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151  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Matchbox Valentines on: January 17, 2012 10:02:28 AM
I was inspired by something I saw on Martha Stewart's website.  It was a kid's craft for altering matchbooks and filling them with candy.  I kind of got carried away...  The heart on the top is made of stamped polymer clay with a sparkly doo dad.  Inside of each there's a tiny traditional valentine's day image.  And M&Ms! 

152  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Star Wars Magnets on: December 24, 2011 08:22:58 AM
As a last minute Christmas gift for my Star Wars loving daughter, I crafted some magnets for her out of poly clay.  I used a round cutter for the base of each one so they are a standard size.  There are so many options to further expand her collection, I'm planning to add to it next year.

153  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Meet Our 4Q2011 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Jenxx! on: December 19, 2011 04:17:57 PM
We've enjoyed her giant cheeseburger pillow and carousel horse constructed from a child's toy posts.  We're pleased to announce the 4Q2011 Home Sweet Home featured member is Jenxx!

Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a retired snowbird who spends the summers in Illinois & winters in Florida.  I've always had a passion for creating & spend more time at it than is good for me.   I'm willing to use just about any medium available...my latest is clay classes.  I'm loving those altho they're limited to summer.  I've learned that I'm something of a maverick who doesn't follow directions well &, while I love hunting the internet for inspiration,  prefer to create my own patterns.

Your 28" cheeseburger seemed to be well received!  Do you have any plans for additional giant food pillows?
My cheeseburger began as an entry in a contest to "Create a Pillow".  I spent several weeks in the thinking stage before doing anything tangible....this is my usual approach to a project.  It actually took me only a day or two to complete it.  It's quite simply made with mostly circles.  People have suggested I follow it up with a hot dog, fries & a coke.  I've figured out how I would proceed but haven't found the time yet.

Your carousel horse is stunning.  What was your inspiration and what was the hardest thing about the project?
My carousel horse is one of my favorite creations.  I had seen them several times & hunted flea markets for a child's toy to buy at a reasonable price.  When I finally found it for $10, I enlisted Hubby to strip it from the frame & mount it on a closet rod.  That was easy for him but would have stymied me.  I guess he really IS worth keeping around.  The rest was time consuming but not difficult.  I had to repaint part of the saddle because the paint didn't match but it went pretty smoothly otherwise.   

On what other Craftster boards will people find projects you've posted?
I've posted a number of crafts on other topics---all listed in my photo gallery.  My most industrious is probably my life size old world Santas.

What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?
I've found so many fantastic art & craft projects on this site that it would be difficult to choose a favorite.  I've found tho, that I tend to love the ones that go beyond patterns & instructions to explore a new direction.  These are the most inspiring & I really appreciate that the Craftster community provides a venue where everyone can showcase their creations so they will inspire others.

154  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 4th Quarter 2011 on: December 19, 2011 06:34:09 AM
Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 4th Quarter 2011

Crafty Housewares: General

Bead Curtain of Craftster Love *pic heavy* by Abbeeroad

Whopper Cheeseburger---28" in diameter! by Jenxx

New side table! by K3lly

Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Jean Couch by Autodidact

Headboard Made of Pallets by mcmakeit

Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects

Extreme Bird Mansion ! by cranbrook2

155  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / My First Attempt at Pottery 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.

156  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Meet Our 3Q2011 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Chocolate_Jo! 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
157  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?   
158  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!

159  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. 

160  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
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