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1  Sand Sensory Table for my Son's Birthday in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by disposableactor on: August 17, 2014 05:30:38 PM
My little boy turned seven this weekend.  He is autistic which makes gift giving a little challenging.  He really enjoys sensory play and loves sand.  They make sensory tables for water and sand.  They are normally plastic and not exactly sturdy.  If you want something that will actually stand up up to the rough play of a disabled child, you are looking at spending $200-$300+ and that doesn't include any sand or toys.  Just the table.
And in all honesty, I'm not exactly "flush" with cash and I figured I could build him something that was at the very least sturdy if not the prettiest.  This is what I came up with:







One of the storage drawer tops:

Before the decoupage was finished:
All the work took place in my tiny studio corner of our one bedroom apartment.


Truthfully the wood, paint, varnish, hardware, sand, seashells, and toys totaled about $245 but that's still better than what I would have paid for pre-made. I got Wuba brand kinetic sand which is sort of like sand/modeling clay.  It's 1% polymer and 99% sand (I think).  The sea shells came from the California Sea Shell Company in Seal Beach California and the toys came from Ikea.  The pictures came from a couple of old books that I picked up at The Last Bookstore in LA.
Because of his disability, Iggy doesn't really have friends and we don't have any relatives nearby.  All he has is is dad and me, so I try really hard to make all of his birthday's really special.



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2  Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: November 23, 2011 05:24:55 PM
What's that little package . . . ?


Open Now!

Now? It's just about now right now.  I better open you.

Awwww yeah!  In shaky cell phone vision.

P.S. It is ginormous and hugamongous (<-- both totally words btw).

Day 1

Cool little note pad.  I seem to have misplaced my quote.  If my little man has found it, we can presume it has gone to a better place.  If not, I will find it and report back.

Day 2

"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true." -Charles Dickens

Day 3

When Iggy opened this I was like, AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I have been coveting these little goldfish soaps ever since MareMare posted then forever ago.  Iggy was very intrigued and will be taking a bath with it shortly.  At that time he will probably try to taste it.  He's on a candle and soap tasting kick.
"I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot." -Author unknown

Day 4

Delicious Ginger Candy . . . Heck Yes!
"A Painter, who lived in Great Britain
"Interrupted two girls with their knittin'
"He said, with a sigh,
"That park bench -- well I
"Just painted it, right where you're sittin'."

Day 5

BUTTONS!
"Two things in life are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe." -Albert Einstein

Day 6

A picture frame ornament.  What what!
"I cook with wine, sometimes i even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields

Day 7

I've never had one of these before.  It was amazing.  You may have noticed that this is not a photograph that I took but a product picture from online. This is because I ate it (the candy bar) and have no idea what I did with the wrapper while in a sugar induced stupor.
"The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do."  -American Proverb

Day 8

Mmmm . . . pepperminty.  I haven't gotten to use it yet because I've vowed to helped the boy free day three's soap fish.  He carries it everywhere.  I caught him trying to eat the soap off the fish.  By his facial expression, it wasn't very tasty.
"NOW it was serious.  A double-dog-dare.  What else was there but a triple dare ya?  And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare."  -A Christmas Story

Day 9

Iggy's pretty sure these are the best things that ever happened (next to soap fish).
"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast." -Charles Dickens

Day 10

Iggy got a little rough with this one.  It's his first pack of cards and I don't think he realized that you are supposed to keep the box to put them back in.  I was able to flatten out the rumpled one for him.  That being said, he spent a full 45 minutes fiddling with them.  I wasn't allowed to play, they're his cards.

Day 11

beads WHOOT
"That's the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me." - Jerry Seinfeld

Day 12

OK so I had this idea that I was going to get this great picture of my husband and me in face masks.  But it turns out that this stuff is way too classy for that.  It isn't all thick and goopy like you'd buy at the store.  It's thin and it feels great.  It's like the type of mask you pay a fortune for when you get a facial.  It's thin and silky and fantastic.  But it doesn't make you look funny.  Just fabulous.  So . . . no funny picture.  Oh, and if you can't tell, I LOVE it.
"You're never too old to learn something stupid." -anonymous

Day 13

Brain-fried husband!  YAY!  Actually the gift was the cute little Cthulhu behind his head.  I believe he is driving my man insane as deep ones are wont to do.  You should have seen his face when he opened it.  He lit up like a little boy and then chased our son around the kitchen with his new toy.
" . . . an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature . . . . A pulpy tentacled head surmounted a grotesque scaly body with rudimentary wings."  -H.P. Lovecraft

Day 14

A Rudolf sucker for my little one.
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagi fhtagn.  In his house in R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."
-H.P. Lovecraft

Day 15

Today was a gift for Iggy and he seems to have hidden it from me.  It was another cute little deck of cards.
And words by which I live my life.
"You're never to old to learn something stupid." -Author unknown

Day16

Chap-stick!
"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; it makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small."  -Eva K. Logue

Day 17

Hair clips!
"Once again, e come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice." - Dave Barry

Day 18

Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses
"Forget love, I'd rather fall in chocolate."  -Unknown

Day 19

Pop-rock like candy. I love giving this stuff to Iggy.  He makes the funniest faces.
"It was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.  May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, 'God bless us, every one!'" - Charles Dickens

Day20

Gold BUTTONS!  Iggy really liked these so they are currently MIA.  I had better find them soon.  I had plans for them! YAY I found them!
"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." - Author unknown

Day21
Gin Rummy cards for my peanut!  My husband and I used to play that game all the time when we were dating.  Iggy stashed them somewhere.  They have those little squeak aliens from Toy Story on them.  I love those guys!
"There was a dear lady of Eden, Who on apples was quite fond of feedin'; She gave one to Adam. Who said, 'Thank you, Madam,' And then both skedaddled from Eden."

