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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree of Life Crafternoon session on: December 01, 2019 05:50:47 PM
I started a full-time job that's eaten up all the hours I used to spend crafting and socializing, it's gotten really hard to organize a crafternoon with my artsy friends. I decided I had better just make the time or we'd be looking at February before we could get together again. I planned, invited, shopped for snacks, arranged for the family to have things to do outside the house, all the things. And then an ice storm hit, of all the luck!
Amazingly, a couple of determined souls decided to brave the weather and showed up at the door along with a childhood friend who recently moved to town. I was so happy they arrived ready to be crafty and we had such a great day! Just look at this marvelousness they created!

Beautiful autumn leaves with nicely formed roots.

This is such a great combo of shades and shapes.

Look at this sweet apple tree! I love that she put a few pretty blue stones in to offset the green and red. What an eye for detail.

You know I went for a rainbow explosion, lol. My man snagged this right up to hang at his office. Nice.

We were all very happy with what we made but also all agreed we could have used less wires and fewer beads for more spaced out branches and leaves. I do love this full, luxurious riot of colour though and am quite pleased with our first attempt at wire wrapped trees. We have plenty of supplies to try it again sometime. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully sooner than February!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Little plaid travel journal on: November 24, 2019 12:18:21 PM
My friend, faerie godmama to my eldest child, who I have known since we were young teens, is here to visit for the first time in 10 years, yay! She's bunking in our spare room/attic craft studio so what better than to do a craft together?

She chose the vintage orange plaid fabric (it was a shirt I found at the thrift shop).

and the end papers from an adult colouring book I chopped up for paper crafting.

The pages are liquor store bags from all the wine we drank over the weekend, hahaha. They are 2 layers fused together with iron on webbing and stitched round the edges.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Masterboards for ATCs! on: November 17, 2019 06:34:23 AM

Do you like this idea but wonder what they heck you'd ever do with a completed masterboard? You are not alone! They seem confusing at first but I think that once you get started you'll find that even the smallest snippets are valuable little crafting supplies that you can find a delightful use for. I am enchanted with how my projects turn out every single time I include some masterboards. They are seriously fun bits for paper crafting.

This video shows gelli printing on tissue paper that is then torn into strips and pasted together onto a new board. I used deli paper which is a bit sturdier than tissue.

My prints, none of which are all that gorgeous on their own:

Torn into strips and glued to a new sheet of paper with gel medium.

Layered with stamps and stencils. At this stage I always think things look like a hot mess but I've learned to trust the process. You aren't aiming for a finished project here, only an interesting back ground.

Gold paint flecks sprinkled liberally over the whole sheet.

Cut up into 6X6 inch master boards, the trimmed off parts were the perfect ATC size.

4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Autumn Vegetable Tian on: November 05, 2019 06:00:09 AM
Look at this ginormous pan of deliciousness! Oh, it was so good. The kids didn't love it as much as the grown ups but what do they know? PFT  Tongue

First I'd like to show off our new cast iron pan. Beside it is the small egg pan and a regular sized one just for comparison. I can barely lift that thing!

I met up with curiousfae and sheepBlue for a delicious Mexican dinner in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, a cute little town within a city. Afterwards we toured some of the local antique and artsy stores and found the biggest cast pan I have ever seen. Unfortunately I didn't have a functioning debit card with me at the time but when I told my man about it he agreed we had to go back for it the next day. The shop opened late so we had all morning to wander around the place, buying coffees and local honey products and looking at all the cool art beforehand. It was such a fun visit, if you can go there I highly recommend it.

Beets: red, yellow, candy cane
Turnip, carrot, potato, radish, zucchini and tomato from our garden.

The tougher things, like carrot, are sliced thinner while the tender things, zucchini and tomato, are sliced thicker. Onion is nice in this too, especially if you saute it very well first and layer it on the bottom of the pan.

All the veg are tossed in olive oil and spices of your choosing, we used salt, pepper, paprika, a bit of smoked paprika, and fresh thyme also from our garden.

Bake at about 400 until things are fork tender. We served this with a rice/quinoa mix. It's delicious the next day too, we've been having it for lunch every day!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Candy corn and pumpkin beaded necklace! on: October 19, 2019 12:07:18 PM
Fun little thing made for the weekend Halloween swap. I had the pumpkin bead, the black and white striped round beads and the ones that look like crazy eyeballs. While at the craft shop I spied the glass candy corns and couldn't resist putting them all together for a fun seasonal necklace.

I have a few beads left over, I might see if there are still some of those candy corns and make something similar for myself!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stumpwork embroidered leaf brooch on: October 19, 2019 11:42:50 AM
Made for curiousfae in the Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap. Perusing her pins I came across this, it wasn't pinned by her but you know how that goes...one thing leads to another thing leads to "Wow, that would be perfect to make for her!" The artist has a few different styles and colour combos but this was actually just right for Kelli so I went with it.

