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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / O Hippo Day! on: August 08, 2013 08:59:26 AM
This guy was commissioned by a friend, and I loved how he turned out so I had to share...

He's needlefelted and I just had so much fun making his belly and face.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Food... A beginner's stash on: February 12, 2013 02:48:48 PM
I have this theory that I finally get around to having a kid, I won't have the time to craft as much.  Therefore, I'm stocking up on time consuming but awesome handmade kids toys such as:

Mr. Tea, Mrs. Tea and a PopTart:

Cucumber slices and egg:

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Completely Addicted... on: February 12, 2013 02:42:16 PM
... to glass tile pendants.  I can't get enough of them and was purchasing them at every local craft fair, but was frustrated I could never find the style I wished.  So, of course I learned how to make them.

My first batch, using magazine images:

My batch of "I just figured out how to do book pages"

I've also made some using images printed from my computer:


 and scrap book paper, but haven't taken photos yet.  I'm going to try some with my own original artwork on them, just as soon as I figure out how to seal the gauche to my satisfaction!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sherlock Stacking Dolls on: February 12, 2013 02:33:43 PM
Okay, so I'm *fairly* sure I've completed these.  They've been sitting for a while whilst I debated adding background color to them (what do you think?), but I'm so afraid of ruining them. These matryoshkas are based off of BBC's Sherlock.

They aren't as perfect as I'd like, but I've never done characters on a curved surface before.  They were sketched, inked and then painted with gauche.  Definitely a learning experience, but such an undertaking I have yet to re-try the set.  I found the doll bases at a thrift store, and need to order some online, because it was really fun, even though it was challenging (or maybe because it was?).

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / When Pigs Fly (desk set) on: February 12, 2013 02:26:04 PM
I'm late getting this up, but since I converted my craft room to a sort of Femme Sherlock study, I decided I needed a desk calendar and diary.

The calendar usually sits on a little easel, but here they are laid out to keep from too much pic spam.

And here's the cover of the diary... I just used a small sketch book and scrap book paper:

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coraline Scrap Box on: February 12, 2013 02:14:54 PM
I've been wanting to use my scrapping scraps up, and have been fiending for more Coraline Swag...

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Master Gardener Felt Hoopla on: December 08, 2012 11:10:39 PM
So, this is my second ever "hoopla" that I've made. My husband's aunt is retiring, and just got accepted into the Master Gardener program, so I thought it would be a nice way to commemorate. I wish the stitching had been a bit more even, but I think it still turned out lovely.

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Dream Journal with Sandman/Morpheus Cover (lotsa imgs) on: August 27, 2012 10:55:56 PM
So, I've been carrying around this recolored picture from Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics, I think it was from the sample at Free Comic Book Day before the Absolute Sandman came out to show the recoloring.  Anyway, I've always wanted to make some sort of dream journal out of it.

I finally felt like I had enough practice with the coptic stitch to give it a go, because I wanted to have it with the spine exposed. I also wanted to do it with cardstock, even though I usually bind with letter press, because I did a book for a friend where that worked out lovely for multi media journaling.

Here's the cover.  I got a little excited with the glitter.

And the spine!

The back...

And the experimental embellishing of the inside cover and first page:

Hope you enjoy!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Leather covered Coptic Stitch Journal on: August 27, 2012 10:43:03 PM
My friend Astrid wanted a journal from me for a little while, so I finally made her a coptic stitched leather finished journal.  The bead markers are mostly purchased, although the acorn I made out of Sculpey.

Since she's starting a journey of connecting to her creative, spontaneous side, I started her off with some embellishments, to get her inspired. Something I am less than happy about is how the stitches on the cover boards sit, but that comes from being out of practice for a bit.

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Graverobber, sometimes I wonder why I need you at all (Img Heavy) on: February 25, 2012 11:48:22 AM
So, I'm getting into the polymer clay thing, so I've been doing a few busts.  This was for  the Repo! The Genetic Opera Swap round 3.  The cool thing about it was my husband went out the next day and bought me some sculpting tools (I've been using an exacto knife and a pointy stick)... so I'm looking forward to trying dolls next instead of just busts.

The process is below.  Sculpted with Super Sculpy and painted with gauche then sealed.

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