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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: Business Time - Flight of The Conchords on: March 02, 2009 04:27:46 PM
My favorite part: "It's not foreplay, but it's still very important."

This would make a great Bridal shower gift, too (assuming the bride is a Flight of the Conchords fan).

For you craftsters that have no idea why this is so funny...
(rated PG-13)
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: Another Brick in the Wall on: March 02, 2009 06:33:23 AM

This is how dead-on your project is:  I thought you lived in an urban loft and just decorated one of your brick walls.  Then I realized (thanks to the other posters) it was a quilt!  I thought your lap/throw size reference was JUST a size reference.  DUH.  I guess it's not good to Craftster before coffee.  Smiley
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: any ideas for those orange pill bottles? on: March 01, 2009 07:57:40 PM
ReadyMade (my favorite mag) had "Pill Bottles" as one of their MacGyver challenges (issue #37, the one before last).  They showed the winner who took the Target pill bottles and assembled them in a circle to make a holiday wreath.  They tease you with "see more entries" at the bottom, but alas, they've only published up to issue #35 on their site.  I'm guessing either 1) they're understaffed or 2) they do a 6-month delay on the site to force you to buy the magazine. 

So, I'm guessing in another 3 months or so, you can go to readymade.com and have your answer!

They DO have other links and MacGyver challenge winnders on there for the rest of us that need good ideas.
14   / REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Re: We want to see!!!! Completed Projects Links! on: March 01, 2009 07:17:04 PM

upcycled discarded snowpants into warm & water resistant dog bed!
15  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Wanted: Any Crafts for Sister's Stroke Party (due: March 29) on: March 01, 2009 05:01:51 PM
Hello my friends. Craftster's been keeping me nice and distracted while I'm SUPPOSED to be working on a fundraising party for my sister. 
LOOOONG story short:  Last Feb 28 my sister had her first baby and four days later suffered a near-fatal hemorrhagic stroke (brain bleed, kind of like an aneurysm). She ended up having brain surgery on her 35th birthday, spent 14 days in the ICU and another 60+ in the hospital. She owned a spa but has paralysis in her left hand so she had to close her business (10+ years in the making) in December.   Cry

I'm crafting my heart out for her silent auction, at the same time planning this small party for 400 people (YIKES...did I mention I have two kids and a full-time job?) so, I thought if any of you had NOTHING to do, or overstock in your stores you wanted to get rid of and wanted to donate to a good cause, I can put it to good use to help my sister with her medical bills and my niece with her education fund.  Here she is in all her glory.

You can PM me if you'd like to donate an item.  And I'll take anything, not JUST cowboy stuff. 

Where does the "cowboy" fit in this whole thing, you ask?   Well, since we're doing blackjack for fun during the party, we thought we'd go with a cards/saloon/cowboy theme.  And, since she had a stroke (in her brain) we're calling the party:
LOL.  I know it's a serious subject, but sometimes you just gotta laugh, right?

If you want to read more about this event and my sister, you can catch all the details at www.brainanza.com.

Thanks for listening!

P.S.  Kittykill -- I've been lurking on crafster for years, but just started my posts.  If I've done anything against the rules, apologies!! PM me and I'll fix it right away. 
16  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Idea: Animal Shelter pet bed from unwanted snowpants on: March 01, 2009 04:49:16 PM
Craftsters=my peeps. 
If anyone can understand how my random brain works, you guys can!  Here's an idea I came up with and am posting for all y'all animal shelter crafters to steal be inspired by.

1) I have a puppy that sometimes has sleepovers on my friend's farm. I wanted him to have a bed at the farm, but seeing how dirty & smelly he gets, was NOT going to buy one from a pet store.  I wanted one I could easily throw in the wash.
2) I was looking on craftster and saw some great ideas for pet beds out of towels and fleece. Still, I didn't want to buy new poly fill (yes I'm cheap!).  The posts described the cold concrete floor that most shelter animals have to sleep on.
3) One of my favorite places to shop is the "pay-by-the-pound" thrift store we have in town.  I have two young daughters and they need snowpants for home and school. I kept finding snowpants with one flaw-- you guessed it -- the knees worn out.  I thought it was a shame that these nice warm snowpants were discarded for 4 sq inches of imperfection.

