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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / OK, so I'm a child of the 70s... on: March 03, 2014 06:18:24 PM

My latest wacky earrings. They are a hit at the old folk's home where I work. Each night that I come in, they clamor to see what odd things dangle from my ears.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / How to show my love for my daughter! on: February 16, 2014 07:23:17 PM
I really have no money, but knew just what would make her happiest for Valentine's Day. I worked on this for a month. It begins with a large package and ends with a tiny but wonderful surprise. I was there as she opened each layer. An unforgettable experience.

First the big box which I hauled into her livingroom...

I cut out dozens of illustrations from one of her childhood favorite books that I got for free at a convenience store of all places, and added cut-out text to create funnies.




There are just too many to show, but each is funnier than the last.
Inside of that is another box 'wrapped' in giant easy-to-read "Who Called Notes" with personal jokes on them.

Inside that....
Paper with footie prints on it...


inside that, a fabric painted pillowcase -

next, a giant map of Greece with a favorite quote from the movie Twister

inside that, a box decorated with owls and funny names I cut out of our local phone book!


Names are stuff like Smart Rob, Sargeant Bruce, Pray Kayla, Patch Marvin, Hellman Joel.
inside that, paper that I french-knotted together, forming an envie.

Inside that, an envie featuring Nature inchies...

inside that, a photo I cut from a How to Drum book, with funnies added

inside that, some cut-outs from an antique How to Draw book... turned into an envie

inside that, an envie made from a Russian WatchTower magazine.

inside that, my rainbow zentangles with personal jokes hidden

inside that, a tiny ATC envie made from a Vermont map

And FINALLY  she gets to open her 'real' gift which is a mere ATC (after all that!!)

but the back announces that I quit smoking a month ago.

I must admit it is the most fun in Hell I have ever had. Instead of lighting up, I have spent the last month crafting this.



3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / ##@@&!! Birthdays. on: February 13, 2014 07:08:54 AM
Here is a Grumpy cat card for my nephew. He adores cats and loves Grumpy Cat.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / BlueJays need not apply on: January 30, 2014 10:39:44 AM

I come home with leftovers from where I waitress. Trouble is, they are always in these damnable styrofoam containers with lids that are not recycleable either. I have too many around the house, refuse to chuck them. I have been on a birdfeeder kick lately so did a small one.

I got a hanger out of the closet and some coated wire from a fake flower sprig in my craft box. I also took the sturdy handle off a paper shopping bag, found a skewer in the kitchen drawer, and turned all this into a mini roofed feeder exclusively for the smaller birds.



Yay, they came!!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 'straightening' old contact paper to use as wall border on: January 08, 2014 07:06:21 AM
Hello, all. I need some advice. I just moved and want to use what I have in my stash for redoing the kitchen. I have a long length of turquoise colored contact paper, so old it no longer will stick on it's own, so that is yet another question about fastening it to the wall. It is about three inches wide, maybe 12 feet long.
So, since it is so old and has been stored in rolled/folded form, it has vague creases. How can I get rid of these? I certainly cannot iron them out, and I think even a year under heavy books would result in nothing.
If you think it impossible to straighten out, my next question is how to cut out the bad bits and still make this gorgeous piece of paper useable in the border at the top of my kitchen wall.
thanks for your input!!
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6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Altered My Little Pony for a Christmas gift on: January 01, 2014 12:14:20 PM
This is a Slambovian pony, specifically Gandalf Murphy from one of my daughter's favorite bands.  It is my first altered MLP and I really struggled with it, but for a first I think it is ok.
When I took the head off, the inner rubbery ring broke. I tried every glue and trick possible to get the head to stay on. It is like Nearly-Headless-Nick's sidekick at the moment, but my daughter says she has glue that will work on it.
I got a wig for a buck several months ago, knowing I could somehow use it one day. Thus, the hair and tail.
I am a very poor sewer and mechanical designer so I could not figure out how to fashion the clothes without just sewing them right onto the body. It seemed to work anyhow.

Having no money, I could not go out and buy new paint for the body. I went to the dollar store (only place I can afford) and lo and behold there was nail polish in flesh tone. worked great and went on nice and smooth.

I could not for the life of me get the goatee to stay on so I cut a tiny bit of stocking and used that as a buffer. it worked!

The Slambovians have a song where the audience dances around with parasols -some absolutely gigantic - so I had to include one of those!
There is a painting on the band's drum and that is mostly what I used to do this pony.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Need id help for the stones on this bracelet, please... on: December 29, 2013 05:34:46 PM
This is a found item. I need funds, so I want to put it on Ebay. Hope that is not an inappropriate query for this site...
thanks so much for any help.




8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wee winter scene for Mom on: December 23, 2013 07:36:07 AM

I used a jelly jar, borax, a fawn I have had for years with embroidery thread, a bit of fake holly and a seed bead at the neck, and rosemary sprigs to create this scene for Mom. She is in a nursing home with very little holiday decorations. Hope she enjoys it!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Farewell monogram on: December 05, 2013 09:03:04 AM
My tenant leaves today for Thailand to teach English. He is a great guy and I made this monogram card for him as a farewell gift. His email name is LooseHawks so that is why I chose the images.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I Like To Move it Move it Move it.... Moveable ATC swap on: November 23, 2013 02:16:37 PM


I have been on a real moveable kick this year. It is so much fun. There are tons of ways to approach creating a moveable ATC. Anyone else up for such a swap? I could organize but not for a couple of months 'til my life settles down a bit.

This is a moveable I made this year. The dog walks along the sidewalk.
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