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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Will a Spirit Doll find you? 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.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cereal Box Fabric organizer...keep eating your Toasted Oats! With Tut. 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.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I got published! How fun is that? Black & White & Read All Over again 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?

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Claw: How to Make an Unusual Halloween Mask on: October 17, 2014 04:01:27 PM
Wonderfully creepy and doable. Check out this skeleton arm by Jeffery Rudell:  http://www.craftstylish.com/item/12658/the-claw-how-to-make-an-unusual-halloween-mask

Thanks Jeff
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Wicked Witch of the Forest....Beware! on: October 07, 2014 02:12:28 PM
In the OTT October Holiday swap www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435848.0, I got caught up in a mad witche's house. I could not stop. Here's the little witch. She's less than 3" tall and was made with a skull bead and a wire armature. This is a very first for a polymer clay figure. Rather proud. The house is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436086.msg5250742#msg5250742

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wee Wiches Wicked Cottage on: October 07, 2014 01:50:54 PM
Be careful wandering the woods this time of year, especially if you come upon a tiny weathered cottage, approach very carefully. This was made for the OTT October Holiday swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435848.0

The house is all buttoned up so you can view the outside. There are vines, bats, a chimmney made from egg carton, tomb stones and moss.

But as you unbutton it and lift the roof, all kinds of magical items appear. Potions and skulls, books and candles, caldrons and churns. Her cape and broom wait by the door

The witch is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436087.new#new

This is the starting point, I wanted it to open up and be sturdy, hence the double floor. I was able to keep it flat until the very end. Made it much easier to decorate.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More Wise Old Owls...may wisdom be yours on: September 27, 2014 06:24:43 PM
In the 3D Pretty Bird swap I make another wise owl. It's a bit bigger than the first one http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435167.0#axzz3EZJADd7A but I like the size.  Unfortunately, the first Owl I sent to Canada arrived, was delivered, but apparently not to the right address and never showed up. (Tears).

But I did make extras for sale at a charity craft fair later in the fall and was able to quickly get another ready to send off. Success this time. The package arrived save and sound.

The owls are made of upholstery samples, felt, hand painted eyes, a monocle made from more wire, and bits of branch for beak and perch. His claws are made of wire. His followers twitter around him and are made of burlap and fabric. Here's a tut for the little bird ornaments. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434563.0#axzz3EZJADd7A and the eyes are a variation on my monster eyes. Tut here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430188.0#axzz2tFYOOS9z

Here's the first wayward owl.

And his brother, the replacement owl.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snarky Housewife Recipe Holder - Bring on the snark - Pic heavy on: September 11, 2014 06:57:35 PM
The lovely rackycoo inspired this kitschy mini recipe holder during the Snarky Housewife swap. Every cookbook or drink recipe book needs a good holder and a lovely dressed up and bejeweled arm is the perfect item. We must dress for happy hour drinks! The recipe book has been well used with turned down corners on favorites and few wine stains along the way.

Take a look.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wired Bird Nest with Mama Bird and Eggs on: August 30, 2014 02:22:45 PM
I made this little bird and bird nest for a Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine Wired/Mixed-Media Assemblage reader challenge. Whew. I have been working on this for several months, it just would not come together, but with the deadline looming (Sept. 5th) I finally finished and photographed it. Finalists will be posted on the 12th!

The wire bird nest is constructed of salvaged wire from wire-bound manuals, cherry wood sticks, raffia and strung beads. It is lined with milk weed pod silk and three tiny wire wrapped egg-jewels snuggle inside. Mama bird is hand-stitched from hand-made paper fabric with bent wire legs. Overall size is about 4x4x6 inch.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New Home for Wayward Dolls on: August 17, 2014 05:54:03 PM
I have received some amazing dolls in swaps and they were tucked into various nooks, crannies, and hidey holes all over my craft room. I wanted to be able to admire them easily and needed a display shelf.

We converted our fireplace to a wood burning stove insert a couple of years ago and the old mantle had to go. It sat out side for a few seasons and was supposed to be cut up and disposed of, but it just sat there and peeled and weathered.

I finally took a crowbar and hammer to it to pry off the top shelf part of the mantle. It was home made and had lots of big honkin' nails holding it together. The wood was gray, cracked and there were spots of dry rot.

I sanded, scraped, chipped out bad wood and finally remembered my heat gun and got the rest of the paint off. I filled the holes including one big one on one side. I still wanted a bit of a used look so I didn't get too crazy with the filler. I purchased some wood shelf supports and aged them as well.

A couple of coats of shellac to seal the formerly mildewed wood, a couple of coats of primer and a couple of coats of paint and there was my new shelf. I hung it high on the wall over my sewing machine and now all the dolls smile down on me...ok the Junker Jane doll has a bit of a snarl, but she's still grateful.

And a pic of the before, after rescue from the elements.

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