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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / BBC Sherlock Shrinky-Magnet Hoop on: May 02, 2013 11:00:15 PM
Last fall I joined the much anticipated Holmes for the Holidays swap and crafted this item for my secret swapmate Bunnie Boo. As things sometimes go, it went AWOL in the mail so after collecting the materials I crafted the same thing again (on a smaller hoop) but it too went missing. I still suspect that there are a couple of customs agents with some Sherlock hoops in their homes. Wink So here is my "one that got away"...

When I saw that Bunnie Boo is such an accomplished embroidery hooper I was instantly inspired to do a Sherlock hoop. Alas, my embroidery skills are elementary at best, so I employed my other varied skills and set to work. This is a 12" embroidery hoop fitted with a metal canister lid, to which I mod-podged a print of the lovely 221b wallpaper (and poked little holes for an authentic smiley). The depth of the lid made a convenient place to store the unused shrink-plastic figures, and a magnetic surface to display the selected ones. I had made several sheets of figures with props and such but the first batch through the oven warped and smeared horribly, so unfortunately the only sheets that worked really well were small and yielded only the figures you see here -but still, I was really pleased with how the Prismacolor pencil colors came out and how well they held. (That batch of shrink plastic was a rare fluke from a thrift find -I've never seen any like it before or since!)

Anyway, on to the images!

And of course I had to do Hedgehog-John and Otter-Sherlock as they were in her pinterest board!

I couldn't resist a holiday touch!


Thank you very much for viewing. Happy crafting (and deducing)!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Glitter houses and a snowy deer under a dome! on: December 19, 2012 10:46:14 PM
I have to say, the Ho Ho Ho Swap was incredible! Not only did my awesome partner RougeRaven craft me some amazing holiday decor items, she had an inspiring Pinterest as well! Vintage glitter houses, deer, and colors like aqua, pink, and red -what's not to love! Grin

Here are the items I crafted...

And my personal favorite part... the big house lights up!

Inside the big house is a trio of red trees against a tinsel background...

It was a pre-made paper mache house which I altered a bit on the front to make larger windows and a tall door. To it I added some paint, sparkly trims, red paper doilies, Christmas ribbon, and a shingled roof of cut up playing cards (as cute as it is, I likely won't be doing that again -too time consuming!)...

The battery pack was too bulky and heavy to go on the back, so I put it underneath, which required some festive feet -made from Tinkertoy bits with a bit of appropriate ribbon...

The little blue house was a purchased wood birdhouse that I covered with some super glittery paper, a bit of paint and glitter, a white paper doily, and a couple gems...

Finally, I happened to find the perfect glass display dome at the thrifts store (with a really sad withered rose inside). After cleaning and a coat of paint, it was joined by a red tree, some felt "snow", and a tiny painted and glittered deer...

You can view RougeRaven's lovely pics of the items here! I had so much fun crafting these items and I have to say I was only able to give them up because I knew they were going to someone who would really enjoy them. I'll definitely be making some for myself! Wink
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Repurposed cabinet into Vintage Halloween shrine... on: November 09, 2012 10:11:40 PM
I made this little Halloween shrine for the wonderful HotBananaPepper, who was my partner for the fourth round of the Vintage Halloween Swap. She listed goblins, devils, pumpkin heads, and people behind masks as her favorite motifs and I couldn't have been happier! I've been wanting to make a repurposed shrine type of object, and this was the perfect chance after finding a great (if hideous) cabinet at the local thrift store. Here is the result...

And my absolute favorite aspect of the whole thing, it lights up!

A little close-up...

All the decoupage elements (done with plain Elmer's glue) were from vintage Halloween image searches -there are a lot of really great ones out there! Here is the top...

Right side...

Left side...

The back (the same devil image as the interior background, it was too cool)...

And the last little treat, the drawer is lined with a vintage group Halloween photo!

And here's what it looked like at the start!

