Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Crochet Pot Scrubbie by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
I got the pattern from Digipicsphotography’s Weblog
It works awesome, and it is a great project to help recycle things that might otherwise go to waste; sitting in a landfill for an eternity or two. Cool project, huh? it took less than an hour to do, and if you are faster than I (It isn't hard to do, when I crochet, I tend to take my time about it), you might be able to get this done it 30 minutes or less.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Crochet Santa Hat by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
I've gotten tired of modeling my own hats, so I decided to have the dog model for this one. Of course, it is MUCH bigger than his head!
I got the original pattern from Danette's Angels, but since it was designed as a child's hat, I had to continue increasing until it fit my head.
Don't worry, I'll type it down and post it here soon, for everyone to enjoy!
The red part was done in rounds of single crochet. The white cuff is a strip that I carefully measured to have a few more stitches than the red hat part. I used white yarn to single crochet the two parts together on the rim of the hat. Then I made a pretty white pompom and attached it.
Happy Holidays, from Me, Terry, and Loki!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Snowman Stocking by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
I did this because I had no desire to go out and buy a stocking that was made in China by sweatshop workers. I made this using the Christmas Tree Christmas Stocking pattern on the Lion brand yarn site, which you have to register (free) to see the pattern. A warning about the pattern: when it gets to the heel portion, it gets confusing/ambiguous, so I would make sure that I had the benefit of an experienced crocheter to decipher the pattern before I began.
I made the snowman applique with three crochet circles, and glued on pie wedge eyes and a hat(made out of felt). I hot glued the assembled snowman to the finished stocking. It was big enough to fit a DVD inside, although VERY snugly.
Hubby's Mittens by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
I made these with Lion Brand Wool-Ease black yarn. Most of it is time-consuming single crochet. My husband wears them as a glove "shell".
I had to mix two patterns to get these, as my husband's hands are what garment makers term "irregular". Every mitten pattern I found, even for men's mittens, required me to make them wider and shorter, and to shorten and widen the thumb as well. A great deal of work for someone that doesn't wear them often...
But it's a labor of love!
Blue and Yellow Hat by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
It's big, soft, and has tons of room inside for my hair. (and it has my first puff ball, by the way!)
Unfortunately, I can't remember what yarn I crocheted this hat out of, although I'm 99% sure that it's Lion Brand Homespun yarn, both yellow and blue.
Most of my crochet hats turn out looking something like 'Rasta' hats, because I like the versatility - meaning, if I have a bad hair day, I can take my icky hair and stuff it up under the hat.
This was done in sc, in rounds, with an H hook.
Crochet Snowflakes by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
These were all worked from the book:
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks Patterns and Ideas
by Melody Griffiths
I used white yarn with an additional silvery white metallic thread, and various hooks (depending on the motif) to get the size I wanted. I added a gold metallic yarn loop later, so that these snowflake gifts can be used as ornaments for the holiday season.
I saturated them with starch, let them get dry and crisp, attached the loop, and sent them on to their new homes.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I don't draw often, but when I do, I tend to put my heart and soul into what I do.
Anthro Biker Wolf by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
This is my first Anthro character - a Biker Wolf. It is also my first attempt at drawing a motorcycle. Not spectacular, but it is really good, given that I haven't drawn a motorcycle before. I must have drawn and erased the crossed arms half a dozen times before I got it right!
I was going to put a bar in the background, but decided not to...the 'lone wolf' on an empty street, leaning against a lamppost just says it all about this character.
I don't know what to name him, but he just looks like a 'Bart' to me.
If you are interested in drawing Anthro characters, Draw Furry is a good place to start. It has instructional videos, tutorials, the works.
Happy crafting, and Happy holidays!
Friday, December 11, 2009
It took a while to do. I almost finished it during vacation, but then it made its way down to the bottom of my cross-stitch bag; presumably never to be seen again. I managed to fish it out, wash it off, and finish it. I punched a (somewhat ragged) hole in it, stitched it up, put a pretty little ribbon on it, and sent it to my grandma (a hummingbird fanatic) in the mail. Oh, JOY!
