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1  Floral Paintings to help a nakid wall... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jensven1017 on: August 01, 2008 05:48:01 AM
So after sitting on the couch recovering some surgery for 4 days and watching nothing but cooking, crafting and decorating shows - I HAD to do something. We have one of those livingroom...dinningroom...into the kitchen type layouts in our house, so there is a long blank wall in between two windows. Well I didn't want to toss up more photo frames and a mirror wouldn't work over the couch, so I thought I'd paint something. I had two 24x30in stretched canvases in my stash so I pulled colors from our couches and color scheme and came up with these. They're slightly abstract, but I really enjoy how they came out. The colors are a little on the dark side, which looks great against our light walls and carpets. Anyways, Thanks for looking!

and just to show them up on the wall...

I still have to finish the edges, I'm just going to paint a nice dark brown/black on the sides to "frame" them.
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2  My New Camera :) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jensven1017 on: May 09, 2008 11:49:31 AM
So thanks to good ol' Uncle Sam, I can afford to get a new digital camera. I went with the Canon Powershot A590 IS and so far I love it. I've only had it a few hours and I'm stuck at work so I can't do a lot with it. Anyways, this is a photo I took with the lovely Macro setting.

Thanks and I'm sure to have many more photos soon. Smiley

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3  Macro Photo Challenge - Rose from Admin's Day in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jensven1017 on: April 23, 2008 11:01:42 AM
I was invited to a wonderful Admin's Day luncheon and as a give we all were given roses. I thought it would be nice to use it as a model for my photo entry. I did alter the photo some using a basic program on my computer. I mostly just used it to brighten the photo. Because I'm at work, I can't use a flash so the rose came out a little dark. I just used Word to group the photos together and then used a program called "print key" to take a screen shot of them all grouped together. I also used it to add a bored to help finish the photo a little. It's not too clear because I used my basic Easyshare camera and it's so hard to get a good close up shot. I can't wait to get a better camera...

anyways, here is my entry!

edit: I changed it to one photo rather than using three.

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4  it's a - No more lost Dvd's around the house - shelf....edit: in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by jensven1017 on: April 02, 2008 06:32:47 PM
So the idea came to me when my 4 year old took out his Dvd's from our TV stand and left them around the house for the 100th time, lol.

Here are the supplies I started with:
2 suede placemats
2 wooden photo frames
1 Plastic bin with lid (only needed lid)
1 Package 12x12 scrapbook paper
there's also a picture hanging kit but I didn't need it.

This is what I ended up with:

I painted the frames a brown shade to match the other colors better. I cut some of the scrap paper for inside the frames. I used the lid of the bin for the base of the holder and covered it with the "suede" placemat. For the back of the frames I covered it with scrap paper and more of the placemat. The back is the only part I didn't buy, it was a last minute add on. I needed a back for more support so I covered a sturdy piece of cardboard with another sheet of scrap paper with some suede in the middle. This helped the sides stay up, plus the shelf looks better off the wall so I needed a back.

Here's an action shot:

I Edited it to add more photos of the shelf up close:

So you can see the paper better

Better view of the suede bottom.

Close up of the inside. I attached the suede first and then framed it with the paper.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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5  a little extra light for my cube in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jensven1017 on: April 02, 2008 10:02:18 AM
I recently was moved into a cubical and after having a wall length window previously, I needed some extra light. Plus my eye doctor said that a little lamp on your desk helps prevent your eyes from feeling tired at the end of the day. So anyways, I was looking around goodwill the other day and found a cute and simple white lamp. Well you know us crafty people cant leaving something plain, lol. So I added leopard print fabric and trim to the shade then painted the wooden base a bright pink. It took me 5 or 6 attempts to get the right shade of pink to match the fabric! Lol.

Anyways, Thanks for looking!

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6  Getting my toes wet in Painting again... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jensven1017 on: March 01, 2008 05:55:39 PM
So it's been years since I painted last and I have really wanted to start up again. I was never great when I did paint but I had a few skillz, lol. Anyways, here are a few that I've done this week to get back into painting. Smiley

Please note that my flash made all the colors a little brighter than they are in real life. It's dark outside so I had to use it.

This first one is your basic beach scene, note the lack of clouds because I have yet to learn that ability.

Next is a grassy field. I tried to work in some clouds, not too bad - getting better. I'm still working on this one a little I'm thinking about adding some trees?

The last one is just something I did real quick. It's more abstract but it was fun to paint.

Thanks for looking!

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7  Hoodie in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jensven1017 on: January 24, 2008 05:00:44 PM
So my 4 yr old found a hoodie pattern in my stash and bugged me for about a week to make him one. It was my first attempt at the pattern and it was actually pretty easy. The sleeves are a little long but other than that it fits good. I used a flannel for the main part and the red is just t-shirt knit.

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8  Are they short pants or long shorts? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jensven1017 on: July 17, 2007 02:59:26 PM
I finally broke down and made a pair of those cute knee length pants that everyone but me has! It was my first time using a burda pattern and I loved it. (8087) It was the first pattern that fit with out any adjustments. I did change the pattern on these though, I made a tie front, back and front outside pockets and I added ruffels to the front pockets. These are so compfy that I want to make more! I do have a black pair that I made just like the pattern but I could not get them to show up good in the photo.

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9  Sailing Away on a Golden Apple Boat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jensven1017 on: April 15, 2007 12:10:15 PM
Here are a few things I've made last month.

The first is a pair of pink sailer carpis. I'm still trying to build up the courage to wear them to work.  Smiley

This is a shirt I designed. I've since added little ties around the neck line. It was a little loose so I put the ties it to help hold up the extra fabric.

The last one is a shirt I made from a pattern but altered a lot. It was supposed to tie in the back but I took that part out and made the back solid. I also made the bottom a little shorter because the original pattern would have gone around my butt and looked weird.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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10  Christmas Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jensven1017 on: December 18, 2006 06:55:47 PM
This is a dress I made for my step-daughter for Christmas. She's 7 years old, which is the perfect age for making pretty dresses Smiley She lives in another state though, so I can only make dresses once in a while. I used the pieces from a pattern to get the size right and just made them my own. I quilted the top of the dress and put rosettes where the lines crossed. It has a sash that ties around the waist and four layers for the bottom. I used a soft cotton for the first layer, then two of tulle and one of organza. Then for the bottom I stiched on some ribbon and then stiched on bows. I still might add a little somthing to it, we'll just see how I feel about it in the morning. I hope you like the dress and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. Smiley

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