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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: The "Purse"onal is Political Birkin Inspired Bag on: June 05, 2009 08:40:52 PM
This is awesome! Do you have a pic of what the original one looks like?
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Hanging Bird Gym on: May 29, 2009 10:49:15 AM
I made this a while back, and totally forgot to post it on craftster!





I wanted to get one of those hanging java gyms, like this one:
http://birdcages4less.com/page/B/PROD/Parrot_Playstands/PA3616
but they are pretty pricey and I figured I could just make one. A friend of mine recently pruned their apple tree and I asked for some branches. They are big into organic stuff, so I knew they didn't spray the tree.

I cut 12" pieces for the cross bars, and then a ton of little randomly sized discs. I left all the bark and twiggy bits on to chew. Once all the pieces were cut and drilled I washed them and baked them in the oven for a bit before stringing them together.

I had some leftover star cutouts from a craft project long ago, so I used those too, and I stringed a store-bought foraging toy in the midde. The string I used is made out of paper that I bought from a local parrot toy warehouse. Then I put bits of raffia on it too. The whole thing is a chewy/preening extravaganza. I hung it in my kitchen for my future Hahn's macaw and our budgies if they ever venture in there.

Thanks for looking!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Knight Birthday Party *PICS!* on: May 18, 2009 03:59:51 PM
I'm totally bookmarking this as I was thinking of a similar party for my son someday! I totally want dragon pinata instructions too! You did an awesome job!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: refinished kids play kitchen on: May 18, 2009 03:46:45 PM
It looks like an old thread of mine got bumped - thanks for the compliments! But I have since sold this play kitchen on craigslist - I got 150 bucks for it! cha-ching!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: A Family Craft Room! on: May 15, 2009 06:52:59 PM
How do you keep little hands out of places they dont belong? I have so many issues with keeping little hands OUT of my ink pads (way to messy and I have white walls).

This room welcomes messes. I don't care if the kids get into the craft supplies as long as they work in the craft room. This way it's contained to one room instead of the whole house. Smiley You should see it right now...it's like a tornado hit it. Smiley
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Backyard Playset - image heavy on: May 11, 2009 07:49:34 AM
I'm glad you did this. I'm always the odd duck for working in a wood shop and now I have a buddy!

Heh heh! Awesome! You should see all the built-ins I'm making right now! There's wood everywhere! Smiley
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia - Glittered Birds on: April 07, 2009 04:54:44 PM
I'm totally bookmarking this project as I think this would make some cute decorations for Winter Solstice.  Grin
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vinyl Tile vs Real Tile for a bathroom on: March 31, 2009 04:41:45 PM

Also, a previous poster said to seal around your toilet with caulk...  my step-dad who works in a flooring warehouse and used to install has told me to never ever do that. 

I never seal around the toilet either. the caulk will just look bad after a while and if you ever have to pull the toilet up, you'd have to find a way to remove it. And also the leaking thing. Smiley
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting a Wall Mural - Paint choice? on: March 31, 2009 04:37:33 PM
I've always used regular latex paint to paint murals. If you need a lot of colors, you can always buy the primary colors and mix them. Also, I've noticed that you can now have custom Valspar sample colors mixed at Lowes. If you wanted a bunch of small cans of colors you can get them there for about $4 each.

If I was going to use acrylics, I would use the good ones rather than the craft paint. The cheap craft paints aren't particularly durable or lightfast.

Have fun!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for Animal Shelter Crafts??? on: March 20, 2009 12:00:04 PM
When I had my camp fire group we made homemade dog treats and cat toys for the local shelter. For the cat toys, you just take old baby socks and put a teaspoon of catnip, in there, some stuffing, and then either knot it closed or sew it. If there are birds there, you can make some bird toys too - there's a ton of websites for making bird toys if you google. Those are pretty fun to make.
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