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41  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
42  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.
43  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.

44  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.
45  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:
46  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
47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone up for another tea towel tour? on: September 06, 2010 07:50:56 AM
I've never organized a swap before, but I would definitely be interested in taking part in another tea towel tour. Anyone game?

48  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Dolly Donations...comforting orphans in Haiti on: August 31, 2010 02:57:13 PM
I read about this & knew I had to craft for it.
This is for a doll drive called 'dolly donations' where the dolls are all handmade by crafty peeps like us & sent to be donated to an orphanage in Haiti.
There are more dolls needed...especially boy dolls... around 100+ by the end of October.

I thought this would be a great place to post this & draw some attention to it & maybe some fellow craftsters would be willing to give it a go for themself!

I made 7 dolls so far & am thinking about making more...they're kind of addictive once you've made one!

The pattern which is free to use for this cause & personal use not for profit was designed by Sarah Hanson... a mom & artist.  Wink

If I may post an outside link to direct craftsters to more info, here is a link all about the dolly donations drive: http://dollydonations.blogspot.com/2010/05/active-dolly-drive-free-kids-dolls-for.html
If this is violating craftster's rules, go ahead & remove it, but I'd really like interested folks to be able to get the contact info & whatnot straight from the source.  Wink
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Unicorn Sparkle Surprise for Babygirl's Room on: August 25, 2010 03:08:39 PM
I've been making some surprises for my daughter's upcoming birthday. She's seen a lot of glittery things come & go in this house, so I made her the biggest glittery thing I could.

I put a ring on the back side of it so it can hang on her wall like a plaque.   Smiley
She's going to be 4 & is crazy for anything pony-like.

After her special day, I'll update this with her reaction to it!  Wink

50  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / America's Got Talent... on: August 04, 2010 06:14:19 AM
It's my guilty pleasure & favorite summertime show. My husband doesn't even watch it with me. So left to my own devices & being overcome with inspiration, I drew Prince Poppycock last night while watching the show...scanned it in, did some digital manipulation... I just had to make it pink & give it a frou frou frame! I think I need to hang it up in my craft room to inspire me everyday!  Wink

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