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1  bunny matchbox house in Completed Projects by blupaisan on: Today at 08:24:29 AM


For the One Tiny surprise Thing swap, I altered a 4-inch kitchen matchbox.
From my old job I got a real blueprint and glued it to the outside to make things interesting.

a snip of one of the matches became a flowerbox, from which cascades green thread and tiny tufts of yarn.



this is the first floor with fridge, stove, table, chair, vase,  hatrack, and stairs. Oy, the stairs were epic fail after 3 attempts with glue to harden the cardboard, serious scoring, and even trying to attach them to a thin wood 'base' at the back. they simply did not want to stay in their shape after I made them.
the vase came out ok, tho, just a teeny shell with more fake flowers from the window box.
hatrack is one side of a hook and eye sewing notion. Hat is make out of fake pink leather, blue feather on it from that yarn also.
chair and table are individual construction, glueing tiny bits of bamboo onto white cardboard.
Wallpaper courtesy of LadyBugsandBumbleBe es, just up and mailed me a package of goodies 'cause she's like that....
rug is acrylic sweater.


second floor, bamboo ladder (every time I cut another rung, and it was too long, I'd exclaim out loud "THAT'S too long??!!" i did not think anything could physically be cut smaller.)

sofa is just a rolled up piece of fabric, following an original idea of wanting it to look futonish. dont know if it does...  bookcase was a blast to make but each time I colored and cut a tiny bit of bamboo to be a book, it basically shattered under the pressure of my scissors. i then turned to my xacto blades.

third floor is bunny's art studio. I took a pushpin and cut off most of the pin part. that is the table. I made a palette from thin foam and a brush from a quarter of the threads in a jute garden string. I colored the long end black then glued it to be a stiff handle. the other end I left brown and just fluffed out with a needle to be the brush end.
the mess sink is just folded aluminum foil.
easel was a challenge, too. did not have internet access the whole time I was making this. usually, I google what something looks like but had to go on memory of what an easel looks like.
it was hilarious to be working on a tiny accessory and suddenly look down and it was gone . Not in my lap, not on table or floor. so tiny is just plum disappeared!!
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2  Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: Today at 07:56:45 AM

here is a shot of the paint-splattered studio floor.


and my favorite element on the first floor,

the hat rack made from a sewing notion (those hook and eye thingies) but maybe my other fave is the teeny tiny shell used as a vase.

I did those darn stairs 3 times and they never did succeed! I would love some advice, as I want to do another one of these little matchbox houses. I tried lots of glue, I tried deep scoring, I tried a sturdy stick to which it could be fastened. My left thumb does not exactly work and this did have something to do with it, but there has to be a method I have not yet approached short of constructing each individual step out of wood. I wanted to get the feel of a truly open stairway.
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by blupaisan on: March 20, 2014 05:37:51 PM
   
   




Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Bertie Bott's Beans
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.) n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Victorian ATC shrine
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) For a Victorian Creation, I took an old box and glued music from that era on it and very old lace bits. I put a tiny stand inside and it features "my current favorite ATC" which will change whenever. Currently it is my Valentine ATC made Acadian Driftwood.
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4  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 19, 2014 05:30:22 AM

card by CDEeeek, theme Antique Nautical.
I looove it! Adore old maps of the sea, love knots (CD said they are hard to learn) and I hope y'all can read the blurry piece written by Lord Byron. Complete with burned-type edging.
Thank you, CDEeeek. I had no idea what somebody would come up with for this theme. I think you totally rocked it!
Might you have a clearer pic? My camera is beginning to croak.
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5  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 16, 2014 10:56:25 AM


Here is the wonderful card that vincentvanbuck made for my Vintage Children's books theme. He grew up with Richard Scarry, as did I and my daughter! I am sure millions of kids loved his work. vvb describes his fond memories of going to his grandmother's where their first order of the day was to read a Scarry book. (He and his brother are represented here, with Grandma as the reader.)
Adorable! I loooove lowly worm.
Thank you so much, vincentvanbuck. Makes my heart sing!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by blupaisan on: March 15, 2014 11:28:07 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Pitch (10 from Gryffindor pls with bludger!)
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.) N/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Running With Scissors
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) Time to dip into my old stash and repurpose something I was certain was entirely unusable. I bought a super cheap sewing set just for the mini spools of thread which I turn into long earrings of 5 spools each. Knowing the 2 cent scissors wouldn't cut butter, I let them hang around. Now I see they would make great (and safe) earrings!
So with some embroidery thread and beads, I made them. The inferior quality of the scissors showed themselves on day one, and promptly fell apart. Luckily, a friend found a missing bit on her rug and I was able to reconstruct. Some E6000 took care of it all. I will wear them to work tonite.
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7  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 15, 2014 10:01:02 AM

ale0059 asked for Music for her theme. She is very busy so I am posting what I sent her.
She is a Jr Hi Music teacher so I chose to document what I did in Jr Hi at one Christmas concert. I rolled my flute mouthpiece up to my mouth and started singing the tune we were playing so it could come out the other end into Nancy's ear. We both cracked up seriously and my parents were mortified at my behavior. Ahhhh, wonderful memories!
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by blupaisan on: March 14, 2014 06:42:17 PM
   
   





House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spare Those Cuffs! (Detention in the Dungeons)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) So, I landed a job back in November at an assisted living place working in the dining room. Our uniform was to be black pants and white short sleeved shirt. At the time I was living on pennies (well, I still am, just twelve instead of five) so I went to the thrift shop where they had no short sleeved shirts in November. I chose a long sleeved blouse and cut the sleeves off. The cuffs were quite fetching and I did not want to discard them. I made bracelets out of them.
I have been so busy since, and only just now completed this project. I am only showing one, since they look the same.
At first I sewed the sides right up, then tried to fit it over my hand. I mean, I have small wrists, but big hands and I spent a good 5 minutes trying to force them on. Um, how to get them off? Pliers. So I revamped and sewed differently and now I can get them on and off.
Embellished with keys and beads. I like how they came out!
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9  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 18 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 12, 2014 11:06:33 AM

Anana is sorry about missing the big day, but is there in spirit!!
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10  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 11, 2014 09:13:57 AM
Received from La Chapa!
for my Anything Nature theme, she made me two...it was a BOGO!

These are done with pastels, one of my favorite mediums to work with. I have never tried them on black paper, tho. Must do now!


check out the wonderful bark details and color on that shelf mushroom one!

for my Wild Cat theme...

Stunning white tiger! Love those eyes.
Thank you so much, La Chapa. I think you did a truly wonderful job on my themes. Really honed in on my likes and style.
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