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11  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / twilight pumpkin on: October 25, 2009 07:27:37 PM
This is my first year attempting "shading". That's where you shave away the pumpkin useing wood carving tools (which I already had, yeah!). I watched this video to help learn how.
Last year, I posted my "Hitchickers Guide to the Galaxy" pumpkin, so this year I chose "Twilight" (maybe I'll do a different book theme every year?!) I copied the pattern from the cover of Twilight useing wax paper. I think it turned out really well for my first try. Unfortunately, I'm not much of a photographer, and the pictures really don't do it justice. It looks soooo much better in real life. I tried to carve "Twilight" backwards on the back, so the word "Twilight" would shine on the wall, but It doesn't show up right. I think I carved it too low or too high. I'm not sure. Only the top half of the word will show up. anyway, enough babble, here's my Twilight pumpkin" I hope yall like it even though my pics aren't that good.

12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Vacation photos on: August 23, 2009 01:31:10 PM
We went to Flordia this summer. I thought I would share a couple photos that I think turned out pretty good. I took this at Wakulla Springs State Park. I really like how it turned out. It almost looks CG.

 This was a picture I took at sunrise at our campsight.

13  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / can you anneal in your toaster over? on: August 09, 2009 11:08:08 AM
I saw this video on the internet...
Does this really work? could you also use a toaster over to anneal your lampwork beads?
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Burnt tree of life. on: February 07, 2009 07:36:54 AM
I couldn't find a better category to put this in, so I guess it goes here in miscellaneous projects. This tree is woodburnt. I colored it in with oil pencils, and then erased it so it would be more of a hue instead of bright colors (not that you can really tell, but I can). I wasn't going to add the color when I started, but I am really glad I did. I think it really adds something to the piece.
Notice it says 2009 at the bottom. My husband said it should say 2007-2009. Yes, I have been working on this off and on for quite some time. I would get it out and work on it up to the point where I was almost certifiably insane from the ridiculous amount detail, and then I would put it away for a few months to recuperate until I remembered it. Then I would pull it out again. This is very detailed. All of the tiny individual leaflets took forever. In fact, I think the very middle of the roots is too detailed. You have to get up really close to tell what it is. Despite that, I think it turned out great. This is my best woodburnt piece so far. I am very proud of it. It looks better in real life, and you can really see the texture of the bark. My husband said "Wow! It looks like real wood. Well it is wood, but you know what I mean, the trunk look very realistic." It may not look as good as it does in real life, But the picture is the best I could get. I hope you all like it.
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Thing two and Thing onesies on: January 14, 2009 01:44:37 PM
A friend of mine is the proud new daddy of twin girls. If they end up anything like their dad was when he was little, they will be a handfull. For their first Christmas, I wanted to make them something. Thing one and Thing two seemed perfect for the little hellions in training. I wish I would've dyed the whole onsie red instead of tye-dyeing it, but it still looks o.k. then I just printed them out and ironed them on. The back is a quote from "The Cat in the Hat"

"Now you do as I say. You pack up those Things And you take them away!"
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Christmas gifts on: November 20, 2008 05:54:59 PM
The rush to finish all of my Christmas gifts has started. I thought I would share a couple of my necklaces I've made. I got the beads at a yard sale last year, and finally decided to use them. I liked the clear one so much I had to make one for me too. The pictures aren't the best, but atleast they are in focus.


17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / gryffindor scarf on: November 20, 2008 05:47:59 PM
This is my first knitted project ever. I am really proud of it. It's a Christmas gift for my best friend who loves Harry Potter. She has been wanting a gryffindor scarf since the first movie came out. I got the pattern from this website.

18  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / 2008 pumpkins on: October 29, 2008 10:27:00 PM
I finally carved this years pumpkins. I know it's nothing special compared to other pumpkins out there, but I am really proud of mine because it's the first pattern I've drew up myself. I added a little '42' toward the bottom later, but I didn't take another picture, because it didn't show up as well. It's my tribute to Douglas Adams. My daughter picked out/sorta drew on her more traditional face.
19  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Magic the gathering glasses on: September 23, 2008 09:26:45 AM
I made these for a friend of mine for Christmas. They are made from old glade candel glasses. I am really happy with how the manna symbols turned out (Yes, yes, I know...but white wasn't working so I had to use yellow.)

However I'm not happy with the glass etching. I think I should have used a bath instead of just painting it on, because It looks real splotchy, and the rims didn't take very well either. Do you think they are good enough to gift? They took a long time (especially the bottoms.) I don't want to redo them, but they look way to patchy to me. Am I just being overly critical, or should I just keep this set and try again?

20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Panda necklace on: September 21, 2008 07:21:07 PM
I made this panda necklace for my niece who is in love with pandas. It's macrmaed from hemp, and I made the lampwork beads too. I took this picture before I cut off all the loose fuzzies from the hemp, I didn't realize they would be so noticeable in the picture. it looks better in real life, but I wanted to share it anyway. What do you think?

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