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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / scrapbook pocketwatches on: December 03, 2011 01:10:24 AM
I found these watch cases in the scrapbook isle. I think they are fun to decorate as is or add to scrapbooks or journals.

This first one is for my mother. She has been working on a scrapbook of my aunt. My aunt liked victorian styles.

This one is for my sister who has been working on tracing the family tree.

this one is for me, it has loose beads in it. I may add it to a journal.

22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Knightly Art Doll on: December 03, 2011 12:24:02 AM

This is Sir Geoffrey of Waning Moon Glen. He is from a hidden corner of a forgotten forest. It was given its name from the three lakes that were formed by a meandering river. Many years ago the river changed direction and horseshoe lakes were formed. Looking down from the hillside you could see a lake and nearby two more lakes that resembled the crescent moon. Each getting narrower like the waning moon. This forest is full of mystical beings.

Most are friendly...

...but you can never be too careful.

His style is influenced by 12th century English armor. Although the armor itself took on it shape from the existing inserts. I did buy a stand for him that seems a little big, luckily I bought a smaller one too. I also bought magnets so he could hold his helmet and sword.

He is most made from recycled materials and some from my stash. The idea started with my son playing with the inserts that came in my new shoes, while we watched tv. The inserts became one idea after another and before we knew it Geoffrey was born, or rather his armor was. In the end we are both proud of our whimsical creation.

recycled bits-
cardboard shoe insert---> armor
shoe box --> shield
soft drink box ---> helm
vinyl seat scrap --> belt
small key chain --> buckle
tongue depressor--> sword blade
yellow sewing scrap -> beard
red and plaid dress --> tunic and pants
tarnished silver bracelet-> chain necklace
stuffing from pillow

stash bits-
red card stock--> design on shield
poly clay---> hilt on sword
rhinestones in hilt
yellow yarn --> hair
muslin--> body
paint and brads

23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Textured Tree Painting on: September 04, 2011 11:12:54 AM

First I textured the branches onto the canvas using Spackle. I like the color changing so I know it is dry for the next step. I used a palette knife.

Soon, it dries white and you have texture.

I chose a pale yellow for a background. It was more neutral and would focus more on the texture. Again, I wanted little contrast.



When that was dry, I highlighted the texture with three different shades of brown. I used the dry brush technique then wiped excess off with dry/damp rag. I also aged the backgound with the brown as well.

My nephew claimed it for his new room. My daughter wants one next.
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Berry Baby Bomber on: August 09, 2011 08:03:50 PM
I used Manos Del Uriguay for this hat and accented with a rhinestone button and crocheted flower. I like start without a defined look in mind. I let the yarn guide me. Often when I start out with an idea, I realize that it wants to be a different style instead.

25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nuetral Elf Hat on: August 09, 2011 07:57:28 PM
I made two of these elf hats, the smaller one for my nephew. This one the larger one has a drawstring and bow to adjust the fit. Like always I made up the pattern as I went. I love the variations of the browns and greens blending with the cream.

26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spicy Baby Beret and mittens on: August 09, 2011 07:51:30 PM

I made this set for Fall using Natures Choice Organic Cotton. The yarn is very soft and nice to work with. I think it would work for a boy or girl and be a nice break from blue or pink.

I did not use a pattern for these. I just let it become what it wanted to be.

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Driveway Garden on: August 07, 2011 03:08:49 PM
I am another apartment dweller that is determined to find a way to garden. Since, I don't have a sunny patio I took half my driveway and put a 4x4 raised bed and multiple pots. It has it's own challenges. I have to have everything removed before the first snow in order to be able to keep my parking spot cleared. It is also walled on three sides, but luckily faces mostly south.

This is the right side; it has the raised bed, a sitting area, my grill and most of my plants.

On the left of the drive I have some in ground flowers and a few pots. This side is tricky, either it is too shady or they get burnt by the sun reflecting off the car and house window.

The back edges my covered patio. There isn't enough sun for most plants, so it is another sitting area. I do have a few plant just on the edge taking advantage of that space.

When growing in pots, I can mix my decorative with my veggie and herbs. Sometimes weeds as well. It also means I can move things around.

I try to cluster and grow up when possible.

My garden is growing a little slow this year, but I have had a few nibbles. Carrots, beets, radishes, peas, herbs,tomatoes,  and berries.

I love how my plum tomatoes start to blush on one side first.

28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Turquoise elegance on: February 22, 2011 04:06:57 PM

I tend to like my necklaces on the long side. This one is for a coworker. She wears alot of black, which I accented with silver here, then I needed another color. She likes blues, greens, and purples. I chose turquoise because it pairs so well with black and silver.
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / wedgewood bird necklace on: February 22, 2011 04:00:35 PM

This necklace started with the porcelain bird. I had the blue beads in my stash and found some more porcelain beads to go with it. My daughter loves the long length of it.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Celtic Triune wrap necklace on: February 22, 2011 04:57:17 AM

I bought the pendant on etsy. I was on my fav list for about a year before I bought it. I had an interesting time finding beads to match it, but I think I got lucky. I found some porcelain beads that had the same colors, green aventurine, tiger-eye, and bronze accents. I used a scroll clasp as it repeated the swirl design on the pendant.

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