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The Pink Samurai: October 2007

The Pink Samurai

Sunday, October 21, 2007

News in Pictures

So I haven't posted anything for almost over a week...here's what we've been up to:

Not last Saturday, but the Saturday before we went to the most amazing Antiques place ever. This picture is just of the back, and not all the back mind you. The inside of that barn in the background is literally stuffed to the ceiling with chairs, tables, frames, headboards and separate peices of all of these. I picked up a couple of small wood peices to use for more yarn symmography.

I made a pretty cool looking project for my Design Principles class. All the pieces are folded paper. I thought it looked pretty cool.

***So this post is being shortened due to my internet not wanting to upload pictures >_< more laters my darlings!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Things to come

We had an amazing weekend.

-Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art (that was thursday but it counts:)
-Flea Markets
-and the most insane "antique" stop evers

Pictures to come...

Silly school and work taking up so much time.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

School work can be fun

Still no new crafting. School work and the Wii have been monopolizing my time. There's nothing I can do about it really. I did bring home the prints that have been graded tho.

This first one came from a quote about the human brain creating more electrical impulses in a day than all the phones in all the world. Cool idea, not sure if its true, but it makes for a cool linocut. Here is my little robot getting his daily electricity from Brain Crunch, part of a complete breakfast.

This next one is my first attempt at woodcut. It's just a tattoo-like swallow. Everything around the black was carved out. Normally, I like to have everything I do face to the right. It makes me think of moving forward. I forgot to flip this image to reflect that, but then thought that this was better. I was looking back on the life I left behind, knowing that things were finally changing. That's why it's called "Looking Back".

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

When I don't have time to craft...I blog about people who do

So Tuesdays and Thursdays are pretty full school days. Class from 8am-5pm with a break in between. My boyfriend is class till 8pm which is teh suck. I have work after school tomorrow...double plus suck. So tonight is homework night. Damn you priorities.

Here's some stuff to keep you busy:

The Pink of Perfection is a great how to site that does more that just crafty stuff. I get lost on this site forreal. I think the record into a mail organizer made it on my To-Craft List.

EcoEtsy is a group my cousin-in-law Sarah founded. It helps promote ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle when crafting and shipping. There are some awesome ideas here and as a group is starting pretty strong.

The ever lovely EtsyLabs always has something fun for us to do. The tutorial I linked to is actually really high up on my list. We have accumulated so many plastic bags from grocery shopping and the like...I just hate to throw them away knowing they're just going to sit in a landfill for years to come. This is a perfect way to reuse and repurpose! Do this if you like...if not...send all your plastic bags to meeeeeee ^_^

Also, I'm working on something cool and way hard for school. I'm in a relief printmaking class this semester. We did some woodcut, linocut (my favorite!) and now we're onto wood engraving. It's what they used back in the day to make letters and illustrations for printing presses. It'll make your eyes cross and back hurt, but looks amazing when done right. I'm working on a Singer 201-2. The kind of Singer my Grandmom used. This is the photo being used:

Minus the collectibles type of course >_<>

Monday, October 08, 2007

Adorn Magazine is awesome to the max

Check out what I did today!

Remember those things from the seventies made from yarn using that line art called symmography? I didn't either, it's ok. Mom knew what I was talking about though. I got the idea from my new Adorn magazine. They have a whole write up on seventies crafts which are totally groovy. But I actually put myself to work on this one.

Lowes had great 24"x24" Red Oak (I think >_<) that I sanded and stained with Minwax, Red Mahogany, then Shelac-ed. I'm so happy I own Shelac, you have no idea. Anyway, I followed the directions on the nailing part (after complaining for about 20 minutes that I couldn't find my masking tape and saying I had to go out and get some right then because I need all things completely at once and then finding it right where I left it)...but I had more issues with the stringing. I was making it way too hard for myself, so my boyfriend, the great voice of reason, stepped in after a little mini mental break down from myself >_<. He just read the directions and showed me how to do it lol. That's why I love him! So the end result:

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

New Crafts

So I tried something that I've wanted to do for a while now. Making bowls from records. I know it's been done before...a lot...but it's still way fun! Especially since the Salvation Army down the street sells old crappy records for .25. So here's what it did!

I picked an awesome record. How amazingly retro is that label?! Plus My Fair Lady is a great movie. Rent it and educate yourself.

Record went on top of an oven safe pot/bowl and then on a cookie sheet. We turned the pan upside down because the bowl was short and we thought it might melt on the sheet.

Tada! After taking it out, I just put it in another bowl and smoothed it out as best I could. I think it looks pretty kickin for a first attempt. Here are the others:


Definitely fun times if you've got some crappy records and a few minutes to spare. We're getting a lot of ideas from this too, so hopefully I'll get back on the ball with writing often.