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1  Decorated bead box in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Catherine_lalala on: June 19, 2008 08:50:08 AM
Hullo folks  Smiley

So, I have a little cheap wooden box in which I keep my beads and stuff, well really it's just a little bead kit thing I got as a gift a while back, actually that's totally irrelevent. The point it, it was plain and not so special looking so I decided to give it a bit of a makeover.

Now my beads can have somewhere nice to live  Wink
The colours are actually just pencil crayon, the black outline is indian ink and the white dots are white ink too, but, as I thought later, good old tippex (correction fluid, white out, whatever you wanna call it) would probably have done just aswell :p And I sprayed over it with hairspray, yeah really, it's a good sealant for things like pastel and pencil crayon and gives this box a bit of a shine too  Cheesy

Thanks for looking, have a lovely day  Smiley
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2  Re: The Pick-n-Choose Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Catherine_lalala on: June 19, 2008 07:47:48 AM
Oh yeah, and here's why I shouldn't open anything with bubble wrap in the same room as George

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3  Re: The Pick-n-Choose Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Catherine_lalala on: June 19, 2008 07:45:46 AM
Well, you guys are gonna be pretty jealous when you're done reading this post  Wink

Ok so I came home about 12.30 from the most gruelling three hour psychology exam (that isn't even going to count towards my final grade anyways) feeling drained and tired when what should I find waiting for me on my bed but the most enormous parcel I've probably ever received  Grin

Oh yes, Cheesy so I took it downstairs, armed with a camera to commence the awesome.
OH! *this bit added from the future*just about to click post and I haven't told you my themes! They were:
4)Birds (especially ravens)

George, eyeing it up suspiciously, here I've started to hack my way in with a tiny pair of nail scissors, why I didn't just go swap them for some proper scissors that can't have been more than a few yards away at the time instead of just struggling on with the tiny little things is beyond me  Huh but anyways, I got into it eventually Wink

Everything wrapped up!

These were the first thing I opened, adorable little trinket boxes decorated to fit my victorian theme, I think I just found a new home for some of my make-up

Slightly different angle  Tongue

Then there was this goreous sketchbook with a lovely dragon embroidered on the front

The paper itself is really nice too, it's like she knew I'd just run out of nice paper for watercolours

Now this is might be my favourite item (what am I saying, it's impossible to pick a favourite!), it's a fleecey blanket with wintery patterns on it, perfect for going to uni in September, I hear the halls of residence up in Scotland can be pretty cold

The underside is actually more purple in real life than this photo makes out

action shot of the stencilled tee with a raven on it, it's so neatly done, I can't believe this was her first time stencilling, also it's a lovely shade of blue  Smiley

Close up, doesn't do it justice though

Lotus flower earrings which I love! They're made using shrinky dink which I think I'll have to have a go at some time if I can get hold of some, I'm wearing them right now so I'll have to get an action shot a bit later perhaps, oh and they were on the back of this beautiful photo taken by her husband.

And finally some really sweet extras including homemade cards (more awesome photography from her husband), some postcards from Texas and some texas themed playing cards!

Thanks you so very very much Glenda, you have been an amazing partner and made my first swap so awesome Grin

Of course now I'm worrying about the fact that the items I sent you were alot less awesome than this  Embarrassed and about customs going through my poorly labelled parcel!  Tongue
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4  Re: The Pick-n-Choose Theme Swap (Sign ups: CLOSED! Sendouts: 06/18) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Catherine_lalala on: June 10, 2008 05:45:19 AM
Awww I love how this is just turning into a thread about dogs  Grin you guys have such cuties! I can't imagine life without my two pups, even if they can be a bit noisy  Wink

And carnabystreet, that teaser's making me even more excited and they're not even my items!   Wink

I'm alot happier with the fifth item now it's almost finished, I wasn't impressed to begin with but I do quite like it now Smiley
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5  Oh Van Gogh! You funky beast! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Catherine_lalala on: May 14, 2008 08:59:01 AM
Now first I'd like to point out that this is old, from last year in my school art exam thing and that painting is most definately my weakest point.
But I like this piece because it's just odd and there are bits in this that I think are good (by my not-so-good standards of course!  Wink) I remember having fun making this so I thought I'd take some photos and share it with you incase it had some, I dunno, inspirational value or whatnot.

