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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Painted decorative pillow on: July 31, 2012 12:20:53 AM
I made this for my partner in the "Put a bird on it swap". I had a blast making it and showing it off to the ladies I work with.

Here is the front. (I shamelessly stole this picture from SunflowerSmiles because hers had better lighthing.)  Wink  He is a Rufous sided Towhee. I'd never heard of them before the swap, but they are very beautiful.

I painted it using regular acrylic paints. The front is canvas and the back is just some patterned cotton I picked up. Here is a close up of his little feet.

A close up of his face. I really liked how the eye came out.

And the back. Normal pillow back. Nothing much to see here. The sewing came out a little wonky so the pillow is a little tight around the middle.

I used a great tutorial for the pillow base found here: http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/08/easy-4-step-cushion-covers.html#comment-form

I also had a reference picture of the bird that I based my painting off of but can't seem to find it again.

Hope you all like it!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Robin Egg Diorama on: July 30, 2012 11:50:09 PM
There are so many materials in this, the miscellaneous topics area seems to fit perfectly.

I made this egg diorama for the "Put a bird on it" swap I was just in.

It is a real chicken egg. I started by doing the traditional needle pokes on each end and blew out the egg white and yolks. Then I cut open the shell wider and cleaned the inside with some soap and water.

As you can see from the front I covered the slightly wonky edges of the egg with clay branches that were painted and added some green leaves at the top. The inside has a shimmery blue sky, green moss canopy, a twig from outside acting as the tree branches, and a wee clay robin painted with acrylics.

I painted the inside and outside with acrylic paints. I added the clay details of the branches and leaves afterwards. Here is the back.

Here it is from the side. The base is made from an old brass piece I picked up at yard sale that was painted with acrylics and embellished with paper.

My partner in the swap really liked it and I had a blast making it. I hope to make one again soon for Christmas!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Water color Hawaiian Mermaid on: June 23, 2012 01:10:10 AM
I made this for my partner in the recent 4X6 art swap. I immediately knew I wanted to do a mermaid and play around with my water colors. Then I came across this gorgeous stock photo on DeviantArt by kxhara http://kxhara.deviantart.com/.

The final piece:

Here is the preliminary sketch:

The hands in the original were also somewhat cut off and I was having a hard time rendering them. I also had a hard time with the hair. I think it should have been a little darker in some areas to draw the eye down more, but I couldn't seem to resolve the issue while still making it look like it was floating in the water.

Thanks for looking! Comments, critiques, and water color tips are greatly appreciated.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / My first garden. Square foot gardening on: May 28, 2012 10:55:17 PM
I just wanted to share my first garden. My husband helped make the boxes and I have been taking care of the plants. I will be able to do my first harvest with the radishes tomorrow!

This box has Kabucha pumpkins, zucchinis, cantaloupe, pak choi, bak choy, and radishes all in different stages of growing.

Look at the little cantaloupe flower!

This box has two squares full of pole beans, two squares of cucumbers, lettuce mix, green onions, and beets.

Close ups from the box:

Pole bean flower buds! They are so cute. The flowers are these tiny little purple things.

Cucumbers are going crazy on the trellis.

The green onions.


Also in another box, which is mostly empty as I wait for my other veggies to grow big in strong inside, is DILL!

And last but not least, my little upstairs nursery which has little baby tomato plants, broccolis, and kale.

My favorite tomato. Is it wrong that I have a favorite? He's just so cute and strong.

Thanks for looking everyone. If you have any gardening tips for these veggies I'd love to hear it. In some ways it's easier what with living in Hawaii, and in other ways it's so hard battling the sun and random raining.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Baby Blanket on: April 24, 2011 06:34:01 PM
So this is the first blanket I've ever made and only about the 5th sewing project I've done so far. I made it for a friend and his wife who just had their first baby. They had been trying for years and was so excited when they told me they were having a little boy I had to make this.

Close up of the Dino and his face so you can see the stitches.

And the back. I love blue checks for the little boy.

Also a big shout out to amemm for her blanket corner tutorial. She's the reason I found crafster at all.
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