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1  Re: IYP 29: summer swing along Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: September 11, 2016 09:55:57 AM
Such amazingness in the gallery!
And speaking of amazing, I received a wonderful and erm, amazing needle felted fox from PerfectlyBohemian. It's darn near life-sized and just gorgeous. I CANNOT imagine all the hours that went into this project.

Here is a picture of Dudley (My neighbor's grandson named him) and Howard. Howard is the felted hare
that PerfectlyBohemian crafted for me the last time we swapped in the IYP.
Looks like these two are looking to get into a little bit of mischief!

A close up of Dudley. Who could resist this face?!!!

Thank you so much PerfectlyBohemian, you really outdid yourself!
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2  The Red, Red Poppies in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cackle on: March 09, 2016 01:01:39 PM
I created this little painting for a blog hop last year called 'The Shadow of Oz' in which everyone participating created something evocative of the shadowy, dark side of Oz.
pottermouth professed a liking for it and so I gave it to her as an extra for the recent IYP.
The original drawing I did is here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438528.0
I've been playing with her image in Illustrator for a while...sort of an experiment to see how I can apply her to other projects....a way to come at art-making from a different direction to get myself out of an artsy slump.

Here is an explanation of where this version of her came from........
(Below is an excerpt from the blog post I wrote for 'The Shadow of Oz)

One of the most vivid memories I had as a child watching "The Wizard of Oz" was the gorgeous, but deadly poppy field. Even now, watching that scene unfold always gives me a shiver.
I think it's partly the way the Wicked Witch of the West murmured. "poppies, poppies...." as she cast her beautiful, awful spell.
The deep, rich color of the flowers, the swaying stems, the inevitable descent into slumber of Dorothy and her friends. It's surprisingly disturbing.
Shivers, I tell ya.

I always wondered, what would have happened to Dorothy if Glinda screwed up and made it rain instead of snow? What if she was distracted by misbehaving munchkins and missed the whole 'falling asleep in an opium poppy field' thing?
Maybe Dorothy woke up on her own a changed person. Maybe she found herself in a waking dream, forever altered, longing for home but unable to leave the field?

I also used this image (once again manipulated in Illustrator) for the doll, 'Odd...the Little Witch Girl' and various other incarnation of dolls, icons and collages. She is a wee bit of an obsession at this point because she is so familiar and yet so changeable.
I confess that The Red, Red Poppies is probably my favorite incarnation of her. This is what bounced me out of my slump and got me into painting again, so I'm fond of her. I know she has a good home with
my buddy pottermouth!

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3  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: March 08, 2016 02:22:42 PM
I received a wonderful package from the amazing pottermouth. She both charmed and spoiled me with the very personal and thoughtful things she made for me.

First up, an overall picture...

The beautiful bunny embroidery is so fine, Mr. cackle thought the rabbit was hand drawn.

The second wonderful thing was this tiny, sweet embroidery of a ladybird and berries. Love.

And as if those things weren't charming and wonderful enough, she also sent me this adorable (and charming) trio of tiny mermaids. I don't know where or how she found them, but
I'm so happy she decided to give them to me!

Pottermouth, you are an amazing swap partner and one creative lady. Thank you for my treasures, I love them all!  Kiss

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4  A Krampus Sleigh in Winter Holidays by cackle on: January 06, 2016 06:26:06 PM
Sort of what I imagine Krampus riding along in with his team of night mares or yaks or maybe water buffalo, looking for really naughty children.
Made with a bunch of stuff from Alpha Stamps and my stash.
You can see he's got an especially naughty child stuffed in his big black bag along with some birch branches. The cool staff (or cane) I atcually found on my driveway after a very windy night.

Looks like Krampus' horns from last year are mounted on his sleigh. Those I made from polymer clay.
Looks like they're starting to rot a little.....

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5  Baba Yaga House redux in Completed Projects by cackle on: November 09, 2015 02:03:46 PM
Still obsessed with little houses and with Baba Yaga's in particular..... here's the latest one, about ten inches tall, it's made from a piece of old 2x4, paper and polymer clay (the chicken legs)  with some findings and bits and pieces tossed in the mix.

The roof is wooden 1/12 scale doll house shingles I painted with a wash of quinacrodone gold and black acrylic paint.
I made an armature of wire for the legs and shaped polymer clay over them, baked them and painted them with acrylic paints.

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6  Re: Be AWESOME (Redux) GALLERY! (Sendout March 23) in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: March 30, 2015 01:11:47 PM
I just opened my truly awesome package from suereal.

Introducing 'Awkvaard Phayz' the Little Odd Hare girl

And her little doll Froman (sitting in Awkvaard's very cool chair!)

Awkvaard is an Odd Child. Apparently, every so often in her species (suereal knows I love hares) an Odd Child is born...they live backwards, so when they are born they are
sickly and decrepit. As they get older they heal until they spontaneously explode with health.
Right now, Awkvaard is unable to walk so she has a special chair and her little pal Froman to keep her company.

This is so very imaginative and charmingly bizarre....I love her!
Thank you so much suereal, for creating something so unique just for me.  Kiss
And how cool is it that we both made each other dolls without knowing what the other was doing?!!
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7  Odd, the little witch girl in Halloween Decor and Parties by cackle on: March 27, 2015 03:54:36 PM
I made this altered art doll for suereal for the "Be Awesome Redux" swap that racky and I organized.

I made templates for the wooden shapes and I learned how to use my husbands band saw, a drill press and a mega big sander.
I'll tell ya, power tools are pretty awesome.  Grin

Her face is from a drawing I did called 'Girl with a House'...I scanned it, put it in Illustrator and played with her face shape until
I got it to fit my wooden head I cut.
I made the tentacles from polymer clay and the little shopping bag is a jewelry box cut down to size.
(I took the bottom picture before I added the pumpkins and the micro beads)

It was a lot of fun and I'm in the process of making a few more!
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8  The Disasterous Tea Party (lots of pics!) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: March 22, 2015 10:54:10 AM
The Disasterous Tea Party or What Really Happened to Marie Antoinette.

I made this piece for Alpha Stamps. The theme was 'Marie Takes Tea' and I had a lot of fun coming up with a story
that was inspired by all the yummy little food miniatures, but I'm afraid poor Marie does not have
a happy end!  Cheesy

There was a fancy spread of delicious food...

And a glamorous crowd to partake of the delights....


Poor Marie!

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9  Girl with a House in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cackle on: March 20, 2015 10:15:04 AM
Mucking around with colored pencils and markers. I took a fun face drawing workshop a few weekends ago and this is a sketch
from my 'Draw Happy' journal. It was a fun class!
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10  New life for an old box in Winter Holidays by cackle on: December 15, 2014 08:23:31 AM
My bud racky found two small, identical ornament boxes some time ago and gave me one. It has been our intention to alter them and send them to each other. Well, you know how things go when you don't have a deadline!
We decided to partner up for the IYP and get these babies done. I'm so glad we did!
You can see the oh-so-adorable box she made for me here:

And here is the one that I made for her.

This was such a fun thing to play with! I love what racky did with the one she made for me and I had a blast making mine for her. I'm really inspired to get a couple more and play!
BTW, credit for the pics goes to racky....I was in such a hurry to mail, I forgot to get pictures. Thanks racky!
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