I got the pattern for it at Bird Cross Stitch.
Enjoy it, artsy fartsy peoples!
My husband liked the other afghan I made so much, that he requested one be made for him. There was only one catch...it would have to be made with copious amounts of Red Heart 'Sunshine Print', his favorite yarn print.
This is entirely double crochet, made with a size H hook. The finished product is about 4' wide by 6' long! Can't remember where I found the pattern for the ripple afghan; patterns seem to pile up on a crocheter's computer, and it gets impossible to keep track of them all, or where they originated. When I find the pattern (or IF I do) I'll make sure to post it!
Hope you all enjoy!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Daisy Hat by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
The daisy and leaves were much easier to make. Using an F hook and some bright red bulky Jiffy yarn, this hat came out a little stiff, but it keeps my head REALLY warm!
I got the Hat pattern from CrochetSpot
I had to adapt the pattern to fit my head...if I do the pattern as-is, the hat comes out waaaaay too big. With this hat, I crocheted it just a little bigger than I needed it, so I did [sc2tog, then 1sc in next 3 sts] around, so it would leave a little room in the crown area, but tighten around my forehead like a band.
I got the daisy pattern from:
201 crochet motifs, blocks, projects, and ideas
by Melody Griffiths
I got the pattern for the leaves at: Digipicsphotography’s Weblog
I look FABULOUS!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Purple Work Sampler by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
This one was labor intensive, and at times confusing, but at the same time, when finished it really shows the skill and/or determination of the artist. If you want to see a more detailed picture, just click on the picture itself - it should send you to deviantart.com, where you can then click on it again so you can see a larger photo. While at deviantart.com, you are welcome to cruise my Gallery, if you want to see some more of my art, that I might not have posted here.
I got this chart at Cross Stitchers Club.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Ladybug Hat by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
My Ladybug Hat!
Made with dark green, light green, red, and black sport yarn throughout.
The hat itself is ALL single crochet...a task that would have daunted me in the past. I guess with experience comes patience!
The leaf and ladybug were a little more complicated. I used slip stitch, single, double, and triple crochet on the leaf. the ladybug is triple crochet, with french knots as spots.
I sewed the ladybug on the leaf, then I sewed the leaf to the hat (with yarn and a tapestry needle)
The hat pattern I got from Crochet Spot and the ladybug on a leaf design I got from a book:
201 crochet motifs, blocks, projects, and ideas
by Melody Griffiths
Cool, huh? And ultra cute...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I love this pattern - it looks like something that a little boy would ADORE having embroidered on a shirt pocket (well, maybe one or two bugs, if not the whole thing). Bright colors, mostly primary colors, it is just eye-POPPING!
To get the pattern for this (and a lot of other cool patterns, by the way) you have to go to Cross Stitchers Club.
You have to join to get the patterns, but they don't inundate you with emails like other places do. They give you 1 free pattern a day that you can save in a pdf or print right off your computer. I like it! :D
Friday, October 16, 2009
A Moon for Gwen - Revisited by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
I got the idea to put the stars INSIDE the moon, and it felt like genius. I remembered some stained glass stars that I had seen, and I wanted to copy that style of star. The celtic knotwork seemed to take an eternity to finish, but as you can see, the result is VERY satisfying. I am quite sorry about the (c) in the middle, but I worked hard on this one. I am very proud of it, and I want to protect it.
Medium is pencil on paper.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Here's a photo of the finished product:
and with cloth covers:
If you'd like the recipe, it's on allrecipes.com: Sweet Zucchini Relish
A few notes about this recipe:
*Make sure you have oodles of zucchini!
*Make EXTRA sure that you have enough sugar and vinegar.
*Get all the right spices. If you don't, it just won't taste the same.
*Follow safe canning procedures
The recipe received a 5-star rating on allrecipes. And having tasted it today (I had a little left over, so I stuck it in an unused jar and put it in the fridge), it is easy to see why. DELICIOUS!!! Will I use some for Yule gifts? I'm thinking about it, but it is REEEEEALLY GOOD!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Red-Leaf lettuce, fresh cilantro, pinto beans,carrots, tomatoes, capers, kalamata olives, salami, colby jack cheese - with Goddess Tahini dressing.
