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21  More Pet Portrait Charms... this time for charity in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Souldier on: February 20, 2008 08:08:13 AM
Here are some *more* pet portrait charms. These were made for a wonderful charity called Bullies In Need who are based in Ontario Canada that came to be, unfortunately, because of the pit bull ban in Ontario. They rescue bully breeds and find them loving forever homes. It is thanks to them that I got my dog, Kali, a wonderfuly pitbull/am staff mix who has become my Jack Russell Terrier's best friend and my angel.  Wink

So here are the charms! A bully and a charming African Grey.

They are hand-drawn on shrink plastic with mostly Laurentien colored pencils.
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22  Re: Pencil cartoon of my Puppy, Ludo in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Souldier on: February 19, 2008 08:09:19 AM
I think your drawing is cute!

My dog looks very much like yours and both my dogs have these spots too! I heart them so very much!

My Jack Russell has these spots too but you can only see him on his coat when he is wet. His belly is covered in spots too!
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23  A few of my latest... book purses! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Souldier on: January 07, 2008 08:27:24 AM
Here are a few of my latest. Enjoy!

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24  More dog portraits on shrink plastic! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Souldier on: January 07, 2008 08:22:17 AM
I've posted these a while back, but since I have been making these like crazy I wanted to share a few of my favorites. They are hand-drawn on shrink plastic using colored pencils. They aren't traced, rather I use a reference photo that I look at while I draw.  Cheesy


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25  Shop renovations - Share your before and afters! in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by Souldier on: January 06, 2008 01:01:50 PM
One of my New Year's resolutions was to renovate my Etsy shop. After participating in a few critiques on the Etsy forums I took the advice I was given, changed my banner and took new photos of all my items. It feels great to start off fresh for the new year. It was a long process because I did absolutely everything alone. I do have to give credit to one Etsy seller for the wonderful information she gave me about an online printing service for my business cards (overnightprints.com). Thank you nbcreative! =)

Some of the things I've changed:
- new photos for all of my items
- made new backgrounds which are now either pink, white, or brown to match my banner
- new banner
- revised all of my item descriptions
- new business card which matches my banner
- showed scale in my handbag photos by taking a photo of me holding the bag
- revised my profile and shop policies
- made jewelry display busts to match my backgrounds/business card/banner

I'm still not completely done, but I am so excited about the change that I just had to share!



Now share yours! I'd love to see them!

PS: I've also posted this on the Etsy forums.
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26  Anyone know anything of the Euro-Pro Intelli-Sew? Looking for opinions. in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Souldier on: December 12, 2007 07:30:48 AM
Here's the story. Every machine that I have ever owned have been Singer brand. Recently I have had a very crappy experience with the last machine I bought which I have had for less than a year and after bringing it in to get repaired the man told me that the timing was off, the gears weren't properly working, and the upper tension adjustment knob had a manufacture defect. Not very impressed for something that I've had for less than a year.

I needed a sewing machine so I went out to the local Costco and bought a "temporary" replacement that I wasn't planing on keeping, but only using to finish off one hem on a garment that was going to be worn in a fashion show that counted as my exam in one of my university classes. Turns out I kind of like the machine and may keep it, but I want to do some research on it first.

It is a Euro-Pro Intelli-Sew 400 Model 9136C.

I know nothing of Euro-Pro brand sewing machines and I can't seem to find anything online for my specific machine. I can't even find a picture. Not sure if that is a good thing or not.

I found this photo, not exactly my machine, but I think it is the model under it:

I paid $299 CAD for it and Costo will give me a full refund if I want to return it. Dang I love Costco for their return policy.

I use my sewing machine for pretty much everything from making handbags and dog collars to alterations and garment construction.

Any feedback is much appreciated.
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27  Hand-drawn Pet Portrait Charms - necklaces and pendants! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Souldier on: November 21, 2007 06:46:47 AM
These are some custom pet portrait charms I made as a gift for my obedience trainer. She has 7 dogs, but one of them is very old and may very well die soon and decided that it would be her call if she wanted me to make a charm of her. I also made one for myself of my pink American Staffordshire Terrier, Kali - whom I dyed fushia for Halloween! Really funny how people's attitudes change toward pitbulls when they are hot pink. I've been thinking of dyeing her a different color every month just to repell the negative attention she usually gets, but definately doesn't deserve... Anywho enough with my little rant - Onto the charms!

They are all hand-drawn by me on shrink plastic, with reference to a photo of the dog.


PS: I also posted this in the jewelry forum - wasn't sure which was best to post in!

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28  Re: How Can I Make A Spring Pole For My Energetic Pitbull??? EDIT in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Souldier on: October 27, 2007 03:34:01 PM
Oh we made one of these for our American Staffordshire/American pitbull mix, Kali.

Basically all we did was buy a garage door spring from Maslack (also can be found at Canadian Tire, Home Depot, and most hardware stores) and fastened it to a very sturdy tree branch using a heavy duty rubber strap used at my boyfriend's work (transport driver) that is the same as this, but much wider and thicker:

To attach this strap to the tree arm, we removed the hooks and used something that looks like this to connect both ends as well as the garage door spring - the only difference is that our fastener had a piece in the middle that screws to open/close:

This one is exactly what we used but ours is a bit thicker:

We used another of these fasteners at the bottom of the garage door spring to make changing the toy/rope/tire easier.
For a toy we used an old flat tow rope that we tied in knots. The bonus with this is that the thing is so long you can cut it into sections and keep some for backup when the one on the springpole gets destroyed. Looks like this, only we removed the hooks and ours is about 3 inches wide:

Another good thing to dangle from the spring is a wheelbarrow tire. They are pretty cheap and do not have any metal straps in them so they are safe for the dog to bite down on.
Also make sure you use a garage door spring because they are the most sturdy - trust me on this one! Trial and error proved that pitbulls can really stretch out crappy springs. They look like this:

People discriminate against pitbulls all the time. There are breed bans everywhere - including in my province (Ontario). Breed specific legislation is wrong, stupid, and insane which I'm sure all of you who have posted in this thread could agree. I've been advised by fellow pitbull owners that some animal control agencies and animal advocate groups have a list of items that dog fighters/rings commonly have on site and springpoles are on the list. If you have weird neighbors who hate your dog, dogs in general, or are just brainwashed by the media - please let them know why you have a springpole and that it is just a toy!
You can read more about this here:
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29  Beaded spider necklaces. in Beads: Completed Projects by Souldier on: October 18, 2007 04:25:03 PM
Secretly, I love spiders!
Each spider has been inspired by a tale of my own making, an actual myth that I stumbled upon, or an actual spider species.

The Kitchen Sink Spider


The Snow Spider

The Golden Luck Spider

The Goblin Spider

The Brown Recluse Spider

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30  Slytherin book purse... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Souldier on: October 05, 2007 06:52:29 AM
I'm sure you guys are getting tired of these, but I'm just so proud that I have to share.

Hand-painted crest with handwritting in the background (on both sides of the cover) with the Slytherin bit of the sorting hat's song:

"Or perhaps in Slytherin, you'll make your real friends. Those cunning folk use any means, to achieve their ends."

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