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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! on: March 10, 2013 06:39:58 PM
How adorable, Lunamadre. Are they British squirrels?
Ha! I don't know, I guess they could be! We have tons of squirrels here at my house, it's very woodsy. So I imagined this here in Erie, but I suppose they could be British as well. It makes their imagined conversation a little more charming. Wink

Lunamadre!  That's awesome!  Way way better then dogs playing poker. I love it!
lol! I'm making a painting for my son next, I was considering rabbits doing something. Maybe I should have them playing Old Maid, haha....
I added a bit more to my painting, I looked at my reference photos and realized I forgot their whiskers! So I added whiskers, a few minor details to the fur, and fixed the horizon line. (I realized later that it was wonky and it bothered me.) Then I hung it up in my daughter's room before I started overkilling it and getting too fussy. Thanks everyone. Smiley

Skatergirl, I've never done any quilting, but that looks interesting, although a bit maddening. I'm not sure if I would get addicted to it or frustrated! I can't wait to see more progress pics and see how it turns out.

Kittykill, that good times jar is such a great idea, especially reading it on New Year's. What a nice tradition! I started a gratitude journal over the summer and loved it. Once I had my baby in September it got kind of forgotten, I should really get back into it. I was surprised how much more "present" it made me in everyday life, and more positive.

I can't believe I'm actually on the monthly schedule, 3 projects done and it's March! Wait a minute. Does that mean we're actually a quarter of the way through the year already???
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Squirrel Tea Party! on: March 08, 2013 09:51:51 PM
I painted this for my daughter's room, she's six months old. I used acrylics and had a lot of fun using glazes, which was new for me. I loved how I could play around with the colors and really layer things. I'm going to make another painting for my son next, another woodland creature doing something....not sure what yet!

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! on: March 08, 2013 09:48:40 PM
Yay, it's finished! Squirrel Tea Party!

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: upcycled tree skirt into gingerbread bunting on: February 20, 2013 08:29:01 PM
Thanks! I'm thinking I *might* like it more than the original skirt. Cheesy Although it took a few years for me to get the guts to take scissors to something I labored over for so long! I think I finally hit the point where it was either going to need thrown out or just stored, so I'm happy that I can still enjoy it in a new way. Plus now I don't have to hide that awful fusible on the back, and I don't have to look at pine sap spots anymore. It's rather cathartic. My son likes it and asked me to keep it up after I photographed it, so it will be up for a little while. 
15  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Farmtastic Second Birthday Cake--image heavy on: February 20, 2013 04:53:48 PM
This is adorable, my son is a john deere freak....I won't show him this cake because he'll insist I make one right away. lol...his birthday isn't until june!
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: My January 2013 ATCs on: February 20, 2013 04:51:14 PM
i love them all too, but I <3 the giraffes!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! on: February 20, 2013 02:31:38 PM
Ok, cool, I did that too, thanks!

I got pics up of my christmas bunting too!

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / upcycled tree skirt into gingerbread bunting on: February 20, 2013 02:26:01 PM
It feels weird to be doing Christmas crafting now, but this was sort of spring cleaning at the same time. I made a tree skirt 6 or 7 years ago, and it was starting to really show its wear. It's entirely felt, and the edges were beginning to get fuzzy and thin. It also had been vacuumed regularly every season to remove cat hair and pine needles. After being repeatedly brushed with a vacuum, laid on by cats, dripped onto with pine sap... it was starting to look shabby. But I still loved it and just couldn't part with it yet.
So I decided to salvage what I could. In all honestly, as much as I loved how it turned out, even when it was new I wasn't 100% happy with the end result. The pattern called for lots of fusible interfacing, and layering the felt to make thick felt gingerbread cookies. They were so stiff that it was hard to fold the skirt and store it without the appliques either creasing or pulling up. I also regretted using puff paint for details, because sometimes gift wrap stuck to the puff paint and left a papery residue or tore the presents. I also made a huge mistake, setting the edge of a large piece of fusible on the main body of the skirt, and then accidentally setting the iron on it. I had a huge semicircular glossy spot on the skirt, and I was furious. Of course this was after the whole thing was practically finished. Anyway, that spot always got hidden in the back of the tree.
Here is the original tree skirt:

SO. What to do. The past few Christmases, every time I unpacked that skirt I would sigh and put it under the tree, wishing I had time to make a new one and feeling too guilty to buy one. This year I decided that I had spent so much time detailing all the gingerbread appliques, that I figured I would just cut out the ones that were still in good shape and make a bunting. After an evening with pinking shears, grosgrain ribbon and a hot glue gun, I came up with this:

So now this will go back into storage, and hopefully I can make a new tree skirt without any hang ups. Or felt. The next one will be machine washable, and no puff paint. Smiley
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! on: February 19, 2013 08:03:46 PM
Wow, beautiful dance costume, lunamadre!
Thank you!

mini mum, what are you planning on doing with the felt pieces? The one piece reminds me of a dragon wing Cheesy

I made a Christmas decoration for myself, I know, weird time to do it....but I tend to not think of making anything Christmasy until the holidays and I"m too busy. I set aside my tree skirt instead of storing it, because I wanted to upcycle it into some sort of garland or bunting. I finished it but haven't taken pictures yet.

How does everyone keep track of their progress? Do I go back to my original list and edit it? Or do I copy and paste an updated list here in the discussion?
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: teal peacocky tribal fusion belly dance costume plus feather fascinator on: February 14, 2013 08:17:34 PM
Aislynn, it was such a fun night. A friend of mine was hosting it and invited us to perform. The roads were terrible that night but it was worth the trip. The layout of the night was really unique, they started the evening with two performances, then open dance floor with Jim Boz DJing, then two more performances, more open dance floor, 2 more, open dance, and then a final performance. It was fun, everyone was dancing. Jim Boz led the room in a sort of belly dance electric slide, it was awesome. The entire room got the moves down and were dancing together in a box. Except for me. I missed the instruction and had a hard time following everyone, the floor was so packed that I couldn't really see anyone well enough to follow or step back to see what they were doing, and well, once everyone turned or changed direction I was screwed. LOL Footwork is not my forte.
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