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71  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Build Your Own Monster Blocks on: April 30, 2014 04:40:47 PM
I made a set of mini Olliblock like monsters for the recent OTST swap. You can build your own monster and have a new one every day!

The blocks are only 1" square, 1/2 the size of Olliblocks and hand drawn. I have since traced them on my computer so I can make more, but the hand drawn ones are the best.

72  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scare Crow Goddess of the Garden Pic Heavy - some in progess added on: April 18, 2014 05:35:06 PM
The Art Dolls 3 Swap has generated some pretty amazing dolls. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432401.0#axzz2zHqU4CjG and inspired me to new heights. This was a challenge, but for once everything came together wonderfully. My partner was delighted and I almost kept her.

She is a protector of baby birds, baby rabbits and all things small. She nurtures emerging sprouts because she knows they will gift us with a beautiful harvest later. She loves to garden and cares little for her clothing, often covered in dirt and with seeds and baby birds in her pocket. But when she dons her cape to welcome the new seasons, she transforms into her goddess persona.

I had been looking for a bird goddess, but most are either serpent headed or just not nice. So I looked to my own garden and discovered the Crow Goddess, she is very special.

This is the doll body. Notice her amazingly uninspiring head....it's still there, just buried in the crow neck. The other pic is of a prototype crow head, I did not like the beak, so I created a new one, stuffed it firmly and stitched it to the doll body. Two coats of gesso, sanded,  for the head and legs and hands. Then painted. The painting was the hardest, hard to get the right look.

I found a pic of the goddess in all her glory (naked). Here she is:

73  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Crafty room all to myself. I can live here 24/7! on: April 12, 2014 04:03:39 PM
A year ago we separated the crafty room and the guest bedroom...there really was not room for both! We painted and repaired walls, painted inexpensive wood shelves and I sorted and filtered and moved and sorted and filtered....you get the picture...all my craft items. Some had been stored for years due to lack of space.

We mostly finished last year. But this year I finally moved and installed the last shelves, did a reorganize since I have added a serger and a new sewing machine and about a ton of stuff. Ha. And a place for my craft witch who watches over all.

Take a look. We are starting with the counter. I love my counter. I can stand and paint and craft and move. Where has this been all my life.

The display wall, not finished but the shelf for all the little swap items is up.

Then the sewing center. PS we just had guests so things look pretty neat. Don't worry, it only took me a day to clutter up again.

My favorite corner. Small fabric pieces, glue, tape, boxes of stamps and floss and ribbon and lace. And so much more. I can see what I have so much better.

Then my aprons and such.

Come on over and we will play!
74  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Silk seated kitchen chairs? Living high. on: April 06, 2014 05:23:59 PM
I had a pair of rescued wooden kitchen chairs. They came from someones cheap kitchen set and were wobbly and stained. I cleaned them up and recovered the seats, but they still did not fit anywhere in the house. We have no light pine furniture anywhere.

So, to go in our new guest bedroom, I painted them pale green and covered the seats with a patchwork of silk scraps. Very elegant and country at the same time! I like the look and now don't have to set them on the curb for someone else to cart away.

And the original....I forgot to take a before picture so I Photshopped it a bit.

75  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Overstuffed room to cozy guest bedroom. on: April 01, 2014 06:38:53 PM
This room has been a work in progress for the last year and a half. I was using the guest bedroom as a craft room. There was a large ugly closet built into the room, dull dirty carpet, pinkish walls and turquoise trim. And very little room to turn around in. Especially with piles of craft materials, fabric, sewing machine, futon, ironing board....etc. Every time we had a guest, it was stuff everything in bins and hide in our bedroom. And the room was no more appealing when clean.

We remodeled an extra room downstairs for a craftroom, built in shelves, a counter, room for bins of stuff. I'll have to post pictures later.

But the crowning jewel is the new guest room. We demolished the closet (that was fun!). Painted the trim and walls, installed a folding door, leveled the floor and installed floating, wood look flooring. The only thing we purchased was the flooring and baseboard.

