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on: November 26, 2014 09:19:59 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by bunny1kenobi
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I'm also willing to do a prize.

Custom stenciled t-shirts like these examples:

Or maybe a knitted cowl


Just some ideas. Would love feedback.  Smiley

on: November 26, 2014 08:36:54 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by gozer
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 I am willing to donate a prize. I am not sure what everyone would want though.
I can do the scrappy scarf in any color pretty much
 or stencil and shirt (but I guess this would have to be custom to get the size right)
 or I can make a purse. But please do not ask for the crossbody purse. I have made that one until my eyes bleed. LOL! I can easily make either of these patterns and you guys can throw out ideas on the fabrics.
 Let me know!
on: March 21, 2016 09:11:07 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by bunny1kenobi
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Ok, guys, as promised, here are wedding photos from a happy mom! I apologize in advance coz this will be quite a few pics.  Hope nobody gets annoyed by matrimony overload...!

Taken during set up. The view from where the bride and groom stood to be wed.  Ramada to the left was where the caterers set up, as well as where the bar was located. The ramada to the right had the guest book/ gift table.  

This was the "guest book".  They had all these cute post cards for people to sign with well wishes or advice, date ideas, places to visit and so on.  Then the cute train case there for guests to put the cards into.  Such a fun idea!

One of the centerpieces.  They were all different. She had jars and buckets, vases, a teapot (pictured) and a couple of boots.  They were so cute! In the background, you can see one of the corn hole boards my son made for the event.  I think he did a great job!  Here they both are:

Arizona flag

Mesa flag (I didn't even know Mesa had a flag...!)

The happy couple (my awesome handsome son and sweet beautiful daughter in law):

And, of course, the real eye candy, the cake:
on: March 12, 2018 12:05:20 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by appledainty
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I'm trying to finish a project that I've had for nearly a year now - a nine tailed fox and kit statue for my cousin. It's supposed to be like a ring holder or jewelry dish. Smiley I finished sculpting the nine tailed fox (I call it the Foxenne) and affixed it to a ceramic base last week, and over the weekend I started on the kit. I thought I should share some progress pictures.

This is how it started out. I built an armature from wire, two-part apoxie putty, and tinfoil to fill out the body. After that I started adding layers of sculpy.

The tails are the worst part. It's hard to get the clay to stick to the wire. I try to rough the wire up with krazy glue and sandpaper to make the clay adhere better, but it's still a pain in the rump. I also use a 'spiral' method of wrapping long strands of clay around the wire, to get it to adhere more easily.

Got the tails all smoothed out Smiley

I overbaked the statue a bit, but it doesn't matter too much; it will get painted and you won't be able to tell. Smiley After tails, the worst thing about sculpting is crack repair. I usually fill cracks with krazy glue (for stability), then go over them with a bit more clay.

Started working on the face and generally smoothing out/refining rough areas. This is about 2-3 weeks ago)

This is from a week and a half ago - finished the face and added some ears.

This is from last week - she has hair on her head and ears, and is affixed to her base. I spent about an hour or so last night adding the armature for the kit, and started sculpting its body.The kit is going in between the Foxenne and her big tail, with its head resting on her big tail. Smiley
on: March 26, 2018 07:16:13 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by appledainty
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So, I got home about three hours ago, sat down and reviewed the book box. For the cover, the only changes I felt were needed were to add a little sealer over the sticker on the back to prevent it from coming up, and adding a little bit more gold to the Mercer lettering on the spine. It has a kind of faded look, which I like, but I felt like it could be touched up a little.

I got some photos, in any case. Smiley Here's the front:



As for the inside, I felt that the raw edge of the velvet on the cover (lid) of the box was kind of ugly. I tried to add a metallic gold embroidery thread to the edge with krazy glue, but ended up getting a bit of a chemical burn. It seems velvet and crazy glue don't get a long. So, I took a look around and found some linen-esque looking ribbon, which reminded me of linen book binding tape. I did a couple swatches to see how it would look painted gold, but decided it was better plain.



And one last picture of the magnets. Smiley

I am still pondering a book plate for the inside cover. I thought it might be neat to use the engraving feature on my silhouette curio to engrave a metal bookplate. But, then I'd have to draw a book plate. Since I have several drawings to do for this project, I might as well add another I guess? XD haha. Ugh.
on: June 01, 2018 08:20:54 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Smeddley
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Nice poem, gozer!  I'm stressed about that one, my default is silly and sarcastic, so it's going to be hard.  Why oh why were limericks ruled out?!  Cheesy

I'm going to start with an easier one!

Level Up - Textbook Level 1

Pattern #1 - Fierce Little Dragon
I've made this pattern a few times, here's one example... I really adore this pattern.

Pattern: https://heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com/807.html

Pattern #2 - Ami Fox
I had this fox as a Little Visitor, and thought he was adorable.  Lo and behold, I found the pattern!  I've made many for friends (who also loved my Little Visitor) and for the STS as custom Amis.

