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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #100 - 100 Things - Entries Due Jul 1 - Jul 8 on: June 11, 2014 07:41:50 PM
Do each of the 100 things have to be readily identifiable? Meaning, can we destroy a few as long as the remnants are involved in the final product?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Oh Captain, my Captain on: August 18, 2013 06:11:01 PM
Well done! I can't let my boyfriend see this. Otherwise, I'll be spending a year trying to make a picard quilt half as good as yours. Tongue
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow gathering of MONSTERS!!! Picture garfreakinggantuan! on: August 14, 2013 04:34:57 PM
I LOVE THEM ALL. IT'S TOO INTENSE TO USE PROPER CAPITALIZATION.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Too-short-to-be-decent skater dress to hi-low peplum (simple pic tutorial incl) on: August 13, 2013 05:48:14 PM
This is genius. Well done you!
And it looks FABULOUS with the belt.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fireworks sequined pillow on: August 13, 2013 05:33:53 PM
Craftster means sharing our common (or uncommon) interests with lovely, supportive, crafty people all over the world. What I like the most about craftster is that I can make something with ridiculously flashy gold sequins, as shown below, and someone here will love the gold sequins as much as I do. Thank you craftster for introducing me to this person, however far away they may be.

This was a fabulously furry but sadly stained cream pillow that I used to keep in my car. I felt it deserved a second shot at being worthy of the living room couch so I rounded up some gold sequins and gold metallic thread and stitched on a fireworks scene. It reminds me of my previous big city living and makes me smile.
I also made sure to leave room in the middle to avoid sequin-face if I fall asleep on it. Very important.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Hello! My name is" cross-stitch nametag on: August 12, 2013 08:10:25 PM
Hello my fellow craftsters.
Craftster to me means an opportunity to be myself. I work in a very conservative profession, which definitely stifles my flair. When I try to bring up crafts, most people just don't understand why I would do it. Apparently, "because it's awesome" isn't a good reason and I should be taking up golf or racquetball or ...something. Somehow, using my hands to make great things that bring joy to myself (and sometimes others, but mostly myself) is not an appropriate use of my time.
Well, here's the thing: I stink at golf and the idea of chasing a little white ball all over ridiculously manicured grass is not something I find amusing. Also, racquetball scares me a little.
The facts: I love making stuff. Any kind of stuff. I like to use needles and thread most for sewing, costuming, and embroidery but I also like to draw, make greeting cards, and refinish furniture.
Other things I love? Female superheroes/villains that aren't wimpy knock-offs of male superheroes/villains. The chronicles of Narnia. Tacky 80s rom-coms. Baking my own bread.  Star trek. The Muppets. Relaxing with a moderately warm cup of tea. Shakespeare. Bubbles. Playing saxophone. Things that look like robots. Monty Python. Making wookie sounds. Tiny dogs. Jane Austen. Singing in the shower. Sidewalk chalk. Jackie Chan movies. Pixar animation. Jumping in puddles. Peanut M&Ms.
I don't need to make excuses for any of these things on craftster. So I love it, too.

Hello, my name is Koombalai. Nice to meet you. Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Lego-style storage box on: July 03, 2013 07:02:30 PM
Great comments everybody. I'm loving the lego love going on here.
Anyway...
UPDATE:
I've been trying to figure out how to make this box stackable. I have some thoughts but we need to wait until I have a sufficient supply of shoeboxes and tealight holders.
I'll keep you posted.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 82 ENTRIES / Re: Vintage Gingerbread Circus Wagon on: February 12, 2013 12:47:42 PM
I love this circus wagon! I love the circus... I love gingerbread! What could be better than a gingerbread circus?
Congratulations on a job well done. Smiley
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Re: Shoebox-turned-classy gift basket :) on: February 12, 2013 12:38:32 PM
The answer is... a great deal of patience!
The trick to keeping the duct tape from sticking to itself is to keep the loops of duct tape loose. Just don't let it touch anything except your hands and the object you need to stick it to. You can also consider sticking the tape to something else until it is ready to be applied.
I stuck one end of a long strip to the bottom of the basket and stuck it vertically to the outside of the bottom ring. Then the tricky part begins... I passed the strip between the bottom and middle ring towards the inside, then back toward the outside between the middle and top rings. This leaves the sticky side exposed at the level of the middle ring. Be careful not to get it stuck!  I used the palm of my left hand to separate the tape while my right hand controlled the direction of the strip. After passing the tape through, stick the strip vertically to the outside of the top ring then stick it down vertically on the inside of the basket, making sure to line it up with the exposed sticky bit from the middle ring.
To give the look of a basket weave, evenly space the strips. I visualized the bottom of the basket as a clock and applied strips at 9, 3, 6, and 12. I then applied more strips between the first set as I saw fit.
I hope this helps. If I make another basket soon, I'll be sure to take more in-progress pictures. Shoebox gift baskets for everyone!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Shoebox-turned-classy gift basket :) on: February 10, 2013 01:34:23 PM
Hello hello!
This is a very elegant picnic gift basket I made for a special guest at my school.

So... Can you tell it was a shoebox?
For the record, this is the shoebox. It had my new winter boots in it.


Tutorial:
1. Cut a large circle out of the bottom of the box. Cut long strips from the sides of the box. If the strips are not long enough to meet the circumference of the circle, attach the strips length to length in order to make three strips equal in length to the circumference of the circular base. Connect the ends of each strip to create three circles.
2. Hot glue the circular base to the first circular length of cardboard.
3. Using platypus or other brand decorative duct tape, cover the outside of each circular strip. I used a wood grain patterned tape. Using the duct tape again, weave between the circular layers to create a basket weave and connect the three circular strips to the base.

4. Cover the base similarly in the duct tape. 
5. Line with pretty tissue paper, tie a nice bow, and fill with goodies!
As an example, I filled the basket with flavoured tunas, a jar of roasted red peppers, gouda cheese, canape crackers, sparkling juice, and chocolate filled crepe cookies. Yum! I also added some faux flowers to pretty up the place.
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