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1  Homemade Pattern Weights in Completed Projects by stillatthetop on: November 02, 2015 06:00:00 AM
Good Morning Peeps. I thought I would share with you a project that I completed many eons ago.

I tend to be very frugal, and don't like to waste money. Wanting and needing pattern weights, but not willing to shell out the bucks for them, I decided to make my own.

These are each made using two 2" washers. I simply single crochet all around. When you think you can't fit any more stitches..force them! Just squish over what you have done and fit a few more, until you REALLY can't fit any more. Then tie your ends together in a knot. Easy peasy, and cheap! I don't remember what I spent for the washers, but they aren't that expensive.

These work every bit as good as the "real" thing. I don't have a scale to weigh them, but they are heavy enough to keep your pattern from shifting, so no pinning. At the time I made these I was working with some very delicate fabrics where pins would have harmed the fabric. After using them for that project, I started using them for EVERYTHING. Saves time and frustration, because the pattern lays even flatter than it would if pinned.

I made a total of 6. I wish I would have used rainbow colors for them to brighten my day. The grey is kind of industrial and boring. But it is what I had at the time. And works all the same.



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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: October 24, 2015 04:57:53 PM
>>ActsofCraftiness, What you have here reminds me of Exquisite Corpes.

They are ATC size. Here is what I sent. Our organizer mixed them up and sent us back 3. This one is what I created and sent.

Here is what I got. From three different swap members. That was the idea of the swap.

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I gave the mature due to the taa taas. They are not offensive to me, but I know that other members are a bit more sensitive. Or their children share in looking.

Sorry for the unusual sizing of the scans. I don't think I scanned the ones I sent a bigger size, and they now have three separate homes.  Roll Eyes But our organizer did a nice job of piecing my rewards together in a community color family. This was for a different swap site than the one we are on. It would be interesting if someone wanted to host a swap such as this. Mine were very fun to make. It is all collaged magazine pages. I really enjoyed the textures. What I received back were all marker/paint/colored pencil. Which is equally fun to look at.

Hope I didn't stomp on your thread. I just thought others might enjoy my share.
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3  Tina's Mummy head with Mini tutorial in Halloween Decor and Parties by stillatthetop on: October 15, 2015 09:50:04 PM

I made this using a styrofoam wig head that I previously had paper mache'ed.

The inspiration for this was from here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440783.0

I spray painted it black. I thought that was a great idea. I poked in teddy bear eyes (thank you rscowtown  Grin)

I used 4 1/2" wide surgical gauze which I unfolded open and cut lengthwise in half.

I only taped the start point to the wig form. The wrapping seemed to stick to itself after that.

Then I used a tea bag steeped in a small amount of hot water as my paint brush.

I let that dry overnight. The next day I decided it needed more, so I used distress ink pads in two colors, tea brown, and some other brick reddish color.

I plan to hit it with a clear spray matte coating to seal it. Then...ta da  Grin finished.

Total time? Not including dry times, about 2 hours. I wrapped and unwrapped a few times until I liked how it looked. At first I didn't split the gauze, but that was too bulky. So I decided to wing it, and spent a bit of time on Google looking at mummy costumes, to decide what might look best.

All in all, I am happy with it. Thanks money2burn for the idea. I like your version, too  Grin

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4  Re: Please share your affirmations here in Discussion and Questions by stillatthetop on: October 11, 2015 07:40:17 AM
I will be the first to post.

I took a scrap of black paper and wrote "I am special" in gold ink and put it on my refrigerator. It is a reminder for myself.


This is a set of affirmation cards that I started making for myself. As you can see, I am far from the 52 deck of cards that I planned. And have since misplaced the folder of materials for some of the others  Roll Eyes It will resurface. "If you build it, they will come!"

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5  Re: How to make a mummy's head with mini tutorial in Halloween Decor and Parties by stillatthetop on: October 04, 2015 08:56:22 AM
LOOOKING GOOD! That will be a neat centerpiece. Make sure you make some of these:

Witches Fingers Cheese Straws. Very easy to do, and tasty, too. There are other recipes online as well.


Another good one for party food is Coffin Finger Sandwitches...like these:

Just add your choice of filling...tuna salad, chicken salad, etc. Thin slices of cucumber taste great added in there as well. Make a cardboard template to cut the crust off the bread. Refrigerated bread cuts easiest. Squirt on ketchup or gel food color (like for cake decorating) for the R.I.P. part. Or you can use mustard for that instead. They are quick and easy to do. You can save the extra bread scraps to make homemade croutons.

