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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / STARSHIP ENTERPRISE FROM FLOPPY DISC on: May 04, 2009 09:19:43 AM
This is a present for my son's Dad as he is in the hospital and I made this for him as he used to be a Trekkie - when we were married he had the "no talking during Star Trek" rule. I think he get a kick out of this and I could put in on an elastic cord and put it in his truck to hang of the rearview mirror, but I will see if he wants to do with after I give it to him.

Items needed:

3 1/2 inc floppy disc
Glue gun
Silver metallic paint (the kind used on model cars)
Kitchen Scissors (I bought mine at the Dollar store)

This based on the following project, except that I left the metal media in the center it is painted.


12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 38 ENTRIES / UFOs, Nemo and Dragon Eggs**UPDATED- Now with Alien Abduction Nite Lite** on: May 02, 2009 09:07:35 AM
Converting plastic eggs into other things is addictive! 

Alien Abduction Nite Lite (with removeable spaceship!)

This creation was inspired by a lamp mady by Heather at one of my favorite blogs, Dollar Store Crafts

The top part is the flat bottomed UFO below, which inside the front of the plastic the small touch light came in which is glued to the glass.

Inside the glass is Shaun the Sheep and his body is made out of mini yellow Easter Egg that is painted white then covered in cotton.  His face and tail are felt and his legs are caps off of pens.

The bottom is just a plastic lid with a piece of green felt glued to it

This is a UFO made out of the top of a plastic easter egg, 2 CD's a mini-push light from the dollar store and glue.  It looks awesome when you turn on the light in the dark and spin it on a string, but this is just one component of what will be a night light (just have to get the bottom parts finished now)

This is a glow-in-the dark UFO made out of the bottom of a plastic easter egg, 2 CDs, a battery operated tealight, glow-in-the dark paint, aluminum foil and glue.  It has now taken up residence in our bathroom as it hangs on light fixture in there because you can close the door and turn off the lights and it glows.

Here is a link to a how-to that I create:

Nemo, Found!
Here is Nemo made out of plastic easter egg, orange and black felt, black and white fabric paint, glue and 2 googly eyes.  He still opens up and can be use to hold anything you like - right now he is sitting on top of my desk holding some of jewelry findings.

Here is a link to a how-to that I created.

Dragon Eggs
I made these long before this challenge was ever created, but thought I would share them here also as I like the way they turned out.  They are just plastic easter eggs covered with hot glue from a glue gun for the decoration then painted with acrylic paints or nail polish.

13  COOKING / Dessert / Faux Mint Girl Scout Cookies from Ritz Crackers on: April 23, 2009 11:11:20 PM

These are a bit more chewy, but otherwise surprisingly similare to Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies.

Here is a link to my how-to:
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / FUN FABRIC FLOWER FACINATORS MADE WITH DIY BUTTONS FROM SCRAPS on: April 05, 2009 07:08:54 AM
I had originally planned to make something more elaborate, but working full time and my ex still recovering from surgery and staying with us until he recouperates, I ran out of time. This quick and simple last minute project is a melding of old ideas with new technology.

I read of the tutorial and history on making your own Dorset Singleton buttons over at Craft Stylish (the concept dates back to the 1600 and named Singleton after the family that first began making them and Dorset as tthey originated in Dorset, England - they were made on a round disc cut from the horn of a Dorset Horn sheep) and decided to use this for my Craftster "Decorate With Buttons" challenge.


To make the buttons I used:

- Plastic ring off the top of a soda bottle
- Pop Can (to make circle template)
- Paper (to draw on to make the template
- Pen
- Scissors
- Scrap of fabric
- Thread
- Needle
- Straight Pins

I made the button using the plastic ring off of a plastic soda bottle (it is the ring that the lid twists off of) as my base.

To make a template of for the fabric to cover the plastic ring, I used a soda can and drew around the perimeter with a pen, then cut out the circle.

