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11  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Found on a one-hour walk on: January 14, 2017 09:52:40 AM
I was walking in the woods recently, looking for natural items to make a Christmas ornament. I was out for an hour, and was able to spot so many possibilities. I wondered if a craftster could gather items on a similar walk, city, country, anywhere, found items only, then create ANYTHING.
Too lame for a challenge?
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / my five-minute snow squirrel on: December 24, 2016 04:55:46 PM


perfect packing weather yesterday. While walking the dog, I made this squirrel. I could not do details with gloves on, so removed them, which caused me to spend only five minutes in the creation, after which I shoved my frozen hands under my armpits, lol.
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / first real attempt at woodburned art on: December 16, 2016 08:58:16 AM


Made this for the Rodent Swap recently. My partner provided some pics of her degus and I tried my best to make these critters look like her three gals.

The rough edge of the board called for some sort of framing. I used the colored popsicle stix that have been kicking around my art storage.

thanks for looking!!

14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Elderly bengal for Christmas gift on: December 16, 2016 03:22:06 AM


This is Achilles. He is old and was old even when I first met him four years ago!
Began taking care of him then, and now his owner is not just a client, but a true friend.
This watercolor is going out in the mail today.

Decided to add just a tiny hint of the issue he has with one very gunky eye. Figured to be true, but not overdue it, lol.
15  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / The six-garden dinner on: October 01, 2016 03:02:28 PM


This is really nothing new, but it is just plain fun that I got the veggies (and eggs actually) from six different gardens in my life.

Eggs.... friend's brother's chickens, local
chives... the place I just moved to, have been here  since mid July
Tomatoes .... place I housesit frequently and the folks moan that I do not take enough of their produce home with me
Broccoli.... from the place I moved from in July, but still go back there to harvest stuff
Summer squash... from my daughter's garden, two towns away
and peppers... from a place I also housesit so often that he let me plant an entire garden there for myself! It is a wonder that anything survived over the summer when I was hardly ever there, as, he is truly NOT a gardener.

Olives and feta cheese, I must admit, is from local supermarket. Oh, well, we can't ALL be acupuncturists.....

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / NOT an expert, do not know how to describe this capris style... on: May 28, 2016 12:41:38 PM
I have owned these wonderful capris for a few years now. There is no way I will ever be this size again! I have been trying for about a year now to find a larger used pair, this brand or other. but every time I put "lace ups" in the search title it throws off the search and I get lacy stuff or worse.  I have tried brand name, capris, sailor pants, and more.

I sure hope some of ya'll can come forward with a proper name for these pants so i can find a new used pair!

thank you so much.
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first real commisions, woo hoo! One African Grey, two dogs. on: April 30, 2016 03:25:34 PM

First pet bird I have ever done. I must admit, it is muuuuch harder to show personality with this one due to the fact that most African Greys look similar.

Dog ones have much more opportunity for expansion.

That is Thor, now over the rainbow and his owner wanted to look at a painting of his face every day....

Last one,


All pen and ink with watercolor.
18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / You yourself posted/Someone else posted pics, wanna figure it all out! on: April 27, 2016 03:35:26 PM
I see incredible things (wish my page had room for a lot more faves) and I love to click the camera icon and put that fave project on my home page.

trouble is, when the item is posted in a swap, I click on the image that someone else posted, but it is always the receiving partner who is posting the pic and I want the CREATOR to get the credit of the item crafted. How can I remedy this, if at all?
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / equal parts art and craft, methinks...paint and collage on: April 25, 2016 07:39:32 AM


This is a totally new thing for me, I just took a four-session course in what was called collage. I was thinking something different, but the technique presented to us was fascinating.

Paint first, make your own paper (or not) with random painting and patterns, cut or rip the paper, glue on top of your painting, then put even more paint on top of the whole thing.


I did some of this, winged the rest.

I brought my own papers from home instead of creating them or using what was in the big box at the workshop.  I took several pages from a 1960 childrens book with seriously tender blue images that made me swoon.

I also brought along the antique recipe box my mother owned. In it were over a hundred hand printed recipe cards in her handwriting, my grandmother's handwriting, my aunt's handwriting, and others.  I used the ones whose handwriting I knew well, very distinct. and used one because it had a date on it.

At first it all looked horrible in my opinion, and I am someone who is used to fine details and having it all under control. I abandoned that after the first session, and went with the flow. I just 'did' the art thing, got lost in the process, focused less on the outcome.
I love how it came out, I was soooo surprised. I remember saying out loud "I do not know how this happened!"

loosely based on an image I got from the web, as we were told to do, I was supposed to trace it line for line, but ended up just doing it freehand so the lady turned out quite a bit shorter than original image.

I am happy with what I did with the edging around the canvas.

thanks for looking!!

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Old alarm clock now hosts alarming items! on: April 22, 2016 04:21:30 PM

made for the shrine swap, for a curiosity cabinet theme.
Used an old small bell type alarm clock....


I made a scroll telling of all the pieces within this display-


I made tiny shelves where oddities can perch








and put stuff on the sides




back...



under...


I will check back tomorrow to this post and list the weird and wonderful supplies that went into its making.  Just now I have to go to bed!

Ok, I am back and here are some of the odd 'ingredients' I used to build these items....
the beetle was in the china closet of my family home for about 25 years, just drying and being bored out of his little mind. I painted it and stuck nail-polished porcupine quills on his back.
the medusa on the side is one of those old cameo pieces. I used twirled embroidery thread for her hair snakes and the teeniest tiniest bits of red thread for the tongues.
the black widow spider on the other side is a bit of paper, hanging on a black thread and her web began as a piece of a lace napkin, got at a thrift shop. It was pretty near a web already, I just glued more thread on in concentric circles.
the scroll with words is from a 1960 book, paper already nicely faded, rolled up into a drinking straw and covered with wrapping paper.
the feet in the clock were the tips of bones I found by the road side.
I also found a dead turkey vulture or hawk or something and stole a large claw to be the beak of the whateveritis and put a turkey feather behind it. the pink headfeathers of that creature are glued n stiffened bits of geranium off my windowsill.
the merman was created by chopping in half one of those plastic miniature people from a railroad set. I made his fishy tail by gluing cornsilk together, molding it, and painting it.
the conjoined twins at the bottom are just two more tiny people, cut and glued back together. I added fabric scraps for shirts.
The 'Wicklow Fairy' who sits on a bit of bone is also a mini plastic person. She holds a flower of floss stem with another bit of geranium at the top. Her hair is cornsilk, her wings are maple seed wings.
the creepy creature next to her has a cut bone head and floss tongue.
Eyeball is a large bead.
Dragon head on the right was created by manipulating and painting a qtip head. Fangs are porcupine quills. the egg it originally came out of was made by putting glue on the outside of a miniature xmas bulb, allowed to dry, pulled off, and painted.
The cobweb that partially hides things is some white acrylic yarn that pulls apart easily. Dyed grey.
the skull is from a chimpunk, found in back yard by a neighbor and given to me, cuz he knows I am that weird. I attached a porcupine quill on that, turning it into a unicorn type critter.
The pages glued on the outside are supposed to represent a curiosity cabinet's filing system of putting numbers to id the contents. It is acutally a tide chart from a sailors book.





Acadian Driftwood took these amazing photos for me for which I thank her!!
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