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41  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 60 ENTRIES / Catch a Falling Star and put it in a Jar for Safekeeping on: March 02, 2011 05:35:06 PM
I made this for my little girl who has not had the greatest winter season as far as her health goes, so to take her mind of her aches & pains & to get her to fall asleep, I made her a jar of glowing stars as a nightlight...and wasn't planning on entering it in the contest, but why not? It's totally fun!

I just took some clear glittered resin stars I had & tossed them into a canning jar with one of those battery run tealights you'd put in a jack o lantern. It flickers & glows like magic!

Detail shot of the stars...

And she fell asleep in no time at all with her eyelids getting heavier & heavier watching the star jar twinkling.

I hope you like my little project!
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Making A Sick Child Smile With a Jar of Fallen Stars on: February 23, 2011 08:14:28 PM
I like looking on the bright side of things way more than dwelling in negativity, however it is sometimes difficult when life throws you those unexpected curves.
My babygirl hasn't been well all winter long it seems. We have undergone a bunch of tests & hope to have some answers this week. A prayer has been answered already in that she doesn't have something I was very concerned about.
Once we do find out what is going on, we can then move forward on the road to wellness.
 Like any mom, I'd do anything to make her feel better. Necessity is the mother of invention!

I thought to take her mind off her discomforts as she's drifting off to dreamland this evening, she might enjoy watching a twinkling jar of stars flickering from her makeshift bedside table.

Best idea I've had all day!   Smiley

The stars are handcast clear resin with a sprinkling of glitter tossed into a jelly jar along with one of those little battery operated tealights! Voila! Almost instant magic!

She fell asleep in about 2 minutes without worries of monsters!  Wink

I think we'll be using the star jar even when she's well!  Cheesy
43  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Girl Scout Gold Award Project Challenge on: February 15, 2011 06:49:43 AM
I'm posting this for a friend, Karen St. Dennis, who has a 15 year old daughter going for her girl scout gold award.
Her grandma passed away from cancer, so this challenge really means the world to her.
This would be a fantastic way to help a girl reach her goal, as well as helping cancer patients right within your own community!
Challenge Details:

My daughter is 15 and she is doing her Girl Scout Gold Award Project knitting and crocheting (or sewing) Chemo Caps and Lap Blankets for cancer patients.  

Deadline is Between March 1 and August 1 of this year:

     We are issuing you a challenge, if everyone we know makes just one cap or lap blanket and donate them to your local hospital or cancer center this would be a GREAT message to send.

there are certain guidelines to follow to do this,
            For caps/hats -
-No wool or animal fibers, no angora, no alpaca, most hospitals won't allow them. (Plus they can itch!!!)
-They should be soft, like baby soft acrylics, or cotton yarns.  I have been working with a 50% cotton/50% nylon yarn and it seems to be soft
- All yarn should be washable and machine dryable compatible, as cancer patients have compromised immune systems and everything needs frequent washings for sanitation.
- Finished hats should be fairly light in weight with little or no seams-
- Styles should be something along the idea of a beanie cap, but I've found some cute patterns for hats with a little bit of brim on it.
- Styles should be fairly "closed" without any gaps or anything.  Chemo patients usually cannot stand sunlight for very long and can get burnt in less than 10 minutes.  Hats are not only for warmth in the winter, but also protection all year round.

           for the blankets -
- No wool or animal fibers, no angora, no alpaca, most hospitals won't allow them
- All yarn should be washable (and ideally drying machine compatible), as cancer patients have compromised immune systems and everything needs frequent washings for sanitation.

- sizes like a baby blanket or 32 x 45 approximately.(sewing works also)

       If you decide to help us with this challenge, please drop me a "Mention" on twitter @handcraftkaren
or email at nkcaj@aol.com to let us know what you were able to complete to bring to the hospital or cancer treatment center.

Thank you for whatever you can do to help this cause.

*I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by a cancer & it would be a great tribute to them.
I will make a hat or a lap blanket to honor my sister's memory...as she passed away from leukemia & I love that it would bring some comfort to someone going through cancer treatment today.

44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ruby Red Resin Glittery Love Hearts! on: February 10, 2011 04:48:29 PM
It's been months and months since I've posted anything fun over here in the jewelry community & I'm just so tickled with how these giant resin hearts turned out that I couldn't resist posting them.

They're handcast resin ...resin poured into molds with glitter added along with the word 'love'.

I wore mine to my son's Valentine's Day party at school & it was a big hit...so I'm definitely feeling the love!
Valentines Day is one of my all time favorite holidays...I always make a big heart shaped cake & last night I made cutout heart & puppy cookies with the kiddos! Good times! Cheesy

45  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Who knows what my kids were eating? on: February 08, 2011 10:36:49 AM

My 4 year old girl loves lip balm so much that she practically goes through an entire tube in a day or two...which has had me extremely concerned.
I've thought to myself, "What's in this stuff?"   Undecided

Deciphering the label on the tube she'd been using most recently, it's practically Greek to me, so I get the idea that maybe mixing up something here at home with all natural ingredients would be possible for a mom like me to do.