Pin the template to the fabric then cut to make a fabric circle. Hand baste approximately 1/4 inch away from the edge of the fabric all the way around, then put the plastic ring in the center the pulled the thread (like you do when you are making a fabric yo-yo).

Pull the fabric taut then hand stitch to secure the fabric.

To make this sunflower, I used leftover yellow fleece to cut petal shapes, then hand stitch them then sewed the above button in the center, then used a hot glue gun to glue the flower to a hair clip.

To make the this facinator flower, I used a scrap of red glitter nylon net about 6-8 inches wide and folded it into 8 inch squares and cut into a flower shape then cut "petals" into the fabric at about 1/2 in intervals.   I then sewed the button on the middle, then cut the petal into the flower, then I hand stithced the button to the fabric.

Turn the button over then hand stitch close to the edge around the perimeter.

This one will go with a red dress that I have that has obnoxiously large cheery red flowers on it.

I then used a hot glue gun to hot gule the flower to a hair clip.
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jellyfish necklace on: March 16, 2009 12:59:47 AM
Made from a dollar store tassel and a ribbon.

16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Barbed Wire Heart Necklace on: March 11, 2009 08:55:50 PM
I made this for my niece, Trina's, 17th birthday and I hope she likes it.

It is a cross between my Thumbprint Heart Necklace
(as it is made by the same method and same materials as I had plenty left over from that project, except that I did not put a thumbprint in it)

and the barb wire heart necklace by Cat Morley at CO+K
(added the barbed wire across the center)

I purchased the metal necklace cord with the bale at Walmart for around $3 (as it is for a present and I don't have experience putting together such things, I wanted to get something that would look nice) but attached it with silver elastic cording by tying it in knots (to keep with the barbed wire theme) from the heart then tied about 6 knots, threaded the cord through the bale, tied two more knots then cut off the excess. 
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Broken Heart" Thumbprint Keyring on: March 09, 2009 11:21:02 PM

This project is a cross between this project and the Barb Wire necklace here:

and my tutorial on the Heart Thumbprint necklace here:
I used Sculpey clay to shape the heart and it is intentionally mis-shapened with imperfections and gouges to symbolized a broken heart.

I then took a piece of jewelry wire and wrapped little pieces of wire around that wire to make the barbs, then pressed it into the heart, used a small straw to make the hold for the string, then baked it for 15 mins.

I then used silver elastic thread and strung it through the hole, added a paper bead, then tied it to the heart shaped keyring blank.
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / "Time Is On My Side" Wall Decoration/Music holder from upcycled items (trash) on: March 05, 2009 08:56:05 PM
This is one of my son's favorite songs that was was popularized by The Rolling Stones in the late 60's and that he first heard on the the movie "Fallen" starring Denzel Washington as the song is prominently featured and an inherit part of the plot.

Pun intended, when carried around it is to look like "Time Is On My Side".

My son learning to play this on a guitar and I have heard the first chorus about 1,000 times already.

The original vision I had was to make a working clock/music holder but decided against as I don't think a working clock would handle the trip back and forth to his Dad's every weekend without some sort of plastic face or covering over the front and I wanted to keep the look gritty and time worn.

Parts used to make this project:

-  Broken guitar (my son's first guitar which I found busted by his closet)

-  Broken clock that I have had for 10 years and hanging in my kitchen for the past 5.

-  Cracked 45 record (it is actually a 45 of "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith)

-  Glue gun and about 10 glue sticks

-  Cardboard from Diet Coke cases to make the back and sides and two strips to reinforce the back
    of the face of the guitar.

-   2 popsicle sticks to reinforce the back where it was broken

-  Old keyring from broken one to add to attach the strap on the end

-   A small piece of jewelry wire twisted around the end of the keyring, poked through the
    cardboard then taped down with packing tape on the inside.

-  Old tie - from a free box at a garage sale over 15 years ago

-  Printout of 1-12 and the words "Time Is On My Side" and "The Rolling Stones" that I printed off
   from at the library for 5 cents as I do now have a printer.

