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1  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbow Connection cake! on: September 02, 2013 08:22:32 PM
Any Muppets fans out there!? Well, my brother and I definitely are! So, of course, for his 23rd birthday, what could be more appropriate than a cake inspired by Kermit's beautiful song "Rainbow Connection"? This is a chocolate-coffee cake decorated with buttercream icing and peanut butter M&Ms. Everything is made from scratch (except for the M&Ms of course)!

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Hellboy Bust on: May 23, 2013 11:49:41 AM
I just finished my second semester of my school's sculpture class, and this was the big project that took pretty much the entire semester to complete (including working on it during most of my off periods as well)! Yeah, I was waaaay behind the rest of my class and had to rush to finish a couple quick pour pieces and a pop art piece to meet the quota to pass the class, but it was totally worth it, After all, Hellboy is my favorite super hero (if you can call him that), so I wanted him to look as perfect as I possibly could! Of course, there are a couple things I would have spent more time on if I had had more time, but for my first clay sculpture (first semester we did things like coil pots, mugs, and soap carvings) I am EXTREMELY pleased with the results! I currently only have this one picture. My camera makes him look orange, so I had to steal this picture from my sister's iPhone. Unfortunately, she only had this one picture, but hopefully I can get some more pictures up soon!!

As always, comments and critiques are welcome!!

Life-size ceramic bust of Hellboy, painted in acrylics.
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Cheetah Boots! on: March 19, 2013 07:14:05 PM
So, I took some of my mom's old brown boots that she never wears, and covered them with cheetah fabric! They're are modeled after Mimi's cheetah boots from Rent, with the brown zipper on the side and everything!

The final product:

And here's a 'before' picture:

I've never done any work with shoes before, so I'm really happy with how they turned out! They're pretty flimsy, so they look a little warped at spots in the pictures, but you get the point! They are sewed directly onto the original boot for the leg part, and then hot glued down near the sole.

If anyone has any tips to give me for revamping boots in the future, it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for looking! Comments, critiques, and advice welcome as always!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Stop Motion Skeleton on: January 26, 2013 07:28:08 AM


This is a stop motion film that I made for an A&P project for my school. Including makeup, shooting, and editing, this project took about 20 hours, give or take an hour or two. When I was coming up with ideas for the project, I wanted to make it an independent project that didn't have that "highschool student biology project" feel to it so that I might be able to use it in the future. Unfortunately, however, three days is all I had to work on it, so there are some parts that could use improvement where I was running out of time or ran out of the makeup I needed, especially on the skull. Some of the makeup on the skull was rushed or incomplete because I ran out of white grease paint. This was also my first time doing a stop motion film, so taking my short time limit and my lack of experience into consideration, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I hope you like it!

The makeup FX are almost completely done with black and white grease paint.

Also, if any of you are teachers, you're welcome to use this in your class!

Here are a few snapshots of the major parts:

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "His Eye is on the Sparrow" on: November 24, 2012 07:43:11 PM

These are two paintings based off of the hymn "His Eye is on the Sparrow." The background in the first one and the tree in the second are both made using the sheet music from the actual hymn.

Let me know what you think, which version you like better, and of course, critiques are always welcome!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Pile of Old Ballet Shoes? on: November 21, 2012 01:07:11 PM
So, my sister (age 20) has been a ballerina for most of her life and has accumulated quite a collection of pointe shoes. She wants to do something with them to decorate her room, but we're not quite sure what to do. I suggested making a tree where the shoe parts would make up the trunk and then we could run wire through the ribbon for the branches, but she wants more options. Any suggestions?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Potassium Quilt! on: October 03, 2012 06:44:27 PM
Okay, so for my chemistry class, we were each assigned an element and had to do a project on it. Instead of getting a poster board, I decided to make a quilt and embroider all the facts into it.
 A few problems with this idea:
~I've never made a quilt before
~I've never embroidered before
~The project was due in two weeks, and I have classes from 8am to 4pm plus club meetings, sports practices, and quiet hours after 10:30pm (I go to a boarding school) so I couldn't use my sewing machine after that time.

It only took my a couple days to put the 108 squares together. I googled simple embroidery stitches and went with a chain stitch. I know it's hard to see in the picture, my camera is broken so it's from my teacher's phone, but I embroidered the name of element (potassium) and several facts about it in the squares such as reactivity, discovery, density, melting point, boiling point, atomic symbol, color, etc. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to finish the embroidery. On school nights, lights out is at midnight, so I couldn't stay up late to finish and ended up writing the remaining facts I needed with a fine point sharpie.
For the atom diagram, there are 19 red buttons (protons) and 20 blue buttons (neutrons) in a cluster, the subshells are thin yarn tacked on with blanket stitches all the way around, and you can't see them in the picture, but on the subshells are tiny black beads for the electrons.
If my camera gets fixed, I'll put up some more pictures of some of the detail!

This is a crib-sized quilt complete with batting! It's not perfect, but I'm very happy with it considering the conditions it was made under!

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Several things from 2010! on: July 27, 2012 08:11:27 AM
2010 (end of my 8th grade year) was when I really started getting into art and taking it on as a hobby. So here are a few pieces I found from my early artist stages! Comments and critiques are welcome!

Ink pens, stippling white iris:

Colored pencils, Spike Spiege (Cowboy Bebop)l:

Colored pencil, inspired by the song Falling Slowly by Glen Hensard:

My first painting (tempera), this was a history project to recreate a poem from the 19th century (whether it be taking the theme and writing our own poem or illustrating it), though I can't remember what the poem was:

Colored pencil, just a drawing I found in my sketch book:

Pencil, a shot at realism/still life. The subject was my stuffed bear. I eventually got bored and stopped, but I like how what I did turned out:

Thanks for looking, an let me know what you guys think! I've definitely improved since this, I've even gotten a couple commissions for some paintings and cakes! Maybe I'll have some of my more recent art up soon! Even though this art is older, I'd still like any critiques you can give. I'm sure there are plenty of things from these pictures that need improvement that I still need to work on today!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 76 ENTRIES / Godspell inspired chalk art! (With progress pictures) on: July 06, 2012 03:19:04 PM
Godspell is a musical, 70's take on the Gospel. My sister recently saw it on Broadway and brought me back a t-shirt, so I decided to do something inspired by Godspell for my first Craftster challenge! I had intended to do the whole face with the right side being mostly black, but I had to go out of town for a week so I wouldn't have had time to do it all. But I still like the way it looks as half of a face! I've never done chalk art or any project at such large a scale (just the nose is a little over 5 feet long), so this was definitely a learning experience for me! Hope you all like it!

Progress Pictures!!

Day 1

Aren't Mississippi summers wonderful? Almost 95 degrees in the shade. Fantastic.

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6 (Complete!!)


~10 white sticks of sidewalk chalk and between 75 and 100 of board chalk (they don't sell white sidewalk chalk by itself)
~10 red
~10 purple
~3 yellow
~4 blue
~5.5 green
~7 chunks of drawing charcoal
~4 willow charcoal sticks
~about 10 chunks of cooking charcoal (as artists charcoal in such a large amount would have been quite expensive)
10  COOKING / Dessert / Florida Gators cake! on: June 29, 2012 09:31:46 PM
My friend's birthday was today and she requested that I make her a Florida Gators cake! Chocolate coffee cake, buttercream icing, and marshmallow fondant all made from scratch. Also, my camera has a tendency to make blues look greenish. In the picture the left half of the cake looks kind of aquamarine, but it's definitely blue.

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