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311  A Bee Fairy in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: April 10, 2012 11:52:27 AM
Here's my attempt at altered art.  We raise bees, so I had a few bee related images in my stash.  The background is a piece of scrapbook paper intended to be used as a family tree.  The lady was originally on the front of a greeting card hugging a stuffed peacock.  Inside it said "What midlife crisis?"   Cheesy I've had her forever and was glad to be able to finally use her. 

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312  Meet Our 1Q2012 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Redforkhippie! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: April 09, 2012 03:39:39 AM
We've enjoyed seeing her share the amazing mural work she's done over the years.  We're pleased to announce the 1Q2012 Home Sweet Home featured member is Redforkhippie!

Tell us about yourself.

I live in Tulsa, love Route 66, and have spent the past four years teaching high school (English, math and journalism) to support my beekeeping habit. My husband and I live in a near-zero-energy house with two dogs and a cat who thinks he's a dog.

Your 'Will work for coffee' coffeehouse bathroom redo is fantastic!  What was your favorite memory of the creative experience and how much free coffee have you been able to drink so far?

Thanks. I had a lot of fun with it. I think my favorite part of the whole project was when I first started, and the owners had no idea what to expect. I showed them some other murals I'd done, and of course they saw my car, but you know there's no telling what you'll get when some random person walks into your business and says, "Hey, how about I paint your bathroom in exchange for free coffee?" The look on Stevia's face when I finished ragging the walls and started sketching the postcard -- a picture of the famous Blue Whale in Catoosa -- was priceless.

I didn't keep track of my time very well, but I'm estimating the whole project took between 40 and 50 hours of actual work. I was averaging somewhere around a cappuccino an hour, so I've probably sucked down the better end of four gallons of coffee over the course of the project.

Do you have a another favorite mural or decorative feature that you've painted?

I've done tons of painting projects, but my favorite would have to be one I did in Depew, Okla., in 2005. I didn't really set out to paint murals there. I was chairman of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association's historic preservation committee, and we were trying to keep the city from tearing down some historic buildings that had fallen into disrepair. The original goal was just to clean up the buildings, replace the boards that were over the windows, and paint them white or something to make them look a little better. I was covering a big piece of plywood with white paint when I remembered seeing some trompe l'oeil panes painted on boarded-up windows in St. Louis when I was little. I ran inside and asked the owner if she'd mind if I painted a giant stained-glass Route 66 shield on the plywood. While I was working on it, the mayor's developmentally disabled son came along and wanted to help. One thing led to another, and pretty soon the whole thing spun wildly out of control, as my projects have a way of doing. Before the summer was out, we had every kid in Depew out there, doing a sort of paint-by-numbers thing. The mayor and the owner of the building, who are both very artistic themselves, ran with the idea and did some more murals on other windows around town, and they made a special window with all the kids' names on it. It was really great to see everybody come together like that for the benefit of the community.

Have you stopped embellishing your 'Love the one you're with' Honda and does it get a lot of attention when you drive it around town?

I'm mostly finished with the exterior, although I need to redo the hood because it's faded out again. The interior remains a work in progress. I'm starting to run out of real estate on the dashboard, so I've started gluing stuff all over the ceiling, and the button collection continues to grow. Every time I take something from a geocache, it goes in the car.

What is your favorite Craftster project that someone else has posted?

I'm not a huge Whovian, but TARDIS and Dalek-themed projects always crack me up, and I'm a total sucker for sock monkeys. I got on Craftster shortly after the sock monkey challenge a few years ago, and I still laugh every time I think about the Mr. T monkey somebody entered in that. There was also a pretty sweet Cthulhu sock monkey on here a while back, and the most amazing thing I've ever seen was a 15-foot-tall sock monkey stuffed with styrofoam peanuts. I remain in complete and utter awe of that monkey.

Where else on Craftster would we find your projects?

Let's see ... Miscellaneous Topics; Toys, Dolls and Playthings; More Art, Less Craft; Purses, Bags, Wallets; Clothing; and probably several others that I have since forgotten.

