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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / bunny matchbox house 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!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Round 2 Gallery 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.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP APRIL 2014 GALLERY on: Today at 06:12:35 AM

I'm starting to really enjoy making movable cards. I might have to invest in some little brads to make the movements smoother.
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Here is a link to a moveable card swap proposal if you are interested...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429216.0#axzz2zlV7qQv8

The whale breaching is amazing!!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / taking apart old dress for pattern making...how??!! on: April 23, 2014 07:33:06 PM
got a  wonderful vintagy dress made with horrible material. will  be taking it apart and creating a pattern from the pieces to create something quite different. Trouble is, all of the seams are so tightly sewed that I cannot even see a touch of thread where i can get my seam ripper in there. I have no idea how to go about getting all these pieces apart now!
Truly need some advice. please and thank you.  Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fairy Garden Altoid Tin on: April 23, 2014 07:11:05 PM
this is so awesome! I looked at the pics for a long time before realizing that the outer door is a copy of the painted inner scene door. Love the look of the big outer door with those swirls! 'and love the shrooms and walkway stones. Also love that the snail shell is one you found yourself. A terrific job on the whole thing!!
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Round 2 SU 3/19 to 4/4 SO 4/23 on: April 22, 2014 12:23:56 PM
mailed! woo hoo!!
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Round 2 SU 3/19 to 4/4 SO 4/23 on: April 17, 2014 12:30:53 PM
checked in. and to answer the how much time question... I think I put in about ten hours on mine. just couldn't stop! had toooo much fun!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mushroom Mug on: April 13, 2014 10:41:04 AM
love the phrase on it! shroomies are adorbs! will have to try your technique.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY on: April 07, 2014 10:06:32 AM
Chameleon  Hound wrote...

Yeah, I'm not sure what the sunshine stained glass card is made out of. Some form of plasticy window paint? The black lines are wire, I think.


And I looked up little green dragonfly's answer from a past swap where she made me one and here is what she said...

It's a technique I picked up years ago where you super glue wires (to make zones) on a clear piece of plastic. Let dry 24 hours. The flood with opaque window paints. Let dry another 24 hours and then trim, add the border etc.
Getting the zones right is the hardest part - that or not super gluing your fingers together Roll Eyes

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY on: April 07, 2014 09:56:08 AM
awesome zen garden! wow!!!
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