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3681  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My crafty kitchen in orange! on: February 12, 2010 06:08:42 PM
As for sealing your canisters it depends on what paint you use, if you want them shiny and how you're going to clean them.  If they're not going to get dirtier than mild soap and water will clean, then probably any clear topcoat that will work with your paint will be fine.
3682  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My crafty kitchen in orange! on: February 12, 2010 07:13:07 AM
What a wonderful way to transform your kitchen while you wait for the budget to tackle the big, expensive hard surfaces!  If you can get a hold of a primer called UG30 (try specialty paint stores if you have them in your area) you can paint anything... including ceramic tile and laminate.  I'm a decorative painter by trade and use it all the time.  It stinks, but is no more harmful than latex/acrylic paint), is water-clean up and sticks to just about any clean surface.  Recently I refinished laminate cabinets for a client using it to prime and you'd NEVER know they were late 80s black laminate under this finish.  Not that I'd use it for painting your counters, necessarily, but just to demonstrate the durability and "stickiness" of this primer.  Good luck and enjoy your very own home!
3683  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) on: February 11, 2010 11:51:36 AM
This is a crackup.  If I remember right, Betsy McCall and I were born the same month in the same year.  What a memory jolt!

I love your dolls.  I may have to go print these out for my granddaughter.

Great job.

Thanks!  They were so fun to look through and choose.  While some of the era-specific stuff is funny, it's also a relief that it now seems quaint and old-timey.
3684  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro crafting on: February 10, 2010 06:06:31 PM
Whoa.  Great retro crafting.  Thanks for the trip down memory lane! 
3685  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Little Wedding Present! on: February 10, 2010 06:01:07 PM
Wonderful!  I love the hair, the blue "ribbons" the text and... just all of it!  They'll treasure this, especially when they have less hair that is more grey.
3686  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) on: February 10, 2010 05:58:10 PM
This is such a great project -- I love paper dolls, and the fact that you made them long lasting is just awesome.  *this rocks*

Thanks!  I love them, too!  I wanted them to be usable and durable, but it broke my heart a little bit to photoshop out the tabs around the clothes.
3687  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) on: February 10, 2010 03:53:04 PM
What a blast from the past! Thanks for the link. And what a terrific package.

If you remember her you'll get a big kick out the scanned pages!  They all have themes like "Betsy Goes to the Shore!" and "Betsy Stays Up Waiting for Santa!" and my personal favorite, "Betsy Saves for a Bond!"
3688  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) on: February 10, 2010 03:37:53 PM
those are really cute, and it sounds like you went to a lot of effort to make them very nice....i like that they are magnets too so she can actually do something with them!

Thanks!  It was hard to pick outfits, because there are SO many cute ones that I left out due to time limits.  If I had girls I'd want to make some of the outfits that didn't get printed for them to wear!  I imagined that she would play with them with the 5 and 3 year old grand daughters so I wanted them to be moderately sturdy.  That's also why I printed up Barbara (who wasn't mentioned in the conversation) and made 2 of each type of outfit (shots, capris, coats, suits, etc.)
3689  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: More Snuggles for Shelter Animals + More Pics on Page 2! on: February 10, 2010 03:22:24 PM
I'm sure animals in shelters all over the world could use a little comfort.  Even if the shelter provides a blanket, it probably would help them to be able to be able to have their money go further.  I LOVE that people can take the dogs for a walk even if they can't take one home!

I agree on both. We plan to go there and walk the dogs as well as soon as they are healthy (they've been sick in turns all winter - since the kindergarden...) and I also plan to include my girls to help me make some stuff for the dogs in the shelter when they grow older. They have nice rules there: you can come and feed, comb, play with and walk the dogs you like and many people come on daily/weekly basis. I think this helps the dogs keep socialized and entertained and that way they are more likely to get adopted... I'm just working on a blaket with aplike of the dog (from ottobre site - I made my girl a bag and made 2 aplikes so I have one left). Thanks for the idea!

Wow! I'm just so happy that so many craftsters have decided to help out their local shelter or are already helping and half verified that this is a needed and appreciated way to contribute.
3690  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) on: February 10, 2010 03:11:57 PM


So at Christmas The ManFlesh's mom and aunt were reminiscing about playing with Betsy McCall paper dolls when they were girls and how they think their brother probably through them all out when cleaning out their mom's home after she moved.  Within a week or two, I stumbled upon a reference to a site that had printable Betsy McCall dolls (http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/dolls/pd_scans/betsy_mccall/index.html)!  His mom's birthday is this weekend, so I made her these.



I chose a selection of outfits from several months across a few years' worth of McCalls Magazine and put together an 8.5 x 14 sized image which a friend printed on big, pro-quality, matte, photo paper. Finally, I glued small magnets to the back.



I used spray adhesive to attach the clothing to card stock so it would be extra thick, then cut it out with an x-acto.  The dolls (and dog bed) was attached to a magnet sheet. If I knew exactly how to go about it, I should have glued them to some thin metal, because the various polarities of the magnets on the dolls and on the clothes caused some issues and I had to reattach the magnets on the clothes and they don't necessarily sit right on both Betsy and Barbara. 

The girls in some outfits:



After printing, I realized that these outfits make the sweet girls look like Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush.  Sorry girls.



I had a second print out on glossy photo paper and used parts of it to decorate the box. 



Just to complete the serendiptious nature of this whole thing I'll show a photo of the wrapped package.  I also learned at Christmas that her favorite animal is the giraffe and then the next week I found these letters on sale at JoAnn's for 25 cents and picked it up hoping to get a chance to use it.  Whee!



I hope my own mom's birthday gift is this easy...

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