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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fused Fabric Puppy Portrait on: July 02, 2017 06:50:12 PM
Hi all!
I needed some kind of art project to serve as a housewarming gift for my brother and sis-in-law, and I wanted to immortalize their adorable dog. I decided to make a fabric portrait!

Here is Barley and her cheery grin.
I realize this is a hoop project, but since I didn't use any real stitches I think perhaps this is a better board for sharing.
I did use a variety of fabric scraps, and fusible interfacing to hold them together. Unfortunately I couldn't find my double-sided interfacing, so one side of each piece had to be glued in place. Ah well. The backing fabric is from an old t-shirt, and I did the eyes with a bit of fabric paint. I tossed a couple threads in for her more prominent whiskers.

Here is the image I used to figure out my separate fabric pieces:

And they loved it! Success rice! (One of my brother's catch phrases.)

Thanks for looking! And a quick question for you knowledgeable folks - do you think people would purchase portraits like this? Perhaps if I opened an etsy store? I'm always hemming and hawing over selling art or crafts, and I think this is a style that I could stand doing a bit of. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Cheers!
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Sarah's Scribbles Shoes on: July 02, 2017 06:38:32 PM
I haven't posted a project forever and ever, and so I finally knocked out one of those "since I'm making this for myself it will never be finished" ideas. Behold, the Sarah's Scribbles converse!

These doodles are all based off of original work by Sarah Andersen, creator of my absolute favorite webcomic Sarah's Scribbles.  If you haven't read it yet, you're in for a treat. Those who are familiar will recognize Sarah, her bunny, her cat, the angry uterus, the insecure introvert brain, and some others. I used regular ol' fabric paint for the back of each image, then micron pen for the black ink and sharpie for color. I got really annoyed with the sharpie because it ran with every kind of sealant I tried, so I gave up and painted clear nail polish *very carefully* over each image. Overall, I'm fairly happy with the result. Maybe someday there will be a comic con close by and I can show my shoes to the original Sarah!

Some detail shots:

Thanks for looking!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Manga Sheldon Cooper Paper Doll on: January 10, 2015 01:16:51 PM
Hi there!
Here is the paper doll I made for my partner in the Paper Doll Swap. Her interests included Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory and some manga characters, so I decided to combine those into this:

This is my first paper doll. I wasn't sure on the proportions, so I just drew each piece next to the others and estimated the overlap on the joints. I found little paper brads to hold it all together. I also don't draw people very often, so making him manga was a bit easier! I definitely perused some drawing tutorials first.

My partner also had Totoro on her list of favorite characters, but I wasn't sure where to put jointed movable places on him. I decided to send a little one to keep Sheldon company instead. Smiley

C&C welcome! Thanks for looking!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dinosaur Tea Tray on: May 24, 2014 09:27:15 PM
Hi everyone!
This here's a tea tray I decorated for my partner in the "Use What You Have" Swap.

I used a combination of paint (the pink parts), and decoupaged tissue paper (gray) and book pages. The silhouette I drew on some fine art paper, cut out with an exacto knife, and mod-podged over the paint. And then it got heavily glittered, 'cause what's tea without dinosaurs and glitter?

Thanks for looking!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lunar Mission Hoop on: May 23, 2014 05:09:06 PM
Hi all! I made this hoop recently for my partner in the "Use What You Have" Swap.
She mentioned liking space, american and glitter themes so I combined them!

I appliqued the moon surface on with interfacing and finished with a chain stitch, and the earth was just a patch I had around. The stars are fabric paint (glitter of course). I made the flag pole with a heavy braid chain stitch, for which I used this tutorial.

Here's some detail. The flag was done in a back-stitch with shiny thread, and I used satin stitch to fill the blue, and fabric paint for the stripes.

I actually like the way this came out; I didn't think I was going to. The stars were a little sloppy, but I had a hard time getting my brain around spacing 50 stars in a tiny box.  Huh

Anyway, thanks for looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Costa Rica Treasure Frame on: May 04, 2014 03:00:05 PM
Hi All! Can I tempt you with an alluring beach photo? Wink

Sadly, this is a project that waited for almost 6 years for me to accomplish. In the Summer of '08 I worked for a sea turtle conservation group in Costa Rica. I spent a lot of time on the beach, and wanted a little bit to remember it by. So, I found a nice little glass bottle and filled it with some sand, pebbles, sea shells, and ocean water. Unfortunately, the folks in the baggage-handling areas of the airport were rough enough with my well-padded treasures that the bottle broke on the way home, and I was left with a baggie of soggy beach crumbs and bits of glass.  Cry

I wasn't sure what to do with it until I discovered this pin on shadow box picture frames. I got one of the photos I took that summer printed out at the pharmacy and mounted it in a shadow box frame I got at Michael's. Then I sifted the glass shards out of the sand, chose some shells and driftwood and seeds, and put it all together!

I'm pretty happy with it, and am definitely going to enjoy my little bit of Costa Rica now that I can have it on display! I especially like that I can tilt the box around and get a slightly different beach from time to time - a bit more like the real thing. Smiley

Here's a pic so you can see the photo a bit better. It's really hard to photograph a picture frame without getting a reflection!

Enjoy! Thanks for looking!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first double-knit hat! on: May 04, 2014 01:55:46 PM
Hi all! I recently learned how to double-knit (knit two layers at the same time) and I decided that it was necessary to make a hat. I had some leftover blue bamboo wool yarn, and a skein of something in beautiful colors that I found for 99c at the thrift store.
It took quite some time as I didn't really follow a pattern for the weight of yarn I had, and I had to take it out and adjust a few times especially around the decreases.


And so you can see the inside:

I suppose it could have been reversible, but I really wanted a tassel.  Grin
Thanks for looking!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mushroom Mug on: April 12, 2014 06:50:41 PM
Hello All!
Here is a mug I made for a friend (though by size, it's almost a bowl Grin ). This is a 99 cent thrift store mug that I fancied up with a black sharpie and some enamel paint, and baked in the oven to seal it. I've tried just sharpies in the past, and found the colors faded too much for my liking. The paint works fairly well though!

Thanks for looking!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / BBC Sherlock Box on: March 21, 2014 06:40:06 PM
Hi all!
This is a little trinket box I decorated for my partner in the BBC swap. The box is one I picked up at Michael's (it's about 6" x 2"), and dyed black with marker ink. I used screenshots from BBC's Sherlock to get pictures for the outside, and mod podged them on.

Oh, and I fancied up some cardboard numbers for the lid.
Here's the top:

The sides:

The bottom:

I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tank Top to Space Scarf! on: March 04, 2014 03:20:15 PM

Hi all! I made this scarf for my partner in the box of sunshine swap. It began as a long stretchy tank top that I found at Goodwill; I was looking for a scarf to decorate, but I really liked the purple color and decided to go with it.

I cut the hem and straps off, and traced out a continuous spiral.

and cut the shirt into a strip...

I used diluted bleach and fabric paint to get it to look spacey. All done!

Thanks for looking!
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