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291  More Art, Less Craft 2012 Featured Projects in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: July 11, 2012 01:55:22 PM
Thank you for your wonderful contributions to the More Art, Less Craft corner of the Craftster community!  Our Featured Projects were chosen by the Craftster community via the "this rocks" button and they do indeed rock!

"Fourty-two Cowboy Hats" - Rodeo Watercolor by UnRuli



Tree Collage
by dahlymama


Magic Mosaic by pottermouth


Some Pyrography work by lmcneil



Quilled Paper Art Mosaics
by littlecircles


Lap of Luxury - Tiger With Butterfly Wings by TheDaytimeHeroes


No, no, no! We Dare Not Marry!-- A Painting (Pic Fat!) by CraftyOctober



Jelly Bean painting by chek101


Flea Market Watercolor (my fifth one now) by UnRuli


Edna Scissorhands Painting -IMG HEAVY by LolliDiablo


Save Me - Detailed Painting of a Cheetah by TheDaytimeHeroes


"Alive," final piece in Sentient Machinery collection- lots of process pics!! by Phantome


A Classic is A Classic: Hedy Lamarr by stitchzBstitchz

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292  Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: July 08, 2012 08:45:26 AM
I am so happy Harlan agreed to be my partner for this swap, it was her very first one!  She's an extremely talented artist who is an expert in needlefelting.  We raise texel sheep, and I am the lucky recipient of one of her felted twig sheep.  Look at this sweet face!  She's eating grass and there's even a bell hanging around her neck.   Smiley


Here's a detail shot from above so you can see the flowery 'necklace' she's wearing.


Here's a picture of our Beatrice so you can see how she absolutely nailed it! 


She has joined the other little creatures I've received in swaps, she looks right at home.   Smiley


Harlan also included a pair of her needle felted trumpet earrings, how lucky am I???


I had no idea she also did poly clay (so talented), check out these fantastic pins she sent me as well! 


Harlan, I'm soooo happy you said yes!  THANK YOU so very much, I'm honored to own some of your handiwork!  You rock!   Kiss
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293  Meet Our 2Q2012 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - craftewoman! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: July 07, 2012 04:31:09 AM
We've been inspired by her artistic and clever solutions to home repairs.  We're pleased to announce the 2Q2012 Home Sweet Home featured member is craftewoman!


Your "Bone" replacement faucet handles are such a clever solution to a common problem.  What was the biggest challenge in making them?
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410404
The biggest challenge was making them the same size and shape. I started with aluminum foil as an armature, and was able to get them the right shape and size, but then as I added the clay they became too long, and I had to cut off the already baked clay and reform and add to it. I think if I were to do it again, I'd sacrifice some of the clay and use it as a two part mold. Making them look like bone was the resolution to them being less than perfect in shape.



Your Legend of Zelda mural was an adorable surprise, how was it received?
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=397623
I am told by her brother that she screamed and laughed when she walked into the room. When I asked her about how she liked it her eyes lit up and she smiled, saying that she loved Zelda.



What advice would you give to someone contemplating painting a mural?
Make a smaller version of what you want to make on the wall first, and then use large pieces of paper to draw the main subject matter on and then transfer with carbon paper onto the wall. There is an easier option of using an overhead projector, but I didn't have one of those laying around!

Your arched doorway repair, From Pow to WOW!, is so pretty.  Where did you get the inspiration?
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386474
I used Pinterest to pin several carvings that I liked, whether they were architectural features or just carvings. I stumbled upon an article about how to make polymer clay look like wood, and I had my answer. The "carvings" didn't have to be very detailed, and the cruder they were, the more convincing they were that they were actually carved from wood, rather than sculpted from clay.



What is your favorite project on Craftster that's made by someone else?
There are so many inspired artisans that display their work here that it's difficult to choose, but one that has always stood out in my mind was the tree corset.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156988.0

On what other Craftster boards can we find items that you've posted?
I make a lot of dolls, so, the dolls and toys board is filled with my work and even some patterns that I've shared. I also cook gluten free, so, the cooking board has some stuff.

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294  Heirloom Tomatoes in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: July 04, 2012 04:56:12 PM
We started seeds saved from last year's best tomato specimens the second week of January under lights.  They were potted up in our greenhouse in April then transplanted in May.  We're at peak season now, and really enjoying the fruits of our labor.  Smiley  They're surrounded by a batch of canned dill pickles on the left and some freshly picked shallots on the right.  I love summer!

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295  Mosaic Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: July 04, 2012 04:26:50 PM
I had the opportunity to learn a new craft this past weekend from HSG, our glass crafts board moderator.  She brought mosaic pendant supplies to a small Craftster moderator get together.  I've never worked with mosaics before and was very happy to learn!  I selected a few glass discs, some colorful shards and silver microbeads.  The decorative elements were glued into a pendant tray using E6000 and then sealed using a two part resin.  I fussed with my design for a good hour before I was satisfied with the placement and am happy with how it turned out.  It reminds me of the ocean.   Smiley

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296  Great Garden Challenge 2012! Enter your garden now through August 31st! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: June 28, 2012 08:23:41 AM
The Great Garden Challenge is UP! Enter now through August 31st! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413141.0


Hey everyone, make sure to get photos of your flowers, fruit, veggies and anything else you've got going in your garden this summer.  We're going to have a Great Garden challenge announced some time in July.   Smiley

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297  Growing Mushrooms at Home in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: June 22, 2012 11:02:02 AM
We've had shiitake mushroom logs for a few years now.  Once you get through the initial process of introducing the spores to your logs, they pretty much take care of themselves.  We purchased plug spores and drilled lots of holes in 3-4 foot lengths of dead white oak logs.  The spore plugs were inserted in the holes and then sealed with melted beeswax.  It took a year to get our first crop.



We keep the logs up off of the ground in a shady place by our back door where we can keep an eye on them.  My husband built them a swing of sorts under a bradford pear tree.



Once we notice the mushrooms sprouting, it takes about a week until they're ready to harvest.  These photos were taken a day apart across a few days to show how fast they grow.









This is our spring crop, we're expecting another in the fall.  They're a huge hit at our farmer's market and make a wonderful addition to risotto! 
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298  Re: Novelty Fabric Fat Quarter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: June 13, 2012 06:59:58 PM
I received from Quaggy as well, I love these (especially the bees)!  The owls are fantastic, the pink matches a bunch of things I already have and the spider went right into my Halloween stash drawer.  Thank you so much, Quaggy!


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299  Re: Novelty Fabric Fat Quarter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: June 11, 2012 11:13:21 AM
I finally sent today.  Woo hoo!  And now for my photos...  Here are my beauties from Bobomom -


And from CraftyMamaBee ...


I love them all, thank you!  Is it too early to be sewing stuff for Halloween??
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300  Re: Garden 2012 in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: June 09, 2012 01:28:54 PM
Here's this morning's harvest...  peas, carrots, a leek, late asparagus and some shallots.  We also pulled up our garlic beds today, the heads will hang in the shade for a few weeks. 

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