I learned the how to & read up on the various oils & stuff that went into doing this from various sites...including craftster & today I whipped up a batch!

I even experimented with various flavors...and my house smells just like I'd made Grandma's Christmas candy! Flavors I used were non flavored, peppermint, sassafras, bubblegum, strawberry, and one blueberry one for my mother in law!  Wink

The lip balms turned out fantastic! They glide on smooth, moisturize well, and taste fabulous! I accomplished what I set out to do! Yay!
I'll definitely be doing this again!  Grin
46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / To the woods!!! on: December 09, 2010 05:25:02 AM
You just know he smells like old spice and has the mouth of a sailor!  Cheesy

I fell in love with this silly sketch I did & just had to stitch him up while I sat at a craft fair this past weekend! He got a lot of curious glances & chuckles from the folks who stopped by.  Smiley

C & C always welcome. I'd love to hear if you guys think this kind of thing is too weird or what.
47  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Resellers... don't they just bum you out? on: December 08, 2010 08:05:14 AM
The jewelry category is hard enough to compete in without resellers bumping one further back in the search.  Angry

I am saddened that folks are buying non handmade & thinking it is the real deal especially. I found several four leaf clover jewelry & key ring items listed on etsy which are readily available at alibaba & at made-in-china.

Have you guys ever flagged something with success? Do the items only get removed...or do the sellers get removed? I'd be suspicious that the whole shop is full of non handmade if they have one item that is clearly not ...even if I cannot find a source online. I wouldnt' trust them at all.

48  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vincent Price Embroidered Portrait on: November 17, 2010 05:59:57 PM
I made a young Vincent Price portrait for one of my newest craftster friends in the hoopla swap!

Here is a picture of the pattern being transferred in pencil. I hold the hoop down over the fabric to keep it from shifting.

It's stitched with mostly 2 strands of floss to keep it pretty detailed, but I can't keep my stitches neat & tidy for the life of me. Ah well.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Before Halloween I contacted some fellow stitchers about doing a Vincent Price stitchalong. If there's any interest, I'll upload the pattern & give it it's own post. The stitchalong pattern is from my own drawing of an older Vincent & I'm willing to share.
I'd love to see what others do with it.
49  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tim Burton's Oompa Loompa on: November 01, 2010 11:35:55 AM
About a month ago my boy was watching our dvd of Tim Burton's Willy Wonka & really liked, or rather, became obsessed with the oompa loompas & their songs & dances throughout the film. In the bonus features on the dvd  you can learn to do 3 of the different dances & there's a sequence where you can 'dance forever'. My boy has been dancing ever since and asked begged me to make him an oompa loompa costume. Therein my dreams of him being a mini 'Dr. Horrible' were shattered... and I gave in to his pleading puppy dog eyes.

Good thing Halloween was coming up, so I had a real good excuse to go out & buy fabric.
The pattern was drafted loosely based on some clothes my boy already had.You can see he's waiting oh so patiently while I cut out the pattern pieces:
He's wearing cut off tights as socks...and with the extra fabric not used for the socks, I constructed the cuffs and collar. Sadly the only photo I took during construction was this part where I'm inserting the cuff into the sleeve:
The little triagle thingie on the front is applique & sharpie-colored felt. The whole thing pulls on like a jumpsuit...and has a velcro closure in the back. My little man hates having anything put on his face, but was so excited to have makeup on ...that was scary for me....knowing that eventually we would have to wash that crap off.  We were able to wash most of it off that night & the rest wore off by Monday thank goodness...but he's home from school with a fever anyway.
The wig is an altered store bought rockstar wig. I didn't have any time left to knit him a hat as I'd originally planned. Oh well... so many crafts & never enough time!
He had so much fun...it was worth everything we put into it!
Oh, and here's a reference photo...in case you're not familiar with the character:
50  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Simpsons ...a picture fat sculpted Nativity by isewcute on: September 07, 2010 02:34:05 PM
I'm finally getting around to giving these guys their own post here. These were made in the FOC Wist Swap for my partner Pixieval. The swap was all about crafting something from or inspired by your partner's wists & Pixieval had written in her craftster profile that she would love to have someone craft her a Simpson's Nativity. Inspiration struck & I just had to make it for her!
I could just imagine it even before picking up the materials.
These were sculpted from super sculpey & have tightly crumpled aluminum foil in their middles to make them a little lighter & take less time to bake.
The figures measure around 6-7" tall I think it was...for the adults ...and the kiddos were about 3.5" tall or so.

I made Maggie the baby Jesus because she is the baby of the family & I felt it would've just been kind of wrong (but funny) if Bart were the baby. I'd love to expand on this set & add Krusty, Moe, & a few others as misc. wise men & shepherds.  Cheesy
Here's Bart in progress...before baking:

Behind the scenes...my 5 year old helping with Marge's hair...I forgot about this photo!

The family before painting the colors:

A different view after painting & glittering:

Homer detail:

The family without the distracting background...you can see Santaslittlehelper better against the white background...I just love how he came out!

Top view to show Maggie better:

My husband said, "how come you never make anything like this for me?" ...and he rarely expresses any interest in my crafting...so I took it as a major compliment.  Wink
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