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161  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Christmasy/Holiday Bamboo Pendants for Necklaces (My first!) on: December 01, 2008 03:23:13 PM
These are my first time making bamboo tile pendants. They're a lot of fun! For this set I made Christmasy/Holiday themed ones on a dark mahogany/chocolately brown bamboo.

Christmas Angel / Snowman and Animals / Winter Fairies
Santa Claus / Cardinal Birds / Angel of Grace

They have a dimensional, high-gloss finish.

And a non Christmas one, a Snowy Owl:

(It makes me think of Hedwig from Harry Potter!)

For scale/size:

These were fun and pretty addictive. I see myself making more in the future. Thoughts welcome!
162  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Miniature Christmas "Elf Hutch" (Dollhouse sized mini) Lots of pics! on: December 01, 2008 01:59:00 PM
This is my second year making dollhouse sized miniatures. (Or "fairy" sized as I like to call them.) This one has been themed with a holiday kind of style like something you might see in Santa's workshop. The hutch is hand painted in three colors; a beautiful green, a bright red and a pearl white interior. Additionally, the knobs are painted gold. After painting, I go to town creating all sorts of unique items to fill the shelves. It's very particular, precise work and it takes many, many hours to complete a single hutch.

This is the second festive, seasonal holiday hutch I've made and I call it an "Elf Hutch" for fun.

The top shelf features a Santa hat wearing Teddy Bear, potion bottles, and a bear driving a miniature train. The second shelf has some books (perhaps one of them is a telling of "The Night Before Christmas?"), some potion bottles, some brightly foil-wrapped presents and there's even a candy cane hiding away on top of the books.

The bottom shelf has a rocking horse reindeer toy and some more bottles in beautiful tones of blue, silver and white.

For size comparison, the Elf Hutch is shown next to a standard 12oz. can of soda.

I've been making my Faerie Hutches - and well, Elf Hutches too! - for a couple years now. I just love them. They take an absurd amount of time and attention but they're just so darn cute when they're done, I can't help but keep doing them. Grin
163  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Holy Jewelry Overload, Batman! (Earrings, Tree of Life, Bird Nest, More!) on: November 20, 2008 02:17:18 PM
So I got ALL KINDS of beady lately and I thought I'd show off some of the newest. Be prepared for jewelry overload! Grin

Bird Nests
I've had so much fun making bird nest items. I had one person contact me and ask for a pair of earrings (which was a great idea I thought) and I also made a charm bracelet with one.



Tree of Life Pendants
So...everyone probably knows I'm kinda famous (infamous?) for my Tree of Life pendants. Well, I decided to make a Seasonal Collection. I've already shown off my Autumn Tree and my Summer Tree but here's the Spring and Winter:



And Earrings!

Glass Pearl Dangle Earrings with Genuine Swarovski Crystal in Jet with Gold Accents

Glass Pearl and Genuine Swarovski Crystal Earrings in Mocha, Sand Opal, and Erinite

Holiday Earrings Featuring Swarovski Crystal in Siam and Emerald, Glass Pearl and Gold Accents

As always, thoughts welcome! Cheesy
164  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / NINE pumpkins of carved goodness on: November 01, 2008 07:02:02 PM
Have I mentioned carving pumpkins has become a tradition?

Back row L-R: Dracula holding woman with bat (carved by Love), Witch stirring pot (carved by our friend Rand), Headless Horseman (carved by Rand), Captain Jack (carved by Love's bro), skull (carved by Rand), Mickey Trick-or-Treating (carved by moi)

Front row L-R: Black cat (carved by moi), traditional Jack-o-Lantern (carved by Rand), Dracula Mickey (carved by moi.)

165  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Halloween Swap 2008 - 1 angel FOUND! on: October 20, 2008 07:30:46 AM
Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265915.0

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270077.0

We need ONE angel for the Halloween Swap 2008. The crafting requirements are two mediums and two smalls. This was supposed to be a fun, stress-free swap of all things Halloween.

fashion09 is the one who needs the angel. She's located in the USA. Here's a little of her swap survey:

What types crafts would you like to receive? anything cute

What are your favorite Halloween images? (pumpkins, bats, full moons, witches, etc.)? pumpkins, witches, anything really

What style/theme of Halloween items do you prefer? (spooky/cute/horror/kitschy/vintage/etc.)? cute please nothing gorry

What are your favorite Halloween colors? (standard orange & black, or Autumn colors, or neon colors, etc.)? I like orange and black, but also autumny colors.

