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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / fun with shrink plastic on: September 02, 2008 11:26:39 AM
The products of a lazy afternoon spent in lawn chairs drawing on shrink plastic:

They're all free-hand drawn on shrinky dinks bright white, which is nice stuff if you're horrible at remembering to do lettering backward, as I am.  We strung them all on organza ribbons or braided cording and took them to the market the next and sold loads of them!  The ones pictured are the leftovers.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / yoga mat bag on: August 15, 2008 09:13:15 AM
This was made a few months ago after the daughter came home from school and rather frantically told me that she had a birthday party to go to...the next day...and needed a present.  A trip to the local liquidators, a waltz through my stash and an hour of drafting/sewing later I produced this pretty, batik yoga mat bag for the birthday girl (and included a yoga mat, of course.)

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / 4 new pieces (lots 'o pics) on: April 16, 2008 02:18:31 PM
I had an urge to bead a couple of weekends ago and here are the fruits of my labour:

A bamboo coral and black agate bracelet

...and the other side of said bracelet

A necklace to match (which really is more truly red than it shows in the picture - the red is that same as in the bracelet)

A fun little pearl bracelet

A pair mis-matched mother of pearl and vintage silver (which I polished ever-so-slightly to maintain the patina) earrings
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / plaster & line drawings on: February 19, 2008 08:33:42 AM
This plaster bandage mask used to be part of a Hallowe'en costume I put together a few years ago - I was the Baron Samedi and decidedly the creepiest thing to run into on the streets that night.  We decided it was artful enough to keep it around as a fixture in our living room.  Apparently it's still rather creepy.  Guests say the creep factor is increased by its position next to the thrifted mirror, one of two mirrors in our home:

And the following is a collaborative piece which came out of our last art night.  The son attended and found reprieve from the adultier (ei: boring in his world) conversations in glueing capacitors and other electronic bits to dollar store canvases then handing them off to the rest of us for completion.  This is the one handed to me - just sharpied line drawing in a rather obsessive manner and currently sported by our ancient coffee table:

We're calling it 'primordial cream of mushroom soup'
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / An army of stockings on: December 16, 2007 06:06:54 AM
Our family has created a tradition of making stockings, filling them with homemade goodies and giving them to friends and family as Christmas gifts.  Each year when they come to visit they bring their stockings back to be refilled with more homemade goodies.  I thought I was finished with the stocking-making about three years ago.

This year I was presented with the unique & wonderful challenge of finding/making a gift for my best friend's boyfriend whom I have met only once.  So then I thought 'well...I've made stockings for everyone else, I should make one for him' which lead to me remembering that when I was about to present the stocking to the best friend (3 years ago now) I discovered his stocking, along with one I was about to give another friend, had been destroyed and the contents had been eaten by my dog.  So I thought I had better replace the damaged stocking too, which lead to me thinking about all of the new friends we've acquired (largely through my romantic interest moving in) and how they should have stockings too.

Needless to say, what started as a relatively quick and painless project has turned into a full on frenzy to get the count of 18 stockings needing to be made done by Christmas.

Here are a few which are done so far:

The stripey/moire one is for the best friend.  The plaid one is for his lovely new boyfriend.  They're stuffed in that pic as we did our Christmas with the best friend yesterday so they look a little lumpy-bumpy but I assure you they're nicely shaped when not stuffed.

Those 5 are for other friends and family.  I wasn't 100% sure about the shape of those ones, when I drafted it I wanted the booty ones to look a little Dr. Seussesque and I think I achieved that and they're growing on me.  I was mostly concerned with finding fabrics and trims which spoke to the person each one would go to so each one is different...it's a good thing I've got a really big stash.

There are a few more which are finished and others in various stages of done-ness but I think I'll have them all done in time.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lotteria inspired deeply romantic scarf on: October 19, 2007 08:04:13 PM
So I made my romantic interest this scarf today:

...largely because he's moaned and groaned about the fact that I've made scarves for everyone but him.

Here's a detail of the embroidery:

I used a lot of chain stitches (because I'm a little bit evil and like the thought of his heart in chains) which sometimes turn into whip stitches (that's a fun/evil thought too) and a wee bit of crude satin stitching (hate satin stitching.)

He lurves it.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / back to school jumper on: September 07, 2007 02:20:39 PM
After the frothy-overload involved in the adoption dress I was eager to get my hands on something a little more fun in terms of projects.  A while ago I got my hands on this great camo made up of butterflies print twill and last week my daughter and I set to work creating this jumper for back to school.

She picked out everything but the camo fabric and chose hot pink cotton for the lining, yellow top stitching thread and groovy pewter star buttons.

Here she is loving it:

Here's her favourite part:

Here's her hamming it up for the fans on our jungle porch:

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lazy girl's table cloth to zipperless circle skirt recon on: September 07, 2007 02:02:18 PM
EDIT:  Doo dee doo dee doo...I've just realised I put this in the wrong thread.  Move me please?

So I'm currently in a bit of a  burn-out/need-to-spend-more-time-with-kids induced career transition.  As there's only so much housework to be done (ok - it's never done, I just don't always want to do it) I got a little bored today and put together a circle skirt for the daughter.

Here's the back in all of its zipperless glory:

I sewed a placket into it and placed a button and hole at the top of the placket to secure the waistline (I couldn't see a squirmy ten year old keeping a skirt on with only a ribbon sash holding it up) despite my fear of my buttonholer.

Action shot!:

Took about 35 minutes to put together.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Adoption Dress on: August 19, 2007 10:38:48 AM
So my boss came into work in a tizzy Saturday last.  Her niece's adoption papers are due to be signed Monday next and she'd scoured ours and the closest cities for an appropriately ceremonial dress for the 10 month old sprog to no avail.  So after calming her down a bit I ended up signing up for the job of creating such a dress and here is what I whipped up for her yesterday:

Not too bad for a rush job, me thinks.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / 2 summery and fun pieces on: August 15, 2006 06:57:38 AM
I indulged in some heavy retail therapy by attending the Rockhound Gemboree - a rock and gem enthusiasts haven and trade fair which happen annually in little old Bancroft Ontario.  Soooooo many good finds but silver was excutiatingly expensive this year...so I splurged on the multitudes of pearls and shell beads over anything else.

Here are a couple of creations which came out of my indulgences:

A multistrand necklace featuring matte and glossy turquoise coloured sead beads, red bamboo coral and a cute little filigree turtle for good measure.

This bracelet has become one of my favourite pieces of jewellry to wear.  The stars are dyed mother of pearl and between each one is an itty bitty randomly coloured agate seed bead.  I'm kicking myself for buying only one strand of each of those.

Let me know what you think!
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