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1  Re: My First Three Sister Garden in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by coocoosnest on: July 31, 2014 08:13:04 AM
Thanks so much for your well wishes. Alas, it was not meant to be.  Missing Willow, we didn't have a problem with corn worms at all.  Everything was beautiful right up till the morning we went out to gather it.  This is what we had.

We think it must have been raccoons.  There were shredded ears of corn scattered all over the place.  We picked all that was left and got maybe a dozen ears.  Of course the beans were destroyed too.  So this is all that's left of my pride and joy.  At least we got a little taste anyway.
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2  My First Three Sister Garden in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by coocoosnest on: July 18, 2014 03:55:36 PM
We've had a terrible time with gardens while living here.  I don't know if the soil is that bad or if it's just us.  We've grown some really nice gardens in years gone by so I don't think we're totally incapable but since we've lived here it's been hit and miss with everything.  A few years back I staked out a little area next to the garage that I thought would be perfect for some grapes.  I've struggled with them ever since so this spring I dug them all up.  While trying to decide what to do that that spot I thought of corn, which I love and haven't grown any for at least twenty years.  And since we got only one pitiful little zucchini last year I though I'd try a Three Sister Garden in my newly reclaimed garden patch.  A Three Sister Garden is where you plant corn, beans and squash all together so that they can benefit each other. So here is my first attempt at a TSG and it looks like I'm going get some corn. Yay!
We've been swimming in zucchini and cucumbers (Yea, I threw a hill of those in too cause last year we didn't get a single one).  From the websites I read, it seems like you're supposed to plant just winter squash but I also planted zucchini and yellow.  We've just started getting some yellow the last couple of days. The corn is coming along very nicely too.

Last year Hubby purchased some plain blocks to make our original little garden patch into raised beds. It seems to be doing better this year than last.  Maybe because I didn't try to cram so much into it.

We're trying some new things this year too like this Itailian Grilling Pepper.  They're humongous and very tasty.
For the last few years I've had a tiny strawberry patch but we only get a handful each year.  Not because there are no berries, there are loads of them.  The reason we don't don't get any is because we have lots of these.....
Despite the fact that I have tried to entice them to stay around the front of the house by maintaining luxury living quarters like this.......

and building them a virtual playground like this........

they still ate all the strawberries.

So I removed the strawberries and planted leeks.

So far so good.
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3  Re: Halloween in June Gallery in The Swap Gallery by coocoosnest on: July 05, 2014 12:26:26 PM
I received the most creepy creepiness from Blasphemy the Blasphemer today.  I have a board on Pinterest for Creepy Dolls and she sent me this wonderful little treasure. She said this was her first modified doll and I think she did a fabulous job.  There are spikes and chains and gashes and holes, everything a creepy doll needs. Thank you so much Blasphemy for this wonderful swap.

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4  My Music Corner in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by coocoosnest on: July 02, 2014 06:15:10 PM
For a Loooong time now I've wanted to have someplace to leave my most played and loved instruments "out" somewhere where I could just grab one up and play it whenever I had a few minutes here and there throughout the day.  The problem was I had no place to leave them out so with most everything tucked away in it's case and stuck in the back of a closet they never got played because it was just too much trouble dragging it out for just a little while and then packing it back up. There are a lot of stands that sit in the floor but I don't have a lot of room for those plus I have two wild dogs running around, plus I'm not so good at steering the vacuum cleaner.  I preferred to have them hanging on the wall out of the way. It would be cheaper to just tie a piece of rawhide around the neck and hang it on a nail.  The problem with that for me is that I live in an old log cabin (built in the 40's) with different sized logs so anything I try to put on a wall will not hang straight down but lopsided because of all the knots and lumps and bumps on the logs.  I finally thought up an idea to try and to my surprise it actually worked out pretty well.  Here is my new music corner.

I moved everything out of the corner and started here.

Then I made a trip to Lowes to pick up copper wire, plastic tubing and wire clips.

I estimated how much wire I would need for each instrument, cut it and ran it inside the clear tubing so it wouldn't scratch the instruments.  Then I started bending them to shape a hanger for each one.  Since each instrument is a different size and shape, each hanger had to be fitted to it.

Then the fun part, fitting each hanger to the uneven logs.  Wire clips were then be hammered into place where they wouldn't contact the instruments.  The only thing that touches  them is the soft tubing so there's nothing to scratch or rub the wood.

But then I realized it didn't feel cozy enough because the ceilings are so high.  So I scrounged around the garage and found a piece of old wooden ladder (three rungs long) that was left over from a project long ago.  I also found some leftover chain (from a different project) and painted them a dark coppery color.  I used the chain to suspend the piece of ladder from the ceiling and dressed it up a little with silk flowers from Joann's and some salvaged Christmas lights.  Added some Witch balls I purchased from a glass shop last year and never found the right place for and my little music corner is complete.

