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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First attempts--woohoo! on: May 31, 2010 08:10:55 PM
I have been looking forever for funky, cute rings that aren't a billion dollars...to no avail. So, I bought some wire and busted out my button stash and made my own. I'm pretty happy with them, considering it's my first attempt at wire wrapping. They were really fun to make!

The colors are off in all these pics: the greens and oranges are darker than the pic--much more vivid and awesome, in my opinion. The star looks super glittery and a LOT like a big fat diamond ring when you glance at it on my hand. Fun to wear on my left hand to freak out my friends. Good times.

Size reference!

Backs. I like the messy-ish look for these, which I'm claiming as my reason for highly imperfect wire wraps.  Wink

C&C welcome! Thanks for looking at my humble display of awesomeness. Hehehe... Cheesy

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A crochet noob's first attempt! on: February 05, 2009 04:59:07 PM
Okay, before I post, let me just say that I love love love crochet!! I was kind of a knitter, but decided I would search the web and learn to crochet. I LOVE it. So here is my very very first crochet finished object!!  It's my new camera case, but is holding my phone since I'm using my camera. Cheesy

His name is Frank. I think he might be winking.

He asked specifically that his mouth be sewed on with erratic stitches. I was going to do them flawlessly, of course, but...um... Frank's very persuasive.

Here he is with his ears down to hold his treasure. Also, Frank has a sweet tooth.

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Warning: this is VERY fine art. on: February 04, 2009 11:42:49 PM
I'm pretty sure that the other real art in this section are pointing and laughing at this post, giving it wedgies and tying its shoelaces together under the table. There might be a "kick me" sign on its back, too.

But anyway.

I love to doodle and goof around with the ridiculous things in my head.  A few weeks ago I was admiring this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289248.0 and it inspired me to post some of my own silly doodles I've done. I don't have any cool programs, so I use the Graffiti application on Facebook. Tongue That's right. I'm a little ashamed. Roll Eyes


Careful, he reads the last page first.

I LOVE PUNS! It's true.

Too short. Poor guy.

I had a cousin who used to shine a flashlight in people's faces while asking this question!

Borderline toooo cheesy. Eh... I'll let it slide.

With my extreme love of puns comes a love for running gags. I mean, I like to run a good joke into the ground. Luckily for me, so do my friends. Phew!  A couple friends and I have been making ice puns for years now, thanks to a "Delicious Dish" skit from SNL:

Teri Rialto:  And, actually, I don't know if you noticed, there are many different kinds of ice.
Margaret Jo McCullen: You're absolutely right. There's cubed ice.
Teri Rialto: Crushed ice.
Margaret Jo McCullen: Cracked ice.
Teri Rialto: Shaved ice.
Margaret Jo McCullen: Shaved ice? I didn't know ice could grow a beard!
[ they laugh ]
Teri Rialto: That's funny! Did you just think of that right now?
Margaret Jo McCullen: No, I thought of it last night and wrote it down.

So we've been sending graffitied ice puns back and forth... a sampling:

Okay, I hope you've enjoyed this kiddie pool of artistic nonsense. Back to work, you serious artists with actual talent!  Wink Thanks for looking!

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handmade deck o' cards! on: August 30, 2008 10:45:35 PM
I'm so excited about these! Technically these could even be called ATC's, but I'm posting them here. Cheesy

Here's the story: there are four of us who like to play cards. Euchre, in fact. If you haven't heard of it or have never played, a.) it's a blast-- go learn it, and b.) SERIOUSLY, GO LEARN!! Shocked)

The game is played with a regular deck of cards, using only 9s-Aces. Our friend who taught us the game and instilled in our group a passionate love for the game is moving away tomorrow  Cry so my friend and I made him his OWN Euchre deck to remind him of US, using our faces and inside jokes!

By the way, the deck we usually play with is a German deck (since Euchre is apparently a German game), so it's a bit confusing: the JACKS, which are the highest card in this game, are the B's (Bauer). The Kings are still K (Konig? I'm horrible with German), and the queens are D's (Dama).  Okay! PICTURES!!

The whole deck

These are the amazing dogs that live in the house we usually play in. They are such characters, they demanded to be the highest cards in the game.

The Kings... the two guys. We have a judge-wigged, mole-sporting, pipe-smoking king, a bemonocled, bushy-moustachioed, bowler-hatted King, a gangsta King, and Abraham Lincoln.

The queens... my friend and me. Fu manchu Chinese Man queen, excessively giant ring queen, bushy facial hair man queen, and ... masquerade queen eating a turkey leg. It might be a liiiiittle obvious we were running out of ideas.

