UNDER CONSTRUCTION SIGNS--- Downloadable, Printable, with TUTORIAL!: Five minutes could save you many mutilated projects !
So, it has come to my attention that there has been some recent tragedy in craftsterland---in the form of projects inadvertently being destroyed by unsuspecting husbands and family members, who had no clue that the kluges and piles sitting in various places around the house weren't trash---but rather treasure in the making that ought to NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES be moved!
You know, the whole using the most recent potential decoupage as tissue for one's nose, or other arbitrary "Oh my God, you didn't!" moments.
Is it possible that such accidents could be avoided [in most cases] if there were a clear indication what ought NOT to be moved? Shall we assume that our poor family members may be just dying to not "step in it" so often or so easily? Could it be that we simply haven't made it obvious enough what is the danger zone?
Have I got a deal for you!
Just for jollies, I whipped up the following UNDER CONSTRUCTION signs---along with a downloadable/printable copy for anyone having a similar problem!
Shown in action: After all, who would suspect this tower to be a craft project that ought NOT TO BE TOUCHED---unless it's clearly marked as UNDER CONSTRUCTION?
1. Download the PDF files located at the very end of this post
2. Print on sturdy paper (P.S. My color printer is out of ink, which is why these look so BAD!)
3. Cut out all pieces. [The "barricade" will be stronger if you don't cut out between the legs"
4. To finish "barricade": *Fold
*Where it says "glue"---take the easy way and staple.
5. TA DA!
6. Explain to The Family how they work
P.S. The flat ones may be better in a pet-friendly household---less tendency to become toys to the felines!
And the fun thing about this is, it's an awesome way to register if we have WAY too many crafts in the making! Reminds us to clean up a touch, when necessary, so we're not stumbling over our own crafts!
For me, craftster is about Artist Trading Cards! Yay! I started out on Craftster in 2010, with no clue what ATCs were. It had been years since I'd drawn (over 10)---but thanks to Craftster and [a megaton of] ATC swaps, I've gotten back into drawing and art as well, like never before! Thank you, Craftster!
For the challenge, a watercolor ATC---watercolor being a medium I would never have tried without the influence of all my friends on Craftster.
"Spring is Coming: Everyone is going out on the town"
"Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes"
"The Princess on the Glass Hill"
Thanks again, all you amazing watercolor-ers, for being my inspiration! I hope, one day, to improve my technique to the level I want it to be at! I am SO addicted to these now!
So, I'm wondering, all you watercolor peoples, what do you use as outliners? I'm using a waterfast pen---but do any of you use a special pen, or pen and ink? Or brush and ink? How do you get the variable lines in some of your outlining?
So, I decided to make Grandpa a Christmas gift this year, and after scanning my brain, came up with the idea of painting Santa. Memories of Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's, lying under the Christmas tree, staring at the presents, and sleeping by the tree in the soft glow of the Christmas lights bring a rush of nostalgia that is atypical of someone like me---I'm so absorbed in my current happy that memories are something I don't usually delve into.
I wanted to capture that Christmas spirit in this painting.
This is my first ever larger-than-ATC-sized oil painting.
I love how oil is so pliable, long after the paint has been laid down! I can make things just the way I want them, after hours and even days of staring at the painting to figure out how to fix problem spots just right.
Just for fun, here's the sketch I drew as an underlayment before painting. The drawing is all original.
I mailed it yesterday, framed and everything, and it should arrive to Grandpa in plenty of time for Christmas!
As always, comments and criticism are very welcome.
This is my first time ever making a purse, and so now I can finally post in this category! (Thanks to my Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap partner, Quaggy, who is the recipient of this gift, and was my muse as well. )
This handsewn purse took 20 hours, 2 floppy office binders, a pair of black jeans, a skirt, a shirt, two spools of heavy duty thread (white, and black), a set of four purse rings (79 cents) and fighting off three kitties with a passion for string.
From this (that T-shirt is next in line for upcycling! oog.):
The outside of the tote, pre-upcycle (skirt):
The inside of the tote, pre-upcycle (shirt):
Not pictured: an innocent pair of black jeans, now deceased.
1. I stuck the blouse inside out inside the skirt (the top opening for the blouse exactly matched the waist opening for the skirt), and sewed them together using a white stitch, making sure not to stitch the skirt's functioning zipper closed. (Left arrow.) (Stitching shown on completed purse.)
