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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dots dots dots...and a bird... on: May 14, 2018 06:16:30 AM
I made this for geekgirl1000100 in the 6x6 Art Swap...



I thank her for allowing me to experiment! She is an awesome artist and a friend and pretty much lets her partners have artistic license...

My younger sister had given me a lot of tools for dot painting because she thought she would like it but didn't...I wasn't sure I was going to like it any better...too time consuming, I thought.

I started to do a layered piece but everything looked so muddied and like a bad palette board of greys and ugly browns, so I ditched that one...

Then, I decided I was going to try a pour...again, it was probably not the best paint so the colors ran together into a monochromatic look, that I was not happy with...strike two! lol

My third attempt was with encaustic...I love encaustic...I use a mini quilt iron to do my encaustic work, but my bees wax was old and the entire piece came out yellow/brown...I wanted bright and happy!  UGH!

The deadline was looming, so I was in the do or die mode of crafting!

I started by painting flat black over a freshly gessoed canvas. I didn't like the flat look so I stenciled on lightly some gloss black.  Still not enough texture for my taste, so I stenciled again with a bit of white mixed with the black, ie. grey...

I used a thin white paint pen to draw the flowers but they looked so wimpy...I decided to try a few dots, then next thing you know, I was dotting everything... thanks to my little sis, I am now addicted...she will be getting a piece I made for her as well.

Some close ups to show the texture:

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / No Water Needed Cacti on: May 07, 2018 01:23:31 PM
I have tried growing succulents and cacti to no avail...I just over water and they turn to mush. When I saw these rock cacti on Pinterest, I decided I could probably make them but I was worried that they would either look too real or too cartoonish...I was going more for a fun, funky, look twice thing...

Anyway, they were pretty easy...I picked a few rocks out of my front walkway, which is all river rocks...painted them with white gesso and then green...I followed a rock painting tutorial from Pinterest.

I sunk the painted rocks into crazy colored fish gravel and then covered that up with a light coat of grey tiny pebbles...but, my cats decided to tip the thing over and I had gravel all over the floor!

So, I stuck the whole thing together and then thinned down some clear glue and poured it over the whole thing...those suckers aren't going anywhere, but it does weight a lot more now... Cheesy...My cats have left it alone.



Finally, cacti that is cat proofed and me proofed!  I don't think it needs any sun, but just in case, I put it in the window...

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needle Minders using Singleton buttons on: February 24, 2018 11:29:42 AM



I have been seeing a lot of different needle minders and thought they were a wonderful idea to keep my needle handy when I am doing cross stitch or embroidery...but, like most Craftsters, I never got around to making myself any...well, this year, I have committed to making something for me every month!  I also committed to making all of those things I pinned that would be useful to me...microwave bowl holders, cord holders, ear bud holders, etc, etc.

So, with that in mind, when I saw a needle minder made by craftylittlemonkey that kept the two magnets together, I knew that this was the style for me!

I love making Singleton buttons (...google this...they are fun to make as well...) so I made a pair for each needle minder, glued in the magnets (be very careful that you do not flip the magnets so that they repel each other!! Remember your science...two positives or two negatives will repel!), slipped in a ribbon, sewed felt to the backs, and DONE!

For being a small project, they sure messed up my crafting room:  had to dig out ribbon, thread, fabrics, magnets, felt, glue...oh well, they were worth it!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hot! Hot! Hot! Microwave Bowl Holders! on: February 14, 2018 12:14:26 PM
I have been practically begging ANYONE to make me some of those microwave bowl holders that I have been seeing all over the place...but, no one, I mean, not one person, heeded my plea... Cry.  I know, I know...I sew, so why didn't I make my own...uh??...no more excuses...I had all of the supplies and just needed a few snow days and a final burned hand while eating my chili!

I had a stash of fabrics with peppers on them, which I really wanted to use.  I cut out three and sewed them right up...so easy...why did I wait so long?  Grin

Well, they were a bit small for some of my other bowls, so I tried a larger size...I will probably need a few sizes so I won't get burned after "cooking"....

But wait...where are they?  Hubby has found them and decided that they would make good chip bowls and ice cream bowls...*sigh* more projects are in my future...



Action shots:

10" size for larger bowl



mmmm chili on a snowy day in the 9" size



They are also reversible and 100% washable!

Thanks for looking!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / What to do with an old Snuggie....why make animal shelter blankets, of course! on: February 14, 2018 07:32:19 AM
A few years ago, my mom gave me and everyone she knew Snuggies for Christmas. Well, nice idea, but, no one in my family really used them much. I decided that instead of donating or throwing out mine, I would use the fleece fabric and some of my stash of pet-related fabrics to make little blankets for a local animal shelter.  They use them to line cages and carriers as well as give them to new pet parents!

