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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "Ella" The Poppet on: November 10, 2010 10:39:48 PM
So I completed this back in the beginning of September but never got the chance to introduce her. I'd like you all to meet Ella, she was so named at first glance by my four year old niece on her birthday. ^^

I had sooo much fun making her hair. The photos really don't give the fluffy fuzzy pigtails much justice but the hair is wide and my niece announced she wants her hair just like Ella's. ^^
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sl on: August 31, 2010 10:35:33 AM
So for the last year or so I've been eyeballing the poppet-along, and a week ago I decided to give it a try... I'm completely hooked and with out further ado... I'd love to introduce you to Sl.

She loves to dance and loves to be by the water. She says that her name is salt water in Gaelic and she can't wait to see our lovely shores.

Here she is showing off her ring and bracelet, her ear rings, and necklace.

A close up of her beautiful eyes and hair (my first attempt at this).

And finally her jacket, belt and the beading on her dress.

Sl is a birthday gift for a dear friend, I can hardly wait to give it to her. Please let me know what you all think!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Crafty guest room (Pic heavy) on: June 23, 2010 06:48:09 PM
I'm so excited to be able to share this with all of you. Since I moved in (1.5 year ago) my back bedroom has belonged to the spare tools my father left behind, crafting supplies, tubs of stuff, the guest bed, book cases, recycling... it was a junk room.

I've spent the last week cleaning out our shed, relocating all the tools and junk out there leaving myself with a bare slate to recreate my wonderful Sewing Guest Room for the price of 1 can of paint... on sale. Everything else I had on hand from a number of sources. Please enjoy!

My key board, and two bags holding my sheet music, flute, and piccolo... all together organized in ONE please... imagine that ^^

My sewing corner. A shelf I made several years ago, lamp my grandfather made me, some painting by me and friends, my great-grandmothers secretary desk.

Bookcase with 'some' of my fabric stacked in it. There is also a tub under the bed and a bag in the corner (all my repair and renovate projects)

A close up of the sewing table and the unit that sits behind it, contains all of my threads, needles, ruler/guides, buttons, etc.

Shelving unit I put in the closet, a glimpse at my boyfriends ceramic monster, basket with a few at hand goodies in it.

The closet (yes that's a door- I hung it off the wall and was able to put a rod into the closet for hanging clothes), a second basket with pens and rulers in it, a tall table to work on, my dress-form a gift from my BF, all my crafty reference books, and notebooks.

The guest bed, the nightstand is a window unit designed to have a pillow on it for cats to sit in the window but pillows been destroyed. One of the cork boards I painted to match the room.

I have to show off the bed frame, I needed space for those tubs so I built a basic frame out of a bunch of scrap wood lying around.

Thanks for taking a look, I have a few other tasks around the room but otherwise I'm so pleased to have my own space just in time for my little sis's visit this weekend.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Another Quarter worth of work (PIC HEAVY!) on: June 08, 2010 12:02:44 PM
OK so I am just finishing up my fifth quarter as a ceramic student, I am mainly a hand building sculptor, the following are SOME of the last three quarters pieces.

These are a few of the pendant's I made, a mix of lowfire glazes that went into lowfire and Raku then finished with acrylic.

This beautiful plate was thrown very thick on the wheel and then he carved through one side when trimming, I stole it and carved the rest of the design.

Same friend threw this very thin plate, this is the third time we've attempted to achieve this design and the only one to really work. I am SOOO pleased with how it came out!

I had a blast with this piece and it sold almost instantly at the pottery sale our school did. Thrown by a friend, he accidentally trimmed through the rim of it but the flat plate was to nice for me to let him destroy it.  

My friends not to happy with this one, but for me it was fun to just do, there was no design in mind but it reminds me very much of a cookies for Santa plate for young children.

These are hand built via a slab technique, a soap and tooth brush set, the tooth brush cup has holes in the bottom for drainage.

Garden tomato with attitude, sleeping sweet peas, and the evil carrot (I used a low fire glaze then tortured it in Raku)

Dragon head that sits in my Rosemary bush.

The first bathroom set I did, toothbrush holder with holes in bottom, soap dispenser, jewelry catch, and hair-tie cup. It's done in a seed theme, so seed, sprout and tree.

