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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Encouragement card on: December 23, 2012 02:39:23 PM
Made this card for some friends who are having a hard time...

Inside - a line from Les Miserables
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / How to build a dog bed by the seat of your pants... on: July 03, 2012 03:19:17 PM
so I came across this http://www.shelterness.com/diy-pallet-pet-beds/ and thought it was pretty darn cute. Our oldest dachshund is blind and arthritic and her old bones can't take the cold tile floor even under a cushy dog bed, so I wanted her to have a place where she was raised up and out of way of foot traffic.

Here it is before I got started:

Ok,  I did NOT do my research before starting. Apparently there are ways of disassembling these things that make it way easier (drilling out nails, etc.) My method involved a crowbar, a hammer, pliers a lot of cursing and a little prayer - so it's VERY um, rustic? This is the base of the bed:

I wasn't sure how to do the sides, so I thought lathing strips would work to hold them together. I didn't have any of those, so I sawed up 3 yard sticks and used them instead. I used wood glue and finishing nails to hold the side walls together.

Once the side walls were done, I used L brackets to attach the side walls to the back and then drywall screws to attach the resulting piece to the base. There's probably a better way to do this, but I was winging it.

And here it is in "action". It's actually big enough for all three of our dogs!

13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mardi Gras masks on: February 17, 2012 01:52:33 PM
Our town is having a Mardi Gras parade tomorrow, and some of us are walking shelter dogs in the Canine portion of the parade. So we got together and made some masks. The last one will be worn by a volunteer in a black/white spotted dog costume!

Here's hoping the parade doesn't get rained out...

14  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Bake sale decor on: February 12, 2012 06:45:18 AM
Yesterday, we had a bake sale for our local animal shelter. My friend Glenda and I were the "decorating committee" Smiley. Here are a few pictures from the day:

Here's the whole room completed and ready for the sale:

Closeup of the window:

I made chocolate dipped marshmallows:

Glenda made "nut jars" - they're frosted, with clear hearts and the gold tags say "I'm nuts about you"

We also did 3 different kinds of tags:
Large tags for Cakes/Pies/boxed cupcakes:

Medium tags for individual cupcakes, breads, cookies, and homemade doggy treats (pictured here):

The smallest tags are just text (we used those for the nut jars pictured above)

The sale was a HUGE success! Yesterday was the coldest day we've had this winter, so we were really worried that people wouldn't come out, but we had a steady stream of customers and raised over 600 dollars to help lower adoption fees on hard to place animals!  Thanks for looking!

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Bake Sale decor on: January 29, 2012 12:16:45 PM
Our local Animal Shelter is doing a Bake Sale the weekend before Valentine's day, here's what we've made so far:

A "gumball machine" inspired by http://momsbyheart.net/easy-diy-gumball-machine/:

Heart felt Garland inspired by this pin http://pinterest.com/pin/67765169362808027/ (note, my felt is cheap crappy stuff from the fabric store, so the garland isn't nearly as nice - probably wouldn't do this project again:

Then we did these "LOVE" letters with some MDF blocks from a bag of scrap 'wood' that I picked up at the craft store:

And these tags (they match the flyer for the sale). The text says "LOVE Saves Lives. The purchase of these goodies helped save a life at (the shelter)":

My friend has also done some giant tissue flowers, a candy bouquet, some little jarred gifts, and a tiered candy dish for the sale.

Thanks for looking!
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Modular Giant dog house (for a Christmas parade) on: December 12, 2011 08:59:41 PM
I'm a volunteer at the animal shelter here in town and we have walked dogs in the parade for the past 3 years. So the mission this year was to create something eye-catching that wouldn't take up too much space on a 10x5 trailer for the annual Christmas parade. So I give you a 4w x 6h x 2d dog house.

At first we were going to go the traditional chicken wire and tissue paper route, but I decided if I was going to put in the work/time, why not make something reusable? So I set out to make a modular PVC and canvas dog house. The entire thing will break down and roll up for storage. The roof and the base are two separate pieces that are attached with several zip ties. Then the canvas is just cut from a large canvas drop cloth from the hardware store, an lashed with cotton twine to the pvc frame (through eyelets).

This photo is after our first coat of paint with the power sprayer. We went back in and touched it up with brushes, but this picture was taken after we quickly moved it up on the porch wet because it was starting to rain. My driveway looked like a Dexter crime scene!

The roof is felt with a few seams sewn at the corners and a gingerbread style scallop cut around the edge. It's also got a couple of sleeves on either side for the fabric to go through. The dog house door is leftover felt, just glued on and wrapped around a slit I cut in the canvas underneath (needed it open to store supplies). There's also a felt Christmas sprig that is currently pinned on because we want to be able to use the dog house to draw attention for our next benefit yard sale.

Here's a picture of it in the warehouse - please ignore the clothespins on the front. I hope to have a picture of it in action, with the lights on tomorrow. We won "Best Animal Entry" (100 dollar prize!) and had enough volunteers to take EVERY available dog at the shelter to the parade! I would say it was a rousing success...  

Forgot to add, We made the dog and cat too - they're papier mache and based on the characters on the back of our volunteer shirts (details here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395108.msg4678886#msg4678886)

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paper Mache Dog and Cat on: November 12, 2011 03:23:03 PM
Made this dog and cat for our float in the annual Christmas parade (I volunteer with our local animal shelter). There's a PVC base inside, then 3 sessions of paper mache, so approx 9 layers of paper total, plus a thin layer of joint compound to smooth out the strippyness (which I realize is not a word, but fun to say nonetheless).

and so it begins:

One down, one to go:


(both animals were loosely based on the characters on the back of the shirt in the last photo)
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Pottery with leaves... on: September 12, 2011 08:05:25 PM
These are the pieces I've been working on this summer. I am a bit leaf obsessed...
I started with leaves out of my garden zucchini, squash and cucumber specifically -

Then I moved on to using smaller more varied leaves with slip on the background:

And finally the most adventurous pieces to date.

I had a larger version of this one, but it fell apart because it dried unevenly.

This is my favorite so far, I blended 3 different shades of stoneware clay on this one.

19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Hand built pottery class projects (img heavy) on: September 04, 2011 04:40:09 PM
Here are some pottery projects from my first handbuilt class:

And here are the some from my second class:

Thanks for looking! If you have questions about a specific piece/technique, I'd be happy to answer them.
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Falling Leaves Tray on: September 04, 2011 03:43:56 PM
I've been taking pottery classes off and on for the last few years. For some reason, I never got to do much with leaves. I didn't make this peice specifically for this challenge, but I did make it during the month of August and figured 'what's more inspired by nature than a tray made with leaves and what is essentially just dirt (clay)?'  

This is a white stoneware clay slab, slumped onto a plastic serving tray, then pressed with leaves from different plants. Once the leaves were in place, I painted over them with dark brown slip (thinned clay) before removing the leaves. Once it was fired, I finished it with a dark brown stain to highlight the leaf detail and a food-safe clear glaze.  

All of the plants are from my mom's garden (this will be a Christmas gift for her). These are the plants I used leaves from: Fig, hydrangea, hummingbird vine, fern, Japanese maple, coleus, chocolate mint, red bud, and pecan tree.

Close up of mint leaf handles:

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