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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Near-death rose petals, baby food containers, plastic containers on: May 16, 2010 06:00:30 AM
New baby temporarily in the house, so we have lots of plastic baby food containers. I've used a couple for soap-making to destash, but I'm almost out of soap, and I hate throwing them (or anything V_V) away. I have too many buttons (I use a fishing tackle box for them) for them to be used for buttons, and I'm having the darnedest time thinking of other tiny things that I don't have places for (have places for pins, hair pins, earring backs) Also have amassed a random bunch of other plastic containers (yogurt, soda, food product stuff mostly) that I was using for soap.

Also have 2 dozen roses worth of half-dead rose petals, slowly turning crispy with death. I feel bad, just letting them go to waste. I don't have a garden and the idea of composting was vetoed by others in the house. I DID learn that rose petals in glycerin soap can turn green. Kinda weirded me out.

12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer baby/toddler safety/glitter in polymer on: May 14, 2010 04:44:18 AM
I have a BUNCH of polymer sitting around that I bought for a failed project. I now have a 9 month old temporarily in my home as well, a grand-niece (no, I'm not THAT old, just the baby of the family) whose family came to this state with nothing but a duffle bag- her & her 2 y/o brother have very few toys (a couple stuffed items, a few recently amassed McD's toys, and whatever we've bought them) so I've been crafting up a storm with baby/toddler stuff.

Is polymer safe for kids that tend to mouth things? I can't for the life of me find any answers. Obviously it would have to be items that are too big to be put in the mouth entirely, and I'll make them sturdy one-piece items, but just wanting to make sure they won't poison the darlings.

Also, a couple of my packages were stored near glitter, which apparently spontaneously exploded, and made its way into the plastic packaging. It's random craft glitter, is it still safe to bake?
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cardboard Cabinet Attempt One on: April 30, 2010 03:56:23 PM
BRADS! Yes. Never remember that word.
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Colin the Sock Monkey Zombie Pirate *Avast Ye Young Rapscallions!* IMAGE HEAVY on: April 30, 2010 09:26:29 AM
The eye hanging out sent me into a fit of giggles.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knifty Knitter baby hat on: April 30, 2010 09:23:36 AM
A friend gave me a giant box of leftover yarn. My 8 y/o and I immediately started to knit a hat for my great niece, whose family is moving here in less than a week (!) so I ended up finishing it for my daughter. The reverse 'ribbing' is done with a e-wrap stitch, the rest is purl stitched, as that seems easier for 8 y/o hands to accomplish. The "rose" on top (which I didn't get a decent photo of) was done with a technique I learned in a tutorial long ago, I may have botched it as I couldn't find the tute again. The light pink yarn seemed to be an acrylic, I have no idea about the rose colored yarn
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cardboard Cabinet Attempt One on: April 30, 2010 09:14:43 AM
I get lots of stuff in the mail via internet. So I have LOTS of boxes. I used two to make a cabinet:


Done solely with stuff found around my house, including cardboard (mail boxes) masking tape, mod podge, pennies, watch parts, and broken jewelry, and a lot of pages out of a book about Ireland that I bought at the thrift store a long time ago. I also added a length of ribbon between the... I can't remember what they're called, the things that hold paper together with two prongs? to hold the doors shut.



Next time, no masking tape to keep the top/bottom flat, instead I believe I'll use wire nails. It is sturdy enough, and is currently hung on the wall via thumbtacks and being used as a medicine cabinet. My 8 year old wants to help make one.
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doctor Horrible Puppet, Freeze Ray of suck, Capt Hammer repaint, many pics on: April 30, 2010 09:03:09 AM
I'm in a shadowcast, and because we didn't have enough people to make a costume change for Dr Horrible, the quick changes were covered by a puppet:



Made of flannel (which, in retrospect, I wouldn't suggest, but everything else was already in my house, and I got the flannel on sale, so he effectively cost $1.00 to make), cardboard and felt for the mouth and features, gold puffy fabric paint and darker antique acrylic for the hair (I didn't have yellow or brown) his shirt was a toddler's shirt cut down to size that I wish I had had time to mend a bit, the med symbol was drawn on by hand with fine point sharpies. The goggles were made of coke bottle tops and felt, and more

And here is a photo of him in action at the show:



I also made many of our other props for the show, including a crappy freeze ray (Daughter's broken water gun + acrylics)



And a mini captain hammer for the scene during "Brand New Day" when he gets stepped on. His paint job was done the night before, and again, a toy stolen from my daughter that I had to replace an arm (taken from McD's Astro Boy) cuz the dog had chewed it.

