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21  Re: The Banner / Logo critique thread! in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by allyinthevalley on: October 08, 2007 03:51:59 PM
I realize this thread is sort of about critiques and whatnot, but I just want to show off the banner for my new charity shop (and maybe get some people interested in it). The shop's name, Maruapula, is Setswana for "Clouds of Rain" (which is made obvious by the subtitle), and it's a place where a bunch of "Craftsters" are donating items to be sold with the profits going to charity. Keeping with the good-will feel of it all, phantomssiren (who also came up with the Crafity thing), designed this banner for free. I think it's great. Smiley
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22  Re: OCTOBER GALLERY in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by allyinthevalley on: October 06, 2007 02:51:32 PM
I made this for a swap partner who loves fruit and the color pink. I thought she could use it as a patch or something, but it's technically the right dimensions to be considered an ATC. (I did that on purpose, just so that I could post it here.  Wink )
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23  Melty bead projects in Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: October 02, 2007 01:34:50 PM
These are truly nothing special, but they were my first foray into the world of melting "stuff", and so I thought, "What the heck? May as well post 'em." (On a side note, if there is a better place to put this, please feel free to send it that way.)

These are my melty bowls:


And a little sun catcher that was simply my experiment with using a heart shaped cake pan as a mold. I need to put a sting through it so that it can be hung up eventually.

And that's it! Again, nothing very special, but they really helped me to realize how great melting stuff can be. (Aside from the smell, of course.)  Smiley
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24  Re: Craft My Collection swap display shelf! in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: September 18, 2007 11:05:51 AM
Okay, so my pictures aren't the best, but here are the things that I sent to calebsmama.
Trixie the Cow puppet, here modelled by my 3 year old daughter:

And a Cow print eye mask, modelled by me (I'm not really sleeping, just pretending for the sake of the picture... and it's a really weird pic of me, too, so sorry about that):

I also sent a cow bell, hence the complaints mentioned above.  Cheesy
And yes, the pics are huge, but I never want to take the time to go and fix them.  Undecided
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25  Re: Show me your doodles! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by allyinthevalley on: September 14, 2007 05:16:07 PM
Some of these go way beyond doodling in my opinion. This is something I doodled yesterday while my sister and I were making fun of the conformity of some highschool students that we know... who think that they're anti-conformists....
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26  Trixie the Cow puppet (for a swap) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: September 13, 2007 09:51:29 AM
I made this for a "Craft my Collection" swap. My partner collects cows, and I thought that this would be a somewhat creative thing to make for her. She received her package this morning, so it's okay that I post.
Trixie the Cow (Sorry, it's not a very good picture of her) :

Here's my daughter modelling her (excuse the messy home in the background) :

This is the first puppet I've ever made, and I came up with the pattern all by myself.  Grin I made her eyes from polymer clay. She could have been done better, by somebody with more experience (or ANY experience), but I think she has character. Smiley
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27  Classic Pooh Embroidered Felt Artsy thing... (3 pics) in Needlework: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: September 12, 2007 05:52:20 PM
I wasn't entirely sure where I should post this. At first, I thought I should put it with other felt projects (as that's what it's made of), but it was the needlework on it that took me so dang long to do, so I'm putting it here!

This is my Christmas present for my soon-to-be-one-year-old niece, Addi. It will eventually be framed, but probably not until right before I send it out in December. (What can I say? I procrastinate.)

Here's the full pic:

A close up of Pooh:

And a close-up of the flowers, for which I used buttons from a recent swap:

The text says, "'Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.' -Christopher Robin" An appropriate quote for little Addi.

Also, the color is a little bit off. It should be a light muave color in the background.
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28  Super Mario World- Now in Felt Board Form!! (4 big pics) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: September 10, 2007 01:52:10 PM
So, I was trying to come up with a Christmas present for my nephew when I happened upon a blank canvas of mine with a hole poked through it. Obviously, I don't want to paint on a damaged canvas, but I don't want it to go to waste, either. And so I came up with a solution to both problems: Felt board!
(I asked my 5 year old nephew what theme he wanted: VeggieTales? SpongeBob? He chose Mario.)
Here's the board with only the background. The pirahna plant is glued down (as opposed to being repositional), because I figure the stem would be too easily ripped otherwise.

With all the goodies on:

Close up of one side:

And the other:

The great part of this is that, not only is it a toy, it makes cool, changeable art! The themes you could do for a felt board are pretty much limitless. Even just with this one, there are sooo many things that I could add!
Hope you enjoyed looking.  Wink
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29  Re: One Tiny Thing Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: September 10, 2007 12:36:28 PM
I honestly think that I got coolest OTT ever today. Smiley This is Ms. Buttonholic. She is so cute, and has been commandeered by my daughter, Trinity, as her toy of choice for the day. She has a tiny purse full of buttons. Again, SO CUTE!
Here she is in all her button-hoarding glory:

And one of the very many pictures I took of her and Trinity playing:

Thank you so much, petskin! This was a fabulous swap and you are so talented.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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30  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by allyinthevalley on: August 30, 2007 02:20:48 PM
Alright! Two more to add to my collection!!!
#5- Seeking Solace... Ugh! This turned out kind of blurry in the picture. I cut the trees out of black paper. The woman is seeking solace in nature, in the shadows of trees and forests, which I've done more than once.

#6- Break Away. I'm much happier with this one, and the pictures turned out okay. (It's very much symbolic of my life, breaking away from who I am "expected" to me based on what my family is.) All painted with acrylics.

And breaking away...

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