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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flannel Sunrise on: March 09, 2017 05:57:51 AM

I was gonna post this in the More Art Less Craft section but to me if felt quite the opposite.... more craft, less art.
So here it is.
I worked on a flannel outfit for a party and had many different colors and bits left over, so decided to follow the fling I have been having lately with collage and use fabric instead.
I stuck to the same basic technique of using watered down glue to fasten it to the canvas, which was yet another Goodwill find that I simply painted over to make blank and fresh.

I fought many times about what should or should not go in the lake or at the edge of the lake. At one point I had a person in a canoe in the middle but nixed it because I liked just the nature aspect with no one around.
The canvas it about 14 by 14 inches.

thanks for looking!!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / disolving old makeup so I can haz compact ready for altering on: March 08, 2017 11:29:17 AM

This is one of Mom's old makeup compacts. I have washed it as best I can, using various detergents, toothbrushes, and even boiling water.
I wanna alter it but have no idea how i can deal with the stubborn bits of makeup still embedded in the thing! makeup is super greasy. I even had to throw out the toothbrush after using it.

thanks for any suggestions.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / GALLERY! One Tiny Snarky Thing (signups 01/28/17-02/09/17 with S.O. 02/27/17) on: February 21, 2017 08:34:58 AM

post your snarkiness here!!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / cat den... I love them EVERY day, not just the 14th on: February 03, 2017 03:24:58 PM

Just in time, I finished my Valentines Day present for the kitties I love so dearly.

Here are some process pics...
I found a heavy duty cardboard barrel marked FREE by the roadside.

practically broke my wrist cutting two holes with a small saw.
Drilled four holes and cut dowels to go in to support a round shelf, also cut (but tons easier!) from a piece of wallboard

My boyfriend who works at a volunteer ambulance found some cut-everything scissors in my favorite color and gave them to me for Christmas. They usually cut clothing off of a patient. This time, they dealt with carpeting!

While gluing the carpet on, I used all sorts of weights, one of which was a pumpkin, still hanging around from harvest time.

Here is Bugs, an outdoor kitty who randomly comes to visit. He is checking out the place for the first time. He is enormous compared to my two small girls.
This shows the poly rope that is in a lot of places as a protective border.

Rope made prettier by dots of red nail polish. The drawings on the carpet are done with fat fabric markers. My two girls, Cirquie above and DandiGirl below where she is interested in the circle hole because she hears "crinkle paper' in there.

thanks for looking and Happy Valentines Day to all two and four legged lovers of Craftster!!

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Rendering of a pet gecko, collage on: January 28, 2017 09:27:07 AM

I wanted to retake the collage class in which I had so much fun last year. By the time I found out when it was taking place, it had already happened.
Welllll, why should this prevent me from doing it on my own at home?

This piece was sooo much fun to make.
I had a time constraint, as I was making it to mail out as a birthday gift.

Here are some process pics....

Canvas was purchased pre-painted at Goodwill. I layered several white acrylics to cover it, then began to apply with glue an inner layer of ripped paper bag to form an oval as a visual niche for the actual animal.

Next were many many bits of paper from a HowTo Calligraphy book. I wanted to use text as a background and was sooooo pleased that I thought to pick up this book in a freebox recently so I had all these gorgeous letterings to use for text, woo hoo!

This was the trickiest bit. I used sheet music as the base for the gecko because it had so many dots (the notes themselves) and this leopard gecko does, too!
I had to carefully piece together tiny pieces to create the shape of the animal. The tiny toes were the most challenging.

Closeup of her after I added watercolor paint.

Her name, showing that it is not just an average lady, but Elizabeth herself. I worked from a pic I found of her.

Shows edges where I also had paper.

signed on the back.

thanks for looking!!!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Snarky Thing (signups 01/28/17-02/09/17 with S.O. 02/27/17) on: January 28, 2017 07:03:42 AM
GALLERY!!! ...

teal color=received!
feedback given

curiousfae(mailed) <<<-->>> craftylittlemonkey
blupaisan (mailed)-->> Sarasmile(mailed) -->>JoyfulClover(mailed) -->>blupaisan.

 Swap name: One Tiny Snarky Thing
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: blupaisan
Sign-up date range: 01/28/17 - 02/09/17
Date to send item by: 02/27/17

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO  no

Additional Age requirement? none

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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO  yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO  yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO   yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO  yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO  yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO  yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO  yes
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO tes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO yes

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

Details of swap:
If you enjoy the snarky world, come join us and create something in  this vein and receive something as well!
We are holding to the One Tiny Thing guidance system, meaning your craft cannot be more than four inches by four inches. Deep apologies to those who abide by the metric system.  In spite of the small size, it will rock. Right? I mean, you're not gonna take a small ball of yarn and stick google eyes on it. Really. You're not.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, blupaisan.

Name of swap  One Tiny Snarky Thing
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: (YES/NO)
List 5 actual items that you would like to receive..  (e.g. magnets, bag, altered tin, embroidered hanky, lump of chewed gum)

List five snarky people, situations, characters, quotes, writers, etc to help guide your partner

can you share your pinterest page or other list of interests to help see what you like please...

finally, any allergens in your home?
Any allergies of your own to report?


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



7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny B & W movie thing on: January 20, 2017 03:22:45 PM

I am willing to bet that there are a wholebuncha black and white movie fans out there.
Anyone have an absolute fave that comes to mind and wanna do a one tiny thing swap based on this?
My fave is Mr Smith Goes to Washington.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / old cat scratching post renewed on: January 20, 2017 03:19:41 PM
Here is the post from one of my clients that was headed for the dumpster.

Fairly shredded and well used in all areas.
I took most of it apart, except for the rope which I simply trimmed.
I counted over one hundred (!) staples as I removed them from all carpeted areas!

Here is the redone piece.

I posted a request on Freecycle that I was looking for a sizeable new bit of carpet for this project. I got a huge roll from a nice lady who was excited that it was gonna be used for kitties.

Here is Cirquie checking it out for the first time.

I wanted to put just a bit of oomph to it so added bright red paracord.

thanks for looking!!
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Mardi Gras Madness! on: January 18, 2017 08:30:09 AM

Oh. My. Goodness.
I just now came up with this idea and it excites me and I hope others are interested.
This will be a temporary craft! Paint your face in a Mardi Gras theme and post it in the challenge.
Oh, I hope (can you tell I am excited?) this can come to fruition. So much fun to be had!!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Logan doesn't know it, but he made my kitty happy with new toys on: January 16, 2017 02:03:22 PM
The donor, Logan, copious amounts of fur.
A dog I walk two or three times a week.

fur, safely home, and being checked out by my kitties

soaking in hot water and dishsoap

stuff is as bad as cooked spinach!  Comes down to nuttin'!

One ball has a jingle bell inside. Cirquie is trying to guess which one by using her feline intuition.

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