What type of things would you NOT like to receive? nothing bloody, scary etc

She also mentioned she loves all things candy corn.

Time is a little against us here so I'd really love it if someone could angel and craft within the next few days so she'll have time to enjoy her Halloween goodies before Halloween is over.

Any takers? Please pm me. Thanks!

Thank you ehinders for being an angel to fashion09!

There sadly may be a second one needed, so please check back at the end of the week if you're still interested in potentially being an angel.
166  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Help? (swap package contained no crafted items) on: October 16, 2008 10:42:45 AM
So I apparently have a bit of a problem. One of my participants sent our her package (late but it did make it) and apparently the receiver just pm'ed me because it's all store bought. She didn't craft anything.

How do I proceed? Do I ask her to send another box out of crafted stuff? Do I get a swap angel for the receiver? I mean, she did get a box but....

So help?
167  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Halloween Witch's Hutch (Doll House 1:12 scale size) on: October 10, 2008 08:19:18 AM
I had a lovely lady email me about recreating a duplicate of the Halloween Hutch I made and sold last year for her Granddaughter. They share a love of dollhouses and the Grandmother wanted to decorate the dollhouse up for Halloween with her Granddaughter. Which I thought was just sweet.

So I made a second one for her. It measures around 6" in height at it's tallest point, 4" width and about 1.25" in width. I should have posed it with a soda can or such for scale but trust me, it's petite.

I started by hand painting the entire thing (which is a time-consuming process!) in two tones of orange and black. Then I used an assortment of items from glass bottles to pre-made dollhouse miniature accessories to fill and decorate the piece.

Some details include a snake, a rat, a cast iron cauldron, a broom, a crystal ball, scrolls and more. It's a labor of love working in dollhouse miniature but it's just so great when it's done.

I hope they enjoyed the addition to their dollhouse and that it brings them many years of shared fun. Grin
168  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Simple Autumn Wreath on: October 08, 2008 01:03:47 PM
It's simple but I just LOVE the colors. We don't have a real autumn here in Florida and no such things as leaves changing colors, so I had to make my own.

Silk sunflowers in two colors, pumpkins, leaves and other sprig-like accessories on a wood vine wreath. Ignore my nasty apartment door that they haven't repainted in years. I think it's awfully pretty and it makes me smile to see some autumn colors. Cheesy

169  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Autumn Leaves on: October 01, 2008 12:12:57 PM
I made a couple Autumn/Halloween Trees recently and I wanted to show them off. Sadly, I'm still without my pc (working off the laptop) so the photos are only roughly resized.

First up, my favorite:

This one is my official Autumn Tree of Life necklace. It features an array of natural gemstones including red coral, red carnelian, and garnet to make up the variety of autumn leaves. It's brown wire outer circle with copper wire trunk/branches. Though you can't really see it in this shot, it's strung on a dual strand necklace featuring one strand of brown cord and one of brown ribbon. Looks really beautiful worn.

Next up is a sillier and more fun one:

This is my "Halloween" one as it's made with a black wire outer circle and copper ("orange") trunk/branches. The leaves are made of a beautiful stone called red goldstone. It's a man made gemstone dating back to the European Renaissance. Created by infusing copper into glass, it was a result of the search for alchemy. (Transmuting base metal into gold.)

And last isn't autumn. Sorry. But I didn't feel like making a second topic for these so they're going in here too. Wink These are two more traditional, "Spring" and "Summer" trees complete with green leaves.

The left is Amazonite which is a lovely light green stone and the right is a jade that's been dyed but it has beautiful variation. I made one of the Jade ones as a gift for a friend and liked it so much, I thought I'd make another. For all the Trees I've made, I haven't really done green leaf ones! Grin I know, ironic, right? Anyway, I thought it was about time.

So I hope you enjoy! Grin
170  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / "divinecaroline.com" holding up loading on: September 26, 2008 12:43:30 PM
I'm surfing at work again today (as I do most days) and I notice that I have intermittent hangups in loading pages. I'm on a fiber optic, 54Mbps connection here so I know it's not that. What I've noticed (finally) is that the thing that's hanging the site up is whatever it's trying to load (ad I presume) from "divinecarolone.com" Whenever that particular ad goes in rotation, the page simply will not finish loading. It's just hung up waiting on that domain. If I stop and reload (and thus get a different rotation of ads) it loads just fine.

So I thought I'd let someone know that while their website loads just fine (I just checked it now) the specific file craftster.org is requesting from them just doesn't.

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