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11  Re: Will a Spirit Doll find you? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: November 24, 2014 09:37:56 AM
Could be...but I made one for me. Just me! No, I think she is waiting for the right person. Here she is. She's a little more sedate than the others. But watch out! We are doing after church sales for another weekend. She may find a home.

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12  Will a Spirit Doll find you? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: November 23, 2014 02:23:40 PM
I made some spirit dolls for our church craft fair. The reaction was wonderful. The first night several dolls flew off the shelf and into women's arms like magic. They really spoke to them, and each doll found it's home.

I made two kinds, several with a fabric goddess shape and several with sticks as the basis. They both were popular. It makes me happy to see the dolls find a spirit home and also raise some money for our church.

There were more, but you get the idea.
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13  Re: 3D Bug Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: November 20, 2014 05:53:42 PM
I've been watching this swap with big time swap envy. I couldn't join and simply love the crazy buggyness of this swap.

Our church does a craft fair and sells used books and I scored! For just 5 dollars I picked up a copy of Fabre's Book of Insects, 1935 edition, in the original box, with the original dust cover. Take a look. There are only 12 color plates, but what beauties. The book sells on line for $100 - $350! Part of me wants to take the color plates and do very cool things with them, and part of me wants to sell it for craft money. I may just make copies of the plates and use them. But such lovely illustrations.

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14  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by cmarion3 on: November 15, 2014 03:58:54 PM
I love this board. Seeing all the crafty things everyone creates is just plain fun.

So it is my turn. Every November our church has a Holiday Craft Fair. Knitting/crochet, sewing, jewelry both new and used, used book sale, fine arts items like mosaics and stained glass, turned wood items, ornaments, etc. etc.

My contributions vary each year. It's a place to get my stuff out of the house and raises money for our church. This year I have... (links to older posts with similar items)

One bird nest...

Two owls a' hooting...

Three monsters waiting...

Four mittens warming

Five dolls flopping....

Six (dozen) catnip balls rolling....

Seven spirit dolls holding....

Eight rope bowls spinning...

Nine frisbees flying

Ten (times 3) birds a'peeping

Eleven roses blooming

Twelve (times 2) shooting stars....
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15  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: November 04, 2014 03:52:24 PM
Circus ghosts....scary!

P_E_S_T received her chunky house and has been busy with fun and frolics! So I'm posting for her...she'll catch up soon.

She wrote "I thought I would share our Samhain tradition and it might inspire you. Each year I tell our children a story about when a small village would meet the winter months, and how the children of the village would go round lighting the outside lanterns of each house, in turn they would receive a treat such as a bun or apple.
And so because my husband is a bee keeper, the night before Samhain, we roll 25 candles, and dressed in beautiful cloaks we go out and deliver our candles. As we have been doing this for 6 years, our little village has become quite used to our different tradition and quite often will have a lantern outside just for our children to pop their candle in Smiley ."

So I created a Chunky House Lantern to sit in the window or hang in front of a light. The door to the lantern opens, but be careful, don't burn yourself.

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16  Cereal Box Fabric organizer...keep eating your Toasted Oats! With Tut. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cmarion3 on: November 01, 2014 01:50:12 PM
We remodeled my craft room last year and while I love it, I can create chaos in just a few minutes! I wanted to organize my fabric bits and pieces and fat quarters better, as they tend to mix and mire and flow into each other. So taking salvaged cereal boxes, I created some pretty nifty organizer dividers for my shelves.

See the starting problem below?

I took a flatened cereal box, cut off the bottom tabs and drew on my pattern. I wanted to reinforce the sides so I designed in glue down reinforcement tabs. I drew and scored all lines, then re-glued the top flaps. The re-close tab really helped with gluing the top.

Then I cut and folded all flaps. I did not bother with covering the boxes as you really cannot see them after I stack all the fabric.

A little glue...I used a white tacky glue, but double sided tape or glue gun would work too. Lots of clips and clothespins to hold things together as they dried.

Here is the first row. I made 12 of this size and 2 of a slightly larger jumbo Cheerio box size that did not fit. Can you believe that 4 of these fit on the shelf perfectly? What luck!

With some sorting and re stacking the result is beautiful...at least for a day or so. We will not mention the 4 large bins of additional fabric...some over 40 years old.

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17  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: November 01, 2014 01:17:37 PM
I received my last house from irid3sen3nt and it is very cottagey, spooky in the woods wonderful.

It is a photograph of a derelict thatched cottage in Llandough taken in 1963 by EJ Beare. The windows are green, suggesting that the witch within is up to no good! There is a moss thatched roof and tree twigs to complete the spookiness. Now my little village is done for now. Must sign up next year!

And the Village

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18  I got published! How fun is that? Black & White & Read All Over again in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: October 30, 2014 05:25:17 PM
I entered a craft challenge in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I love this magazine and wait impatiently for every issue. I posted the ornaments on Craftster back in June (see link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434165.msg5211232#msg5211232 ).

I came home from a visit to my mom in Nebraska and found the latest issue with my ornament chosen out of about a hundred entries (there were 13 of us chosen). No prize but the thrill of being published. Some things are just plain fun.

The funny thing is, my sister won a first place at the state fair in Nebraska for a photograph. She captures amazing skycapes and beautiful plains pictures. But the magazine that published her picture stuck it near the front of the magazine along with readers contributions and very small. Quite a disappointment for us all. But I did gloat a bit when my picture was bigger...he he. What are sister's for?

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19  Re: Fall/Character Ninni Swap Gallery - Send out 10/23/14 in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 29, 2014 06:01:29 PM
Those voices you've been hearing in your head? That's actually your Ninni talking to you!

The mini Ninnis are cute, and adorable. But the cats are rather possessive. As I find them again, I may confiscate and decorate with them. They do have a few toys of their own....like tons!

Here's a closer picture of the very cute little ones.

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20  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 29, 2014 03:35:29 PM
Traveling is fun when you come home to Chunky Houses!

I have my poem themed house from P_E_S_T. The third in her series. See the links in the above posts to the poem. I love how they are all the same, but so different. When it sits in the window, the light glows through the little window and shows off the little moon. The pumpkin and music and roof treatment and all the rest are wonderful.

And from Aluraceleste a lovely creepy house to add to my currently small collection. The little details are perfect, spiders on pumpkin, a witch flying across the moon, a cauldron and so much more. Love it!

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