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1  Re: Animal Mail Love Swap in The Swap Gallery by quack on: October 13, 2005 05:36:34 PM
Okay, first off, I just want to say that I adore my new camera very, very much. Wee. Unfortunately I'm having a fight with Crafter's image size limits so I can't show off the up close pictures I got of the magnets.

Secondly, I want to say how much brighter my fridge looks with my new magnets! I have a LOT of magnets but most of them are pretty small so these stand out really nicely.

My animal choices were owls, of course, bears, and coyotes.

There's lots more paper goodies that she sent me but no matter what I do I can't get the image to upload to Craftster, so I'll have to post it later cause it's starting to drive me batty.
Thanks again for all the stuff! I think the orange owl is my favorite out of everything but I'm having a hard time deciding. I hope to have your package out by this weekend, like I said.
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2  genies, robots, giant feet and other sketchbook oddities (image heavy) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by quack on: October 08, 2005 09:04:01 PM
Okay so I was scanning some stuff in from my sketchbooks to figure out what I wanted to make into a painting sometime soon and I figured I'd scan some more stuff and post it here. Forgive the copyright watermark things but I've had stuff stolen before so I'm paranoid.  Undecided

My sketchbooks can get pretty weird, this is more normal stuff, really. Some of the pencil shading didn't scan very well, I'm afraid and since it's sketchbook it's not my best drawn stuff probably.

First off, a genie and a walking fish. Because really, what could be a more natural combination? Heh.

Close up of the genie:

A guy. This is one of those things that just drew itself and came from the paper.

Giant foot! I really like this for some reason, it may end up as a painting.

I'm not entirely sure if this nun is sad or just tired and frustrated.

Robots! I adore this and it will definitely be making it to painting form.

Hope you like the stuff! This is my first post in this forum even though I draw even more than I craft. If for whatever reason the images don't all show up please post and let me know!
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3  Re: polymer clay creatures! owls, a monster, and a nesting doll (image heavy) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by quack on: September 02, 2005 10:12:36 PM
i absolutely LOOOVE the blue-y retro owl


This is Emmaline. I just made her today, she's a key ring, and I've donated her to Crafters United to help with the hurricane relief http://craftrevolution.etsy.com (If you haven't visited that shop please do! The money they're collecting from selling the donated goods is going to the Red Cross to help the victims of hurricane Katrina.) They're swamped with donations though so I don't know when she'll be posted. She's made of Super Sculpey so she'll withstand being tossed around with keys.

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4  tattooed toddler tee (letters and swallows and stars OH MY!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by quack on: August 27, 2005 04:56:19 PM
Yesterday was my nephew's 3rd birthday. I made him this shirt as a gift and I may make him another one or two this weekend since he'll be staying with us.

All the details are freehanded. The heart and sign outlines were freehanded on paper to become stencils, the stars are stencils made with a star shaped hole punch, and the swallow outline was from an image I found.

I'm going to ask my sister if she minds me posting a pic of him wearing it since he looks adorable. He liked it and it fits perfectly.

Edit: I forgot to mention that the letters at the top in the stars are his initials.
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5  polymer clay creatures! owls, a monster, and a nesting doll (image heavy) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by quack on: August 26, 2005 10:01:51 PM
It's been forever since I posted on dear Craftster so since I was scanning stuff tonight anyway I thought I'd post some of my polymer clay creatures. I don't mold my polymer clay stuff, at least not most of it. Instead, I choose to  bake a solid piece then carefully carve it and then paint details on with acrylics. (I'm trying my hand at wood and plaster of paris soon.)

First up is my little blue monster. My first creature! He looks pretty rough in this picture, I can't get him to scan right. He's actually leaning back some, if you stand him up, looking up and afraid of the great big something. I actually molded him but still painted him with acrylics.

Henry! Henry was one of the first two things I ever made and then sold. I'm really proud of the way he turned out. Quarter to give an idea of the scale I work in.

Polina the Russian Nesting Doll. I would love to one day make my own set of nesting dolls. Until then I'll be making more of these. Sold her at the same time as Henry.

This is the first owl, and in fact the first thing period, I carved from polymer clay. I took a while on painting this one because I wanted the colors to be as realistic as possible. It's painted to resemble an actual species, the Barred Owl, with his eyes closed. He looks kind of odd and shiny because of the sealer I used.

The 80's Retro Owl, Mickey. He totally reminds me of a PacMan ghost.

Aristotle. I really love his expression.

And finally....
I'm almost positive this guy's name is Elohim or Eloheim, which is a Hebrew word related to deity.* I had planned to sell him but I don't know if I can part with him. Colors are slightly off, he's more sort of a subdued purple on his head and back with dusty blue bits on his wings which you can just sort of make out.

