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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Proof that you should NEVER throw anything away!! on: January 13, 2016 07:28:01 AM

So, for a project about two months ago, I stiffened over a yard of embroidery floss with glue. As I cleaned out my sewing box yesterday, I was about to chuck it. I mean, why on earth would anyone want stiff floss in a certain color?  I have a tough time using a trash basket, so took a bit of material that was also destined for the landfill and tied it onto the end of the floss.
Out into the hallway we went, my 15-year-old DandiGirl and I.
Wow, this toy is amazing! Because of the stiff floss, it catches ever so slightly on the carpet and does this jumping thing as it comes along. To Dandi, it is very much like a real creature in the way it moves. Here is a video of a cat who generally sleeps much of the day but is very much active with her new toy!!


22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birdland Radio!! on: January 11, 2016 11:46:31 AM

A neighbor graciously gave me this 1940s radio because he (yes, Mr. Mercer, that would be you....) knew I could do something wonderful with it. I gutted it then let it sit, waiting for inspiration. My cheap plastic birdfeeder fell off the deck recently and I said to myself upon seeing it, "I should make a new one for my poor little feathered friends." When I entered my room, there sat the radio and the rest is history.

Here is the first before pic

and gutted with my kitty showing off the usable parts

cut the top off a plastic bottle.

marked with Sharpie and cut. I wanted a nice curved "roof" system to match the curves of the radio and serve to keep rain out of feeder. I posted a question in the Misc. category of how to get the marker off the plastic after cutting. I found the solution thanks to my Craftster friends who rock!!

view of the back. Was this ever an interesting issue! I wanted to keep the whole thing plastic rather than wood, which might get sort of rottish in the rain. I had a nice big plastic tray to use as the new back. Alas, it was the wrong type of plastic and shattered at the sight of a cutting tool.
Next I decided to cut into my own wastebasket because the plastic looked more flexible. The basket was not big enuf so I was going to cut 2 smaller pieces and have to create some sort of hinge system in the back to keep them on.
that plastic also shattered.
guy who lives downstairs 'donated' an entire side of his awesome white tall trashbasket which was an absolute breeze to cut into. Like pudding. I loved it!!  (how can you be so happy about slicing a trashbasket? Life is strange.)
I painted it my fave color and one I think complements brown.
I also painted the screws and washers so they would all look so purty.

The volume and some other nameless knob went right back into their normal places. the tuner, however, could not go back to its original position. I hemmed and hawed about not putting it anywhere at all, but in the end, how could I abandon such a pretty vintage piece?  I stuck it in the middle of the speaker which is prolly making some antique dealer roll over in his grave.

I bought a plastic honeydipper and cut it where I wanted, for the perch. had to drill a new hole for that. Actually, I was too lazy to go borrow Joe's drill again so I burned a hole in it using my wee woodburning tool. This old plastic smells like cloves when it burns.

I was gonna shlepp over to the hardware store (They've got allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters Trash compactors, juice extractor, shower rods and water meters Walkie-talkies, copper wires safety goggles, radial tires BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers) to get a flange to go between the chassis and the roof I cut, but in the end decided to make my own by cutting the edge off a coffee can lid.

thanks for looking!!  I had (mostly) a blast making this.

P.S.  ten points to Gryffindor if you can id the song lyrics.

23  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / @$*####!! field keeps changing when I do not ask it to. on: January 11, 2016 06:51:54 AM
trying to send partnering info to a certain recipient. Her name is capitalized. no matter how many times I put her correctly into the recipient field (PMing...) it does not take. Instead, her name is automatically lower-cased and the red message comes that there is no such Craftster.
I have tried copy and paste, I have tried putting in the quote marks myself instead of waiting for site to do it, I have tried typing.
My patience is wearing thin, and now that I have vented, I am somewhat better.
Would love this issue addressed please and thanks.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / removing Sharpie marks from plastic number 1, PETE on: January 04, 2016 04:31:28 AM
I made thin Sharpie guide marks for cutting on my PETE plastic (see-thru, so marks show on both sides.)
need to find a way to clean off marks without ruining plastic. I am afraid to rub, scrub, or use any kind of solvent.


25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two (SIGNUP 12/31/15-01/10/16 ; MAIL BY 02/10/16). on: December 31, 2015 09:49:54 AM


So many of us had a blast in round one. Calling all bird lovers to rejoin or come on over to the feeder for the first time!!
Tiny. That basically means ...
Swap size guidelines:
This swap will be for ONE TINY BIRD THING. Even though it will be small in size please put in our best effort to make the tiny thing amazing! What is considered tiny you ask? Well, let's keep it within approximately four inches in any direction , give or take.
Please plan on not including any extras unless you and your partner desperately want to.

