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11  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap discussion thread 2015 in New Swap Theme Ideas by blupaisan on: February 10, 2015 01:27:23 PM

so, I have waited much too long to put my cards on display. I keep coming up with cool ways to show them but end up moving every 3 months. No fun. so I took the easy way out and just put them on paper and hung them on my doors.

ran out of room and had to put one paper on the inside of my closet. That is ok cuz that door is always open due to my kitty's litter box living in there.

These are from 5 years of swapping!!
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12  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - January 2015 in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: February 10, 2015 01:21:30 PM

MommyTheMaid created this wonderful rhino for me!!

Totally needed to put in a side view to show the horn.

Ickle tail hangin' out back!
He is just too cute!  the fabric is such a tender grey color and fuzzy - I love soft textures. the little leaves are a cool touch and the face is adorbs!!  can't stop looking at the horn, tho. like a little pert turned up nose.
thanks so much, MommyTheMaid!
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13  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap discussion thread 2015 in New Swap Theme Ideas by blupaisan on: February 10, 2015 01:14:55 PM
I suspect there's some sinister ATC collector out there somewhere who reroutes our art once in a while for his/her own personal collection.  And gloats while he/she impersonates Mr. Burns' "Excellent"...

I'm sure he/she is thoroughly enjoying your card. It is lovely, that's for sure.

I received an awesome ATC five years ago from prettyinpaisley dealing with this phenomenon. I have a new tablet and do not know how to post pics with it yet but check out my member gallery... it is my most recent upload.

Here it is!!!

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14  nature's realm... birchtree nightlight with sculpy birdie in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by blupaisan on: February 10, 2015 01:13:41 PM

Mom lives in a nursing home and cannot do a thing anymore, not even read. Her dementia is so bad, she does not even register that the radio is on. what the heck to get someone like that for Christmas??
I decided to make her a nightlight since the place gets totally dark at bedtime and a small light might make her feel less alone. she has always adored natural elements and was an avid birdwatcher all her life.

Here is a pic of it lit in the dark. why it is pink is anyone's guess. Most of the light comes out the top of the hollowed out branch. There are also small openings at the sides where it escapes. the base is wood with dried fern frondie-seedie thingies on it.
A closeup of the pileated woodpecker...

His tail is supposed to be flush to the bark as it would be naturally but i could not do this without busting the tender sculpy.
she did not say a word when she opened it and the only comment I have heard from her about it is to point at it and cry. eventually she says "that is supposed to be off."  But I take great comfort in the fact that it has not wound up in her trash, where absolutely everything goes. she puts books, money, unread mail, toothbrushes, and the kitchen sink there.
I did love making this for her.
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15  Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? in Discussion and Questions by blupaisan on: December 18, 2014 04:10:07 AM

For the first time in my life as a Craftster I now have an entire room which I can devote to crafting. I do have all of my supplies there and my sewing machine set up.
This morning as I went to assemble breakfast, I saw my latest project all over the kitchen counter and spilling over to my only eating table.
I had used my only cutting board and good knife for slicing into birchbark and the place was a mess and certainly not immediately available to food prep.
My question is, does anyone else out there do this type of thing? Wreck the house when you have a perfectly good place to craft? I am trying to figure out why I do this in hopes that the knowledge will help me change.  I feel like a kid wanting to use the kitchen table for a school project because that it where people gather and I won't be lonely. But aside from two kitties, I am living alone and no matter where I am, I will be! Am I just disorganized? Stubborn?
Would love some input.  Thanks!!
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16  Re: Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap - Gallery of Matchbox Goodies... in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: December 17, 2014 06:05:05 AM
rockingbearranch made this sweet box for me along with a stunning bit of embroidery!

Love that wee cardinal! I have one in my back yard who attacks his reflection every morning in the window of the apartment next door.

The box is handmade (I could never do the engineering on that myself!) and box pieces are magnetized to go on my fridge. Here is a pic of that along with two other fave magnets from past swaps from others....

