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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Flat Stanley/Stacey's Altoid Tin Suitcase on: November 19, 2008 06:39:12 PM
I'm the "California Aunt" to my WV-native nieces and so when the Flat Stanley/Stacey project came up (send a paper doll to someone in another state to learn about geography, etc.) I won!  Part of the project is to send back postcards, little souvenirs, etc and I thought it would be fun to send back some Stacey-sized stuff in a Stacey-sized suitcase!


and Shut Case ;P

It's pretty straightforward, thin Sulpey III coating on the inside and outside with a matte Modge Podge finish.  Just make sure you leave an edge for the tin to close and don't coat the hinges!  If I did it again, I would definitely mask off that edge, mine is sloppy.  Handle was added by punching two holes in the front, wrapping wire through so there are a couple of loops, and then flattening the wire that is inside the suitcase up against the tin.  then I just clayed over the handle.
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Favorite Things Charm Bracelet on: November 19, 2008 06:19:56 PM
A friend lent me all seven seasons of Buffy DVDs so I had loads of inspiration.  She'll be getting this bracelet along with her DVDs when I finish watching.

Charms with a die for size comparison:
- Coffee from the Bronze
- Angel's leather jacket
- Cross Angel gave Buffy (purchased)
- Headstone that says RIP
- Mr Pointy pre-sanding
- Promise ring Angel gave Buffy

Strung charms - Note the post-sanding Mr Pointy, I did a thin coat of dark brown bark over light brown "wood" and then sanded it down with a Dremel to give it that " wood carved with a knife" feel.

Joss Whedon, please don't sue me.

Edit: Everything except the cross and chain are polymer clay (Sculptey III) with a coat of Modge Podge shiny or matte (Mr Pointy and the headstone are covered in the latter).
13  California / California: North / Sebastopol Stitch n Bitch Group on: November 13, 2008 02:23:34 PM
Hi Folks,
A couple of us are meeting up to knit and attempt crochet weekly at Coffee Catz in Sebastopol from 6:30 - ? on Wednesdays if you're interested.  We'll be the ones with the pokey things. Cheesy

Coffee Catz
6761 Sebastopol Ave Ste 300
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: (707) 829-6600
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loch Ness Scarfy on: November 10, 2008 05:43:54 PM
I've been sort of binge crafting lately, this time I went for a three yarn scarf in a super basic stitch using my trusty 9mm needles.  This is my first attempt at multicolor and I think it turned out well.  I'm calling it my Loch Ness Scarf because of the dark watery green monstery feel.  With monster attack pic goodness.

15  COOKING / Dessert / Heart-shaped... Flan? Kurt Cobain would be so proud. on: November 10, 2008 05:34:38 PM
The BF and I love flan, but both have... issues when it comes to dairy.  So we just have our dairy things at home where we only offend ourselves and the dogs.Smiley  Not my own recipe as it is plain ole Flan out of the box, but put it together with an anatomical heart-shaped jello mold and voila!  Disgusting yet tasty dessert!

16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fifties Vixen on: November 03, 2008 09:08:21 AM
Have you ever worked with a piece of cloth that you absolutely loved for so long that by the end you hate it?  I made the skirt and shirt, apron, headband and necklace.  This is my first hand-made Halloween costume and what seems more sensible than a Fifties Housewife?

Hrm, what should I make the darling husband for dinner tonight?

I figured I should make a real apron for use in the real life kitchen, thusly one side is plain cloth from an old sheet.

Apron Pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94779.0

The flip side is "vintage" cotton from one of my Grandma's pillowcases.

The pearl necklace is polymer clay beads, covered in modge podge and clear nail polish and strung on embroidery thread.  Coffee stain for, uh, size comparison. Smiley  Next year, Halloween options include:

- Marge Simpson
- Wilma Flintstone
- Momma from Momma's Family (* most likely*)

Shirt Pattern: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/3651

Pseudo-gauged skirt based on real gauging instructions: http://www.elizabethstewartclark.com/GAMC/FP/index.htm
17  California / California: North / Santa Rosa Stitch n Bitch anyone? on: October 24, 2008 03:45:41 PM
A gal has started up a Santa Rosa Stitch n Bitch group and we're looking for more folks who are interested!  We are meeting Weds at 6:30PM over at Coffee Catz in Sebastopol.  Just give me a shout if you're interested and I'll keep an eye out for ya!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jack o Lantern Scarf on: September 28, 2008 06:13:33 PM
I am totally in the Halloween spirit and thusly we have the Jack o Lantern faced scarf!  Where I grew up (WV) it can get downright cold on Halloween (think snow) so I made this to keep my cousin warm while she takes her little one trick or treating for the very first time!  The face was stitched onto the scarf post-knitting.  I have yet to master the art of color mixing.

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Stuffed dog toys on: September 28, 2008 06:05:52 PM
Here's Roxie and the two bones I sewed up for her and our other dog Smokey.  The denim bone is an  almost anatomically accurate femur that has been stuffed with strips of denim as well.  Smoke loooooves to shred things.

The smaller white bone is a corner of a bedsheet I got at a thrift store (yay cheep fabric) that has been stuffed with, yes, more cheap fabric.

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rosie the Riveter Knitting Bag on: September 23, 2008 02:09:01 PM
I created this bag ages ago in my pre-Craftster period.  It uses yarn, that plastic grid stuff, and a crapload of time.  The pattern was originally a knitting pattern from the extremely talented Domiknitrix at the following URL:


It was intended as a sort of messenger bag, but the yarn started tearing through the plastic sheeting under load.  Now it's my knitting project carrier.

Reused belt for the shoulder strap (yes it still buckles to change the length):

and just in case I needed to carry it as a handbag:

Pics borrowed back from Domiknitrix because I can't seem to locate the originals.
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