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313  Cooking Challenge - Sweet Easter and Spring Treats Open for Entries Thru 4/15/12 in Dessert by MissingWillow on: April 08, 2012 03:10:35 AM

All of you fabulous bakers, it's time for a cooking challenge!  The subject is Sweet Easter and Spring Treats.  You can make dessert, chocolates, cookies, a bunny cake, cupcakes, Easter basket goodies - anything sweet that celebrates Spring.  

The Rules:

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-You must be posting your 2012 goodies, prior years are not eligible.

-Your entry must be sweet, not savory.

-Each participant may enter just once.

-This contest is open for entries through midnight Sunday, April 15th.  Select NEW TOPIC in the upper right of this page - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=447.0.  Send TroubleT or MissingWillow a PM if you have any questions or difficulties posting.

-Voting will be open from April 15-22, 2012

The winner of this challenge will be able to select a prize from us at Craftster.org -- any one item from our online shop at http://www.shop.craftster.org/
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314  Re: Felt Badge Swap (SignUp - April 7, SendOut - April 30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: April 05, 2012 04:05:58 PM
LimeRiot surprised me with one of her practice badges, it arrived by mail today.  Jenna, our herding dog, loves sheep and approves.  I'm thinking about putting a magnet strip on the back so it can be displayed permanently.  Has anyone else thought about what they will do with theirs? Thank you so much, Lime!

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315  Re: IYP 20 Winter Chillin Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 04, 2012 11:29:55 AM
That hoop is hysterical!  My post lady just dropped off the most fantastic magic box of goodies from loves2experiment!  We raise sheep and she made me the most adorable set of handmade cards!  She carved the image herself.  It's going to be difficult for me to actually use these.  So cute!

She knows I'm working on a wee house and sent me some miniatures to play with.  The little wooden item is a fireplace.  I've never seen one, it's going to be a fun addition.

Eep! A little knitted sheep!  He was made with handspun roving. 

I was cautioned that he's spoiled and doesn't care much for the outdoors so I found a cubby for him in my specimen shelf. 

Bowls that she knitted and fulled.  Her first try!  I had some pinned and she decided to give it a go.  The only reason I've ever wanted to learn knitting or crochet was to try this myself.  Now I don't have to...  Thank you! 

Another new craft for her... stenciling.  These are two black chef's aprons.  One for me and one for my husband.  Chef de cuisine means head/executive chef.  Chef de plonge means head dishwasher.  Isn't that great!?  Guess which one is mine?   Wink

A special request from me after I fell in love with some she had made previously... fingerless mitts!  I think their purpose is for reading but I'm going set one pair aside for when I milk our goats on cold mornings. 

Yummy organic teas, what a lovely extra to find in the box. 

You are so talented, Pauline, I am so happy to own a few of your masterpieces.  Thank you so much for being my partner.  Kiss
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316  Re: 04/01/12 - Craftster Goes Katster! in Latest News by MissingWillow on: April 01, 2012 09:32:25 AM
Fluffy, your cat is beautiful!  Such soft looking ears.  You're a knitter, right?  Maybe we could do a personal swap.  My Bindi needs a sweater.

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317  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: March 30, 2012 07:12:13 AM
Thanks guys!   Smiley  Here's another patchwork bag I made for the same swap.  I just got this one posted.  It's meant to be a knitting project bag.


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318  Patchwork Project Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: March 30, 2012 07:09:25 AM
Here's another patchwork bag I made for loves2experiment in the Invite Your Partner swap.  This one is meant to be a knitting project bag, but could be used for most anything.

I had fun selecting fabric from my scrap basket!

The other side. 

I love this fabric in the lining.  I got it on sale at a quilt shop.  It reminds me of halloween for some reason. 
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319  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: March 30, 2012 05:31:12 AM
alwaysinmyroom, that is a beautiful fabric bowl, really well done!  That1Girl are you really up to 40 projects??  The slouchy hat is adorable. 

I just posted the patchwork purse I made for loves2experiment in the latest IYP swap.
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320  Red and Blue Patchwork Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: March 30, 2012 05:22:02 AM
For the IYP swap I made my partner, the fabulous loves2experiment, a purse inspired from her pinterest.  I figured out the patchwork dimensions all by myself.  Eeek.. math!  The colors were also inspired by her pinterest and I love the combination! This was my first attempt at a magnetic closure, it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. 

She's a tea lover so I also included a matching tea wallet.
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