I dyed the comforter darker blue, re-painted an amazing ugly, black chest of drawers (curb find), painted and repaired and recovered some kitchen chairs (another curb find). The seat covers are silk scraps from a friend that uses them in covering mats for framing. There is also a side table (curb find). I made the curtains from a $5 Christmas Tree Shop curtain panel find. We had purchased the little kitchen table years ago and moved from room to room, never really having room for it. Now it has a home. A few musical instruments, and we are ready for guests. They will be here Thursday.

The colors are pale, soft green, darker green for the drawers and chairs and white trim. My favorite room!

A little detail:

And of course the before.

76  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Curio shelf from old drawer...finally a place for may do-dads. on: March 29, 2014 07:20:10 PM
I love Connecticut and the fact that people leave stuff on the curb for anyone to pick up. I discovered this drawer in a very worse-for-the-wear dresser. It looked to be a drawer to organize workshop screws, nails, etc. I saw a place to display some of the treasures I have received from crafty craftsters.

Here's a detail. It was painted dark green with some black over painting. Scrapbook papers were used for the background.

Long view, look at all the goodies:

Starter drawer:

And one more!
77  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sweet little coat hook for extra space on: March 22, 2014 09:19:52 AM
I needed a place to hand a few items in my craft room. It has alot of shelves, but no place to hang my apron, hangers or other stuff. So with a few scraps of wood, two hangers I had purchased for the bathroom that did not work out and did not get returned, a bit of paper and some glue....here we go. I had planned on using old mismatched hooks to give it an older look, but just could not resist the shiny new already paid for hangers. You know how it goes. Maybe I need another one somewhere.

Action Shot:

78  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster Family Relocates! Watch for them in your neighborhood. on: March 15, 2014 11:41:50 AM
In the recent Monster Swap 5, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431876.0#axzz2w3dYJZg7, I decided to relocate a monster family that was residing at my address. I love monsters, but they do eat you out of house and home.

Packing them up was a chore, but finally they were finished and sent off to their new home, tails curled. Little Juniorette has her doll, Mom packed a basket of eyeball pins (tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431628.0#axzz2w3eSBSyQ) and Dad has his bag of tools or rusted nails.

The eye tutorial is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430188.0#axzz2w3eSBSyQ and the horns are polymer clay, no tutorial.

79  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "Flyte" an ATB (Artist Trading Block) on: March 08, 2014 03:16:11 PM
The recent ATB swap was a killer swap. The creativity, innovation and just sheer amazement were overwhelming. Here's my contribution. Check out the wonderful blocks here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430576.0#axzz2vPrTuZcO

The challenge was to decorate a block 2.5 x 3.5 x 1.5. That's 6 whole sides! I scoured the house, thrift stores, and any where else I could think of. I set myself the challenge of trying to use only items I already had or could find free. I almost made it. Only had to purchase a few on sale trinkets. Old dresser knobs, a single earring, a mini frame and embellishment (old samples from a frame shop), a bottle cap, paper mache Christmas ornament, wire, gears, metal buttons, paper, and who knows what else.

80  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Eyeball pin head tutorial....feed your monster well. on: February 17, 2014 11:24:28 AM
I made a monster for a swap recently and decided to send a basket of snacks with him. What better to feed a monster than eyeballs!

  • Start with some white, well kneaded polymer clay and ball headed pins.
  • Pinch off a piece about the size of the end of your little finger and roll in to a ball between your palms. Don't worry if it is not quite round.
  • Gently push the head of the pin into the center of the ball of clay and reshape to as round a ball as you can. If they are not perfect, don't worry, after they are painted, no one will notice.
  • Try to keep it as tight to the shaft of the pin as possible to minimize wobbly effects.
  • Bake as directed on polymer clay package and cool.

  • Now paint! I painted several layers of white.
  • Then drew a circle for the iris with a black fine tip Sharpie.
  • I painted the iris in fun monster colors using a toothpick to streak the iris.
  • Use the end of a paintbrush to dot on the pupil and when that is dry, use a toothpick to place a white dot near the edge of the pupil as a light reflection...makes the eyes pop!
  • I re-did the circle outline on the iris, drew some red blood shot lines with a red sharpie.
  • Several layers of glaze makes them look very slimy.
Now go feed your monster.
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