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21  watercolor/charcoal triptych in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by lunamadre on: August 14, 2010 11:53:42 AM
I made these when I wanted something soothing and simple to hang on our walls...this is in our entry way.  I used watercolors first and then drew on top with charcoal, and sprayed with a final fixative when done.  I've been watching a lot of Nick Jr. with my son, and the dandelion fields on Ni Hao Kai Lan must have influenced my subconscious...lol

Left panel:

Center panel:

Right panel:
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22  Woodland inchies in a decorated frame in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by lunamadre on: August 04, 2010 11:36:32 PM
This is a set of inchies that I made for Pirate Coley in the Woodland Creatures Swap. 
I have been looking around for ways to display, mount, or frame inchies and haven't found much, so I thought I would share this idea I came up with.


The inchies are done on sketchbook paper instead of heavier watercolor paper, which in hindsight I probably should have doubled up for thickness.  I watercolored the paper, cut the squares, and then used my exacto knife to carve out details from the scenery on a single sheet of a wallpaper sample book. I cut out tiny negative spaces between the trees, leaf stems, etc.  Then I glued it down and embellished with pens and markers.

I found this frame for one dollar in the wood section at Michael's.  I used green and brown watercolors to stain the entire piece.  When it was dry, I set the inchies into the configuration I wanted, and then set them on the table in the same order so I didn't forget...then I used a simple hot glue gun.  I put down a small, high dab of hot glue, and then gently set the inchie on it and pressed it slightly down into place as it cooled.  It allowed me enough time to set the inchie and make sure it was straight.  I considered double sided tape, but I was concerned about it adhering to the wood grain in the long term.  I figured the hot glue gun would be more durable, although I admit i was intimidated!  Since i was going for a more relaxed rustic look, I didn't measure, I just eyeballed the placement and was careful about excess glue and finger burns.

Then I played with some acorns, pine cones, dried curly vines, and fake leaves, and hot glued them into the corners.  I signed the back of the wood frame with a sharpie.  I like how it all pulled together into one piece, so that the frame became an extension of the inchie art.

Comments, questions are more than welcome. Smiley
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23  Re: Woodland Creature Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lunamadre on: July 03, 2010 12:11:27 PM
Thanks!  The dress and hat are actually a dog costume pattern for the Wizard of Oz, lol...I just changed the sleeves and the hat a little bit.  I'm glad the petticoat shows!

Ok....so here is the wonderful package I received from PirateColey!

First is a gorgeous viney green corduroy bag with a brown flower and wooden handles, this is so pretty:

I LOVE the colors of this...I actually specifically requested one of PirateColey's charm bracelets...it has lovely bird charms mixed in.  The leaf is a cute pin!

This next item is so beautiful I can't believe it is a handcrafted item, the painting is meticulous and the colors are my favorite....Here he is chillin' with my hosta...although I have him in my living room so my toddler doesn't run off with him and hide him outside!  My living room is a rusty orange, so he fits indoors wonderfully, too.

More gnomes...this one is a beaded bookmark!

And if you haven't wisted something yet, you will probably want what's next.  But they've made themselves at home here in my yard, so unfortunately for everyone else....they are here to stay.

It's an albino hedgehog!  And she is very soft and squeezable, my son immediately gave it a bear hug and said "TAAANK OOOO!"  This bunny plushie is SO DAMN CUTE, and it was made for my son Evan, who is 2 years old...although I think he kinda claimed the hedgie too, lol.  The bunny has so far been riding toy cars and toy tractors, an  I've been hearing "Bunny! Riiide!" an awful lot.  

Bunny also had a slumber party with Evan last night, and breakfast this morning.  Ignore the yogurt on his belly.

But wait, there's another creature that's new in the neighborhood:

It's a pink striped sock bunny! He even has a non-skid belly! LOL!

I also got some extras....owl pins, these awesome wood beads, a skunk and owl bead, a fabric pattern to make a stuffed frog, and a green velvet vest that matches my bellydance outfit great....It just needs the hooks slightly adjusted so it fits a little more snug.