The aces: just some little things that are funny or AWESOME to our group. Sushi, a bike horn, pictures from The Office (holy crap, the best show EVER), and a stapler in jello from said best show ever.

Just a shot of the hand-cut, hand-drawn, laminated cards and backs:

Can you tell I'm super proud of these?! We played tonight (he LOVED THEM, by the way!!!) and they are hilarious to use! Grin

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Triple word score! Now grab me a soda. on: August 04, 2008 03:47:26 PM
Tonight I'm celebrating my Scrabble-loving buddy's birthday... so I made her fridge scrabble!

Inspired by this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214821.0

Crazy flash... makes everything look wonky! Oh well, you get the idea. Smiley

Here's the side of the board..all made with scrapbook paper, colored pencils, sharpies, and mod podge.  Smiley Colors are cooler looking in real life, yo.

Some of the tiles! I bought scrabble-sized wooden tiles and made them all myself. I had to mod podge the tops of them first, though, since my sharpie bled and ran on the raw wood. Stuck some magnet tape on the back of them all. I think they're so cute, if I do say so myself!  Cool

I sewed a pouch for the tiles, too, in literally five minutes. Not rocket science, people.

Painted a little chalkboard and stuck magnets on the back for score-keeping...

And everything together!

I'm off to wrap it and give it away... darn it!

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Drawing noob! on: August 29, 2007 03:09:19 PM
I am definitely on the fence about posting this amongst all your freaking amazing and talent-heavy stuff... but oh well! I'm just getting started on drawing and I'm trying to learn all I can, so whatever! I guess you can call this my cry for help. Cheesy

I would definitely appreciate any advice or suggestions you guys have to help me get better. Next time I'll use actual drawing paper instead of acrylic paint paper Tongue and I know there are better pencils than my little ol' Bic mechanical #2.

I don't have a scanner, so my camera will have to do, though it's a little off.

 And somehow I made my gorgeous friend look like a shark. Hmm. Suggestions? hahah

Here is the original pic!

Thanks for looking!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / You know, for his a-spaghetti and a-meataballs-a on: June 05, 2007 10:11:56 PM
Kinda hard to write in an italian accent, not gonna lie.

Alright, so this is my first real crack at clay and painting for the most part, but I was inspired by this awesomeness (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=145468.msg1432208#msg1432208) and I decided I had to try it for my best friend's birthday. I freakin' love making these! I wish the colors were more true to life, they're actually brighter and less, well, ugly. Just trust me on this one. Smiley

closeup of the nintendo controller, yay
I love this one... don't want to part with it!

I am SOO making more. The tutorial is included on the original thread and it's easy and FUN. Smiley

And since huge amounts of Mario Kart Double Dash is played at her house, I also made some Mario-themed coasters to go with these forks... you know, in case the forks have a drink or two, we don't want those pesky rings on the coffee table!

Da group of coaster gangstas... hardcore,yo
Sunshine closeup.. it has glitter and a pearly paint mixed with acrylics, just crappy photography (user error, ahem)
CHAIN CHOMP!! This guy is my favorite!! The shadows in this pic make him look a lil wonky, but I promise he is nice and round (and a tad bit glittery, just to take the edge off. He's really not that mean, just misunderstood.). Smiley

Oh, and I put some felt on the backs for nice table-friendly coaster action!

Now I get you clay people.... this stuff is awesome!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / This is all your fault, craftsters! (picture chunky) on: April 13, 2007 02:23:01 PM
And I love you for it!!

I just found this site a few days ago and I haven't been able to get rid of the crafting bug (more so than usual!)! I usually sew by hand, but I busted out the sewing machine that my grandma left me when she passed away (probably a 30-year-old Kenmore, it's seen a LOT of love Smiley) and these were yesterday's projects. I'm still very much a beginner at sewing with a machine, so I'm warning you: it could be rough.  Wink

This is my first thread, so be nice please!

I found an old shirt in my closet that was too big and kinda ugly, but I loved the stripes...so now it's a bag! Woot!

The little pocket inside. I jacked the strap from an old messenger bag with some ad on it I got from a conference. Smiley
Action shot!

I love it even if it's kind of plain and not that impressive compared to the amazingness that you guys crank out!

I also made the super cute wallet last night found here:
Thanks to hdoglovesyou! (my new best friend, these things are awesome!!)

My entire life savings:

Thanks for letting me share and for inspiring the living daylights out of me!  Cheesy
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