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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Robin's Egg Book on: November 08, 2009 02:05:15 PM
This is my first attempt at bookbinding. 
I think it turned out fairly well.  The pages aren't perfectly straight but they are darn close!

I used brown cardstock for the cover and blue copy paper for the inside pages. 

Bookbinding is  a long term learning project for me.  I will be binding my Great Grandmother's memoirs before Christmas so if anyone has any tips, techniques of tricks I would be happy to hear them!
12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / The Monkees Get an Homage on: September 07, 2009 07:35:49 AM
I love The Monkees.  I have been watching the TV show and listening to the music for years and I have loved this picture that is hanging in their pad.  Every time I saw it in the background in an episode I thought, "I really need to make myself one of those!" 

So, after years of thinking about it I finally did.  And I couldn't be happier about it.  This was the first time I used the freezer paper technique for the stencil.  I stenciled it onto some natural woven cotton material.   It turned out perfect except for the "M".  I must not have pressed that enough and some paint slipped through.  I managed to lighten up some of the space though and I might get some paint that matches the fabric later.

It is hanging in my kitchen. 

The original is seen here in the top left with Peter in the episode Dance, Monkee, Dance.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wilderness/ City Collage Diorama on: June 07, 2009 03:08:55 PM
This project took me about 4 months to complete.  I found images of everything and stylized them before printing and cutting them all out.  They are all mounted inside of a 15 X 30 inch stretched canvas.  

It is split in have with one side depicting wilderness

close up: wilderness

and the other depicting a city

close up: city

Each side has a bunny.

wilderness bunny

city bunny

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It was certainly worth the work.
14  COOKING / Dessert / Cherry Clafouti on: May 31, 2009 05:32:55 PM
I made this Cherry Clafouti from the recipe on foodwishes.com   (http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2008/07/cherry-clafouti-its-pits.html)
Clafouti is like a baked custard.

It was easy to make and only uses basic ingredients.

It was incredibly rich.  I couldn't even finish this little bit! 
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Color Explosion All Summer Long on: April 26, 2009 01:58:00 PM
So I thought this summer I would try my hand at a little gardening.  I don't have the luxury of a backyard so I thought a couple of pots would be nice. 

I used water-based acrylic paint and sealed them up with moisture resistant clear sealant.   Masking tape worked great to mark off the sections in between the color blocks. 

The one pot is less full because I am growing red potatoes in that one so it will get filled up later once the potatoes need more room.  And the other pot has a bean plant, edible Nasturtiums and California Poppies.

I can't wait for everything to start to sprout!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / no animals were harmed in the creation of this shirt on: March 08, 2009 01:50:51 PM
This shirt has been in reconstruction mode for a good bit of time.  I started by just cutting it down into a shirt from a dress (when i found it a goodwill it was a full length dress, sorry I never seem to remember to take before pictures).  Then it just sat around for a while, I guess it knew it wasn't finished yet.

Anyway, it was a rainy Sunday so I finally completed it!  I added some gray stretchy cotton fabric in the back, to make it more comfortable for everyday wear, and a waist band.

So without further ado...

(why do I look so serious?!)

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Portraits of People You Never Knew on: March 01, 2009 12:51:24 PM
These are photos of people that I think are interesting to think about.  I found the photos online (http://foundmagazine.com and flickr). 

The first one is of a man. 

And the second is of twins.  there was a whole flickr pool of pictures of these ladies and in every picture they were dressed the same.  They were teenagers up through old ladies in the pictures!

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wire and Pop can Bird on: December 28, 2008 05:47:05 PM
This is a project I made as a Christmas gift for my parents.    This little bird is made out of non-corrosive alloy wire and pop cans. 

He was really fun to make and is free standing.  The hardest part of making him was getting the wings to stick to each other and the body!  But I have learned a valuable lesson.  Two Part Epoxy is a wonderful thing.

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wire Hang Ups on: December 28, 2008 05:40:20 PM
These are two projects I made for my Grandparents for Christmas. 

They are both made with non-corrosive, non-staining alloy wire. 

The little bird in the middle of this one is ceramic.  The rings all spin freely 360 degrees.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Plaid Shoulder Bag on: December 28, 2008 05:33:58 PM
I made this bag for my Aunt for Christmas.  She liked it.  And I like it too!  When I was wrapping it I was thinking, "Boy, I wouldn't mind keeping this."

The straps and lining are a burnt orange canvas type material and the plaid outside material feels like a softer burlap.

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