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91  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Every pirate wants a balloon on his birthday... on: September 04, 2014 04:26:14 PM

I recently made this cut paper birthday card for a friend.
Front...

Back...

which is from the book Mutiny on the Bounty.

Inside...

It took me awhile to create (as you can imagine) and the embroidery floss rigging was the most challenging. but it was sooo much fun to make!
LadybugsandBumlebees gifted me most of the paper. thank you!!!
Also, a big thank you to my daughter, Acadian Driftwood for her awesome skills at photo taking.
it is my first attempt at pop-up.
thanks for looking.
92  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My utter failure in peeling hardboiled eggs on: September 03, 2014 04:25:03 PM


It seems like I have tried everything! I am boiling water (eggs have been sitting in it). At the boil I turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes. makes the perfect egg but I'll be durned if I can peel the bugger! I  plunge it into cold water and begin peeling. Egg is still warm as I work. One out of 6 eggs will peel perfectly and easily, the others will  be as stubborn as they come and tiny shell bits come off at a time and I lose a lot of good egg.
Sure would like some pointers.
thanks!
93  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hungry? on: August 14, 2014 07:26:06 PM

Hunger Games shrine. Knew nothing at all about the book or movie, did some research, then had to turn this dark subject into a Whimsical Shrine.

had a blast!

wood base shaped like book and  opened like book.








i would join a shrine swap again.
94  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The stippled pirate on: August 03, 2014 07:01:57 AM
Here is my second attempt at stippling. I made this for a friend of mine who is crazy about pirates.

I made a lot more dark areas than my other piece. It was fun.  I think my fave part of this is the round border. I want to do more round borders.


I wanted this scene to be happening at night. I knew I could not just create an entirely black background.... not only would it look overwhelming, but it would butt right up against the captain's dark coat. so I started at the moon's edges with darker, then gradually eased out into the night sky. Would love input as to whether this 'worked' or not.
thanks for looking!
95  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Bucky Bauer....um, who's he? on: August 01, 2014 08:06:02 PM

This is what happens when ya do an ATC for a swap and then never get the chance to even claim that person for their awesome theme. Oh, well, I like little Bucky.
96  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Forest enchantment within an Altoid tin on: August 01, 2014 05:19:34 AM
Made this for a swap. for a small piece, it sure took me awhile! I ordered a horse from the internet and painted her over. The unicorn horn is a toothpick. the wings are from a moth I found dried up on the attic windowsill. I looked for several hours for such a moth and thought I might find dozens. so when I got just one, I was sooo nervous that I would ruin the wings while glueing them on.

I melded together numerous blue, grey, and white embroidery flosses and created the waterfall at the left... did not get such a good pic of that, tho...
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/143364_01Aug14_SS850373.JPG
The above pic shows the simple lid of the tin. I covered it with fabric, then let one bit show thru by covering that with a piece of sycamore bark with its  typical hole in the middle. I am obsessed with creating things with sycamore bark!

I had such fun choosing mini branches as I wandered my property. I had one that would have been the most stunning tree evar but its branches were so numerous that I could not put enuf others in to create a real forest feel.
thanks for looking!!
97  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Morning music from a "dear" lady... on: August 01, 2014 05:08:16 AM
Created this piece for a recent swap. It was my first attempt at using dots only... no lines anywhere. It was mesmerizing to do and I loved working on it. I am pleased with the results. I feel I can create a whole new feel with dots, after using just lines all my life!





98  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!!
Thoughts?
99  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
 Huh



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.
Back...

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!
blu
100  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!!
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