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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toybox Tuesday 5/11/10 on: May 11, 2010 09:15:28 AM
Hey Kids!  What day is it?  It's Toybox Tuesday.  Time to show off your little goodies from this week.

Here's my contribution.  It's a baby rattle.  Made from maple doll heads, dowels and rings.  All natural.  My own design.





Show us what you made.
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper pottery on: May 06, 2010 08:26:26 AM
This bowl is made with paper.  Just plain paper.  But it looks like porcelain.  I made it smooth, using a process that I have been developing for the last few months. 



23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The first Toybox Tuesday Post on: May 04, 2010 07:02:49 AM
Ok, here's how it works.  You work during the week and on Tuesday, you post what you made.  It's a way of getting more folks interested in this board.  If nobody is interested, I won't do this again.  But for today, here's my post for Toybox Tuesday.

It's an old fashioned board game which I made from a chunk of plywood and a dowel.  It's called Nine Men's Morris and it's played similar to Tic-tac-toe.  I painted a pattern on it, because I really don't like the look of plywood.

24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Toybox Tuesday on: April 23, 2010 05:18:55 PM
Ok, the spinners have a fibre Friday.  How about a toybox Tuesday for folks who make toys? 

Anybody interested in this?  Is it a good idea?
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / It's a rug!! on: April 03, 2010 02:14:34 PM
It's finally finished.  It weighs 11 pounds and measures 63 1/4 inches across.  It took 18 days from start to finish.  I've never made a rug this large before.

Here's the story.  Our local historical society has an education program where they teach grade school children about their heritage.  We live in a farming community, so the kids learn about farming and homesteading.  In May they will start the new curriculum. This year's program is about clothing and textiles.  This rug will be part of that program, where they will learn that when their clothing wears out, it still has some other use. 

The rug is 100% cotton fabrics.  About half the fabric was donated by the members of the society, and I donated the rest from my massive stash.

So, here's my rug.  The first picture is the entire rug, in all it's glory. 



Some in progress shots.  About half way through:


My nimble knuckles:


With the tape measure across it.



And the best close-up I could get.


I'm hoping to present it at their Farm Festival on April 10.



Thanks for all of the encouragement from everybody.  I couldn't have done it without my Craftster friends.
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Big Skills Swap on: March 18, 2010 04:18:25 PM
I have never organized a swap, and I don't know if I want to start now, but I'd like to know if there would be anybody interested in a big skills swap.

Here's my idea.  I am a woodworker, and I can make darn near anything.  There are folks on here who are glass blowers, metalsmiths, welders, potters and such. 

I'm not talking about folks who use a small tool.  I'm talking about those people who need a glory hole, annealing oven, bandsaw, welding tools, anvil and hammer, lathe or a throwing wheel and kiln.

We could do one large item.  That's it.  No spoiling.

What do you think?
27  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / [RESOLVED] Notifications not working on: March 18, 2010 07:42:15 AM
I have most of what I follow on notification, but nothing is coming through today.  Anybody know what is wrong?
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / leather battle axe on: February 24, 2010 08:45:20 AM
I am in the 50 projects 2010, and one of my goals for this year was to make a new toy for my business.  Since I sell toys at the Renaissance faire, I thought it would be appropriate to add a battle axe to my toy list for the faire.

The handle is 18 inches long.  The head is two layers of stiff leather, with the handle sandwiched in between.  I also added a couple of decorative nails, just for fun.

Here's my prototype.



29  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Almost finished with my garden beds on: February 07, 2010 03:31:10 PM
I am in the process of completing my garden beds.  This project has been in the making since 2006.  I wanted 12 long beds and 3 short beds.  The long beds are for my vegetables and the short beds are for strawberries. Here's the last of the long beds, completed.


And here's the first short bed in front of the long bed.  Not even in the ground yet. 


And the second short bed.


I have one more short bed to build, but I ran out of screws.  Sigh...tomorrow.
30  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Floppy bag, no, floppy disk bag on: February 01, 2010 02:20:50 PM
I had plans to make a briefcase with my floppy disks, but life got in the way, so I made this shopping bag instead.

I found the handles in a bag of stuff that was being thrown out, had the floppy disks left over from the old days when that was our storage device, and bought the zip ties to hold it all together.

Here's the bag.  Full on view.


The inside.


In profile.


Then I gave it a test.  I took it to the grocery store to get a reaction from the folks who work there.  The bagger had no problem putting my groceries in it.


And I even got my five cent bag refund.


This bag has 34 floppy disks and over 100 zip ties in it.

Enjoy!!
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