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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Visual QR Code TShirt Examples

Just wanted to post a few photos of my own personal Visual QR Codes
I created these for Backer Rewards on Kickstarter

I am selling these Oh So Kewl T Shirts on Etsy.
Help make our Children's Workshops a reality.  My grandkids are all growing up and I have so much fun teaching them to make things that now I need to expand my Kid Pool.  That means offering workshops to kids in our community.   This will be a family operated studio with 3 generations, Mom-Me, Kids, and Grandkids.

These are just examples, you can send me your own image and info and I will make one for you!!

My Personal Blog QR

My Personal Blog T Shirt 

My Backer Rewards T Shirt For our Kickstarter Project

TShirts for the GK's (GrandKids)
I wanted to see how colors worked. White allows me to use a transfer that is very soft and most like a screen print.  I have to use an opaque transfer paper on the dark colors because as you can see on the pink, the transfer doesn't show up very well. When I print on darker colors I have to use the opaque paper, which means that print is printed on a very, very, very, thin piece of tshirt vinyl which is a solid white background.  It makes a great print, but it is not as soft as the white.
Experimenting with Colors (White works Best)
 I do put a smaller qr code print on the opaque paper on the backs of the shirts because sometimes the shadows and wrinkles and the lighting that you are while wearing it may make the large qr code harder to read, so, the smaller one is basically a backup for you.

Scan this and it will take you to the Kids Kreate

My FaceBook Page

Just For Fun!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Help us Fund Our New Studio - Become a Backer

Just Launched our O.O.A.W. KickStarter Campaign!!

Check it out, We are so excited, We finally clicked the "Launch Now" Button. Sooo Nervous!!  We are trying to raise funds to open a new O.O.A.W. Artist's Studio.  I have so much fun with my kids and grandkids working on projects, I thought, WoW!! My little ones are all growing up and it won't be long before they won't want to hang out with their 'Ne'Ne' so much! (of course, we all know that would NEVER, EVER, happen!!)  We should hold workshops for the kids in our area!! Then, I thought, but, the way my studio areas are spread out, upstairs, downstairs, garage, etc. it just wouldn't work.  So, someone suggested, why don't you try a KickStarter project??   Well, I did try it once, I said, not too successful, but, I really didn't think it out so well, it was for my TattBabies, a soft sculpture doll inspired by "Son's of Anarchy".  Mammaw (my grandmother) always said hind sight is 20/20 and looking back I realize now that TattBabies needed more than I was able to do. I would have needed a manufacturer because there would have been no way I could have sewn all of those babies by myself! So, not getting funded was really a blessing!  Anyway, Moving On.

Back to the "Our studio is scattered all over my house" issue.  We really need a place where everything is centrally located and also have a space where we can comfortably hold workshops for several children or adults.  We would need an open space for the tables and chairs and also for equipment and supplies needed to hold the workshops. 

Hey, by the way, I could use a little help with my Backer Rewards T Shirt Design, This is what I have so far, but, I would like to have a lead line above the image something along the lines of "I'm a backer" , but I really want something that includes kids, art, and crafts.  Or, maybe I'll just leave it.  But, if you come up with an idea I end up using on my shirt, I send you one for free!! 

So, here is our Kickstarter Project that will help us achieve our goal of a new studio.
Click to Back Our Project

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Oh, No! I Split The Ring

Okay, I was trying to make Cody's 1983 Half Dollar Ring, and I hit it once too much and split.  There was nothing left to do, but, make something out of it. So, I made a necklace.

 I stared at this split 1983 half dollar, dismayed, what was I going to do, it was supposed to be for Cody, my son and I only had one 1983 half dollar left for his wife, Nicole.  
 So, it was already split, the only thing to do was to cut it all the way through and figure out what I could make from it.
 I decided to make a necklace, but, not realizing how hard it was going to be to shape this piece of metal, I struggled, annealed, hammered, twisted, etc. 
 and this is what I came up with.  I think it looks pretty cool, if not a little rustic, but that only adds to the charm.
 So instead of a ring, Nicole, you have this truly one of a kind,
 authentic, handforged
OOAW Necklace.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Double Sided Half Dollar Coin Rings

I have been wanting to make one of these for such a long time, and I finally got around to it.  This one is for my Oldest son, Mark Kristen, he was born in 1979 and continues to be one of the three brightest lights in my life. I have two other children and as soon as I can find two more coins dated 1982 and 1983, I'll be able to make rings for them!! My kids are my inspiration and are always supportive in everything I do.  Not only that, they love being around me as much as I love being around them and I feel especially fortunate in that.
 I'm really proud of how these turned out, Who Knew!!

Cheshire Cat Desk Sitter - We Are All Mad Here!!

 I had stitched out a Cheshire Face, but it was waaaayy to big for my little Sad Hatter in the previous post, but, you know me, I had to find something to do with it, so, I made this little Cheshire Cat to sit on my workbench and he holds my favorite Pen.

Oh, and I decided to try a little needle felting, so he has
a little streak of white angora in a widows peak underneath the black.

Sad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit

After making "Steampunk Mickey", I had gotten my issue of "Art Doll Quarterly" (love, love, love) and I wanted to make a doll with the expressions on their faces like these had.
The Sad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and The White Rabbit

 Gail Lackey is the artist, and her work is amazing. Oh my gosh!! I just love her work and I am drawn to the sadder darker side of all things artistic.  So, when I saw these, I just fell in love.  Anyway, I decided to try and make my own little character.  I call him the "Sad Hatter".  He started out alone, but, just like everything I do, I had no idea at the time that I started that it would take on an "Alice in Wonderland" tone.  I'm a big fan of "American McGee's Alice" If you are familiar with that, then you know that it is a very dark version of "Alice in Wonderland"
  Of course, my little guy doesn't come anywhere close to her work, but, I still love how he turned out anyway. I also want to send out a thank you for her inspiration.
My little Grand Daughter, Nyah, helped a lot in this production, also.  Just look how focused she is.  She is beautiful.

Here he is with no hair yet, I had made his over sized mad hatter hat, but had not yet completed it yet. 
 His hand looks weird here, but, originally, I had wanted to make a little stick pony, and I've never done hands in clay before, so, give me a break! Okay!

I had found some beautiful velvet fabric, but, not planning ahead, I had to sew them onto his body because his feet and hands were too big to make the clothes and them put them on.  (oops!
 I found some great yarn for his hair, and some organza ribbon for his tie and his cumberbun.

Adding Embellishments to the Hat.  

Added a few feathers and matching organza ribbon for the hat band

Hat is finished except for the handmade hat pins, but, it's soooo cool!!
The Sad Hatter wouldn't be complete without the Cheshire Cat.  Thanks so much to Artapli for this awsome cheshire cat face embroidery design.  I had tried to make another cat from a pattern I had purchased, but, I couldn't get it to work out, so, I just designed my own. This one is sooo tiny.

Oh, we can't forget the White Rabbit, This poor rabbit has been through the mill, he's lookin' a little rough araound the edges.  (On Purpose!! LOL!!)
Oh, I forgot the locket and the watch!  Thanks also to VectoriaDesigns for her awesome graphics designs. Love them and now I  have a bunch of her designs. 

Anyway, say hello to my little Sad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and The White Rabbit!!

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