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11  3 completed works - my first "altered cavases" in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by WitchCatXeen on: January 15, 2008 10:27:42 PM
Does anybody else feel hoitytoity for saying "altered canvas" or altered-whatever?

Meh.  MIXED MEDIA.  There, I feel better.

If you want to have access to HUGE files on these, check them out on my blog: http://www.resirem.com/2008/01/15/yay-finished-stuff/

Magic Within:

Lame title, but I love it.  The gold around the edges is metallic ink.  It doesn't show up that much in RealLife.  I started this ages ago, but didn't finish it because I wanted to add words to it but didn't know how (at the time, now I do).  I couldn't come up with anything to add so I just worked on it a bit more and called it good.

I Wish:

Like Magic Within, I started it ages ago.  I knew I wanted to add words, again, didn't know how or what exactly.  Then I tried my Sharpies, and YAY! This really hits home because I have felt homeless ever since I left the nest.  (9 years ago) I wish I could belong... maybe to that happy place on the hill.

Hand of Mystery:

I started and finished this within maybe... 3 days? Finished it just today.  There were some inchies with handwriting on them that I wanted to add, but I couldn't quite get them to a happy zone.  So I took them out on a whim (after playing with arrangements for SEVERAL hours) but when I took them out, it was like "Hey, I don't need them!"  I'd like to add some sort of writing, but I'm not sure what and how.  If I do, I'll see if I can get a hold of some large scripty stamps.  But really, I think its done.  I don't know... blah.  It looks MUCH better in person.  I'm not sure if metallic paint on canvases is a good idea or not.  For one, its hard to take an accurate picture... BUT it looks really cool sometimes, depending on how you look at it.

So thats it.  I can't wait to do more.  I've never really done this before but after looking at much altered art for a long time, I finally started my own.

Thanks for looking!

(Magic Inside got fav'd SIX times within 3 minutes on Deviantart! holy cow!)
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12  YAY! I -finished- something! in Knitalongs by WitchCatXeen on: October 30, 2007 06:13:36 PM
I've been busily making things Not For Me... so I finally decided to get around to finishing my Petal dishcloth!  I didn't realize the link wasn't on the list, so I added it to the top, along with a REALLY COOL rounded corners dishcloth pattern.

Here it is!

It can also be seen on my Ravelry, if you're -that- bored. 
i'm a link
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13  Re: Xeen's Gallery ***10 new added 10/19*** in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by WitchCatXeen on: October 19, 2007 02:15:32 PM
I'm kind of trying something a little newish to me.  I'm kind of doing what everybody else is doing as far as ATCs go.  Not my style, but I like the results.

Oh, and can you tell I'm having fun with the ol "rub inkpad on edge of paper" technique?

*eta*  I don't think I could ever give up my Never and Crazy cards *huggle squishes them*

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14  My etsy & banner & a tip for y'all in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by WitchCatXeen on: October 11, 2007 03:51:07 PM

Okay, there's my banner.  Its obviously very plain right now.  I'm also using it for my .com store (which isn't 'ready' yet).  I was thinking of adding a "free shipping" yellow sticker looking thing... you know, like "WEE lookkee meee!"... those fun things... you know what I mean.  And I want to add my .com addy and etsy addy at the bottom.  Or maybe just the .com? I want etsy to eventually become the gateway drug shop to my main shop.

And my etsy http://funkycatstudio.etsy.com/

I've bought quite a few patterns off of etsy (under the same of xeen) and hope I can make quite a few sales and bring people to my .com.

Holy moly I'm rambling up a storm today.

Okay, I had fun with my descriptions.  I love seeing people have fun with theirs, also.  It makes me want to buy their product even more.  So that's a tip.

Give me your thoughts and I'll shut up.

I'm on a roll today.  Feeling kind of more rambly than usual and weeird.  O.o

*eta*  Yes, I should be adding stuff every day.  All of my experimenting with crafts leaves me with not much done Sad
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15  two scarf projects - its ice-creamy! * lovers are knotty in Crochet: Completed Projects by WitchCatXeen on: October 11, 2007 03:08:45 PM
I made 2 crochet scarves of this type yesterday... I might post the other one later okay I added it.  But anyway, this is my 2nd crocheted scarf.  Everybody and their dog makes these style of scarves... for good reason! They're so cool looking!

