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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pop Art Painting of my sister on: October 07, 2009 02:59:39 PM
It's been quite a while since I've painted anything, and even longer since I've posted anything.  My little sister has nothing hanging on her walls, so I decided to paint this for her the other day. 

It's acrylic on canvas which is 24x30 inches.  I think it turned out really well, although I'm not really happy with the lips.  I may have to go back and touch a few things up, but overall it's what I had in my head.  It was loosely based on this picture of her..

Let me know what you think!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Snow White on: November 03, 2008 02:23:42 PM
     I decided to go as snow white for Halloween, and instead of doing it the easy way (i.e. buying a costume or using a real pattern..) I decided to make it up as I went along.  Well, I don't have a ton of experience sewing and get frustrated really easily so this project was something of a nightmare.  I decided not to use a pattern because I couldn't find one I liked, so instead I combined pieces from a bunch of patterns that I had.  The bodice is one pattern that was supposed to be a shirt with no sleeves, the sleeves are from another pattern, and the skirt is from yet another pattern.  On top of that, each piece had to be modified (the red inserts and some zipper issues with the bodice, and the skirt needed to be shortened)  Also, this fabric frays like no other, and I was a little hasty with the sewing so there was A LOT of seam ripping.  Half of my room is covered in blue and gold frays from this fabric.  Anyway, long story short I finished it about ten minutes before I went out on Halloween.  Oh, i also covered a headband in left over red fabric and added the bow on top.

the finished product

My cat Cheshire, helping with sewing. (this cat will have nothing to do with me unless I'm sewing or doing homework, then she lays right in the middle of whatever I'm doing)

My bff with her costume.

I ended up taking the stockings off, cause well, they looked a little skanky

Anyway, that's my entry and I'm pretty proud of it despite what a pain in the @$$ it was.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Water Lilly Painting on: October 09, 2008 06:09:58 PM
So this is a few months old, I just haven't got around to posting it.  It's acrylic on canvas.  It started as a doodle, and I liked the way it looked as a sketch with all the pencil lines, so I tried to emulate that in the painting.  Let me know what you think.

close up

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Comic Book Back Pack on: October 09, 2008 06:04:00 PM
So I'm not TOTALLY sure if this goes here since I didn't sew it, so moderators feel free to move me.  So I needed a new backpack but didn't want one like everyone else and I was totally overwhelmed when I went into the store and they had like 50 different styles that I didn't particularly like.  So I decided to buy a plain jane black one and paint it.  I bought the backpack and fabric paints and here is how it turned out..

It's pretty shiny, so the colors are much more vibrant in person, there was just a lot of glare when I was trying to take the picture

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Refurbished Raccoon on: October 09, 2008 05:42:27 PM
So. I went to visit my dad in Florida for a month over the summer, and we definitely think alike.  Apparently a few months ago, he had been driving through his neighborhood and saw what looked like a ceramic raccoon on the side of the road that looked like it needed some attention.  So, in the pouring rain, he stops and picks it up and puts it in his car.  When I arrived at his house, I was told it was my job to give him a fresh coat of paint.  Let me tell you, I was SO excited.  So, I go to pick it up to move it somewhere I can paint it....and it's not made of ceramic.  Rather, it's what feels like solid concrete.  It probably weighed 70 pounds.  Anyway.  Here is my dad's newly refurbished yard raccoon.

Here is the finished project:

Here is what he looked like to begin with...

After I evicted all of the spiders living on him and gave him a nice clean coat of white spray paint..

Close up:

And his back side:

So, I started with white spray paint, painted the stump black with plain 'ol acrylic paint (which was a pain in the butt, there were SO many cracks and crevices), then made some cardboard stencils for the flowers and traced them on and painted them with more acrylic paint.  Then I coated the entire thing in about a gazillion coats of triple thick spray on clear coat.  (It is Florida after all, and I wouldn't want him to get ruined by the rain).  So, there's my story, sorry it's so long.  Let me know what you think.
6  COOKING / Dessert / First Fondant Attempt on: May 23, 2008 08:43:41 PM
So, my friend requested an "awesome" cake for her birthday.  So this is what I came up with.  I decided to try working with fondant and was pleasantly surprised.  I always hear about how awful it is to work with, but I didn't really have any issues.  I bought the stuff in the box from Michaels and then colored parts of it for the circles.  I didn't eat any of it, we just peeled it off when we ate the cake.  The only problem I had was that I had to cut the circles by hand because I didn't have any cookie cutters.  The K is for Kathy, which is my friends name and was also cut free hand.  She loved it, as did all of my guy friends.  Now EVERYONE is asking me to make their birthday cakes.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Spiny Orb Weaver on: May 05, 2008 07:38:38 PM
Here is my entry.  Taken at my dads house in Florida.  I always saw these when I was little and thought they looked like crabs.  No worries though, they're not poisonous to humans (despite my dads warnings).

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Retro Coke Lamp on: May 05, 2008 02:09:08 PM
Here is my entry for the challenge.  I really wanted to participate, but I'm poor, so I needed to find a way to make a lamp without spending a lot on materials.  So, my lamp is made from 20 cans of coca cola a thrift store lamp shade, jump rings, and of course a lamp kit.  It actually lays a lot flatter than in the pictures.

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Knee High Tulips on: April 03, 2008 04:28:14 PM
Here is my entry for the dollar store challenge!  I had a really hard time deciding what to do, but finally settled with this idea.  It was inspired by the fairy wings that people make using wire hangers and panty hose.  I needed something decorative, so I decided on making a fake plant using things you wouldn't normally think of in a floral arrangement.

I started with:
2 packages of knee high stockings (3 sets in each package) ($2)
1 white plastic fence ($1)
1 plastic flower pot ($1)
2 green "wind twisters" ($2)
1 package easter egg dye ($1)
1 package wire hangers ($1)
1 styrofoam cube ($1)
1 package florists wire (not pictured) ($1)
total: $10

I started out by dying the stockings in the egg dye.  I was afraid it wouldn't work, but I let them soak a LONG time.  And the color seemed to stick pretty well.

i cut the hangers in half and formed each petal, then covered them in the dyed stockings.  After that I attached each petal to one another with the florists wire and then attached the finished flowers to the wind twisters (I broke one in half so I would have 3 stems).  After this, the stems were stuck into the foam block in the pot.  leaves were made from the remaining panty hose and hangers and stick into the foam.  I used the scraps from the leaves to cover the foam in the top of the pot.  Lastly, the fence was wrapped around the pot (it snaps together).  And voila! a decorative fake plant that will last for years!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lawn Ornament Spoons on: February 29, 2008 02:10:16 PM
So, I saw this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230199.0 by Giantsquid and was finally inspired to stop by Michaels and pick up a wood burning kit.  I'd been wanting one forever and finally had an idea.  I bought some cheap wooden spoons from target and here are the results.

I also bought a set slightly nicer bamboo utensils to do as a gift.  I didn't realize until after I started burning them that they had a varnish or something on them...so i have quite a headache right now.  haha.

anyway, let me know what you think!
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