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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / No more USPS Saturday delivery and higher rates on the horizon?!?! on: March 03, 2010 06:07:59 AM
It's still in the talking stages and would be a while before it goes into action, but I figured here in the swapping world this may be something to keep track of!  I personally have been in several swaps where the send off date is on a Saturday!

Here's the link to a news article on the subject
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Postal-Services-emerging-apf-1412919437.html?x=0
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / [RESOLVED] Help! I can't spell!!! on: February 26, 2010 01:52:49 PM
Just wondering, what the heck happend to the spell check feature??  I always use that nifty little button and I feel lost without it!  Cry
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 41 ENTRIES / All aboard!!!!! on: August 05, 2009 07:40:43 AM
I made this cake for my brother's wedding.  He works for Norfolk Southern Railway and wanted a train for his grooms cake.  I used the Nordic Ware Train Cupcake Pan which is way, way detailed!  I ended up just slopping icing all over the pieces, making them almost a ball shape, and then meticulously carving the details out.  Yea, it took as long as it sounds!!  The track is made of 3 loaf pan size cakes, one right behind the other, and the whole thing is butter cream icing.  The colors of the actual cake aren't as bright (or neon) as they appear in this picture.  I couldn't get the lighting right  Wink



I finished this thing up in my Bridesmaid dress just before pictures started!!   Cheesy  Wouldn't be me if it wasn't last minute!  He loved it and I hope you do, too!!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My little Bean Head on: April 02, 2009 08:12:33 AM
*In no way do I claim to be an accomplished photographer!!!!!*

I'm always trying to get good pictures of my dog, Maia, but she never sits still long enough!  We were back in the woods busting beaver damns along the road, and I think she had gone in to hunter mode!





And just because I thought this was super cute  Wink
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Toad Stool Seating! on: March 18, 2009 01:54:42 PM
I was doing a swap and found this idea on my partners Wist.  The original project can be found at this address   http://www.marthastewart.com/article/toadstools?autonomy_kw=toadstool  (I can get the dad gum html to work!)
I didn't follow the instructions exactly and I think it makes it a little easier the way I went about it!  Martha Stewart's site tells you to use several different things to make it, but these are the things I actually used

15" (or whatever you feel is a good size) plywood (I used OSB because I got it free!)
13" (just about 2" smaller than the first piece) plywood (used OSB here, too)
15" circle polyfoam   DO NOT get the high-density foam they recommend on the show's site - you'll pay out of the rear end for it!  I checked at the uphostery shops in town and what I would need to do this would cost $30-$45!  I went to Hobby Lobby and got 2 pieces of polyfoam and glued them together with Elmer's Craft Spray Glue.  Works like a charm and only cost me $10!  You also don't need the glue gun or glue sticks to attach the foam to the wood.  Just use the spray stuff again.
Electric knife - Don't worry about how bad it looks when you round it off.  Mine looked absolutely terrible and I thought about scrapping it, but once you pull the felt tight it looks perfect!
Staple gun and LOTS of staples
30" circle red felt.  I got a yard and have enough to do 2 more!
Batting - I used the cheap stuff from Walmart
Wool roving
Felting needles - I used one single needle and the Clover felting needle with 5 needles
Tree Stump
Drill
Screws

Using these materials I pretty much went by assembly instructions.  The only change I had to make was to cover the small disc with fabric.  Since I was using the OSB board my surface wasn't smooth so I didn't want to just paint it.  I got a light brown fabric, followed the same instructions as putting the batting on the large disk and Tada!



Since I was doing this for a swap and didn't finish until the night before I had to send my package off I didn't get a great picture of it!  The log should be a bit skinnier and shorter, but this one was closest to the house!


This only took a few hours to make start to finish.  It could have been a little quicker, but CSI was on!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / New baby scrapbook IMG super heavy!!! on: January 28, 2009 08:19:53 AM
I just finished making this for a friend of mine who just had her first baby!

I had some stickers left over from making my mom a scrapbook of pictures from when my brother and I were little, and got inspiration for them from this project http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85924.0  I haven't put the binding part on.  I thought I would be able to take better pictures of the pages without it being together.  I'm going to use ribbon to hold it together.

The outer cover.  I cut out some card board and covered it with cardstock paper.  I also left a place for her to put a picture on the front.


Inside the front cover and the first page.  The front cover says "The laughter of a child is the light of the house."  For the pages, i cut cardstock (so it would be a little sturdier) in 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" squares, punched holes for the ribbon to bind it, and pasted the decorated pages to the cardstock.







"Begin, Baby Boy, to recognize your mother with a smile."





Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. -Plato"


The day I was finishing up with this, my neighbor came by with his little girls birthday present and I just HAD to put this picture in it for them to remember me by!!! (They're getting deployed to..... Hawaii.... they suck!!!   Cheesy

The back cover "A boy is truth with dirt on its face, beauty with a cut on its finger, and the hope of the future with a frog in its pocket..."

There's a good bit more pages, but didn't want to totally kill people with dial up!!!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Fairy painted Ceramic statue on: January 28, 2009 07:34:18 AM
I painted this a loooong time ago, but figured I would add it here!  I would love to say I painted her face, but this one came already painted  Embarrassed  I have some that I completely painted, but they're at my mom's house... maybe some time soon I'll get some pix and put those up, too!!




Pay no attention to the dust on her hair!!  She sits by a window that's open a lot and I live on a dirt road!!   Grin


8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Gluing fabric to a plastic 3-ring binder on: January 12, 2009 01:55:20 PM
I'm working on making a calendar with a 3-ring binder like the ones you would get for school - with the clear plastic cover that you can put a title page in. 

<img src="http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k237/jennagalye/binder.jpg" border="0" alt="biners"></a>

What I would like to do is glue(?) fabric to the outside.  I don't want the fabric to have to go to the inside as it has pockets I would like to use.  My question is, should I hot glue the fabric to the book or is there another, better way to do this?  ANYTHING would be a great help!!!   Wink
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