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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / eyeball wreath on: October 27, 2010 08:51:54 AM
Hello All

Wanted to share this project that I just made as it was really quick and there is still time for folks to whip one out.



I will post more pictures later. So easy. I took a grapevine wreath and painted it black. Then bought several different sizes of plain wooded cabinet knobs.

Spray paint the knobs white and then paint your eye ball how you would like. Spray with laquer to give a wet shine to it all.

Hot glue wire into the hole on the back of the knob and wire eyeballs into place on the wreath.

Now (and this will make a mess) hot glue gobs of moss around the eyeballs and wreath.

Decorate with rubber snakes and jeweled spiders.

This was so much fun to make and it cracks me up every time I look at it.

Enjoy!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Sketchbook Project Swap on: September 09, 2010 11:17:29 AM


Post your goodies and what you have done with them here Smiley
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Sketchbook Project Swap (signs ups close noon 8/27 sendouts extended till 9/21 on: August 11, 2010 08:39:25 AM


Swap name: Sketchbook Project Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Tero
Sign-up date range: 8/11 - 8/27
Date to send item by: 9/18

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO
If so, which country? No

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap is for all of us who have joined the sketchbook project and want to share the love. For this swap you will send one or two partners a envelope full of paper bits and any other material that could be used to complete her sketchbook. More importantly you will also share some artwork made by you for her to use in her sketchbook as well. So small drawings, paintings, stampings etc. The receiver is under no obligation to use the art work sent to her if she does not wish to do so. Nor is she under any obligation to give artist credit for the work that you share with her. This is about sharing in a large wonderful art project and showing fellow Craftsters love and support as we all enjoy the same adventure.

You will have a choice of either a large (business size manila envelope or a smaller 4x9 envelope. You will also have the choice of one or two partners.
Regardless of number of partners or size, I ask that you put your heart into what you are sending. All of us that are in this project are putting a lot of thought and love into it. This is not just a paper swap. Smiley

This will be my first time organizing a swap so I ask that if there is anything at all that you need or I can improve on that you feel free to write to me at anytime during the swap.

I would also ask that you follow three request.
You write to your partner once a week.
You interact in the swap thread at least once a week
You be mindful of the previous posting in the thread and respond to it if possible before posting your own. In other words, be mindful that there are folks talking in the thread and make sure no one is getting ignored during the chatting. Smiley
...


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

What size envelope would you like to send?

Would you like one partner or two?

What are some of your favorite mediums to work with when working on your journal?

Do you have any wishes for your package? (foreign language papers, vintage papers, decals, stamps etc.)

What color scheme do you most like to work with?

What theme did you choose for the sketchbook project?

What themes or ideas would you like your partner to keep in mind while gathering material for you? (birds, steam punk, Victorian etc)

What artwork do you think you excel in and can send to your partner?
(drawing, stamping, painting)

What most inspires you when working on your journal?

Are there any images or material that you would rather not receive?

Is there anything else that you would like your partner to know?
(remember the more information that you give the better your partner can please you)




IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy Hutch :) on: August 08, 2010 09:16:55 AM
Sorry for all the photos in advance. Smiley I was just in the whimsies swap and my partner had this on her wist...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320294.0

So much inspired by phoenixfiredesigns I gave it a whack and came up with this



The snake, mask and Ouija board were glued down but all the rest I left unglued so she could rearrange as she wanted to. Smiley



I had a really hard time getting a good photo of it.
For size I did get some good pictures of the tiny tools and bits that I placed in the cabinet.



The books I made from polymer clay



A pretty good picture of the cauldron. I made the cauldron out of polymer clay then filled it with glue and seed beads



Then of course a wood fairy needs all of her magic tools. There is a besom (store bought doll house broom) that was wired with copper and crystals

The wand is made from a tiny piece of coral. I wired it with copper and crystals as well.

Then there is the chalice, athame, offering bowl, incense bowl and candles. The offering bowl is sitting on a quarter.



Finally all the tiny bottles. These were the funnest to make for me. Take tiny beads and beading components and there you have fairy bottles. Smiley


Hope everyone enjoys. Smiley
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tiny fairy tools on: August 08, 2010 08:51:08 AM
So all in this area have inspired me lately quite a bit. So when I had a partner that wanted a fairy hutch I came up with most of the stuff to go in with clay. Smiley It took forever and how you ladies make this look so easy I have no idea. I know that they are not up to the talent level that most of you are. But thought you guys could give me some pointers maybe. Smiley



The offering bowl is sitting on a quarter.
The besom and the wand I made by wrapping copper wire and small crystals but everything else is clay.


The books I think turned out the best. I tried to cut pages into the large book. It looked really hip but the page snapped off in shipping ;(

I liked the torn edge of the one black book. All of the books are single, I just stacked them for the photo.

Thanks for looking. Smiley Much Peace to All
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Sketchbook Project Swap on: July 30, 2010 05:41:14 AM


Who wants to swap sketchbook goodies?
This swap would be about swapping paper goodies or maybe even a supply or two to help us all out with a really wonderful project.

Do you have a stamp that is really cool, you could stamp it out on several different types of paper and add that, paper punched pieces, bits of paper and ribbon that you have.

How about a tiny drawing or two or even a small painting. Something small to share with a fellow Craftster to put in her sketchbook. Smiley
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Craftster etiquette ? on: July 11, 2010 11:19:34 AM
Not sure if this would work or not. Maybe the brains in the mod squad could come up with a good way to throw this out there? I am not suggesting something that would turn into a bitch fest, as that is not what Craftster should be about.

