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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat Mao Loves You on: December 18, 2019 09:32:13 AM
Chaircat Mao heard the news of Craftster's final days and agreed to come out of retirement for one last hat.

And here is the original last hat, but I couldn't bring myself to put it on the old girl:

Thanks for all of the love!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / So I Crocheted a Couch on: December 07, 2019 08:53:56 PM
I did not crochet a full-sized couch, mind you, but a kitty version fit for Jigglypuff Sprinklepop!

Jigglypuff (or Jiggy) is my daughter's cat who happens to be incredibly spoilt. She gets all of the good things from her mom, and I get to crochet/knit her things like toys and...couches.

Jiggy is, as my son says, an "absolute unit", and I take that as lots to love, so I altered this pattern slightly to accommodate all of Jiggy's lovely self. She prefers my daughter's bed, naturally, but it is still kinda cute.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Mandrake on: December 07, 2019 04:23:19 PM
Oh look, a baby mandrake. Where are my earmuffs?!

Made for the lovely tapestrymlp.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature HP Herbology Ornament on: December 07, 2019 02:08:09 PM
A mini greenhouse full of potted baby mandrakes! This is actually a tree ornament (that's why there are holes in the roof). It is approximately 2 3/4" x 2" x 3 1/2" tall but I forgot to take a reference picture, so you'll just have to believe me.

I made shelves and a tiny table out of basswood and tiny pots from rolled paper. So many pots! The pots were filled with snippets of different kinds of greenery. There is the tiniest teacup on the shelf and a wee gardening fork. Is that what that tool is called? Cacti die in my care, so I have no idea.

Whew! I might ask Santa for a magnifying lamp this year.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hall of Prophecies Ornament on: December 07, 2019 10:12:05 AM
Here's a little ornament made for jillybeans in the Harry Potter Holiday Ornament and Stocking Stuffer Swap:

It started with an Altoid tin that I covered in paper and then glued in three balsa wood shelves. The tiny orbs are 6mm and 8mm hollow glass globes that I stuffed with bits of painted and glittered wool roving. They were then glued to silver bead caps. Harry's prophecy is a slightly different color and has a label. Black glitter was sprinkled here and there because, well...glitter. I painted an Altoid insert to frame the tin. Plus, it looks nice. Creating the hanger took the longest time to work out, but I was elated to unearth a single glass bead that looked like a prophecy orb already!

jillybeans also got a crocheted Crookshanks that looks crankier than usual:

Hope your holidays are magical!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Happy Holidays (in Mini) on: December 05, 2019 08:18:50 AM
I wasn't quite ready to tackle the epic feat of decorating the house for Christmas just yet, so I made a mini scene instead. My house will not be this tidy once we decorate. And our frisky cat will be in the tree.

I built the fireplace and added dollhouse "glowing embers" for that realistic look.  Cheesy

The garland is simply a length of wired pine needles that I've bent and then glued on mini fruit and ribbons.

And lastly, there's a cat in the rocking chair, right where she belongs. (Not in the tree.)

Happy Holidays, everyone!
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Hallowe'en Mini Folio on: October 29, 2019 08:16:13 PM
I've been making books and folios for a few months and found that I really enjoy the process. Especially if it is going to be a Hallowe'en or cat book. Instead of putting this on the Papercraft board, I thought it ought to go here because inside the folio is a fun decoration.

The folio opens out and on the bottom is a removable card with a spinning dial on the side so the cat's message can be changed. (See how I snuck a cat in there?)

On the top of the folio is the fun part; an accordion folded string of spooky silhouettes!

Looks kinda cool with a tea light illuminating the images. To make the silhouettes, I used a pre-made accordion strip of black card stock from Alpha Stamps and drew images on the back with a white pencil. I cut out all of the negative space, just like you would when carving pumpkins.

After the images were cut, I adhered orange vellum on the backs, and that's about it.

It is nice the entire thing is 4" x 4 3/4" and pretty flat, so it could easily be mailed. Fun stuff!
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Bitty Bat Pincushion on: October 19, 2019 07:58:56 PM
I revamped Baby Bat to fit atop a kooky pumpkin pincushion that was made for the Stitching Queen, kittykill.

Bitty Bat is much smaller than Baby Bat,

and is quite shy!

9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Happy Halloween Shrine on: October 05, 2019 08:14:36 PM
This latest Hallowe'en project was a quickie craft mostly because I have been too busy all week to do anything creative. How sad. So today I told all of my smallish people to pretend I was invisible. Someone decided Boo Berry was a suitable lunch. This happens in October, and I am okay with it.

I basically just covered the entire shrine with paper from the Happy Halloween 6x6 Paper Pad and painted the inside. There's a chipboard creepy tree in there, and a tiny tombstone, Hubert the articulated skeleton, of course, as well as a snippet of gothic fence! Hubert is holding a Halloween flag made from a toothpick and some text from a collage sheet. And since I live in a spooky southern city, I had to add creepy moss to the tree. Some miniature foliage was used to cover the bottom. This shrine is about 1/2" deep and held all of that with room to spare. Pretty impressive!

The paper from the Happy Halloween pad was so cute that I added it to the back as well. It is only needing a picture hanger to be complete.

I love Hallowe'en!
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Hallowe'en Party Shrine on: October 02, 2019 08:40:23 PM
I have been making Hallowe'en things since August...well, maybe July...and thought I'd share this fun little party shrine.

The shrine is 6 1/2" x 4" and deep enough for a dollhouse table (psst, it's just a rectangle of basswood with dollhouse legs glued on!).

I used polymer clay for all of the cookies, cakes, lollipops, candy corn, and the ghost on the tiered display. The round cookies and checkerboard treats were cut from pre-made polymer clay canes. The cookie tin is covered with a collage sheet image and washi tape.

And under the table are some masks and pumpkin party favors.

Happy October (finally)!

Oh, and a reference pic:

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