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1  CANADA / Ontario / Re: WANT TO START RECYLE FOR THE ARTS PROJECT on: August 01, 2015 01:10:23 PM
There's finally something underway on this project. There's a Facebook page set up, and the organizers have a stand at this weekend's Maker Festival at Toronto Reference Library. Stop by to get on the mailing list, or like them on Facebook to keep in touch.


2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Little Audrey 2 on: July 29, 2015 05:56:08 PM
Awww, what a lil' cutie! Kiss

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene - Gallery on: July 26, 2015 02:29:54 PM
and yes...I have a collection of sticks.. Grin

Who doesn't? This is probably the one place you can admit that without apology or explanation! Wink

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: BBQ/Smoker/fire pit from a 44 gallon drum on: July 26, 2015 02:26:48 PM
Wow! What a spectacular project! Those 44-gallon drums must be the most re-purposed industrial object in the world. So useful for so many things. It was very smart of you to repaint it with high-heat paint; people often just leave them unpainted, but they rust through very quickly. This should last for many years of happy cooking. Smiley

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene - Gallery on: July 25, 2015 04:35:36 PM
I'm very curious what you filled the miniature beanbag chair with. And does it have that characteristic "squooshiness" of the full-size one?

Is there a story to go with the Jetsons' portrait?

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OMG - I need a drink swap GALLERY (send outs July 10) on: July 24, 2015 04:30:40 PM
I've always loved those little creatures that hang on the edge of your glass. But they do seem like a choking incident waiting to happen, especially when the drinker has already had too many Singapore Slings to notice the little plastic mermaid. Cheesy

The Tiki Bar sign is the best, though. I've always regretted that I'm not old enough to have gone to real tiki bars. When I was growing up, sipping a Mai Tai at Trader Vic's was just about the most fun thing an adult could do, at least according to magazines.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene - Gallery on: July 23, 2015 04:40:46 PM
I'm so impressed by those tiny cushions - I'll bet they weren't easy to do!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene - Gallery on: July 22, 2015 04:26:18 PM
And Wulf, I have to sob a little about the project for this swap that was still-born.  I wanted to make the waxwork from "The Empty House" but I realized I had not left myself enough time to make a proper portrait of Jeremy Brett in miniature.  Cry Maybe some day!

-gasp!- What a treasure it would have been! But you're right - far too ambitious to attempt within a swap. Of course if you can turn a race driver into Napoleon with just a haircut and bigger lapels, I think it'd be entirely possible for you! Wink

Seeing the hatch on the ceiling reminded me why it's a hatch and not a front door: because I realized it would be horizontal like that, and I thought a house door wouldn't make any sense. I bet you're going to get lots of great questions about it there!

The Parisian sign is just made of bits of ordinary hardware store wire, Elderflower. About 18 gauge, I think. I cut and bent the pieces with pliers and soldered them together using plumber's flux, electronics solder and a pocket torch. It was surprisingly easy. Getting the excess flux off afterwards was the hardest part - it's very greasy.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OMG - I need a drink swap GALLERY (send outs July 10) on: July 21, 2015 07:26:07 PM
By next month, Lynda, you'll really need that drink! Wink

I received my package from spazgirl1981 today, which has a lot more inside it than its small size would suggest.

First, some fun extras:

A wine glass yoke, so you can sling your drink around your neck to keep both hands free for the buffet table. This is such a great idea - I'm just not sure if I could ever be so openly greedy to use it! A couple of bottle opener rings (so smart! so discreet!) and a bottle of lime-flavoured salt for the rim of your beer bottle. I can't decide if this is brilliant or awful - I'll have to try it to find out. Cheesy

Next, a tiny cocktail shaker, decorated in copper and gold. I've never used one of these single-serving shakers, so I can hardly wait to try it out. It's very funny that we each sent the other a shaker!

Recipes and a card with great 3-D drinks stickers on it. One of the recipes is for "Highly Alcoholic Butterbeer", which calls for Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka. That sounds like a Harry Potter product too!

I mentioned Nick and Nora Charles in my questionnaire, and Betsy put their silhouettes on bar towels for me! If you don't know, Nick and Nora (and their dog, Asta) are the stars of "The Thin Man", "The Return of the Thin Man" and other 1930's mystery movies. They're New York socialites and detectives - sort of. Mostly they just wear great clothes, drink an astounding amount and make witty remarks. If you don't have time to watch any of the Thin Man movies on YouTube, someone has edited this short collection that shows Nick and Nora doing what they do best. And incidentally, I love the size of these towels, too - one of my complaints about glass towels is that they're usually too small, but these are absolutely huge!

Thanks so much for all this! I knew this swap would be fun, and it has been. Cheesy



I tried the tiny cocktail shaker this evening, and it's terrific! Fits perfectly in one hand, and seals tightly. (Not always the case with shakers, unfortunately.) I can't believe I've lived this long without one!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene - Gallery on: July 21, 2015 06:57:11 PM
Okay, get right up close to the screen, because some of this is so small it's hard to see. Cheesy

In my questionnaire, I mentioned that I my future retirement hobby is going to be making miniature room boxes of scenes from the Sherlock Holmes stories. As I hoped, Ludi took up that idea, but she ran off with it in directions I never expected.

I could begin anywhere, but I think I'll start with the piece de resistance. I've included a small ruler in most shots so you can see the scale.

One of Sherlock Holmes minor eccentricities is that he keeps his pipe tobacco in the toe of a Persian slipper beside the fireplace. And here is that tiny slipper! I'm so thrilled to have this, because it's something I could never make for myself and I can't imagine how else I would ever get one. And of course, no miniature of 221b Baker Street would be complete without it.

The story "The Adventure of the Three Napoleons" involves plaster busts of Le Petit Empereur, one of which contains a secret. I love this little sculpture - it would be shame to have to smash it apart! Sorry my photo isn't very good; for some reason my camera would only focus on the ruler, not the bust.

I don't think these three little bottles are specific to a Holmes story, but they're amazing. I measured them with my scale ruler, and in 1:12 scale, they're only 2 inches high!

Holmes and Watson read a lot of newspapers, and Ludi made two sheets of microfiche-sized Victorian newspaper and magazine pages.

My camera can't hope to capture the detail, but these pages are perfect!

But there's more! Some pages from an old collection of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories: "The Sign of Four", "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Ring of Thoth". The last one is very funny to see here, because although it's by Doyle, it's decidedly not a Holmes story! I guess the publisher thought no one would notice.

That particular page of "The Sign of Four" is the scene with Toby the tracking dog, and here he is!

And finally, the only large package in the box, a whole pile of assorted heads, limbs and bodies of racecar drivers and other people. Shocked (Are these your creations, Ludi?) Plus other figures in several different scales, and a metal figure of a skeletal horse, which I'm going to have to find a very special place for. (What is that object with the sphere on top, anyway?)

I love all this so much, Ludi! Having the Persian slipper in hand, I've decided I'm going to get a jump start on retirement and make the fireplace of 221b Baker St. now. That way I'll have a place to display the slipper, the bottles and the Napoleon bust!

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