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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sewing Table gets a new life on: July 06, 2014 10:21:56 AM
After 40 years, I purchased a new sewing machine. Wow, what a change. My old machine and it's table went to college, helped dress two children, repaired tents, created costumes and was there to mend the tears in life.

But the new machine sits on top of the old table and was too tall. So I sawed off about 4 1/2 inches of leg. Perfect. Not so perfect. I couldn't get my legs under the table anymore. So out comes the circle drill bits, two holes for corners were cut and a little jigsaw work to cut a new knee hole. Some sanding, some staining and a new life was give to my old table.

I still have the old machine, it does double duty for camping gear repairs and workshops.

And the cut out holes got a new life for the Pincushion Queen's throne. I just can throw anything away. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434331.0#axzz36i2dFaKR

22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Spoolie Pincushion Queen Reigns on: July 02, 2014 04:39:52 PM
In the recent altered spool swap and how I love to alter things....my partner mentioned Tim Burton and the Pincushion Queen. Poor sad thing. But she is appealing.

It was fun recreating this queen with a narrow waisted spool, striped legs and arms and a throne to rule from. The biggest problem was her head, I needed something soft enough to stick pins in, but not too heavy. I stitched together a ball from a baseball pattern, which came out lopsided. Then wrapped with batting and covered with white fabric and stitched together with black floss. Poor thing. I made big pins from wire and beads. The chair seat came from cutting circles out of the front of my sewing table after I shortened it for the new sewing machine and needed more knee space. Ya never know what you will use.

23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Steampunk top hat ornament on: July 01, 2014 03:19:19 PM
I can't believe I forgot to post these little jewels. But the holiday season is wacky and I usually over craft myself.

These were made for a steampunk ornament swap last fall and were my fall back item after the first bombed big time. I made one for myself, but then ruined one towards the end and ended up sending it out. I will have to make me another this year...or two...or three.

They are only about 2  inches tall and 3 across...at most. They even have their own little hat boxes. The hanger goes through the top with beads below.

24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Baby doll or nightmare? on: July 01, 2014 12:59:20 PM
I scored this doll at a yard sale for free. But don't worry, we spent lots on other items so no one was cheated here. But here she is looking at me with that dopey sweet grin. What to do? I have an urge to do something creepy with her too. Must be the hot weather.

She is 18 inches tall and has porcelain head, arms and legs. Her legs flop all over, but her arms are moveable, but frozen pretty much in place. I may have to take her apart to get them moving again. Right now they are covered by a sewn on body fabric. The back of her head had sustained markings from laying about with little to do and her dress is muslin. I don't think she is antique, but she's been around awhile. The sale was from an older couple who both did woodworking and crafts. There were doll houses, toys, half finished projects and other dolls.

I also brought home a big wooden spool, and yarn cones...paper board ones in various sized. Lots of them. Another idea stumper at the moment, but the holiday season may cure that. But there are way too many.

Any visions?

25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / You put your left arm in, you put..... on: July 01, 2014 12:37:55 PM
I scored a box of porcelain doll arms and legs (all arms) from a closed doll hospital. OK, it was an impulse bid on eBay that won buy sheer contrariness.  Now I have all these legs and arms, small to medium to well I haven't reached the bottom of the box yet. They range from 2 1/2 inches to over 4 inches. Some are glazed, most are bisque (unglazed, perfect for painting).

Now what do I do with them? I do want to use some for creepy toys at Halloween. But really, how am I ever going to use these up? Contact me if you want to do a private swap for some doll parts. Sounds pretty creepy but only if you use a ghoulish voice.

26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Black and White and Read all over on: June 23, 2014 04:38:46 PM
I entered a Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine challenge. The theme is Black and White and Read all over. A two sided ATC sized ornament using old book paper and a dash of red.

Well, I have a circa 1915 songbook with lovely aged sheet music. A good start. Thin wood ATC blanks, cut from some thin plywood, sanded, aged and painted black. And music glued front and back with edges sanded. Then roses made from more music glued to scrapbook paper backing. I found a great tut on YouTube for easy flowers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir8_Tldxbh0. A semi precious stone for the center.

I loved how they turned out, so I made several. I see Christmas gifts!

OK, this one had some turquoise sneak in. I'm making more with different backing papers for fun.

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Blue bowl of ropey goodness on: June 15, 2014 04:01:52 PM
My first fabric and rope bowl. These bowls are so easy and so addictive. And they feel so good! Tight and tactile and useful.

KittyKill has as great tut/video and even my firs bowl was a success. I see a great craft for gifts, and for donating for sale at charity craft sales.

I used some old clothesline rope and torn fabric strips. It's a great stash buster and a great way to use up old thread. It takes a lot of thread! I like to wrap as I go to have some control over the pattern. I am definitely making more of these. I guess it will be the holiday gift of the year!

28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Orange Bowls of Goodness and 100 Feet of Rope on: June 15, 2014 03:55:02 PM
I have been itching to make the fabric rope bowls that have been posted all over Craftster. KittyKill has a fantastic tut, you can even find it on YouTube! I love her tutorials, they cover the essentials, are short and awesome.

I used 100 feet of rope, three spools of thread, and fabric strips from one leg of old flannel PJs, sleeves from two old shirts and 2 fat quarters. I like using old clothes, you can find fabrics and colors that may not be available in the fabric stores...and they are often free!

These bowls are made for the Empty Bowl project, a project  to raise money for two important Rhode Island programs: Housing First and McAuley House. Heres info on how these groups address hunger and homelessness in a holistic way: http://www.uua.org/ga/justice/18215.shtml

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Earthe - a spirit doll of nature and nurture on: June 02, 2014 01:09:55 PM
The Spirit/Intention Doll swap is turning out to be absolutely amazing. The best part was being able to create a spirit doll or someone.

Meet Earthe. She is stuffed with good spirit, nature, nurture, peace, love an many other good things (plus stuffing of course). Her body started with a chenilling technique then beads, juniper, moss, paper beads and more fabric were added. Her face is polymer clay with a finish of clear shoe polish mixed with dollar store eye shadow (cheap glimmer powder).

There is a great YouTube by Jamie Malden for chenilling, she calls it slashing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaPsMLE2FQ8

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Prayer flags...wavin' in the breeze. on: May 11, 2014 03:57:10 PM
In the recent prayer flag swap, I ended up making a few extras for myself. I've been doing that lately, if I like an item I am making for a swap, I make an extra. Fun! I love doing scrappy things, let's me play with bits of fabric and beads.


Back lit!

And the flags for the swap. More CALM and BALANCE.

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