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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sing to the clouds 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.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / It's Pajama Time! 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
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Help finding candy molds? on: March 10, 2009 07:58:50 AM
Does anybody know of a reputable website to buy candy molds from?  I've used ShopBakersNook.com before and loved them, but they don't have what I'm looking for.  I need playing card suits or chess pieces...

I found a few websites that carry them, but I have trouble trusting a product photo that looks like this:

Has anybody had decent luck with other websites?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." 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
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dr Seuss Shrink Earrings 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.

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Nananananananana BATMAN! 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. ^.^
7  COOKING / Dessert / Dragon Cake 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
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Mommy's Wedding Necklace 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.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Snuggles 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.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bad Day 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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