#LoveMe Challenge: Day 21

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Something you are proud of.

Today? Right this moment I am proud of this:
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To be more specific, I haven’t been creative (outside of cooking or doing these posts) in weeks. To be clear, I just haven’t put any ideas in motion. This was the first one that I made time for. And so far, so good.

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I (Finally) Did It!

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I finally finished that goddamned basket.

Our story begins in high school, really. That’s where I learned this basket weaving technique. It’s essentially a coiled basket, but it’s made by attaching the new layer to the old by looping back onto itself every so often. Yes, I’m horrible at actual explanations. Just like I’m pretty shit at directions.

This lady seems to have some good tutorials, though I couldn’t get any sound on the first one for starting it, but you can get the drift from watching it. Once you understand the basic premise, you can do all kinds of stuff. You need a sturdy base to wrap around, I’ve used rope or thick twine, and yarn (or the likes – I’ve also used hemp for a larger sturdier project). I made a small basket like this:

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I also made a mat to go underneath the litter box that was just a large flat coil, so it doesn’t even have to be a “basket”. I guess kids learn this stuff in grade school and make pot holders, from my understanding. But I made a fancy pants basket that took far too long. It started somewhere around December 2008/January 2009. I wanted a rectangular shape, instead of a circle. So this is what the bottom ended up looking like:

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You can see I coiled around for a few rounds, then I went back and forth to get the shape I wanted. Then I started building up the sides.

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It’s hard to remember back that far, but I think I got the yarn on sale, intending to knit. And then discovered I’m not really awesome, currently, at knitting. I don’t like to waste things. Who does? So I “re-purposed” the yarn into this project. I like the color scheme, though. Then as I went up, I added some wooden beads. I just looped through with the yarn while I was looping around the twine.

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There’s a pretty big time gap here. After getting all the way up to that large round bead on the last coils towards the top, I began trying to think how I wanted to affix a handle or strap. I was going to create one out of similar colored embroidery floss, but it was taking forever. Eventually this project sat in my closet for years, so near completion, yet so far… It would make eventual to-do lists, but never the priority. Until I lost my job, then I pulled it out and decided to just make a lid and screw the handle.

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I did the lid as almost a reverse of the bottom. The base you start from the center and work outward. For the lid, I decided to work from the outside in to the the shape I wanted.

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Then, finally it was done. I don’t know where it’s going to go, or what purpose it serves. I don’t think I could even legitimately “sell” it, because it took me 5 years to make and I think the lid is kind of wonky. But I’m glad I finished something, anything, to feel like this “time off” wasn’t a waste of life. Next? Maybe the quilt of doom? Oh boys and girls, the future is unwritten.

Shameless Self Promotion

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So I’ve been yapping about it for months now, but the week is finally at hand. This Saturday will be my first time to put my big girl pants on, sit at a table, and suffer the humility of trying to actively sell something I made.

The Pittsburgh Art Car Show will be on Saturday, September 28, 2013 on Penn and Winebiddle. It’s organized by Nina Gibbs and Jason Sauer, owners of Most Wanted Art Gallery, and has a ton of local sponsors.

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There will also be a pin up contest. You bitches better realize how lucky you are that this sexy beast is working a table, and therefore won’t be signing up. Heh. But I expect to see the rest of you looking sexy on some hot rod, or the likes.

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And now that I’ve pimped the show, I will pimp out the stuff I have for made to sell so far. I had hoped to make some jewelry to sell, as well, but I don’t think that’s going to pan out this time. Perhaps next time. All proceeds from this attempt to sell shit go either to a new tattoo, or to take a vacation not entirely based on credit that I can’t actually afford. Thank you for taking the time to look. What ever doesn’t sell at the show, I’m thinking will go up on my Etsy store.

I’m going to try to sell this recycled box for $20.

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These boxes are going for $10 each.

Tea and Roses Box:

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Type Box

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Zombie Box #1:

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Zombie Box #2:

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I have 3 more boxes that need finishing touches, and one yet to be “touched” that need to get done by Saturday… gulp.

I’ve also managed to get 32 cards made. I’m intending to sell them for $2 each, market willing. These photos are from the first batch.

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Updates (new photos and “products”) can be found here as we get closer to “go time”.

https://www.facebook.com/victoria.maize/media_set?set=a.10151679557927817.1073741833.617352816&type=1

(Someone let me know if that link doesn’t work, okay?)

Alright, flagrant money whoring aside, I hope you like the stuff I made and it would be really cool to see anyone who comes out.  I’ll be hanging out with my awesome mother, who is helping me set up and hock my wares. I’m sure I’ll be tweeting and posting statuses during the show to badger anyone and everyone into coming to see me. Come say hello, if you can. I’ll post a recap next week, so be looking out for that!

What Have I Been Up To?

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In the land of nails, I’ve been playing with more of the Big Ruby nail tattoos. 

First I did a little bit of a pseudo punk theme. I chose a neon yellow and black stripe for most of the nails. For the accent nail, I did the chose the skull and crossbones from the His set. I used a matte top coat to finish it off. 

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The next time I painted my nails I wanted to use the rocket ship from the His pack. So I chose a white background. On the other nails I did grey and silver polka dots and I used a silver nail pen to augment the rocket ship on the index finger. 

