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1621  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: November 21, 2011 07:46:57 PM
1622  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A fleet of zeppelins-and one submarine 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.
1623  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? 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.
1624  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: November 21, 2011 09:45:40 AM
I like the idea of building your own house from cardboard! Of course, if I did that it would be so wonky it'd look like a building from the pages of Dr.Seuss. Cheesy Anyway, let's hear it for turning various other things into houses!
And I know it's been a while, but I love the wee teacup gardens from Knickertwist.
Mine's on hold for a bit. Trying to make a few presents this year, working on a swap, making things to hopefully sell-plus I still haven't gone through all the stuff DH and I brought home from his mom's old house. I'm hoping I can sneak in a *little* time to mess with it.
I keep getting more inspiration from this thread!
1625  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with mug rug specifics? on: November 19, 2011 08:20:31 PM
Bookmarked! My ever lengthening list of projects to try...
1626  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: November 19, 2011 09:47:44 AM
It is sad to see quilts and such in the thrift store, but I can understand it. People downsize, from homes to apartments or nursing homes or hitting the road in a rv, ect ect. Or a gift that didn't really suit your taste, that it was finally safe to pass on without the giver knowing. Inheriting things, and while it may have had sentimental value to its owner, it doesn't for you. My mother in law needed to empty her house so they could sell it (she's moving to a *much* smaller place). And oh my lord, the stuff.... we could take what we liked, but we've already got so little room for stuff as it is. As it is, DH and I are practically tripping over boxes of things that we need to find room for, sell, or give away. We should have let more go, but there was time pressure. Live and learn!
Anyway, yay for snagging the quilt for the little girl! She'll adore it, I bet.
So many many neat projects from all of you! I love the paper airplane tshirt.
1627  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Re: Swap Angel needed for Random Swap on: November 17, 2011 05:14:29 PM
This is going to be fun!
1628  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? 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.
1629  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Re: Swap Angel needed for Random Swap on: November 17, 2011 05:28:07 AM
I can too! Double for her trouble?

You know, that would be awesome! Major spoilage to make up for it!  Grin
1630  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: November 17, 2011 05:24:36 AM
That sounds like a great idea, Riechan!
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