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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / You like big what?! on: January 15, 2013 02:46:41 PM
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hello Kitty and Princess Peach door sign for my Niece on: January 15, 2013 02:35:08 PM
I've been working on this one off and on since October.  I kept having problems with the colour...than smudging and rouge paint.. trying to remember this right mix of colour.. I finally gave up just before finishing the last floating hello kitty.. I remixed a 'close enough' shade of pink [ALOT lol] and quickly repainted around each word and character but swished and rolled the brush strokes to give it a little bit of texture to cover up my boo-boos lol.

When did I finish this you ask? Well it was Christmas night at 9:30pm exactly when I added the last polka dot to the hello kitty balloon ..............I was finished at 8pm..but my hand went RIGHT into the fresh dots and smeared around the balloon.. so I had to repaint the balloons white [2 coats] and added single blobs of dots to avoid anymore mess ups! blah>.<

At least its done and my niece loves it.  My sisters aunt thought I'd bought it online from etsy.. lol.. "No no.. I made it.. took a bit but it's done!" Everyone loves it.. yay!

Everything was traced from images I got online.. but shaky hands cause me to alter some shapes but.. I'm a perfectionist hence why it took so long.

So the wood I cut with my dad's help and sanded, shaped and primed myself in the summer when i was starting my nephews' sign.
All text and characters are traced on with carbon paper and each section was painted with about 10-20 coats of paint to get the right shade to come through [stupid pink!] with acrylic paint.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Xbox Live Avatar Gift on: September 23, 2012 04:57:48 PM

Made me giggle and smile.

So simple yet so sweet.

Now I want one♥
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wooden Door Plaque for my nephews [PIC HEAVY!] on: September 23, 2012 04:46:16 PM
Hehe awe thanks =)

Yeah traced on with carbon paper and handpainted.  My family's still shocked it looks so good lmao.

Yeah my nephews love it; naturally..because "Auntie Liz is awesome" ;p
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wooden Door Plaque for my nephews [PIC HEAVY!] on: September 21, 2012 06:17:59 AM

I came up with the idea to make door plaques for my niece and nephews since my sister[inlaw] and brother were in the process at the time of buying a house [their first].  I got started at the end of July with my dad buying a slab of wood from Rona and cut it in half than sanded the pieces... .......... Than curved the edges with my sander since the pointed edges looked lame and pathetic.

My nephew Ronan is now a year old and loves lions so I found this lion online and thought it was adorable and so him.
 year old nephew LOVES Mario...than as I'm trying to figure which super mario to use he asked me if I could include Bowser.. well than made everything alot easier!  I grabbed these 2 images off google and flipped this image of bowser so he's looking up at mario instead of off the plaque lol.

I mixed the background with a bit of white to lighten it up but after I finished painting up the characters I had a few oops spots [red painted brush spun out of my hands, black paint dripped or my fingers touched a spot and I diddn't notice, etc] So I had to try and match the colour.......... it didn't work well.. so I ended up repainting the whole thing..if you nose to nose with it and turn it into the light you can actually see darker and lighter spots... but anyways.

I was using paintbrushes from a dollar store to paint on the background and realized that was a HUGE no-no...I tried and tried to get the loose bristles that painted into the background off but..sadly some still remain.. so I ran up and grabbed my foam brushes from Rona [for a different project involving stain.. so ya.. I'll need to buy some more.. lol] and finished it off.

Ah but before that I used canned white primer from Krylon.. omigod... I hate that crap! I couldn't tell if it was going on right.. I could actually see it as the wood was pretty pale to begin with but it looked like someone sneeze a tiny bit of powdered sugar on it but not completely.. so needless to say I'll buy a bucket of white primer paint next time and paint it on myself.. I love painting and hate spray cans..lol.

So I painted this outside in the middle of the july/august heatwave..hung from my clothes line with bungee cords... lmao so those are now forever painted pink and blue [I painted my nieces plaque at the same time but put it aside to work on my nephews'].  And everytime I was done painting for the day with my nephews I'd hang it from the faux chandelier in our old kitchen.. with the bungee cords...... so there's blue paint in the chandelier from me stopping myself from getting blue paint in the face from the thing spinning around..ugh.

Anywho! My dad said I should use grandpa's [he died in 2003] paintbrushed he used to use for his woodcarving.. so after some tears and memories on my part I finally came down with his box of paintbrushes [very expensive i may add lol] and got to work.  I also used carbon paper he had used to trace on the images [I tried the newsprint idea someone used online but it wasn't dark enough for me too see]. The text I got using my paintshop pro program and simple printed it off.

And got to work.  I'd spend maybe 4-7 hours each sitting but I'd have to wait for things to dry than my sister needed me too come over and help her pack or sort out stuff for the sally ann or keep etc.  So it took until 4 days ago to finish [well to tell the truth I'm not finished I need a nice clear day to spray on the clear coat but still all the painting is done].  I think I started painting a week before my nephew ronan's first birthday [aug 23] so.. maybe august 17. I'm thinking I sat down and pulled out the table maybe 10-15 times so it was that long really it was just the fact or stopping to help them pack, clean the house for them to visit a few times, cleaning my room, storage room, etc; that made it take so long to finish.

They move oct 1-3 and I STILL have to start and finish my nieces plaque [princess peach a la paper mario, hello kitty and lot of dessert, lol should be a little easier. ........ minus peach!]

This is far from perfect but I think it's pretty good coming from a person with very shaky hands, lol♥
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Finished IT Hoop on: August 12, 2012 08:25:15 AM

Omigod that clown scares the crap out of me!

Never liked the damn thing... good job though! =)

like 16-18 years ago when I was a kid at my friends house we refused to goto bed so her mother let us watch this movie.. scared us to death.. we stayed up till 1am and passed out.. a few hours later her mother woke us up dressed up in a similar clown mask with a faux bloody knife and we went screaming up the kitchen stairs and wouldn't come down for hours, lmao.. good times ♥
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Hello Kitty! on: July 30, 2012 05:40:31 PM
Simple but so cute♥
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Simpsons Quilt on: June 30, 2012 06:37:13 PM

Fan-diddly-tastic job!

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mario Villain Hoops! on: June 30, 2012 06:35:59 PM
It's goomb-tastic  Grin
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Arrested Development Staircar on: June 30, 2012 06:34:44 PM
God I miss this show!

I used to watch it constantly when it was on tv.

Good job♥
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