I made the pattern up myself.  I'm quite sure its not unique though.

And here ya go:

Its roughly 59" long and about 2 1/2" wide.  I heart skinny scarves.

okay, here's the 2nd one I somewhat promised.  56" long, 2" wide.
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16  First cabled project... headband in Knitting: Completed Projects by WitchCatXeen on: October 10, 2007 02:25:00 PM
To anyone afraid of cabling: Just DO it! Its PATHETICALLY easy... but I highly recommend doing it without cabling needles because its easier, less fiddly, less painful.

I can't wait to do some more is variously different colors and patterns.  I have this huge issue with hair touching my face, poking me in the eyes, getting in my mouth and find myself going literally batshitinsane trying to find something to keep it back.  Yeah, I need to make more Calorimetries Smiley

http://resirem.com/ADDcrafts/?attachment_id=142 <-- posted on my crafting site

http://www.sheeptoshawl.com/charity/archives/2006/01/entry_179.html<---- the pattern

http://www.grumperina.com/cables.htm<--- doing it without cable needles

<--- action shot
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17  Need brutal opinions on bunny amigurumi in Get Product and Website Opinions by WitchCatXeen on: October 06, 2007 10:45:58 PM
So I've been trying to develop my own amigurumi patterns.  I've bought a few that I'm free to sell from, but I don't want to do all the mooching.

So here's Protobunny#1:

I wanted a hemisphere shape.  I made it all by myself, yay! Smiley I'm not -quite- happy with it because I'm NEVER happy enough with the stuff I crochet/knit when I compare it to the pros :-p  I don't part well with my jewelry though

Although the ears... I'm pathetically stupidly happy with the ears.

The eyes seem okay to me, but I don't know how "stable" they well be.  That's the hardest part of all this ami stuff.  I just embroidered them on after stuffing and closing it up... the ends inside are just... loose?

The mouth/nose... I dunno, I think I'd like it without.  I've looked at TONS of amis and my favorites seem to be the ones that are, for lack of a better word, minimalistic.

I haven't made a tail yet because I haven't decided how to do it.  I'm thinking a yellow pompom.

And, before you ask for the rest of it... thats it right there   I really like the ball/head type amis.  This little guy would be a good cubicle/desk mate and I wouldn't want anything too bulky on my desk, or something that's not going to stand/sit up well and constantly fall over.

Oh, and I love the colors that I picked.

But I need everyone else's opinions.  Please? Smiley
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18  very first stamp - for letterboxing in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by WitchCatXeen on: September 17, 2007 09:51:41 PM
'taint nutin spechil :-p

Its a simple, latex-free pink eraser that I carved with my Dremel.  I'd rather not use the Dremel unless I want that rough look again.

I -think- I made some stamps out of linoleum in high school, but I'll count this as my first official stamp Smiley

I'm a little proud of it and can't wait to make more.  I just have a hard time coming up with ideas.

Anyway, letterboxing is quite addicting.  You ought to check it out!

my personal letterboxing site, great for newbies - http://www.resirem.com/letterboxing

a more official source on letterboxing -
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19  Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along in Knitalongs by WitchCatXeen on: August 13, 2007 03:32:17 PM
Okay, this was the very first knit dishcloth I ever did.  its "granny's favorite" aka many other on that list.  Its posted in a billion places on the internet.  I just can't remember which pattern used :-p I messed up... there are only holes on the increasing part of the pattern.  Ahh well.  Color is peppercorn Ombre .

I also made two from this pattern (http://www.knitlist.com/98gift/mimsdishcloth.htm) for my mom in Faded Denim (she's blue-obsessed).  It came out -very- nice 'n soft on the knit side and a little more textual on the purl side.  They came out looking like cloudy skies Smiley

And, I made one from the "feels soo good" pattern.  I thought it might come out triangular, but it comes out like a shell shape. It was very cute, but itty bitty! I had CO 50 stitches, bit it was palm-sized.  As soon as I find it, I'll scan it in.
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20  Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along *37 more added!* in Crochetalongs by WitchCatXeen on: August 13, 2007 03:22:55 PM
Here's my Bark Sedge Stitch with Peppercorn Omber!

And Almond Back Loop Stitch (same as rigid and washboard I believe...) check out that color pattern! I didn't realive until I was washing with it that it had that pattern on it.  Cool, eh? Color is P n C Spring Meadows.

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