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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink Plastic Portrait Insanity (img heavy) on: April 21, 2007 02:39:37 PM
I've been making lots and lots of animal portrait necklaces in shrink plastic (just plain old Shrinky-Dinks), and I felt it was time to share.  They're each just done in Sharpee:

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tiny Wee Sadsacks on: April 02, 2007 03:15:06 PM
I've been really, really into making tiny little critters lately, so I gathered them together and gave them a name--the Sadsacks.  They're a sad-looking little bunch, i must admit, but they make me happy.   Smiley  I threw a coin in to give a sense of scale--they range from about 1/2" to just under 1".

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bracelets, bracelets, bracelets (lots of pics) on: March 07, 2007 07:56:04 PM
I've been seeing people say that they're addicted to making earrings, and I figured I'd confess that my mom and I are addicted to making bracelets (we do jewelry-making together).  Here's a few recent ones that I like:

Glass Garden

Wedgwood Fringe (looks better on)


4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted sock monkey on: February 26, 2007 11:16:09 AM
I had this roving mix that reminded me of the color of a red heel sock, so I took a shot at this:

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Venting about misleading show organizers--is there any recourse? on: February 24, 2007 10:38:24 PM
I did a show today that was a personal milestone--my very first ever where not one item sold

I sell handmade jewelry and have been doing shows with my mom since I was a kid. This show today was one I found through Craftlister--it was billed as a craft show, specified handmade items only, and since I had no other show lined up for this weekend, I decided to give it a go.  I had low expectations.

HOWEVER...of the 100 or so vendors, there were maybe only 3 or 4 people I would call crafters.  Lots of imports, lots of flea market stuff like sports memorabilia, that kind of thing.  Worst of all was a man two spaces away selling LIVE LIZARDS.  And not just selling them, but aggressively hawking them, driving away anyone who would happen to wander into my area. I don't normally pack up early, but I left two hours before closing, after it became obvious that my stuff just wasn't appropriate for the show.  Plus, I couldn't listen to any more lizard talk.

Anyway--has anyone tried to get a refund of their registration fee when a show was clearly not what they signed up for?  I've never tried it, but I am thinking of calling the organizers on Monday.  If I had known it was going to be an all-out flea market, I would never have wasted the money or the time.

Am I being unreasonable?
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Peanut people-UPDATED on: February 17, 2007 09:22:26 PM
And now they've sprouted a third:

I think there might be something wrong with me, because every time I start a new needle felting project, I think "this time I'm not going to make a miniature..." and then I end up with these:

They're little dolls that are inspired by the supercute Unazukin nesting dolls.  The larger, pink one is exactly 1 inch, and the little yellow one is about a half inch.  I'm planning to go even nuttier and and make an even smaller one to comlete the nesting feel.   Cheesy
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Yet more bears on: February 05, 2007 12:31:37 AM
Since i don't seem to be able to put down the needle lately, I thought I'd share some what I've done in the last week or so:

Ta da!   Cheesy
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Sweetpea, a tiny dragon on: February 01, 2007 07:42:54 PM
I've been going crazy making bears, bears, bears lately, but here's my first non-bear design, a dragon, Sweetpea. I think he's the smallest guy I've made so far, too--only 1 1/8" standing...

9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Bears, bears, another bear, and some more bears (img heavy) on: January 18, 2007 08:16:02 PM
Hi everyone:

I went through a felting frenzy not long ago and made a whole mess of needle-felted little bears.   They all have onyx eyes, and some of them have polymer noses.

This little panda is the smallest one I did:

Although this guy was pretty small, too:

A couple of anime-style bears:

A bear called Chardonney:

Another panda:

Marigold, going for a ride:

Finally, the one I made for my mom.  That bunny is less than 1":

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Self-Portrait Series (img heavy) on: January 17, 2007 06:52:31 PM
This is a little series that I've been working on lately.  Basically, the idea was to do them in a film-noir stills, to evoke the feeling of film stills.  The first two are done in pen and ink, and the third is done both in pen and ink and ink wash.  Not sure which approach I like best...

Anyway, thanks for looking.

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