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51  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bear on a log shrine in a compact on: April 30, 2014 08:57:16 AM

I finally made something all for myself that I do not have to mail away!
I got this compact mirror for two bucks and waited til I had a good idea and some time to alter it.

I recently moved to a temporary place and brought only bare necessities for crafting with me, so this is a real 'use what you have' piece which includes a foam bit from the top of a clothes hanger, painted tinfoil (nail polish), a shopping bag, and i had no fluff for clouds so I noticed a wee hole starting in the back of my homemade pincushion so I needled a bit of fluff out that will never be missed.
I had been scouting thrift shops for ages looking for a seriously tiny animal figure of some kind with no luck. then this souvenir spoon landed on my doorstep with a tiny black bear hanging within it. I cut him out and put him on a log which is a piece of garden twine.

This creation is two inches.
Thanks for looking!
52  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / bunny matchbox house on: April 24, 2014 08:24:29 AM


For the One Tiny surprise Thing swap, I altered a 4-inch kitchen matchbox.
From my old job I got a real blueprint and glued it to the outside to make things interesting.

a snip of one of the matches became a flowerbox, from which cascades green thread and tiny tufts of yarn.



this is the first floor with fridge, stove, table, chair, vase,  hatrack, and stairs. Oy, the stairs were epic fail after 3 attempts with glue to harden the cardboard, serious scoring, and even trying to attach them to a thin wood 'base' at the back. they simply did not want to stay in their shape after I made them.
the vase came out ok, tho, just a teeny shell with more fake flowers from the window box.
hatrack is one side of a hook and eye sewing notion. Hat is make out of fake pink leather, blue feather on it from that yarn also.
chair and table are individual construction, glueing tiny bits of bamboo onto white cardboard.
Wallpaper courtesy of LadyBugsandBumbleBees, just up and mailed me a package of goodies 'cause she's like that....
rug is acrylic sweater.


second floor, bamboo ladder (every time I cut another rung, and it was too long, I'd exclaim out loud "THAT'S too long??!!" i did not think anything could physically be cut smaller.)

sofa is just a rolled up piece of fabric, following an original idea of wanting it to look futonish. dont know if it does...  bookcase was a blast to make but each time I colored and cut a tiny bit of bamboo to be a book, it basically shattered under the pressure of my scissors. i then turned to my xacto blades.

third floor is bunny's art studio. I took a pushpin and cut off most of the pin part. that is the table. I made a palette from thin foam and a brush from a quarter of the threads in a jute garden string. I colored the long end black then glued it to be a stiff handle. the other end I left brown and just fluffed out with a needle to be the brush end.
the mess sink is just folded aluminum foil.
easel was a challenge, too. did not have internet access the whole time I was making this. usually, I google what something looks like but had to go on memory of what an easel looks like.
it was hilarious to be working on a tiny accessory and suddenly look down and it was gone . Not in my lap, not on table or floor. so tiny is just plum disappeared!!
53  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / taking apart old dress for pattern making...how??!! on: April 23, 2014 07:33:06 PM
got a  wonderful vintagy dress made with horrible material. will  be taking it apart and creating a pattern from the pieces to create something quite different. Trouble is, all of the seams are so tightly sewed that I cannot even see a touch of thread where i can get my seam ripper in there. I have no idea how to go about getting all these pieces apart now!
Truly need some advice. please and thank you.  Smiley
54  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / OK, so I'm a child of the 70s... on: March 03, 2014 06:18:24 PM

My latest wacky earrings. They are a hit at the old folk's home where I work. Each night that I come in, they clamor to see what odd things dangle from my ears.
55  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / How to show my love for my daughter! on: February 16, 2014 07:23:17 PM
I really have no money, but knew just what would make her happiest for Valentine's Day. I worked on this for a month. It begins with a large package and ends with a tiny but wonderful surprise. I was there as she opened each layer. An unforgettable experience.

First the big box which I hauled into her livingroom...

