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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES / Nocturnal Choir: 100 Owls on: July 06, 2014 07:16:24 PM
I made a tessellation puzzle for my son to practice numbers made of 100 owls:

I mod-podged old sheet music to mat board, cut out a lot of owls (my finger is still sore!), and painted them bright colors:

The numbers are written on scrapbook paper and mod-podged on. Then I covered each owl with another layer of mod-podge to protect them. Here are a couple of my favorite owls:

Thanks for the challenge! It was a great inspiration.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bohemian elegance: black and gold jewelry set on: June 09, 2014 09:13:36 PM
I participated in a glass fusing class some time ago, and fused some black glass pieces for making jewelry. I finally got around to finishing them:

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Excited to wear them!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 99 ENTRIES / Oriental Blue: my new summer earrings! on: June 09, 2014 09:06:46 PM
Here they are:

I've been wanting to make a pair of blue earrings for some time. This challenge was just the provocation I needed to get to work! I think this photo shows the silver findings a little better:

The finished earrings are just 3 inches long.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Three 1/2 Year Itch on: June 01, 2014 09:09:06 PM
Here she is:

I used a piece of fabric left over from making my wedding dress as applique for her dress. I used a new stitch for me, the Palestrina knot, to create an abstract pattern on the underside of her skirt:

Her face is a little wonky, but I'm pretty excited about her hair! I sewed on 6-strand tresses at the "roots," then styled them and sewed them into placed:

The title? I asked my husband for a suggestion, and he thought I should reference the movie, "The Seven Year Itch." Since we've been married for only 3 1/2 years and I had used leftover fabric from my wedding dress, "The Three 1/2 Year Itch" seemed appropriate! Here she is framed and on the wall of my craft room:

Thanks for looking.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Giraffe growth chart on: May 06, 2014 08:31:00 PM

I created a mixed media growth chart for my sons' room. It was inspired by several pins: http://www.pinterest.com/mdelilahcarlson/growth-chart-inspiration/. I had never tried any mixed media before, so I felt a little timid, but it was super fun to make! Here it is in full:

Giraffes are my favorite animal, and some of my fondest memories are of a semester I spent in Tanzania during medical school. My then-boyfriend (now-husband) and I went on a safari together, so that made the choice of the safari theme even more meaningful.

I got a free-motion foot for my sewing machine and used a combination of Heat-n-Bond, machine embroidery, and hand quilting to combine maps, giraffes salvaged from a Tanzanian wall hanging, and various other items onto a muslin background. On the map at the top of the hanging I added several "clouds" made of white feathers held in place with white mesh:

The ruler is made from a brown paper bag, embellished with calligraphy and machine stitching. Throughout the hanging are painted leaves, applied using cut sponges and a hand-made template. The backing of the hanging was made from a second-hand sheet with a wilderness scene printed on it. It was hung using a piece of thin bamboo, a memento of my childhood in Papua New Guinea (the wild travel theme again!).

At the bottom is a collage of maps of different parts of Africa, including the Olduvai Gorge and the Nile River:

Thanks for looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bright braided curtain tie-backs on: April 15, 2014 07:29:11 PM

I made lined curtains for my sons' room some time ago, but hadn't gotten around to making tie-backs. The lovely spring sunshine inspired me to create these:

They are braided from handmade bias tape.

Did I mention that I learned how to make bias tape?

Here's my older son basking in the sunshine:

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Spring bolero jacket from stuffy tweed suit coat on: April 15, 2014 07:01:33 PM

I made this bolero jacket from a suit coat I bought at my local thrift store. I loved the colors--rich browns and oranges with gold thread intermixed, but the style was not me at all! This is what I came up with:

And the back:

I modeled the jacket on another one I own, but incorporated pieces of the original jacket design. For example, the princess seams on the front were on the back of the original. I also used the original lining to line the new jacket (the gold thread is a bit scratchy!). I wore it with the animal print dress to a friend's wedding. Here it is on me!

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 97 ENTRIES / Jewelry "dessert" stand on: April 05, 2014 03:13:20 PM
The need for this arose from a pile of closed boxes on my bathroom counter, holding my bracelets and earrings where I couldn't see them (or remember what I had). The inspiration came from a dessert tray a friend made using vintage plates and candlesticks (they are all over Pinterest). I found an awesome deviled egg platter at my local thrift shop, perfect for organizing earrings! Matching candlesticks secured with epoxy hold up 2 serving bowls for bracelets. It was super fun mixing and matching serving dishes at the thrift shop!

Here it is from above:

And filled with jewelry:

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tessa's quilt on: April 02, 2014 09:34:36 PM
I've been making a quilt for each of my nieces and nephews. Here is the most recent:

The quilt is composed of 36 standard log cabin blocks in pinks and purples arranged in the "fields and furrows" or "straight furrow" setting. The fabric came from sheets I bought at a nearby thrift shop. The center of each square is hand-tied, and the border is hand quilted:

Here it is tied up for my niece (ignore the cat hair!):

The quilt was inspired by several images in Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting, but this interpretation is my own! Any thoughts on a more creative title for the quilt?

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Mother (in-law) is Love on: April 02, 2014 09:09:33 PM
Here is a cross-stitch I recently completed for my mother-in-law's birthday:

I used a design by Ursula Michael. Here it is framed (I found the frame at a local thrift store):

She tells me she loves it!
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