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11  Patio Candle Holders in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by habitat-lady on: April 24, 2010 08:34:19 AM
I made these yesterday for our Relay for Life tent.  But now the event is over, and they will be lighting my patio on hot summer nights. 
I free-handed some designs and used a dremel to cut out. (be safe, wear goggles!)  Used the dremel to drill the holes and saved time with precut floral wire. Then dug into the spray paint stash for fiesta colors. 

My friends like it so much we're going to make these for a craft day.  Going to have work on making the wire hangers a little prettier.   Comments and criticism please
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12  Little Diaper Baby Shower Announcements in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by habitat-lady on: February 07, 2010 02:21:49 PM
Instead of using the little store-bought invitations for my daughters baby shower, we made them out of scrap book paper.

The Lil Momma is happy with them.  We still have to put the pins in. 

C & C are always welcome, and thanks for looking.
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13  Recon T-shirt baby pants in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by habitat-lady on: December 28, 2009 05:58:46 AM
My first grandbaby will be here in March, so my daughter came over with some old t-shirts and we made some pants.  Daddy decided we couldn't have all the fun so he painted bleach designs on this pair before I sewed them up.

Here are three other pairs, and I know we'll make more.  My daughters recycle excitement was fun to see.   

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14  Re: Autumn's Fall Scarf Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by habitat-lady on: November 08, 2009 06:28:04 AM
I received an amazing package from Amore yesterday!  Even some homemade jam which was sampled this morning.  So delicious!  And chocolate, lots of chocolate.  Here is all the wonderful goodies.  And Ruth, What is a Sarnie? 

And the amazing scarf - I love the colors.  This is beautiful

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15  Tired of naked doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by habitat-lady on: October 20, 2009 07:26:51 PM
Today, I officially got tired of seeing the same doll laying around my house naked.  I was less than happy with the quality of some variegated red heart - it was really rough.  The naked doll doesn't seem to to mind at all, though.
In fact, she looks really happy.  LOL

No pattern, just winging it, I made a ruffled skirt and a halter.  What do you think?

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16  Re: 44 Cent Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by habitat-lady on: October 20, 2009 01:29:24 PM
Woo Hoo - got my awesome envelope from prettyinpaisley today.  Here is my loot!

a cute little owl that gives a hoot, and a squirrel, a little envelope with a cool stamp and hearts, 3 cool cards, better pic below, some pirate booty coins with sculls, colorful borders that pull apart, and paper: dinosaurs and happy people dancing. 

This AWESOME PIN-UP - i love it! Green paper, a fortune: "I'm going to make someone happy today!" (I hope I did)   A great old photo; some pink and green plastic viewers, i think from 3-D glasses and a cool fill-in page from a monthly planner on one side and a "Day of Wandering" on the back. I had to make it black & white to show the "Day of Wandering" 

Thanks so much to both my partners - What a great swap.

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17  Re: 44 Cent Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by habitat-lady on: October 11, 2009 11:39:01 PM
Here is the awesome contents of my envelope from craftADDchick.  Thank you so much - I love all of it. 

Sheet music ( already have a plan for that!) a hibiscus flower tag, a cool holiday frog with matching paper, a Hell Bank Note, some awesome paper, one with a orange and old stamping.  a little green rubber duck, too cute! That fabulous purple felt pin-up and a pressed leaf that is going on a scrapbook page tomorrow night  Wink 

Here is a better pic of my pin-up.

Here is a better shot of the cute frog and this awesome paper with purple and pink sparkly orbs.

This is some colorful ant paper and some awesome cards.  The two little squares are stickers, the photos just don't do them justice. 

This page is actually the size of a national geographic page.  I have screwed around with trying to get it turned the right way for over 30 minutes in three programs. I'm now tired of trying, so forgive me, but please cock your head to the side and enjoy. 
I love the images on both sides, so I'm going copy both sides onto some aged paper with a color copier. 

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18  Timing is everything in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by habitat-lady on: January 14, 2009 12:04:44 AM
So there is this man, who happens to be my man, who is a mechanic, who fixed my timing chain a few months ago.  If you have never seen this surgical procedure done on a vehicle, the crank shaft and cam shafts have to be properly alligned and not one tooth off or lots of foul language happens. 

I found and borrowed the heart image from a some t-shirt site.  And here is what that mechanical stuff really looks like, curtesy of Google images.

I finished this tonight so I have tomorrow to frame it.  (I borrowed the frame from another painting for tonight to see how it will look.)  Oh yeah, I had to put the crappy border on it to hide a mistake.  We were on the phone and I was laughing so hard I dropped the damn paint brush with red on it. LOL

I'm just showing him some love.  Thursday is his birthday and VD is coming soon.  Manly enough to keep the parts guys from razzing him and decorative enough to hang in the shop.

What do you think?  And thanks for peeking!
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19  I decided to play with water . . . ( in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by habitat-lady on: January 05, 2009 09:30:27 PM
I usually stick to the sewing and crafting side of this fabulous website, but I decided to come back to my first love.  Trying to paint. 

I used to dabble in watercolors during my B.C. years (before children) and the oldest is 19, so I'm dusty & rusty.  Buuut, my Christmas present to myself was a new set of paints, some brand new "not beat up or shared with kids" paint brushes, and watercolor pads.  It took two weeks to get all my loot, because I'm cheap   thrifty, and it depended on the coupons I could find to buy my shiny new good stuff.  Then I had to find my old easel and paint box, buried in the shed behind the camping gear.  That totally wasn't worth digging out.  They both need a bath.  And the whole seek & find set off a "lets clean out this %#@& shed" and so on. 

So finally, here are my first five mini's in 20 years. in the order they were painted this past week.  I hope you like them, and I'll probably be back looking for tips/ideas/help!

These next three got washed out with the flash - is there a trick to this with watercolors?  We didn't have digital way back in the day.

And the best so far:

I was halfway into a big bottle of wine for the dandelions.  Did most great artists die of liver failure? I better google that!

Comments/Criticism welcome and thanks for peeking!

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20  A real mans wreath in Winter Holidays by habitat-lady on: December 29, 2008 10:25:20 AM
My dear dad seems to have everything, so gift-giving occasions turn into a real logic problem.  He is an avid trap shooter, a hobby we share when I can get a way from the kids and get to the range with him.  After a trip earlier this year, it dawned on me the shotgun shell casings are red, green and gold.

Hmmm, how festive.  I picked up a bagful of used shells and squirrelled them away for a project yet to be decided on.

Luck was on my side when I found a 16-inch resin shotgun that would be perfect for a wreath ornament.  The creation that follows was the best idea I could have had.  You can't tell but there are some gold shell "flowers."  That plastic has a lot of "memory" to it.  I had to heat it up and form the flowers so they kept their shape.  The twirly shells were cut with a razor knife in a spiral down to the brass.  So there it was, a no frills man-wreath waiting to be opened.

It brought tears to my dad, the man who has jokingly referred to me as his best son since I was a child.   

It's kooky and not something everyone would want hanging in their home, but it was perfect for my dad.

All comments are welcome, and thanks for peeping.

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