Pattern: https://nimoe.wordpress.com/2008/02/03/fox-amigurumi-pattern/

Pattern #3 - Crochet bird
I've made this one a few time, it's simple and fun.

Pattern: https://limegreenlady.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/crochet-bird-pattern/

Pattern #4 - Linguini Bunny from Outer Space
I've only made one of these , but the name stuck with me and it's definitely on my "to make again" list.

Pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346637.0

Pattern #5 - Little Red and Wolf:
I made these and they were a Nerd Games raffle prize, I really liked the pattern!

Pattern: http://mybackyardmonsters.tumblr.com/post/31480559904/little-red-pattern

Bonus Pattern - Chicken
I love this chicken pattern, but it had to be translated.  Thank goodness for Google Translate and the people who have put together lists of crochet abbreviations in other languages!

Pattern: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8rQM0SrUXCScHlQSU1HbVJxTEU/edit
on: March 12, 2018 07:27:34 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by appledainty
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That's going to be spectacular when it's complete! Shocked

Thanks! Cheesy I sure hope it does. I'm nervous about shipping it.

I love the fun, unusual design with the practical component (my fav). Can't wait to see as it continues to evolve!


Thank you! I like practical components too. Smiley Multipurpose art projects are the best.

I've got a few more updates!

First, a mossy brooch that I've almost got finished. It just needs some leaves, and then I have to attach a brooch backing. I started a bunch of brooches and never quite got around to them. I started working through them this past weekend. I'm going to try and finish this one tonight!

Next, some progress photos for my The Voice of the Tempest Reliquary research project. I finished this brooch this past weekend. It took about 3-3.5 hours to complete. The frame is a brass book plate, it has grey-purple vintage french silk velvet for the background inside the bookplate frame, and I added my signature kanzashi flowers, vintage millinery stamens/mushrooms, a bit of chain, a charm, and I backed it with black felt and a locking brooch back.  I tried to darken the chain and charm by soaking them in a salt/vinegar paste overnight but it didn't seem to do anything :/ I still think it works out, since the vintage brass millinery stamen I added has a similar brightness.

I still need to make a case for the brooch, draw a portrait, make a kanzashi care card, and a scroll of authenticity. x_x Only slightly daunting. At least I have until May?

Last update photo is for my Moon Princess Bomber Jacket research project.  I'm still stitching away. My fingers have been getting terrible cramps recently, so I'm trying not to push too hard.

That's all for tonight. XD Probably won't have much to report until next week. We're going to a concert tomorrow, and I am usually pretty slow during the week.

on: June 08, 2018 03:17:32 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Acadian Driftwood
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I read through the Textbook level ones - saw some things that I've used myself, and some that I saved to try later! Smeddley, I love that you included pictures in your list, so I'll do that as well.

Textbook Level 1: Tutorials I've used

1. Outlined braid friendship bracelet - this website is my go-to for knot bracelets, they have so many great patterns! You can search through them by number of strands, keywords, and more. There are also usually community photos so you can see what the finished product will look like or get color inspiration.

2. Scrap fabric twine - very easy to make, and a neat looking result!

3. Wonky starburst mug rug - great for using up pretty coordinating scraps from a quilt.

4. Snow (or ice) dying - fun to do and beautiful results!

5. Battlement couching - a cool looking fill stitch! I also learned the lattices from this website. The step-by-step pictures are very detailed.

on: September 09, 2014 09:46:09 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Ludi
Relevance: 60.6%
Please pardon my crafty nerdgasm!!

Awhile ago I posted about recently learning that one of my favorite olde timey actors, Ernest Thesiger, was an embroiderer and that he had written a book about it.  Thesiger is most famous for his role as the evil Dr Pretorius in “Bride of Frankenstein.”

Being an old horror movie nerd and an embroidery nerd, I knew I MUST HAVE the book.  There were not many copies available.  I found one at the in this case aptly named Mephisto Antiquariat in Germany and instantly ordered it.  Never mind the cost. *cough cough*  So here it is, from 1941, a slim though quite high quality book for wartime, “Adventures in Embroidery” by Ernest Thesiger:

Of especial interest is the section about finding inspiration for embroidery  in other media.

Film about Thesiger and his crafts:   


on: February 21, 2016 11:10:42 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by bunny1kenobi
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Okay, firstly I want to brag on my littlest a bit- he made this all by himself!  I was way impressed with his creative little brain, and motivation.  There are only so many things you can make with perler beads, after all!  LOL!

Secondly, the first 2 blocks of my research project quilt are done!  Two down, eighty to go, give or take a few...  Wink  The photo is upside down, but you get the idea!

on: April 16, 2016 12:10:41 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by roler
Relevance: 63.5%
Oooh, that's a really pretty notebook!  The ribbon (or is it elastic?) goes so perfectly with the fabric!

I have a quick question for you all about my research project!

