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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Christmas Tree... well.... kind of. on: December 12, 2007 02:46:57 PM
This is a set of 3 paintings that make one that I painted for my aunt for Christmas. They're oil paint on canvas. The color is a bit off. They're a good deal darker in person.
Here they are at an angle, which I like because they blend into each other. Smiley

Angled from the top:

Straight on:

A bit of a close-up:

I'm sure nobody is going to be in awe of these Roll Eyes, but I had fun and just wanted to share.  Smiley
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Emo pants and a princess dress (recons!) on: December 06, 2007 04:02:27 PM
It started with some ugly clothes that my sister brought over. I looked at one off-white, xl, lacy shirt and thought, "I could make my daughter a dress out of that." I did, and liked it so much that I've basically set aside 2/3 of my wardrobe for doing recons with. Here are a few I did in the last 24 hours.  Grin

I made these today. Little plaid pants for my 1 year old! (Let's all ignore her messy face and undone hair, shall we?)

They started out as a shirt from Hot Topic that I bought about a year ago. I got bleach stains on it the first time I wore it, and it has been of little use since then.

Close up-ish:

(Please ignore the background. We're in the middle of remodelling our dining room, so the floors are shot and there's paint everywhere.)
And the back:

They're so cute on her! Can't wait for her nightmare before Christmas shirt to be clean so that she can have a little baby goth thing going on.  Roll Eyes (The leftover material is going to be used to make sister a skirt.)
Older sister prefers dresses. "Princess Leia dresses", in particular. In other words, ones that are flowy. And she has to have buns on the side of her head, too. So I took this shirt, which is an XL that was bought for this purpose at the Salvation Army (I've already started cutting it here):

And made this dress:

It's okay, but it has this lace up front, which she keeps pulling tight and then the neckline goes all wonky. If she would just leave it alone and be perfectly still at all times, it would be much better.  Undecided
So that's all for now. But I'm going to take a pic of the first dress I made and post that later. Smiley

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / On an origami kick. :) on: November 29, 2007 09:00:21 PM
The whole family has been sick for the last few days. What better time to sit on your butt for hours on end folding paper?
This is the first time I've done origami. I've never even made those little fortune-teller thingies that all the girls used to make in elementary school! I'm quite happy with the results, but all of the patterns (if that's the word) are very basic as a result of my inexperience. Here's a small sampler of the oodles of things I've made in the last 24 hours:

I made some ornaments out of paper balloons:

I LOVE making the cranes!

Little boxes that I'll be using this Christmas to give jewelry in:

I messed up a bit on the irises, but they're still really pretty-especially when bunched together:

My daughter wanted googly eyes and a feather tail on this one  Smiley :

Bad pic, I know, but I made bunches of these tiny envelopes to tape onto Christmas gifts and put name tags in:

At first, I didn't think I should post these because I'm such a novice. But I'm hoping that maybe more people out there will draw Christmas inspiration from them like I did. I'm making them into ornaments and handing them out as extra gifts. Smiley
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Four dolls (each one is a little bit better) on: November 11, 2007 09:09:53 PM
A while back I saw a post from another Craftster who had made a really cute doll for her (I think?) soon-to-be-born baby. If I remember, she had a link to a pattern for the doll. Well, I liked the doll quite a lot and got it into my head to make one for each of the little girls in my family. But I really hate following patterns, so I figured I'd just make things up as I went along. Hence I have four dolls of similar design but each different with no pattern in common, with each one being in some way better than the last I made. I think it's fun to see them get a bit better. Smiley
All four togther:

The first I made, Sara (plain and tall):

Then I found all of this old 70's fabric in my stash that I bought at a rummage sale this summer. So I made Rosemary:

I put "laces" up her legs so they're more like go-go boots:

Then there's Lulu. She's a wee bit lopsided, but I still love her:

And last (for now) Baby Boo, for my youngest neice. She doesn't have any legs, but only because she came with her very own baby blanket:

Again, I love seeing progression of work. It makes me feel like I'm actually accomplishing something!  Roll Eyes
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 22 ENTRIES / Come to the Dark Side of the Bed (You know you want to) PIC HEAVY on: November 01, 2007 03:44:05 PM
 Smiley Please remember to vote!!  Smiley

EDIT: Just thought I should mention that these pillowcases are my own designs... Not that I came up with the characters, just how to draw them in this instance.  Grin

First of all, let it be publicly known that I did not at all want to be the first person to post. But I sort of think that nobody does and I want to see what everyone else has done, so here I go!

I was trying to think of what I could do to fit the yin and yang criteria, and as a geek I felt that the light and the dark side of the Force pretty much epitomize it. Therefore I am quite happy to present, after approximately 65 hours of carpel tunnel inducing embroidery, my Star Wars pillowcases!