I have more fun pieces coming real soon so please keep an eye out, including dream catchers, teapots, and a belly dancer.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Princess on: July 21, 2009 05:53:20 AM
So my boyfriend's almost 3 year old niece is just getting into the Princess faze much to his dismay, and while baby sitting her the other night insisted she needed to be a 'pretty princess' just like the tv had. 5 minutes later, a run through my crafting stash and two fits about no she couldn't wear my heels, and I didn't care if mommy let her wear makeup at home she wasn't wearing it here. >< (yes, evil aunti) We end up with the pretty pink princess.

This is my favorite

Can see the bow in the back to keep her from tripping

I used an extra large shirt we got for my boyfriends pirate costume, one of my pink tank tops, a white shear wrap for her bow and an old crown I made in my metal wire phase, not to mention her finding my necklace.

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / First Quarter Ceramics Done (PIC HEAVY) on: June 14, 2009 01:24:13 PM
Ok let me say I had a blast working in Ceramics although the wheel and I had some minor and sever disagreements, I am now done and moving on to more hand built projects. So with out further adieu, My pieces

We had to do a hand built (meaning no wheel work) morphic vessel, now you may ask what is that? well that was part of the assignment was to interpret the assignment in you own way. I choose to do Aquarius based on a previous piece of work I had done.

She is done with Acrylic after Bisque with doll hair, feathers, wire, bead, and cloth.

I also did several cups: The Rose Cup (Major disagreement with the glazes), The ol'man (Painted in Acrylic after bisque), Gardener (Shaped more like a creamer cup and one of my favorites), Flower Power (loved by many, but I wasn't satisfied with glaze results)

And finally the Bowler (one of my failed attempts on the wheel that I salvaged)

I can't wait for next quarter!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Graduation Dress on: June 14, 2009 01:13:31 PM

This Friday I got my Associate of Arts and I'm so proud of the dress I made for the ceremony and Family dinner.

I've been seeing the Infinity dresses around and loved it, so I decided I needed on and I needed it now, so one trip to the fabric store, blood from a scissor cut >.<, and a few hours later, my creation was complete.

(yes as a trapeze artist I have wide shoulders)

I loved it and so did everyone else.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / My field of paper flowers ((PIC HEAVY)) on: March 05, 2009 05:00:45 PM
So I started this painting a few months ago and its taken various levels. When I saw the challenge I had just finished painting on the clouds and it struck me perfectly. It also helped that the song came on my ipod while I was reading the challenge, so away I went.

The beginning

The song is Imaginary by Evanescence

I linger in the doorway
Of alarm clock screaming
Monsters calling my name
Let me stay
Where the wind will whisper to me
Where the raindrops, as theyre falling, tell a story

In my field of paper flowers

And candy clouds of lullaby (flowers)

I lie inside myself for hours
And watch my purple sky fly over me (flowers)

Dont say Im out of touch
With this rampant chaos - your reality
I know well what lies beyond my sleeping refuge
The nightmare I built my own world to escape


Swallowed up in the sound of my screaming
Cannot cease for the fear of silent nights
Oh, how I long for the deep sleep dreaming
The goddess of imaginary light

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / power of baking soda on: February 20, 2009 07:51:57 AM
I personally believe that at times cleaning can be a craft, especially when one needs to make their own cleaners.

So a little bit of back ground. My father this last august gave me the home he'd been living in. He's a cook, loves to cook but not so big on the cleaning. In the ten years that he's lived here and I'd be more then willing to bet longer with the previous owner, the oven has never seen the good side of a sponge, yet alone the back side.  Lips sealed

I also as of about a year ago developed some major allergies to most cleaning supplies.. So what is a person to do with a carbon infested oven and allergies to all cleaners  Huh .... hit the web.

I found a recipe that called for mixing baking soda, salt, water and a little bit of lemon into a paste and smothering the inside of the oven with it, so away I went 

Let it sit for several hours and spray with water occasionally. Then scrub clean.  Cool

I let it sit most of the day and over night. (had class then forgot to clean it) and this morning it was more of a wipe clean then scrub. I need to do one more session with the oven now that I know it works, will update with pictures of the second round. I have a feeling that had I been more confident with the mix and added a little more elbow grease it would have been more effective. I'm just happy to have an oven that smells like lemon and not carbon for one and two isn't supporting it's own ecosystem.  Cheesy

I've also decided since I'm the first of my friends to get their own place, their gifts from me will be a box of baking soda and cleaning recipe cards.  Wink

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