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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 / 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.  
3  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!
4  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

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kid-size Star Wars X-Wing! on: March 11, 2013 04:07:11 PM
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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!

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6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Searching for easy first amiguri on: March 05, 2012 09:49:41 AM
Hi All! I'd like to try my hand at crocheting a toy animal.... any good "first" amiguri patterns you could reccomend?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plastic canvas "Stampy" helps Military Kids on: January 30, 2012 02:03:36 PM
I have the coolest job in the world... I get to make websites and mobile apps to support our Service Members and their families. Our newest site is for kids in military families (mostly for helping them deal with the effects of deployment) https://www.militarykidsconnect.org/, and the mascot is "Stampy." The kids collect stamps in their virtual passport while they play games and learn about Iraq and Afghanistan, etc.

Anyways, here is my plastic canvas Stampy with removable velcro features to help amuse my colleagues!

Here's his back (and stamp thingie):

Oh, and check out the site if you know any Military kids!

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Hand quilting without a hoop on: January 17, 2012 12:09:32 PM
Hi Folks,

Just wanted to see if anyone hand quilts without a hoop? I feel like I spend most of the time when I'm quilting adjusting and re-adjusting the hoop. I'm hand quilting my first queen-size quilt (so far only done crib quilts by hand), and I'm going hoopless.... it's actually pretty easy! My stiches are very slightly longer than by hoop quilting, but it's so easy to do. Anyone else tried it?

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Postage stamp doll quilt on: May 30, 2010 08:54:41 PM
Some of you may recognize a couple of these fabrics.... I've been collecting them for years, with much help from Craftster swaps. I'm in the process of making a full-size postage stamp quilt, but I had an extra block left over so I made this quick little quilt for my son's baby doll. It's machine pieced and machine quilted.

I'm way too proud of this for my own good; I hope the big one turns out cool, too! I'm going to hand quilt it, so I probably won't be posting it for at least a year Smiley

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Chinese Coin quilt (hand quilted with monkeys) on: May 30, 2010 05:22:51 PM
I've been working on this quilt for way too long, but I finished it before having my baby! The back is yellow flannel. Machine pieced, hand quilted Smiley

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