I have a few projects and photos here needing to be shown, starting with last April. There's not a lot and they're all various types of art ending with the most recent which is photography.
So, this is some of what I've been doing, crafty/artistically for the last year.
This was left on my Captain Kirk flash drive and I had completely forgotten that I had a copy of the original. So, since I've found I should show it off, right? Obviously it had to be reading themed since it was for the library. Submissions were going to be printed up and available as free bookmarks to patrons. Only I never saw them out in the library, though we did get a few copies of mine and of The Sisters' and one of this girl who submitted for the teen category because it was cool.
The Sister and I actually won in the adult category. I'm not certain if we were the only adult submissions, but from seeing all of the bookmarks, I think that we were. But winning by default is OK. Also, the library kept gushing over The Sisters' bookmark and saying how everyone loved it, adding that mine was also really great, as an after thought.
I'm used to that too, but you take what you get right? I could be mopey that I won by default and that they thought The Sisters' was better. Or I can revel in the thought that I have a blue ribbon button that says "Winner" on it. I've learned to choose the second option, because it really does make for a better time in life.
Created a candle last December. The Sister was making candles with essential oils and I was able to create one too, for myself, using an old glass container from a candle that I had won the previous year.
It was Stinky Yogi's Holiday Blend (so I'm not sure what's in that exactly), Sweet Orange, & Peru Balsam. It was great and I finished it off this past January. The first layer was the Holiday Blend and the second layer contained the other two scents. I also tried adding food colouring to the first layer, but food colouring and candle wax aren't really a good match (which, I suppose, is why one needs coloured dyes for candle making. The Sister has those, but we were house sitting and she didn't have them with her.)
It was just a speckling of green colour dots in between the layers, but it was a nice surprise after the first layer had burned away
I made quite a few things in December and this was one of them. The Trouble with Tribbles Christmas ornament. A friend of mine sent me a photo she'd found online, where (and I'm assuming here) a girl made this ornament. I thought it was so awesome that I wanted one for myself. There were no instructions with the photo my friend sent, but it was easy enough to figure out.
I suppose you can find plastic Christmas ornament balls that come apart at a craft store, but I ended up finding one with a gift set at TJ Maxx before I could get to a craft store. I only needed the one and it was probably $1.
I found a photo still online of Captain Kirk in the episode The Trouble with Tribbles; the end of the episode where he's covered in tribbles. It's actually the same photo the girl used for hers, but I chose a different expression. I'm sure you could use any photo you want, you just don't want a background (or do you?) and you only need from the waist (or there-abouts) up. I printed that out, cut it out and left a half inch tab at the bottom which I folded and affixed to the bottom inside portion of one side of the plastic globe.
For the Tribbles, I used pom poms like that girl did for hers. I found a pack at the dollar store that had really pretty colours (the brighter orange and the yellow that you see), and I found a pack of brown, deep orange-red, and black at Michael's Craft Store & I had a coupon so it was about $2. You want enough "tribbles" that Kirk's lower half is covered, but not so many that they don't easily move around in there.
I just filled it up with "tribbles" and closed the halves together. With Kirk stuck to the bottom, the entire thing acts like a snow globe if you turn it over and back again with the "tribbles" falling all over the place. Just like the end of the episode! It's so fun and it was pretty fun, and easy, to put together.
Also in December I made miniature stockings. I had picked up a vintage craft book at the library book sale a month or so before this; Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Decorations You Can Make (from 1974!) and there were all sorts of really cool stockings one could make.
I decided to make them in miniature (about 3 inches), out of felt and just cobble together ideas from various ones. Like the idea to make a curled toe or more of an ice skaters toe; to add fringe and to create crazy designs.
Sadly, this is the only photo I took, but later decided to add pom poms (because I did and still do have plenty extra) to the toes and to the fringe, which turned out really cute. These are only half the stockings that I made, which were for friends. The four that I made for my family and myself never got a photo.
I participate in Redditgifts from time to time. I did the Christmas gift exchange twice and the book exchange once, but it was just too costly. So, I've been participating in postcard and Christmas card exchanges mainly. However, they just had a bookmark exchange that just finished and I had signed up for that. I just signed up for a keychain one, but we haven't been matched yet, so we'll see if I'll be purchasing or making (hopefully making because I have a great idea).
So, this was part of my bookmark exchange. I did send her four that we had lying around because they were all different and pretty cool, but I specifically printed out one on card stock of my rocket illustration and then scrapbooked another one with images of outer space from some old Astronomy magazines I have. She loved them, so huzzah!
Now for some photography. I took all of these pictures (the intro photo and this succulent one included) just a few days ago. I went to Lowe's with The Sister and took pictures while she looked at plants. It was late afternoon, so lower lighting and not full sun, and with my mobile (iPhone), because honestly who would take a digital camera to Lowe's. But I digress. I also didn't edit any, except to knock their size down so it wouldn't take a year to upload them to this post. Or a general cropping (or rotating as with the purple-blue flowers).