Red leaf lettuce, cilantro, carrots, pinto beans, black olives, tomatoes, sausage, colby-jack cheese - with a non-dairy Ranch dressing. (not that we eat non-dairy; it came free)
Both of them were served with a side of roasted garlic-smeared bread. His was whole wheat, mine was gluten free brown rice bread.
Yummy! Hooooray for big salads!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This is a picture of a homemade limoncello project. No, the liquor itself is not homemade - I got it at a liquor store, for the information of any of you BATF agents who are reading my blog.(I don't understand WHY a BATF agent would read my blog, though). Oh, well - just in case then.
Some info on this awesome drink, from Wikipedia:
Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy. It is made from lemon zest (traditionally from the Sorrento lemon, though most lemons will produce satisfactory limoncello), alcohol, water, and sugar. It is light to bright yellow in color, sweet and lemony, but not sour since it contains no lemon juice. Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after dinner digestivo.
Thank you, Wikipedia. You make research so....effortless. (haha!)
I followed the directions for limoncello on this site:
I started it on September 27th, and just yesterday I sneaked a....sniff, and it smells INTOXICATING! (no pun intended)
Next time, I will follow the directions and use Everclear instead of 100 proof vodka (Smirnoff, of course) but it looks like this is going to turn out to taste AWESOME regardless of the type of alcohol used.
I might save this instead of giving it out as Yule gifts. Decisions, decisions...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I am planning on having this auctioned off at the Althing. Just because I'm not going doesn't mean that I can't contribute to the cause!
I have no mounting kit, so I did the best I could, with a T-square and a piece of blue construction paper. It looks professional....as long as the one looking at it doesn't scrutinize it too much. This would look great on a heathen's wall - I'm sure that it will be given a good home.
I am mounting the Thor's Hammer cross stitch as well. Hopefully it will need no matting to make it look great, and fill in the gaps. I had to choose an odd frame for the 'Thor Bless This Home' cross stitch, because it was mighty hard to find a square picture frame that small. I got both frames at goodwill; this one was $0.99.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A beautiful blue and white chevron blanket that I crocheted in worsted weight yarn. The first and second are single crochet, and the rest of the blanket is a nice, loose double crochet. This is to be a gift for a friend, although it is going to take me a while to get it to him. Hopefully, he doesn't check this page! I couldn't help boasting a little, though - this is my first afghan, as well as my first attempt at chevrons. Came out good, huh?
Hope you like!
Monkey's Fist key chain by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
A Monkey's Fist is a type of knot, and this one is a...slightly sloppy representation. But for a first one, I think it came out SUPER! Done with paracord. The key is Terry's motorcycle key, which, if the weather continues to deteriorate, he won't be using for a while.
Faerie Ravine by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
This painting is an anniversary gift for Krystina and Thorfin, based on a drawing that she did. She asked me to paint the hand and the faerie, but she had no opinion on the background - she told me to use my imagination. "Be an artist, make it up...." and all that jazz.
Here is the finished product. I hope you all enjoy!
Medium is acrylics on canvas board.
Monday, September 7, 2009
#1. The vikings did not use 'moc' leather for shoes.
#2. The vikings did not sew up their shoes with flat rawhide thread. They most likely used linen strengthened with beeswax. I checked.
#3. The use of the 'baseball' stitch is not supported by historical evidence.
So, why did I make them this way? I'll tell you why. I made them out of moc leather because I am new at leatherworking, it is easy for a beginner to work with, it is light, (and best of all) it is on the cheaper side. Moc leather also comes in a staggering array of colors.
I used rawhide thread because it is large, easier to work with, and cheaper than the round leather thread (which I used on the front and top, just to see what the stitch would look like with that thread. I'll pass.).
I used the baseball stitch because I haven't done it before, and it seemed like something cool and new to try out. Simple as that!
