I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
So there is a state fair competition to make a fairy garden. Seriously, that exists. I happen to know someone who totally does that sort of thing, so we're working on one together. Here are the results so far:
Here's the base, which has to be 12x12. Meg provided me the yarn and I knit/crocheted a cover for it to make a shaggy forest floor. The base brown/green yarn I designed and Meg spun and then I crocheted around the edge.
Meg did this amazing mushroom hill/fairy house, and I did the underglaze on it and then she did the top layer of glaze. It came out really well.
This is the base piece--I used flower stamps all over it, then used a foam donut to make it more of a holder-type thing. I painted on red, purple, orange and yellow underglaze and then Meg used celadon glaze on top of that. It came out amazingly coppery and a perfect holder for the mushroom hill.
I can't really explain this one so much other than it was another slab draped over a foam donut. The weird blobs are things Meg made with drippings, which I hand painted underglaze on to attempt to make them flower-ish.
A baby labyrinth that I cut out of the tile stamp..
And here's where we glued the pieces on, and added little fairies out of yarn, and glued some nature-y bits and twigs and stuff onto t.
I may add some kind of fence so I can wrap vines and leave around it (and also to hopefully hold the pieces in just in case). But it's pretty wild and wooly so far.
I'm spinning some yarn, I'm finishing up the temperature scarves (slowly), the first Christmas sweater has one sleeve to go, and my Hawaiian Santa hat has been sewn for the most part, I'm just thinking of what else to add to it.
Today I took a knitting class that was a general "here's how to fix your knitting problems" sort of deal. I think 3/4 of the people who showed up were just there for beginning knitting lessons, but I had a great time actually being told how the hell to do color knitting. My restarted guitar sweater is going a lot better, and I'm signed up for a three week color knitting class in a few weeks!