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91  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I wanna live in the past... on: July 11, 2014 07:55:07 AM

I have lost track of how many people I have heard say "I don't belong in this century!"  I have always felt the same way, since early childhood.
Some want to go back to the 1800s, some to the 1960s, others to Edwardian England.
Where do you feel you 'fit in?'
I think the crafts potential here is wide open. food created from heirloom plants, old fashioned beauty remedies, sew me a sun bonnet I can wear as I walk on the Oregon Trail, make me wall art in the style of good ol' Charles Rennie Mackintosh, knit me old fashioned socks, vintage greeting cards, the list goes on and on and on. Can even go back to the cave days and make me a rock tool for my garden!!
92  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Calling all 50-somethings to answer a toy question.... on: July 09, 2014 11:53:56 AM

I thought there used to be a chit chat off topic board, but I cannot find it, so I am posting my Q here.  I was a 60s child and my first and fave toy was a musicalish twirl round plastic game in which small plastic bears sat in tiny slots. Several colors of bears, each about an inch high. the only thing I have left of this game is one bear piece.

Have used every phrase I can think of on the web to find this vintage toy. Anyone had or have one that can enlighten me?
thanks so much!
93  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Accidentally dropped as a Friend, cannot access Friend thread for help. Help!! on: July 08, 2014 09:47:39 AM
got an email about 1 month ago about my expiration date coming up to renew. It should not expire til November 2014. I posted this issue in the Friends thread and just now noticed that I have indeed been dropped. So I tried to reaccess that thread to see who it was who said she could correct it for me, but now I cannot get to thread. Really wanna still be a Friend!!
94  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidery lesson from my DD on: June 02, 2014 08:06:24 AM

On Mother's Day, my daughter Acadian Driftwood,   gave me an embroidery lesson. she is very skilled in this, but I have not done it for about 40 years and needed some refresher courses. she taught me several stitches and I used them right away in two swaps. the above is for the 10 minute swap and below is an ATC.

95  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ATC holder rescues baby rabbit! on: May 09, 2014 11:09:40 AM

Here is my original post for the ATC holder I made for the Harry Potter craftalong. When I rescued a baby rabbit yesterday (his family was mowed over by a lawn mower...not a pretty sight) I had to keep him overnight before handing him over to a rehab expert. nowhere in my place was an appropriate hiding box so I sacrificed the ATC holder and he fit inside nicely! After assessment, it was discovered he was old enough to live on his own so I set him free today behind a church where I have seen other bunnies. Could not bring him to his original home, as coyotes are now stalking the property.

      Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Bertie Bott's Beans
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.) n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Victorian ATC shrine
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) For a Victorian Creation, I took an old box and glued music from that era on it and very old lace bits. I put a tiny stand inside and it features "my current favorite ATC" which will change whenever. Currently it is my Valentine ATC made Acadian Driftwood.
Project Picture:

96  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / antique sap bucket gets useful on: May 02, 2014 11:06:58 AM

My antique sap bucket fell apart. the base was awfully pretty and I steamed and weighted it for a couple of days to get it nice and flat. I took corks and created a mini bulletin board. Originally I planned on smothering the thing with corks but realized that would cover up all the nice bucket bottom. so I created a sunbursty design and it works just fine.
The four cork circles in the middle hold all the pins.
Can't seem to get the first pic to turn and crop and stay that way! but you get the idea...

And here it is filled up.

97  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!
98  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!!
99  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
100  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.
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