Here they are, then:
Here is the Front view:
The Top view:
And the Back view:
What they look like on my feet:
You may notice in this picture that there is a lot of room in the toes; a bulge there even! Why do they look like this you ask? Well, it was really cold in Northern Europe, and the climate wasn't very dry. To keep their feet from freezing, they would shove cloth, wool and straw into the toes. For an "insole" they would use straw on the bottoms, to repel wetness. They may have also worked beeswax into them, in another effort to repel moisture.
People in Europe had worn shoes much like this for centuries. Viking ankle boots were made out of tougher leather (of course), and possibly had a thicker sole (although some Viking-Age excavations turned up shoes made of one piece of leather, hence this pattern.
I've come to a conclusion while leatherworking: I am NOT going to end up a master leatherworker. I've tried it several times, and it's something that I don't particularly enjoy, although, in a survival situation, if I had to make my own leather clothing (well, shoes anyway) I could.
This is only the first pattern. I found another, taller pattern that looks a bit more cozy and stylish. Pictures will be forthcoming...as soon as I finish the shoes!
Hope you like,
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
My Dad is AWESOME by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
This is the cross stitch card that I made for my dad. I used 2-sided tape to attach it to the inside of the window of the card. It might not be my first cross-stitch, but it is definitely my first cross-stitch card. COOL!
Oh, and did I mention.....that my dad is AWESOME?!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thor's Hammer Cross Stitch by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
It was extremely tedious, required a lot of counting, and it was all the same color. The results are striking, but I don't think I'll EVER do this one again. Too boring when it's all the same color.
If you decide not to heed my warning, and would like to cross-stitch this masterpiece go here: http://crossstitch.about.com/od/freecrossstitchpattern1/ig/Wiccan---Pagan-Symbols/Thor-s-Hammer---Mjolnir-Chart.htm
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tyr is known by many names, most notably, The One-handed God.
Thanks to wikipedia, I do not have to re-type the story in detail. Here's the short version:
'According to the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, at one stage the gods decided to shackle the wolf Fenrisulfr (Fenrir), but the beast broke every chain they put upon him. Eventually they had the dwarves make them a magical ribbon called Gleipnir. It appeared to be only a silken ribbon but was made of six wondrous ingredients: the sound of a cat's footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, bear's sinews (meaning nerves, sensibility), fish's breath and bird's spittle. The creation of Gleipnir is said to be the reason why none of the above exist. Fenrir sensed the gods' deceit and refused to be bound with it unless one of them put his hand in the wolf's mouth.
Tyr, known for his great honesty and courage, agreed, and the other gods bound the wolf. After Fenrir had been bound by the gods, he struggled to try and break the rope. When the gods saw that Fenrir was bound they all laughed, except Tyr, who had his right hand bitten off by the wolf. Fenrir will remain bound until the day of Ragnarök. As a result of this deed, Tyr is called the "Leavings of the Wolf". '
Most people, seeing through the misty veil of Christianity, misconstrue this story as an act of sacrifice: Tyr "sacrificed" his sword hand for the safety of his brethren. But this act was in fact one of bravery and justice: about doing what is right, regardless of the cost.
To my knowledge, this is the only painting that has ever been done of Tyr and the Wolf in this perspective. In every portrayal I have found, the hand is missing, or he is still two-handed, feeding the wolf, Fenris. I felt like a genius when the idea of this perspective occured to me. I am so glad that it worked, and I hope this painting does him "justice"! (Oh, the pun was bad, but it made me feel soooo soooo good!)
Hail, Tyr, bravest of the Gods!
An interesting bloggie fact to clog up your brain, thanks to Wikipedia:
Tuesday is in fact "Tyr's Day." This is because the Anglo-Saxons at that time pronounced Tyr's name as "Tiw" thus giving his name to the 2nd day of the week.
Friday, July 3, 2009
All of us are searching for something.
Some of us are lucky, and stumble upon our purpose early in life.
I think that these people are rare.
Some of us live on the fringes of our purpose.
We live happy lives, but never reach our full potential.
Some find our purpose late in life, and attack it with gusto,
Throwing caution to the wind.
And still, more of us never find what we are looking for.
