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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snail Pincushion! (img heavy) on: September 30, 2006 01:39:25 PM
I made snail pincushion for my last Themed Secret Swap Package. The theme was lemon-lime, but she also likes snails, so I winged a little guy. I can't take credit for the idea, it was actually jore07's. Anyway....

Here he is pre-antennae.

And above, you you can see the stitching.

After I added the antennae.

Close-up. Hello snail!
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / necklace from my boy! on: September 25, 2006 08:42:37 PM
I got a "Swap package" from my boy today, and I wanted to show off teh necklace that came in it.

I went to North Carolina five years ago for a debate tournament, and my one keepsake was a cowrie shell necklace. Well, it broke and I kept the shells but never used them. He dug them out, cut up one of his old necklaces and made me a new one. The best part; he didn't even know the shells were special to me! He just guessed!

Fits perfect! Ignore the I'm-taking-an-awkward-picture face.

To see more of the package;
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pretend swap package from boyfriend! on: September 25, 2006 08:36:33 PM
When I came back to school this year, I left a few things at home. My boy (now a craftster! jore07) told me he was sending those things to me with a "little suprise." Now, he recently joined craftster and wants to swap, but still can't, so he pretended this was our own little swap. Here's the insane goodies!

He went to a wedding in Oregon a month ago. The hotel had Bath and Body Works soaps and hair stuff that he stashed for me. Cucumber Melon and Citrus Basil soap and citrus and rosemary shampoo and conditioner. He also sent me 2 presevred boutinerres from the wedding. These babies are nearly a month old!

Now for the crafty part. I went to North Carolina five years ago for a debate tournament, and my one keepsake was a cowrie shell necklace. Well, it broke and I kept the shells but never used them. He dug them out, cut up one of his old necklaces and made me a new one. The best part; he didn't even know the shells were special to me! He just guessed!

Fits perfect! Ignore the I'm-taking-an-awkward-picture face.

The, the icing on the cake. A mix cd?...

No! A little love token to get me through a tough semester alone.

Yay! Best boyfriend EVER! And he thinks he's not crafty... silly boy.
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / way old scarves... on: September 16, 2006 01:38:33 PM
So two summers ago, I went to live with my great grandma. She forgot how old I actually am, so she wouldn't let me do anything but crochet so I wouldn't "make a mess." The result? Well, besides two afghans, I made billions of scarves. I should've posted these before I sold a bunch, but here is what remains of my summer of crochet. (Ignore the tags.) they are really basic, but I figured I should post pics of things I have done.

The two on the left here are new yarn, and the other two are never used vintage yarn. From grandmas stash, or course.

These ones are all new yarns. The blue is peaches and cream and more of a summer scarf. Also, the orange one is very short, but I imagine it as more of a long neckwarmer.

Hope you enjoyed the madness!
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / altered books for upcoming senior show; IMG HEAVY on: September 03, 2006 10:38:18 PM
My senior show is coming late October/early November, so needless to sy, I am hard at work. These are some shots of completed and in progress works. Just wante dto see what people think, even though they are pretty crappy pics (old cam, sorry). Also, I swear they are each cohesive and have a theme, but I didn't want to show every page of every book.

Here's a shot of my first altered book. It's all painting, text and cutouts. The two kids to the right are thier own pages and have more stuff on the other side.

This one is really simple. One spread, a low relief cut-out. The second picture shows the tiny bits of paper left from me ripping layers out. I individually painted all of them to add depth.

One from the scholarship show last year. This isn't the one that made it in, but I really love this page and may use it for my postcards. I doubt you can read the words, but if you guys want to know what it says, let me know.


Here are two Bibles I saved from the garbage. The top one is getting each page individually watercolored. The second has a shrine cut out (as you can see) where I will add....something. Both will probably go to new homes right after the show.

A terrible pic of a book called Romance. Not even sure if I should post it....but oh well. It's an old paper sample book called Romancing the Darks, so it's been really fun to play with.

Last pics! My fave book right now, all about flight. Since all I realyl want is big, feathery wings. The first spread has a lino cut from printmaking (a.k.a. HELL) I have been holding onto forever. The second shows teh last spread where I have to cubbies, one for a butterfly wing, the other for a parrot wing. I wish all of you could see this book in real life, because it's pretty.

Hope you all enjoyed the mini tour! Feel free to come to my show if you are anywhere near northern Minnesota around October 30 or the two weeks after. Seriously, PM me if you want more info. If you can't come, I will be posting MUCHO pics later.
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 09.01.06 on: August 31, 2006 10:15:24 PM
First yarns ever! Woo-hoo!

Very first, 10 yards brown and blue.

Green with silver and orange with two blues.

And plied together.

Yay! I cant wait to see what else got made!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old altered/resized tee on: August 31, 2006 10:12:36 PM
I got this tee shirt from student art association and it was an xxl. I had no sewing machine at the time, so I cut and sewed it all by hand. It was tons of fun. And it has held up for three years now, so I can't have done a total crap job.

Here's the front with the printed graphic that came with the shirt.

Back with embroidered wings.

Side detail of stiching.

28  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / question about the book on: August 10, 2006 01:19:14 PM
I figured this would be the best place to post since you all would know what you talking about!

I have a long, hellish bus ride ahead of me in a few weeks. I was wondering what patterns from the book you would recommend for riding the greyhound. I want something small, like two skiens or less, that is NOT a scarf.

29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / fast/cheap table help! on: July 31, 2006 08:16:31 AM
Alrighty, here's the lowdown. I am going to be completing my final semester at college. I only have 16 credits, but I have my senior gallery show at the end of October and my portfolio presentation late December. I am going to be 100% focused on my gallery show until it is done. I will be in a large dorm room with literally only what I need. I'm not even bringing my tv or extra crafting stuff. Anyway...

I need an extermely cheap, large and STABLE table to paint on. I thought of the whole slab of wood on milk crates things, but I want something slighty more stable. I am a very violent painter, and I will be putting a fair degree of weight on it. I plan on putting it up and leaving it damn near all year. I don't care about height or shape, as long as I have a good area to work on. Does anyone have any ideas?!?
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Tahkli Bowls on: July 13, 2006 11:27:06 AM
What are Tahkli Bowls? Are they to hold a drop spindle so you can kick it?

I'm sooo confused!
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