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151  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: November 22, 2011 07:09:58 PM
Well, I took a teeny paint brush, and brushed a little acrylic paint in a similar color over a couple that looked a bit messed up. Not the best pictures, but here they are. I did a few newish books, with white paper from a note pad, and a couple I brushed on a little gold on the edges of the paper. But most of them are just the rose petals. I think my daughter had saved it from a bouquet once, then didn't want the dried rose and gave it to me!
Here's all three-

Another shot-wish I was a better photographer!

DD wearing one-

The color and texture of the covers and the pages are better in real life! And yeah, I'm so making more later.
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152  A fleet of zeppelins-and one submarine in Winter Holidays by bookstorebabe on: November 21, 2011 07:37:49 PM
I had these long drop ornaments, and they made me think of zeppelins. Teeny gear shape lock washer and jump rings attached to the top to make a loop for a hook,the  tail fins/rudders cut from an old gift card and painted . Where the original hanger was, at the former top of the ornaments which is the new tail-there's a wee propeller cut from a thin plastic lid, and another gear. The gondola is mostly paper mache-ish. Two matching shapes cut from thin plastic lid, sandwiched with foam, covered with aluminum foil, then tissue paper and glue, then silver paint, then glitter and sealer.
The fleet-

one ship-

And I had to make one of these a submarine. Made the same way, but a coat of darker grey over all, and a poly clay suckered tentacle on each side. Hey, it's the Nautilus, being attacked by a giant squid! ...green's a holiday color, right?

I'm sending them to the local Victorian Steampunk gallery.
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153  Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: November 21, 2011 07:15:43 PM
I love peppermint, and handmade soap-those will be nifty office gifts! And kraft paper, string and label sounds good.

I made another necklace that will probably be part of my daughter's christmas. This is why I collect old, unwanted, and broken jewelry.
Gold chain from a gift of junk jewelry,a broken pearl and gold chain on one side, tiny green and blue beads and tiny pearl beads scattered about, a few inches of gold chain from a tacky belt in my craft supplies, and the pendant-heh. I bought a stack of brass bookmarks with an enameled top for just change each, retail was 7.00 each, but I knew I would use them to craft with. Pendant is bigger than a quarter, but not by much. 

Draped over a chain, looks better on, but since my girl is usually my model for pictures, and this is for her, the chair got to wear it instead.

A close up.

Kiddo brought home an order form, looks like the school fundraiser is boxes of fancy fruit. So will more than likely be doing that for a couple of family members.
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154  Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: November 17, 2011 08:52:20 AM
Whoa, great socks!  I like.

Took advantage of having the house to myself to make that necklace for DD. She wanted one after seeing  something similar I made for the random swap.
Silver swirls with red hearts are wine glass charms I've had forever, neat silver swirl bead, silver chain, jump rings, and 2 larger pearls and  earring hooks from a givers and needers swap, 2 smaller pearls from junk broken jewelry hoard. All I had to do with the charms was shape them slightly.
Center of necklace-

The earrings-

The set-

That's one christmas present! And I got in the fleece neck gaitor I ordered from Etsy, it looks perfect for my brother-so that's another present out of the way.
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155  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: November 16, 2011 06:57:57 PM
That looks like a cozy wee chair!
Well, this isn't  a great picture, but I made a corner cabinet from wood look linoleum, The top, bottom, two shelves and supports are from a gift card painted black,the curved 'glass' front is cut from a soda bottle, the silver hinges are heavy scrap foil with a textured pattern.
It's messy, but I'm tired of fiddling with it! I'll touch it up later, and put some wee treasures on the shelves. And yes, I still need to paper/paint my walls.

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156  Steampunk Santa Ornaments in Winter Holidays by bookstorebabe on: November 16, 2011 04:01:13 PM
I had a fellow craftster generously give me some craft supplies, including 6 new resin santa faces from a craft store. They were a plain ivory-ish color. So I painted them, and glued on gear goggles made of mini lock washers and leather.
I have a stash of old gift cards, so I trimmed them to size and punched a hole in the top, painted them copper, glued on more gear-washers, strung them with ribbon, stamped them with a key on the back, glued on the santa faces, and put on a couple of coats of sealer.

