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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Argowl and DNA art pendants on: August 21, 2011 06:49:05 AM
Not really sure if this should go in the jewelery or art section, because these pendants are a bit of both! This is my very first time using Mod Podge's dimensional magic, and I love the results! I think I'll use bails in the future though, instead of trying to keep the glaze from running into the hole for the jump ring.

Here's a little argowl, outlined in fine-tipped permanent ink and painted in watercolours. I was inspired by CalamityChemist's drawing on deviantart and couldn't resist adding some argyle to my own little owl. A few coats of dimensional magic later I've got a cute little pendant!

As a self-proclaimed biology nerd I love creating DNA jewelery and science-y crafts. The rainbow colours were done using watercolour pencils, and the silver heart is acrylic paint. Finished with dimensional magic (one coat too many for this size I think).

C&C welcome! Thanks for looking <3
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Darwin's Tree of Life embroidery on: July 26, 2011 09:02:02 AM
Ah, Darwin. Father of modern evolutionary biology, worshiped by bio-nerds the world over. Here's my little tribute, a stitched version of the famous Tree of Life sketch drawn in 1837.

The tree itself and the date were backstitched on some papery-looking fabric, and Darwin's signature was done using split stitch. I love how the hoop matches the colours and vintage theme almost perfectly!

Thanks for looking <3
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered White Tree of Gondor on: July 19, 2011 08:20:14 AM

The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

Ahh, I do enjoy making my own merchandising. Here's a bit of wall art stitched on a subtly-patterned black fabric. Can't wait to hang it!

Embroidered in a pale grey, using split stitch for the branches, satin stitch for the trunk, and whipped running stitch for the border.

Thanks for looking!

PS: Oh my gosh, I just realized that this fabric is very similar to one used in the HBO series Game of Thrones! It's worn by Robert in episode 5 during the council meeting when he and Ned argue about Daenerys. Eeee! Maybe I should do a dire wolf hoop with the same fabric?  Cheesy

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Flying birds watercolour bookmark on: July 08, 2011 07:47:30 AM

New bookmark! I jumped on the "flock of birds silhouette" bandwagon and decided to create some cliche inspirational artwork.

The sky was painted using watercolour pencils, with acrylic white for the clouds and acrylic silver highlights on the cage and lettering. Fine-tipped pens were used to sketch the birds and cage, and embroidery floss was used for the tassel (though you can't see it here)

Thanks to midnightstouch and Falln-Stock for the flying birds and cage silhouettes!

Thanks for looking :3
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Leafy Headband on: January 17, 2011 12:46:06 PM
Brr! Winter temperatures are the best motivation for knitting cold weather gear! Here's a little headband to keep my ears warm on days when there's a bit of a breeze.

It curls a bit so to get a good closeup I wrapped it around my leg! I am amused by the wobbly line that gives away my uneven tension.

This was made from a soft neutral yarn that almost matches my scarf! I used Adrienne Krey's  Blue Leaf Headband pattern (ravelry link) and found it super easy to follow. You can't see it in the pictures but it's fastened with a button at the back, which I can move around if it stretches like the pattern warns.

The lace design came out more subtle than expected, but that is probably because I used worsted weight instead of chunky yarn and smaller needles than the pattern recommended. I did this because I didn't want a super wide headband that would flatten my bangs. I like the finished width though, and a tighter pattern means less wind getting through!

It fits well but we'll see how well it performs outside! So far it's been too cold to leave the house with just a little headband Tongue If it turns out to be less protective than expected I might sew a strip of fleece on the inside or something.

Thanks for looking! :3
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Avian Audiophile or Cute bird embroidery! on: January 17, 2011 09:46:09 AM
This little birdie is my very first embroidery project! I've mainly worked with cross-stitch until now, but embroidery is my new favourite medium! I love how it can be very minimalistic and yet still be used to convey entire images.

This little guy is a modified version of Kurt Halsey's Follow Me button, which I found through Sublime Stitching's customer gallery. (It is for personal use only and all credit goes to the original artist)

After tracing the image and tweaking it to my liking, I printed it out on dissolving paper and stitched it up in about 2.5 hours. Much much faster than any cross-stitch I've ever done! The beak came out a bit wonky but for now it doesn't bother me enough to go back and fix it. All in all I'm quite pleased with this! I am now constantly on the lookout for potential future embroidery projects Smiley

Action shot with what is now one of my favourite hoodies!

Thanks for looking :3
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cute Owl Cross-Stitch on: January 13, 2011 12:54:29 PM
Here is my very first custom cross-stitch! The design is based off of SillyJonna's cute little Pixel Owl, which I converted into DMC colours and stitched up on cream 14-count canvas. The species is probably a Saw-Whet Owl, if anyone's curious ^^

The design has 14 colours, and is about 3x3.5" big. I had originally bought a decorative little embroidery hoop but it was too small Tongue So it's now in a frame instead!

Here's the reference for the design:

Thanks for looking :3
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy Leaf Scarf on: January 04, 2011 09:28:45 AM
I finally finished it! After a couple months of on/off knitting I've finished my new scarf just in time for the depths of winter! This was made from a Mary Maxim kit, which provided cream-coloured yarn and full instructions.

Here is an action shot with my lovely cat Fluffie modeling the finished product :3

The front is knit lace with some nice twisty bits, and the back is all purled.

I love the pattern, and it was actually quite easy to knit! Lots of YO and a couple twisted stitches, and everything else is simple knit stitches. The result is a soft, fluffy, leafy-type scarf.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / Tasty Nautilus House on: January 03, 2011 12:31:00 PM
This house was inspired by Senosiain Arquitectos' Nautilus house, which is in Naucalpan, Mexico. It's a very whimsical house, colourful and fun. Perfect for a gingerbread house!

This was my very first time working with marshmallow fondant, my first time trying to mold dough into anything other than a flat shape, and my first gingerbread house in years. I was interesting to plan out, fun to make, and delicious to eat!

The main structure is made of gingerbread, glued together with royal icing and covered in marshmallow fondant. The main "window" is melted Jolly Rranchers with swirly designs drawn in royal icing. An LED light behind the main window makes for a cozy glow from within.

The flower borders are gingerbread and Jelly Bellies, with Gumdrop trees. I would have liked to have more colours of flowers but by this time I had eaten all of the other ones! (the ones you see here are the less tasty flavours)

The nautilus colour markings were painted on with food colouring. I wasn't sure that this would work but it turned out quite nicely! It's a bit like painting with watercolour, though the fondant doesn't absorb it at all like paper does.

At the back is a Christmas tree made out of marshmallow fondant, with little gifts all around.

The steps on the walkway are royal icing, and the grass is dried coconut with green food colouring. No need to cut the grass when you can eat it!

For reference: architectural designs for the real life Nautilus House.

This was definitely a learning experience, but it was very rewarding to see everything come together in the end. I almost didn't want to eat it, but it's too tasty to resist!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Simon's Cat Bookmark on: January 02, 2011 01:18:37 PM
For Christmas I received Simon Tofield's new book (Simon's Cat: Beyond the Hedge) and I loved it so much I just had to make something for it! So I made this little bookmark with watercolour pencils on beige card stock. Since the comics are black and white I had to guess what colour Simon's Cat actually is, so I chose a plain grey. I think it suits him well!

Here he is smiling up at a little chickadee, and sitting on the cover of Over the Hedge.

This bookmark was made for personal use only. All credit for Simon's Cat design and artwork goes to Simon Tofield.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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