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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Extra large wire wrapped tree of life SUNCATCHERS! on: April 18, 2017 10:55:18 AM
I've had people asking me if I could make large versions for years, but the one time I tried, it was a mess because scaling up gets exponentially overwhelming really fast. A 1.5" pendant uses about 10 feet of wire, so you can imagine a 12" piece gets out of control really fast.

But, people have continued to inquire about it so I sat down and got thinking and I was able to invent an entirely different technique from the way I make the pendants to scale up and make giant 8", 10", and 12" versions of them! I'm thinking they would look great in a window or a backyard garden.

These were the first few I experimented with. I'll be trying some additional styles and variations moving forward.

(Rainbow cracked glass beads)

(Copper with crystal accents)

(Two tone pink/blue cracked glass beads)

(Red/gold glass beads)

(It looks awesome in a sunny window too!)

I'm working on a few more too. I'd like to develop the idea further. Thoughts & feedback appreciated!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / itsy bitsy spider tee shirt on: October 07, 2016 01:59:37 PM
I made this for aisy in the Mini 13 days of Halloween swap! I was inspired by one on her pinterest.

20160919_145129 by May Turner, on Flickr

Bought a plain, black tee. And some detailed "lace" ribbon. I did a combination of hand sewing and a little fabric glue to attach the lace along the collar. Then I used glittery fabric paint to draw the spider and line attaching to the web.

20160919_145123 by May Turner, on Flickr

I think it's super fun! Grin (Click pic for larger version!)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ouija Board Shoes on: October 07, 2016 01:55:25 PM
I made these for aisy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap. I've never done anything like it before but I got inspired by her love of Ouija boards and some other decorated shoes on pinterest.

20160919_145708 by May Turner, on Flickr

I bought a simple pair of black faux leather flats and printed out some various Ouija board images on my laser printer on regular printer paper and used Modge Podge High Gloss and just started laying pieces down. I was originally going to overlap and cover the whole shoe, but I wound up liking how it looked so I just repeated the same pattern on both shoes.

20160919_145641 by May Turner, on Flickr

20160919_145719 by May Turner, on Flickr

20160919_145733 by May Turner, on Flickr

I did several layers of Modge Podge, covering a shoe, letting it dry, then going back over. I used a standard foam craft brush.

I was so happy with how they came out! Grin

(Click any pic for a larger version!)
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Fluffy orange cat Ginger decided I should photograph HER on: March 24, 2016 08:19:14 PM
...because I clearly cannot possibly photograph trees without her paws-on assistance.

Yeah, thanks Ginger. Very helpful! Cheesy Grin
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Candy? Where we're going we don't need...candy! (A female Marty McFly Halloween) on: November 04, 2015 04:14:12 PM
So earlier this summer I made a female Marty McFly cosplay to attend my first ever convention; Tampa Bay Comic Con on August 1st.

For Halloween, I modified my costume to add some Part II touches in honor of October 21, 2015 being Back to the Future Day.

It's one of those things that looks simple but involves a lot of parts. Especially since those parts are all 30 year old men's clothing, coming up with women's version was a challenge.

I sourced out a similar shirt, suspenders, vintage shoes and accessories such a cassette player, Casio watch, etc.

I modified a vintage jacket to look more like his one-off costume with a two-tone paint scheme, updated pockets and even fusing in custom printed fabric lining.

I painted it step-by-step to give it the details of his original:

For Halloween, in honor of October 21, 2015, I added in a few touches from Part II, namely his Nike Mags and Hoverboard.

The Nike Mags can be purchased as a costume replica, but...they lack any branding since they are Universal licensed, they are not Nike licensed. So I added screen-accurate decals including the "Nike MAG" lettering and swoosh. I also added screen-accurate Mattel logos to the hoverboard.

The outfit was a total hit. I had SO many kids oohing and aahing over my shoes and hoverboard and one even asked to take my pic. Grin

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Great Scot!! Female Marty McFly cosplay (Woah this is heavy) on: September 14, 2015 12:46:19 PM
A few months ago, I decided I was going to attend my first ever con, Tampa Bay Comic Con, and that I was further going to do my first ever cosplay: a female Marty McFly from my all time favorite movie, Back to the Future!!

(and yes, that is me with Lea Thompson who played Marty's mom, Lorraine!)

On the surface, this looks like a simple costume. But there's a TON of details and converting 30 year old men's clothing items (that are rare and expensive to start with) into equivalent female versions...well, it was a bit of work!

