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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Need id help for the stones on this bracelet, please... on: December 29, 2013 05:34:46 PM
This is a found item. I need funds, so I want to put it on Ebay. Hope that is not an inappropriate query for this site...
thanks so much for any help.




22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wee winter scene for Mom on: December 23, 2013 07:36:07 AM

I used a jelly jar, borax, a fawn I have had for years with embroidery thread, a bit of fake holly and a seed bead at the neck, and rosemary sprigs to create this scene for Mom. She is in a nursing home with very little holiday decorations. Hope she enjoys it!
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Farewell monogram on: December 05, 2013 09:03:04 AM
My tenant leaves today for Thailand to teach English. He is a great guy and I made this monogram card for him as a farewell gift. His email name is LooseHawks so that is why I chose the images.
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I Like To Move it Move it Move it.... Moveable ATC swap on: November 23, 2013 02:16:37 PM


I have been on a real moveable kick this year. It is so much fun. There are tons of ways to approach creating a moveable ATC. Anyone else up for such a swap? I could organize but not for a couple of months 'til my life settles down a bit.

This is a moveable I made this year. The dog walks along the sidewalk.
25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / One member is particular is not coming up properly when I try to PM her... on: November 03, 2013 12:17:33 PM
When I receive an ATC from this member, I notify the host and BCC to this member. I am spelling everything right, and even the auto-fill finds her name and I send it off. Then I get the red notice that there is no such member. Any ideas? Is there a glitch with this Craftster's account somehow?
Meg
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Care package for a fellow Craftster... giving only on: August 27, 2013 10:28:13 AM


I have this idea that may need quite a bit of tweaking... suggestions of any kind welcome!
I have been in a really bad place lately, emotionally. When I see others this way on Craftster, I wish there were a system whereby a bunch of us could each send this person one small thing they would love to cheer them up. I would really like to see this happen somehow. Not only does it lift the spirit to get some goodies (as a gift) but to see just now many people do care about you.
I do not know how this would work, but I do know it would be a giving system rather than a receiving system.
I guess it could be like the regular birthday list where you would post that you are in a bad way and would like this or that to cheer you. Of course, I am in hopes that there would be no 'cheaters' who are perfectly fine...
If maybe 5 folks could craft one small item for that person and send it?
I know that giving is a wonderful feeling. When I am down, to give to someone else in pain really helps lift me.
Any thoughts?
And what on earth would we call it?
blu
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Next Round for Little Visitor on: August 26, 2013 08:34:31 PM


I would love to try the Little Visitor swap. I know #17 is in full swing. When might the next one be? Is there one for each season? Is it a 'guarantee' that it will happen again? Has this been mentioned already and I simply cannot locate the thread? I was not successful in a search... Thanks!
blu
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / more like FOUND, (not reconstructed...) old tyme cattail torch on: August 19, 2013 07:21:58 AM


Whilst picnicking, my DH and I spied a cattail on the ground. We took it home, soaked it in citronella oil and lit it up last night. Wow, did it blaze! It finally fell off the railing of the deck and landed 20 feet below in my darling morning glory patch. DH rushed down to put it out.
 I attached it by string to a long dowel so our hands would not get burned when we held it. I ended up sticking it in the sweetpea windowbox. It was really fun.I recommend it.
blu
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Challenge? CHALLENGE?? Bring it on!! on: August 13, 2013 08:47:51 PM
Craftster means a great deal to me. Mostly it means an opportunity to spread my wings and fly out of my comfort zone. I have learned many many new things from this wonderful group of people. And that's what Craftster is - THE PEOPLE.

To reuse this antique type set holder, I decided to do a crash course in Craftster. I did something from every section. Not an easy task in this amount of time, with jobs, gardening, volunteering, and a family reunion right in the middle of it all.
This is the system when I got it ($10 at the thrift shop.)


And here it is filled up with goodies...


To start with, allow me to introduce ya'll to Acadian Driftwood, my wonderful daughter who got me started with Craftster...

I will turn just about anything into a pair of earrings. There will be others to see in this post.
Now, at the top of this conglomeration is a pair of hands, representing all of the good work my hands did to make this.

My left thumb has not worked properly in years (even after 3 surgeries) and at times I could not craft at all. Now my right thumb is beginning to go! I decided to paint the thumbs turquoise ( my fave color) in an effort to tell them I still love them.
Moving on to whatever shows up next - I will name the category for each piece.
Top of the case is Brain Soap (bath and beauty) and is not just my first humorous soap, but my first soap at all.