Well almost.......I did have to add the instruments..................and my babies, Brando and Monk.
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5  Cthulhu Woodburning in Completed Projects by coocoosnest on: June 26, 2014 04:39:37 PM
For the Halloween in June Swap, my partner listed Lovecraftian stuff as some of her favorite Halloween things.  She also listed wall art as something she'd like to receive so I made this wood burning for her.  After burning I added a little color here and there and just a touch of color around the edge.  Then I gave it a coat of Triple Thick Clear Glaze to give it a slight wet look.  I was OK with how it turned out but I didn't have any basswood and instead of ordering some I just went to Hobby Lobby and picked up one of their wooden plaques.  Basswood is so much better to burn something like this on so I need to just keep some on hand.

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6  Re: OTT October Holidays Gallery in The Swap Gallery by coocoosnest on: October 19, 2013 09:01:16 PM
I'm loving all the latest goodies.  The painting is so lovely and the tiny book, too cute.  I love the vintage cat too, what a great job.

I received a fantastic haunted house from cupcakeguru and I just love it.  It goes so well with my little Halloween corner.  Thank you very much cupcakeguru!

Lovesclutter, I'm so sorry about your sister's cat.  I hope the pain you both feel eases soon.
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7  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap Gallery (Send Out 9/25) in The Swap Gallery by coocoosnest on: September 20, 2013 01:21:31 PM
I received my amazing treasure from Ludi today and I'm blown away with her skills.

Introducing Little Rupert Marsh of Innsmouth.

The detail on this is astounding.  Just look at his little tongue.

I love his little suit and his hat is adorable.

He ties onto his beautiful plaque for hanging. 

Thank you so much Ludi for such an amazing treasure.
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8  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 in The Swap Gallery by coocoosnest on: August 18, 2013 12:32:56 PM
I received the most awesome inchie treehouse from yoopidou.  I was whining about missing the signup for the inchie house swap and she graciously offered to do a personal swap with me.  I am so thrilled with my little treehouse.  The amount of work she put into this is mind boggling.  There is so much texture and detailing inside and out.  Inside there is a couch with a flag streamer on the wall above it, a table with a cat laying on it looking out the window, a rug on the floor and my favorite, a bookcase filled with books and a ladder to reach to the top.  Outside there is a rope ladder to reach up to the house and a rope swing and of course, the tree itself is amazing.  Thaank you so much yoopidou and I'll be getting yours in the mail soon. Now on to the most incredible pictures.

Here's the tree/stand.



The thatched roof is adorable.  I didn't glue it on because I want to be able to peek inside sometimes.
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9  Crocheted Snake in Crochet: Completed Projects by coocoosnest on: August 13, 2013 05:01:01 PM
Craftster is an endless supply of creativity and knowledge and sharing.  You can't come here and NOT learn something.  I just bookmarked fantasticmio's tute on continuous granny square join-as-you-go and I know I'll be using that one soon.

I love to crochet snakes and have posted a few of these before.  This one I made for my daughter to match the rattlesnake bracelet I made for her a while back.

Here's a close up of the head.  I usually just stitch the inside of the mouth with just thread and no beads but thought I'd bead the inside of this one.  Boy did it make for some tight work.  Probably won't be doing it this way very often.

The actual pattern for this snake came straight from Adele Recklies book, "Bead Crochet Snakes: History and Technique." I love this book and it's what got me started crocheting these things in the first place. They are all done in single crochet.


Thanks for looking!
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10  Photo Restoration in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by coocoosnest on: August 13, 2013 11:42:47 AM
I didn't know where I should post this so I hope this is OK.  There is such a wealth of talent and inspiration here on Craftster.  I have tried so many different techniques and crafts after seeing it done here.  I got my first digital program to work with photographs several years ago to try to clean up some old family photographs.  Removing spots and scratches was about as far as I ever got until I came to Craftster.  Since most of the swaps I've joined as well as other Craftster inspired projects I've done have involved digital manipulation it has given me way more experience.  Joining in on paper crafts such as chunky houses and the like has really increased my knowledge of my program that's been sitting on my computer all this time. 

This is the only picture I own of my Grandfather as a young man. I don't know how or why it got ripped in half.  I have sometimes wondered if maybe there used to be a young lady that was Not Grandma attached at one time.  Grin

I had made some attempt in the past to do something to fix it well enough to frame but was never really happy with how it looked.  But in working on the Side Show Swap I was just in, I discovered a few functions in my program I had never noticed before.  When the swap was over I got Grampa's scanned photo and went to work.  Several hours later and voila!  It's not perfect but it's OK for me.

And here he is all ready for a frame.

Craftster pushes me to learn more, do more and be better than I ever would on my own.
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