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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / perscription bottles on: August 13, 2006 09:02:49 AM
hello all!
It has been WAY too long since i posted on craftster! But i am having a crafty emergency!

So, i work at an animal hospital, and a while back we recived about 30  average sized perscription bottles without caps. My manager was going to toss em out but i couldnt bear to let all that shiny clear plastic go into the trash.

so now they are in my house staring at me saying "MAKE SOMETHING!!! ANYTHING, YOU CLUTTERBUG!" thinking about cutting them into rings and doing something with those, or melting them or something.


i dunno.
ideas?

<3 meg
i waas
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / wishbone- caution, not for the faint of heart on: January 06, 2006 11:36:56 AM
So this is a painting i made based off of a very difficult experience.
Currently i work in the kennel of an animal hospital, and i absolutely LOVE it, but its not easy. Especially when really sick or injured dogs come in with animal control or even clients.
My worst experience was a Saturday, a few months ago. The story is : A woman brought in a dog that belonged to her neighbor. you can read the news article here: http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?s=4251168, but the gist is that basically, this dog was so infested with fleas and other parasites that he scratched his own face off. No eyelids, no nose, just a horrible wreck of a dog... Which would have happened over a very extended period of time, but the owner "kept the dog in the closet" so as not to be bothered with it. The dogs name was wishbone. Someone i work with thought it would be funny if i saw it... (i tend to be really sensitive about these things) and told me to look as they pulled him up out of the blanket. At which point i clocked out, went home, cried for a few hours, and spoiled the hell out of my dogs.
It was really etched into my brain. i cant forget it at all. It really bothered me how my mind would wander to it. So i decided to finally get it down on paper to make myself feel better. Then i started thinking about a ton of things I've seen that make me feel the same way. so this may become a series. I also may sell them, or prints, and donate some proceeds to local non-profit animal agencies.

Anyways, if you think you can stomach it, here is a (tastefull) version of what i saw that day.

Wishbone:
 

with camera flash:

 

detail:

 

Any comments and critiques welcome, and i hope i didn't disturb anyone!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Does Cold and Flu affect your crafting? on: December 11, 2005 08:09:04 AM
Ok guys, here it is, cold and flu season. It seems that everyone i know is getting sick. So lets say, maybe i get sick. Now, can i keep crafting and selling my wares? Or should i worry about sending my germs all over the country? Maybe put my owls in quarantine for a few days? use disinfectant?
Do you think germs are transferable through wool?
Howsabout jewelry?
Clothing?
Art?
what do YOU think?
(thank god for paypal and "fake" money, huh?)
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Impossible Swap! Its oh so IMPOSSIBLE!! on: November 14, 2005 10:34:29 AM
so here's my idea: people submit a list of people who's work they feel is comparible with the quality of thier work. Then those people pair up. THEN:

i send you something
you send me something
i send you another thing
you send me another thing
then so on and so forth until it becomes

IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!
(no more time, rescources, ideas, etc.)

like craft pen pals.

you could make like 1 thing every month or something. whichever pair makes it the longest should get a prize or something.

well, it sounds like fun to me......
what do YOU think?
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / Woven portrait tapestry! (image heavy) on: November 06, 2005 08:47:39 AM
This is a piece i did on a whim a while back. I took four or five pairs of jeans and tore them into strips. then i wove them onto a very large picture frame. I didn't take pictures of the process but o have 2 that i am working on so you can get an idea of what it looks like if you haven't seen it done before.






just your basic over-under-over-under.

ok, here's the actual piece. A close up portrait of my friend's eyes.

its 18x24 inches. I spent about 2 days creating the whole piece, from tearing the strips of denim to sectioning them into different shades, and then actually weaving and embellishing.
I pulled threads out of the jeans and re stitched them to add texture and depth.

eyebrow

and added the buttons in on the eyes as a "twinkle" in her eye.


When i did work on it i only stopped to eat and sleep. My fingers turned blue, and when i blew my nose little pieces of denim came out! I put it in an art show a while back. Since then it's just been hanging in my hallway. Its not awesomely functional like a lot of the projects, but it is nice to look at!  Soooo... enjoy!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends Swap Gallery! on: October 19, 2005 12:01:35 PM
Post your stuff here!

As for inspariation, the amazing miyoko79 has already completed and her items arrived today!

Dont everyone feel like a slacker tho. I havent even STARTED yet!

 How amazing, huh? I'm soooo oober happy. I'm never taking this hat off!!!

 

and lil' bloo!



awwwwww.

now, i'm off to pick up supplies to get to work!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fosters Home ForImaginaryFriendsSwap(SIGNUP 9/25/05-10/9/05 ; MAIL BY 10/30/05 on: September 25, 2005 07:01:29 AM
Swap name: Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Meg4568
Sign-up date range: 9/25/05-10/09/05
Date to send item by:10/30/05

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes

All ages allowed? yes

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap: This swap is for one item related to the Cartoon Network TV show Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, which will be based off of your partners response to the Questionnaire. This swap also requires mandatory check-ins with another partner in the swap. You can send any info through PM about how your item is going anytime between Thursday-Monday weekly. If you fail to do so, and we cannot make contact with you, you will be automatically cut out of the swap. This is only to deter flakers and does not require more than a sentance or two as an update.
Confused by this? PM me and ask me! Grin
...


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

Favorite Fosters Character:
Favorite episode:
Item type you might like to receive:
Item type you would not like to receive:
Your trademark craft(s):

Allergies/aversions:

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

THE PARTICIPANTS AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

sender-------------->>>sendee

Ppcakes                 funkyolive
funkyolive               chelsea star
chelsea star            frenchkitty83
frenchkitty83          ppcakes
miyoko79               meg4568
echandler               rosered
cejaypi                   Annim
meg4568               miyoko79
rosred                   purplefluffycow
squirrelypoo            echandler
Annim                   cejaypi
purplefluffycow      squirrelypoo
 
GREEN = sent
BLUE  =  sent & recived
RED =  bad peeps that havent contacted me yet.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pants with tapered legs- how do you make them wider? on: August 18, 2005 06:17:29 PM
Hey all. I just got a set of scrubs for my new job , but the pants taper a LOT at the ankles and it bugs the crap out of me. Any way to rip the seams and fix it?
9  Georgia / Georgia: Southeast / Mutation on: August 18, 2005 05:54:29 PM
www.mutationcraftfa ir.com
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Organizing tips / vendor gripes on: August 18, 2005 05:51:17 PM
www.mutationcraftfa ir.com

This is the site for the Craft Fair i organize in savannah, GA. Buti'm only 20 and feel that i'm very niave about this stuff. (i never even participated in one, just went ahead to start my own.)

So, the first one went ok but not great. Me and my friend and co-organizer would love to know what the biggest complaints crafters have, or any advice oranizers have for the next one in October.
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