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81  Three-panel painting above my bed in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: March 31, 2009 08:15:18 AM
Quite a while ago I had taken down from the wall above my bed the framed print I used to have there, and any other wall decoration there. I had bought three panels of wood, and mounted them on the wall, painting in a lovely light purple shade. My idea was to have some kind of silhouette design in white, but I couldn't decide exactly what that was going to be. Abstract curls? Trees? Geometric shapes? I had no clue. SO the panels hung on my wall for a while, looking very purple and sad.

Then I spotted this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289329.0 from caroline_dw and it was love at first sight. I adored the flow of the movement... and how unfussy it looked.

SO here's what I did:

the sketch on the purple panel

halfway through the first coat of white

the final effect
(I am also proud of the bookshelves under it - I put them up myself and it was my first time drilling holes in my wall - I was kind of afraid of them toppling over me in my sleep, but they're holding up well! the end are not perfectly matching but I'm going to fix that, I was just too happy with the panels to fix that before taking the pics)

closer up

the third photo gives the best idea of the color - and I'll have to keep them in mind when I'll get painting my walls possibly very soon (the living room is first on my plan, but so far I'm planning the color changes in photoshop...)
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82  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by alhrayth on: March 18, 2009 10:19:00 AM
Thank you to all the replise, I had some thinking to do...
I decided that after all, I too prefer the tail placement of A/B, so I stuck with that design. I did try to change the base of the tail a little, and added an idea of shading (though I'd leave the actual shading to my artist, I really loved how he did my tattoo so I'm not worried. I still can't decide between the eyes open or closed - closed it seems more serene, but open is more intense. I tried doing them both in color and keeping the black and white, and I though I was thinking of a B/W only tattoo, I seem to prefer the colored version.

actually, I dug up from my external hard disk the pic that I keep remembering when I think of this cat, and I more and more warming to the idea of the open eyes

you can't see it well, but he had blue eyes, some days looking more greenish... sigh how much I miss this cat...
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83  Re: First experiments with fork pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alhrayth on: March 15, 2009 11:43:09 AM
thanks for the replies!
I was a little over-excited when I first made the post, so I had not polished properly the first pendant, and that was bugging me. So I did, and I'm really happy with the result - and this called for a photo update:

I love it now that is all shiny!

and this is how it looks on:

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84  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by alhrayth on: March 15, 2009 10:28:14 AM
Hi all!
I've been trying for a while to come up with a design for the tattoo I want to get next - it should end up on my upper back, in the spot below the neck/between the shoulder blades - exact placement (lower, higher) should be decided according to the design I will end up choosing.

My theme should be a winged cat (like an angel cat, basically - so wings and also a little halo/aureole), and I was thinking of a quite stylized design, not a realistic thing. I've gone for the contours only because ideally it should represent my beloved cat Alexei, who was white (he passed away five years ago and I still miss him!) so maybe I'd have a little shading added but no color inside.
Now comes the tricky part. I can't decide if I like it better with the eyes open or closed, and also the placement of the tail and the snowflake... (the snowflake is a reference to my passion for ice skating, which has been my job for the last few years)
I don't want to have an enormous design, and basically, if the tail point upwards (A or B) I'd place it a little higher, with the snowflake on the base of my neck, even sticking slightly out of where my shirt would end.
if I choose the other way (C or D), with the tails pointing down, I'd place the whole thing a little lower, with the wings more towards my shoulder blades, and the snowflake more down my back...

suggestions are gladly welcome...
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85  First experiments with fork pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alhrayth on: March 15, 2009 09:52:12 AM
After so many examples seen here, I got hold of some of my late grandma's silverware, and decided to take the plunge and - even if I don't really have the proper equipment, try to make some wearable jewelry out of them.

My current favorite one (I'm wearing this tomorrow for sure!)

(modeled by my rocking chair's throw pillow)... it almost look like the frame for a cameo or something. I am very happy because it goes well with the silver chain I stuck it on, which I had stopped wearing lately because it felt too masculine (idea which hit me after seeing a coach at the rink where I work wearing an identical one) but I felt all my other pendants were too small and girly for it... I don't know if this makes sense.

with the rest of the fork and a glass bead from a bag charm that I destroyed a while ago I tried this:

but I'm not really satisfied, because bending it was a nightmare. I. need. better. tools.

with another fork, I wanted to cover up an incision that was on the handle, so I added some beads...


not sure what I think of it, actually. I like the beads and the color, the weight and the dimensions... but you can't see much of it being made from cutlery, and that's part of the coolness of the project, so I feel like something has gotten lost....
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86  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: March 15, 2009 09:33:35 AM
Hi all - first of all I have to say that I'm in awe of most of the tattoos posted here - lots of fabulous works! I have to say I went through this and the former tattoo thread a lot last year, and the tattoo ideas one, to gather information and comments when I was in the process of getting my first (and only so far) tattoo. I't a tiny little thing compared to most, but I love it anyway because it is my first and I was sooo happy to get it.

The story behind what brought me to choose this design is that I was passing a very bad period - awful moods, feeling very depressed, lots of problems at work, no life to speak of... at some point I said to myself that no one was going to help me, and I had to help myself to get out of the hole I was digging myself into. I used to tie a little cord around my wrist, so that every time I looked at it, it was to remind me that I was there for myself, that I get to get through this, etc. at some point I decided that this was a lifelong advice I could give myself, and could be the idea behind the tattoo I had wanted forever - just I couldn't pinpoint what to do and where, before. So that's why I have a little black cord & bow inked on my wrist. The "transparent" ribbon next to it is an idea of my tattoo guy, who said the simple black line was too little (he was right). The two stars on my inner wrist are there to represent my dad and my grandmother, who passed away 3 months apart from each other 10 years ago - I miss them a lot and I think they would never want to see me that upset and depressed, so I pray for their protection from above, and I look at the stars to tell myself I want them to be proud of me...
most of my friends where totally shocked because I really didn't fit their image of someone who might get a tattoo... I wonder what they'll say when I'll go on to have another one (as soon as I have the cash, actually!)
so here it is...

(very hard to take a decent photo of your right wrist, I discovered. the bow is quite centered on the wrist, actually

the stars are actually off-center on the inner wrist, more towards the inside of the arm so that I can see them better when I look down

this gives a better idea of the placement. on the outside portion of the wrist, there's basically more ribbon twisting and turning, freehanded by the tattoo guy at the moment because he had made the design too small and didn't wrap around my wrist all the way, so he placed the bow and the stars, and freehanded the connection!
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