2. I reenforced that stitching by adding a line of black back-stitch around the whole purse about 1/2 inch below the white, making sure to not sew the skirts functioning zipper closed (right arrow).
3. I cut apart 2 of those floppy office binders, creating four "covers" and four "folds of binder" pieces.
4. I put two covers on top of each other, wrapped them with a piece of black jeans, and stitched the base pieces together.
5. I sewed the base in place, but to the "blouse" only. View of "base", sewn to "blouse" (picture taken after purse completed):
6. I sewed the "folds of binder" into the corners of the purse using an invisible backstitch. 7. I inserted one binder cover into the front of the purse, and one into the back---in between the "blouse" and "skirt".
8. I created a fabric "pocket" and stitched it in place behind the skirt's functioning zipper, creating a pocket for the purse.
9. I sewed the outer "skirt" to the base/blouse at the bottom of the purse, in the order shown (Picture shown after purse completed).
First, the flat long side.
Second, the other flat long side.
Third, evened the gathers (though not very well), and sewed.
Fourth, evened the gathers (though not very well), and sewed.
10. I made handles and handle holders using black jeans and a set of 4 (79 cent) silver purse rings.
And, voila!!! The tote, final.
I handstitched the whole thing, since I don't own a sewing machine. The end result has all sorts of personality flaws, and next time around I'd know how to do it much better. Fortunately, Quaggy, its new owner, seems very happy with it.
Do you have a freaky-monster explosion of tomatoes or other fresh food you can't possibly eat? Are you fond of upcycling and dried food? Do you love being green? Are you in the middle of devastating drought-ridden heat? If you can answer yes to any one of those questions, this project just may be for you!
Any old window screen (the roll pictured here is the leftovers from after my dog scratched a huge hole in my door and I had to replace that screening with new)
Any old frame (okay, let's clarify; it would be good to not use a frame you suspect might be painted with LEAD)(And, yes, I apologize in advance, knowing there are some people who will wince to see this use of old frames, having OH so many better ways to use them...lol)
This is pretty dang self-explanatory, but here goes!
Step 1: Flip the frame so its back is facing up. Cut a piece of screen the (approximate) same size as the exterior dimensions of the frame.
Step 2: Cut a slice in the screen. Extending from the corner to about where the frame becomes recessed. Repeat for each corner.
Step 3: Roll one side of the screening into a tidy little roll about the width of the frame's recessed area.
Step 4: Press the screen into the corner and staple it, as shown. Staple the length of that roll.
Step 5: Now go to the side opposite the side you just stapled, make another roll, pull tight (though not so tight it tears) and staple in place. (CRITICAL: MAKE SURE THE SCREEN IS TIGHT---so that the heavy produce doesn't cause it to sag later on.)
Step 6: On either of the two remaining un-stapled sides, fold over the two quasi-triangle pieces toward the center of what will become your next roll.
Step 7: Make the roll.
Step 8: Staple that roll, then move on to the other side and do the same thing. On the second side, gently pull screen tight while stapling to ensure your screen maintains its tightness.
Step 9: Turn screen over. VOILA! DONE! Now it's time to take all those lovely fruities, slice and dice, and place them in the sun!
The frames in action: Notice the 2x4s (oh so beautiful ) that I have set under the frames, to allow air to flow fully around the fruit.
These images bring to mind my going as a girl to the local apricot orchard where they had thousands of apricots out drying on screens in the sun. Best damn dried apricots I have EVER had!
It takes me four to six days to dry halved cherry tomatoes, depending on how hot it is, how soon I get them out on the table, and how big the fruit is to begin with. (I keep forgetting the "after" pictures! lol)
Remember to raise the frames with something to promote airflow.
Put same thickness fruit on the same tray.
Be aware of the weather forecast.
Bring fruit in at night if it is very dewy.
Some people recommend cheesecloth to protect from bugs. (I don't care; I've had no problems.)
I put my dehydrating fruit on a glass table to get the reflective heat from below involved in the drying process.
Any comments, criticism, warnings, "hey, that was freaking unclear," or don't-dos would be greatly appreciated. Or recipes. Does anyone have any SUPER recipes involving masses of dried tomatoes?