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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Homemade Pattern Weights on: November 02, 2015 06:00:00 AM
Good Morning Peeps. I thought I would share with you a project that I completed many eons ago.

I tend to be very frugal, and don't like to waste money. Wanting and needing pattern weights, but not willing to shell out the bucks for them, I decided to make my own.

These are each made using two 2" washers. I simply single crochet all around. When you think you can't fit any more stitches..force them! Just squish over what you have done and fit a few more, until you REALLY can't fit any more. Then tie your ends together in a knot. Easy peasy, and cheap! I don't remember what I spent for the washers, but they aren't that expensive.

These work every bit as good as the "real" thing. I don't have a scale to weigh them, but they are heavy enough to keep your pattern from shifting, so no pinning. At the time I made these I was working with some very delicate fabrics where pins would have harmed the fabric. After using them for that project, I started using them for EVERYTHING. Saves time and frustration, because the pattern lays even flatter than it would if pinned.

I made a total of 6. I wish I would have used rainbow colors for them to brighten my day. The grey is kind of industrial and boring. But it is what I had at the time. And works all the same.



2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Tina's Mummy head with Mini tutorial on: October 15, 2015 09:50:04 PM

I made this using a styrofoam wig head that I previously had paper mache'ed.

The inspiration for this was from here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440783.0

I spray painted it black. I thought that was a great idea. I poked in teddy bear eyes (thank you rscowtown  Grin)

I used 4 1/2" wide surgical gauze which I unfolded open and cut lengthwise in half.

I only taped the start point to the wig form. The wrapping seemed to stick to itself after that.

Then I used a tea bag steeped in a small amount of hot water as my paint brush.

I let that dry overnight. The next day I decided it needed more, so I used distress ink pads in two colors, tea brown, and some other brick reddish color.

I plan to hit it with a clear spray matte coating to seal it. Then...ta da  Grin finished.

Total time? Not including dry times, about 2 hours. I wrapped and unwrapped a few times until I liked how it looked. At first I didn't split the gauze, but that was too bulky. So I decided to wing it, and spent a bit of time on Google looking at mummy costumes, to decide what might look best.

All in all, I am happy with it. Thanks money2burn for the idea. I like your version, too  Grin

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Please share your affirmations here on: October 11, 2015 07:35:11 AM
I have been down in the dumps lately, and I am sure I am not alone. Life just seems to take its pitfalls.

This thread is for uplifting thoughts. Things we can add on prayer flags, or in notecards to friends, or just write with lipstick on the bathroom mirror.  Grin

Please share your thoughts here. Be advised. This is not a pitty party. This is for bringing gratitude to life. Do not share your problems, only happy ways you have solved them. And things you have meditated on to lift your spirits.

Oh, and aromatherapy recipes can be included, too. Spells, chants, mantra...you get the idea.

Any takers to share?

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Refrigerator Magnet Ideas? on: September 30, 2015 02:10:52 AM
I am planning a yard sale and craft sale on my porch in a couple weeks. I have a freezer door that I took the inside drawers (?) out of. You know, the shelf thingie. And also the stuffing asbestos out of the inside. The insulation part, so it is just the door front. I wish to make some magnets to sell at my yard sale. We are having rain forcasted this weekend, so I will have an extra week to craft for. My female roommate makes jewelry, and wind chimes, so we are planning a craft table in addition to the extra crap that I need to get rid of from the house. Let's say it together...I am a hoarder. And daughter has left stuff here from 7 years ago that she no longer wants...so out it goes.

What kind of fridgie magnets do my crafty friends here like? I have googled up some ideas that I am working on. But any other ideas would be appreciated.  Grin I am planning for $1 - $3 each. Depending on the complexity of the designs. Thanks for your opinions.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Paper Butterfly Swap? on: September 19, 2015 11:25:46 PM
Would anyone be willing to do a paper butterfly swap similar to the Butterflies that I have see on Etsy sort of like these by Reneabouquets?  https://www.etsy.com/listing/126986702/reneabouquets-butterfly-set-vintage?ref=market

or similar to others that are shared there?

I once did a swap of these beautiful creatures on another site I belonged to, and they still surround my bedroom mirror frame. They are so lovely, graceful, and colorful. And every one of them are all different. They are not that hard to craft, and don't take very much time or postage. I know we have many paper artists here. Anyone?


Other ideas for uses are shown on Etsy  https://www.etsy.com/market/butterfly_wall,
like have a flock of them climbing up a wall, or frame them all in a picture frame, or hang a wire mobile chandelier.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My project for the Pet Swap on: August 15, 2015 02:21:23 PM
I received permission to post this from rantyhippie. I am a bit intimidated to post this, but decided to anyway.
I especially liked how my package for her turned out. This is the best photo I have for it.

She shared some pictures with me of her Lemon Beagle named Buster. And I made a drawing to represent his spunky playfulness. And created a pillow cover. The rope to the front of the pillow cover is a separate tuggy toy that I added for the swap. I also made some homemade dog biscuits in the shape of Texas (where Buster lives). And sent some Scooby Snacks (graham crackers) for her.

