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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Sweet Home Under White Clouds - The Virgin Prunes (Pic Heavy) on: March 01, 2009 09:44:59 PM
I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about submitting this project but I'm doing it anyway.   This song and project have a little bit of a long back story but I'll do my best to keep it short.   Smiley

Last fall, I adopted a new born orphaned kitten on a whim.  He wasn't well and when I adopted him I knew that there was a very good chance that he wouldn't be okay.  Unfortunately he died shortly after I brought him home and living in the situation I'm in right now, I couldn't give him a proper burial or goodbye.  I decided to try to give him a sort of memorial of my own and I decided to incorporate a song that is very important to me, that being "Sweet Home Under White Clouds".

This is the memorial box I made.

The memorial box is just a wooden box in the shape of a book.  I went with an autumn theme because this was when Nivek died.  The image inside is him in skeletal form dancing around the tree of life.  Red is a color that resonates with me and also reminds me of the fall and the season before winter white blocks out all color so that's why the background is this color.

The song helped me remember why I'd adopted the kitten initally.  I really wanted to give him a good home and even in death, I wanted to make a place for him that was safe and protected.  After he died, I was struck by the line I painted inside the box.

I figured it was a little better than saying Rest in Peace because in this memorial, he could still be at home somewhere.

These images show a little more of Nivek's polymer self.  He's got a little day of the dead makeup to remind me that he's not unhappy or in pain anymore.  He also glows in the dark but sadly, I haven't discovered a way to capture that in picture form.

Here are the lyrics for anyone who hasn't heard of the song before.

Sweet Home Under White Clouds

Sweet home under white clouds
A picture on the wall, it says it all
I had a dream, long time ago, imaginary
Like water, I had no color, running free, eternal beauty
And heaven it was on earth, the promised land of milk and honey
And I see it now, the pain and loss and all is wasted

Sweet home under white white clouds

And we slept happily ever after

Sweet home under white white clouds
Home is where the heart is
(And we slept happily ever after)

I realize it doesn't exactly translate as well without the sound to go along with it.  If anyone was interested in finding it, this song is on Youtube but be forewarned: The sound quality is pretty poor because the video is old and the singers' voices are a little bit of an aquired taste.

Sorry for the long post but I hope you enjoyed it anyway! Grin
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Yet another pair of shoes in need of love on: February 26, 2009 01:40:26 PM
As the title suggest, these are another pair of shoes that needed a little bit of life painted back into them.  Here's the before pictures.

And here's what they turned into.

I only realized after I finished them that I'd accidentally gone with a sort of Joker theme to these ones.  I like them anyway.  I'm sure they won't go with anything I currently have in my closet but I'm using them as my motivation to get sewing.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hooray for bangles! (pic heavy) on: February 26, 2009 01:23:23 PM
Hello all,

I've always loved bangles and could never find any that I liked enough that I would wear all the time.  Since I found out about the plain wooden ones, I can't seem to stop making them now.  Here are a few of the ones I've made so far.

Pay no mind to the kitty hair.   Roll Eyes

Better view of the stars on this one.

This one is actually too big for me so now it's a gift for a friend.

Hope you enjoy and here's to a wonderful (and colorful) day!
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Rehabilitated Shoes (Pic heavy) on: February 23, 2009 01:50:11 PM
My recent addiction is painting old, forgotten, unloved shoes and turning them into something fabulous.  At a recent shoe sale at the Sally Ann, I picked up these battered little puppies.

You can see a bit of the wear and tear on the heel. 

Can't you hear them begging not to be ugly anymore?

Well I did and here's how what I did to them.

If you ignore my pathetic attempt at zebra stripes on the silvery part, I think they look pretty damn awesome.  I'm sure that this translates to tacky in the eyes of the rest of the world but I'm okay with that.   Grin


5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Nerd-Tastic Stenciled Shirt on: February 22, 2009 03:13:18 PM
Inspired by a present that I gave a friend of mine for Christmas, I decided to make a nerdy shirt for myself.  Tell me what you think.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pink Leopard Clock on: February 22, 2009 03:04:06 PM
After making my sister's boyfriend a clock for Christmas, I really wanted to make myself one for my night table.  After months of threatening to, this is what I came up with.

This is the first thing I see when I wake up.  You know, other than a hungry kitten asking if it's playtime yet.

Excuse my messy room!

7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Has anyone else noticed this? on: February 10, 2009 01:09:41 AM
Recently, when I've been grocery shopping, I've noticed a new brand popping up on the shelves called Eating Right and they offer all kinds of healthy foods, including a lot of veggie stuff.  I was particularly happy when I found out they make soy ice cream in flavors other than vanilla and possibly strawberry.  (I live near a ghetto safeway that still believes that starch is an official food group.)  Anyway...

The other day I was indulding in my caramel swirl treat when I read the package and was surprised to find that I wasn't actually eating soy ice cream but rather that I was sampling a "soy frozen dessert".  I know this is a bit silly to get annoyed about but I don't get it.  Are people so afraid of soy products that they actually need to call it something different so people won't freak out?  The stuff was clearly ice cream and it actually tastes better than a lot of the soy based "frozen desserts" that I've had over the years.  I suppose it would make a bit of a difference if it was something like soy gelato or sorbet but that might be getting nit picky.

Again, I'm pretty sure this is a non-issue but what do you guys think? 
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Giving the gift of Pac Man on: February 05, 2009 03:10:11 PM
For Christmas, I always end up trying to craft everything and this year, I decided on a video game theme for my friend and his wife.  Unfortunately, I only got my digital camera for Christmas so I only managed to get a picture of the shirt that I made for him. 

I think he approves.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Nomadic furniture...going where other furniture fears to tread! on: February 02, 2009 10:12:21 AM
First off, I want to say that I hope I'm posting this in the right place.  Please do let me know if it should go somewhere else.   Grin  Alrighty then!

My adventures in cardboard began a while back when I moved.  I had a ton of boxes left over from the move and even though I offered to give them to anyone who might need them for anything I could think of, no one would take them off my hands.  Living in a single bedroom apartment, this quickly became a problem and for a long time, my excessive amount of cardboard boxes piled up in my little storage room.  Last spring I discovered that you could make furniture from cardboard through this link here:http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-shelf-for-groceries/

Here is the result:

Here are 2 shots from before I painted the shelf

And 2 after shots.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Top hat of the mini variety on: January 29, 2009 04:43:27 PM
I believe this is where I've seen mini top hats posted before.  Huh  If not, please let me know.  Anyway...

This little puppy took me forever to finish and it cost me the use of my fingers from needle jabs, much in the way of glue and at least one needle that has since gone the way of empty spools and torn pin cushions.  (Translation: It's actually stuck in there somewhere and I couldn't get it unburied from the fabric.) 


Skull embellishment

Cthulhu begrudgingly approves.  Sort of.
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