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1  Sing to the clouds in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Chellery on: August 23, 2009 09:52:29 PM
I think this one is finished. I may have to look at it for a couple of days to be completely sure.
Inspired by lyrics from a Michael Franti song: "I believe that what you sing to the clouds will rain upon you when your sun has gone away"

It's done mostly in acrylics, with watercolors for the girl, and polymer clay for the little hearts and the bucket. I cut the cloud and the hill out of foam board, which took 2 or 3 attempts and was more trouble than it was really worth, but I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out.

Here's the best close-up I could manage to show some of the details. Her tiny rain-boots are my favorite part!

And a full shot. For some reason my little camera does not take very good pictures sometimes. I get to chose between out-of-focus, or washed out with the flash.

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2  It's Pajama Time! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Chellery on: June 18, 2009 10:21:26 PM
I just finished this one for my fiance for Father's Day. I'm pretty proud of it, being that watercolors are typically the enemy.

It is inspired by this book which is just amazing. Read it.

Little Q strikes this pose every time the animals in the book say "It's Pajama Time!" which is every 2 or 3 pages. One of these days he's going to get too excited and punch somebody in the face by accident.

I love those boys. Smiley
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3  Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Chellery on: April 17, 2009 10:01:49 PM

I thought I might share an update of what I've been scheming lately.

Here is the ginormous idea-board I've been spending too much time on at work this week.  Wink

I REALLY love the dress in the top right corner on the blue background, but they don't seem to make it anymore. In any case, that's the style I'm going for. I think I've settled on White with a blue sash for me, and blue with white sashes for the bridesmaids. I sort of want a tiny top hat... I don't care if it's inconsistent, I still want one.  Tongue

Flower Girl will probably be a miniature (and more adorable) version of my dress.

Boy wants an "ivory" tux with coat tails. and a top hat of course. Smiley We're thinking groomsmen in pastel vests with bow-ties... 

I'm dying to make those Martha *shudder* Stewart tissue poms! They remind me of giant dandelions. I keep picturing giant flowers towering above all the guests.

I have not been able to find tea cups online for what I consider to be reasonable prices. I have two hypothetical solutions to this:
1. Search Garage sales and thrift stores and begin to assemble a HUGE pile of mismatched china. Pray they will be cheaper than the ones I looked at on eBay
2. Hire someone to cater the tea service and bring their own damn tea cups.

I found a company in the Denver area who will provide option number 2 for $500 for groups of over 100 people. I just would rather not have all of my guests line up at what looks like a portable Starbucks counter...

If I cannot provide tea cups as favors, I think we'll do sugar cookies shaped like Hearts, Diamonds, Spades and Clubs, and glazed the appropriate colors.

I'm dying to do a bottle of wine labeled "Drink Me" at each table. I have construction paper, and appropriate rubber stamps already.

I want chess king and queen cake toppers, and considered doing chess boards as some of the centerpieces, (cheap at garage sales and perhaps possible entertainment value also...?)

I also want to do a big wooden sign. One with lots of arrows, Some of them more practical than others:
This way, That Way, Up, Down, Parking, The Loo, The Reception, The Shortcut...etc.
I originally wanted to try my hand at an "alternative" bouquet option, but the recent suggestion of big white daisies certainly does speak to me.

A good friend of mine also made a suggestion on the subject of giant chess pieces:
"A few bishop chess pieces could be appropriate. (Or you could just ask Matt's mom (she is performing our ceremony) to only move diagonally...)"

So far so good, I guess. Boy is beginning to wonder what he's gotten himself into. Smiley

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4  "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Chellery on: February 07, 2009 11:44:31 AM
I never would have thought the boy would agree to an Alice in Wonderland wedding.. but somehow I have been granted permission to do just that. "As long as I get to be the Mad Hatter," he says.

Deal.  Grin

We're still planning to wait a while to set a date. We want to get out of debt, and have some things in order first. But I can't be expected to let a craft project like that just sit and WAIT. I have to start planning NOW.

Not to mention he got me Photoshop for Christmas, and I have just been dying for an excuse to use it! I haven't had access to Photoshop since my last Graphic Design class... which was a very long time ago.

But I digress...

Here are some of the things I have been putting together while I re-teach myself how to use the blasted program. (I'd forgotten what an "Adobe-headache" feels like...  Angry)

Invitation Back: This is my favorite part; it's mildly threatening! Do you think it's too much?

Invitation Front:

RSVP Cards:

FYI: (To include driving directions and a map on the back)

I've been trying to write all the little poems for them, because that just seemed like the Alice-y thing to do. I'm not sure how I feel about the FYI one yet... But it's a place holder until real inspiration strikes. I haven't yet come up with ANYTHING good enough to use on the inside of the invitation yet... I'm totally stumped there.

I'm trying to avoid the "Disney" Alice as much as possible. I like her just fine, but I don't want a Disney wedding.

