Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pets Are Hard or When Good Ideas Go Bad

Sara is hosting a "What the Hell Was I Thinking?!!!" Craft Mishaps thing. When I read about it I thought, "Oh I know what I was thinking!"

I was thinking I could paint!

I happened upon an *easy* watercolor portrait technique when I couldn't get all the supplies for a magazine portrait project. Sometimes limited supplies, time or money is quite good at stretching our creativity! Anyway, boosted by this success, I thought I had hit the jackpot this Christmas for frugal, thoughtful and homemade presents.

This is my cousin's pup, Cloud. This is Cloud after Picnik's "Pencil Sketch" treatment.

Watercolor Pup

And, this is Cloud on Crack.

Clearly, I am not a water colorist. If you click on the picture you can see the "scrubbed" look of the paper. It's just not pretty.

It's not much of a loss though. Just some paper really. There have been many other bigger failures on my craft table. Thankfully, a small apartment makes me toss them pretty quick!

Actually, none of my things come out *just* the way I want. When I look at this doll, I can't believe I never fixed her smile.

A Friend In Kneed

I thought patching my jeans with this pretty little scrap would be so cute. I wore them on our first day in Santa Fe and wouldn't you know that was the only day we took pictures of each other. So yeah, I have ripped jeans in the only picture of the two of us.
Santa Fe Trip 059
I made this Japanese Knot Bag (from this tutorial) and messed the handle up because I was too lazy to do hand stitching. It was supposed to be a favor for my sister-in-law-to-be's shower, but up close, in real life, it's a hot mess. So I never sent it. Ironically, it's one of the only pictures on my flickr account that she has bookmarked.

Bend the Rules Charming Tablecloth Bag

I loved the idea of this bag, but the handle drives me crazy. I have saved this to re-do one day.

My sewing machine cover needs a clip to hold all the bunchy-ness in back. It so rarely is on that it doesn't matter.

These seat covers are as wonky as the day is long! But, they are functional. They do keep Cliff from burning his buns and that's when he can feel the love!


jodi said...

The dog painting is not that bad and really you should think of the great things that you have done and I should know - being the lucky recipient of some of them. I get to pull out the garland that you made in a few weeks, the halloween doll is still out being enjoyed and don't forget the lucky little girl who owns the pink kitchen!! :-)

Jodi Ohl said...

I think your dog painting is quite good and the idea of doing the pencil sketch first is brilliant! Water color is a difficult media to master, the type of water color you use as well as the paper can make all the difference. It's all about experimenting in my book!

Happy Thanksgiving!