This was an awesome swap!  Thank you so much PirateColey for a very generous and beautiful package....you are an awesome partner!  Kiss

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24  Re: Woodland Creature Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lunamadre on: July 02, 2010 12:39:41 PM
I'm so glad you like everything!  I had a blast making each piece....thanks for all the nice comments and feedback!
I squealed seeing your dog in her outfit, that is so adorable!!!  I'm so glad it fits.  I was worried about the length and the armholes.  The pattern called for sleeves, but I eliminated them since she's so little. And I do wish I made the little petticoat longer so it stuck out, but any longer might have been too much for her anyway. lol

Funny story about the fox eye pillow....my husband kept calling it the roadkill eye pillow since it was so flat.  LOL  he really pushed for me to add tire tracks and X's for eyes, and I said he's too cute, I can't bring myself to do it.  hahaha, maybe next time!

The illustration is from the Wind in the Willows, I traced it with a lightbox and then colored in the areas with crayon tinting (super fun, first time I tried it!), and embroidered the rest.  I'm fairly new at embroidering and this was my first "big" piece.  I tried to do the letters on the sign a few times and gave up, the stitches would have to be too tiny for my skill level at the time.  So it's ballpoint pen. Cheesy
Here's the pic it was from:

I can't wait to show what PirateColey made for me too, I just put my son down to nap so I'm off to shoot some pictures in the sun......she made some awesome stuff!
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25  Help- I need to recon 12 failed shirts! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by lunamadre on: May 14, 2010 08:42:03 AM
Ok, here's the story.
I'm a fusion bellydancer, and my group is Sanctuary Fusion Dance Company.  We debuted in the spring, and wanted to order some shirts to sell.  I designed the logo for the shirt, and we chose the tank from the catalog.  The picture of the shirt was a nice deep scoop neck tank that fit well through the body, and was described as being a soft organic cotton.
Well.  The plain men's tshirts we ordered came back just fine.  The tanks on the other hand, were very unflattering.
First of all, the logo is huge, and placed very high on the shirt near the neckline.  The other problem?  The tanks we received look nothing like the shirts in the catalog!  They fit like potato sacks with gaping armholes, and the scoop was much higher.  They actually looked and fit more like men's tanks.
So we complained, and the company insisted there was nothing wrong with the shirt, that it was the same as the picture, and would not correct it for us.  We refused to pay, so they said "we're donating the shirts to Haiti".
We said fine, and declared we were now an internationally known dance company.

Lo and behold the tanks resurface this month.  Apparently, he never sent them to Haiti.  He thought we would buckle and pay for them.  So he just gave them to us for free.
That's nice and all, but now we're staring at a pile of shirts that don't fit.

My solution?  What's a crafty chick to do with 12 free tshirts? Recon, of course! 
The question is.....how?  What? 
Do I make a halter, a stuffie, a handbag, arm warmers, pillow.....I have no idea.  The poor placement of the logo doesn't give me a ton of options.  I'd like to recon and sell them along with our other merchandise, so I can't really fit them to a specific body.  I've never reconned a shirt, so I'm not quite sure where to begin.  I would love some feedback, advice, suggestions, resources, links, etc.  I have 6 Mediums, and 6 Larges.

Thanks in advance... here is a not so great pic of me wearing a size L shirt, pardon my bathroom and the reversed image in the mirror.

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26  Re: Mexican Kitsch Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lunamadre on: April 08, 2010 10:33:27 PM
By the way....
A little info/mini-tute on the pinball game shrine. The idea was total luck.  I was browsing Michael's for something to make a small Guadalupe shrine out of, and I was strolling the dollar section. They had all sorts of Easter basket stuffers, and in one bin I thought I saw a bunch of mini shadowboxes.  When I went up to them and saw they were those little games, solid wood, and hot glued together.  I was so excited, how kitsch (and slightly sacrilegious) is that?  Now I wish I bought a ton of them, because it was such a fun project!  It's really easy if you have some photoshop skills too.

