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31  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Snow White/Evil Queen on: March 08, 2012 08:29:32 PM
Wow.  I am so impressed by the effort that went into this.  You must be so pleased with the way it turned out.
32  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Something Under the Bed is Drooling on: March 08, 2012 08:26:42 PM
This is so adorable!  I really love the piggy side.
33  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Bitter/Sweet Reversible Faux Candy Heart Bracelet on: March 08, 2012 02:54:58 PM
Here it is, my first ever challenge entry.  It is a reversible bracelet which is supposed to resemble the candy bracelets kids wear.  I painted wood hearts to resemble conversation hearts and wrote sweet messages on one side and not-so-sweet messages on the reverse side.  Here is the sweet side:



And here is the bitter side:



I wish I hadn't waited until the last minute to do it, because it didn't really work out the way I wanted it to, but I didn't have time to do anything about it.  Ideally, I would have strung just the hearts (no spacers) on elastic to most closely resemble the candy bracelets.  However, I made one heart in each of the colors the candies come in (at least, the colors I found in the brand of candy hearts I had) and I thought that would be big enough to fit around my wrist.  When it turned out that the seven hearts weren't long enough, my choices were to duplicate one of the colors I had already used, to make up another color that wasn't based on the candy hearts, or add spacers.  Adding spacers was the quickest solution, although I didn't really like any of the options at that point.  Then it turned out that the tiny holes in the hearts weren't big enough for elastic, so I had to use the tiger tail and clasp.  At this point it really doesn't resemble candy jewelry, but I still think it's kind of fun anyway.
34  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Opposites, Antonyms, Fast, Slow, Hare, Tortoise on: March 02, 2012 04:00:06 PM
Wow!  How does it switch from hare to tortoise?  Do you turn it inside out?  This is very clever!
35  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Yarn Ball Christmas Wreath on: December 16, 2011 02:04:20 PM
How cute!  And good for you for avoiding styrofoam.  Save your $ and the planet at the same time!!!
36  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Window shades on: December 13, 2011 08:24:19 PM
I can't take credit for the idea, although I do wish I had thought of it.  I saw it in a book from the 80's which contained hundreds of ideas for how to reuse things.  It was a very hippy kind of book with a few really cool ideas and some really weird ones.  I think it was Re/Uses by Carolyn Jabs, which you may be able to request from your local library.

I had another thought along the same lines.  Maybe you can use the reverse side of the shade as a dry erase board.  Try writing on it with dry erase markers and see if you can wipe it off.  If the ink doesn't just wipe off, you can probably use rubbing alcohol to get it off.
37  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tacky/Festive Christmas Wreath made from recycled balloons on: December 13, 2011 02:18:04 PM
My 4 year old son and I have the bad habit of hanging on to things that normal people would get rid of, because we figure we'll make something out of them, some day.  Recently he wanted to make a Christmas wreath.  So, we hauled out the deflated mylar balloons we had been keeping (to make glitzy gift wrap for small gifts) and found 2 star balloons, one lime green and one kelly green.  I used my rotary cutter to cut them into strips an inch wide and 4 - 6 inches long.  We would have used a wire hanger for the base of the wreath, but I wasn't sure we had enough balloon strips to cover a full hanger and I didn't want to have to cut through that thick wire to shorten it.  Instead I just unwound a bunch of craft wire and we started tying the strips onto the wire.  Elliot did much of the tying himself (a nice way to keep him out of trouble while I was busy) and when we ran out of balloon strips, he took it upon himself to snip the (flimsy) craft wire with his little kid scissors and twist the wire ends together to form a wreath.  Of course it needed a bow, so we used the red plastic mesh stuff we had saved from a package of clementines to make a little bow.  The photo is not very clear, but I guess you can get the general idea of it.  The balloon material is colored on one side and silver on the other and is very shiny.  If you enjoy bright shiny decorations, you'll like this one:





38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Christmas ornaments on: December 12, 2011 08:39:25 PM
These are terrific.  Who wouldn't love them?
39  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tree-shaped gift box made from recycled cereal box on: December 12, 2011 08:28:33 PM
This is the first time I am posting a project, so I hope I am doing it correctly!  Here is a little gift box I made from a cereal box.  After constructing the box top and bottom, I used a sponge to swipe on green craft paint.  For the trunk, I cut a strip of the cereal box, coiled it up, and glued it together.  After the paint and glue were dried, I put the box top upside down in a glass to hold it with the bottom facing up so I could glue the stem in place with white glue.  With the box in this position, I didn't need to find a way to hold the trunk in position while it dried.  (Someone who is less klutzy would probably just use a hot glue gun.) The photos are not very clear, but it is a cute little box that would be good for a small gift like jewelry or a gift card.
  This shows the box top, and the inside of the bottom.  The cereal box was Kashi Island Vanilla.  Yum!


  This shows the coiled trunk.

40  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Window shades on: December 11, 2011 08:59:22 PM
You could make a portable chalkboard out of your shade.  You can find chalkboard paint at craft stores and home improvement stores, and just paint it on the shade.  I bet you could also just use regular acrylic craft paint, although the chalk might not erase so easily in that case.  Anyhow, you could bring out your chalkboard when you want to use it, and roll it up and shove it in the closet when you are done with it.  Or you could mount it to the wall using the brackets that were on the window, making sure to position them so that the shade hangs close to the wall (that is, hangs behind the roller rather than in front of it).  This would be fun for a kid's room.
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