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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / bottlecap mirror/frame on: April 24, 2010 08:50:02 AM
This was created for the crafty detective swap.  I have been saving/finding bottlecaps for a long time and have quite a collection in many colors.  I sorted them and laid out a couple of different designed; this one is what I liked best.  Attaching the bottle caps was a bit more difficult than I anticipated, but hot glue did the trick eventually.  (the picture is of the frame before I put the mirror back in).

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / textured autumn/fire on: April 24, 2010 08:45:30 AM
I made these for the crafty detective swap.  Both are 6x9 on canvas with acrylic paint; the request was for textured art in autumn colors.  I think they turned out a bit brighter than autumn, more like fire, but I really like them.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / radical and warm! on: April 24, 2010 08:42:25 AM
I made this for the crafty detective swap...definitely one of my favorite projects!  I saw some pictures around craftster and on wists and freeformed a basic beanie and the mohawk.  The gray is acrylic and the blue is wool; for a stiffer/more stand up mohawk the recipient can wash the beanie, felting the mohawk but not the actual hat.  Sorry I don't have action shots; I sent it before I thought of getting them.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Warm Wooliness! on: September 27, 2008 07:03:03 AM
One of my coworkers has a hat her mother made her which I absolutely adore.  So, I did what any self-respecting crafter would do - I made my own!

In Paton's Essentials Tweed Chunky:


I love it!  Next time, though, I think I'll start the stripe one or maybe two rows earlier. 

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Self-Portrait on: July 08, 2008 02:28:20 PM
This was a self-portrait-ish project I did.  Perhaps symbolistic is a better term - every single thing in the painting has some sort of personal meaning for me; for example, the fence is a classic Kentucky fence, which is where i was born and raised, one constellation is Lyra, which I have a tattoo of, and another is Cancer, which was my father's astrological sign, and the fleur-de-lis in the bottom left corner is from the years I lived in New Orleans.   I am debating about putting more stars in the sky, but we'll see.  For now, it is done.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I Spy drawing on: July 03, 2008 03:46:24 PM
I really enjoy drawing textures, and frequently draw circles of real life textures that I find around and surround them with made up patterns and shading.  One of my friends suggested I try something a bit different, so I did what I call an I Spy picture - I drew enlarged bits of four different textures, and then behind them drew a scene which contained the items I took the textures from.  Done in pencil on some random paper I found.

detail shots - see if you can find all four texture items!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Vine Scarf on: May 24, 2008 07:48:51 AM
I made this for the Crafty Detective Swap Rd. 4.  I based it off of an item on my partner's Wist, though I did not follow any sort of pattern. I didn't think to measure it before I sent it, but it is quite long.  The sewing kind of drove me nuts, but I love the end product!

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Socks!! on: March 25, 2008 04:11:59 PM
These were definitely a work in progress for quite some time...over a year.  Second-sock-syndrome, majorly.  But, now they are done, and I like them a lot!  I ended up doing the heels a little bit differently from each other, due to doing them so far apart in time, I think.  All that really matters, though, is that they fit and are comfy.  And done.  Finally.

EDIT:  I used this pattern :http://members.aol.com/Sbaycgoa/patsock.htm   
and this heel addition/adaptation: http://www.cs.unc.edu/~mantler/misc/fun_stuff/art/crochet/heelinstr.html
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Einstein project on: March 05, 2008 05:15:21 PM
This project was an assignment for some of my students, so I decided to give it a try.  All lines in the entire drawing are the words (or parts of the words)  eccentric, brilliant, and scientist.  The shading was done just by layering words and by writing them in different sizes.

Here is the full view:

And here is some detail on the face (so you can see some of the words)

and detail on the cuffs (the sweater definitely took me the longest)

thanks for looking!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / "Made By" Stamp on: March 02, 2008 06:10:58 PM
I've been having fun with carving stamps recently and made this one for my mom.  She loves to do paper crafts like cards, so I thought it was perfect.  It's done on SpeedyCut (I think...the thick whitish stuff) with lino cutter and xacto knife.  I wasn't sure that it was going to print clearly because it is so small (it's pictured on my cutting mat with 1 inch squares), but I think it came out quite well.
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