This project was a blast and it was a bit hard to send it away, but I knew it was going to a great home. Happy (belated) Halloween!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Hanging Bundt-pan Herb Pots! on: June 10, 2009 10:18:13 PM
So there used to be a really awesome thrift store in my area that closed late last year. It was an awesome place for a junk scrounge like myself; lots of material with potential and usually very reasonably priced -especially when you like to make stuff out of things no-one wants to use anymore!  Wink

I amassed several funky old Bundt cake pans so that I could turn them in to hanging pots for herbs. Because really, have you ever made any food in one of those pans? The novelty wears off reallllly quick, trust me. But look how lovely the bottoms are! How else can you get a good look at them unless you hang them? Thus, the herb pots were born!

The raw materials...

The result!

8 cups of funky fresh herbs! (Well, 8 cups of dirt, technically, but that's not as appealing Tongue)

Because the pans are usually quite small, you'll want to use compact varieties of herbs and keep them out of all-day sun. Mine are hanging from the porch roof and only get about four-five hours of direct sun a day. Be sure to keep an eye on watering too, as the smaller containers will dry out quicker. The herbs seem to like the conditions though, and I actually haven't had any of the fungus problems I frequently get in my non-hanging potted plants. I planted this pot last October and the bushier Thymes have nearly doubled in size -the very flat one is still nicely compact- and they are all doing great!

Here's a simple version of how to make one of these funky pots -if you make one of your own please post a pic, I'd love to see the variety!  Grin

[July 2, 2009: added two new pics!]

Here is the second pot I made about two months ago. It is a "tin" pan, so it has rusted, but I like it that way! Tongue But how wonderful is that bottom? This pot is hanging high so I can see the pattern when I pass by...

And yes, I haven't been very good about pruning the oregano so it's very leggy instead of bushy. Oh well!

And here is a shot of the assembly. Note that for this particular pan I used two washers -a large one to fit the hole in the pan, and a smaller one to cover the large hole in the large washer. Large washers don't always have the right size inner hole, and sometimes it's more trouble than it's worth to drill it -hence, the double washer approach!

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / "I like you America" Gun Cozy on: September 05, 2008 11:33:25 AM
So it looks like I'll have to be the one to go there...  Wink

First off, this is my first project ever posted on Craftster, but I've been lurking and enjoying all the creative people for some time now. This challenge struck me because I just recently purchased my first handgun. Please understand that I'm not a crazy gun person; I'm a white, rural-CA-dwelling, violence and crime disdaining, 32-year-old woman who had never fired a gun before taking a handgun safety class earlier this year. I was quite pleased that I'm a bit of a "natural" and completely LOVE target shooting on the range!

Anyway, I thought for sure someone else would do a gun cozy! The few I googled were knitted and more pocket-like, but I wanted something a little different...

First I started with a literal scrap of this amazing fabric I found in a bin of clothes in the reuse-recycle area of our dump. How great is this?!

From there I traced my shiny new Glock 19 to create a pattern blank which I can use for many types of "cozies."

Close-up of the pattern with my notations...

I wanted something that revealed a bit of what was in it, for textural and visual contrast, and I also wanted to be able to use it while the gun was locked. A bit of the irony is due to the fact that when the cozy is on the gun is almost completely inoperable.  Wink

And then there's the whole message on the fabric! How can that not impart irony?! Actually, I've learned that it can go a few ways -my intention was to have the cozy almost be like a straightjacket that says, in effect, "thank you for keeping me safe" while rendering the gun useless. Other people I've shown it to have read it as being pro-gun and pro-America (which it IS, but...). BAH! We're not here for politics, bring on the craft!!

After several hours sewing tiny seams and hand-tacking rick-rack...

Snaps in the back...

(They're "antiqued," not cracked!  Grin)

Fully functional snaps, at that!

The right side has the same message...

The all-important open area for the chamber...

And with the slide unlocked -much more familiar looking...

Ready to go to the range! Can't wait to hear what they'll say when they see this...   Roll Eyes

I'm looking forward to making many more of these -fleece, lace, vinyl, the possibilites are endless!!

(And I do hope this post doesn't spark controversy. I know guns, gun safety, and gun rights are generally touchy issues, but let's focus on the silly cozy, okay?)
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