I cut out dozens of illustrations from one of her childhood favorite books that I got for free at a convenience store of all places, and added cut-out text to create funnies.




There are just too many to show, but each is funnier than the last.
Inside of that is another box 'wrapped' in giant easy-to-read "Who Called Notes" with personal jokes on them.

Inside that....
Paper with footie prints on it...


inside that, a fabric painted pillowcase -

next, a giant map of Greece with a favorite quote from the movie Twister

inside that, a box decorated with owls and funny names I cut out of our local phone book!


Names are stuff like Smart Rob, Sargeant Bruce, Pray Kayla, Patch Marvin, Hellman Joel.
inside that, paper that I french-knotted together, forming an envie.

Inside that, an envie featuring Nature inchies...

inside that, a photo I cut from a How to Drum book, with funnies added

inside that, some cut-outs from an antique How to Draw book... turned into an envie

inside that, an envie made from a Russian WatchTower magazine.

inside that, my rainbow zentangles with personal jokes hidden

inside that, a tiny ATC envie made from a Vermont map

And FINALLY  she gets to open her 'real' gift which is a mere ATC (after all that!!)

but the back announces that I quit smoking a month ago.

I must admit it is the most fun in Hell I have ever had. Instead of lighting up, I have spent the last month crafting this.



56  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / ##@@&!! Birthdays. on: February 13, 2014 07:08:54 AM
Here is a Grumpy cat card for my nephew. He adores cats and loves Grumpy Cat.

57  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / BlueJays need not apply on: January 30, 2014 10:39:44 AM

I come home with leftovers from where I waitress. Trouble is, they are always in these damnable styrofoam containers with lids that are not recycleable either. I have too many around the house, refuse to chuck them. I have been on a birdfeeder kick lately so did a small one.

I got a hanger out of the closet and some coated wire from a fake flower sprig in my craft box. I also took the sturdy handle off a paper shopping bag, found a skewer in the kitchen drawer, and turned all this into a mini roofed feeder exclusively for the smaller birds.



Yay, they came!!
58  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 'straightening' old contact paper to use as wall border on: January 08, 2014 07:06:21 AM
Hello, all. I need some advice. I just moved and want to use what I have in my stash for redoing the kitchen. I have a long length of turquoise colored contact paper, so old it no longer will stick on it's own, so that is yet another question about fastening it to the wall. It is about three inches wide, maybe 12 feet long.
So, since it is so old and has been stored in rolled/folded form, it has vague creases. How can I get rid of these? I certainly cannot iron them out, and I think even a year under heavy books would result in nothing.
If you think it impossible to straighten out, my next question is how to cut out the bad bits and still make this gorgeous piece of paper useable in the border at the top of my kitchen wall.
thanks for your input!!
 Smiley
59  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Altered My Little Pony for a Christmas gift on: January 01, 2014 12:14:20 PM
This is a Slambovian pony, specifically Gandalf Murphy from one of my daughter's favorite bands.  It is my first altered MLP and I really struggled with it, but for a first I think it is ok.
When I took the head off, the inner rubbery ring broke. I tried every glue and trick possible to get the head to stay on. It is like Nearly-Headless-Nick's sidekick at the moment, but my daughter says she has glue that will work on it.
I got a wig for a buck several months ago, knowing I could somehow use it one day. Thus, the hair and tail.
I am a very poor sewer and mechanical designer so I could not figure out how to fashion the clothes without just sewing them right onto the body. It seemed to work anyhow.

Having no money, I could not go out and buy new paint for the body. I went to the dollar store (only place I can afford) and lo and behold there was nail polish in flesh tone. worked great and went on nice and smooth.

I could not for the life of me get the goatee to stay on so I cut a tiny bit of stocking and used that as a buffer. it worked!

The Slambovians have a song where the audience dances around with parasols -some absolutely gigantic - so I had to include one of those!
There is a painting on the band's drum and that is mostly what I used to do this pony.
60  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.




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