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11  Judith and Holofernes - Happy Chanukah! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by sophieangele on: November 21, 2010 01:50:15 PM
In this age of commercialism and secularism, let us not forget the true meaning of Chanukah...

...bloody vengeance on our oppressors!

Heh. Sorry, I couldn't resist. I made this Chanukah/Hanukkah card for my friend Jess, who has a similar sense of humor to mine. It depicts Judith, daughter of Yochanan, cutting off the head of Holofernes.

The midrash says that when the Seleucids were occupying Israel and oppressing the Jews, one of the things they did was insist that every virgin had to sleep with their general, Holofernes, before their wedding night. So brave Yehudit (Judith) went out to the enemy camp and seduced Holofernes. She fed him salty cheese to make him thirsty, then gave him so much wine that he passed out drunk. Then she cut off his head and took it back to the Jews. When they saw their general decapitated by the hand of a woman, the enemy troops fled, and the city and its virgins were delivered.

The whole point of Chanuka is to celebrate the victory of the Maccabees, who rebelled and threw out the Seleucids (Syrians) who were oppressing the Jews and defiling our Temple. The Yehudit story takes place during the Maccabean Revolt, and to this day many Jews have a custom to eat salty cheese at Chanuka to commemorate Yehudit.

The Hebrew text says:

horizontal - "They too were included in the miracle", a text from the Gemara, Shabbat 23a, which explains that women also light candles at Chanuka because Yehudit, a woman, was part of the miracle

vertical - "The daughter of Yochanan ... cut off his head" - a quote from the Ran on Shabbat 23a

So forget all that peace and forgiveness rubbish, and remember the true spirit of the season, folks - our G-d kicked Syrian butt!
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12  Papercut bird door sign in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by sophieangele on: November 21, 2010 07:15:17 AM
Yep, another door sign! I've just made aliyah (moved to live in Israel) and I've been busy 'nesting'. I wanted to fill the place with crafty things to try and make it feel more homely.

This one is for my bedroom door (I share an apartment with a friend) - it says "Tzipporah Feiga", which are my Hebrew/Yiddish names. It's a traditional Jewish 'paired' name - two different names with the same or linked meanings. Tzipporah is Hebrew for bird, while Feiga is from the Yiddish Feigel, which also means bird. So my name is really "Bird Bird" - hence the avian design:

It's cut from cartridge paper, mounted on board to make it sturdy. I cut it on the centrefold, but the birds in the doorways were added in separately, for obvious reasons. I'm actually really happy with it. I think it's sweet without being too girly-girly.

C&C welcome!
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13  Modern Papercut door sign in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by sophieangele on: November 19, 2010 03:15:22 AM

I've been experimenting with trying to make my papercuts a bit more modern and funky looking, while still keeping a Jewish flavour. Here's one I'm very pleased with - it's a door sign for my friend Tikva (I've edited out their surname).

It's made from a wooden sign black, gessoed and painted, with a black paper papercut placed on top of the gessoed surface. Alas, I have to make another now - after this photo was taken, I experimented with varnishing it, which it did not like one tiny bit. So back to the beginning again...

Anyway, what do you think? How is the composition? Is the black and white contrast too sharp? Does it look too traditional still, or is it successful at looking more modern? How is the technique? Is it tidy enough?

 I'd really like to hear your opinions on it - I'm really trying to improve my papercutting.

Edit - oh, I should probably list the 'symbols' I tried to include for their new home-

Dove of Peace for Shalom Bayis (domestic peace)
Pomegranate (lots of Jewish symbolism there - mitzvot, good deeds, fruitfulness, etc)
Star of David (Jewish)
Fish (Mizrachi symbol of good luck)
Eyes (to protect from the Evil Eye)
Hamsa/hand (protective)
Wheat  (one of the 'Seven Species' of Israel, where they live, + fruitfulness/fertility - they're newlyweds)
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14  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 6 -- Summer 2010 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sophieangele on: August 17, 2010 04:40:53 PM
Prepare to die of cute cupcake overload! I received Package 3 from spookshowbaby77 today and it is awesome!

