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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Cowry jewelry on: October 04, 2008 08:24:30 PM
So...I visited PR and found a bead shop (SCORE!) and bought these cowry beads. Months later - I go to use them and they are not drilled through. I had a split second of cursing then developed the following work around. What do you think?

With purple shell beads:

I threaded the wire through the cowry then strung seed beads into the space then back out so the shell was held to the wire that way.
I rather like how they turned out with the seed beads showing.
What do you think?
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Summer Fall Dotee on: September 14, 2008 07:58:49 PM
My first Dotee Doll! I recently fell in love with these so I decided to give one a try for the Myth Swap -

Side 1 - Summer:

Side 2 - Fall:

I had the idea to do a doll with two faces...due to a misconception I had about Morrigan having two faces. When further research showed that she actually had three and was also the Goddess of death [http://inanna.virtualave.net/morrigan.html] I changed focus and went for two fairies.

Each side has a different fabric, different leaves and yarn. I don't work with clay, so I decided a shrinky dink face would have to do. I used the face of a teenager for the Summer Dotee and the image of a 30ish year old woman for Autumn.

I'm not that fond of the pictures I took - I thought the final product was cuter in person but that could be the creator's bias too. Smiley

What do you think?
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Red Green Jewelry...but not together. :P on: September 14, 2008 07:21:03 PM
Red bracelet made for the Mini Me swap. I used a lot of my favorite red beads in my random collection of beads, new leaf beads purchased for this project and also deep red Swarovski crystals. It was the first time I did a bracelet with three strands. What do you think?

Matching earrings:

- -
For the Myth swap - I made this anklet, thought was it to be a bit Celtic in inspiration. The beads are little silver leaves, blue/green seed beads and then Michael's "natural" stones: a green jasper...then tiny bells for a little twinkling sound. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Green Man Ceramic mask on: September 14, 2008 06:59:21 PM
Hi, I [EDIT: made] painted this for my partner in the Myth Swap. I was pretty pleased with how the colors came out. What do you think? I like the details in the middle leaf and bottom leafs, etc.
Thanks for looking!
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gauntlets! on: September 14, 2008 06:55:25 PM
I made these for my partner in the Myth Swap. This is the first time I've used a pattern for a crocheted item...but it was quickly thrown out the window and I relied on my crafting mentor for guidance. Cheesy

Close up -

Action shot: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b398/fierytree/craft/IMG_5814.jpg

So what do you think?
My mentor says that my stitches are too tight and I should loosen up. How? I crocheted the above with a K hook but my trial run with the H hook were not really that much different.

I attempted to use this pattern but it just realllly didn't work out - a bit too advanced for my current level. Tongue
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Sea side cards on: June 11, 2008 07:37:59 PM
I made these cards for the Sea Swap. I took all of the photos for the cards and then embellished with additional stamping.

Snowy Egret

Sea Grapes


Coquina shell

Thanks for looking! Smiley
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sea themed jewelry: coral and mermaid on: June 11, 2008 07:30:24 PM
I made these for my fantastic Sea partner...

I'd never tried a bracelet like this before and I was pretty proud of the results - a mix of seed and shell beads, in a coral-like layout:

Close-up of the details:

Necklace and earring set - seed, "jade" chips, glass beads, and shrinky dink mermaid. Some of the glass beads had a sea-glass look to them and I thought the loops added to connect the sections were rather interesting:

Close up of front fishy clasp and shrinky dink mermaid.

Close up of earrings:

(Sorry the pics are the greatest.)

I'd love to hear any feedback. Thanks for looking!!
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Non-Worry Dolls, made of yarn... pic heavy on: May 19, 2008 12:59:06 PM
So this weekend I volunteered at a Retreat for adults. I was in charge of a 'breakout art session' and we decided 'worry dolls' would be a fun (and helpful) activity that *everyone* could do. We explained the Guatemalan tradition to the participants of telling their worries to their dolls so the dolls would worry and they would not. In addition, with the help of another volunteer (a Psychologist), we had them talk of their current worries before we started. Afterwards, I gave all of the participants directions not unlike the ones found here: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Yarn-Doll and many beautiful dolls were created.
I made a few over the weekend too and on the last night, used them as part of my table decoration, as seen below. Each doll has a basic structure of yarn and some have ribbons to embellish or just more yarn on top. The dolls were a hit for everyone, even those that considered themselves "not-crafty". They really are too fun to make, very forgiving, and definitely good for all ages:

Two of my favorites:

The rest of the crew:

(Sorry the pictures aren't the best.)

I'd really recommend this "10 minute therapy" and if anyone is so inclined, I'd love to see the doll you create! Smiley
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / "It's my light in a box...it's my light..." on: May 05, 2008 08:19:58 PM
"It's my light in a box...it's my light..." - yeah, two points if you get the reference.  Tongue

What I really needed for a light was a portable one since most of my crafting happens around our coffee table, in a low lit room. So - the cigar box light was born:
With the lid closed -

Light off -

Light on

Thanks for checking it out!!
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Butterflies on: April 29, 2008 06:45:33 PM
A crafty coworker gave me about three years of beading magazines. Here's one of my first projects from Beadwork - April/May 04 - you can tell I like the design...with seed beads and:

Peridot and "Jade" (from Michael's) embellishments

Swarkorski crystals:

Earlier tries - not my favorites, Cz Fire Polished Glass:

Let me know what you think...and any additional ideas for displaying...I've made one with a more embellished necklace and I think the next obvious choice is a bracelet...memory wire?
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