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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / DIY Cheap and Easy Bird Deterrent (for berry garden) on: June 21, 2015 03:16:01 PM
Hi All,

We have two large berry patches, and the birds keep getting to my berries before the kiddos. I saw this product on Amazon that looked cool, and leverages birds' fear/dislike of shiny things (http://www.amazon.com/Repellent-Repeller-Woodpeckers-Deterrent-Scarecrows/dp/B00UNAVW1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434923459&sr=8-1&keywords=bird+scare+disc) but of course was not going to spend so much money.

Instead, I used these metal stem wires (from the floral section of the craft store... about $3) and this package of pailette-style sequins ($0.99) to make my own set of bird deterrents.



You can use needle-nose pliers to shape them, but the wire was thin enough that I did these with my hands. Make sure that the sequins can twist around to really spook those berry thieves!




As you can see, once I put all 20 of my stems in the ground, they aren't really that visible (I like the natural look).



Enjoy your berries! Let me know what other ideas you have, too Smiley
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Craftster mentioned in the comedy/advice podcast Laurel and Hardly on: February 03, 2015 02:38:42 PM
You can download on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-laurel-and-hardly-podcast/id955050475) or Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/laurel-and-hardly-podcast).

Smiley

Also, here is one of their memes... their logo is cross stitched (to explain the inside joke)
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Craftster mentioned in the comedy/advice podcast Laurel and Hardly on: February 02, 2015 02:00:33 PM
I was so excited to hear the Laurel and Hardly Podcast tell everyone to look up knitting tutorials on Craftster! It's in episode #6, "Fashion Talk." I don't want to spoil it for you all, but it was in relation to a listener question about... um... personal grooming.

I love this podcast, but need to remember not to play it in the vicinity of my children. It's way too dirty.  
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Illegal drop-side crib becomes outdoor play tent on: June 07, 2014 10:13:49 PM
Anyone else have a drop-side crib? Now that they are illegal, we can't give it away. I used the long sides of ours to make this outdoor tent for my youngest.



I used zip ties to make the basic shape I wanted and then drilled on a couple of pieces of wood I tore out of the drawer to make the basic frame.





The fabric is 2.5 yards of picnic table fabric ($3.99/yard), which I folded in half lengthwise and threaded through the slats. I then was kind of winded... I intended to use velcro to complete the project (so I could launder the covering). Instead I called on my best friend, Ms. Glue Gun.





The whole project took about an hour, and the only thing I bought was the fabric. I'm thinking it should do pretty well in the outdoor weather on our back porch.

Hope this is helpful. I bet you folks could make some amazing tents!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 3-D pinwheel baby and doll quilt on: April 25, 2014 04:45:38 PM
Thanks everyone! I used this tutorial, ironed everything (even though the instructions say not to) and didn't pin anything because I'm very, very lazy. And..... It turned out great! So, if you actually pay attention to detail, you are SURE to be just fine Wink

Uh. I mean here it is: http://www.pumpkinpatchquilter.com/2011/09/3d-pinwheel-block-tutorial.html

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 3-D pinwheel baby and doll quilt on: April 25, 2014 04:44:26 PM
Thanks everyone! I used this tutorial, ironed everything (even though the instructions say not to) and didn't pin anything because I'm very, very lazy. And..... It turned out great! So, if you actually pay attention to detail, you are SURE to be just fine Wink
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 3-D pinwheel baby and doll quilt on: April 22, 2014 11:08:58 AM
More pics :



8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 3-D pinwheel baby and doll quilt on: April 22, 2014 10:57:46 AM
Finally made my first 3-d quilt for a new baby, and a doll quilt for the big sister Smiley

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kid-size Star Wars X-Wing! on: March 11, 2013 04:07:11 PM
Love to laugh? Try the Laurel and Hardly Podcast!
iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-laurel-and-hardly-podcast/id955050475)
Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/laurel-and-hardly-podcast)
FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/LaurelAndHardly)


Presenting our cardboard X-wing fighter jet:




My six-year-old and I had a blast making it this weekend, based on his thorough requirements:


I especially love the arrow showing that the helmet goes onto his head (to avoid any confusion, I presume). I also used this blog to help me plan out the construction: http://growingupdying.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-build-x-wing.html

We used cardboard, dowel rods (to help hold up the wings), tons of duct tape and spray paint.



Here are a couple of shots showing how I threaded a very long piece of cardboard through slots in the hull, and then reinforced with duct tape:







Inside view of dowel rods taped together:


R2D2 is half of a styrofoam sphere. I'm glad I had two halves, because I needed one for practicing. I painted a milk bottle cap black and glued that on to be one of his cool gadgets. I then hot glued him to the top of the ship:


My son designed and manufactured the weapons on his own, by the way. Made from typing paper and more duct tape. A lot of duct tape went into this project Wink

Overall it was a very easy project, and has led to a lot of great playtime. I estimate total cost around $20. Now just need to figure out where it will live in our home.

May the force be with you!

Love to laugh? Try the Laurel and Hardly Podcast!
iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-laurel-and-hardly-podcast/id955050475)
Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/laurel-and-hardly-podcast)
FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/LaurelAndHardly)
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Pinterest Swap MARCH 2012 Discussion and Gallery on: April 12, 2012 08:11:00 PM
Good news: I finally finished all those toy sleeping bags! Whew. So much for my experiment in multiple claims  Tongue

Great news: I received a totally awesome swap package from Bananaleg! The cowl I've been wanting forever and a super duper sweet ami elephant! What nice surprises! Thank you so much, B... they are already much loved:





Baby Eleanor won't put down the elephant, even during dinner!

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