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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I made a dreamcatcher. Wahoo! on: January 13, 2009 03:36:30 AM
So my Nana is Pima indian. And other than tell amazing stories, pretty much the only "Indian" thing she does, is make dreamcatchers. She doesn't make them very often. The only time she'll make on is if she dreams about one, or if one of the kids is having nightmares. She made me this one when I was little cuz I have those night terrors. I don't know if you know what those are, but they're horrible. Anywho, she made this one:

I always asked her to teach me to make one and she said she couldn't, when I was an adult, I'd be able to do it on my own. I completely forgot until I got a package from her the other day which contained:

At first I was like "What the....". Then it dawned on me. I'm an adult! Wahoo! I can make a dreamcatcher. So I sat there and stared at the one she made me until I figured out how to do it.

Later when I talked to her she said that mine was more "Pima" than hers is. The feathers are pheasant feathers. They symbolise self-discipline, cuz I need it. The black feathers are supposed to symbolise knowledge. So hopefully it'll attract dreams that will make me smarter and more self-disciplined.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / France/French Swap? on: January 08, 2009 03:09:59 PM
I can't be a coordinator, cuz I am only in my first swap now, but I thought this would be a great idea for a swap if someone else wants to start it. I got a Charles Aznavour cd for Christmas, so I'm currently back in French mode. (I say back cuz I graduated 3 years ago with a BA in French and haven't done a thing with it since). Anyone else think this is doable? There's tons of cool French stuff, like the Eiffel Tower, great French cinema, French music, the fleur de lis, etc.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Look at all the stuff I found! on: January 05, 2009 12:02:48 AM
So here I am, stationed in Korea, clueless as to where to go to get supplies for my artsy fartsy stuff. Then my room mate takes me to this place called LotteMart. It's sort of like WalMart on crack. It was insaaaaaaaaaane. But look at all the amazing stuff I found.  Grin

This is all the stuff.

This is corrugated paper made specifically for quilling, but I'll prob use it as frames for stuff.

I had no idea what this was, but it turned out to be full of drawings and paper dolls of the 2 characters on the cover plus their kid. Wicked cool.

This might be my favorite. It's a photo album. It's got a quote from an awesome movie that I can't currently remember the name of on it.

This is as it says a Letter Pad Set. But each page is different, and equally awesome.

I had no idea what this was but the cover was cute. It had inside it what it called postcards but they werent what we'd think of as postcards. It was cool though. There's a bunch of little pics and goodies inside, plus a bookmark.

Some stickers. This cost like 50cents and had a zillion random stickers. I'm definately buying more of these.

Here's a bunch of random paper. Some are Asian themed, some are glittery, some paper is thin and some is thick. It's awesome.

I'm so excited to play with all my new stuff! If you're ever in Korea and need art supplies, go to the 2nd floor of LotteMart, they have everything. Also, they have an escalator for your shopping cart. And that's just cool.
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Killer Bunny emobroidery on: December 29, 2008 11:10:48 AM
This is my first time embroidering. I found the pic online then traced it onto the fabric. I like how it turned out, but it seems a little boring. I wanted to see if y'all thought I should color the bunnies in? I need some silver thread for the knives.

So should I fill the bunnies in or not?
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first hat! on: December 27, 2008 09:29:32 AM
My roommate keeps telling me that if I can crochet a scarf, I can crochet other things too. So when Threadbangers put up a tutorial on crocheting a hat, I was all over it. This is the result. It came out so well, I made a white one for my roommate. I didn't get a pic of that one though, dangit.

Look at that!

It's a hat!

I even wore it out Christmas Eve.
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Decoupage Comic Box on: December 27, 2008 09:08:43 AM
I decided to take a plain red box (actually it said Nantucket Natural Oils or something like that on it) and decoupage it into something faboo. So I dug around in my stash, again. And I found a bunch of "Classics Illustrated" comics I got from manto fev forever ago. I looked for ones that looked pretty cuz I planned on using this as my earings container. And I found one that I think is "The Frog Prince". So her it is.

This is the inside of the two pieces:

The top of the two pieces:

The two pieces together:

It didn't come out as good as I'd like, cuz the paper was so old and dry it like sucked up the spray on acrylic and didn't come out all that shiny. But it's nice. I like the girl, I think she looks like Snow White, and I love Snow White. Smiley
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Decoupage Buddha Shrine (8pics) on: December 27, 2008 09:01:41 AM
I went on a crafty bender this evening. I think I'll be ok though. I made another decoupage box, this time with an old comic. I'll post that later. The coolest thing I made was a Buddha shrine.

I found this random piece of cardboard inside another box.And I was going to put it back together into another box, and then I looked at the shape and I was like, hmmm, I could make this into a shrine. Then I thought to myself, Self, what kind of shrine would you like to make?

 Then I realized that these guys were getting dwarfed by all the crap on my bureau, and they deserved their own shrine.

So I went through my random papers stash and found all the Buddha and India things I could find. And this is what I came up with.

The background is a picture of raindrops on leaves from National Geographic (woot woot). I loooove how the background looks. It came out almost 3D looking.

On the inside left is some pretty flowers from an H&M (of which, there are none in Korea) ad. On the outside left is a goooorgeous Buddha picture that I have no idea where it came from.

On the bottom inside is a picture of an actual real life Buddha shrine. Then on the bottom outside is a picture of some bright Indian sari fabrics. I've had this particular piece of paper since forever and couldn't figure out how to use it. Worked perfect here.

On the inside right is another picture from National Geographic. This time it's a picture of a rainbow and some trees on a mountain. I'm not sure where this actual is, but it's gorgeous and peaceful looking.

Then on the outside right is a bunch of Buddha heads.

All in all, I, though biased, think it looks awesome. Buddha looks happy, doesn't he?

Ps. This Buddha is the reason I'm in Korea, I'm sure of it. I found him at a Korean restaurant when I was at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Theeeeen, sooooomehow, two months later, I found out I was getting stationed in Korea. So I think he's to blame.
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Decoupage Korean box on: December 27, 2008 03:43:56 AM
I'm in the Army and I'm stationed in Korea. A few weeks ago I went to the Palace Museum and I bought this little mother of pearl box. It came inside a nice silverish box, but I found the box a little boring. So I decided to try to decoupage it into something better.

I had some Asian language paper that I bought years ago from manto fev. I cut it up into random sizes and shapes. I also used an image from a Korean magazine of the creator of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. Then I sprayed it with Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear.

It's my first attempt ever at decoupage but I think it came out awesome. Hope you like it. Smiley

Supplies: Paper, glue, bowl, water.

Covered in glue.

Bottom and top.

Inside I just glued a piece of Asian language paper.

So what do y'all think? Like it?
Still covered in glue.

19  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Korea on: December 26, 2008 06:23:37 AM
I'm in the Army, currently stationed in Seoul, South Korea. I was hoping that there were others either from Korea or in Korea on these boards who could help me find places to get craft supplies while I'm here. Thank you.

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