Basically, I found out what sizes they needed and cut and pieced the fabrics, sewed them and the fleece together like a pillow case...lightly quilted them...

I managed to get 11 little blankets to donate...and now, my siblings plan on giving me their Snuggies, so looks like more blankets are in my future! lol  Grin
 
Inspected by my old cat, Rico--no, he does not get one because he tends to poo in his carrier...





All bundled up to take to the shelter!  You can see the bright blue of the Snuggie... Grin

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: December 28, 2017 06:17:19 AM
50 Projects 2018






7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Repurposed Candle Holders on: December 24, 2017 12:06:05 PM
My parents entertained a lot and had loads of candle holders...everything from fine crystal to gold...wood, glass, metal...they loved their candles and I remember many dinner parties with the tables decorated with flowers and candles.

Things have become a lot more casual now in our house...we have a lot of buffet type dinners. I selected a few sets of candle holders for special dinners and decorating during the holidays, but many of the other candle holders have been given away or repurposed.

I found a set of wooden ones that I was just going to give to the thrift store...but, as fate would have it, kittykill listed that she wanted some painted candle holders in the Secret Santa Swap!  I dug them out of the box and decided they might work for this project.

The wood was Bermuda cedar that had lost its smell (I believe they were over 50 years old!)...I sanded them and gave them a base coat of primer. I then painted them white. On the first one, I drew a simple floral design with pencil...bad idea...the pencil lines showed through the paint! I wiped off all of the pencil and then decided to free hand the painting. After painting the main flowers and leaves, I then outlined them several times with a sharp point sharpie. Finally, I painted dots...hundred of dots... lol.

The final step was two coats of clear gloss spray paint.

I liked how they turned out, but more importantly, so did kittykill! Grin

I am going to try this again with some wooden napkin rings!

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chakra Mandalas on: October 30, 2017 05:46:42 PM
I purchased an ebook of  chakra mandala cross stitch patterns and have been slowly finishing them this year.  I am not much of a cross stitcher but these were easy enough that I felt I could do them by starting at the easiest and them moving into the more complex patterns.

The first thing I learned was that I was not suppose to turn the hoop and the pattern...so, my little crosses on the first one I did sort of go in all directions...oops...

Once I figured out how to keep everything correctly lined up, my crosses turned out much better and even. By the time I got to the last one, I felt pretty confident that I could do some more pieces down the road.

I didn't do them in any particular order and I used only threads from my stash (which I basically inherited from other people).

Here is the group shot:



Individual shots.
Root

I did this one first...I kept turning the hoop so I could follow the pattern easier...once I realized my stitches were also turned, I adjusted for all of the others.



Sacral

I did this one last.  It was my favorite and also the chakra that has the most meaning for me.  Happens to also be my favorite color.



Solar Plexus
 
I made a pretty big mistake on this one but decided not to unpick it. Learning to accept mistakes and move on.



Heart



Throat

This one was challenging for me because of the spiral pattern. I had to keep counting to make sure I was in the correct square.



Third Eye



Crown



Had a lot of fun. Learned a lot. Relaxed.

Thanks for looking!
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Small Box with Vintage Halloween Black Cat on: October 25, 2017 07:53:37 AM
I was lucky to be paired with cabaute in the recent OTT Halloween Holidays 2017 swap. She challenges me to do my best and come up with something that fits her themes in each swap she joins!

Since she likes vintage items, I decided to search the internet for an image that I could reasonably use with my limited embroidery skills.

I painted a simple little box black and then added some subtle striping by using glitter/shiny nail polish in a silver/grey. I added felt to the bottom and a neat paper trim that I got from Alpha Stamps.

The paper inside is also from Alpha Stamps as are the two trims that I used on the lid.  I love those tiny pom poms and have them in every color ...finally getting to use some of it! Grin

I drew the outline of the cat face on felt and then basically free handed the details. Probably why he is a bit off center...lol...

I am using cabaute's pics since she is a way better photographer than I am!




10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 1898 Ear Muff Hat--free pattern available on: October 23, 2017 06:36:42 AM
Winters can be brutal in central Pennsylvania so I decided to make some hats for the men in my life based on this old pattern that was used to keep fishermen's ears warm in New England.

The ear flap parts are made flat and then folded over to make the hat extra warm...ears can get frostbite so easily if exposed to harsh weather for too long!

The hat turned out a tad too big for hubby, but another friend snatched it up. I am currently working in a few more.





The hat is fairly easy to make and works up quickly.
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