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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kiss my Carolina Grits on: January 11, 2009 07:11:00 PM
I am a native Floridian, but most of my family hails from South Carolina, Particularly in St. George, which is known as the Grits Capital of the World!
So I did the classic Kiss My Grits phrase with the Cabbage palm and crescent moon. I ended up giving it to my parents for Christmas and they loved it!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Three Old Drawings From High School! on: June 15, 2008 07:16:49 PM
Hey Everyone! I did these drawings (along with 16 other projects in different mediums!) for an art scholarship I was going for during my senior year of high school.

This one I actually had as a smaller still life in my first year drawing class, so I took the same image and made it larger and intensified the tones a bit.

This last one is a charcoal self portrait, the others are graphite.
Thanks for checking them out!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two No Sew Fused Plastic Bag Wallets on: May 25, 2008 05:56:53 PM
I cannot sew very well (yet!), and I was playing around with fusing plastic bags together and I found that you don't even need to sew them! Sweet! Here are two of my creations:

These were made out of about 8 of those really thin bags that you get your newspaper delivered in, and then I doubled it over so the plastic is pretty thick, I think it could withstand a lot.

I made this one by fusing a couple layers of different colored bags together, cutting them into strips and then fusing those strips together.

...and here is the inside, I like the stripe-yness.
Hope you like!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Dad is a simple biologist....(6 photos!) on: May 25, 2008 05:44:20 PM
...So making him crafty stuff is a little hard. I like bright colors and splattered paint, and he is very much a naturalist. His 50th birthday is coming up and he is building a shed in the backyard where he will be putting a big drafting table, so I thought he would need a stool to use in there too. So here is my creation:

I based the design of the stool around wildlife and flora of Florida, which he has worked towards conserving for his entire career.

Adult and Juvenile Sandhill Crane

Yaupon Holly

Florida Scrub Jay and Slash Pine

(The legs and the side of the seat-a pale green)
I used a Dremel to carve out the design, a woodburning tool to burn in the final images, and then I finished off the details with acrylic paint.

(More detail on the rungs)
I hope he likes it, I'm going home to visit this week!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Grandma's Birthday Present; Handpainted Orchid Tables. (5 Photos within!) on: May 06, 2008 08:31:47 PM
My grandma is turning 85 at the end of the month and I wanted to do something special for her. Her favorite flowers are orchids, so when I found these little banged up tables at Goodwill I knew what I wanted to do to them.

Little Tables Transformed!

(by the way, please pardon my stained dirty floors, I live in a rather old apartment  Embarrassed)

I haven't sealed them just yet, I am keeping them out in plain sight for a few days to decide whether I want to fix any details on them or not, but maybe I should just leave them alone rather than run the risk of screwing them up!  Grin
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tomato and Onion Focaccia Bread on: April 24, 2008 07:49:33 PM
I make this bread all the time, it's one of my favorite recipes. I use the Rosemary Focaccia recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, just for the dough and I add the tomato and onion slices. The trick for the best flavor is to let the tomatoes and onions marinate for a couple hours before you slap them on the dough. I use a marinade with olive oil, red wine vinegar, orange and lemon juice, and a few other ingredients and spices as well.

It makes really good little turkey sandwiches. Just turkey and mayo, its awesome.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Shells: Macro Photo Challenge on: April 20, 2008 08:54:35 PM
Here's my entry for the Macro Photography Challenge. I took this with my Uncle's old Pentax from the 70s, on the beach in Jupiter, Fl. It's one of the few beaches I've seen in Florida with such dark sand, it was really beautiful.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Boxy-type display stand?? on: April 08, 2008 05:49:05 PM
I dragged this thing up three flights of stairs and into my room after I got off of work today. I have no idea what to do with it, but I couldn't let it go out to the dumpster. It was just too cool of an opportunity.
Anyone have some cool ideas for it?

as you can see, it slopes down in the front quite a bit...

and it has five of the additional holes along the back of the box...

It has two panels of the wire screen, one on top and one below it, if that is kind of hard to tell from the pictures. It was used to display decorative plaques for people's gardens that would hang on metal pieces that looked like branches. Its kind of hard to explain, Undecided but the branches were almost five feet tall when they were in the stand, so it can be used to hold up tall things too is that helps at all.
I would appreciate any input, I am excited about my new funky addition to my apartment and I want to get started on whatever it may become soon!

Thanks everyone!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Collage of found objects on: January 10, 2008 07:06:26 PM
I cleaned out my craft drawers one day and decided to make something out of all the little things I was saving.
Here is what came out of it.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly $10 Goodwill Chair on: January 10, 2008 06:56:04 PM
I bought this chair from Goodwill for 10 bucks, I fell in love with the ugly old thing right away when I saw it.

It came complete with mysterious teeth marks on the right arm...

But I sanded it down, stained it slightly darker and covered the cusions with a new fabric.
It's super comfortable, even though it's kind of low to the ground, I love how it turned out!

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