Monday, December 27, 2010

Photo Lighting Test

Today, I tested out some of the photography stuff I received for Christmas.  This is a lighting test I did using my mom as the model.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

More Handmade Christmas Gifts

Here are more gifts that I created for people for Christmas.

A card for Lee and Diane Vulcan.

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Pottery and a stuffed Rudolph I made for mom.

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A Raku flower pot with cookies for Brenda Scales.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Pottery!

I can finally post the pictures of some of the pottery gifts I made…since they’ve been received and opened already!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Full Lunar Eclipse of 2010

I caught these before and during photos of the moon for the full lunar eclipse that happened at @1:17am MT on 21 Dec 10…the winter solstice and the first day of winter.  This was the last eclipse of 2010 and the first eclipse on the solstice since 1554!!

These were both shot at 600mm, however by the full eclipse, the moon was high up above.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas–Day 9

OK…I skipped Day 8 for now.  I don’t have the sleigh and reindeer mask that Tim uses and I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to replicate that element of the tag since it’s so prominent.  So…I did Tag 9.  I also didn’t have the rosette die that Tim used, so I made mine by cutting out a strip of paper with decorative scissors and marking the folds on my Martha Stewart scoring board.  Time consuming, but excellent results.

Friday, December 10, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas–Day 6 & 7

I was away on business, so I’ve fallen behind on Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas, but I’m determined to catch up!  Here are my versions of tags 6 and 7.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas–Day 3 and Pottery

Here is my tag for Day 3 of Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas:

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This was our last night of pottery class…

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All our stuff waiting to be glazed.

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All our Raku pieces…and a couple of Chris’ finished works.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Finished Pottery!

Here is the finished pottery from yesterday’s firing.  Mom’s stuff turned out really nice.

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I had a couple good pieces…

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And then there was my coffee cup…so I turned it for boring to busy with ceramic paints.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pottery is A’firin’

Our latest glaze firing is running as I type.  I have two kilns firing right now…one on Cone –6 (low-fire) and one that is supposed to be Cone 5 (high-fire).  Well, I goofed and set up my high-fire load with low-fire cones…oops!  Now I’ll need to calculate the timing for the firing…hope I get it right because my favorite coffee cup is in there for a re-glazing and this is the first group of mom’s pottery!!!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

November Craft Day

We all gathered for Thanksgiving dinner and decided to have an impromptu Craft Day.  We used a deck of card layouts and each chose a random layout and made a card.  Here are the results:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Every year we give pumpkin pies to the neighbors.  These are the tags we are attaching to the pies this year.

I also made another Christmas card using some plastic from a container that I ran thru the Cuttlebug with the Snowflakes folder.  I really liked how the raised areas turned white, so I stamped a snowman from Hero Arts in Black Stazon on a green card base, colored it in with Prismacolor watercolor pencils and attached the embossed piece over top.  The sentiment and bottom border are rub-ons.

I also made this pin for my mother for Christmas.  It is a large domino stamped with Cranberry and Gold Adirondack Alcohol inks.  The sentiment is a gold sticker and the gems were colored with Pesto AI.  I covered the sides with some vintage ribbon I bought at a flea market.

Monday, November 22, 2010

More Fiber Art

The boys were having an Xbox play date, so Jill and I worked our fiber art projects.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Photo Lighting Study

I was testing a remote firing application for the iTouch/iPad and decided to do a photo lighting study of a still life I had set up.  These are the results.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fiber Art

Mom sent me a really nice fiber art piece for my birthday last month, so I decided to try to make one of my own.  I used scraps of fabric that I already had, some buttons (including a ceramic button I made) and a wooden dowel.  Here is the finished piece:

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I had to take the picture from the side to cut the glare off the picture.  This is my great grandmother, Laura Emily Stout.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Impromptu Craft Day

Mom, Jill and I had a little impromptu craft day on Friday while the guys were tiling Bo’s workshop.  I made some more bookmarks, Jill made a Christmas card, and mom made some beeswax bookmarks.  Then later mom made a Christmas tag and an animal themed bookmark.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

More Bookmarks and Glass Pendants

I created these bookmarks using the Gem Stone Birds set by Inkadinkado and a set with peace quotes.  I inked the feather and sentiment with Big and Juicy Vibrant Primaries Rainbow ink pad and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I blended the background with Faded Jeans, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks.  Added some ribbon and voila!

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These are some fused glass pendants I’m working on as Christmas gifts.  I did a border on two of them with lead-free solder…the other I’m leaving as is. 

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I took both these pictures with my iTouch…probably not going to do that again…it doesn’t do well with close-ups.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pottery and our Pre-Halloween Dinner

This is the glazed mixing bowl that I created in pottery class.

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We spent the day creating scary treats for a pre-Halloween dinner that we had today because John can not make the Mullis Manor Haunted Garage tomorrow night.  Our entrĂ©e was Baked Rat Meatloaf.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Birthday Card

Despite having a raging headache, Jill cajoled me into creating a card today.  She has no mercy for the sick when it comes to art!  I created this card with a birdhouse stamp I borrowed from her.  I stamped the image in Stazon black ink onto white cardstock and colored it with Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I used the Real Pine stamp from Hero Arts for the background and stamped it in Forest Moss and Peeled Paint Distress inks.  I masked out the sentiment area and stamped that in Peeled Paint.  I cut out the birdhouse image and adhered it to the card base with foam squares.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More Christmas Cards

Here are some cards I made using the same stamps, but different background papers and embellishments.

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