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1  An Explorer Kit in Completed Projects by mcbeth on: May 21, 2014 12:39:29 PM
A wooden box I made, covered with crumpled tissue paper, spray painted black then stained a few times. I hope to make more of these for nieces and nephews this year. I did this one and another at the same time then gave out the most finished at the birthday party.

It's mostly scrapbook paper aged.

With covers off
I was trying to figure out a hidden compartment but that's going to take more planning in the beginning.

2014-04-19 14.58.15
From the top

I was too lazy to go to the hardware store and used what I had. I'll probably not do that again, too much was involved in smoothing out the holes. More pics on my blog.
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2  This isn't right in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by mcbeth on: April 08, 2014 01:06:03 PM
Every time I pick at this one I mess something up, can you guys give me some advice on improving this?

It's part of a mixed media baby art quilt.
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3  Homemade Cargo Cover in Completed Projects by mcbeth on: March 21, 2014 10:21:41 AM
I had to pick up my brother at the airport and then go to a wedding, leaving my car in a mall parking garage for a few hours. With a hatchback there's no hidden trunk space for a suitcase and I'd already gotten broken into leaving a bag out on a seat. There are a lot of homemade car hacks out there on the interwebs so I scrounged around until I could find some ideas I could use.

Step 1: Find the shape of the cover using cardboard. Now all others started with a big piece of it but all I had were produce boxes the cat didn't like anymore, so I cut it up and taped. I wouldn't recommend this method though.

Step 2: Transfer to Wood and Cut Out. I used mdf and a jig saw, cut out the basic shape and then had to put it in, see where it got stuck, cut more wood out - repeat until it fits. The center bowed under so I added some supports.

Step 3: Cover with (cheap) carpet. I bought it for $15 at Walmart and glued it to the top. That was all the time I had before the wedding and it worked perfectly.

Step 4: Paint to hide the gaps. You can see how inaccurate my pattern was and my not so good jig saw abilities. It worked though.

Step 5: Enjoy. I need to paint the edges better but for now it's fine.

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4  Aliens in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mcbeth on: March 12, 2014 10:19:36 AM
I have a new nephew and wanted to make him something awesome.

Oliver and the Facehugger by Subversive Crafting, on Flickr

I'm still working out the kinks for this one so the boy has to wait for more.

IMG_7145 by Subversive Crafting, on Flickr

Facehugger by Subversive Crafting, on Flickr
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5  What to do with paper scraps in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mcbeth on: February 03, 2014 11:47:02 AM
I have a ton of paper scraps from other projects. These are too small for anything really but I didn't want to throw them away. They are about 3" x 4" really small.

Paper Scraps

I have some books I needed for non-book related activities and pulled out the text block and glued the scraps and the pages together. I let each one dry in wax paper and under a weight.

Paper Scraps

I was pretty impatient and took the pages out before they were completely dry. This allowed me to curl the petals of the flowers so that when it actually did dry it would stay that way.

Paper Scraps

Now what do I do with them?
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6  Six Seasons and a Movie! in Completed Projects by mcbeth on: December 23, 2013 08:53:08 AM

I did this while it was snowing so it took longer to spraypaint the frames. I should have thought of this a few months ago...

Ok I bought 5 frames and sprayed them red. I made a stencil and hit the glass with some kind of off white. The goatee is felt.
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7  Tunisian Mythbusters in Crochet: Completed Projects by mcbeth on: December 18, 2013 10:58:50 AM
I recently donated this to the work holiday party raffle and some lucky nerd got to take it home. I had to take parts out to fix so many freaking times but I finally got it done. Next up I want to do the Ministry of Silly Walks.

Click to see it bigger.
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8  Better Merit Badges in Completed Projects by mcbeth on: August 30, 2013 10:14:28 AM
Some are copied from the felt and some are not. This time I used some crap muslin and painted it with gesso, then because it's so gauzy I the paint was soaking through I hit it with mod podge.

A Team, My 4 Year Old Niece's Butt Which She Kept Making Me See Over Christmas, Doctor Who, Hiking, Mixed Tape, Dead Parrot, YOU MOVED THE GRAVES BUT YOU DIDN"T MOVE THE BODIES!

Pleiades, Big Trouble in Little China, Moon, Macgyver, My Superawesome Telescope
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9  Merit Badges in Completed Projects by mcbeth on: August 12, 2013 07:47:21 AM
Next time I'm not painting on felt. It is too uncooperative.

Merit Badges
The Shire
A Team
Dead Parrot
Mola Ram

Merit Badges
The Dread Pirate Roberts
Thong Undies
X Files
Young Riders
Red Stapler

Merit Badges
The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch
Mix Tape
Wonder Woman
Death Star

edit: I forgot to add a few!

Merit Badges
Walking Dead
Bumble Bee (that chased me and my roommate)
Star Trek
Headcrusher (Kids in the Hall)
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10  Neverending Story in Quilting: Completed Projects by mcbeth on: August 08, 2013 09:36:22 AM
For a new baby I always do a quilt of some kind, something from our childhood. I watched the movie a hell of a lot of times and sketched out the characters then painted them onto fabric. After it was dry I free motion quilted each one for more texture. This one was hard and not just because I can't get the song out of my head. There's more info and pictures on my blog but here's a few, I really need to improve on the quilting. I feel like a junkie when I'm doing it.

We don't even care that we don't even care...

Tiny people!

The hardest one to paint! Also I sewed on some Angelina fiber on the back and head, it's shiny fuzzy.

Angled view of the quilting:

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