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157  Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: November 11, 2011 06:23:05 AM
There's one version of a tea wallet. And thanks for the freezer paper suggestion!
And honestly, I'm hoping by posting my brainstorming/plans here, that will be the kick I need to get some of them finished and quit procrastinating.
Here's a link to a picture of the cane that I have on deviant art, this cane's different than the ones I usually do, but daughter liked the spiral of lace. And my photography sucks.
I've been frantically making things for this little victorian/steampunk gallery since the holidays are coming up. Lately I've been taking little cardboard jewelry boxes, tins, things like that and embellishing them. The others with jewelry at the gallery leave my stuff in the dust, but people who buy their creations are looking at my wee boxes to gift them in! Smiley Here's a shot of a few. I wish the one on the bottom right didn't have lens flare, there's a picture of a wee fairy behind a thin sheet of mica.

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158  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: November 10, 2011 03:46:19 PM
Floor progress pics. Thin sheet of cardboard, measured, marked and cut oh so carefully-then realized I should have painted first. Sigh. Painted all the teeny squares, let dry, went over edges with black marker. Here's laid out to dry on an egg carton-luminere acrylic metallic rust, and old brass.

Cut sheet of paper to fit shelf. Brush on mod podge, add row of squares, repeat. Find carefully measured squares are wonky. Decide I'm all about the wonky. Clear acrylic sealer, then brush on black acrylic for mortar between squares, rub in with fingers, second coat of acrylic.Color nicer in real life.
Before sealer and black, and after-

Floor in place. Not glued down yet, I like being able to slide it in and out until the walls are done. Top row is faux marble/stone look linoleum sample.
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159  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: November 10, 2011 01:07:36 PM
Love the wee books,and the steampunk oracle!
here's a few pictures of my shelf with the shoepolish/acrylic sealer stain on the outside-still may cover it with brick later. I'll take pictures of the parquet floor later.
from above-
You can barely glimpse the ceiling. Indigo, and will add stars later, even if one can barely see that part. And there's a curved arch under it, that's copper. Still haven't touched the walls yet.
From the front. House is maybe 14" from top to bottom.
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160  Re: 101 Ways to Continue Crafting Without Breaking The Bank in Where To Find Things To Recycle by bookstorebabe on: November 10, 2011 12:47:14 PM
Tip 85: Use the last bit of your supplies. Example-
I use a lot of Luminere acrylic paint. I'm also job hunting, and can't splurge on it. I had  empty bottles, just a little almost dry paint left. Experiment time!
The bottles of black and indigo-I added perhaps a couple of tablespoons of hot water, shook it up, stirred vigorously with a brush. I now have half inch to an inch of water color wash, in charcoal and a pretty almost slate blue.
Bottle of burgundy acrylic-I experimented. I buy stuff from the clearance section, so had a big bottle of acrylic glazing liquid. I squeezed in a couple spoon's worth, stirred all around the bottom and sides. Paint softened and blended. Then took the almost empty bottle of grape, little hot water, shook, scraped down, brushed into the burgundy, shook and stirred again. That made a nice amount of a mulberry water color.

Tip 86: Colors of paint you don't use? Since you've nothing to lose, experiment. Example-
I either bought for pennies or was given Joann acrylic christmas green, lemon ice, and terra cotta. Rarely use them, but wouldn't throw out good paint! I have yes, an empty luminere bottle. I keep pouring in, stirring, adjusting-I now have a bottle of a lovely sage-ish green I *will* use. I daubed some on the lid, so I could easily see the new color. Mixing colors is one of my favorite things ever, even when I have plenty to spend on supplies!
Also-sometimes you can use up colors by using them for your base coat. And of course, you can just give them away if you know someone who can use them.

See my new colors? True, it didn't make a lot of paint, but it's paint I wouldn't have had. And when the bottles get empty again-well, they've probably been extended all they can be! But I can wash them & use them for mixing paint.

Tip 87: Another way to use up paint.
I paint. I slide the brush against the lid of the jar to scrape off the excess, as we all do. But then I don't just rinse it.
See, working retail I could amass a lot of old gift cards. I keep a few handy next to where I paint, and brush back and forth on them, *then* rinse the brush. Or I use tissue paper, plain scrap paper, what have you, instead. You get nice backgrounds for atcs and inchies, or just to cut up for art. The gift cards take several layers before the printing is obscured. Sometimes I get a nice effect just like that, and if not-that's my base coat taken care of. I use them in altered art for all kinds of things, an ordinary hole punch works on them, they cut up easily.

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