to fit. I had to add the brown to the hem for length as I ran out of green.
Project Picture:

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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by ysmeine on: August 11, 2013 09:10:05 AM
I resisted posting the nail art as challenges, but it is geeky and took me awhile. As I am trying to learn to do it well it is taking up all my crafting time.

Challenge/Battle/Alert: June Disco
Project Geekdom (if any): steam punk
Bonus Points: NB
Project Name:Steampunk nails
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:I tried these twice, once with tentacle accents and once with glitter accents. I used stamps for gears and striping tape stencils and metal studs for the copper plating.
Project Picture:

Challenge/Battle/Alert:June fandom
Project Geekdom (if any): Dr Who
Bonus Points: NB
Project  Dr Who nails
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: After my daughter's galaxy nails wore off she wanted Dr Who nails. We made the eleventh Dr's brown suit and red bowtie, the forth Dr's scarf, a dalek, the silence, a weeping angel, a sonic screwdriver, brassy glitter for the inside of the tardis, the outside of the tardis, and two galaxy nails.All art was done with the brushes in the bottles of the polish or stripers. I still need decent brushes.

Challenge/Battle/Alert: Aug randomizer
Project Geekdom (if any): space
Bonus Points: NB
Project Name:Galaxy nails
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:I actually painted galaxy nails on everyone who who would let me while we were on vacation. I had never tried it before.

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