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81  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Gluing plastic to plastic on: February 28, 2015 07:25:14 AM
I have one chance and one chance only to get this right... piece I am making is tiny and somewhat delicate. I cannot use any other fasteners besides glue. I need to glue see-thru #1 Pete plastic to #5 pp plastic. I cannot clamp, as it is both rounded and delicate.
Need some advice!  Thanx
82  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Next hoopla round on: February 28, 2015 04:36:34 AM

Homerof2 posted that she is not planning on hosting the next swap... I volunteer to host.  I am really interested in a theme of Summer Activities. The list seems endless... bicycling, gardening, surfing, riding in a convertible, volleyball, canoeing, hiking, building sandcastles, swimming, picnics, etc.
I could start signups anytime in March. Shall we stick to 3 weeks for crafting?
83  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Ickle mousie (non-paper theme) on: February 27, 2015 01:42:24 PM

I made this for a theme of non-paper. Pine bark is backing, gingham curtains, matchbox flowerbox, tiny fake flowers stuck into foam, and the mouse is shredded yarn turned into a wet glob and them manipulated with a needle. Seed bead eyes and the whiskers are from my collection since I have had so many kitties who leave them on the bed.
It was so much fun to make! Wanna do more.
84  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Your earliest sewing memories... chime in! on: February 23, 2015 03:11:41 PM

At what age did you learn basic sewing? Who taught you? What was it like? What were your first humble projects? Was it by hand or machine? Do you still possess any of those items? If anyone responds, I will answer these questions too.
85  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craft supplies made in China and feeling guilty on: February 15, 2015 08:49:54 AM
So pretty much every time I purchase a craft supply in any store, the price is right for my budget but the wee sticker says Made in China. I have heard horror stories about what the workers there endure for very little money. I keep wondering how I can continue to buy these items for my spoiled self when it serves to perpetuate the unfair system.  Some would say the amount of money I spend on these supplies amounts to a drop in the ocean but I would like to at least have a clear conscience. Anyone else thinking about this kind of stuff?
86  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Seriously 3D ATC swap on: February 13, 2015 08:39:54 AM

Oh my goodness folks go check out sheepBlue's incredible 'card' in this month's gallery!  cmarion3 just suggested a 3D swap so I rushed over here to see if there were interested peeps. I can host!
87  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / nature's realm... birchtree nightlight with sculpy birdie on: February 10, 2015 01:13:41 PM

Mom lives in a nursing home and cannot do a thing anymore, not even read. Her dementia is so bad, she does not even register that the radio is on. what the heck to get someone like that for Christmas??
I decided to make her a nightlight since the place gets totally dark at bedtime and a small light might make her feel less alone. she has always adored natural elements and was an avid birdwatcher all her life.

Here is a pic of it lit in the dark. why it is pink is anyone's guess. Most of the light comes out the top of the hollowed out branch. There are also small openings at the sides where it escapes. the base is wood with dried fern frondie-seedie thingies on it.
A closeup of the pileated woodpecker...

His tail is supposed to be flush to the bark as it would be naturally but i could not do this without busting the tender sculpy.
she did not say a word when she opened it and the only comment I have heard from her about it is to point at it and cry. eventually she says "that is supposed to be off."  But I take great comfort in the fact that it has not wound up in her trash, where absolutely everything goes. she puts books, money, unread mail, toothbrushes, and the kitchen sink there.
I did love making this for her.
88  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Vintage saw dusty craft... on: February 09, 2015 07:50:43 AM
One of my all time favorite crafts when I was a kid was sculpting things from a kit that may have been called Weird Wood but googling that comes up with nadda. It came in a plastic jar or tub and I am pretty sure you just added water. It resembled fine sawdust. I made some great stuff with it. Plus, I loved the smell. Anyone ever encounter this?
89  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / My Craftster gratitude list on: February 05, 2015 11:57:51 AM
I often create a gratitude list in my head as I fall asleep. Just when it seems that my life is not what I had hoped for, I realize just how blessed I am after ticking off all of the things I do have. I decided to make a Craftster gratitude list because this site and what it provides for me is vital to my emotional well-being.

 The wonderful and talented people I meet here, some of whom have become dear friends.
My basic creativity and sense of humor that allows me to craft what I do.
The courage to try new things outside of my comfort zone and the joy I get in thus growing.
Local thrift stores where I am constantly finding goodies to add to my stash.
Money enough to buy said stuff and funds to ship packages.
The miracle of the albeit flawed postal system that is able to get my creations to my partners anywhere in the world.
My internet (a sporadic thing in my life) that  lets me post, swap, and PM.
The de-stressing result of crafting every day.
The awesome gifts I find in my mailbox during swaptime. There are sooo any things I have received that I enjoy using or admiring every day.
The sweet folks who give time and energy to host a swap.
The mods who make it all possible.
Tutes and advice I get from happy dedicated people here. and it's all free!!
That warm fuzzy feeling when someone says my swap package pleased them. And compliments on items I have posted.

Would love to hear what would be on YOUR list!
90  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 18, 2014 04:10:07 AM

For the first time in my life as a Craftster I now have an entire room which I can devote to crafting. I do have all of my supplies there and my sewing machine set up.
This morning as I went to assemble breakfast, I saw my latest project all over the kitchen counter and spilling over to my only eating table.
I had used my only cutting board and good knife for slicing into birchbark and the place was a mess and certainly not immediately available to food prep.
My question is, does anyone else out there do this type of thing? Wreck the house when you have a perfectly good place to craft? I am trying to figure out why I do this in hopes that the knowledge will help me change.  I feel like a kid wanting to use the kitchen table for a school project because that it where people gather and I won't be lonely. But aside from two kitties, I am living alone and no matter where I am, I will be! Am I just disorganized? Stubborn?
Would love some input.  Thanks!!
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