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251  My First Attempt at Pottery in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: December 07, 2011 10:30:35 AM
My husband recently decided he hates all of his hobbies so wanted to try something fun and different and picked pottery.  How cool is that?  We found an art studio about a 90 minute drive from here and have been going every week.  I'm pretty happy that I'm able to produce pots but they are all pretty small (my largest is about 5 inches across).  Baby steps, right?  We're both really enjoying it and he's been making some noise about having our own studio some day.  Is there anyone out there with a home studio I could PM for some advice if/when the time comes?  Here are a few examples of my first pots.

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252  Re: Jar of Whimsies Rd 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: November 08, 2011 02:19:30 PM
Jeepers... finally my issues with photo hosting have gone away.  Dang gremlins!  I received some truly wonderful things from SheepBlue!  Here's everything right out of the box.  See that teapot whimsy container?  She MADE THAT!  OMG, it just blows me away!  My husband and I are in our third week of pottery classes and are still struggling with clay.  I can't believe she #1 made it and #2 sent it to me.  What a treasure!

Some crafted extras that are so very me.  A papercut goat picture (I really admire this skill, I don't have the patience) and 'The Beekeeper's Haunted House' which will join my village of chunky haunted houses.   Smiley

Whimsie explosion!  She included lots of cool Halloween whimsies and some fantastic stickers and stamps to help me celebrate my favorite holiday for years to come. 

Selecting a few to showcase feels weird but here goes...  a sheep and a goat (we raise both), tiny bottles,  tiny playing cards, tiny tarot cards (!), spools, blocks, tiny brass hinges, an antique tin, pins, glasses and to the left of the sheep button is a microscopic thermometer!

My crafted whimsies are going in the fortune teller's room of the wee house I'm currently working on.  It's the upstairs left.

My fortune teller received (clockwise from upper left) a matchbox wheel of fortune, palmistry hand, bunting, cool eye (!), scrying glass, vintage girl photo to hang on the wall, tiny black knitted rug (OMG), bag of runestones, poison painting and pentangle alter.  How fun and awesome are these?

I can't wait to get my room furnished so I can include all of these awesome tiny treasures.  This was my first whimsy swap and I loved it (and my partner).  Thank you so much, Sheepblue!  I hope we can swap again soon.   Smiley
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253  Meet Our 3Q2011 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Chocolate_Jo! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: November 04, 2011 04:44:49 AM
This quarter's featured member is from Alabama. We love the bedroom makeover she shared with us and want to hear more about it.  We're pleased to announce this quarter's featured member is Chocolate_Jo!

Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I'm 19 years old (but oh so close to being 20!) and I live in North Alabama,
I am the only girl in a family of 6 (scary),
I am leaving for US Navy Boot Camp in about 4 months, and I'm so excited about it!
I throw away NOTHING. EVER. Furniture, paper, ribbons, and crafty things take up more space in my room than clothing.
I would consider myself halfway decent at a lot of things as opposed to very skilled in a select few areas. (i.e. I can knit, but only a square scarf, etc  Wink )
I was homeschooled and loved it  Smiley

What was the inspiration for your bedroom makeover?
Ironically the inspiration for my new bedroom was the lack of inspiration in my old. It was really only a jumble of my various things squished together, with no real theme. One day I ran across the fabric I used for my headboard, and loved the color scheme so much that I used it for the rest of the room.

What was the most challenging project you undertook?
Painting around all of my stuff!! Haha! I (honestly) was unaware of how much stuff I had laying around! But as far as 'challenging', probably my decoupaged dresser, because the drawer fronts were uneven and I had a had time lining up the fabric on the fronts. And waiting for paint to dry  Smiley

Do you have any tips for someone wanting to completely redo a room?

I'd say just do it! Although it would probably be much easier if you had all of your materials and projects lined up so as to get it done in one fell swoop. I spread all of mine out and it took me about 4 months. Also, if you are hurting for a color scheme, find a delightful fabric you like, and pull from that; less stress  Smiley

What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?
I have to pick *one*?! That is so hard!! Everyone on here is so unbelievably talented, no lie, I continue to stay in awe of the awesomeness that comes through here. BUT if I had to pick just one project, I'd have to go with the first one I saw on this website. It was http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=253743.msg2827704;topicseen#msg2827704 by kitten59. I stumbled across that by chance and was completely blown away. I stared at the little pieces for FOREVER, having a hard time getting my mind around that someone had actually made those! Stunning work.

