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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lampshade Birdfeeder on: August 05, 2019 01:38:49 PM
Mr. cackle is really handy, so when an old lamp base we had finally busted, he turned the glass shade into a bird feeder.

The finial was a garage sale find ($1.00) and the post is a piece of iron pipe from an old plumbing job. We used car enamel to paint the finial and the feeder base is a piece of black walnut that came from a tree that had fallen into the river near here. I love it!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Moon Shrine Tin on: July 31, 2019 12:49:03 PM
I made this tin for Abbeeroad in the Open Tin Swap. Very pleased with myself as I learned how to solder an electric connection. Mr. cackle was uber patient and a good teacher.

Here are a couple of pics unlit - trying to get one where you can read the writing...
Just in case, it says, And the moon said to me, My Darling, you do not have to be whole to shine.

And lit up..

And a shot of the back and the mechanics. It's pretty easy to change the battery, which as we all know in this forum, can be a challenge.

I feel like an electrician now.  Grin
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / The House has Eyes on: July 29, 2019 07:09:20 AM
Just because...Halloween is only four months away!  Grin

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Red Triptych on: July 13, 2019 03:47:38 PM
When I first made this, I asked several people what they thought the story was and everyone came up with something different and intriguing.
And their stories were much more interesting than mine!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A quartet of house ornaments on: July 13, 2019 03:37:53 PM
Four little house ornaments I made for hanging someplace all year. They are about ATC size. Mostly a way for me to use those little extra bits of paper and scraps that are too interesting to throw away!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Horologium on: July 04, 2019 07:17:50 AM
Just a fancy Latin name for clock! A project I made for a design team I am on. It's mostly paper and chipboard with a few doodads. I am pretty happy happy with the stairs as I had to do the math for scale and build them by hand. I really hate math.  Cheesy

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Red, Red Poppies 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!

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A Krampus Sleigh 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.....

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Baba Yaga House redux 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.

10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Odd, the little witch girl 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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