The two cases together, with Vader and Luke ready to face off:

The Good Guys:

The Bad Guys:


Luke and Yoda:

Leia and C-3PO:

Another shot with C-3PO plus R2-D2:

Han and Chewie!

And a rather unhelpful but still kind of cute Ewok:

Vader and the Emperor:

Storm Trooper not trusting Jabba the Hutt:

Boba Fett and a Jawa:

Close ups:

Whew! And that's it!! Sorry for the overload of pics, but I wanted to show off.  Undecided
Thanks for looking, and don't forget to vote!!

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / All Things Gaiman Swap?? on: October 25, 2007 05:41:17 PM
Okay, so officially speaking, who would be interested in an All-Things-Neil-Gaiman Swap?? (You know, that guy who wrote Stardust... and a million other books...)  Wink Wink Wink
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Appease Our Jealous Children Swap on: October 25, 2007 02:29:26 PM
So, like many people out there I have small children who love to see packages come in the mail. And also like many people out there, I realize that the holidays are upon us and I therefore don't have a lot of time right now for even normal sized swaps. So would anybody be interested in a swap where we make one really nice item for our partner's children to get in the mail? Or multiple, smaller items if they have several children who don't like to share? I think my kids would appreciate it, and it would maybe take off some of the edge of waiting and waiting for Christmas to roll around.  Undecided
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Best way to make fried marbles+a suncatcher... kind of. on: October 17, 2007 02:45:50 PM
I made fried marbles!! There are already several people who have posted these around this site, and on each post there are people trying to figure out the best way to make them. So I took the liberty of trying all of the methods to see which is best.
I tried boiling, "frying" in a cast iron pan... But the very best way, as well as the easiest, was to bake them in the oven.
Put your clear marbles (It's useless to use solid colored ones. You can't see the cracks on the inside.) in a pie pan. Bake them in a preheated 500 degree (farenheit) oven for about 20 minutes. There's no need to go over 20 minutes, though it doesn't hurt them. I tried different times and any left in for over 20 minutes all look the same. Have a metal bowl with ice cold water ready. Remove your marbles and immediately dump them into the water. The marbles crack, you ooo and ahh, and you're done!

And here's my idea for what to do with them. Keep in mind that this is still a pretty rough idea, and this is my first attempt and the ONLY experience I've had with wire-bendy-working-stuff... It's an attempt at a suncatcher. It's at a funny angle here... looks a little better in real life. I think someone with experience could come up with a much nicer one, but I'll keep working at it.  Wink


Hope this inspires someone. It is a good project for a cloudy autumn afternoon.

19  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Donating crafts for the welfare of others ---> 2008! Updates on Page 5!! on: October 06, 2007 08:41:06 AM
EDIT: If you are interested in crafting for us, please pm me and I will give you the address to send your crafts to. I ask of anyone who is able, to please pay for the shipping here. But if you are unable to cover it (especially if you're under 18, overseas, etc.), let me know and I will either help out or cover the expenses entirely. 

This post is along the same lines as the "Collaborative Etsy Shop" post. I'm planning on opening up a store on Etsy in which different people can donate crafts, and 100% of profits (i.e., all money left over after shipping costs and the 20 cent posting cost), will go to families in need. Specifically, the focus would be on families in 3rd world countries, with an emphasis on Africa. (My family has several close ties to families in Africa, and my heart is with them always. It's my foremost dream to help them and families like them.) Still, any good charity in any country would be considered, and I would always be open to suggestions.
The specifics: (I've done a LOT of thinking on this, and I think I have everything planned out fairly well.)
Anybody who would be willing to donates art or crafts to the store would contact me and send their crafts this way along with a suggestion of what they think that the craft is worth. I understand that some people may think it would be better to keep the item themselves and then send it out when it is bought, but if I'm running this shop, I can't risk that. (This being, of course, because somebody could flake out on me after the item is bought and then the store would have negative feedback.)
I will send the donator a receipt (nothing fancy, but at least you'll have proof so you won't worry about me keeping it for myself of something  Tongue ) either by email or snail mail, your choice.
I will take pictures of the item and post it. If it sells, I'll take care of getting it sent out immediately.
I'll keep, on the site, a running tally of what has sold for the month and how much for. I'll also have up what the money is going for that month. Anybody who donates an item, or anybody who requests, will be put on a list to receive a newsletter every month, that will go into
detail about what EXACTLY the money has gone to. (For example, a milk cow for a family in Uganda, books for a library for children in India, etc...)
Okay, so those are my ideas as of yet. I would really want to keep this very professional so that everyone knows exactly what their effort is going towards. Now all I need is: Volunteers and ideas for a store name.
So, if anybody is interested, I'd love to hear from you!  Grin
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Melty bead projects 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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