If you are of the last group you have two choices:
You can become bitter, because you never found your purpose,
Or you can feel blessed.
You can take joy in the fact that you had the opportunity to take this journey.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Is this cool, or what?! Thor in a Hula skirt...who would've thunk it? :D
Blessings of the Gods,
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Believe it or not, I found a synthetic (plastic and wire) wreath in the garbage at my apartment complex and fished it out. I fluffed it back up, attached some tiny pine cones with craft wire, and bought some ribbon and plastic poinsettias for less than $5. I made a beautiful bow with the ribbon, wrapped a length of ribbon around the wreath, added the poinsettias, and VOILA! A beautiful wreath.
It made me feel so good to finish this project! It was mostly good 'ol elbow grease that got this one done!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
It came out pretty cool, although I do like the original better.
Blessings of the Gods,
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This painting is one that I did on a lark - it was just an idea that wouldn't go away, not until I painted it out of my head. This one sold almost immediately, and I've had requests for posters to be made.
In due time!
Blessings of Odin,
Monday, March 16, 2009
Unfortunately, with Nerthus, I had little to work with. I have to admit that my artwork is best when it comes from structure - in the case of Gods and Goddesses, this structure is the myths that surround them. I wrote a bit about Nerthus in my Charming of the Plow packet (which, in the excitement of the whole experience, forgot to give to Troy…oops, my bad). So, since it is easily looked up on Wikipedia and the like, I will not delve deep into the history of Nerthus, just my UPG (Unsubstantiated Personal Gnosis). AGAIN - this is my own PERSONAL feelings of Nerthus.
Nerthus is a goddess of fresh, standing water - that of ponds and lakes. This is why I depicted her dipping her feet into a pond. She is a goddess of preparation - preparing the earth for the new season. I put flowers in her hair - a sign of the coming spring. Continuing in that vein, she is an earth goddess - our careful preparation of the soil leads to fruitful results. Her dark hair, the color of moist, nutrient-rich earth was not an accident. It may also be obvious to you all that she is a big girl - as many earth goddesses were depicted. Being shown in this way is a very primal statement - it means that the fruitfulness of the earth will lead to prosperity -which equals more food to eat.
All in all, I think it came out well. I particularly like the expression on her face, and was told by others that they liked it too. I must be doing something right!
Freyja, Goddess of Love by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
The amorous goddess of sexual love beckons her lover to her bed...
I took artists' license with Brisingamen; it just kept getting more beautiful...so I just rolled with it.
I loved how this one came out. Sorry, all - this one just flew off the shelf, and was sold as soon as it was viewed at Falcon Kindred's Idunna blot on March 07, 2009.
Congratulations, Troy! You are now the proud owner of an Aud painting!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This is a sketch which will hopefully be used for a layout to a painting. The rectangle is where the edges of the painting will be. Maybe I should add the shadow of a tree in front of the moon, and behind Mani. hmmmm......
This is my newest female nude. I am focusing more right now on layouts and sketches, but I decided to take this one further and develop it. Love the detail. I AM a genius! :)
Hope you all enjoy!
Blessings of the Gods
Friday, March 13, 2009
Medium is Acrylics on Canvas
It was SUPER hard trying to come up with an Ullr painting. When you paint Gods and Goddesses, you literally invite them into your mind, heart, and home. Being from Florida, connecting with a god of winter sport was tough for me - snow is, for me, still a novelty! I had to connect with his hunter aspect, and once I did, it seemed to be effortless. Hope you all enjoy!
Hail Ullr, God of Bow, Snow, and Ski!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Welcome to Auð's ArtBlog!
I love to paint, and I have been revived by this 'series' - paintings of the Norse gods and Goddesses.
I'll also post other things - pencil portraits, saw blade paintings, etc.
I hope you enjoy my blog, and come back often. :)
Here, for your enjoyment, is the Goddess Sunna:
Sunna, Goddess of the Sun by ~audreydc1983 on deviantART
The official title is - “Sunna, Goddess of the Sun”
Medium is acrylics on canvasboard.
Blessings of the Gods,