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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Hoopla Wall- so far! (lots-o-pics) on: October 07, 2010 12:19:41 PM
I've been so inspired by all the great embroidery work here at Crafster that I picked up the embroidery addiction a couple of months ago! Here's my tiny wall so far-

And some closeups:

A doodle. My husband and I play a doodle game when we watch TV. We take turns starting a doodle and the other one  finishes it. I really liked this doodle and stitched it up one night.

Universal sign for choking. From a Red Cross book.

Original painting by Marcel Dzama, one of my favorite artists. If you don't know his work, check it out he's amazing!

And last, but not least:

The late great Billy Mays.

Hope you enjoyed, C&C always welcome!
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Colorful Granny Square Baby Blanket on: September 09, 2010 06:59:28 PM
Hi All,
I attempted to join one of the granny-a-day-alongs a bit back, but my life exploded that month and, well, I didn't granny-a-day-along. BUT I did finish my project!

I made this for my friend's second baby girl. I used what I had in my stash, so that's why the colors aren't "typical" baby colors. (Who decided babies only like pastels anyways? Probably the makers of pastel colors, I say.)

Slightly different angle:

And a close up of the stitches:

I used a few different stitches around the edging, I wanted to give the blanket some extra texture, since we all know babies are tactile little creatures. Plus (probably too much information) but I remember when I was young, it was very soothing to me to rub or scratch my security blanket along the side with my finger to put myself to sleep. So just in case this baby likes to do the same I gave her some options of different feelings!

And I know it's a little wonky here and  there, but I haven't been crocheting long and am self taught, so I'm sure there are lots of mistakes.

Thanks for looking!!
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Salvaged Bookshelf turned Seuss on: July 22, 2010 02:27:30 PM
Man, I wish I had taken a before pic.
I found a really sturdy bookshelf (made from actual wood!!) in my neighbors trash. It was covered with stickers and, sadly, a few patches of bird poop. My plan was to re-stain it once I stripped all the yuck off, but the wood was too splotchy.
So a couple of coats of paint later, I decided to Dr. Seuss it up for my little man.

(I think my neighbors made the holes in the back to use it as a media unit at one time)

I used a projector to trace the images on the side and then painted them with acrylic. I used a Marks-A-lot for the black. I tried using a Sharpie, but it WOULD NOT draw on the paint (I thought Sharpies were supposed to write on anything).

I know nothing ground breaking, but I love the way it came out, and so does my Bean!
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A couple of shadow boxes on: March 21, 2010 11:33:07 AM
I love shadow boxes. There's just something so satisfying about things in boxes (sorry about the technical lingo there  Wink) Maybe it stems from my love of making dioramas for school as a child.

Anywho, Here are a couple that I've made, mostly out of tissue paper, mod podge and creatures that I drew and glued onto foam board. I scored the boxes at a thrift store.

I'd love any feedback!

35  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The waiting room inside the Ostrich on: February 02, 2010 04:12:43 PM
Hi Everyone!

This is the first project I've posted, I'd love to get some feedback, positive and negative!
I made this for a final project in a graduate plastics class I took last semester. I was stuck at first as to what to make, but as I drifted off to sleep one night it came to me... I must make an ostrich.. with a waiting room in it...

He's about 5' tall, 2.5' long and 1.5' wide.  I made him with a little bit of everything- welded steel for the structure, plaster cloth, and then as much plastic as I could think about using- fused bag feathers, poly fill, I even cast his beak out of plastic.

close up of face:

and of course the waiting room!!!

I made all the furniture out of foam sheets.
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