You can see Chocolate_Jo's room entire bedroom makeover post at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390117.msg4618490#4618490, and, for fun, check out her clown colored prom dress at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344571.msg4008173#msg4008173
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254  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: November 03, 2011 11:58:38 AM
If you guys haven't found the tiny cabinets that Michaels sells for $1 each, make sure you ask next time you're in there.  They are made for a 1/12 inch scale house, I just took one apart and made two separate units for my tiny house. 
Here's one I did for my shop, this was the bottom piece, so the top was rough.  I sanded it and downloaded an image that looks like marble.

Here it is in place.  On the left wall, I've place the tiny tea canisters I made a while back.  There's a print of some sweets hanging over the doorway.  On the right wall is a shelf unit with lavender soaps and beeswax candles.

Here's the top piece of my $1 Michaels cabinet, it's for a different room.  I papered the back wall and the shelves. 

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255  Meet Our 2Q2011 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Mara Macabre! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: November 03, 2011 09:24:25 AM
Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 3rd Quarter 2011

Crafty Housewares: General

Crayola Wall Art by Summer6061

You used to change a diaper on THAT? by coloringmyworld

Interior Decorating: Completed Projects

My New Blue'n'Yeller Bedyroom! (You will die from picture intoxication)
by Chocolate_Jo

From Pow to WOW! Tons of pics by craftewoman

Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects

Making the best of an ugly deck: Gardening on the roof by batgirl

Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects

Puppy's First Birthday Party! (a whole litter of pics!) by TheMistressT
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256  Re: Halloween Stuff a Small Priority Mail Box Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: October 22, 2011 07:20:44 AM
That monster fabric is fabulous, love it.  I received from leslieyam, here's my loot!  Buttons, skeleton gloves, bat coins, plastic insects, ribbon, black crystals, cocktail swords and twizzlers (yum!)

For some handmade goodness, I got a sculpted skull and a sculpted pumpkin magnet.  So cute!  She made me two really lovely Halloween chunky houses to add to my village.  I really appreciate that you did those for me, Leslie.  Thank you so much for being my partner!

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257  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: October 22, 2011 06:56:17 AM
Here are my last two houses, from SonjaBoo (left) and Spazgirl1981 (right).  SonjaBoo got a very nice texture to the house and I love the Mummy poster.  I'd love to know where you got the Halloween toile paper, Spazgirl1981, it's fantastic.  Thank you both so much.  If either of you have better photos, please do post them.  I've been bedridden from a fall and these were taken in my lap! 

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258  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: October 13, 2011 11:31:19 AM
Since I can't grow actual real pumpkins to save my life, I've decided to incorporate a wall shelving unit of pumpkins in my wee house.  So there, universe!

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259  Teeny Tiny Vampire Hunter's Kit in Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: October 13, 2011 11:00:02 AM
Last year for Christmas, I made my son-in-law a zombie tin and magnet set (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366989.0).  I had an opportunity to see his work space a few months ago and it was the only personal thing he had by his computer.   Smiley    Obviously, I need to up my game this year.  I came up with a miniature vampire hunter's kit.

It's got a cross, bible, wooden stakes, mirror, bat illustration, a vampire skull sitting on top of a spool of silver chain, a revolver with wooden bullets, vials of holy water and blood sealed with red wax and a garlic braid (which cackle helped me with). 

Here are some of the items separate from the case, so you can see them better.

I covered the outside of the case in brown alligator, it's an altoid tin.  Very unassuming, eh? 

Before I finish glueing everything in, any suggestions for something I may have missed?   
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260  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: October 09, 2011 01:03:37 PM
OK.. so I installed the shelf too high (lesson learned) in my little shop so decided to display lavender soap and candles up there instead of my tea tins.  I added a bunting to the shelf.  It's not installed yet. 

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