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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Where the grickle-grass grows ... on: June 28, 2011 03:18:16 PM
cooksr: I love it. I was constantly collecting snail shells and always drove my parents crazy asking them to take me for long walks as a kid. I don't think I ever told them that I was casing the far end of town for grickle-grass so I could find the Once-ler, hear the story, and get that Very Last Truffula Seed of Them All. I spent a lot of time stressing out over the difficulty of determining whether a snail shell had, in fact, belonged to a great-great-great-grandfather.

If I ever get a hand free and figure out where I put the snail shells I found in my garden this spring, I'm going to make a little Lorax retablo-type thing out of an Altoids tin, with fifteen cents, a nail, and some Seuss images inside and out.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Hippie toddler on: June 15, 2011 12:31:31 PM
When I was little, I always wanted stuff with my name on it, and I always had trouble finding it, because my name wasn't very popular at the time.

My 2-year-old niece, Hazel, is likely to have the same problem, so when I saw some Fillmore-poster-style wooden letters at the craft store, I had to buy a set so she could have her name spelled out on her bedroom wall in hippie letters hand-painted by her hippie aunt. Nothing fancy, but for a quick project, I thought they turned out pretty cute:

I still have to seal them with Mod Podge, and then they'll be ready to go.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Harvesting Spring Honey on: June 14, 2011 10:00:10 PM
Great to see another beek on here. I just did my first harvest of the summer yesterday. We use an extractor identical to yours. One word of caution: Be careful with the lever on the honey gate; mine broke off yesterday while I was trying to set the extractor upright after my husband cleaned it and left it out to dry upside-down. The gate still closes, but I'm hoping Dadant sells replacement parts.

If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and invest in one of those filter kits from Dadant. They're a little pricey (about $40 for two or three filters and a five-gallon bucket with a spigot on the front), but they make the task of filling jars soooooo much easier.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Easy, Colorful, Durable Garden Markers on: June 14, 2011 09:42:19 PM
Totally stealing this idea. Very cute.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Where the grickle-grass grows ... on: June 14, 2011 09:40:30 PM
Thanks. Seuss is pretty easy to imitate, because his drawings are relatively simple, and the detail is kind of scribbly. If you're not confident freehanding, you could always do like we did in high-school art class and divide a picture into a grid, then make a larger grid of the same proportions on your wall and sketch one square at a time. That always helped me get the proportions right when I was drawing portraits and whatnot.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Where the grickle-grass grows ... on: June 14, 2011 09:29:09 PM
I started this mural several years ago but never got around to finishing it. I ignored it for so long that the paint faded, so I couldn't complete it without repainting the old parts first. I finally had time to work on it this week. Aside from a few minor details and a couple of spots I can't reach until my husband gets a hand free to hold a ladder for me, I'm finally done with it:

I still have to do a little detail work on the far right, finish the sky and the Truffula tuft on the upper left, and complete the shading on the Once-ler's shop and the upper parts of the clouds and Truffula tufts, but I doubt it will take more than an hour to finish up.

A closer look. I was especially pleased with the way the thneed turned out.

I spent a lot of time collecting snail shells and begging my parents to take me for walks near the edge of town. I had it in my head that there might actually be a Street of the Lifted Lorax, and I was determined to find it, hear the Once-ler's story, and get the Last Truffula Seed of Them All so I could grow those crazy trees and get the Lorax and his friends to come back.

I thought the Lorax was an appropriate subject for a mural in the backyard of a house that has solar panels on the roof and a Honda Insight in the driveway. Smiley

27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: I look like a parade float on: June 02, 2011 10:00:29 PM
1. I am in complete awe of anyone who can sew clothing without a pattern. I can barely even manage it *with* a pattern.
2. Suggestion: Make your next Craftster project a dartboard, featuring your ex's nether regions as the bullseye. Grin
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Kitchen cabinets (IMG HEAVY) on: June 02, 2011 09:44:31 PM
@Hollie Hobbie There's a whole post about my car here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332918.0
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Honeybee umbrella on: April 17, 2011 09:27:26 PM

pincushion_queen: I was really excited about finding those shoes. This is what they look like: http://www.amazon.com/Chooka-Womens-Honey-Rain-Boot/dp/B0018D8B8G

DawnsTrees: It's paintmarker. I found out that the pearlescent kind beads up and makes a mess on vinyl, but the regular colors work very well.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Honeybee umbrella on: April 17, 2011 06:24:25 PM
So a few years ago, I got online and found an absolutely adorable pair of yellow rainboots with honeybees all over them. Being an amateur beekeeper, I obviously couldn't live another minute without owning them.

I've spent the past three years or so trying to find a suitable umbrella to match, to no avail.

Tromping around in my bee boots during a Wal-Mart run one dark and stormy night last week, I spotted a plain clear Totes bubble umbrella and decided to do what any sensible Craftster girl would do:

Of course it hasn't rained a drop since then, but I'll be ready next time it does. Smiley
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