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151  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Teeny Tiny Vampire Hunter's Kit 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?   
152  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Very Own Candy Jar Quilt on: September 29, 2011 04:32:00 PM
When funthreads posted her snack attack quilt back in February, I fell head over heels in love!  Here's the link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373162.msg4391903#msg4391903

I started looking for candy and snack fabrics online, ordered a few, then realized I had no clue how to applique or finish a quilt.  However, I had a brand new sewing machine and was determined to make something fabulous and this had inspired me so much.  I sent funthreads basically a crazy fan note telling how inspired I was and she offered to do a personal swap with me for the pattern and some important fabrics so I could make my own.  How generous was that?!  She also included a wonderful 'how to applique' primer so I'd have something to practice on.

The pattern and instructions were very easy to follow and I had the top done within a few months of starting it.  Finishing it required me taking several quilt finishing classes in August at my local sewing studio.  Here's the finished product, as a non-quilter, I'm extremely proud of how it turned out!

And the best part?  I took home 3rd place at my county fair last week! 

If you want to try your own snack attack quilt, there's a link to the pattern and tutorial on funthreads' original post above.  The moral of this story is don't be afraid to tell someone you admire their work, they might just help you make your own version.  Thank you so much, funthreads!

153  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Muppet Show Necklace on: September 21, 2011 07:27:34 AM
My partner in the latest round of the bead soup swap, kimchery, loves The Muppet Show.  When thinking about what kind of crafted jewelry item I could do for her, I came up with this Muppet Show necklace.  The base for each image is poly clay and the images are secured with diamond glaze.  I drilled the holes after they were glued together (oooh... power tools!).  It was completed with basic jewelry skills. 

154  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Meet Our 2Q2011 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Mara Macabre! on: September 18, 2011 01:02:38 PM
Meet Our 2Q2011 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Mara Macabre!

This quarter's featured member is from Germany. We love the Nightmare Before Christmas Pyramid she shared with us and want to hear more about it!  We're pleased to announce this quarter's featured member is Mara Macabre!

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 25 years old and live in a small town next to Hamburg in the north of Germany.
I am a Medical Laboratory Assistant and work in a hospital in Hamburg.
In my free time I spend a lot of time with my boyfriend (we are together since 8 years), with my 4 cats, my friends and of course with crafting.
Even as a child I handicraft a lot. At the present day it is an important part of my life.
I have been sewing my own clothing since I was 16 years old and so proud to wear my selfmade clothes and jewelery.
I love it to try new crafting techniques and to get one's inspiration from all the creative minds out there (especially here in these and other creative communities).

What was your inspiration for making the Nightmare Before Christmas Pyramid?


When I was a child, I found a Christmas pyramid on a bulk garbage. It was old and broken but I repaired it and give it a new paint (white with a lot of glitter, I was 13 years old   Grin and well, it looked .... different  Wink )
But I never got the idea from the head to moulde a new special pyramid from an old pyramid.
10 years later my mother give me the pyramid (which was old and cheap) and because I love the Tim Burton style I tried to style like my favorite movie.

What was the most challenging aspect of making it?
Hmmm, well a challenging aspect was to retain the static. The pyramid was very cheap and full with paste. I deglutined the parts with warm water but the wood warped a little bit. And the figures of Sally and Jack were too high so I had to extend the pillars.

Do you have any tips for someone wanting to redecorate their own Christmas pyramid?
A comfortable starting situation is a Christmas pyramid which is not full of paste.
You can deglutined the parts in warm water, I started to saw apart when my mother give me the tip with the water. And the decoration for the pyramid should not be too heavy, papier mache is perfect, otherwise the pyramid doesn't rotate.

Where is it now?
In my living room  Smiley

On what other boards can Craftster members find your work posted?
You can find my work on the clothing board and home sweet home. But I made a lot of jewelry and I would love to show you soon.

