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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dachshund Lovers Swap *CLOSED* SO 01/21/2010 on: February 04, 2010 01:01:34 PM
goodness, everyone's gifts are so awesome!!

sorry that it took me so long to post pics of my swap, school and work have kept me crazy busy.

but anywho... here are the awesome things that Rikaheart made me!!

there were also a multitude of treats... but D has already eaten many of them so I left them out of the picture. heh

...he kind of looks like he is pooping in this picture. hehe

Thanks again!

2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dachshund Lovers Swap *CLOSED* SO 01/21/2010 on: January 01, 2010 06:51:46 PM
Oh my goodness, I can't believe it is 2010! I hope everyone's crafting is going well. I must say that I am a bit relieve to get the holidays over with. Now I can really spend some time on my Dachshund lover! heh.

Happy New Year!!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dachshund Lovers Swap SU 11/21-12/5 SO 01/21/2010 on: December 04, 2009 06:37:46 PM
hello!! This is my first swap and I just could not be more excited nor could this particular swap be more perfect for me. I have been a member of craftster for awhile, but had never really looked into swapping. The other day, however, I randomly decided to see what it was all about. After reading the info I was totally into it and decided to start swapping. When I went to see the swap topics and saw the dachshund one, I realized that I was destined to start swapping. heh. Not to mention the fact that I caught the swap just 2 days before the deadline! phew.

Between myself and my immediate family, I have FOUR dachshunds!!! When I was 16 we got our first dachshund, then another when I was 17, then we decided to breed them. heh. My sister and I both kept one of the puppies, and that's how I ended up with four. They are such sweet animals. I love how cuddly they are.

Here are some pictures of my babies...

This is my baby, Darwin (he is the only one that lives with me)

(that is his serious face)

This is Ruby, Darwin's mother. She's pretty into computer games...

Here are both of Darwin's parents, Ruby and Tanner, kissing because they are in love. (oooobviously, hah)

Here is Ruby cuddling (as dachshunds do best!) just after the puppies were born

(it's also pretty much how I sleep with Darwin every night now. hah)

annnnd finally here is one more of Darwin

heh, I tried really hard to not post too many pictures, buuuut that was still a lot. heh, sorry!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: flowery sheath dress on: May 21, 2009 12:25:58 AM
i LOVE this. A++
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Les Oiseaux (The Birds) - mixed media on: January 10, 2009 09:56:51 PM
this is super cool. i really like the colors and the fact that the page is turned horizontal.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Thrifted ceramic plates - makeover! on: January 10, 2009 09:50:15 PM
yep, this is awesome.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Table Time! (which in our case equals 3 months) on: November 12, 2008 04:29:46 PM
Welcome craftsters!

First of all, I'm posting this on behalf of myself and my room mate because this was a joint project (...which still took us 3 months. heh). She found the table and four chairs for just $123 (impressive, right?) at an antique store, and thus began our journey.

Here's how the process went:
1.) sanded everything
2.) primed everything
3.) Sewed 5 different strips of various fabrics straight from my vast scrap collection (and man do i love finding uses for scraps) onto red suede (also from scrap collection =)
4.) base coated table with light purple and chairs with gray turquoise
5.) ripped off 2 layers upholstery and super old cotton stuffing
6.) at this point we realized how incredibly crappy the wooden seats were (one actually had "reject" stamped on it)... so we went to Lowe's to get new wood cut. Our next dilemma was that they could not cut on an angle at Lowe's, but our seats are a trapezoidal shape. Soooo... we had to wait until my awesome dad came to visit and brought his handy dandy zig saw.
7.) meanwhile... we painted over the gray turquoise with a mixture of navy, light blue, and sea green to make it the final color. Then we painted the back of the chairs with a red to purple gradiant and circular brush strokes. Finally for the chair painting we painted a purple bird on the top.
8.) Next we painted the three stripes on the top of the table using the same circular brush strokes. Then came the dark purple and turquoise dry brushing. and to finish it we went back over some of the dry brushing with the original light purple (the dry brushing was a little overwhelming).
9.) polyurethaned everything
10.) So this is the part where we finish the table... enough to put on craftster (we aren't actually completely done. heh). So we cut foam, sanded the seats, and went to staple the fabric on... this is when we realized that my staple gun isn't powerful enough for the nicer wood. So i'm going to use my dad's electric staple gun when I go home for thanksgiving, but for the meantime we hot glued all the fabric. So the table is temporarily done. heh. It is really nice that it is finally usable (we had chairs without a piece of wood to sit on for like 2 months).

and now... here is the finished (kind of..) product at a million angles:

with candles!...

Thanks for looking!!!!! <3
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: is a dress still a dress if it's made of wood? on: October 23, 2008 08:52:16 PM
omg this is amazing. you should add more pictures. OH with close-ups!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: some people like shopping therapy, i like stitching therapy. on: October 23, 2008 08:37:00 PM
i LOOOOOOOOVE this. i actually even got a comment on it from a friend from home who saw the link on facebook. heh. but seriously, you look fantastic in it and it looks really well made too. I can't wait to see you all dressed up at Brian's!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Scratchboard Animals and Floral on: October 14, 2008 02:51:53 PM
oh man these are awesome. i did a scratch board of my dalmatian when i was in high school and it didn't look anything close to what you've done. It's a really difficult medium (at least i think so).

if i ever do get a tatoo i'm going to have to figure out where you work! heh
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