I used a flathead screwdriver to pry off the back panel and peel off the hot glue.  Then I scanned the back piece into photoshop.  I used the magic wand to select the four holes, and then used the paintbucket to fill the holes with a solid color.  Then I inverted the selection and deleted the background image.  I added a layer underneath, and pasted my Mary image in, and printed it onto glossy photo paper.  I trimmed the image, used a hole puncher to punch out the dots, and then modge podged it to the original back panel.  I used E600 to glue the panel back onto the frame, and a hot glue gun to decorate the front.  The frame was already painted red, so I lucked out on that part.  
Tip:  Clean the inside of your plexiglass, and don't forget to add the metal balls back in BEFORE you glue the panel on.  I almost forgot them, lol. Plus, don't use too much glue, and leave it to dry face down.  You don't want your balls to roll around and stick in the corners if there is a blob of glue there. Wink Grin  I also cut a piece of gold scrapbook paper to cover the back of the frame so there weren't any barcodes and sticker residue.  I used modge podge for that too.

I just went back to Michael's recently, and the pinball games are all gone.  Cry  I'm really kicking myself, because they were only a dollar. Here's a pic I took before I shipped:

And another of the monkey:

Thanks everyone for all the compliments. Smiley
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27  Re: Mexican Kitsch Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lunamadre on: April 08, 2010 10:23:37 AM
I received from Queen Ninja Monkey! Prepare your wist button. Everything is adorable, I love it.

Here is everything:

Day of the Dead Mermaid stuffie!

And the back of the mermaid:

A pair of potholders:

A set of coasters:

A cute skull patch, and a necklace I can't wait to wear!

Thank you so much for everything!  This was an awesome swap!
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28  Re: Altered Fairy Tales Swap - 2 : The Gallery of Awesomeness! in The Swap Gallery by lunamadre on: January 19, 2010 12:03:42 PM
wow, great job trix_sha!  I looove the slippers and I can't believe the blanket covers a Queen size bed.....is it a quilt? The chesire cat box is scary but I like it!

By the way I love the gingerbread house letter organizer, that would make a cute recipe box if it were smaller too!

Virg is going to brave posting pics of my stuff tonight, I'm going to go ahead a post a few of mine just for the heck of it.  Thanks for the compliments so far!

Here is everything I sent:

I'm going to post some details of my favorite item.  I had a very hard time putting this journal in the box. lol 
So, I was thinking, what if the prince never showed up to revive Snow White?  Then I took her alteration suggestion of Latina/Day of the Dead, and imagined that the dwarves would still tend to her grave.
Here is the front cover:

The inside of the front cover:

The inside of the back cover:

And the back cover, dedicated to the Evil Queen.   I wrote Spanish text around the imagery that says envenenada (poisoned), manzana (apple), and bruja (witch).
I actually do not know Spanish, don't let my name and crafting fool you. lol

I'll let Virg post the rest of the details of my stuff. Wink
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29  Re: Altered Fairy Tales Swap - 2 : The Gallery of Awesomeness! in The Swap Gallery by lunamadre on: January 15, 2010 12:20:17 PM
I received from Virg today, and be prepared for lots of photos, because she ROCKED her first swap!

Here's everything:

First thing I opened was the Arabian Nights ~ Ali Baba and the 40 Cats Jewelry Box. 
I admit it.  I squealed. 

Virg even snagged pics of my cats to use in this!  The grey and white cat in the lower left corner of the square tray is my cat Zeus, sporting the green turban.  He's also lurking on the side too...I should put my bellydance jewelry in this, but I don't think I can bear to cover up the cats.  The amount of time looking for the variety of turbans must have been insane. lol

And my cat Luna that passed away graces the lid of the box with the words Open Sesame.  I LOVE IT. Can't say it enough.

Next I have a trio of adorable matryoska Red Riding Hood felt ornaments....
the front:

and the back, nice details...

And the altered book I received is just wonderful, so much time and detail put into it!
It is a Cinderella Day of the Dead book!  Here is the cover, love the shoe:

Thumbnails to save space, but please click them!
First page:

Second page: Mourning at the mother's tree

Third page:

Third page with pull out to reveal Cinderella in her ballgown:

Fourth page:  The ball before midnight with the charming dead prince:

Fifth page: trying on the shoe

Sixth page: the happy couple!

Sixth page: with box open to reveal the punishment

Thank you so much Virg, I love everything and you did a phenomenal job!

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30  Re: Altered Fairy Tales Swap - 2 : The Gallery of Awesomeness! in The Swap Gallery by lunamadre on: January 14, 2010 09:23:05 AM
Here is a teaser for Virg.   Grin
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