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81  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Wacky Hat swap on: April 10, 2013 07:35:10 AM

Who doesn't like a wacky hat? (If you dare to actually wear it...)
There are lots of possibilities for this... I have no idea how to knit or crochet, but I can sew and do paper mache, both of which are used in hat-making. Or take something and turn it into a hat. For an after-school project once, I had the kids make a hat out of a small paint bucket and it had an electrical outlet on the front of it. Truly wacky!
82  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Multi-use cat box on: February 10, 2013 11:31:04 AM

My local department store graciously donated this shoe box. It already had a hole cut out in the side, lined with metal and this gave me the idea that my kitties would not be able to keep themselves from sticking their paws into that hole. Thus came the inspiration to turn the challenge into a cat box. As it was built, more ideas came into my head and in the end the unit serves 3 purposes... play stations, snuggle bed, and scratching "post."

Begin.... one lidded box:

Here is the pre-existing hole that "started it all..."

Smokey supervises as I cut down cardboard for the scratching base...

The larger of the 2 scratching bases:

The smaller, also held together with Gorilla duct tape, keeping to the black fashion statement...

Dandi, testing the bases after they have been inserted into the box...

Out come the scratchers and in goes a simple toilet seat cover as a snugly...

Dandi the one who is ALWAYS squishing herself into tiny boxes approves:

Snuggly comes out and it is playtime!! This toybox is very personalized. One cat loves to chew on wood, hence the chopstick in the lid, one cat loves to chew on electronic accessory cords (has cost me a lot over the years, so I added an old computer microphone cord to the box), Smokey is addicted to my gold necklace because it is so snake-like, so I attached it to a string and it slowly glides into the box through that preexisting hole.  Also to play with... a feathery dreamcatcher, a skeleton key, and a cork which is on the other end of the gold necklace and serves not only as a pull-handle for that, but also one other thing for them to bat around. There is a plastic golf ball in there that rolls around and they stick their arms through the holes trying to catch it.

One hole is covered with plastic mesh from the top of a tangerine box and serves as 'the torture hole' where they can see movement inside but cannot reach through that particular hole to get at it.

I put a toilet paper tube in, also, thinking that one of these days, a long arm is gonna try to reach down in there.

Even when the lid is alone on the floor, Smokey starts to chew on the chopstick.

It is also something to just whack at...

Other features I neglected to photograph... I glued gridded rubbery shelf liner to the box bottom so it would not slide all over the floor as they play. I glued pretty ribbon at the edges of the lid. Stickers on the side spell out CAT BOX.

I guess that's just about it!!

Thanks for looking.
83  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / when was the last alterred matchbox swap? on: February 02, 2013 05:20:22 AM

Is it time for another?  With the lousy economy, it is a nice small package to mail out.... not much postage cost.
84  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / shamelessly showing off personal swap cards on: January 31, 2013 10:15:34 AM
I have 5 cards to show that were so much fun to do for a personal swap....

85  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Gabe just crossed the Rainbow Bridge on: January 27, 2013 02:14:37 AM

Two and a half hours ago, I awoke in the middle of the night. For no apparent reason. I told my husband that I was unusually wide awake and if I could not get back to sleep in 10 minutes, I would get up and do some things.  Within 5 minutes I was up. The first thing I do when I get up or come home is look for my cat Gabe, who has been "on his way out" for several months now, just to be sure he is ok.
He was nowhere to be found. I woke my husband up and we looked together. We found him wedged in a tiny nook in the kitchen where he had gone to die. He was still warm. I am convinced he woke me up somehow to retrieve him and say goodbye.
I will miss this cat like no other. He was amazing.  I even wrote a children's novel based on him.
My husband, after drying my tears, went back to bed. I needed some art therapy so did this ATC of my beloved.
I will always love you, Gaberlin.
86  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Pro-house-mouse card! on: January 21, 2013 01:31:09 PM
So, I just came back from a ski weekend.... cabin in the woods. Mice abound in the kitchen. They have a gizmo that makes noise that is supposed to keep them away, but instead we find mouse droppings on counters, in pots and pans, in cuttlery, all over every clean tea towel. Everyone is ticked off about it, but personally I think we can learn to share the cabin. So I made this card and hung it up above the stove for all future renters to consider...

The droppings glued to the bottom are real...
The outside is birch bark that I pulled off a dead tree.

The inside is watercolor and pen and ink.

87  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / 4 vintage image winter fun cards with quotes on: January 13, 2013 04:25:30 PM
I just noticed on the website that I go to in order to give away and find free stuff, that there are quite a few ATCs up for bid and they are going at a good 'price.'  So I made these to put on the site...

Thanks for looking. Sure were fun to make!
88  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / All things retro... on: January 06, 2013 12:23:44 PM
I think a lot of folks here enjoy the retro scene. I would love to do a retro swap. It could include all sorts of goodies.... aprons, art, greeting cards, recipe boxes, alterred tins for holding bobby pins (oh so retro), ATCs, pin cushions, crocheted or knitted things, embroidery, pillow cases, regular pillows, all sorts of jewelry, jewelry boxes, T shirts, clocks, alterred mirrors, notebooks/diaries, bags, wall hangings, planters, pencil holders, the list goes on!

89  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Have we done this yet? WHAT to do with all your favorite ATCs... on: January 04, 2013 01:10:08 PM
I have sooo many wonderful ATCs but putting them in a photo album is getting kinda old and I was wondering if anyone is interested in either creating something else will all the ATCs you have, or coming up with a bang-up way of displaying them?

90  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / barn and birches, late fall (pastels) on: December 29, 2012 03:00:34 PM

This is my favorite pastel I have ever done. I love working outside. Actually, I don't think I do indoor work at all with pastels....  This hangs in my Mom's room in her nursing home.
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