I've now sewn patches on both of the short sides and the top of the cover.  Here's the layout on the top:

As you can see, there's a small gap in the middle:

I'm debating what to cover it with, and thought I'd ask you lovely people which of these decorations you prefer!

Do you like the youkai (Japanese monster) patch?

Or this big huge cat button?

Please let me know if you have an opinion!  I'm having a lot of fun putting this together, although it's taking a LOT of work!!
on: August 16, 2016 06:37:44 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by gozer
Relevance: 63.9%
 Last night I took some pics of my future indoor storage room. It really is the key to my entire house looking better. I can store my winter/summer clothes in there and unclutter my bedroom, I can store my Christmas & Halloween decor and not have to walk out into the garage or try to drop things from the attic without landing on a cat (in theory, both tubs are sitting in my bedroom). So much easier and convenient. Maybe some overflow from the craft room too.  Roll Eyes  It all starts here.
 It's a small room. I'll measure once it's emptied out but it really is tiny. The previous owners used it as a gun room/office. I think that they were trying to make it manly so they kept the dark wood trim. All the rest of the trim in my house is white so this room annoys me to no end. Is it sad that when I was taking pictures I thought to myself, "Hey, this isn't so bad. I can see the floor in some places"...?

 The pic with the table is the truest to the color. It's going to be a bear to cover. And moving all my dolls out of the curio cabinet is going to be a huge pain too!
on: January 12, 2017 06:27:35 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by gozer
Relevance: 64.3%
 Hey guys! I just wanted to throw these into the ring for the Raffle.
 Sorry, I didn't realize the first one was so blurry until I went to post it. I'll get another pic soon. Also, if anyone is interested I will add in an ATC of the theme of your choice if you win one of these.

 and then this purse.  Cheesy  Its's the Mini Lilac Messenger. 

 Hope you guys like them and that we can fill up the Raffle prizes!
 BTW, when do we give out prizes again? I think it's at the end of next season if I am remembering correctly. Huh Am I?
on: January 31, 2017 09:30:29 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by LovelyMiss
Relevance: 64.4%
Meet Nerdly, the new official mascot of the Nerd Games!

Nerdly is sure to become a beloved addition to our crew.  

To help welcome Nerdly, we are going to have a little contest. Create your best memes or artwork featuring Nerdly in nerdy or crafty scenarios.  Post your images in this thread.  At the end of February I will put together a collection where people can vote on their favorites.  The winner(s) will receive a small prize that will be announced at a later date.

Here are some additional poses to help you on your quest:

NOTE:  The artwork for Nerdly was purchased from FRANCEillustration on etsy.  Please do not use the artwork for any other purposes.
on: August 24, 2018 08:04:44 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by appledainty
Relevance: 65.9%
I've been working on my kitchen island revamp for a few weeks, but I finally took some progress photos.

The cabinets started out white, but it's a kind of dingy yellow-white that was original to when the townhouse was built (about 20 years ago); the edges of the cabinet frames had actually turned yellow from age and being made from a different material than the rest of the cabinets. The first thing I did was clean, degloss, and paint the outside with a cooler white (blue tone instead of yellow tone) in the knowledge that we were eventually going to paint our walls with a blue-green color and that this would play well with the new paint color. I used a rustoleum cabinet transformation kit. I liked everything in the kit, except the top coat which was weirdly contaminated with black dust. I bought a can of Benjamin Moore Stays Clear in low lustre instead, which works great.

I thought progress photos of a white cabinet being painted white were silly, so I didn't take any photos of that. XD This is the only 'before' picture I managed to get and it was a distance, unfortunately.

I painted the front/backs of the doors, the front panel of the drawers, the top edges of the drawers, the sides of the cabinet, and the front edges of the frame. The kit isn't meant to be used on the interior of the cabinet, so I didn't paint the inside. But, I had plans for the interior back panel, and the back of the cabinet.

I applied this really cute floral contact paper to the interior back panel so that when you open up the cabinet you get an unexpected pop of color. I'm going to do the same for the rest of our upper kitchen cabinets, but probably not the lowers. I'm still debating this. XD I'd need to buy more contact paper. I think it turned out really cute.

For the back of the cabinet I applied a 3-D paintable tin tile wallpaper. I also bought some trim and corner blocks, which I'll be adding after the new counter top is installed. We opted for Ikea butcher block, but it won't be here for another two weeks.

I painted the wallpaper with two tones of martha stewart chalk paint, antique sky and eucalyptus, then I went over it with a brushing of metallic gold wax paint. I'm now debating if I want to seal it or not. I've used sealer over metallic wax paint before and it cause the wax paint to go dull. I might do a test strip patch on a small piece of leftover wallpaper and see how it looks.

My goal for today is to patch some spots on my drawers with top coat, apply contact paper to the sides of the drawers, line the shelves and drawers with grip shelf liner (I found some in a bluey-green-grey color!) and screw on the new knobs. Smiley The new knobs and shelf liner should be coming in the mail today from Amazon, so I'm super excited about that. Cheesy
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