So, add them all up, and what do you get?  Snowpants pet bed!

Why I love it:  Cheap (snowpants don't weigh a lot, so I can get them cheap at my favorite "store".  OR, just use the ones my kids have wrecked!).  Easily washable.  Warm and water resistant. Easily convertible, and it keeps stuff out of landfills!   

Next time I do one, I'll take more before & during pictures, or if I'm super ambitious write a tut, but for now, just use your imagination from the final photo. 
Basically, cut off legs, sew together to form one long tube, sew tube (now the bed's side) on to rear/bib part of snowpants (now bed's bottom).  Turn right-side out to hide the seams from those picky shelter kitties & puppies (just kidding) and you're done!  Someone more ambitious than me could easily whip up a dozen of these in a single afternoon. 

Enjoy and I hope that someone can take their love of crafting and passion for animals and upcycle cast-offs for good use especially as the snow starts to melt (soon, I hope, right?)

P.S.  If you're crafty and have a passion for stroke victims instead of/in addition to animals, stay tuned for my next post regarding my sister.

17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Picture to Burn - Junior Division on: March 01, 2009 03:07:51 PM
Story behind the craft:
My daughter (8 years old) had so much fun needle felting for the Feb. Felted Monster contest (see here)
AND was so encouraged by your comments (thank you for saying such nice things!) that she was bugging me about when the NEXT contest is...keeping in mind she entered the last one only 72 hours ago.  Yikes. 

I told her about the craft your favorite song challenge. She immediately went through all her favorite songs and Taylor Swift is near the top.  She chose "Picture to Burn" because ever since I made my felted self-portrait (see avatar) she's been bugging me to make her one.  I (gently) suggested she DIYODS.  Smiley So, the burning picture is really her self-portrait vs. the boyfriend's picture as the song lyrics suggest.

She needle felted with wool roving with a wool scarf as her substrate.  (heh, I said "substrate".)

Kept her busy all afternoon!

Proud Mama moment:  I really like how she blended the different colors of roving to achieve the red/orange/yellow flames and I think her eyes are done really well for how small they are.  Actual size is about the size of a pea.

Although she doesn't expect to win (she said "Mom, those other entries are REALLY GOOD" and I had to explain that most entries were by crafters >8 years old, and to imagine how good she'll be with 10 years practice) she really does enjoy the confidence boost with all of the nice comments that the community leaves.  THANKS!

Selected lyrics from Taylor Swift's picture to burn (if you don't have a 'tween in your house, Taylor Swift is an 17? YO country artist). 

"In case you haven't heard
I really, really hate that

Stupid old pickup truck
You never let me drive
You're a redneck, heartbreak
Who's really bad at lying

So watch me strike a match
On all my wasted time
As far as I'm concerned
You're just another picture to burn

Burn, burn, burn, baby burn
Just another picture to burn"

18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: Hell Sampler on: March 01, 2009 02:36:18 PM
ROTFL --- The Irony!!  I LOVE it.  I would totally hang this in my house. 
19  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Monster flowers-monster felting challenge 09 on: February 28, 2009 10:10:19 AM
Fantastic!  I just learned how to needle felt in December.  It was a "beginner" class so we just did 2-d stuff.  Had I read all the tuts, etc, before I started I would've been scared!! So now I just need to figure out what I want to do and go from there.
I also saw some people steaming their finished project with an iron.  I actually have a hand-held steamer, so I'll have to try that one, too. 
Dying my own wool...hmmm...I'll have to think about that one (I can just see it now...DH walks in the kitchen "honey, was is the kitchen sink stained PURPLE??" )
20  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Monster flowers-monster felting challenge 09 on: February 27, 2009 05:02:15 PM
Tell me your secret:  my stuff is always "fuzzy"...what do you do to smooth down your surfaces? 
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