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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Dachshund Portrait on: July 18, 2015 06:16:33 AM
Thanks rscowtown! We used to have 3 dachshunds too - they're just the BEST!
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Capricorn Moon and the Latchkey kid on: July 17, 2015 06:05:58 PM
WOW! This is incredibly cool - I also don't understand the words, but the painting is very evocative. Beautifully done.
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dachshund Portrait on: July 17, 2015 06:02:22 PM
Completed 7-15-15. 16x20 acrylic on canvas. First pet portrait after a couple years hiatus, and the first time I've ever painted feet. I'm not thrilled with them, he has the cutest floppy feet and I don't think I quite captured that, but otherwise I'm pretty pleased.

Reference photo:
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Dog Portrait on: July 17, 2015 06:01:03 PM
WOW! That is incredibly intricate work, I bet it's even more stunning in person with the texture and reflection of the beads. What a special piece this would be to own - really spectacular!
15  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mosaic garden balls on: April 10, 2015 02:49:23 PM
Thank you guys! I believe I have changed my mind again about the blue one - a friend gave me a small LED tap light from IKEA, and it fits perfectly in the base of the globe. I don't typically like light up garden decor for myself, but I'm kindof digging this:

16  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mosaic garden balls on: April 05, 2015 11:50:38 AM
Thanks Camillion! They were a ton of fun to do. I used e6000 glue and some packages of mosaic stained glass that I picked up at Hobby Lobby, I like the misc. glass packs because you get such a variety of colors/textures. I also used some flat backed marbles, some safety glass from an old busted up shelf, and a package or two of random mixed glass beads I had laying around in my stash.

For the beaded portions on the blue/white ball, I threaded them on a piece of wire and bent them into the design I wanted - it was VERY fussy attaching the beads to the globe. I ended up using some masking tape and sort of tacked the beaded wire down every 4-5 beads with glue. Once it dried, I went back in with a toothpick and stuck down almost every bead.

I will warn you, that you have to work in pretty small sections when you're working with a sphere, otherwise the pieces tend to slide around a bit. I was happy that I had two globes going at once.
17  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic garden balls on: April 05, 2015 10:47:31 AM
I ran across a couple light fixture globes at a yardsale for 25 cents each, so I decided to bring them home and turn them into mosaic garden balls. I worked on these during the winter when it was too nasty to go outside, but finally got around to grouting them this weekend. Oddly enough, I loved the blue/white one before I grouted and hated the black/red one - now that they're finished, I feel exactly the opposite. Funny how that works out...

18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Out of Africa quilt on: February 01, 2014 07:26:16 PM
That is simply gorgeous. Very nicely done!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Makin' my crock rock... on: February 01, 2014 07:23:14 PM
It all started with an ugly crockpot. I've had it since our housewarming party 12 years ago. It served its purpose and I didn't really hate it, but it was starting to look ROUGH. Like "embarrassing to take to a potluck" rough.  So I ran across this tutorial: http://angela-thesimplethings.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-paint-crock-pot.html and thought I'd give it a try. Nothing to lose but an ugly crockpot afterall...

Here she is in all her glory (please don't judge how gross she looked before)

Taped off with plastic bags (bottom/inside), masking tape (top/knob) and packing tape (handles). I recommend the packing tape because it tends to go around the curves better than masking tape did.

Planning the layout...

After 50 coats of yellow automotive paint - if I had it to do again, I would have primed it in white to cover the flowers better.

Final vinyls applied and ready for the red.

I just finished early this afternoon and took the vinyl off about an hour ago. I have NOT cooked in it yet (and honestly will probably give it a week or two to cure to be on the safe side.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oven mitts - 'hot' off the press on: December 09, 2013 05:26:15 PM
Those are really great! Love the french fry fabric - so cute.
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