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I haven't been nearly as crafty as I'd have liked to, but I have plenty o' plans now that I've decided to do a local craft fair! Anyways, here are some picturs of various and sundry things I've made. Some are a bit old, but meh. You guys like to look, right? Right.


So I some coasters and a Hufflepuff mug months and months ago. Well, I finished another coaster and the Slytherin mug!


My Ragtime coaster! My favorite is the man on the far right. His hand looks like a crab claw, so I always envision this crazy crab rockin out to ragtime music and period garb and yeah... its quite the image.






My ice cream cone dish. Mmmmint chocolate chip!

One of the coolest things about painting pottery is seeing how different pieces look when they are fired. It takes a while to get used to, but then you can really use it to your advantage. For example... a mug I painted for my mom went from this:


To this!




One of the various birthday plates I painted. I paint 1 or 2 a week on average. My favorites I've done are a sea otter, an elephant, a german shepard, and a lion. Usually I do horses and butterflies. The worst thing I ever had to paint was sponge bob :\ God he was annoying.

Annnnd...

My slytherin mug!!! I'm quite happy with how it came out! Although the snake on the front looks a little sketch...


See? He's kinda all.. "Hey ladiessss whatssssssup?" *leer*


Annnnd the bottom!

And onto sewing things!


Made this skirt last summer actually, but its one of my favorites. Its just a white 3 tiered peasant skirt that I splattered with watered down acrylics. It was one of the easier items of clothing I've ever made, and I always get compliments on it. It took about 3 hours total to make (not including drying time) and doing the splatters was the most fun ever. I still have paint on my driveway though...


The sorting hat I made for my harry potter party, along with the monster book I did. He was great fun to make, especially the 'face' part.


The gryffindor patch I made years ago. I made it when the first movie came out, and there were very limited reference pictures, so its not perfectly accurate Also, it was my very first attempt at using embroidery floss for anything other than friendship bracelets. I thought I was doing embroidery, but my mommy told me it was called 'crewel' or something. Anyways, I did it free hand and am quite proud of it.


And here I am in the full costume all those many years ago! I look like a youngin'!


This, my friends, is James C. Applebum the puffskein. Puffskeins, in case you didn't know, are from the Harry Potter books and are "long-tongued custard-coloured little furballs that make a calming purring noise when you pet them". And while James doesn't make a purring noise, he does make squeaky noises when you shake (or throw) him! Also, note the HP pj pants in the background.... (Oh and in case any ladies were wondering, James C. *IS* single. He enjoys croquet, pony rides on the beach, and olives and dislikes porridge, John Mayer, and cats that eat him. You can email him at "notatribble@hogwarts.edu")

AND FINALLY, my favorite thing I've made in ages:

MONSTER BLANKET! He is the best thing ever and is so warm and comfy and lovable and I hug him all the time! Oh, what a pair we be, my monster and me!


My kitties love him too... I set him down to take pictures and went to go grab my camera and by the time I came back, he was covered in kitty.


Blurry, but you can get a better Idea of how big he is. He's about 5' by 5' and maaaaan I love him.

ACTION SHOTS starring Monster Blanket and Cosby the cat with a guest appearance by Jello the cat!

Kitty laid on top of his mouth :\ This doesn't bode well!


Now kitty pokes him in the eyes!!!!


Monster isn't too happy about that...


Pooooooor eaten kitty :\

Welllll, thats it kids! I know its a lot of pictures, but let me know what you think, yeah? :D

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hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
Hahahah I'm glad someone else thinks its as funny as I do! My friend said it was one of the most frightening things she'd ever seen!

And thanks so much! :D
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hott_for_soup
Aug. 17th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
hahahah i love that blanket! haha those are such cute pics of "monster" and your kitty. hehehee awwwww. and the stuff you made looks like it took a lot of talent! hand done, eh? crazyy. much kudos :)
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, my friend! Monster + Kitty = hilarity! Its a well known equation!
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tracyland
Aug. 17th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
OMG, I want that ice cream bowl. That is totally fabulous!!!!
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
Hee thanks! If you have a paint your own pottery studio near you, you should go and paint one! Its terribly easy to do :D
ioulianpotho
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
aaaaah, I especially love your monster blanket of doom and the ice cream dish!
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
Thank you my dear!!
chasethecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
The monster blanket is awesome! Hope you saved the kitty before it was too late. *grin*

How long did the Gryffindor patch take? I thought about making an HP patch myself, but I figured since I'd never done embroidery that I should start with something easier; I'm so impressed that was your first one!
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)
Haha, fortunately no kitties were harmed in the making of this LJ post :D

It took two evenings to make. SO maybe 6 or 7 hours? I just remember my fingers hurting real bad by the end. Make sure you use some sort of interfacting or whatev to keep it stable and prevent puckering and stuff. I didn't use any for mine, and boy do I wish I had. Good luck with yours if you try it!! :D
medias_res
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
I AM IN LOVE WITH THAT BLANKET. I totally need to make one of those now. Mind if I steal your idea? =D

I am also in love with that skirt! Awesome. Did you have any problems with the acrylic coming off, or has it held up well through washing?

