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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chicken Bowl Embroidery on: September 09, 2010 07:38:49 PM
I kept forgetting to post this, but I finally am. HA!

Anyway, my husband has had this bowl for years that he loves. It's a white, large bowl with an orange and red design on the sides. The birds are kind of ambiguous, but they're chickens. Trust me. Anyway, I recently decided I wanted to take a portion of the design and embroider it. Y'know, just in case the unthinkable happens and we need a memory of the bowl itself (plus, it is a really nice design).

The bowl:

The embroidery (sorry, the wall it's on is weird and I can't make it stay straight for the life of me. It's this weird thin stuff and nails can't be put in it proper, so I have to use thumbtacks and... yeah):

As with many things, the camera doesn't do it justice. It looks a lot better in person.

Obligatory "in progress" shot:

My sketches (so I'd have reference of color and could plan out what stitches to use):
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Art Journal & Hand-Made Journal on: August 12, 2010 02:27:56 PM
I've been wanting to venture into the art journaling and hand-bound books for a long while. I finally decided to just go for it.

For this one, I took an old sketchbook with a battered cover and only one page used. I erased the pencil on that page and am gonna use paints on all the pages here shortly (probably after I'm done posting!). I used a sheet of red scrapbook paper on the cover, bits cut out of magazines, markers, and microns on the cover. I intend this to be a journal we make with my stepson (he's 3!) while he stays with us for two weeks.

Last night I was playing FFXIV and decided to take a break. I wanted to do something, but it was too late to start a new painting (my first thought), so I decided to finally bite the bullet and try making my own book. It's a lot easier than I thought! Not like, super-easy, but I dunno what all my trepidation for the past 5 years has been for. I'm SO glad I did it. It's not perfect, certainly, but it's not bad either.



I gave it to my husband to fill for me. With sketches, poetry, haiku, or whatever he wants.

I had cardboard inserts from some origami paper packs. I made sure they matched in size. I cut some basic copy paper and glued it to the cover, then I glued origami paper over that, wrapping it and gluing it to the inside. I covered the inside of each cover with a (cut to size) piece of construction paper to hide those seams. There are 7 signatures in all. 4 of copy paper, 3 of card stock (for painting, markers, etc). The end pages are glued to the cover and that's where I'm least happy. I put them in the center at first, not thinking it would, uh, keep you from being able to open the book. So I had to peel them up *wince* and re-glue them. So the end paper on the back cover is kind of messed up, BUT. It wouldn't be a first time attempt at something handmade if there wasn't some kind of noticeable mistake, right?
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A Few Amigurumi on: August 12, 2010 02:19:36 PM
I'm unable to knit anymore due to arthritis. I was about to just leave behind yarny goodness altogether, but I gave crochet another chance. It doesn't hurt my hands (knitting hurts within seconds, crochet takes like, half an hour before I begin to ache) nearly as much. It took a little while to properly get the hang of it, but now that I have... I can't stop!

Here's some things I've finished in the past week-ish. I'm working on a chocobo right now and he's taking a bit longer, but close to being done. Might finish him today or tomorrow.

This little guy is my first: a slime! Yay! He sits on the mantle. Cheesy

A Luma! (From Super Mario Galaxy) I didn't have enough yellow, so I figured purple would do. I don't have any white felt, so I just used dabs of acrylic paint for the light spots in his eyes.

This guy is currently the household favorite. I used the pattern here on Craftster. My husband now wants me to modify it to make Squidbillies squids.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Potion Bottles for Halloween on: August 05, 2010 11:22:40 AM
After seeing the challenge entry about making vintage jar labels, I was reminded of what I did when decorating for Halloween at my house last year (we hosted a big party).

We still have most of these bottles. Actually, I'm pretty sure all but one are still kicking around the house (one had a bunch of food in it to make it look gross and we didn't want to keep it around, so it went away the day after the party):

My favorite (it had a glowstick in it during the party so it was lit up from within):

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Some Finished Pieces (and a couple of WIP) on: June 04, 2010 05:48:11 PM
Finally got around to taking pics of things. I forgot to get a picture of one I sent away in a swap, *doh*, but here's the other embroidery I've been working on...

This first one was for a swap. I know the recipient has received, so I don't mind posting it. Cheesy was my first full image of embroidery. Set in the corner of a kerchief, it's about an inch tall. Back and satin stitch.

I've got a ton of felt sitting around to embroider on. I discovered, sadly, that the carbon paper and my transfer pencil won't work on it. *doh* Guess I need a transfer pen. Cheesy I saw this design on Urban Threads and just had the image up while I stitched for reference. It's not great, but I think it's cute.

Here's WIP #1. A monogrammed hankie for my husband. I tire of the tiny satin stitches easily, so I took a break on it for a little while.

WIP #2. This is an image of Alice from Through the Looking-Glass. Same as with the Hatter, I traced it and then used carbon paper to apply it to the kerchief. It's a personal piece, so it's on hold (sitting on my desk where I can see it daily, oh god!) until I've gotten projects for other people done.

C&C is welcome, just remember I've only been doing embroidery for a month, if that. Cheesy
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / It's a lotus kind of day (origami) on: April 25, 2010 03:37:15 PM
Just one picture, but I have yet to post anything I've made (I'm really, really shy about my stuff).

Three lotus flowers I just made (one using 6 sheets, a simple one using one sheet, and a complicated one that didn't fare as well using one sheet). They're arranged around a lotus I embroidered on my "doodle" towel (just started learning and I liked the little lotus on Sublime). I love the lotus- it was actually my first (and still only  Undecided ) tattoo.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / New Rapunzel Scarf Swap? on: April 19, 2010 02:58:27 PM
Back in 2007, I did a Rapunzel Scarf Swap and it was wonderful. My life's been crazy since (multiple moves, multiple jobs, health issues, getting married, etc etc) so I haven't been able to be around craftster much. However, I've gotten a lot of compliments about my scarf lately and I want another. I've only participated in the one swap, so I can't start one of my own just yet...

Largely I just wanted to see if there was any interest. Would anyone be interested in a Rapunzel Scarf Swap?
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