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.
If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.
Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Please keep you mailing receipt if you are sending internationally.
PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*

Swap name: One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: blupaisan
Sign-up date range: 12/31/15-01/10/16
Date to send item by: 02/10/16

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO  no
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement?  no

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  yes
- 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

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 birdpoopie 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

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap  One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two
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)

Would you like one partner or two?

Please list your favorite birds:
What kind of items would you like to receive? (plush, wall art, functional, jewelry, artist's choice...)
What kind of crafty skills do you have?
Are there any specific crafty skills you especially admire?
Anything you don't want to receive? (clothing, jewelry, etc.)
Are there any materials your partner shouldn't use? (leather, feathers, wool,..)?
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens in your home (furry pets, smokers, etc.?)
Are you able to post pictures in the gallery?
Do you have an Etsy favorites or pinterest?

Is there any other information you would like your partner or the organizer to know?



blupaisan.....two partners
alwaysinmyroom......one partner
geekgirl1000100......two partners
lindyv321.......one partner
pinkmichk......two partners
HSG.......one partner
Onyxnox........one partner, willing to do a second if need be
artsycandice........one partner
volomortuus....one partner
gala_apples.... two partners
cmarion3......one partner
rjannelle......one partner, willing to up to two
Ludi....one partner
Allons-y....two partners
LimeRiot...one partner
Acadian Driftwood....one partner


feedback given

sender:                                              recipient:

blupaisan (mailed)                   Allons_y (rec'd)
Allons_y  (mailed)  [/color]                                          blupaisan (rec'd)
Allons_y   (mailed)                                lindyv321 (rec'd)
lindyv321 (mailed)                  Allons_y (rec'd)
geekgirl1000100  (mailed)                               Acadian Driftwood(rec'd)
Acadian Driftwood (mailed)                        geekgirl1000100(rec'd)
geekgirl10000100 (mailed)                             gala_apples(rec'd)
gala_apples(sent late w' comm)                                      geekgirl1000100 (rec'd}
gala_apples (sent late w' comm)                                     rjannelle (rec'd)
rjannelle (mailed)                                           gala_apples(rec'd)
Onyxnox (mailed)                                            pinkmichk(recd)
pinkmichk (mailed)                 Onyxnox (rec'd)
pinkmichk (mailed)       volomortuus (rec'd)
volomortuus (mailed)                                    pinkmichk(recd)
alwaysinmyroom (sent)                                 artsycandice(rec'd)
artsycandice (sent)                                       alwaysinmyroom(rec'd)
HSG (mailed)                         cmarion3 (rec'd)
cmarion3 (mailed)                                 HSG (rec'd)
Ludi (mailed)                                                      LimeRiot(rec'd)
LimeRiot (mailed)                       Ludi (rec'd)

OK, so that might look a bit odd, but it is the way my brain is working just now. There were a number of issues with shipping out of country, allergies, and folks who wanted one vs. two partners. The above is the result! (;
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / too pic heavy for it's own good... redone lampshade (tute!) on: December 26, 2015 08:06:10 AM

I profusely apologize for tons of fuzzy pics.  Had to use my phone which does not always cooperate.
My daughter (Acadian Driftwood) had an old shade I made many years ago that was fading fast. She asked for a redo for Christmas. I tried to copy the color of her newly painted bedroom walls. First I soaked the old shade in hot water for a couple of hours and pulled off the old paper and glue.

She loves kitties so that was my go-to theme. I decided to make up my very own technique!!  Tho they say there is nuttin' new under the sun so maybe it has already been done but who cares. I took a pointed tool and 'carved' pictures on the paper.

