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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some New Earrings, brooch & headband on: October 31, 2010 08:31:02 AM
I was browsing through the craft section of walmart looking for something to do to procrastinate all the things I should be doing & I found a little kit that makes buttons you sew on to clothes.  I thought, well I've never done that before let's see what I make.

So i made the buttons, then while looking at them I thought they would look great as earrings! I had four small buttons & two really large ones.  The small buttons were made into two sets of earrings & the large buttons were made into a headband & a brooch.  I also had an old zipper i wanted to experiment with.  This zipper became earrings as well.

the brooch

the headband

the button earrings

yellow rose zipper earrings

aren't they nifty?  I love to collect fabric & this is a great use for it!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New Cake Stands on: July 26, 2010 08:48:24 AM
I made these two cake stands from plates & candlesticks from the thrift store. 

this one is for my mothers formal dining room.  they can be separated as well.  how nifty is that!

this one is for me.  I have it shown separated because I will probably use it as a jewelry tray.

I used some E6000 to attach the plates and candlesticks.  Make sure you find the center so they are balanced when they dry.

thanks for looking!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Big Beaded Cocktail rings on: July 22, 2010 09:37:42 PM
I made five, thats right count 'em, five beaded rings! I am in love with them. I love pearls & these were a perfect use for my bead collection!

I got the ring bases on sale at Micheal's and the beads are glass pearls.

So blingalicious Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pom Pom Dandelions on: July 22, 2010 09:34:21 PM
I followed this tutorial:http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/diy-yarn-and-twig-dandelions-109850 to make dandelions from twigs & yarn.  I almost gave up on pom poms because I could never get them to be quite right.  they were always a bit square and never round enough.  These I like.

The purple one is really curly because I unraveled a crochet project and immediately used the yarn & the other is yarn I've had for ages!

I used hot glue to attach the stem then stuck em in a vase!  They add so much cuteness to the top of my dresser!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Watercolor & ink thank you cards on: July 22, 2010 09:30:34 PM
A few weeks ago I was obsessed with watercolors.  (I still am, but have calmed down a bit) I was painting anything that would stand still.  I made these cute thank you cards in a speech bubble:

Tell me what you think.  I adore them!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrifted Pieces Jewelry on: July 19, 2010 11:18:35 AM
I bought a bag of mix-matched jewelry pieces a long, long while ago & have just now put some to good use:

Hammered Metal Pendant with pearls

Sculpted Pendant

The pearls are glass pearls & the chain is gold colored.  I have been on a jewelry kick lately, there is so much more I haven't photographed yet!

what do you think?
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pineapple Ring Painting on: February 21, 2009 02:16:17 PM
My room mate recently made a set of coasters and a coaster set holder out of polymer clay with litte circular decorations that looked like pineapple rings.  When I told her that she didn't believe me, but I couldn't get that inspiration out of my head.  So on this lazy Saturday afternoon when I should be doing other things I painted this great picture:

I was so excited when I finished it.  I dunno if I am going to put it in my room or in our family room down stairs.  (I just looked around my room and have zero wallspace..so down stairs it goes)

let me know what you think Smiley
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / BFA in Crafts? Best Suited Jobs? on: February 17, 2009 12:51:55 PM
I am a first year art student (though a third year college student..i know, i know..I couldn't decide on a major..I will be inschool for five years...sad huh?) and have decided my concentration to be Crafts.  (Stained glass, fibers, weaving, ceramics, wood, etc) BUT I am having a hard time convincing my parents its a good investment.

I've spent a lot of my life doing what others say will be best carreer wise: I was going to be a math teacher, then I decided to do elementary and middle school teaching, then as I got more introduced into art in college i realized I would love to create!  I went in thinking I should do graphic design even though many told me that crafts may be the best bet as I already crochet and always look for opputunities to combine materials and create more.  So I have decided to do crafts.

I already have an idea of what I could do as a job with a BFA in crafts but I need more solid evidence to appeal to my parents so they will give me the little bit of money that my loans and scholarships don't cover to continue on a path to creation.  I know I could work in some sort of design job weather it be more instalation or decoration, etc.

Do any of you have this sort of degree? or do something to this sort of, i guess, multimedia affect?  I really like the idea that the stores Free People have with their store fronts, decorations and designs.  I would love to go into that sort of unique work.  I pretty much need solid ideas of what type of job my degree would best suit to make a convincing argument. Smiley

I am hoping you get the idea of my delima, rarely can I describe anything correclty. Sad

ps. all this trouble with my parents! my dad studied ceramics in college...how rediculous he is to call me crazy Smiley Smiley Smiley
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Charcoal Drawing - ADULT CONTENT (nude model) on: February 16, 2009 02:45:14 PM
I am a second semester art student...though this is my third year in college (I couldn't decide on a major Sad so now I am going to be here for a fifth year...I know..sad huh?) ....and I am in my first Life Drawing class.  I can not draw worth anything but i was super excited today when I was able to crank these bad boys (girls i mean) out:

my fave part: the knees....which i put first so nudity won't show up on the front page Smiley

This first one is not quite as finished as the second one below.  on this one i just focused on the knees..

I was so proud of myself and so was my instructor.  I was like I have no idea who is drawing with my hand, but I love it!!

ps. her bottom really isn't that long...i took them at an angle so she came out a little wonky.  but that one was the best to show shading Smiley Smiley Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mug & Cozie ~ inspired by the cold..brrrr! on: January 30, 2009 09:47:09 AM
I am so cold right now! I have been drinking coffee and cocoa like there is no tomorrow.  I hate the cold, and so does my beverages.

I went to a little junk shop that is down the stree and picked up a few mugs and made mug cozies!

here they are!

let me know what you think!
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