Way back in the day when Craftster was smallish and felt so much different there were unspoken, unposted rules almost. I think the bigger we become the more we might be losing that supporting one another feel.

Maybe a Ms Manners of Crafster post would help that? Things like.....

Respond to the poster before you, before you throw out a totally new topic.
Example, gals posting their packages sent (because the partner who received didnt post pictures)

Folks should take a moment and say something about the package before posting about how they are doing such and such or where they are at in their crafting journey.

I have seen the same thing with folks posting questions. Posting in the thread and getting ignored by all the folks in it is just no fun. I don't think people do this to be mean, they just need a "it is nice if you...." suggestion I am thinking.

Posting pictures of a received package on a timely manner and ALSO saying thank you in the post.

Supporting folks when they put their work out there on line. It can be scary to post something that you have worked hours and days on, only to have people ignore you.

There are some really hard ones out there too that might be difficult to know how to handle. The death of a pet being talked about in a swap thread. I have seen this all over the place and most are allowed, due to the sadness of it and how a person really needs support during that time. However there have been other times that folks have swooped in a smacked the person who just lost a pet? What is the right way to handle this? I am sure there are other topics that are kind of sticky as to what is the polite way to handle it.

I am sure there are more that can be thought of, these are just a few that I have noticed. Again I don't think that people are being cruel or nasty in anyway. I think that folks just get so excited to post what they are thinking or doing that they don't think about the first poster. Thus is the Ms Manners suggestion. Smiley
8  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / From Lake Charles to Leesville :) on: June 27, 2010 10:33:31 AM
Looking for ladies that would be interested in getting together for crafting, swaps and junking Smiley Come on I know y'all are out there.

I would be more than happy to host the first event. I was thinking a destash swap would be a fun icebreaker. Smiley
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A surfing mermaid... on: November 01, 2009 10:52:36 AM


Hello All Smiley

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. We had tons of fun in our house and wanted to share the Mermaid with you. We did two costumes but can only enter one. Hubby made the second so I am going to add in the one I made.



Surfing on a wave...


Showin' off her tail... Smiley Pay no attention to the bright pink octopus beside her. Wink


Her front with her long mermaid hair and bling. I had a ton of fun making the bling. Smiley



OK so on to the what I did. For the bling it was pretty easy just lots of copper wire with beads and shells added to it. Her wing was a cheap o from walmart. I made lots of sea hair pins and then added in the yarn that looked like seaweed.

The bra was made by using a real bra and sewing on the matching fabric. Then I hot glued the big shells on over the cups. Then hand sewed all the other shells and sea weed on it.

The skirt was made from a vintage velvet curtian. I made a basic long skirt but added pinch gathers randomly through out. I made a full petticoat with lots of tulle to look like sea foam when she walked. Also added the tulle to the waist to cover the two belts it took to hold her tail on.

Now for the tail....first of all thank you to everyone that made and posted a duct tape body form. Smiley You guys were for sure a huge help when it came to making the tail. First I duct taped my daughter. Smiley


Oh she is happy here because we are only half done... Smiley


 Now she is being tickled teased and turtured hee hee and WE are having fun. Smiley
Using cast cutting shears we cut it off, sealed up the seam and ended up with this...



and then the fun continued...



I then used spray adhesive to cover it in fabric. I built a fan for the tail out of purse stabilizer and duct tape. The smaller fins were made with purse stabilizer and velvet and then quilted them for detail.

The tail was stuffed with paper to help hold its shape. Then we sliced a few slits in the side and looped strong leather belts through it. We then used the belts to hang the tail from her waist and used the tulle to cover the belts.

It was a huge hit and we had a ton of fun. I think she enjoyed her freedom of moment much better than what she would have if we would have just had her walking in a mermaid tail.

Hope everyone got a smile or giggle out of it !! Smiley

Much Peace
Tero
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mermaid and octopus...photo chubby.. on: November 01, 2009 08:54:43 AM
Whew...where to start.....

I had one daughter that wanted to be an octopus this year for Halloween. SO Hubby went to the drawing board and he came up with this...



We pretty much laughed all night long. The front is made of fleece and the back some dance costume material that I got dirt cheap. He formed the head with purse stabilizer and duct tape. Then of course several suction cups and fun with a glue gun. Smiley





The other daughter wanted to be a mermaid sooooooo we wanted her to have the freedom to move around so I came up with a surfing mermaid...





I made all of her bling as well. Smiley That was the most fun part for me. Well one of them.



For the bra I took a real bra and just covered it with matching fabric and then added the yarn seaweed and shells.

The skirt was easy, it is made from an old velvet curtain. I made a petticoat to go underneath with hopes that it would look like sea foam. For the tail we used........



Duct tape, my now favorite craft medium. Thank you to all of you who made duct tape body forms as this costume would not have been made with out you. So I wrapped my daughter in duct tape. hee hee do you have any idea how much fun it is to tickle a little girl who can not get away. maawwww haaaa Smiley

Then we cut it off of her, we used cast cutting scissors. Then taped the slice back up... and we got this...



We stuffed it with paper and I used spray adhesive to attach the fabric around it. Then just built up the fin with more duct tape. Added some made fins for a final touch.



The end. Smiley

Hope everyone enjoys it, my recent swap partners see and understand why I am so busy and they inspire others. Smiley
We had a wonderful time.
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