Day22

Fantastic lotion that smells fantastic!  You can see that there is already a noticeable amount missing.  I've been using it a lot.
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens
 
Day23
A polar bear pez dispenser!  Iggy thinks this thing is great.  He's been taking it to bed with him.  Please disregard my laundry and empty box.

"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles." - unknown

Day24
A pack of AA batteries!  So useful.
"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.  Don't clean it up too quickly." - Andy Rooney

Day25
'Do rags!  Totally cute AND you can see the bracelet I made out of Day 5's buttons.  My face looks stupid because it takes my husband an eternity to take a picture.

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3  Re: Fallen London Swap Gallery (Sendouts 3/1) in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: March 11, 2011 11:09:47 AM
Yay!  I finally uploaded my pictures!  Huzzah!

Here is a pic of my new crazy bat/rat friend.  He's carrying important starveling cat information.


And some super saucy mushroom dudes!  I want to let my son play with them but I'm afraid he'll ruin them with his chocolate paws and cheezy face.  They are going to look hot in my living room after I move.   


A Pirate Hat!  As modeled by mu husband.  He took these pictures while I was sleeping since I haven't been feeling well.  I think the hat looks super cute on him.
 

Everything together!


Thank you Sailorgirlbonk!
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4  Re: Fallen London Swap! Send outs 2/21 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by disposableactor on: February 14, 2011 05:46:12 PM
ponder this

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5  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: January 15, 2011 03:06:47 PM
ZOMG!
Jexxican rox!
This . . .  is . . . the greatest  . . . thing  . . . ever! 
LOOK AT IT! Cheesy



I know you hate me and that's okay because I would hate you too.

Best TMNT by far and he's cute and he's randomly quoting one of my favorite scary movies.
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6  Oh by Golly we had a Wabi Sabi X-mas in CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES by disposableactor on: January 03, 2011 05:17:20 PM
Because we would really love to travel but we don't have the money, every year my family chooses a different place to use as a theme.  This year, we chose Japan.  To go  along with the theme, I chose to do a gingerbread Ginkaku-ji temple.
 

Ginkaku-ji (a.k.a. Jisho-ji)  is a zen temple in Kyoto and is considered by many to be the best example of the Japanese spirit of architecture.  Here is a pic of the real thing

Mine stood about 2 feet tall and was 100% edible with the exception of the tinfoil that I used to back the water.
Here's a different angle   This shows the same side as the photo of the real temple but I chose to have the temple shut up rather than open since it is winter time . . . In case the difference between the two needed explaining.

Here is the other side with the zen rock garden   In reality, the zen garden is part of one of the secondary buildings but I really wanted to make one part of the main temple.  And a close up of that rock garden:

The original temple has a bronze phoenix on top of it's roof.  To make mine, I origami folded a wonton wrapper.   Well, two actually.  I made the tail separate.  It wasn't to scale but I feel that it went with the spirit of the piece and it would be hard to tell what it was if I made it much smaller.



Please let me know what you think.
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7  Re: 44 cent round 5 gallery in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: December 20, 2010 04:42:43 PM
Got my envelope from Starryeyeddiy.  Here's the loot!


The envelope was cranberry red and had a tissue paper snowflake glued on it.  I don't have a picture because my 3 year old got to it. Sad  I feel really bad.  He is so fast and crazy!
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8  MAMA Clock 1500+ sequins in CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES by disposableactor on: October 07, 2010 10:24:51 PM

Here is my entry. It is a clock made out of a 20x20 canvas, sequins, beads and embroidery thread . . . and clock parts Tongue.
I realized that I'm a pretty lousy photographer.  I can't seem to get everything to look okay in one shot. 

Just mama in sequins before the cross stitch and clock hands.  The colors aren't as true.  They were sewn on one by one with seed beads.



Here's one with the colors looking right but the glare from the sparklies sort of makes her lose half a face.


The numbers are represented by sprites from cooking, gardening and crafting mama.  I got them from screenshots, box art and kind people who know how to rip sprites from games.  I made all of the patterns by printing a grid onto the sprites.



I chose the disappointed Mama face for the center.  






Here's one without the flash
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9  Re: sweat shoppe swap 21 gallery in The Swap Gallery by disposableactor on: December 09, 2009 11:16:23 AM
OK, how did I not know this was here until today?  Shocked  I am such a bimbo sometimes.  I'll be sure to post pictures after my little ones therapy appointment!   Grin

My LOOTS!


by cyndiq for my mommy.  she LOVED it Cheesy


by sloth003 super awesome tea wallet.  I take it everywhere


by dharma_rebel  I finally have my own stocking!


by Troublet best snowflakes EVER


by gigglygirl ZOMG!!!!! one was for my toddler (we play doctor with him) . . . I kept the red one for me


by ktlady super fun napkins that matched my yellow and silver christmas color theme.  I <3 these


by klum78 One didnh't make it to the photo because it was marking very important info for me


by GatorWrangler for my baby sis (I almost kept it)

more to come . . .
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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 21 (signups closed) (send by Dec 14) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by disposableactor on: November 24, 2009 11:11:46 PM
Here is a photo of my facewash and the wash pouch. 


And here are the color choices for my caterpillars

starting from the top ang going left to right:
Lavender
Smokey (the glass itself is a greyish blue but it has a copper colored core)
Yellow
Metalics (various gold hues)
Mauve
Red
Mottled Peach (the ones I used on the 1st bracelet pic)
Mottled Blue



I can do any combination of thsee colors up to 5.  the bracelet in the photo is a combination of purple and gold beads.
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