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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Cat <3 Owl: what do i do with these WEIRD fat quarters??? on: January 27, 2009 07:51:09 PM
So i work at Joann and I found this really weird fabric that depicts a romance between an owl and a cat. I'm guessing it must be some old nursery rhyme, or else someone's bad acid trip. Any how, I have two fat quarters of it, and I don't know what to do with it. Any ideas?

Here's the fabric:

so a cat and an owl meet in the forest

they decide to go out to dinner

it's true love! so they get married...with a turkey for a priest...

and then they travel on their honeymoon in a canoe...with a jar of honey....

i was thinking a purse or something, but i want the random story of the fabric to be the focus.
so any ideas?
also, any input as to why this fabric is in existance???

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / denim scrap quilt on: December 21, 2008 06:13:10 PM
Okay, so this quilt was started my last year of high school...which was almost 4 years ago. I vowed to finish it before my freshman year of college was over...I failed. But! I did finish eventually. In my family, jeans are the uniform. We literally had boxes of old jeans up in the attic. I refused to let my dad get rid of them, so one day he told me if I didn't do something with them, he'd throw them out. Thus, this idea for a quilt was born. Thankfully, he didn't give me a time limit! Haha. So here it is. I tried to cover up holes and stains in some of the squares with embroidery and paint. I used a lot of my favorite song lyrics and fabrics I liked. Unfortunately, I picked out the backing when I had this crazy obesseion with bright green. Oh well, I still love it! It's super warm.

i love doves!

i used to want to get foot prints tattooed on my arm. I'm glad I settled for embroidering them on a quilt instead.

still one of my fave songs!

I was limited in the light denim we had (unless i wanted to use....acid wash) so I covered up a big stain with the argyle pattern.

Yay! There are lots of things I'm not totally happy with, but I'm so glad to be finished, and it definitely has a lot of memories sewn in.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pop Tab Tree Lamp on: November 03, 2008 03:28:54 PM
So we had to make a lamp for class using a recylced material...for some crazy reason, i chose to use pop tabs. It took forever, but here it is! I call it the tree hugger:

I used close to 500 tabs...and it took many many nights to do. They are woven with ribbon and wire to keep the shape. I listened to the entire Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld on audiobook while making it. I'm happy with it, but also glad it's done!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / MONSTERS! my printamking final on: April 15, 2008 02:07:25 PM
I made this last year for my printmaking final, and I finally ot it back from the professor! Everyone in the class had to make a book based on the theme "Monsters". Everyone interpreted the theme differently...but I went a more literal route, using it as an excuse to make a buncha cutesy monster prints. The book has six sections, and five front and back wood cut prints in each section. This took forever, but I was so happy with it! Sorry the pics are a little rushed. Photography is obviously not my thing.

Here is the cover of the book, I actually used this piece of wood to do one of the prints inside:

This is the title page:

My idea was to at first have just parts of the monster showing:

And then once the "light" came on, you'd see the whole monster:

I tried to have the patterns in the backgrounds go with the look of the monster, like this skinny tall guy and the stripes:

Here are the other monsters. There are tons more pages, but that would take too many pictures! This gives you an idea.
Emo Monster

Fluffy cute monster

Hehe, little devil monsters

And I though this one looked kinda like a cow. A cyclops...bipedal cow.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Russian Nesting doll pillow(s) on: December 10, 2007 09:31:46 AM
My friend lived in Russia for 7 years, so I thought it would be cute to make her a matroshka doll that looked like her. I looked around for some unfinished wooden nesting dolls, but the only think I could find were these cones I think meant to be Christmas trees? Anyhow, I decided to make a pillow instead, with each smaller doll fitting inside a line zippered opening in the back of the larger.

I tried to keep the overall shape looking like a matryoshka (i have no idea how to spell that) but still look like her. Too bad I don't have a picture of her for comparison on this computer! She's very eco-friendly, and she loves the Pirates movies, so thats why the two larger ones have a whale and a skull and cross bones.

I hope you like it! It was the first time I ever tried anything like this.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Self-Portrait Tree on: November 11, 2006 10:26:35 PM
In my 3D-Design class we had to make these wooden 16x16 inch frames, and then within them, create a non-represenational self-portrait.
This is what I came up with!

The tree is made from wire, and all the leaves are old class notes, pages from a daily planner, and photo copied diary entries that I watercolored.

Here's a close-up of the tree trunk.

Inside is a little terra cotta pot with a seedlin "growing". It was going to initiall be an actual plant, but apparently I have such a brown thumb I couldn't even keep a plant alive long enough to turn the project in!

Anyhow, this project was a lot of fun, I hope you like it!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Zodiac, now including Cancer. (picture heavy like woah) on: December 28, 2005 02:04:44 PM
I did AP Art my senior year of high school and for my concentration, I did the Zodiac. I tried to use media and colors that corresponded with the signs. I used prisma color and acrylic on some, so sorry about the glare in some of the pictures

Virgo, The Virgin (PS, I had the hardest time thinking of how to reflect a "virgin".)

Taurus, The Bull

Scorpio, The Scorpion. For this I used wove together water colored paper and then drew on top of the weaving with pastels.

My sign! Sagittarius, The Archer

Pisces, The Fish

Libra. Scales

Leo, The Lion (I cut myself so much putting this together.)

Gemini, The Twins

Capricorn...the Capricorn...

Aries, The Ram. For this I "quilted" 9 squares together. I actually used a sewing machine to sew the peices together.

And Aquarius, The Water Bearer. I used metallic thread and did stitching in her hair and the water.

Unfortunately I left Cancer at school and I really don't feel like going back to get it.

My friend took pictures of my work when it was on display so I finally have a picture of Cancer. Yay!
Cancer, the crab:

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Tofu Plushie on: December 18, 2005 07:55:23 PM
Hey! My friend is vegan, so for Christmas I'm giving her some vegan-themed gifts, including this little felt plushie made to look like tofu (plus a face and a pink ribbon):
I've gotten addicted to felt lately. I'm pretty sure this felt is acrylic, so no worries on giving her wool.
I hope she (and you guys) likes it!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Denim and Lace dove purse on: May 27, 2005 02:57:22 PM
I made this out of an old pair of jeans and some lace I had lying around. The dove is outlined in embroidery floss and the inside is fabric paint.

This is a crappy shot of the lining, which is pink gingham (sp?).

It's pretty big, I wanted to be able to use to carry around books.
I love doves, and I plan on getting a tattoo of one soon!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Jolly Roger Pirate Purse on: January 17, 2005 11:51:06 AM
Hey! This is my first post here at Craftser!
My friend loves Pirates of the Caribbean (and Johnny Depp, but that's beside the point), so I made her this purse for Christmas. This is the only pic I got of it before I gave it to her:

I combined a couple of different tutorials from Craftster, but mostly I used the Jordy Bag one.
I hope you like it!
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