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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Little Garden Pond on: June 21, 2011 02:14:53 PM
You may want to look into getting mosquito fish. You might even be able to get some free from mosquito control programs. Each fish is capable of eating 100's of mosquito larva each day, and they also eat algae, though they may also eat tadpoles.

32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help on making a Chinchilla Pattern on: March 11, 2011 01:28:52 AM
You could modify a pattern into looking like a chinchilla. How about something like this? but with shorter ears, add a tail, and maybe even some whiskers.


33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: my melted bottle beads on: January 17, 2011 09:13:49 PM
They look fantastic!!!

Did they need varnish or sealer of some sort???

I didn't varnish them, since I didn't have anything to varnish them with, but I now that I have Mod Podge I might try it.

Wow! I love the paint etching. It makes a beautiful effect on the beads. Painting the bottles must have taken a while, but it looks like it was worth it! They are beautiful.

Painting them doesnt take any time at all really, since acrylic paint dries so fast, but etching them takes a bit more time especially if its a pattern like this one.

Something like this simple gradient pattern with no etching is really quick. The paint doesnt have to be thick, a wash or dry brushing works.

The purple is another gradient. The pink is not etched, I painted lighter colored stripes, then painted the whole bottle a darker pink when the stripes dried.

34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fixing up a wooden horse stable any ideas? on: January 05, 2011 06:34:28 PM
There are lots of little non permanent things that you could add to make it more interesting. You might want to check out model horse or doll house miniature sites for ideas, these setups are awesome  Shocked http://fallen-leaves.net/forums/performance/stables-t27179.html

35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Xmas gift on: December 29, 2010 02:07:53 PM

Xmas present I made for my cousin.  I bought the wrong length zipper by mistake, it was a little short, but I made the zipper tabs a bit longer, it turned out ok. I was rushing to get this finished on Christmas eve, so it isnt perfect, but I am happy with how it came out. Out of the 3 clutches I made this one came out the best.

Here's the pattern http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html

I found the pattern through Craftster, I loved the ones that others posted here, and had to try making one. I am new to sewing, and this pattern was easy to follow, but I did have one problem with it, the lining fabric should be cut a little smaller than the pattern recommends. My first 2 clutches turned out really wrinkled on the inside, when I followed the pattern, so with this one I made the lining smaller, and it looked so much better. I also added an extra card holder to my clutches.
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Scrappy, scrappy, and more scrappy! Picture heavy on: December 29, 2010 01:55:59 PM
I love the elephant clutch Cheesy it's so cute!
37  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: knitted polymer clay tree decorations with Tutorial on: December 29, 2010 12:36:20 PM
 Shocked Wow! those look great. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: People can't believe they're paper beads on: December 29, 2010 12:16:25 PM
I never liked paper beads, because the ones I made in school were always so flimsy and ugly Lips sealed lol. But yours are so nice, they have changed how I think of paper beads. I never would have thought that paper beads could be pretty.
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Name of chinese good luck cat? on: December 29, 2010 11:39:39 AM
maneki neko  Wink
40  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Unicorn Stallion on: October 21, 2010 12:38:25 PM
Absolutely stunning -- I do hope you're more than "somewhat satisfied" with this piece!  The precision and detail are magnificent, especially considering the size...then I had a look at your deviantart page and saw your "3rd Unicorn" which is half the size of this one: four-and-a-half inches tall and just as complete.  The rest of your work is equally impressive.  Thanks so much for sharing your work with us.

Aw, thanks!  Cheesy

When I work on my sculptures, I spend so much time on them.  I get to a point where I have to finish them, so that I can work on another sculpture. But I see so many flaws, and know that, I don't know enough about anatomy to fix them, which is why I am always so disappointed. I suppose though, my disappointment is what keeps me going, so that I can take what I have learned, and hopefully make my next sculpture will be better than the last.

The 3rd unicorn really isn't that small compared to this one, they are about the same scale, it's just that this one is standing on its back legs, plus the horn adds a bit to the height as well  Tongue.
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