Have a fun party  Grin

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6  My project for the Pet Swap in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by stillatthetop on: August 15, 2015 02:21:23 PM
I received permission to post this from rantyhippie. I am a bit intimidated to post this, but decided to anyway.
I especially liked how my package for her turned out. This is the best photo I have for it.

She shared some pictures with me of her Lemon Beagle named Buster. And I made a drawing to represent his spunky playfulness. And created a pillow cover. The rope to the front of the pillow cover is a separate tuggy toy that I added for the swap. I also made some homemade dog biscuits in the shape of Texas (where Buster lives). And sent some Scooby Snacks (graham crackers) for her.

The image is applique and hand embroidery using fuzzy fabrics. His tongue is red plastic. The ball is layered applique, and the rope attached is also 3-D. I thought that he turned out mighty cute, and I was careful to get his colors and spots in all the right places. She mentioned for the swap that she didn't like the color brown...but 'duh'. That is color of her dog!  Wink I represented his color almost exactly to the pictures.

Here is the link to the Swap Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433884.0

Thanks for looking!
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7  Re: What to do with an old wooden trellis? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by stillatthetop on: August 14, 2015 09:05:56 PM
You can grow tomatoes indoors, if you tickle the flowers and pollinate them with a Q-tip. Those are great to grow on a trellis. Go with the indeterminate (heirloom and vining) variety...not the bush kind.

I also like the "hanging smaller pots" on it idea that Smmarrt shared. You can just wire some juice cans (punch holes in the bottom for drainage with a hammer and nail), plastic pots, etc. to it. and put a larger pot at the bottom for the base of it, to collect the water and keep it standing upright. And plant an ivy in the bottom pot, too. That would look cool.


Ooo. if you go for the juice can idea...freeze water in it first, and you can punch the holes in the side easiest. For the wire attachment to the trellis. The bottom is easy to punch either empty can, or frozen ice style.

Here is a trellis I made out of sticks from yardwork and a very neat wisteria vine twisty, and I wove a basket that the kitties loved to sleep in on my screened porch in Florida. I think you have inspired me to utilize it again indoors. If I can just find room for it. The plant was in a coconut shell that I made a macrame hanger for. It is now just the trellis...basket broke down. Coconut planter in the garage (I think?). But I can create something again with it. I have plenty of vines here in Tennessee that will work.

Double ~T
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8  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - July 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: August 08, 2015 02:22:53 PM
WOW. Great cards in the gallery. So happy to see them all. Here are my updates.

From Spikefan.

And these

From artsycandice.

So happy to have them in my collection. Thank you both for the great additions. I have been showing you off to friends who don't understand why I 'waste my time' with these things. Silly people, they need a great hobby like ours!  Grin

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9  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces Gallery, Round 10 in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: August 08, 2015 02:00:45 PM
Long post here friends. I have missed you all  Wink Computer is back and I will update.

I have made a new puzzle swap pal with whatthepuck. And many puzzle pal friends here.

In no particular order, here is what I received. The smaller pieces are for a previous puzzle that we agreed to swap out the extra pieces to finish.

FROM WHATTHEPUCK...for my affirmations.. Be Happy. Believe. And an extra goodie for my small piece puzzle theme of nature, garden.

FROM HAZELLY...for affirmations...Everyday is a second chance, and I have the power to change myself. HOW TRUE  Grin

FROM JRWILLIAMS..and I almost mature imaged this one, but I am calling it a Japan Maple leaf  Wink...As I say yes to life, life says yes to me. And think happy thoughts. So true, again. Thank you.

And last but not least from my regular trader pal RSCOWTOWN...she reminds me that "You're Beautiful"...and that a Smile is worth more than chocolate...and two tiny pieces to finish out my other nature puzzle.

Thank you all for a wonderful amazing swap. And I am sorry I had to be vacant for some of it. Life has been some crazy times lately. But I am back up and running. And glad to see that other puzzles are being formed, too. This is a wonderful gallery.

Happy Crafting, and thanks Luvebuggy99! You have been a great coordinator.  Wink Grin Wink

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10  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: July 02, 2015 05:14:01 PM
I recieved another wonderful card today. This one is from sammylouise40! Quite nice for my Butterfly theme. I like the text paper effect. Very pretty. Thanks!

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