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My third inspiration was the Om in the Juju set. I wanted to offset the light blue with a dark color, so I selected a dark plum. I decided to use the larger Om in the set, and put it on the thumb, to mix it up. On the remaining nails, I used the nail head technique to create little paw prints.

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I’ve also been trying to create some actual inventory to sell at the Art Car Show on Penn Ave in September. I have 6 boxes from the monthly Birchbox samples I’ve been getting. I thought I could use paints, and things I have stocked up, to recycle these boxes into something really cute. So far I’ve completed 2 of them.

The first box I decided to collage all these buttons I have saved up, or donated from friends. I painted the sides brown and brushed gold over top. Inside the box, I decoupaged pages from books. 

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The second box I wanted to have more of an old fashioned text feel to it. I decoupaged the lid with book pages and pained the bottom with stripes in black, white, and grey. Then I stamped the lid with typewriters, cameras, and typewriter letters.

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And most recently I augmented an existing print from an estate sale. My friend Eric left me this little gem of a print.

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Eric joked in his caption: “This way to the gay bar!” There was also a comment referring to the character at the wheel as Sal Mineo. I used Eric’s original caption on the repainted frame and added some tentacles and a mermaid tale to the background. Because haven’t we all wanted to add tentacles to every sea painting?… No? Just me? Okay then. 

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Mineo and Jesus are currently being displayed proudly in my bedroom. 

 

Little Ways to Remember

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This week I made a pillow for my friend Sharon. This pillow was made from her fiance’s shirt as a way to remember Dan.

We used a Santigold tshirt. Santigold was on of his favorite artists. I remember he was very excited to see her when she came to town. You may have heard the song Disparate Youth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIMMZQJ1H6E

If you’d like more information about this artist, here’s a link to the Wiki page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santigold

Here’s the original shirt.

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That’s the front, and this is the back.

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I cut off the sleeves, up the sides, and then straight across under the collar. 

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I don’t know how many of you out there had a home economics class. And out of those that had such a class, I’m sure most of you made a pillow. You pin it together, inside out. Sew around 3 of the 4 edges. Once you’ve sewn 3 of the edges, make sure you’ve removed al the pins. I then flipped it the right way out and ironed it. Then I stuffed it with washable poly fill from Micheal’s craft store. After you stuff it you sew the 4th edge. 

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I was really glad I could do something for his memory for Sharon. It only took me about 4 hours, and that was mostly because I sewed by hand. I really think Dan would approve. 

Crafty Christmas Wrap Up

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So this year, due to budgetary concerns, and my own resourcefulness, I tried to make as many of my holiday presents as possible.

For my roommate I created a design with a stencil and bleach pen. I would like to note for anyone else thinking about this project, use a plastic stencil. I used a paper one, and upon hindsight, I should have at least laminated it. It turned to mush after it served it purpose one last time. It was one of my favorites, and I feel like I should have played taps.

ImageI then outlined it with fabric marker and selected an iron on from a book I had purchased a while ago. I chose the Razzle Dazzle because we went to see Chicago this fall. 

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Mom asked for a Kindle cover. I began looking on line and was inspired by all the covers that look like books, even saw some made from books. I saw one made from a Nancy Drew book, and I thought surely I can find a tutorial online and make my own. I definitely wanted to make the Nancy Drew cover, because that was one of the introductions to reading that my mother grew up with and got me into. 

I used this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPKXzJao41A

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I also made some jewelry for my friends. I’ve seen the button bracelets going around Pinterest for a while and wanted to give it a go. I’m always looking for things that are simple and mostly a reuse. I’ve been saving buttons indefinitely and haven’t found a good purpose for them, but until this point. 

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I also made button rings. Some materials held with crazy glue, sometimes I used Modge Podge (because it is essentially white glue, and what I had handy). I have to thank Eric for giving me the antique buttons he didn’t need. I was also quite proud of the one that I used 2 buttons on, one inlaid inside the other. The ring base are readily available at your local craft store.

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I also had a clear square glass block that was just begging to be made into a statement ring. I painted on the underside of it with acrylic and glued it onto a ring base. I had debated finding an image to use, as opposed to painting. I may try that next time. I like the abstractness of the ring with the warm colors.

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I also had some charms to make earrings from. I had bought them over time, but never the fish hooks, so I used them all over this holiday. Sometimes it pays off to be a pack rat…

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Over Thanksgiving “break”, I got my car inspected. (I know, you’re saying “How does this relate?” Stay with me…) We ended up at the decaying Century III Mall during the waiting game. At the mall I discovered a wonderful dollar store and wide wooden bracelets there. They also had matching earrings that I may need to go back for…

But back to the point, the bracelets. I thought right away about decoupage. Specifically decoupaging pages from a book as a gift for a literary minded friend. I had pages from the Kindle Cover project and who doesn’t like Nancy Drew? I had also previously found a really cool typewriter stamp and thought of the same friend. The only problem I had was that the stamp was bigger than the bracelet, so I tried to use the stamp so you can still see some of the typewriter detail. This was the result. 

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I thought it came out quite well. 

Everyone really seemed to like their handmade presents, and I did get a few “Wait, you *made* this?” Which makes any crafter feel good. We always aim to not have it look like it was made at summer camp. To hear it looks semi professional warms the cockles of the heart. Hopefully they will be practical enough for use, because that is what honestly tickles me pink.