For reference, this is what I was trying to replicate:

There are so many layers and details and components that are easy to get wrong and hard to get right. Even the basics are daunting...

a burgundy tee shirt
a white button up with a black windowpane pattern
black suspenders
custom Guess jacket with those distinctive dark blue accents
burnt orange puffer jacket
Nike Bruins red and white sneakers

...it was a lot of thrifting and repurposing and getting creative. For example, here's my windowpane shirt:

And here's a pair of vintage women's Nikes I was able to get. They're not the exact style but they're darn close!!

They still make the Casio digital watch amazingly enough. LOL

I even modified an old Jansport backpack to look more like his (VERY EXPENSIVE) Eastpak original:

The jacket was it's own adventure. I started with a vintage one like this:

I painted it step-by-step to give it the details of his original:

I also had to add pocket flaps and fuse in paisley lining for the cuffs.

Overall though it was a HUGE hit! I had a ton of people ask me where I "bought" my jacket.  Grin I was like, bought? I MADE this!!

I get into a lot of information and reference photos and the original screen used products in my blog if you're interested in getting MUCH more detailed info:
Part I: http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/2015/08/female-marty-mcfly-cosplay-part-1/
Part II: http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/2015/08/diy-female-marty-mcfly-cosplay-costume-part-ii/

Also see pics of me in action at Comic Con with Doc Brown and other Marty McFly cosplayers here:

Overall it was a HUGE hit and I was so excited. I love this movie so much and this is the 30th anniversary and next month (October 21st 2015) is "the future" (the day they travel to in part II) so it was just a perfect time to try my hand at a cosplay. Grin

7  UNITED STATES / Florida / PhoenixFire Designs at 2015 Etsy Craft Party Friday June 5th!! (St. Petersburg) on: May 24, 2015 10:51:37 AM
PhoenixFire Designs will be vending at the 2015 Etsy Craft Party Friday June 5th 6-10pm, Downtown St. Pete at the Coliseum!

TBEC: Tampa Bay Etsy Crew, St. Petersburg Greenhouse, Creative Loafing Tampa & Strands of Sunshine bring the area's most vibrant makers, artisans and vintage sellers together in this free community event. We'll have craft demonstrations and make-n-take projects for all. The first 100 at the door get a Dark Cycle swag bag full of goodies. Our team is putting together some amazing raffle prizes to benefit Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Concessions will be available.

Check out the event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/381403845386740/

Or my blog for more info: http://www.treeoflifependants.com/event-etsy-craft-party-june-5th/
8  UNITED STATES / Florida / PhoenixFire Designs at Art and Music Show Ybor Saturday June 6th! (Tampa) on: May 24, 2015 10:23:49 AM
Come on out and see us Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 6pm in Ybor at the Crowbar for Art and Music Show!

Live, local music and lots of local artists and crafters will be on hand for this awesome evening!! Right in the heart of Centro Ybor, Crowbar is located at 1812 N 17th Street.

Click here to save $2 on tickets with code "PhoenixFire"

Additional info, maps, details and more here: http://www.treeoflifependants.com/event-phoenixfire-designs-at-art-and-music-show-ybor/

Hope to see you there!!  Grin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Miniature Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Bell Jar Necklace on: April 27, 2015 08:35:27 PM
I made this for rantyhippie in the craft your fandom swap. She said Beauty & the Beast was one of her favorite Disney films and it's mine too. I always loved the image of the enchanted rose in the bell jar and had an idea to make a miniature necklace versions.


Basically, I found this small two part miniature bell jar and used a small ribbon rose which I dipped in pink glitter to give it the more magical color of the enchanted rose and then I glued it into the jar and glued the jar together. I also glued a cap on the top from which I ran wire to make a loop and strung it on a matching red satin cord.

I think it just came out so fun and really captured the inspiration. Cheesy
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Harry Potter (Hufflepuff) Magical Spell Cabinet Hutch on: April 27, 2015 08:20:05 PM
I made this for rantyhippie in the craft my fandom swap. She said she loved Harry Potter and specifically Hufflepuff. So I immediately thought of a fun witch or wizard magical spell cabinet/hutch that you might find in a Hufflepuff professor's classroom.

Click any photo for a larger version!

I painted it yellow and black for Hufflepuff house colors. Then I aged and distressed it a bit to make it look like it's been well used. I added a ton of assorted things like spell books, potion ingredients, crystal ball, candles, scrolls, a witch hat, wands an owl and a small Hufflepuff crest. The candles, witch hat, wands and scrolls I made with polymer clay. It was my first time making poly clay minis. Other items were repurposed mini bottles or beads turned into potion bottles and the crystal ball.

Some close-ups:

Here it is next to a standard soda can for size reference:

I really loved how it came out. I haven't done a mini like this in a long time (they just take so many hours!!) but it was a lot of fun to make. Grin
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