Package 3 from spookshowbaby77

Here's a group shot of some of the loot!

The package was cupcake themed, because I love baking, and contained amazing American goodies: cute little cake doilies, teeny little cupcake cases, individual cupcake boxes which are straight off my wist and the most adorable thing I've ever seen; a cute little canvas and easel, and may I draw your particular attention to....

...teddy bear stacking cookie cutters! There's one for the head, one for the eyes and muzzle, and then one for a nose so you can stack them up and make a teddy head! How sweet is that!

Even more exciting, if that's possible, is the tea towel you saw at the bottom of the picture:

ROFL!  Cheesy Spookshowbaby embroidered me this awesome Buffy/baking tea-towel, based on this:

It's Giles' drawing of Buffy from the episode 'Hush', except now infused with culinary goodness! My two favourite things combined into one happy tea towel Smiley

And there's more - behold, the world's most fabulous cupcake book!

I really want to make the panda cupcakes in there - they are the most adorable baked good that you will ever see. I just about died of cute when I reached that page Smiley

And saving the best for last, spookshowbaby made me this Apron of Awesomeness:

I wish I could take better pictures to do this apron justice! It's so cute, it ties with a big bow at the waist and is lovely and full. The fabric is gorgeous, and it's beautifully put together - all curved seams with neat sewing, not a pucker in sight! It puts my lame-ass sewing skills to shame. And spookshowbaby said she wasn't a good seamstress! Pish tosh! I spent about half an hour just twirling around in this beauty. It's going to be my Shabbat and Best hostess apron, it's too beautiful for everyday!

Thank you so much, spookshowbaby! You've sent me such lovely stuff, I'm so grateful! I hope you like your package too. You've been the best partner ever!

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15  Re: teeny tiny Adam Lambert! (plus advice needed) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sophieangele on: August 12, 2010 05:38:23 AM
Thanks! You're right, I think he's too delicate for a key ring, but my mum does have a Christmas tree and likes ornaments for it, so I thought she might want to hang him up there? Or maybe in her office?

Thing is, we don't actually have a car, so we couldn't hang him from the rear view mirror. It's a shame though, cos he's just about the right size Sad

This is a picture of the hat I'm thinking of recreating -

And this is the pattern I was going to use for the top hat: http://bleuarts.blogspot.com/2008/11/free-pattern-top-hat-for-16-scale-dolls.html

But I don't know if it would dwarf his little head, which is kind of flat, or if it would improve it.

--> see, his head is kind of small. It's in proportion to his body, but it might still get hidden by a hat. I had to really trim back the boa to avoid totally obscuring his face!

I thought of a way of having both hat and loop though - attach the loop to his head, and put a little hole in the top of the hat so the loop could pass through it, but the hat would still be removable. But would that look really lame?
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16  Adam Lambert portrait CD box in Completed Projects by sophieangele on: August 11, 2010 04:10:55 PM

Yes, more Adam Lambert goodies! This is actually one I made a while back, in June, but only just got round to posting pics.

Here he is:

This was the inspiration photo:

I wrote out the lyrics of the song "Can't let you go" all round the sides of the box using a silver paint marker

The portrait was done in acrylic, which is not my preferred paint, but oils aren't really suitable for this kind of thing. Then I added fine glitter (evil stuff, it's everywhere...) for full kitsch effect, and then added in detailing with the silver paint marker again. Then I sprayed the whole thing with a layer of varnish to keep it protected from fingers!

The whole thing took about a week, lots of waiting for paint and glue to dry. I've already given it to my mum, and she loved it, thank goodness. I'm actually working on a companion box at the moment.

C&C welcome, thanks for looking!

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17  teeny tiny Adam Lambert! (plus advice needed) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sophieangele on: August 11, 2010 03:53:53 PM
As I've posted here before, my mother is a rabid Adam Lambert fan. Slowly Glambert-related crafts have started to take over my life, as I try and lay aside Adam crafts for her birthday and holiday presents. This is one of the latest:

Aww, so small!

