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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rhubarb Leaf Stepping Stones on: March 16, 2006 03:20:02 PM
I love those... I've been meaning to try that for a while, I saw instructions and a lot of examples at gardenweb, I think the people there have tried just about every kind of leaf!
burdock, taro, maple, gunnera, I think about any nice big leaf would work. I love how the veins take so well in the casting. Definitely on my "I have to try that" list!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Yard and Garden friends (clay pot people) on: March 16, 2006 02:00:19 PM
Those are so cute!!!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: City Garden on: July 05, 2005 04:14:20 PM
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/   is one of my favorite sites. The have a ton of sections, in the forums, and what you don't find, ask! They are an incredible group of gardeners and their container forum makes me drool.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: A wee little delicate green necklace on: June 30, 2005 08:52:25 PM
Those are beautiful! I love the top one especially. Did you use wire or fishing line or beading thread? I never know what to use to make things with little beads like that, they never seem to lie right on the neck or neatly anyway, and your look like they do. Love them!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafty garden border needed on: June 30, 2005 08:40:16 PM
In the Garden Junk forum at GardenWeb, someone made these great edgers out of plain white tile, but had painted the names of veggies and herbs and flowers and pictures on them in (I think) some kind of ceramic paint that you bake in the oven so they'd be pretty weatherproof. She'd done it on the corners, and 'planted' them in the ground so the edging part was triangular shaped- it really looked great.

Some of the people there did the bowling balls, that looks great and colorful too.

In my garden I made a really low (1 ft.) wattle fence out of tree trimmings and bittersweet- it's really easy, but it all depends on the look you're going for!
6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Something for the garden, under $10? on: June 29, 2005 05:22:50 PM
Maybe with the summer so gorgeous, it would be fun to have a garden themed challenge? As long as it's kept under $10 or so, there's so many ditterent things people could make, depending on what their craft is- mosaic, sculpture, painting, beading, wire work, tin punching, there is no end to ways to make beautiful things for the garden. Just an idea!
7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Lamps? on: June 29, 2005 05:16:29 PM
Well, I got a lamp kit from the Home Despot for around $7, and the instructions on it were really clear. I just used it to make a yard sale lamp work but it had the plug and the wire and the socket and everything- the instructions on the packet were really clear and had good illustrations.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: child's swing halter and linen pants on: June 29, 2005 05:08:38 PM
Wow- that is wonderful!
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Lamps? on: June 29, 2005 04:54:04 PM
Ooooh, lamps sound fun- and kinda useful!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 3 ENTRIES / butterflies, feathers, pussywillow balls and robin's eggs on: June 29, 2005 04:46:00 PM
Well, I think these count as dioramas!  Smiley The small one is a glass dome thing I found at a yard sale for $1, and it had some kind of damaged dried flowers in it, so I took it apart and redid it. The other larger glass thing was also a yard sale find, for $3, that I snapped up even though I had no idea what to put in it! I work at a nursery, and a lot of butterflies fly into the greenhouses, and I find their breathtakingly beautiful little corpses. People think it's strange, but I take them home, and arrange them in glass boxes, domes, and so on.

This small one just has one yellow swallowtail that I glued to a twig, and some dried vines and mosses.


This one has a bird's nest I found, more swallowtails, a mourning cloak butterfly, some lovely moths, a big dragonfly, some robin's eggs I found (empty and under a tree- my garden is full of robins!), and some feathers- peacock, pheasant, and bluejay. Everything in there I found, and I would never catch or buy any kind of thing like that, but when I find them, they're too beautiful to leave behind! The pussy willow balls I made- I got that idea from Martha Stewart's Easter issue one year, she covered eggs in the pussy willow buds. I had some styrofoam balls, so I used those. They are so soft and satisfying to touch, but were kind of a mess to make- I used Elmer's but I bet there's a better glue to use to make them.I guess this is two entries in the challenge, if they even count as dioramas! I make beach ones too, and have found some beautiful things lately. I want to make another right now!

Just realized I forgot to put these in:
1. Project Title        butterflies, feathers, pussywillow balls and robin's eggs                                
2. What inspired you to come up with this project?     ? I guess old museum displays? And the pussywillow balls were from Martha Stewart.
3. Brief description of how it was made      Just rearranged the corpses until they looked nice!
4. How long did it take?      10 minutes? But I add to the big one when I find a new body!  Wink

Sweet Enemy- Thanks! I think the corpses I find are whole because they die in the greenhouses- maybe from pigging out on nectar! Ones I find outside are usually half eaten, but I go through the greenhouses first thing looking for bodies, so I find some in great shape!

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