*I've always heard writers say some characters' personalities just create themselves and I've heard similar things from other people in the arts. I've never created anything that so strongly had that effect until I began making these owls. I'll start out with a particular name in mind but once one's finished it's like, "Nope, sorry, that's not my name. It's ___." Hard to explain... I may just sound weird.  Cheesy

Let me know what you think!
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6  Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld Swap in The Swap Gallery by quack on: July 05, 2005 03:54:47 PM
I got my package today from Conley. Thank you so much!

She sent me some really great stuff despite having broken her arm. That's dedication, I think and I'm extremely grateful.

First, there was the package itself with a huge picture of the Librarian whom I love:

Everything right after I pulled it from the package:

The contents included the instructions on how to play Cripple Mr. Onion along with two decks of cards, a score pad, and a pencil, and the most fantastic little knitted pouch to carry them, a mod for Neverwinter Nights so I can play in Ankh-Morpork, a lovely three sided bag to take with me to the Ankh-Morpork opera, and some Twinings 'Sunset Rose' tea.
The card game stuff:

Twinings is my favorite brand but I'd never heard of this flavor and it smelled absolutely divine. I immediately put a kettle on to boil to try it and it's lovely. Neverwinter Nights is one of the few games I play and that will run on my computer and I actually exclaimed "AWESOME!" when I read it and had my boyfriend wondering about me. The three sided bag is really pretty and deceptively roomy for its size. I love everything I got and I hope Conley will continue to swap.

The knitted pouch though is my absolute favorite thing. It's the first hand-knitted thing I've ever gotten from anyone and I just adore it already.

That picture does not even remotely do its coolness justice.

I'm going to take all of the card stuff in my pouch with me this weekend to visit my sister and make her learn how to play with me.  Grin

Thank you again!
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7  Re: Terry Pratchett's Discworld Swap in The Swap Gallery by quack on: July 03, 2005 10:52:46 AM
quack is an awesome swap partner, if she swaps more in the future you'll be super lucky to have her!!!!!

Aw, you're too kind!

I'm glad it arrived safely. And, hopefully I'm not spoiling anything, but you may have noticed a definite lack of Nanny Ogg stuff - well, that's where the second package comes in. Ahem.

Anyway! I took some pictures before I sent it off, I'll see if any of the ones I took of the stickers turned out. And I feel like the DEATH bookmark was a bit plain but after I drew him I didn't know what else to add. Undecided

The last picture is so cute! It looks like the Luggage has met its match.

and you're very welcome! It was fun to make.

EDIT: Here are some pics of the stickers, though mine aren't too good either. But it'll give an idea.

And a couple more of the Luggage cause I took a ton of pictures of it.  Cheesy I especially like these two cause the first one looks like it's sticking its tongue out at the camera and the other looks like it's yawning:
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8  redoing/painting bathroom...need help please (longish post, several images) in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by quack on: June 03, 2005 09:31:29 PM
So, as I said, I'm redoing/painting our bathroom. It's small and rather hideous, especially now that I'm smack in the middle of getting down all the old paint and paper. And there are several layers of paint and paper. These photos don't really show a lot of detail, especially in the weird colors and textures that are present. The real color right now is somewhere between the window picture and all the others.  Uhh...by the way, the toilet is in the little area behind the shower, near the window and next to the bathroom paper. Since I didn't even get a shot of that area at all. -sigh-
First, some bad photos to help demonstrate what I'm working with and then on to a few questions...

A shot of the shower rods in the mirror and the weird wood stuff beside the sink/mirror:

Bathroom window:

My main questions are in bold, for those of you who feel like skipping.  Grin
The color scheme I'm planning to use is basically lots of white, with aqua/turquoise and yellow, and accents of orange. Essentially the colors of old maps and rubber ducks because my "theme" is a mix of travel and ducks. (Think ducks with luggage labels mod podged on, and train cases storing bath stuff. I had a duck bathroom before but I wanna branch out. Heh.) I completely forgot to take a pic of the shower curtain but it's white with ducks and little dusty blue accents and trim. I got some pretty glass tile coasters from the dollar store that I plan to attach to the wall somehow beneath the mirror and above the sink, if possible. They're blue and clear. The walls will be white, probably with either aqua or orange trim. The toilet is a pretty retro yellow color and very rounded.

