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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / new painting on: February 05, 2011 11:05:15 AM
i painted this the other day. it was an experiment and i think it turned out pretty well.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / tribal belly dance belt on: March 15, 2010 11:47:20 PM
i love love love yarn. and i recently got into belly dancing.
i got some awesome peacock green yarn with a black thread accent, and i sat down to make a scarf.
two rows in, i realized that the yarn matched my new wrap top, and i decided to make a tribal-ish belt.

so far it is a silent belt, but i have some tiny brass bells i want to add for jingle factor.

before i added tassels

with tassels!

i actually took like 10 more photos and i'm in love with all of them, but i shall end here because you don't need to see half a billion more pics of my bed wearing the belt.

i was going to wear it tonight, but class got cancelled, so i'll see how it looks with shimmies and some hip work tommorrow.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / mini themed tree on: November 30, 2009 04:46:41 PM
i decided that it would be cool to have a mini tree with a theme, and that i would change the theme every year

so this year i decided that i would have a nightmare before christmas mini tree
my plan was to get it up for halloween, but i couldn't find a mini tree until mid novemeber.

i bought two packages of plain ball ornaments and painted them in plain black, black and white spirals or Jack the pumpkin kings face. i got black tinsel strand before halloween and then i paired it with white tinsel strand.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / jewellery scrapbook on: November 19, 2009 01:48:37 PM
i have been asked to do a beading workshop at the local MFRC. i'm totally stoked, and they asked if i could bring in some of the stuff i make to put in a display. so i whipped up two tiny display boards to show off two variations of the pendent i'll be teaching people how to make, but i couldn't figure out what else to take in. i had so many shiny awesome things.

then i got this chipboard book at the dollar store, its 10 x 10 inches, and has 20 pages. i thought i could turn into into a scrapbook for some memorial pictures i took. but inspiration struck and i realised i could fill it with pictures of the jewellery i make, and then i could display 40 to 50 peices in the amount of space two would take. i may have actually gone "OH YEAH AWESOME!!" as i had this realization.

the cover. so simple. plus i literally got all the papers, tools and embelleshments for the whole book at the dollarstore.

page one.

these are my favorite pages, hands down. black and white and grey on the left, and black and white and goldy/brown on the right. its really simple, but it just filled me with glee

the way i put the images in fills me with glee. the top pictures both have pendents that point inwards, and the bottom pictures both have pendents that point outward. and i actually didn't notice it until afterwards, when i was showing my husband the finished product.

the whole thing is really simple, i just used the blank pages that the book came with and kept the pages minimal so that the images which tend to be busy and full of color could really draw the eyes. it was a fantastically cheap scrapping product to do as i literally got all the papers, tools and embelleshments for the whole book at the dollarstore. i printed the photos with my photo printer thingy which is supposed to be cheap but it goes through a full ink cartrage when it prints 45 photos though, so... instead of the .10 cents a picture it advertised as, it runs me 80 cents per photo once i figure in the photo paper. (i can buy cheaper photo paper, but its not as good quality, and sometimes the ink bleeds through)

i got half a billion compliments on the book and the jewelery when i dropped it all off. so i'm pretty pleased with it!

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / fairytale gone wrong (photos) on: October 28, 2009 07:31:19 PM
my daughter is the most awesome kid (but thats my opinion) and when she wanted to play cinderella dress up, i decided to take it to extremes.

one pumpkin patch, one pair of decidedly non glass rubber boots, one awesome pretty little girl in a blue princess dress, and a nice image story.

 this pumpkin is much too small!!

the pumpkin is supposed to carry the princess

 not the other way around!

 there is something wrong with this fairytale, where do i go to get a new one?

6  CANADA / British Columbia / new bead store in courtenay on: June 03, 2009 06:37:33 PM
theres a new bead store in Courtenay on 6th street.
Its called shipwrecked on 6th, great selection of beads, lots of jewellery, soy candles, and she does lessons. the owner encourages people to stop in when ever they have time, and she will give lessons whenever.
its open 7 days a week, starting at 10, closing time is unlisted.

price wise compared to eagle rock and gem, shipwrecked has better quality beads for less. and a better selection imo.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / fire queens collar and looped scarf on: March 18, 2009 03:00:17 PM
so i had this costume planned for halloween, a sky pirate and i was thinking that i could have a boned collar attached to my coat, one that would stand up and i could attach 'scale mail' to for an armoured look.

and then i have this ball i have to go to, and i thought that it would be cool if i had an elizabethian ruff style collared capelet to go over my dress, which is very simple and elegant.

so i started thinking about how i could go about doing it, and i was lookign through my stash and i made a prototype.

it has four boned points and can be bent into a few different shapes, but the one shown is the one i like best.  the one i wear to the ball will be in black and white and beaded (hopefully mohair for the yarn) and have a capelet. i made the boning myself, out of 16 g wire and duct tape

and i did a variation of the loops scarf i love it so much, its warm and fuzzy and can be worn a billion different ways.

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / am i crazy? adventures in alternate fiber on: March 15, 2009 12:20:15 PM
So i was at the park the other day, a nice sprawling garden park in town that happens to be home to a decently sized herd of deer. On our way to the car we came across a large patch of soft and fluffy fiber, just hanging out on the ground. The weather here is very springy, so the wild things are shedding. I scooped the fiber up in a plastic bag and brought it home. I cleaned it with a flea/tick doggy shampoo and its now drying.

moving it into the water i was pretty amazed at how clean it was, compared to the raw wool i've been working with, no dead bugs, very little VM, and omg soft.

I was thinking i'd use it as junk fiber, for felting projects, but now i'm thinking i could try and spin it up.

I know you can make yarn from dog fur and cat fur, but has anyone ever heard of making yarn from deer fur and fluff?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / stash busting zig zag scarf on: February 26, 2009 09:29:56 AM
i just moved(house to house), and on loading day (when i had to sit and watch other people move our stuff and generally be bored and annoyed all day), we got to the house before the movers, so i immediately ran down to my yarn stash to see what i could find to make anything! then  remembered my friend was leaving for good, so i decided to make her a scarf. i had 1 ball of bulky pink plied with black thread, and a ball and a half of black eyelash yarn left over from various projects (a scarf and hat set for my daughter, and a 'fur coat' for one of her princess dolls)

so then i made this

its about 4 inches wide, and 3 and half feet long. the eyelash yarn makes it totally cuddly (i thought twice about giving it away, but i have more eyelash yarn left overs and more bulky yarn left overs so i'll do one for me later) and the zig zaggy bits look very cool. (i don't know what the actual technique is called, my books are still in boxes) i gave it to her the night before last and she loves it! pink and black stripes are her favs.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / belly dance hip scarf on: February 09, 2009 08:37:09 PM
i wanted something a little bit steam punk-y as i want to work my belly dance costume into my halloween costume and the theme my husband wants this year is steam punk.

i used the corduroy i have stashed for my halloween costume (it'll be a under bust corset, spats and a hat) to make a basic rounded scarf.

then i got out my chains. i used a antiqued silver chain, a smaller sterling chain, a tiny antiqued gold chain, and a tiny silver chain.

I pinned the scarf on my handy duct tape dress form and started pinning the chains to the scarf. I did it layer by layer, and then i joined the chains together.
i made 3 jingly dangles out of extra chain, tiny metal coins, heart charms and some scrapbooking chandelier charms i got at the dollar store

then i sewed the chains to the scarf, adding little heart charms to cover most of the messy messy stitching.

then i had to run off to my belly dance class.
so i waited till i got home to take pictures

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