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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Gratitude Doodles on: December 18, 2019 06:50:27 PM
I joined one of those health and well being programs at work, and one of the tasks was, for a week, to write down three things you were grateful for.  I took this a step further and went with "make a little drawing in my bullet journal", and a did three a day for 7 days, then one a day for the remainder of the month.  I actually really enjoyed it, and want to get back to it!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Goal book.... 2019... on: December 18, 2019 06:29:09 PM
I never got around to sharing my goal book for this year, in part because I wasn't totally happy with it.  I never even painted/finished the cover, which was supposed to have a nautilus shell design on it, since my numbers this year were in the fibonacci sequence.  It was decent in idea, I thought, but in reality it was too much of a deviation from what I had been doing:


My favorite page (from an art perspective!) was this one:

And then we had our usual pages of collecting things, which tend to have the best artwork...

Then I tried to do an exercise journal bit in the front, as work was doing a Garmin fitness tracker thing, but there weren't many competitions and I really preferred to use my bullet journal for that!

Other items in the book were the usual: movies, instagram posts, miles walked, blood donated, writing, reading, etc, but in the sequence which made for some... interesting units of measurement!  I had Bloits biked and Bloits walked, drops of blood donated, and pages of books read!

Next year I'll go back to the standard 50 in 50, though I do like the occasional deviation since it let me do things like "3 5Ks Walked!" and some other smaller numbers.  So maybe some day I will revisit it or something similar...

And hopefully I'll be able to share Goal Book 2020 soon someplace!  Sad Cry Kiss
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Shark Week Cards on: August 31, 2019 08:46:51 PM
I'm late posting this, but I made some cards to send out for Shark Week this year!

Start with a Shark ATC...

Then make a card and splatter the inside and write a message...

Make an envelope and slot the ATC in the front...

...then repeat 15 more times!

It was a ton of work, but I think the recipients enjoyed them!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mini Basketball and Hoop on: March 31, 2019 06:53:17 PM
We had a March Madness Blood drive, and to try to stir up interest (and keep people from being too frustrated with the emails) I set up a duck basketball game (and gave away the basketball ducks).

I crocheted the basketball and the hoop...

After a false start trying to make the hoop more like the actual hoops... I tried to make kind of a loom and knot the yarn at the joins...

But I just wasn't happy.

It was silly of me not to just think to crochet it from the start!

Then I set up a photo set...

And took a bunch of photos!

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cookie Fight! on: January 31, 2019 07:38:06 PM
We had a blood drive at work, and I offered the chance to win cookies as part of it - and, or course, the "fight" between Nutter Butter and Oreo to be the Best Post-Donation Snack had to be more literal... and crafty...


In the Blue Corner, standing 4 1/4 Inches tall and weighing in at 14 grams, NUTTER BUTTER!!!

In the Red corner, standing 2 3/4 Inches tall and weighing in at 11 grams, GOLDEN OREO!!!

DING DING DING DING!  It's ON!  They both come out swinging, and it looks like it will be a tough bout

And the winner, by a KNOCKOUT...


If you're curious, this was the set-up on my computer desk to get these pictures...

I don't know that it got any more donors, but people thought it was hilarious and didn't complain about the number of emails, so I count it a win!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / RPG Dice Tray on: November 25, 2018 11:43:52 AM
We started an Exhaulted game, and rolling 20+ 10-sided dice can be... challenging.  My husband found a tray idea online and asked if I could make something similar, so I gave it a go and made us some dice trays to try to corral all of the dice from skittering all over the table.  And I learned some things in the process...

First, my finished dice tray:

This was made with two different types of cotton and plastic canvas for stiffening the bottom and sides.

Unsnapped for easy transport:

This was actually the second tray I made on the third attempt...

I made his first, he had asked for a fuzzy interior (online they were velvety, I used panne... *patooey!*) and a vinyl exterior.  And I used cardboard inside his.  Man, was it difficult!  So many hard to work with fabrics, because of the stretch and the fact that I couldn't mark on the panne to get straight lines!

And the lesson I learned...  which is so painfully obvious now, but when I was kinda flying by the seat of my pants...

I drew the lines on the cotton and THEN decided to iron some fusible interfacing on it, which, OF COURSE, skewed the lines terribly.

But at least I used a water-soluable marker, and was able to "erase" the lines and draw them properly on the fused fabric.

