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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Chuck Norris Brings the Pain!!! on: December 31, 2011 07:49:23 PM
This tshirt is a present for my brother.  It was tricky deciding which Chuck fact to go with... I like 'There's no such thing as global warming, Chuck Norris got cold so he turned up the sun'.  And then there's the classic 'Death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience'.  But in the end I decided to go with this:

The lettering and kicking-a Chuck were freezer paper stencils.  I used a stiff brush to stipple the paint (Tintex Aqueous Fabric Ink in Black) which distressed the look a little.  For punch I did lines with a red 'stained' sharpie.

Credit goes to my hubby for the stencil cutting Smiley  Thanks babe!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / When in doubt, stick a mushroom on it. on: November 19, 2011 05:00:20 PM

These ornaments combine three of my favourite things: Christmas, little mushrooms and GLITTER.  Glitter goes with everything, ya know.  I'd like to put a tiny house on one (any suggestions on how to make said tiny house?).  And I might make a few with little nests and birds... now what did I do with that glue gun...

13  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Ride Hard, Witches! on: October 05, 2011 09:34:55 PM
What do you get when you cross biker creed with Halloween?

I draw a bit, nothing brilliant, but now and then I scribble out something I actually like.  The witch was one of those.  But it's no good keeping something stuffed away in a box forever, so I thought it was time to put this one to good use.

The lettering is done with sharpies.  I painted the witch with fabric ink & stitched some lace along the sleeve and hem.  Pretty, but not too girly.  Action shot!

It's not a costume, but it is for Halloween, so I figured this was the best place for it Smiley 
14  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Mummified Fairies! on: October 05, 2011 03:29:41 PM
Check these little critters out!  They're for my witch's kitchen decor.   

They're easy to make.  Tear up some white cotton strips. Glue one to a teensy little doll.  Then get your Ancient Egypt on and wrap that mummy! 

Cut some wings out of felt and glue them to the back of the mummy.

Dunk 'em in a bath of hot tea for a few minutes to make them look old.

And there you have it, tiny mummified fairies.

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pixie Nest on: August 25, 2011 07:58:35 PM

I've always imagined pixies to be mischievous characters, the kind of creatures responsible for all the missing socks in the washing and the earrings you can only find one of.  If I had a family of pixies at my house, I think they'd live in the camphor laurel trees in the front yard, where the could freely harass the nesting wagtails, sparrows and finches, while stashing their shiny spoils high enough that I can't get to them.  Little blighters. 

This is made from paper vines (from a florist supply shop) and brown wire, with some moss, fake berry sprays, and lots of random shiny things.  I've made plenty of nests from these sorts of materials but this is my first 'weaver bird' inspired structure. 

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Motivational for no-sugar-August! on: July 31, 2011 04:16:59 PM
Dessert is one of my favourite things, but it does not love me with the same fervor.  Hence no-sugar-August; a month off the sweet, sugary goodness to let my brain (and backside) recover from winter's parade of cinnamon buns, caramel pecan sticky scrolls and many black forest birthday cakes.  I made this to put on the fridge as a reminder to suck it up, because I am a complete child who lacks anything resembling willpower.  Thought some of you guys might get a chuckle out of it Smiley

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Epaulette Attitiude! on: June 15, 2011 11:47:57 PM
Something funky to spruce up miss' jacket:

They're really easy to make; it's just some plastic gems sewn to fabric (I recommend felt) and a fringe made of chain lengths decorated with plastic and metal beads.  You just stitch them to your jacket or shirt at the shoulders.  If you want them to look identical just make sure that when you add the fringe, you do the second epaulette in reverse order, otherwise you get two left shoulders.

They jingle nicely when miss walks, and they catch the light, but still look a bit tough and not as girly as the stuff she usually wears (which I thought was a nice change).

18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Nancy Dress on: June 06, 2011 09:01:55 PM

This dress didn't end up where I intended it to, but oh well, it's still cute.  Although I could really use a break from sewing pink stuff.  For every one project I post online, there's usually four or five in varying degrees of completion, and there's an awful lot of pink in there.  Miss has a thing about pink.

It's made of brown cotton and what I expect is mostly, if not all, synthetic pink suiting with black and white threads running through.  We've got a collar with an inner ruffle, lace trimmed bodice with buttons, split cuff sleeves, a slight A line skirt and a frilly waist / neck tie.  Half the pattern is up on the blog if you'd like a copy and I'll be adding the rest, and the instructions, in the next couple of days.  http://www.summerfaire.com/2011/06/nancy-dress.html

The collar should have been taller but I forgot about it.  See, I started this about six months ago and only picked it back up yesterday.  I forgot a few things, as it turns out - there was going to be some pleated trim at the skirt hem which I never got around to, and a pleated waistband that never happened.  Oh well, I'll put them in another dress someday! 

19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Different kind of fairy wings and a froofy dress to match on: May 26, 2011 06:02:21 PM
In yet another demonstration of my impractical but very fluffy sewing, I made a fairy dress.  I wanted something different for the wings though; while I do like the fairy wings made from a wire frame and stretched stocking net, this dress seemed to need something else.  So I came up with these:


They are stamped with a butterfly wing design in gold fabric paint, then beaded and sequined to ridiculous levels.  There's some wire in there to give the wings some support and a button hole in the centre to attach it to the button up back of the dress.  They are backed with some of the silver stuff left over from this project - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368567.0

Some images of the rest of the dress:

There's some more pics on the blog too and a bit more detail about that moth eaten fabric here

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Bog of Eternal Stench (Classy people, just keep walking...) on: May 08, 2011 06:35:25 PM

Having participated in the recent Labyrinth swap (gallery of which is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=377264.0) I was inspired to make this 'Bog of Eternal Stench' sign for my folks to hang on the bathroom door.  Mum loves it Smiley  Yep, we're high end society, darlings.

I used moss and lichen growing in the garden, some twigs, a fine point sharpie and water colour pencils.  And then covered everything in glitter, as is appropriate.  Labyrinth without glitter is like the Goblin King without tights Cheesy

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