The plate and mugs and stuff are awesome too!
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)
I AM IN LOVE WITH HIM TOO :D

Def. go ahead and make one, my friend! As long as you aren't selling it, I'm cool, yo!

Thanks! I have actually not had ANY problems with flaking or fading! MY fabric was pretty absorbant (although its just a cotton), so I dunno if that has anything to do with it. But yeah, its been washed at LEAST 50 times and it still looks the same it did when I made it :D But if you're worried about flaking, etc you could always add some textile medium to the paint. That might help I think!
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angiepen
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)
Some very nice stuff. :) Oh, and crewel is a form of embroidery so you were doing embroidery. What most people think of as "regular" embroidery uses what are essentially crewel stitches, but crewel is done with wool and the traditional ground fabric is a cream or white cotton twill. If you used cotton embroidery floss then what you did isn't technically crewel. You did an excellent job for a first try, though. Have you thought about making another one, now that there are more reference pictures around?

I also liked the rainbow shaded coffee cup and the monster blanket. :)

Angie
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
OH! I think I know exactly what you mean! About real world crewel that is. Thanks for letting me know though. I really have no idea about anything embroider-y-ish. I just put the floss in the needle and have at it!

And yeah, I think I'll try again sometime, if only to see how much better I can make it. Prob. use smaller stitches and thread fewer strands of floss on the needle (I used the whole strand on mine for simplicity's sake). I suppose that is what real-people embroiderers do? Gah, I have no idea! A google search seems to be in order...

And thank you!
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arrien
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)
Your stuff is so great!!! I looove the icecream cone - very innovative. :D

And the monster blanket is hilarious. I love it when crafters are witty too. hahaha

this post made me laugh. :D
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
Thank you lover child!

I am glad I made you laugh! Giggles make the world go round!

Or maybe its got something to do with gravity...

I'll let the physics kids worry about that one.
rabu_zutto
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
OMg all of these are wonderful! I especially love the mint choco chip mug, puffsken and monster blanket!! Great job <3
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!! :D
devonevoabevon
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
HARRY POTTER!!!

any fan i love automatically, and your stuff is amazzinngggggggg :) :)



i saw harry and the potters earlier this month, it was one of the best days of my life.
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
Ohhhh Harry Potter is my most favorite ever! I've made more HP stuff thatn can possibly be healthy!

AND YET I WILL NOT STOP.

ZOMG I SHOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM PLZKTHX

And thak yoooooou!
lucifersamekh
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
hahahahahaha oh man. I might ahve to steal that monster blanket idea for my husby's college care package!

and that ice cream cone cup. REVOLUTIONARY. and with my favourite flavour :3
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Hahah go ahead my friend! Everyone needs a little monster blanket in their life!

Thank you!!!! That one isn't very big, so I'm making a set of four waffle cones with different flavors too! Yay ice cream!
smiling_frog
Aug. 17th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
Great stuff! I love the ice cream cup and the kitty being eaten by the monster blanket. My kitties would love that. I was just thinking the other day, it's been so long since I've done pottery. I miss it so much. It's so cool to paint something and be totally surprised as to how it comes out after firing it.
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you, friend!

Kitties are indeed fond of Senor Monster. They sleep on him alllll the time now!

And yay pottery! It really is so much fun.
nsoroma79
Aug. 17th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
*Swoon* over the monster blankie!!!! I should make one of these for my friend! :)

What did you use to make his eyes and teeth?
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!

I just used some leftover fleece! Super easy!!
lady_amorika
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
I LOVE all your stuff. So so so cool.

Also, I have a crush on James C. Applebum, who clearly needs a date. I'm free...hehehe
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!

Hahaha! He definitely needs a date! I'll let him know you're interested :D
bugguh_buggs
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
all your stuff is great. i can't choose any favorites. i have always wanted to try those paint your own pottery shops and even go so far as to peruse the pottery and pick colors...then walk out because i can't decide!
hardlyacting
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh man, its SO easy and SO fun. You should def just try it next time you're in one. If you're ever in the Baltimore area, you should come paint at my studio! We are fantastic!
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