Here is a link to a video of the song by the Rolling Stones

Here is a link to "Fallen" on the Internet Movie Database to learn more about it, synopsis and reviews

Here is are some more pics of the process finished item. 

The sides and the back of the original guitar were too broken up to be useable so I used them as templates to re-make the pieces out of the cardboard (Diet Coke box).

I ended up having to use the front of the guitar on the cardboard to make the template for the back.

Here is a pic of the side layed out on the cardboard and it worked out that the side of the box was the right width (and the front of a box made 2 pieces for the side).  It is wider than the actual piece as an inch or so on each side was needed to glue it to the front and the back.

Here is pic of the sides being glued to the front of the frame.  In order to get the sides to curve properly, I had to cut on the edges about 1/4 inch apart and glue down small sections at a time with the glue gun so it would curve properly.  You can also see in this pic the popsicle sticks used to reinforce the front where it was previously broken.

Here is a pic of the finished back

Here is a pic of the finished top

Here is a pic of my son pretending to rock with it
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Folk Magic" Onion Cough Syrup (or would also make a great Halloween prop!) on: March 04, 2009 10:14:20 AM
I ran across this while surfing and as I had read in magazines before of onions having an antibacterial property, thought I would try making
some of this:

Here is the onion sludge at Day 2 before I strained out the onions.  I sort of looks like an ingredient for potion or witches brew and smells terrible- would be a great prop for Halloween!


All you need is:

1 large onion (garlic or ginger could be used instead)
1 cup of sugar
1 glass jar with a lid
1 knife (to cup up onions)
1 measuring cup - to measure the sugar

Peel the onion and chop it into slices:

Alternate layering the onion and the sugar in the jar

Continue layering until all of the onion and sugar are in the jar. Cover with a lid and leave on the counter for 1 to 2 days then store the syrup in the refrigerator.
I wasn't sure if the onions were to be strained out of not and left a message on Myrnie's blog and she was kind enough to leave me a comment on mine.
"I hope the onion syrup worked well for you- if you don't like the taste, garlic or ginger also work well (I've heard.)Yes, strain the onions out before you put this in the refrigerator."

It does smell bad but it doesn't taste that bad due to the sugar and it did seem to help with (I used 2 TBSP) with congestion.

I decided to do a little bit of research and found this interesting article:
Courtesy of www.kingtutshop.com

The article indicates that the onions were used in Egyptian culture for eating and medicinal purposes, that it was prescribed by Hippocrates and even indicated in the Bible a food that longed for by the Israelites after leaving Egypt for the Promised Land and even asked Moses to pray for to God for them in the Quran.

Here is a direct quote for the medicinal purposes of onions from the article:

"Onion is used as a diuretic, expectorant and antiseptic. Onions are highly recommended for people trying to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, and infections. They appear to be at least somewhat effective against colds, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases and contain antiinflammatory, anticholesterol, and anticancer components.

Onions contain many active compounds that appear to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells, help combat heart disease, inhibit strokes, lower blood pressure & cholesterol, and stimulate the immune system. Alliums are also antibacterial and anti-fungal, so they can relieve stomach upset & other gastrointestinal disorders.

As with Garlic, Onions help prevent thrombosis and reduce hypertension, according to the American Heart Association. The natural constituents of yellow or white Onions can raise HDL cholesterol over time."
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / DRAGON EGG NECKLACE (with link to tutorial) on: February 28, 2009 03:50:17 PM

This is a quick and easy (the majority of time involved on this project is baking the Fimo, allowing it to cool and allowing the paint to dry) mythical necklace to make that is also inexpensive (the cost to make per necklace is well under $1 and one brick of Fimo could easly make at minimum 4 necklace and possibly 6).

Here is a link to the tutorial for the necklace I made that I posted at Cut Out and Keep.


This is inspired by Melros's Dragon Egg Necklace at Dad Can Do (is a paysite but it is not expensive and has a wonderful backstory for the necklace - the site is full crafts and ideas to get Dads more into being creative with their children)


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