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15501  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: October 03, 2011 06:30:52 AM
Thanks for the comments!  I have quite a bit of tiny tiles left over so I am going to start a box of supplies for future homes...I am going to start working on the outside chimney construction...not sure how yet...

cackle--I wish I was more experienced in polymer clay because I think it would be great to have wrought iron accents through out my house...maybe for a future home I will pick up some skills! Hubby also suggested using using a paper towel or toilet paper tube to make an enclosed spiral staircase...I think they are a bit big, but I get what he is suggesting...next house...Cheesy

I am having a lot of trouble fitting my roof onto my house...the tabs just don't want to fit into the holes!  I am about to cut them off and just glue the roof on...I will try later this week when I am not frustrated!

You guys have so many great ideas about future houses...a movie room...tiny popcorn!!

I managed to make wee curtains and a bed frame using tiny spools of thread as the legs...my little guy found a postage stamp so I hung it on the wall for him...I can't wait until he leaves me some more things he wants to put into his new home...I did notice he forgot his boots on the porch...Grin
15502  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8-SIGN UP 09/25/11 TILL 10/08/11 --CLOSED on: October 03, 2011 06:19:14 AM
thrilled thrilled thrilled!!!!!!!!

I am going bonkers trying to not let my imagination run too wild, but I don't think I will be able to manage...

I think my partner (our lovely organizer!) is just as whacked as I am so...let the crafting begin!!
15503  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: October 02, 2011 04:10:05 PM
I love pennants!  Rlynn--so colorful and fun

silvermoon--love the hat!  You do such lovely crochet work...I need to work on making my stitches more even!  The rainbow turned into stripes so nicely!

cursive queen--that is a stunning quilt!!!  Such a big project, too!  The pillows are lovely...

skittlebub--I have been seeing some ruffled purses...I want to make a knitted one...yours turned out so cute

dawnstrees--I am trying to get my Halloween mojo...nothing I have tried so far is turning out like I want!

deeder--I am praying for your baby and your family...it must be a horrible stresser for you...keep busy and let us know what is going on...

I have caught up on packaging up packages for various prizes and things I have promised to everyone (except you, sheepblue...I am still gathering things Cheesy)....then, I will tally for the August/Sept prize winner!

Any ideas for October themes? Cheesy
15504  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Mini Tutorial for Spiral Staircase on: October 02, 2011 03:49:21 PM
OK--for anyone who wants to try this now or for future houses, a mini tutorial on how I made my spiral staircase.  WARNING:  The staircase is really for effect and not all that "realistic"...the kit I used would have needed a much bigger opening...you can adjust the width of the treads as well; I used what was in the kit plus cut a few extra treads with the scraps...

You will need a dowel or chopstick and the stair treads, toothpicks if you want a railing and something flexible for the railing...glue and paint, a drill with bits.


Drill a trial hole that will fit your dowel or chopstick..make sure it fits a bit tight.
Then, drill the hole as close as you can in one corne. Drill each tread like this.  I used the first tread to mark each of the treadsr:


Do the same thing for the toothpick or whatever you are using for your railing posts.  DO NOT DRILL ALL THE WAY THROUGH!  You just need a small start to hold the post.  Make sure it is in the OPPOSITE corner of your first big hole.


Slip your first stair on the pole.  Put the pole down your stair opening and mark the top and bottom of where you want your stairs to be...I did mine by eyeballing where I thought the bottom step would be made by my little guy:


Test run and play around with how many treads you want...you don't want your little people to have to jump down the stairs... Cheesy  I had 9 treads but each house will be a bit different:





Paint the treads and the railings.  The pic shows the pole painted--big mistake...don't do it... Sad

I can't stress enough that you must put all the treads in exactly the same way, with the little holes all going in the same direction. Glue your first and last treads down near the pole.  They should point in the same direction.


You can do math here or eyeball the spacing...the math is the length of the space between your first and last stair divided by the # of remaining treads+1 (my space was 4.5 inches...I had 7 more treads, so 4.5/8=.55 or a little more than 1/2 inch between treads)...believe me, eyeballing is easier...


Twist your treads into a pleasing and somewhat practical pattern--test run it by fitting it down the stair opening...once you are happy with it, glue to the pole:


Glue in your railing post.  When dry, add some sort of flexible handrail--I used some cord I found to make jewelry...paint how you want and glue the staircase into place!


Use your imaginiation...you can change up the pole, the treads, paint the stairs, carpet the stairs, etc.

Let me know if you have any questions...I have more pictures but not sure they are relevant but maybe they are! Cheesy
15505  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: October 02, 2011 03:02:42 PM
Katara--the house you built is turning out wonderfully!  You did an amazing job on the outside...love the colors and the glittery bits!  That metallic room is my favorite room!

I am using the scrap wood from the kit, too! Cheesy

Here are some quick pics I took last night:

Mosaic fireplace in the sitting room:


I used light spackle mixed with some black paint to grout it.

Here is the almost finished spiral staircase.  I also put wooden beams in the ceiling that I plastered.


The painted wooden floor and the shelves I made with scrap parts from the kit!
15506  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project Craftalong on: October 02, 2011 02:43:30 PM
You do what you need to do, sweetie...we will keep this going until you feel like hanging out again...we understand...I do think keeping busy for a good cause will help a bit...

Anyway, I am going to send in the scarves that I did already so that the organizers can get started on a count...then I will be getting more yarn...keep on posting your progress everyone!  Plus, I need to borrow some more patterns Grin
15507  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8-SIGN UP 09/25/11 TILL 10/08/11 --CLOSED on: October 02, 2011 02:34:17 PM
oh wow--filled up with six days left...my bribes worked! buahhhaaa
15508  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: October 01, 2011 08:38:13 PM
QNM----the glue crackle turned out wonderful!  I know it is always a surprise !

What a cute spiral rug! It looks wonderful in your house!

wow--the furniture is turning out great...what did you use to make that case?  I used clear page protectors to make windows for my house...but I need something heavier for a case...

My staircase turned out pretty good...and it leaves a lot of room for me to decorate...I am writing the tutorial and will post soon...

I think my next house will be foam core...I have some ideas of oddly shaped houses that I would love to do...Cheesy

Great job everyone...I think that this is a good craftalong to join anytime since the houses are in all phases!
15509  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help sewing top - where does the hole to turn it go? on: September 30, 2011 08:10:50 AM
You almost have it!  Leave the opening on one of the side seams of the lining...

I would:

1. Sew the outside tube together at both sides.

2. Sew the lining tube on one side; then go down about 3 inches at the top, leave a gap, sew down to the bottom.
You now have two tubes, one with a gap at the side.

3. Pin the  raw edge of the ruffle to the outside tube "upside down"; baste

4. Pin the raw edge of the straps to the outside tube, once on the front of the tube and once at the back of the tube. baste

5. Turn the lining tube inside out and slip over the outside tube so that the right sides are together...make sure the straps are inside and the ruffle is inside.

6. Sew the top and bottom of the tube all around.

7.  Push the outside through the gap you made in the lining tube...hand stitch or machine stitch the little opening shut.  I am not a fan of a lot of hand stitching Cheesy

This is how I do my bags and purses as well, except that the bottom is sewn shut...
15510  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: September 30, 2011 07:34:48 AM
Infinity circle scarves...can't wait to see those!
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