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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Ten Symbols of Longevity Box on: October 13, 2014 12:46:10 PM
Inspired by all the lovely mixed media shrines, Altoids tins, ATCs, etc that I have seen online, I purchased a Tim Holtz Configurations box at Michael's with no idea of what I was going to do with it.

A few days later, I woke up thinking about some Korean screens I had seen at a Joseon Dynasty exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Ten Symbols of Longevity" is a widely used motif in screens, paintings, etc. The symbols I used in my rendition are mountains, sun, pine trees, stones, water, peaches, mushroom, deer, turtles, and cranes.

I used scrapbook papers, scrapbooking stickers, craft moss, mini Christmas trees, rocks, etc. For the peach tree, I used a cherry blossom branch sticker, removed the blossoms, and painted miniature fake fruits a pinkish-peach color.

I used origami paper on the outside of the box, painted with antiquing paint to mute the colors/give it a more natural feel.

Everything was coated with Mod Podge and lots of coats of acrylic varnish. I had a lot of fun putting it together!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: How do you display your stockings? on: November 20, 2012 01:22:13 PM
I know this is an old post from last year, but wanted to put my 2 cents in for anyone still trying to figure this out.

When I was a kid, we did not have a fireplace, but we lived in a house from the 1920s with lots of beautiful original woodwork, including the staircase. My mom always hung a garland on the banister of the stairs, and she used yarn or ribbon to hang our stockings from the garland. This way, they were right there when we made our way down stairs in the morning.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red lace dress on: November 16, 2012 02:40:15 PM
Beautiful work. I love it! Dresses like these are very "in" right now. I've seen them at ModCloth and Anthropologie just this week.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: corset and bolero (loads of pics) updated with pics of wedding on: November 16, 2012 02:34:43 PM
Absolutely stunning!
Congratulations, on your wedding AND the dress. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Handmade and dyed dress! on: November 16, 2012 02:32:40 PM
Very nice, classic style and I love the color! You could put a petticoat underneath for a retro look!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Catwoman (Batman Returns Inspired) on: November 16, 2012 09:10:18 AM
Awesome job!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Valkyrie and Dead Viking Costumes (Halloween 2011) on: November 16, 2012 09:07:42 AM
And yes, that is his real hair! Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Birthday Dress - Princess Merida (Brave) on: October 25, 2012 11:13:53 AM
I love it! Great work!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Mermaid Costume DIY ( link to tutorial) on: October 25, 2012 11:12:42 AM
How pretty!!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Valkyrie and Dead Viking Costumes (Halloween 2011) on: October 25, 2012 09:00:57 AM
For Halloween last year, my husband and I went as a deceased viking and the Valkyrie who has to escort him to Valhalla!

I sewed my cape and skirt, and altered a store-bought viking helmet with bronze paint, feathers, and discs of craft foam (to plug up the holes left after removing the horns). My shirt and boots are from my closet, and my bodice was purchased at the NY Ren Faire a few years ago.

I made my husband's armor by sewing a tunic of brown wool felt and attaching strips of pleather with glue and basting stitches. I also altered a store-bought helmet for him, by covering the holes with foam, adding a painted foam piece for the nose guard, spray-painting the entire helmet bronze, and aging it with black paint. I wrapped and tied extra pleather around his calves. His shirt, pants, and slippers were from his closet.

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