Also in this pic, an ATC of a photo I took of one of the kids I nanny for. He is 9. I decided he needed to learn how to run this machine. He loved it!! (Paper Crafts and Crafting for Good and not Evil.)
Paperclip earrings (jewelry), a cherry tomato from my garden (grown from seed... it is my baybeee!) (Home sweet home) and the first of 9 placecard setting for tomorrow's family reunion (home sweet home.) The base is a river-washed brick from the mill that burned down here 100 years ago, the support ball is a Sycamore seed ball and the tag is Sycamore bark which is alllll over our back yard.
A couple of inchies in there (papercrafts.) Also, a link to me singing (gulp) a song on youtube. Don McClean wrote the original, I changed the lyrics for my own life. I figured Craftster would be a great place to begin talking about writing and music as a craft.
Um, let's see.... herb markers made from milk jugs, painted with nail polish.
Sticks taken off to fit into case, but here is a pic of one in my basil as it should be. (home sweet home)


Youtube link - if it does not show up with my old camera, go to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC0Ik3k91j0&feature=youtu.be


more inchies, more earrings, altered car from my childhood, (recycle) and here it is in its original form.

The dun-colored rolled up object with red bits is the following -
(clothing category)

cut off sleeves of silk t shirt, cut thumb hole, instead of seams, I did French knots all around.
Below that, my first baby booties (knitting) and to the right in white, my first crochet (handle of a towel- the rest has gone awry.)

Above the earrings featuring my daughter, a cat toy made from a lady's stocking. Stuffed with my own home-grown catnip. Embroidered eyes, will go straight to kitty's hands once this has been safely posted. (home sweet home.)
To right of that, my own invention... old sewing patterns soaked in glue and pressed into a plastic easter egg to dry to an egg shape (recycle). then in the fibers category... a 'vase' made from my dog's hair. he has not been with us for 9 years, but he lives on in this creation. And it is for storing cat whiskers - can you see them? I now have 1000 due to the fact that I have been finding them on the floors during my cat rescue years.
dog fur before..

You will not be able to see the tiny mouse made from an apple seed...
Snickers Ice Cream wrapper bracelet (jewelry)
close up

lower right, a quilted eyeglass rug for hubby. If he can just learn to put them there each time he gets up from the sofa, he will stop losing them.
Closer pic...


My fave creation of the whole thing is my stick puppets (toy category) made from a dead cicada and 2 shedded skins. I call them Cyril the Steampunk Cicada and his sidekicks Sister Skin and Skelly.
Close ups


top hat, cane made from a vine, home made wire glasses, scarf from old stocking, tiny screws to add steampunk feel.

this gal has lace edges from an old doily and colored sewing hooks and wig hair.

dude has a mustache from wig hair. hat is beret, made from stick-on shelf protector.
Also here, turquoise burlap bookmark  (home sweet home?)
close up

 and aluminum ribbon embroidery (needlework) and two figures flanking a crafting for good and not evil project (figures self-explanatory). the rock is for my new 11-year-old friend whom I am officially mentoring.
ATC of my latest kitty rescue, name of Gandolf (photography) and there are dozens of whiskers on the card.
Fridge magnet of  daisy I pressed last spring.
close up of before and after



(are ya still with me??)
Craftster ATC with various letters including one burned with a woodburning tool and an S cut from a stamp in the shape of a dollar sign as a joke about how much money I have spent on postage for swaps.
My first ever Gorilla tape purse (purses/wallets) with a bit of medical tape on it (white)
Globe representing the world of Craftster all over the map. Put a birthday hat on it. A painted oak gall.
put my tin of stickum there to show how all these goodies do not fall off the shelves!

altered tin with sheet music on it,
several more place markers for the reunion,
a bud vase made from weird stuff... long container from an eyeglass repair kit, base is the sign from a medical alert bracelet,
and there is the cork man! except I gave him paintbrush hair, a bark hat, and seed pod feet.
to the right, my own Italian Deviled Egg recipe. no mayo, use marinara sauce instead, finely diced zucchini, fresh oregano, salt and pepper. (cooking)
before pic...

altered matchbox
closeup

(clay/pottery section) I made a turtle out of a stone from the river. Sculpy.

What does one do with 4 pretty matches? make a wee table with a bark top.

Altered thimble... rock base, I use it to hold my needles, stuck into that fluffy hair ribbon from the 1960s. miscellaneous category.

Think I have only the huge pic of the following...
My first glass attempt. Got out hubby's blowtorch and went at it!

more art, less craft, again painted on the ubiquitous sycamore bark

Lastly for the Holidays section, a covered acorn ornament.

I have run out of camera battery so cannot do more detail of other inchies and such. Will have to show off more stuff at a later point in another thread.
All in all, Craftster has been wonderful for me and I wish all the happiest of birthdays. May we go on forever.
blu





30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Altered thimble swap! on: August 04, 2013 08:04:28 PM


Hi all. I am about to do something fun with a thimble and I looked up on the net to see if I need to reinvent the wheel or not. I found a couple of cute pics for ideas and thought it would make and awesome swap.
I hope it is ok to show what knickertwist has done with a thimble...
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