Here are some of the other ideas I've collected so far...
*Giant playing cards bent and staked into the ground for croquet! (Perhaps with stuffed animal hedgehogs and plastic lawn flamingos?)
*Mismatched Tea Cups at each place setting
*A close friend's mom is performing the ceremony for us, and will make an AMAZING Queen of Hearts.
*Top Hats for the Groomsmen
*My soon to be step-son is 6, and wants to be the White Rabbit.
*A ring pillow shaped like a giant pocket watch!
*Black and white checkerboard aisle runner! Perhaps giant chess pieces along the aisle too...
*Giant mushroom/flower wall decorations for reception!
*I want to duplicate the glass table with the key and the tiny door in the wall at the bottom of the rabbit hole. (This was always my favorite part of the Disney version.)
*White silk roses half dipped in red paint, dried to look all drippy...
*Tiny topiary centerpieces with white/red roses

The other thing I'm trying to avoid is blatant costumes. No bunny ears or face paint. I'm picturing clothes that sort of just HINT at costumes. I don't want to over-do it and come out looking like a high-school play. I can't seem to find too many pictures that match how I'm imagining it though.
I'm thinking tea-length dresses and sashes and hair bows, And top hats and bow ties...

Google seems to only turn up Alice-themed kid's parties. I can't seem to find very many Alice Weddings other than the Ashlee Simpson one, which irritated me a little, and isn't at anywhere near what I want to do. ANYTHING is possible when you can afford to pay somebody to do it all for you! It just wouldn't be any fun that way. I'm going for as much DIY as possible.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated! I never realized how complex planning this was going to be!

***Updated 5/16***
I just finished these this afternoon! I'm probably going to wrap them in ribbon still, but I was so excited I just had to show them off.
I was going to glue buttons to their centers, but I can't decide if I like them better the way they are.

***Updated 6/10***
So, this is the second draft of the invites. I like them better... I think. I would love some second opinions!

The outside of the cards: To fold down the center... "hamburger style" (flipped so you can read RSVP on the back)

The inside of the cards:

Directions will be printed on the backs of the smaller ones.

I'm pretty pleased with them. Now if only we could agree on a date so I can start filling in some of those blanks!

***Updated 7/14***
So, I just finished this poem for the "Dress Code" section of the website. I am pretty proud of this one:

"Come in your finest!" the Duchess declares.
"Come in your top hats or with bows in your hair"

"Come in your sneakers," the Mad Hatter shouts.
"Come in your blue jeans, with your caps turned about."

"Come in your jammies," the Cheshire Cat smirks.
"Come in your slippers and over-sized shirts"

"Come how you're comfy!" the Queen shouts at last.
"We'll sit and have tea, then croquet in the grass,
Do I care how you're dressed, sir? Not in the least.
You can even come late (long as you're not the priest!)"

There are some lines that don't flow as well as I would like. Any suggested re-wording is welcome. Smiley
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5  Dr Seuss Shrink Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Chellery on: July 03, 2008 12:32:02 PM
I made these a few months ago, so the sharpie is a little faded. I never got around to sealing them. They're still my favorite earrings ever.

I traced the fish from The Cat in the Hat, although nobody seems to recognize him.

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6  Nananananananana BATMAN! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Chellery on: June 13, 2008 08:15:22 PM
I know this one isn't terribly complicated, but I am awfully proud of it anyway.

The colors are a little tough to see because i did some metallic paint over the top, but it's yellow, green, and blue under there.

I've had this hoodie since high school, and it's falling apart, but now it's my favorite thing in my wardrobe again. ^.^
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7  Dragon Cake in Dessert by Chellery on: February 04, 2008 02:36:04 PM
I don't usually do very well with this sort of thing, but for once I was pretty proud of how this one ended up.

I think it would have been a bit easier without the over-excited Birthday boy hovering 4 inches from the cake the whole time.

And this is a really poor quality picture, but I had to include it because it physically hurt to watch...

His friend's parents all requested to hire me for their kid's parties, which would be fun if I had time for that sort of thing. Smiley
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8  Mommy's Wedding Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Chellery on: November 12, 2007 04:51:05 PM
...Okay, so she's not MY mommy, but she may as well be!

My good friend's mom is getting married in a couple of months and she usually tends to do her Christmas shopping out of my garage, because she loves to drool over shiny things with me.

I decided it would be nice for her to have something made special just for her. And this came out perfectly.

It's pretty simple, but it's just Mommy's style. She's going to be so thrilled.
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9  Snuggles in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Chellery on: November 06, 2007 02:37:30 PM
Another old pizza box painting I dug up.
 I'm not sure it's done. I think she needs pig-tails.

The teddy is my favorite part though.
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10  Bad Day in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Chellery on: November 06, 2007 02:21:27 PM
I dug this one out while looking for old "in progress" pieces to finish up.

"My car just got smashed to bits, but I feel better now."
It's about a year old. A little old lady ran a stop sign. I was mad.
I think this took me about 20 minutes. I was pretty proud.

Acrylics on pizza box.
I'm not kidding. It's cheaper than canvas, and you get to eat the pizza. Smiley
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