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loom knit projects on: January 24, 2010 09:08:44 AM
Two hats made with loom, both on green knifty knitter round loom.


Fuzzy hat... normal brimmed hat. Used one strand dark green acrylic strand, one strand fun fur in greens & blues. LOVE this hat. (My tie collection is on the wall behind it...)




Brim hat, no pattern. First time doing purl stitch, had to figure out a brim by myself. Did make it too short, but my 7 year old likes it. Used one strand chunky yarn.



The top of the hat... wish I had a better picture. It looks like a flower. Again, no pattern, tried to make it flat.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Oooh, SHOCK TREATMENT!!! (LOTS of pics, a tad risque) on: March 17, 2009 02:41:44 AM
NICE!!! I'm the Director/Costume designer of our RHPS shadow cast, and those are some fantastic costumes. I love Janet's "little black dress" and now I have that song stuck in my head.

Let me tell you, it is ALWAYS a thrill to see audience dressed up. To us the main reason to do Rocky is to give the audience somewhere to allow their freak out (and to allow ours to run rampant as well.)
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffy Stiffies, the phallic plush! (NSFW, kind of image heavy) on: March 17, 2009 02:28:54 AM


So, I found two grocery-sized (ish) bags of random felt remnants and such... some of it was a yard or two of it! Of quite a few colors. I also happened to have some (cheapish) embroidery thread.

Now, when I get a bit tipsy at our local favorite bar (in between badly sung karaoke songs) I tend to draw characters I refer to as Happy (or Sad, or whatever) Penises. Penises that have the anime/Japanese style emoticons for faces (Such as ^.^ an whatnot)

So, without further ado... My stuffy Stiffies... also with my first trial run/fail at a stuffy vagoo.

 
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This is my first lil guy, named Victor. Victor works in tech support, is a Scorpio, and likes dogs. (Victor wears a happy face ^,^)

 
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A slightly off attempt, I for some reason thought that instead of whipstitching (which I think gives them character) I sewed it (all by hand) rightsides facing in. He ended up looking... a lil lopsided, and with his expression (A rather dismayed look X_X) he was henceforth named Igor. Unfortunately this photo (of him stealin the spotlight from a friend's facebook) is the only decent photo I have... Igor is a recluse, who works in a lab, and is an Aries.

 
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This was a gift for a good girl friend of mine, who's husband is on deployment with the Navy. She has named him E2 AS-Seamen Recruit Willy. He has a (rather weird looking) navy hat (standard stiffy issue, of course!) which is removable, and a lovey kissey face (^3^) which I am trying to demonstrate rather poorly in the photo adjoining.

I don't have a photo of my fourth attempt, because he was promptly sold to a family friend. As I had to quit my parttime job, I'm seriously considering selling these rather popular lil boys since they are SO fun to make and soon my purse will be filled... they travel EVERYWHERE with me. And hey, if that weird lady at the bar can sell old half dead roses, why can't I try to sell some stuffy stiffies? Cheesy

My fifth attempt was a littler guy... Dinky...

 
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Dinky shows off how bad my embroidery skills are (His face is supposed to be embarrassed... ;._.) but he's such a cutey anyway! He's a computer geek who isn't afraid to show his sensitive side, and is a Virgo.

My (REALLY failed) attempt at a more feminine stuffy...

 
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Now, one of the reasons I do these is cuz I have horrible insomnia lately... insomnia does not bode well for designing and implementing new ideas. For instance, I first made the labia (yes, only one set... I got so frustrated!) sewed it and stuffed it, sewed the backing/inside, THEN attached the clitoris, which should have gone on first in retrospect... she has no face, as it was just a trial.

If anyone is interested, I can try to scan my various templates, although it's pretty straightforward and easy.
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