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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Shrine to Steampunk (hopefully). on: June 21, 2013 04:20:33 PM
I made a shrine to steampunk for the Shrine Swap this June. This was my first attempt at both categories. I was really afraid it would fall under the "not remotely steampunk" meme. I really wanted to make my partner something that lived up to the term, and not just plopping gears down on something. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Anyway, I just went along using everything I could find that I felt would fit the description. I almost picked one of my partner's "easier" topics, but I decided to challenge myself. And boy, was I ever challenged. My husband took a couple photos before I sent it off, and though I altered it a tiny bit before sending, this is mainly it. Now I wish I had maybe taken more "in progress" shots. Just another thing I learned doing this swap. Any comments are appreciated!  Smiley

Front view:

Back view:

Alternate front, something fell off and I had to repair it:

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Button Display on: July 23, 2012 06:06:22 AM
This is a button display of some of my favorite vintage buttons. I chose each one just for it's aesthetic value and how it goes with the others around it. At one point, my little niece helped decide which ones would go on next, and where to put them. It was a fun little moment. The cloth it is on is an antique piece of linen that someone had done some needle working of circles on. A friend was having a yard sale and she had several of them that she wasn't sure she wanted to part with, but she sold me two of them. I wound up giving one to another friend who also collects buttons. Although none of the buttons are from my ancestors(unfortunately), the one in the top corner was made for me by endymion during a Jar of Whimseys craft swap here on craftster. The frame is a shadowbox from Michaels. I still have far too many buttons everywhere, but I am getting ready to make some hooplas and also destashing. Comments welcome!

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first inchies- made for the POTC swap on: November 24, 2011 06:10:44 AM
These are my first inchies made for the Pirates of the Caribbean swap. They are the 9 pieces of 8 required to free Calypso in POTC At World's End. I also numbered and named them on the back, but this pic was by my partner and I didn't get a shot of the backsides. The hardest part was cutting out inch squares, for the next ones I make I might buy a inch cutter. Thanks for any comments!

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Altoids tiny tin, use it or save it? on: November 13, 2011 02:16:36 PM
I have an Altoids "The TINY tin", which I see on certain auction sites is worth a bit, and I am trying to decide if I should use it and alter it or save it for the future. It does have a tiny bit of scratching on it anyway, but I have had it sitting here in front of me, and every time I think about doing something to it, I stop. Would you use it or save it? Or am I being too picky about it? Thanks for any replies!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted fence cozy. Yes. Not mine. on: August 23, 2011 04:44:46 PM
While visiting Old Colorado City in Colorado, I came upon this interesting knitted item. It was next to a park where a blues band was playing. I can only come up with a description of "fence cozy". Someone thought the fence looked cold I guess. It seemed to actually be knitted or crocheted directly on to the post. I just thought I'd share, I found it amusing and whimsical. My family kept trying to drag me away while I was trying to photograph it, so the pic isn't perfect, but in this case, it's the idea that counts. I'd love to know the story behind it, lol.

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Looking for Colorado? art tile artist... on: June 08, 2011 07:23:08 AM
Hey guys, I visited my sister in Colorado and went to Territory Days in Colo Springs a few years ago. I bought a hand painted ceramic tile of a Dia de los Muertos type from a vendor who had lots of them laid out on a tent. She told me her 10 year old son made it and he would be glad to know someone liked his design and work. I have loved it ever since, and when people ask about it, they can't believe a kid made it. I'd love to know who he was, or who the artist was that was selling that day. Unfortunately, I had to hurry to catch a train and the festival was packed, or I would have stopped and chatted about it. If you know someone in the area or are someone who was there as a vendor, I'd really like to hear from you!  Smiley
P.S. It might have been 2004?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Ultra tiny scrapbook/journal, suggestions? on: May 17, 2011 06:37:38 PM
Got these extremely tiny blank books, and one I would like to make into a minuscule scrapbook/journal. I already started decorating the front cover, as I had this tiny scrap I'd been saving for such an opportunity. The book is about 3/4"x1/2".  Anyone have any suggestions of random tiny things I can put inside, other that the things I have saved for the occasion? It has a lot of pages, maybe 30-50. Truly 3D embellishments probably won't work, but I think a flat origami would be ok. Thanks in advance for any ideas!

P.S. If any experienced inchie artists can give me advice for going even smaller, I'd appreciate it.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Super micro scrapbook- teeny tiny suggestions? on: May 17, 2011 08:38:14 AM
Got these extremely tiny blank books, and one I would like to make into a minuscule scrapbook. I already started decorating the front cover, as I had this tiny scrap I'd been saving for such an opportunity. The book is about 3/4"x1/2".  Anyone have any suggestions of random tiny things I can put inside, other that the things I have saved for the occasion? It has a lot of pages, maybe 30-50. Truly 3D embellishments probably won't work, but I think a flat origami would be ok. Thanks in advance for any ideas!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / J&T 3 Challenge:Resident Evil T-Virus/Antidote in altered Altoid Smalls tin. on: April 07, 2011 09:03:56 AM
I have wanted RE T-Virus props for a long time, and on eBay even the handmade ones are expensive. I would have to buy a whole anniversary set to get a mass produced antidote or virus vial. I stalked etsy for over a year looking for boro glass spiral beads to replicate the blue and green liquids, and spent 3 months looking for the right size vials.

The front of the tin says Property of Umbrella Corporation with a little logo that I hand colored. I also used markers on my fingers in red, brown and grey to make it appear that it had been handled by zombies or survivors or both. Inside is the case with the t-virus and antidote samples. There is a biohazard warning that says not to use on humans, and what is in the case(T-Virus 100072 and T1 Antidote 100072a). I just made that up, it has no meaning in the game.

On the back, I put a handwritten inspection sticker that I initialed and marked "pass" and added a symbol sticker my husband had on hand from computer assembly. Then, just to be silly I added a smiley face sticker.

The case is removable, but the vials are in a clear case that was then wrapped shut with tape and metallic ribbon to look like chrome. There is a tiny crack in the case's corner that at first I was bummed out about, but now it just looks like it could have been "tampered with". Overall, I am thrilled with it, and can now stop obsessing about getting it. Here is a shot from the film, I was inspired by it.

My images, which I can't seem to load on here from the Craftster hosting:

Front of box:

Inside box:

Back of box:

Clear case with virus and antidote:

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Archaeologists find ancient crafted metal journal. on: March 31, 2011 07:45:12 AM
Whether this turns out to be a hoax or not, it's still a neat looking book. It's purportedly Bible related, but the idea of making a metal journal appeals to me. I often think about crafting records of current life on Earth, and have toyed around with possibly etching on thick glass, encasing things in polyurethane, or carving words into stone and burying the items like a time capsule. This little book(or set of books, I don't really get that part) is another long lasting idea for crafting for posterity. Anyone else make metal bound journals?

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