So. First of all, apparently this bathroom has been through a bunch of incarnations. A weird medium blue, a pink shell wallpaper, plain white, off white, and once the whole thing was apparently a weird dusty rose/mauve color, possible when the shell wallpaper was there. Before I started ripping everything apart two walls were a weird mauve color and the others were a dull off white, with no reason for the difference and so barely noticeable that my bf didn't realize it was pink till I started exposing the white beneath it. Most has come off easily but pretty much all that you see that's still not white is refusing to come up even using a razor blade. Do I just need to try harder to scrape it all off or will it be okay to just sand it down good and prime it? It's kind of a different texture than the exposed wall. It's also not all the same color, with a lot of off white, then white, then mauve, then blue lines running through it. Would one coat of primer cover over all the colors so they wouldn't show through white paint?

Secondly, I really rather like the wood grain that I discovered beneath all the layers of crap on the cabinets. The problem is I've so far had to remove the paint using an exacto knife because my paint scrapers are too thick to fit beneath the paint and paper. Would it look stupid to just have those two cabinets that I've already begun have a stained wood grain and then paint the others? Or do I need to finish what I started...? Roll Eyes  I'm thinking a nice warm but light orangey stain, or perhaps just white washed. (Unless they make an aqua stain. Heh.) Which do y'all think? I'll probably do the same for the window.

The sink base, to me, is an eye sore and I hate it. Opinion poll: Should I paint the sink base or make a funky skirt for it?

The weird recessed area next to the sink is basically just plywood. I think it may once have held a water heater of some kind in that space and then they boarded it up. What I want to do with that is cover it with a collage of old maps. Do you think the collage of maps will be too "busy" for such a small space? Since there will be cases and ducks and such.

Also, I'll hopefully be exchanging that wooden cabinet with something else, and some shelving or tiered table will be going beside it more than likely. I had stacked crates there before cleaning out the room.

Also, any advice on the prep stages of painting will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for everything!
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9  Link from Zelda - first stenciled shirt NOW WITH STENCIL in Stenciling: Completed Projects by quack on: January 04, 2005 11:31:29 PM
My boyfriend loves video games and one of his absolute favorite characters is Link from the Zelda games. I love making things. Soooo... I made him a stenciled t-shirt with Link on it as an anniversary/Christmas present.

Images are being resized somewhat so if you want to see it a little less pixel-ly and warped, go here:


I am so proud of myself because it turned out WAY better than I thought it would, especially after several mishaps.

My sister's in town and she helped me cut Link out (I was getting a cramp in my neck from looking down at it) and also helped me make sure the picture was centered. The paint matches the navy-ish blue on the shirt sleeves and that's totally my sister's doing because she can mix colors far better than I can.

I tried using hairspray to keep the stencil down but it was actually some kind of "hold spritz" or something (I don't know even know why it's in my bathroom closet) and it didn't work at all. Luckily, I happened to have some spray adhesive and that worked great.

A little bit of paint ran on the bottom of his tunic but I was able to cover it up with some detail work using a small brush.

I made the stencil from a picture I found through google, I think. Printed it onto cardstock, cut it, and painted with a sponge brush. It's kind of been heat set with a hair dryer because I was trying to make it dry faster, and I'm planning on probably ironing to set it again.

The boyfriend loves it.  Grin He just stared and laughed over and over and keeps asking me how I did it. He's talking about wearing it to MagFest and how his gamer friends will say "Dude, that's a cool shirt, where'd you get it?" He'll reply "Oh, my girlfriend made it." Hehe.

And due to popular demand, the stencil: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/wooleyduck/crafty/linkstencil.jpg

I'm not sure if I made any last minute adjustments to it before I printed it so you may want to make double check and make sure it will work before you use it.
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10  first creature and first topic post (with pictures) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by quack on: December 11, 2004 09:59:32 PM
Hi! I've been lurking for a while and finally joined. I had been reading a lot of the felt monster threads and since I had just bought felt to make flower pins out of I thought I'd make a stuffed animal. I followed Nina's tutorial, except I had to do it all by hand because I don't have a sewing machine. And I had no embroidery thread so I had to just kind of double the thread to make the eyes. If that makes sense.
I really can't sew. I haven't in ohhh...maybe 8 or 10 years? And before that I had very little experience. But I want to learn how so I thought this would make a good small project to do first.

Let me know what you think!
Ferdinand the cat:

And to demonstrate size...my cat's the size of my mouse:

Showing off his stylish pocket:

And this is what his back looks like:

Since I'm planning on learning to sew, I'm thinking I may use him as a pin cushion... Maybe keep small thread in his pocket.

Oh, and I forgot to mention: I'm sorry about the blurry photos but my good digital camera's dead and the only one I have right now is the one that came with my printer. But hopefully you can see enough detail.
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