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1  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: January 11, 2016 03:15:51 PM
Found this picture
The signs are true but my material has never been that organized
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: December 28, 2015 01:52:36 PM

I needed a desk side lamp that wouldn't constantly wake my husband so I painted this one's frosted white cover dark metallic blue

My cats were very intrigued by my making catnip squares so I ended up taking pics of them instead of black felt squares filled with catnip and different things like those red mesh vegetable bags

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: October 08, 2015 12:32:51 AM

Trinalocakary, I have no idea who the plague doctor is but he seems to be living a dangerous life. You're going to have the best Halloween this year.

A plague Doctor was just that, during the black death they dealt with the sick.
The mask was stuffed with herbs to control the smell. 

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: October 07, 2015 03:58:51 PM
My husband is going as a post apocalyptic plague Doctor for Halloween so I made him a Dr bag out of a wicker purse using Duct Tape, matte white and Matte black spray paint, yellow and red craft paint and glow in the dark puffy paint
Original bag


Base painting....flat white then flat black

Nuclear design

Little bit of black flat spray paint to age the detail
Then it is done
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: September 30, 2015 11:02:02 AM
So this happened
I cut out nearly 200 different sized paper bats out of a selection of different black and dark grey patterned scrap book paper including glitter and textured and then I sewed them into 2 garlands using the longest straight stitch on my sewing machine. 
I had used paper that was white on one side for the first garland of around 80 bats so they are mounted against the ceiling and we used clear tacks to hold up some of the larger winged ones.
The second garland of nearly 100 is all black on both sides of the paper so they hang about 8 inches from the ceiling at the lowest.  They are tacked up with clear tacks every 2 - 2.5 feet so the loose hanging bats can, and do, move with every breeze.

My hands behaved all the way through 3 days of cutting, sewing and hanging bats, waited 2 days and now my right hand is all Fibro stiff and sore....grrrrrrrr just as I have been getting motivated again after a different flare up
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: September 30, 2015 10:55:58 AM
These are the finished shelves from last week, they are wall mounted over a cloth covered wall with 3 inch L brackets, and loaded with my collection of tchotchkes (knick knacks)

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7  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: September 30, 2015 10:26:48 AM
The grey halloween patterned ones are shams over existing (orange) pillows.
The black fur ones are actual throw pillows I made that are stuffed with the insides of an old pillow I washed, dried then gutted for stuffing.
There are more Halloween material ones as well
The black ones with swirls were textured solid black velvet placemats that were lined. I opened a seam and stuffed them then sewed up the seam again.  I wanted to accent them and I used iridescent paint to carefully highlight the existing texture.

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8  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: September 11, 2015 02:13:42 PM
Turning a cheap DVD rack into a set of display shelves
I painted the inside of the rack with a dappled gold tone to better reflect my limited light and show off my collection if random stuff and our collection of stones, minerals and fossils

#.1 the metallic paint does not stick well to veneer so I painted all the shelves and sides with inexpensive brown tole (craft) paint.  You could use black with copper or any darker color.  Some I thought of trying include, burgundy or dark plum with gold or navy blue with gun metal silver.
I brushed the gold paint loosely around then using wadded paper towels dabbed at it to get the Dappled effect, this took 2 coats.

#.2 yes I got frustrated because I was tired and smeared the brown paint on the sides with my fingers...no it did not work well but it released a lot of frustration :-)

I ended up lifting the rack on its side and bracing it on the shelves behind it to better paint the sides with that big fan shaped make up brush. I then did the same as when I did the shelves.
After about 6 hours it was ready to use

The smaller stones need to be lifted on tiers so I used various boxes stuffed with paper and 12x12 scrapbook to make risers.
I secured them with double sided foam tape

I am now starting to fill in my "new" display shelves just in time to get more cool decor during the Halloween season

Shelves 1&2

Shelves 3&4

Shelf 5 and top shelf
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: July 26, 2015 05:35:58 AM
Very simple wrap on a labradorite cab
One of my favorite stones.
I did this while working the door at a Salsa party unfortunately I didn't have any of my pliers or tools so it is hand bent
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: July 24, 2015 04:10:11 AM
I haven't been getting much done because I'm in one of my pain/fatigue flare ups (of what you ask?  Still no clue but it kills my motivation) but I am still trying to do at least simple crafts.
Part of this flare up has been weight gain so I read that blue and blue toned dishes make you less hungry and smaller dishes make you feel more satiated and yet I can't find any decent medium (10-12 oz) bowls in blue that can be microwaved so I bought some clear thrift store bowls and painted them on the outside with food safe paint (on the outside just to keep them from getting so scratched up)
I had an opaque silver and a clear teal so I layered them, teal then silver then teal again.

I also did a very simple choker and bracelet for a friend
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