The image is applique and hand embroidery using fuzzy fabrics. His tongue is red plastic. The ball is layered applique, and the rope attached is also 3-D. I thought that he turned out mighty cute, and I was careful to get his colors and spots in all the right places. She mentioned for the swap that she didn't like the color brown...but 'duh'. That is color of her dog!  Wink I represented his color almost exactly to the pictures.

Here is the link to the Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433884.0

Thanks for looking!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / SATT is back. on: August 07, 2015 10:45:41 PM
Sorry everyone. I will catch up soon. Computer died. Wow. Everyone has been busy. I have kept up with stuff snail mail. And I have sent out and gotten everyone's stuff. I will update where needed. Thank you all for everything. I have loved it all. I will update on the threads. And share what I think about it all. I love the Affirmations. They have made me feel better. Life is sometimes not so fun. Your messages have helped. I will add more to the messages tomorrow. I'm so glad to be back and writing here again. Here is one of my smilies  Grin

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Decorated Jar Lid Swap? on: June 09, 2015 04:43:21 AM
After seeing these wonderful jar lids decorated by our own Moonflame for her HP Craftalong, I had an idea for a swap. Her and I have been bouncing ideas back and forth about this concept.

My original idea was to stick with Mason jar lids. And only decorate and send the lid, not the jar. (less breakage and postage). I consulted with Inselaeffchen about the availability of Mason jars in our International territories. Still a bit confused about this topic. Any input from members would be grand. She also mentioned Kilner and Weck brands, of which I am not familiar with. Are the lid threadings the same?

Of course, Mason lids have three basic sizes. Regular, Wide Mouth, and Jelly.

To avoid confusion with jar sizes, I though it might be easiest to just have players mail their lids to their partner first. For return with decoration. That way you could have lids that fit your recycled jars other than just having things a standard size. But that would mean additional postage.

I don't know which way might be best. Another outside the box idea was the lids could be hung on a hoopla wall  Grin If you didn't wish to organize supplies with them.

Keep in mind that you could request lids for bathroom supplies (cotton balls, bath salts)...Dog Cookies...Nails and Screws...or anything throughout your home fitting your requested theme. For example, if you wanted a dog cookie jar to keep in your kitchen, and your kitchen is decorated with apples, you could request the apple theme for your lid. It wouldn't have to be decorated with dog cookies on it if you didn't want that.

The lids would not have to be clay, like Moonflames' wonderful ones are. Other ideas are a pin cushion style lid, collage/montage items (steampunk?) Needle felted, crochet...the sky is the limit. The only requirement would be that it is sturdy enough for use. So grab your Gorilla Glue  Grin

Am I on to a good start to host my first swap here? When Moonflame gets a few swaps under her belt, I wish to have her as my co-host. I have swapped for the last 10 years on three different swap sites. I am positive I could pull this one off. When I am done doing all the homework to get things organized. Please let me know your thoughts and brainstorm with me?

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to keep a Clutter Free Home...ha, ha on: May 23, 2015 12:39:51 AM
I have adopted a new plan that seems to be working (mostly) for me. I thought I might share. I didn't create this idea. More like modified it from things I have read over the years.

Every day I am trying to do this:

First is spend 10 minutes per room each day doing something that puts things away, makes a better space for things. I multi task and use speaker phone while on hold, etc. to buy myself this time when possible. I keep common cleaning supplies at the ready (windex, 409, rags, paper towels).

Second is when I am working on a craft or home repair project and complete a section of it, I put everything away. This blends into my first above, because I often incorporate a more convenient way of organizing things since I already have the mess out. I have stayed firm with this rule, so stuff does not pile up out of control. And I wipe the shelf while it is empty.

Third, if I come upon a larger scale organization project, then I allow myself to skip a room or two of the "10 minute rule" for that day. My bathrooms seem easiest to ignore for a day, so that can buy me 20 minutes of additional time where I need it.

The idea is to only spend 1 hour total each day to tidy up. In 10 minute chunks, I don't seem to miss the time. While dinner cooks, I can sneak a 10 minute between stirs, etc.

I wish I could afford IKEA, and all the other fancy organize stuff I see people using here and throughout the world. I use old shoe boxes that I cover and label, jars I have decorated to hold stuff...odd baskets that don't match.  Cheesy but they are functional. And slow but sure, things are finding a valid home and reason to be there. And I am putting those things that I use most often in easier to get to spots. It was driving me crazy to unstack and move things out, only to have to stack them all back.

Just some ideas. When I see the remodel and reorganize shares on here (And I also have been watching YouTube 'How Clean Is Your House' clips. Those are hilarious!) I sigh and hope that someday I will live in such a great castle  Wink Perhaps I have inspired a fellow crafter to also make a 'baby steps toward greatness' goal, like me. It seems to be working so far.

10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Ahoy Mate on: March 08, 2015 06:39:48 AM
This thread seems to have died. The last post was from July 2005. But I will resurrect it, perhaps.

I came across a neat saying in a magazine - an old issue of Better Homes and Garden's.


I thought it might be neat to have journal, ATC, misc. art prompts, and see what everyone's take is on additional "catch" phrases. Maybe changing the phrase weekly or monthly?

What do you think?

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