It's acrylic paint of some flat canvas board Sir gave me 'cause he had some lying around

Omg! An eye!

Other eye

Sorry these are all out of focus, I'm a bit inept when it comes to pointing and clicking a camera at stuff  Roll Eyes

You get the idea.

Thanks for looking, have yourselves a lovely day  Grin
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6  Blue and Green Beady Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Catherine_lalala on: May 13, 2008 12:25:36 PM
Nothing too special I'm afraid, I had a bunch of seed beads, bugle beads and some bigger beads from another necklace I once had but wasn't too keen on.

They're just threaded onto some good old acrylic thread to make a fairly longish necklace thingymajig.

Action shot:

On mantelpiece for some reason:

Nothing special but I'm happy with how it turns out seeing I don't seem to have much jewellry this colour and it goes with a fair few things.

Thanks for looking, have yourselves a lovely day  Grin
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7  Wire 'standing figure' sculptures in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Catherine_lalala on: May 12, 2008 08:21:35 AM
In art class I did a project looking at standing figures, which meant I spent alot of time thinking about statues and for my final pieces I ended up making these sculptures out of sheet of wire netting:

The details are not so clear here but she's got a little cape with a hood, not just a lumpy head btw  Roll Eyes

You can sort of see the scale from my fingers holding up the black paper behind it, the black background was so I could 'cut it out' and put in a real life background and a 100 ft high scary-ass statue on photoshop  Shocked

Because I had time I made another, but this one is only about half as tall as the other. I focussed more on the idea of drapery in making the little folds in its cloak using pva glue :p

Not so keen on that.

First time working in anything 3-D (well, actually I had made two other little ones as part of my prep-work but they were more practise for these) and it was actually pretty darn fun, the wire was some sheet stuff they had in rolls in the supply cupboard and I used hot glue to secure it in places.

My tip for doing this: Wear gloves! Plastic gloves will protect you just fine but try it without and you WILL get cut up pretty bad by the pointy edges of the wire sheet, even if you don't really notice at the time!   Shocked

Anyways, I'd love to know what you guys think, I'd like to make something with wire again seeing as I can't have these guys back from school until next October.
(I may not be an art student anymore but I our teacher would probably not mind me ninja-ing some from the cupboard  Wink

Have a nice day
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8  picture frame turned funkeh dunkeh jewellry holder! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Catherine_lalala on: May 12, 2008 07:48:48 AM
Long long long time lurker, very infrequent poster, hi Smiley

So I was sure it was somewhere in this section the other week that I saw someone else's picture frame turned necklace/earring holder and thought "ooh I could use me one of those".
Unfortunately I just can't find a link to that thread, maybe I dreamt it?

Anyhoo, here is my picuture frame turned jewellry holder:

Not much doing, really. Just sitting there innocently minding its own business

Behold! An action shot!

Sparkle, my pretties!

Out of focus close-up:

You get the idea,
Basically it's just a little wooden frame I had lying around,
I cut out a square of nicely patterned paper I had and backed that onto some slightly sturdier card and stuck in some butterfly clips at strategic places.

I mean these little guys when I say butterfly clips:

You know, the ones that have little legs which fold back flat.

After pushing them through the paper this meant I was left with a nice little peg for holding stuff on the front and the prong bits just folded back flat against the back of the card meaning i could put it all in a frame nice and tidy.
Oh and I added a little strip of ribbon too as you can see for earrings to dangle off.

Then I added a ribbon to hang the whole thing to hang it by and....well that's it really, nice and simple.


*nods slowly*

Have yourself a lovely day, I'd love to know what you think about this
x x x

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