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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / McQueen and Mater on: November 02, 2011 06:24:26 PM
So, we haven't really done Halloween before because my son has a peanut allergy (he's almost 4) and it's hard to explain to him that he can't have about 60% of the candy he collects. This year I wasn't planning anything until my friend texted me that her little boy requested that my son go trick or treating with him at his grandparents house. Panic mode set in, I ask my son what he wants to be and he comes out with "Lightning Queen". Ok... I have 4 days, and a daughter I must costume as well. So, she'll be Mater. I invested approx. $10 in spray paint, and everything else was on hand. Mostly cardboard boxes and kraft paper, and they had straps to go over their shoulders. Those four days were spent staring at my sons matchbox versions of the cars for way too long.

Final product is.......

And Action Shots.....

It was an exhausting process of shaping cardboard, then covering, then painting. I got the Rusteze logo and the other sponsors on Lightning McQueen from the internet. The lightning bolt and "95" were cut out of yellow posterboard and the gradient was spray painted. Mater's towing cable supports were made from a curtain rod that my kids tore down last week (what timing?) and he even had a wire hook.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Simple/Cheap Earring holder/display on: June 25, 2008 07:30:01 PM
I was looking for something to hang some new earrings I'm making on to dry. I had a strip of plastic canvas, but no frame to attach it to. I rolled it up, overlapped it 2 squares and secured with a few brads. Here are some pics. Could be used for a fair I suppose or just to organize earrings, and the stuff comes in tons of colors, and so do the brads.



In use
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Simple Earring display/holder on: June 25, 2008 07:26:52 PM
I was looking for something to hang some new earrings I'm making on to dry. I had a strip of plastic canvas, but no frame to attach it to. I rolled it up, overlapped it 2 squares and secured with a few brads. Here are some pics. Could be used for a fair I suppose or just to organize earrings, and the stuff comes in tons of colors, and so do the brads.



In use

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Spring time = Prom Time (4 Pics)----- Updated with Prom Pics!! on: April 15, 2008 10:48:21 PM
Ok, I'm a loser because I hang out with high school kids. Not really, but I volunteer with a high school band, and they love me. Anyways, one of them saw my jewelry and wanted me to make her prom jewelry. I just finished it tonight. Her dress is a white halter and her date wants to wear a hot pink tie (yeah!). Anyways, we surfed the net for some inspiration, and here's what I came up with.

Whole Set

Close Up Bracelet

Close Up Earrings

Close Up Necklace

Comments are always appreciated!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Louisa, KY (Long Background, Lots of Pics) on: March 04, 2008 08:21:37 PM

I am from a tiny town in Kentucky, called Louisa. I grew up there and have a love/hate relationship with the town. The population is about 2000, and everyone is in everyone else's business.

Jewelry is my craft of choice, (even though I do a little of everything), so I have made a bracelet, necklace and pair of earrings representing 3 things from my hometown.

**Story Behind the Bracelet **

Louisa sits at the meeting point of two rivers, and they form a third river where they meet. The Tug River forms the border to West Virginia and the Levisa comes from within Kentucky. They both travel South to North. When they meet in Louisa, the name changes to the Big Sandy River. In October 2000, a slurry compound broke, spilling millions of gallons of coal sludge into the Tug River. While the effects were felt greater in areas south of Louisa, we still felt the impact. The slurry traveled down the Tug and into the Big Sandy. After a little while, the slurry started backing up the Levisa River, making it about a mile to the water treatment plant. The town was basically shut down for a little over a week until the water was usable again. Here is a news story reporting 4 years later about the disaster.

For my bracelet I was inspired by this woven bracelet by alohamom2three.

I have two strands that come together to one strand. I wanted blue focal beads (even though the rivers aren't blue, it's still a water reference) and used black seed beads on the Tug River side and blue seed beads on the Levisa side. As I got closer to where they meet, I slowly added black seed beads into the Levisa side. Where they meet, I alternated the two different focal beads and used mainly black seed beads with a few blue ones. I wanted this bracelet to remind me of the way of life where I come from. The company that spilled the slurry was given a slap on the wrist, as coal is a way of life here. I could go on and on about it, but I think that's long enough.

**Story Behind the Necklace**

Crossing the two rivers mentioned above is a bridge. The bridge is listed in Ripley's Believe it or Not. It spans two rivers (Tug and Levisa Fork), has a right turn in the center, connects two states (Kentucky and West Virginia), two cities (Louisa, Kentucky, and Fort Gay, West Virginia), two counties (Lawrence County, Kentucky and Wayne County, West Virginia).

When someone not familiar with the area asks how to get to the "Point Section" area of town, locals will often get confused looks when explaining to "Go to the middle of the bridge and turn right." I was inspired by the same bracelets as above but made it longer, and added a Y to it.

**Story Behind the Earrings**

Ok, not really much of a story here. Louisa does have one of the largest lakes in the state, when measured by shoreline. This is because it is mainly a series of connected creeks. There isn't much of a large area of water.

I liked the way it has little branches everywhere, so I made pretty simple earrings. Started with earwires, added a chain, then two headpins with 5 blue seed beads to each of the 8 loops on the chain. Pretty simple.

**End of Story**
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A Few New Things (Image Phat, but small files) on: February 26, 2008 10:00:41 PM
I have a 3 month old, so I make things while he sleeps, but by the time I'm ready to take pics, he's awake. I finally got a bunch of pics taken, so here's a few of my favorites. Please let me know what you think.

Using scraps of memory wire, I thought they would make nice curves on these earrings that won't straighten out. Sorry this pic is a bit out of focus, but I wanted to show these off.

I got this pattern from a klutz book, because I love those books. They are all really neat, even though they are aimed at kids and teens.

A spiral woven bracelet. It has a toggle clasp on the back.

And my very first attempt at beaded flowers. I didn't have any floral tape, so I used green electrical tape and attached it to a cheapo bic ink pen.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Opinions Please! on: January 20, 2008 09:37:16 PM
Hello everyone, I'm pretty new to craftster (In love with this site!) and would like to throw out some bracelets that I've made and get a few opinions. Please tell me what you think. Thanks!

8  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Eastern KY on: January 13, 2008 12:31:38 AM
Hello everyone, I'm wondering if there is anyone else out there in Eastern KY. I'm in Ashland, right where Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky meet. I just moved here last June from Berea (The Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky). I do beading, cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting, and a little bit of sewing. I'm interested in learning all kinds of crafting, but beaded jewelry is my big thing right now. I do whatever I find at Hobby Lobby that looks like fun!
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