If anyone has tips for lines on panne, though, I'm all ears!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Squirrel on: November 25, 2018 10:43:17 AM

Squirrel Pattern: from the book Knitted Woodland Creatures
Acorn Pattern (crochet): http://greatgreycrochet.blogspot.com/2012/12/scrats-acorn.html

Make this for the IYP swap, and it was... a challenge.  I knew it was a bit of a complicated pattern, and I think a little unnecessarily so.  A lot of the end sewing up could have been avoided (and in my case, probably look better) by knitting in the round.  Like the tail, which is knit as a flat piece and then sewn... but I'd rather knit on DPNs than EVER seam my knitting.  I hate seaming!

And I also broke a knitting needle.  Sad  I'd just bought them, thankfully on clearance, and this was the first project I used them on!

So here's what you have when you finish knitting and get ready to sew!

But once he was all sewn up, I was pretty happy with how he turned out.  I added a little crocheted acorn for decoration!

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dory Blood Drop (pattern included) on: May 31, 2018 06:18:46 PM

Another in the line of my character-themed blood drop squeezies for use during blood donations (no paper-towel wrapped half a rubber ball for me!  Or anyone in my workplace that donates, I make these for anyone who gives.  This one was a custom order for a new employee who threw herself into workplace activities - she adopted a dog at an event and gave blood, all within the first two months!)

The pattern:

Start off with a Bob:

Size F Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Round 1: SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook).  Join {sl st to first SC, ch1}
Round 2: SC in each st, join (4)
Round 3: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (6)
Round 4: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (9)
Round 5: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join  (13)
Round 6: SC in each st, join (13)
Round 7: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join (17)
Round 8: SC in each st, join (17)
Round 9: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st, join (22)
Round 10: SC in each st, join (22)
Round 11: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (33)
Rounds 12-20: SC in each st, join (33)
(I usually put the eyes in now!)
Rounds 21-23: *SC in first st, SC 2tog* repeat from *, join
(stuff-as-you-go decreases)
Round 24: SC 2tog
(Cram as much stuffing as you can in as youre closing him up, remember, hes there to be squeezed so he needs to be fairly firm.)
Fasten off.

Side Fins:

Start with Blue
Row 1: Ch 3, turn
Row 2: SC in 2nd ch from hook and in last ch (2)
Row 3: SC, inc (3)
Row 4: SC, SC, inc (4)
Change to black
Row 5: SC (4)
Row 6: inc, SC, SC, inc (6)
Change to yellow
Row 7: SC (6)
Row 8: inc, 4 SC, inc ( 8 )

Back fin:

I tried a few different fins for the back, mostly I wasn't happy with the black.  The one on the left was too long, the one in the middle was crocheted from base to tip, and then the black was crocheted down the edges, but it didn't look even, and the one on the right is the one I used.  If I'm honest, I think she looks fine with just the side fins and that would be my preference.

Row 1: In black, Ch 10
Row 2: SC in second ch from hook and in remaining 8 ch (9)
Switch to yellow
Row 3: 3 SC, 3 HDC, 3 DC, ch 2, turn, (9)
Row 4: 3 DC, 3 HDC, 3 SC, ch 1, turn, (9)
Row 5: 3 SC, 3 HDC, 3 DC (9)
Switch to black
Row 6: SC (9)

Aaaaaaand, so together!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Masking Fluid Fun on: May 28, 2018 11:06:58 AM
I've never gotten masking fluid to work perfectly, and this was no exception.  In the end I think I made it work, but honestly, I think it would have been easier to just do the background and gesso under where the girl would be.  Or go with the very Lifebook method of gluing a girl to a background page (so. much. collage.).

I sketched the girl and put the masking fluid down, and boy oh boy is that STICKY.  It will ruin any brush you use, and the working time is very, very short.

Then you background, and peel off the fluid - in theory.  In reality, some of it is still stuck to the paper and under the painting...

And it's really, really messy to remove when you've used water-based paints and ink sprays...

So much work with the masking fluid and it didn't really work!  Urgh.  But, still, in the end, it all worked out.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Gelli Plate/Lifebook on: May 28, 2018 10:55:31 AM
I finally got a Gelli plate so I could finish off Lifebook 2013...

I can't say I love the finished product, but I did enjoy making the prints - here's this one before I put the writing on it...

I used a bunch of stencils I got from kwality570 in the STS swap, and they worked awesomely!

I might have gone overboard on the backgrounds...

And I bought a whole bunch more paint and paper (it takes a lot of paint!).  Now I just need to clear off the space to work on it!
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