I lightly did penciling first to know where to go. then after 'carving' I heartily erased the pencil, often smudging the kneaded eraser into the grooves of the picture so as to get out every bit of pencil mark.

next I did a wash of acrylic over the whole panel and the paint seeped into the grooves of the carved pic. Woo hoo, my idea worked!

dried panels.

took more paper and painted those for side fixin's to go between glued on panels.

once dried, I marked and scored the back, to cut out six pieces and have a good scored line for when I needed to fold the long bits to glue on at the last.

normally, one uses official lampshade glue. I had none so used ModPodge and it worked just fine. used popstick to put glue on cage, layed panel on and massively pinned all round to secure to dry. YOU MUST BUFFER WITH THICKISH PAPER SO YOU DO NOT GET DAMAGE FROM CLOTHESPINS.

of course, the last panel does not have space to put clothespins so i just weighted it as best I could with three heavyish rulers. Worked fine.

careful about putting glue in the inner space, too little and it does not stay on, too much and it seeps out when you squeeze the strips on and it looks nasty wasty.
here are the side pieces, ready to get glued on.

start flush to top, leave extra at bottom to be trimmed when glue is dry.

see how the hand constructed cage is not perfect? there will be places at the top where even the most carefully cut strip will be fine on one side, sticking up a bit on the other. trim carefully after drying.

trim bottom of strips.

image, will not show every single one, as you are prolly overwhelmed already.


my fave.

thanks for looking!!  Questions welcome!!

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodburned Chill Stick on: December 24, 2015 03:57:29 AM

My daughter Acadian Driftwood is to be credited with this incredibly awesome idea. Years ago, maybe ten by now, she took a similar stick and woodburned a continuous line on it. when I was severely stressed (usually at a medical place giving blood which always sent me over the edge) I brought along my Chill Stick. Find the end of the line at one end, do not move your eyes from it as it meanders all over the stick and eventually winds up at the other end. not only wonderfully distracting, getting you out of your present bad moment, but it somehow relaxes the brain/emotions/mentality to have your eyes moving over this beautiful burn on a smooth stick.

I made this one for a friend and hope it works the same 'magic'!!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Inspired by my Great Grandmother, C. 1886 on: December 24, 2015 03:37:39 AM

I recently inherited (actually I plucked it from my father's recycling bin...he is elderly and not thinking straight lately!) an 1886 autograph book dedicated to my Great Grandmother. There were wonderful pieces written in it and my favorite was this, word for word. I knew I wanted to send it to one of my Craftster friends, whose fave color is orange.

I took a frame from my childhood, painted it, and glued beads on to match fabric on which the inner paper is mounted. The paper IS A BLANK ONE FROM MY OWN GG'S BOOK! So it's an oldie but a goodie.

I tried my best to copy old style writing. Oy, I wanna learn how to write 'normally' like this! It is so classy!

thanks for looking.
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas birch bark house on: December 21, 2015 07:09:13 AM

I pick up a lot of birch bark from downed trees as I walk the dogs. I decided to make a wee house with it.

In the stitch and botch section is a picture of my kitty drinking from the water where I was soaking the bark to make it pliable. Apparently it tasted more interesting than her regular ol' boring water!
I used both E6000 and Modpodge, depending on the places.

After I put the house on its base, I asked my daughter Acadian Driftwood for ideas for sprucing it up. She told me about dots of nailpolish that would dangle like tiny bulbs if I put it on a thread. What an awesome idea.

I used embroidery floss to create the green swags on the fence. I cut the teeniest tiniest bits to add red color.

The wreath on the door is also floss. I smeared a long strand with glue, then wound it around a skewer so it would come out round.
The evergreen tree is foam, cut two pieces and notched them together....there must be a name for that technique.... It was originally lime green so I painted it to be darker.

it lights up! I put a battery run tealight inside. the thing was pretty tall, and after I cut the door, I realized most of the interior would not show due to the tea light base in the way. Acadian Driftwood suggested I just 'block' the door with a picture. I used pen and ink and watercolor, or was it acrylic? to make a wee old fashioned girl at the door.

the windows have plastic in place of glass. curtains are 'real'. the tiny white deer, like those one often sees in yards at this time of year is bark, honeysuckle twigs, and antlers are wild grape vine.
The birdfeeder was such fun to construct! bark, pole is a porcupine quill, birds are floss. I love how i was able to make a hovering cardinal by attaching him on a bit of plastic thread from one of those typical price tag attatchers.

Snow is Borax. Other tree also a spring of honeysuckle.

Stove pipe is painted wood skewer with a bit of pulled qtip at top.
thanks for looking! And thanks to Acadian Driftwood for the awesome pics she took for me.
this went down to Virginia Beach as a Christmas gift for an employer-turned-friend.

30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / It's "just a card" on: December 20, 2015 05:15:32 AM

Dont know if this Christmas card will get to my bro in California on time, but I send it tomorrow.
he got a couple of new kittens last month, Scarlett and Rhett. I took the only pic I had of them to feature in this card. His kids (ages 16 and 13) are nuts about cats as well so they will like it, too.
pen and ink, watercolor.
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