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31  Once a day (at least) for the year *updated Thursday Feb. 21* in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by moonshinebluebird on: January 04, 2008 01:30:54 PM
A few days before the new year I decided to do some sort of "piece of art a day" thing to keep me on track.

I chose the 2.5 x 3.5 inch format, I think called ACEO.  Didn't want to call it ATC or post there because I"m not sure what I'll be doing with these and recently learned that it is important in the definition!  (move if necessary)

Lets just call it little art Smiley

So I've got 3 days and working on the 4th as we speak, though that one might not be posted until tomorrow since I'll be away tonight (but it will be done!)

Day 1 January 01, 2008
Ink and watercolor

Day2 January 02, 2008

Day 3 January 03, 2008
ink and watercolor

not available

I would really love to know if anyone else is doing this and follow along, I had no luck in getting my sister to join in and it always feels nice to not be alone!

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32  Messenger Bag for an Artist (maybe image laden) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by moonshinebluebird on: January 04, 2008 12:56:57 PM
The fact is that I value my sketchbooks and pens over carrying anything else.  I wanted a messenger bag that would suit those needs and accommodate a good range of sizes for sketchbooks.  Where I wouldn't have 25 different pens and pencils floating around in the nether regions of my bag.

*warning* I am not a seamstress of bags.  Period.  This took me a good 7 hours from pattern to finish.  I forgot to sew in the sides and the inside front panel... so that was done after most of it was done and even then... I don't know what i was doing seriously.  I'm just happy and more than a little shocked that I made something useable. (Though after that Seven hours I would of still used it even if I'd accidentally sewed a few tampons to the outside of it)

Commence with the evidence:

Open her up

Peek inside, notice the nice finish.. (haha) There is however a  divider to separate sketchbook de jour from other stuff (small pocket and elastic for securing of some pens/pencils in there too)

Here is that front inside panel I had to hand sew as an afterthought, or as an OOOPS there is a part left!  I can fit a small sketchbook in there too and it stays nicely.  Pens/Pencils, erasers etc can fit in those loops... though I want to sew more size loops.  This area can use much refining, but I liked the idea.

The handles etc are all "recycled" from other bags etc.  I wish I was a better seamstress like my mother or many of you, but this works for me.  I may be sending my ideas to my mom and seeing what she can do with it.  Really like the idea of a messenger back tailored to the needs of the user.  Which reminds me that I forgot the most important feature... Chapstick holders!! I think I'll make a little baggie that hooks to that clip just for my various chapsticks (weakness).

thanks for looking and I'd be so gracious to have anyone give me some pointers, tips, and ideas... Because if I make another one of these it definitely needs to be done differently as far as process goes!

(I haven't tried a zipper yet, thats on my list and I know everyone is worried (not) but the sewing machine did survive... that little trooper!)


Moonshine Micky
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33  Re: d20 Necklace to suit small person in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by moonshinebluebird on: July 11, 2007 02:10:41 PM
Oh you should! It was very easy and they didn't break.  It is plastic so you do get some meltyness, but it wasn't so bad for just the little hole I needed to drill.  And I forgot to mention that I used some E600 to glue a little homemade eyelet in there to attach it. 

Do you have a dremmel?

I have mine set up with a little drill press type thing and its been really awesome for drilling small holes in small things.

Also here are the bits, I can't remember which I used.

They're both pretty small but that tiny one I have used to drill through coffee beans and tiny little pieces of soft metal.

thanks so much for you compliments too! I think you should go for it with the earrings definitely  Cheesy
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34  d20 Necklace to suit small person in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by moonshinebluebird on: July 11, 2007 01:01:05 PM
 I had a necklace a long time ago that I just loved, it broke and went flying into a few pieces that were lost.  Oddly I could not find one like it as much as I looked! (I think it was a short phase where they were focusing on some other style).

I do not make jewelry.  I think it has something to with patience and my horribly shaking hands, but thought I'd give it a try.  I felt less intimidated knowing that I was making this for myself and not for someone else.

My previous necklace was really simple and had a small bead at the end of it.  I had found these small d20's at the local Game Chest and could not pass them up!  I don't like rolling small dice, it annoys me so drilling a hole in them didn't bother me. (I am an avid pencil and paper rpg player, dnd variety) 

and one more at a different angle, its not the best picture but it shows the layout better.

A major factor was that I like delicate small things.  I'm 4 foot 10 and 3/4inch (thats important) and tiny boned.  Big things don't look right on me.  So the tiny d20 sealed it Smiley  I think the jewelry and such out there made from d20 and other dice are just awesome!  I just always felt they might overwhelm me, and my clumsy nature would get them knocked about too much.  I know of bunch of crafsters have made some dice jewelry and a big thumbs up to them, they rock!  I really like to see that there are others out there still playing too Smiley


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35  Woodland Crown (now with visible images) in CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES by moonshinebluebird on: July 04, 2007 01:04:58 AM
This Crown/Tiara represents my love of nature and the outdoors.  Overtime I've collected so many seeds, twigs, and even insects...  I store them away in glass jars and when no one is looking I take them out to admire.

This seemed like the perfect opportunity to put them to good use Smiley

***woops I just found out I can't post pictures so here are some links to my flickr instead of photobucket images, sorry!... I don't know if I'm allowed to enter the contest either, so if not, I apologize profusely and please move this, thank you! I had a great time doing it regardless Smiley ***

((EDIT)) OK I think I can post pictures now.. attempting! thank you )

Three fourths view

front view

And a closer up

and... a very silly one on the head, I wish it was a better shot, I didn't have much success with the self portrait!

And an in progress:

The base is actually this wood veneer "tape" I had laying around from another project.  The roots are from a dwarf pomegranite I had that sadly died, as are the twigs.  I glued some of those propeller seeds to be winglike and of course the bigger ones on the front and in the back.  It has a little bit of pearlized paint in areas that did not come through in the pictures along with glitter.  It fits on the head over a bun and helps stay put with some bands connected to bobby-pins.

This was so so much fun to do and I'm really glad that there was this contest to inspire me.  I just feel so happy to have made something with the things that mean so much to me Smiley

I hope you like it and I am really enjoying seeing everyone's awesome designs!

moonshine micky
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