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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Beaded reversible tree skirt on: November 26, 2016 09:29:33 AM
Very pretty!

my cats like to sleep under the tree (!?!) so I put extra padding under the skirt so it's nice and comfy.  The things we do for our pets!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Beachy decorations on: November 25, 2016 07:56:41 PM
nice ideas!  I really like the idea of seaweed and jellyfish!
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jointed puppets on: November 25, 2016 09:52:16 AM
I got to give away the first ornaments yesterday at thanksgiving.  Surprisingly, EVERYBODY chose dragons, including the woman who used to ride in the rodeo!

Well, if there are lots of horses left at the end, I can have a herd on my wall.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Beachy decorations on: November 25, 2016 09:49:46 AM
My holiday theme this year is "beachy" and I'm looking for ideas.
So far, I have shells, coral, and sand; fishing nets and floats (including clear glass balls tinted on the inside with a mix of white glue and food color); and "beach" umbrellas (paper drink umbrellas).

I'm using white and off whites--including my tree--plus pale blues and greens, all sparked with bits of bright colors.

I finished my annual ornament ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450799.0;all )and I'm looking for some crafty projects to do!

I have tons of supplies in my stash (good thing because there's no good local place to get craft supplies).

Some things that have been sitting around a long time, should be used up before I move, AND I think would work for this theme, but I'm not sure just how:
mirror spray--you know, the stuff you use to make fake mercury glass
metal leaf
fish net pieces
glitter.  LOTS of glitter.
cobalt blue glass Skye vodka bottles
loads of round clear glass ornaments (though globe ornaments aren't usually my thing)
and all the usual supplies found in the workshop/studio/dining room of an avid crafter.

Suggestions?  Pictures?  Links?

I wish I could get driftwood, but there are few rivers here, so not much woods gets out to sea.

here's my coffee table display, to give you an idea of where I'm going:

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Substitute for metal leaf adhesive? on: November 25, 2016 09:31:30 AM
I relate to your problem, I live in a small town too.  I googled around a bit (my metal leaf kit has been sitting around for 15 years; I doubt the sizing is still good, and this could be my solution, too).  The answer seems to be spray adhesive:

 from http://gomakesomething.com/ht/metal/metal-leafing/
I guess I should mention here that the really speedy, though sometimes messy adhesive for leaf is spray adhesive. I dont love spray adhesive because its hard to handle, bad for your lungs, and very often turns the whole work area into a big gluey mess, but if youre in a big hurry, it will work.

And from http://homeguides.sfgate.com/types-glue-use-gold-leafing-96965.html
A spray adhesive designed for general use gives you an alternative to sizing and is used while tacky, much like sizing. Spray adhesive is a bit messy and more difficult to control. It works best for general application over a large area, such as a table lamp, rather than for creating fine details on a small project. Cover surrounding areas with painter's tape to protect them from the spray. Adhesive sizing is also available in a spray form.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bee Shrine on: November 23, 2016 11:15:40 PM
sweet like honey!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dinosaur Bookends on: November 21, 2016 12:13:06 PM
how cute!  I could see using all kinds of toys for a similar project.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: wooden snowflake mobile on: November 20, 2016 11:46:27 PM
That's wonderful!
great use for a lovely gift!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Wreath - recycling little ornaments on: November 20, 2016 03:01:27 PM
Darn it, I'm trying to get RID of stuff, and now I have a new use...
Actually, I have a bunch of rhinestone jewelry that I had planned to use on one of those flat pictures (tree, snowman, whatever).  It might look too fabu on a wreath instead!
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Owl Wedding Cake - I think it's art! on: November 20, 2016 12:03:00 PM
That's an amazing piece of work!

my personal definition of art is:
--original work
--tells a story or evokes an emotion

check on both counts!
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