What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?
Ohh, there a sooo much awesome items.
It's to difficult to choose only one.
At the moment I fell in love with BirdBones fantastic Burton Bathroom Its so amazing, I would die for such a bathroom   Grin
155  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 2nd Quarter 2011 on: September 14, 2011 03:59:00 PM
Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 2nd Quarter 2011

Crafty Housewares: General

Nightmare before Christmas Pyramid by Mara Macabre

My New Sewing Chair by Beeclef

Crafty Housewares: Reconstructed:

Record cabinet to paper cart by PirateColey

Interior Decorating: Completed Projects

Extreme Burton-ish bathroom makeover (lots'o'pics) by BirdBones

My husband cheated on me so I moved to Greece . . . by javarose

Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects

A Mid-Summer Nights Dream by knickertwist

156  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Purple Felted People Eater on: August 26, 2011 07:08:35 AM
I'm relatively new to felting, and really enjoy it.  I made this little guy for my daughter during 'down time' at our farmer's market.  Lots of folks stopped by to see what the devil I was doing stabbing wool in my lap, I got lots of great feedback.  It's got a doll's eye in the mouth.  It blinks!   Cheesy

157  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Great Garden Challenge Voting is Closed. Congratulations, ChameleonHound! on: August 14, 2011 06:33:45 AM
Our 2011 Great Garden Challenge is open for votes through Sunday, August 21st.  
158  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Button Purse! on: August 03, 2011 12:18:10 PM
I've never sewn a purse before, so of course I'd have to tackle a button purse as my first adventure!  My partner for the Make a Friend swap, thisbirdsabsurd, had one on her wist so I sourced a pattern, some fabric and a ton of buttons.  I originally had buttons on the bottom, too, but it weighed it down too much so ended up with buttons only on the sides. 
Here's a view of the front:

And a view of the back:

The lining.  I had to think about this project a bit before starting it.  I knew I didn't want the buttons sewn through the lining.

The gratuitous close-up:
159  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds - A Turorial on: July 29, 2011 12:28:47 PM
Saving heirloom tomato seeds for next year's garden is super easy.  We do it every year and have great success with it.  It's important to save only heirloom, not hybrid tomato seeds because hybrids won't produce true in the next generation.  We select the very best specimens of each variety while they are still on the vine.  You're trying to replicate, so make sure you're replicating the very best.  I usually pick them at ripe then further kind of over-ripen them on my windowsill. 

The first step is to remove the seeds along with the jelly stuff that surrounds them.  I put it all in a clear water glass and throw out the remaining pulp and skins.  If they're not too over-ripe, you can have a snack!

Pour about a half cup of water on top of the seeds and put them on your windowsill.  Leave them for a couple of days to ferment. 

This is what the seeds/water mixture will look like when it's fermented, stuff rises to the top of the water.  This is the yucky part.  I get in there with my fingers and squish what is floating around so the seeds fall to the bottom of the glass.  Carefully pour off the water and yucky stuff and add some more fresh water.  I let this sit for a half hour or so then pour the water off of the seeds again and replenish it. 

Keep refreshing the water until you get what you see in the glass to the right.  Basically seeds and clearish water.  If any seeds continuously float to the top, go ahead and get rid of them.  No need to waste any effort next year trying to grow bad seeds.

Take a strainer and pour the entire glass of water into it and give them a rinse under running water. 

Dump your strainer onto a piece of newspaper, spread the seeds out so they are in a single layer then put it aside and forget about it for 2 weeks.  At that time, the seeds will be fully dry and ready to be stored until planting time again.  Happy gardening!

160  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Round of Invite Your Partner? on: July 17, 2011 01:25:56 PM
Hey there, is anyone interested in another Invite Your Partner swap in a month or two? 

Here's how it works:

In this swap, you can contact anyone and ask them to be your partner. It's almost like a personal swap, but with a group, and a killer gallery! You will have to sign up with your partner. That is, you must contact your potential partner via pm and you both must mutually agree to be partnered together.

As partners, you will choose if you want to have a theme, if you want to post stalk each other and be surprised, or if you want to request from each other things you have admired in the past. You should also agree on quantity. In the past, the suggestion was one "large" (time consuming and/or valuable) item, and a couple of "small" (quicker to craft) items that you know your partner will like.
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