I started out with a lightly drawn shape then thought I'd better mark out where I wanted each colour to go, I used sharpie since it doesn't rub off on anything once it dries.

The outer edge of the leaf and the stem are lightly wired.

It's tricky blending stitches, or stitch painting I guess it's called.

After cutting the shape out, I thread wrapped the end of the stem.

The back is wool felt with a brooch pin stitched on.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / *NSFW* Wow, you really can crochet anything! *NSFW* on: October 04, 2019 04:29:17 PM
Museum of Vaginas to open in London.
Imagine my surprise when I opened up the article & found a photo of the curator holding this!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Scrappy triple zip up pouch on: October 03, 2019 04:56:23 AM
I came across this tutorial for finishing this nifty triple zip pouch and tried out the pattern to create these rainbow creations which I thought turned ok. In that link you'll see another pouch where I altered the pattern slightly and that gave me ideas I'm still working on but in the meantime I changed some other things and came up with this:

It still has 3 zippers but there is one on each side to reduce bulk.

And funky pocket lining, of course!

Finished measurements are 10X7"

If you review the two links at the start of this post, you will see great construction photos that are very similar to what I've done here, check them out if any of my instructions are not clear enough. And feel free to comment with questions or suggestions to make things more clear.

I started with 3 9" zippers and 6 rectangles of fabric to cover the ends, sized 2.5X2.5". They are folded around the zipper and stitched across:

Then the zipper ends are trimmed, the fabric is folded down and pressed flat.

The body of the bag is as follows:
2 pieces 11X2.25"
1 piece 11X9.5"
These pieces have fusible fleece applied to the wrong side of the fabric but a stiff fusible interfacing might be enough if you haven't got the fleece.

Also needed is fabric for pocket lining.
2 pieces 11X8.5
1 pieces 11X14"

Step 1, sandwich a zipper between the main body fabric and one of the smaller pocket liners, zipper teeth facing towards the larger piece of fabric as seen.

Pin right sides together with the zipper between, stitch with a zipper foot with a 1/4" seam.

Turn, press and edge stitch as shown, you don't have to do this edge stitching but the fleece is thick and I found it kept things flat. If you are making something really colourful you can use a coordinating thread here.

Fold the pocket lining fabric up to the top of the zipper and sandwich the zipper between it and one of the smaller pieces of outer fabric as shown. Pin and stitch with 1/4" seam allowance.

Turn the outer bag piece up and press. I could not manage a nice looking edge stitch here because the seam allowance and the bulk of the fleece made things too thick to catch with stitches so I've left it off at this point. If you think it looks uneven, you can increase your seam allowance slightly so there is enough fabric to edge stitch.

Now turn the piece around and apply another zipper and pocket combo on the opposite edge by repeating the steps.

For the largest pocket, apply the zipper in the same manner, sandwiched between the outer bag pieces and the lining fabric.

When you have sandwiched the second side of the zipper between the bag front and lining, you will have an inside out pouch that resembles this:

Pin the sides together evenly taking care to fold the fabric covering the zipper ends towards the main body of the bag and away from the lining as shown.

Sew the sides closed, leaving a gap large enough to turn right side out.

I boxed the corners very slightly but it is an optional step.

Turn right side out, use a ladder stitch to close the gap in the lining, press well and VOILA!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Triple zip pouches on: October 03, 2019 04:54:50 AM

I tried out this tutorial

Then I tweaked the pattern a bit to add some more fabric to the top. I thought that looked ok and will fiddle with the pattern so I can share it here.

The pockets are lined with different fabrics, I had fun pairing all this up.

A tutorial for a slightly different styles is here
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered tin with a naked lady inside! on: October 01, 2019 05:26:39 AM
Made for The Raging Sloth in the Make Me A Rainbow R-2 swap.

Closed, the front is purple wool felt fused to a thick layer of fulled red cashmere sweater with cut out circles stitched in a rainbow assortment of thread, the whole thing stuck on to a piece of distressed mirrored card stock:

Open, I don't know how her face got so serious but maybe we'd all feel that way too if we were standing around without any skin covering up our insides?

The figure lifts up to reveal a quote:

Inside cover, the background is a print from a recent Masterboard swap. The wire scribble with beads was woven on a pin board I rigged and glued into place.

The back, pretty sure that's one of geekgirl's gelli prints:

The sides are covered with 2 types of washi tape that's secured in place by layers of nail polish (my favourite "paint"):

The outside was inspired by this pin, the inside as I'm sure you can see was completely inspired by this pin. I mostly wanted to figure out how to accomplish a layered, filled, multi-hued illustration like the figures shown. I didn't quite get the sketchy impression, my thread was way too carefully placed. It was a great experiment though, I've never done anything like it before.

I started with the organs:

Filling it in:

With a solid black outline to define things:

Fun and super weird, right? LOL, I think my partner liked it. She's kinda fun and weird herself Cheesy.
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