Thank you, rockingbearranch. I really love the embroidery. Truly nice job.
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17  Shrine for deceased praying mantis in Completed Projects by blupaisan on: December 16, 2014 05:00:11 PM

Found a mantis in an area I thought was unsafe for her. Brought her home, named her Ophelia, fell in love with her, filmed her eating and drinking aloe juice from my fingertip, caught her in the act of laying her egg sac on my kitchen screen and filmed that, too. Enjoyed three months of friendship. The third day after laying, she refused food and water. So sad to see her go.
Made this shrine and say good morning to her still each day. Looking forward to hundreds  of babies come spring. May keep one because she was incredibly intelligent and affectionate, would love to experience that again. Others will go to 'good home' gardens.   Smiley

Decided that dusting such a delicate creature would be impossible. So I put a plastic cover over the shrine. So far so good. 
Thanks for looking! Let me know if y'all wanna see the link to the youtube stuff on her.
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18  Re: the loooong lost painting in Vermont in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by blupaisan on: December 16, 2014 09:08:49 AM
What a beautiful painting and an incredible background story. (Haunted house?)

Yup. Had two ghostly experiences there, one of them seriously creepy. When I met up with my friend after so many years, I described it. To my amazement, she said her mother had exactly the same thing happen to her in that same room.  Here is an old postcard pic of the place...

Place built in 1783 and someone was buried in the cellar!
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19  the loooong lost painting in Vermont in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by blupaisan on: December 11, 2014 12:12:27 PM

So, twenty four years ago I rented a room in a haunted house (that is another story and a good one...) and I made this watercolor painting of an abandoned wagon or sleigh support in the side yard. I gave it the the house owners after staying there (with my 2 year old daughter, Acadian Driftwood) for only a few months. I totally lost touch with that family over all those years but knew they had moved quite a bit.
I was in a thrift shop last August when a voice from the past screamed my name. Yes, it was she.
I followed her back to her home and we had years and years of catching up to do. she is now a very close friend. On that day, she brought me up to the guest bedroom and showed me this painting I had completely forgotten about! It had a place of honor on a real easel and I was very touched.
Life can be wonderfully weird....
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20  Altered matchbox with wacky book inside in Winter Holidays by blupaisan on: December 11, 2014 09:05:50 AM

I had to use my awful  phone for that pic, but you get the general idea of how I inserted the inner bit of the matchbox to create a chimney complete with fire inside.
The best part of this project, however, is the tiny book inside.
Here are the words...

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the place
One Craftster was battling with glitter and lace
The stocking shed made was hung by the fire,
The last blasted stitches held together with wire
She wiped off some glitter, thinking perhaps
Shed never get around to that long winters nap
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
She sprang from her desk what could be the matter?
Away to the window she flew like a shooting star,
Nearly upending her best whimsies jar!
The moon on her snowman with the hand-crocheted bow
Gave the lustre of midday to objects below
When what to her wondering eyes did appear
But a popsicle stick sleigh and 8 Sculpy reindeer
And an amigurumi driver so lively and quick
She knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than send-out dates his coursers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name
On Fimo, on Fiskars on Elmers and Speedball
On Altoids on Strathmore on Singer and McCalls!
To the top of the porch to the top of the wall
Now dash away dash away dash away all!
As ModPodge before a wild hurricane dries
As it sets up quick right before your eyes
So up to the housetop his coursers they flew
The sleigh full of supplies and St Nicholas, too.
And then in a twinkling she heard on the roof
The delicate clacking of each Sculpy hoof
As she drew in her head and was turning around,
Down that amigurumi dude came with a bound!
He was dressed in faux fur from his head to his foot,
His yarn sadly tarnished with ashes and soot.
A large glue gun stick he had perched at his lip,
Cuz these days you know that smokings not hip.
He had a pilly face but a nicely stuffed belly
That shifted when he laughed much like Aunt Marthas jelly.
He was charming and sweet, a right jolly old elf
Our Craftster just grinned in spite of herself.
He spoke not a word (amigurumis cannot)
And the Craftster was eager to see what shed got!
Then laying an unravelling finger by his nose,
And with a slight bow, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a holler
And away they all flew, like floss two-fer-a-dollar!
But she heard him exclaim (as he pulled up his socks)
Your stocking is awesome!  Gonna go hit THIS ROCKS !

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