Sorry for the bad lighting, I live underground and it's almost midnight here.

He's 14cm (a bit over 5 inches for the Americans Smiley ), and made mostly from felt. His top is made from some glittery tights I had, and his trousers/pants from a fancy elbow-length glove I had (I lost the other one in the pair, so what the heck). His coat is felt, and the trim is a malibou boa that I trimmed down - it was too furry as it was, the feathers obscured his face. His eyes ar size 9/0 seed beads, and his bling is some chain I cut up and sewed in place at the back of the neck. The belt is a chain from a keyring!

I'm quite pleased with it - I used and adapted a doll pattern from Runo's Nuno Life blog  - http://nuno-runo.blogspot.com/search/label/Doll - but the clothes and coat are my own pattern. When he's wearing the coat, he actually stands upright by himself

Looky, his jacket is removable!

Some 'in-progress' shots:

I'm toying with 2 ideas:
1) I thought I might put a little loop on his head so my mum could hang him up if she wanted to
2) I also thought about making him a little top hat - I've seen pictures of him with a top hat with an (inaccurate) scarlet letter on it*, I thought I could do one like that
* Seriously costumey people, read past the front cover! It's a gold letter A on a scarlet cloth, not a scarlet letter A on black. What's that about? I've never once seen it rendered accurately.

Do you think either of those is a good idea? I think they'd probably be mutually exclusive, or I'd have to sew the hat on his head so the loop didn't pull it off. What do you think?


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18  Cottage Cake in Dessert by sophieangele on: August 01, 2010 01:08:41 PM

It's been a while since I've posted anything here, but finally I'm getting round to posting my most recent cake creation. I was recently commissioned to make a replica of a lady's cottage for her husband's birthday cake, and here is the result (sorry the pictures aren't better - I finished it in the wee small hours of the morning and my hands were shaking with fatigue)




Some close-ups:

And an in-progress shot:

I didn't take many WIP shots, I was in such a state about getting it done.

It took about 10 days all told; I didn't make any money on it, but I covered the cost of making it and gained more experience and another cake to go in my portfolio, so that's good. The lady who ordered it was very happy with it, so I'm happy too!

C&C very welcome Smiley
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19  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 6 -- Summer 2010 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sophieangele on: July 11, 2010 03:07:31 PM
I received from spookshowbaby77 a few days ago, but due to various family and work stresses, and my poor kitty getting sick and needing an operation on his head (he looks very pathetic at the moment, poor little guy Sad), I've only just got to posting pics. Sorry!

Package 2

She sent me the most amazing package! Check out the cuteness of the flannel fabric she sent me for my stash:

Unicorns! Owls! Flowers! Cute!

Seriously, those owls are adorable!

Spookshowbaby also made me this gorgeous cupcake cross stitch and glittery frame! It's in black and white, which matches the decor of my room. The glitter is really nice, not at all flaky

Look, these notelets come in 2 bits - a body and a little outfit that slots in so you can dress them! How cute is that?

And she sent me all these adorable extras from the Sanrio shop! Stickers, papers, a sweet little stamp, a key cap like the one on my wist, and a chubby little hamster eraser:

Thank you so much, spookshowbaby77!
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20  Viva la Frida! Handpainted Frida Kahlo t-shirt (+ suggestions?) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sophieangele on: June 13, 2010 01:12:34 PM


Following on from my painted Totoro tshirt, I decided I wanted to try something on a larger scale, so I took another t-shirt rescued from the thrift store and created this:

Again, it's painted with DYLON fabric paint, built up in many layers and painted over a period of three weeks. I spent hours on this bad boy.

Here is the original Frida Kahlo painting:

And here are some close-ups and in-progress shots so that you can see how I did it:

I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with it now - it's 2 sizes too small for me (I'm a US size 10 and have a v. large chest so there is no chance I'm squeezing in to this. Probably should have thought of that before making it).

Also, I'm not sure whether or not to paint in the sky behind the leaves, or if I should just leave it as it is - what do you think? Would it be too much?
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