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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Free as a bird. on: February 10, 2014 11:34:44 AM

Anyway, my feeder is something I have made a few times before. I enjoy feeding the birds but not cleaning out the feeders. These are so quick and easy to make you can just produce a new one. However they are also surprisingly sturdy. I have had one outside over the winter and it is still going strong. I think design came out of my head, well as much as anything can. However I am sure some one some were will have made one before.

To make you will need.

2 x milk or other waxed cartons
Permanent marker
A glue gun


Mark out the 1st box as shown in the photo below and cut out. It is basically a house shape but remember to leave enough to fold over to make the roof.

With you 2nd box cut out a roof.

Thread the string from the base to what will be the roof. Stick the base together and then stick the roof on top.

There you go a re-purposed milk carton or a disposable bird house.

If its windy you may want to weight it down simply fill the base with melted fat and bird seed to make in house fat ball.

What I like about this is if you have a glue gun its basically free and a great activity to do with kids (Those old enough for hot glue and scissors).
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 82 ENTRIES / Ginger Bread Bird Friendly House on: January 08, 2013 02:44:04 AM

I have seen this challenge every year and been impressed with the entries. Having recently moved to a new country, among  other things I have committed my self to is completing Crafster challenges until I start work to keep my self amused. But as the deadline approached,  after the Christmas excess (and the yet to be eaten Christmas treats). I really did not feel like making more sugary food.

So I decided to make a ginger bread house for my feathered friends who visit my balcony. Obviously birds are not meant to eat, sweets, salt or large amounts of refined starch (mind you neither am I).  So I did some research discarded my first few ideas. Learned about feeding wild birds and finally when all else failed asked my friend who is a park ranger and ornithologist, about feeding ginger to birds.

 As outlined in the challenge the I could if I decided eat the bird house but I sure I would not like it. The roof and front and back are made of bird friendly ginger bread (no salt, little sugar and rough grain flour) The side walls have ginger bread harts and are made of lard seed cakes (sunflower seeds, puffs, coconut lard) with string to hang it. Its stuck together with my husbands pure peanut butter and melted coconut fat (shhhh). I decorated it with nuts, seeds and chilies.

I am writing this by the window with my camera. To try and snap any guests. I managed to scare the first one off.


Finally later I will take it down  and feed it little by little to the birds to stop the risk of infection.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / getting t-shirts digitaly printed up on: August 19, 2008 02:20:00 AM

Has anyone used any of the company's that you give your digital pictures to and they print them on to T-shirts?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / tea light center on: May 02, 2008 03:39:53 AM
My friend is getting married. She is having a reception at a fairy festival. We are working out ways to make it as beautiful as possible for her.  Here are the first 7 of her tea lights holders only 43 or more to go.

I think I might have to neaten the tops of a bit better. Any ideas.

Thanks to pink who inspired me.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Lights as a feather wearable lamp on: May 02, 2008 03:16:49 AM

ok so is it a lamp or isn't it.

Well it lights up, can run of the mains or battery, I am working on solar power. When it on it lights my room and you can wear it out, so I am going to go for it.

Here it is in situ, lighting the room.

Here it is in situ, lighting the room.

The light is produced by Electroluminescent Wire, which a hand sewed between the layers of the corset. I inserted a layer so no stitching would show. This  is link to were I get the wire http://www.surelight.com/ (heres a US site for thouse who asked I have never used them http://www.thatscoolwire.com.), you can also get it on E-Bay. You can wear it with a small battery pack and set it flash in time with music.

More pictures of my cousin out and about in the corset/light.

Thanks for looking and a big thankyou to my cousin and sister who had to stand around in the cold for the photos.

I will try an post a tutorial if any one is intrested.

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Heart on my sleeve (or coat to coat). (img plump) on: December 04, 2007 02:27:20 AM

I took a horrible ugly square jacket from the 80's and a shapeless shirt from a lumber jack and made a new coat and hair slide.
Heres my lovely before picture which makes me look like a convict, nice.

And heres me in the new coat looking more human

Sorry I forgot to take making photos but I cut them both up, ironed them to get the fabric and made my own pattern. The front became the back, I added a vent at the back and a new collar. The brown satin came from the yoke in the shirt. I added lots of odd buttions from the originals or my buttion box. I embroidered the hearts on the sleeves. I like the fact its not symmetrical in every way.

I lined it by cutting down the original lining and sewing it back up.

I am pleased with my new winter coat and think it is no longer ugly.
thanks for looking.  And a big thankyou to my flat mate who took the photos and put up with the mess. Even though he is phobic of buttions.

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My first needle felt on: November 13, 2007 05:36:41 AM
I bought my needles last week and this is the first thing I felted. I felted on to my Beret rather than making one (thats the next wet project).  I think it worked out OK. I need to buy some smaller needles to neaten it up a bit.

First new topic post so here hoping the photos work

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