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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Owls Cake Topper on: June 15, 2011 09:48:35 AM
We made owls for our upcoming wedding cake topper! My fiance Brian has never ever used Sculpey before, and he made the green owl by following my instructions and mimicking my methods. So proud of him!!!

The eyes are a button within a button, with puffy paint for the iris. The bellies are modpodged fabric. We painted them rather than making them out of coloured Sculpey because we had more control over the colours that way.

The nest was my doing: it's hairy-looking (dark green) yarn that I coated in white glue and varnish, wrapped around a saran-covered bowl, and then pulled off when dry. The green dried really dark, so we spray painted it white, which should be good as our cake is going to be orange or purple--not sure yet.

If you want to learn more about our rather unusual wedding, you can check out our blog at projectpriceless.blogspot.com

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Lipstick Lesbian/ Bi Grrl swap? Warning: may have mature content on: June 19, 2009 03:01:53 PM
Definition: A lipstick lesbian is a woman who loves other women, but also loves her clothes and makeup and shoes. She tends to dress on the femmy side. See also: Femme.

Are you (or your grrlfriend) a lipstick lesbian? Are you a bisexual woman who loves grrly clothes?

Are you proud of your orientation and equally proud of the designer pumps you bought on sale last week?

Are you tired of all gay and bi pride novelties being geared to the butch woman?

Would you give up your Clinique Candy Apple Red lipstick for a rhinestone altiods tin-turned into a mini-vibe carrying case?

Then this swap is for you!

I picture this swap being for all the grrls out there, like myself, who know that wearing mascara does not impede our ability to make a woman's toes curl.

If enough people are interested, I'll take the plunge and organize this swap--my first ever as an organizer.

This swap would be open to femme lesbians, femme bi grrls, and straight allies who would like to swap, perhaps on behalf of a femme bi or lesbian friend.

Who's in? Feedback? Questions? A good start time?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need help finding the name of this fabric! on: May 15, 2009 05:47:42 AM
Hey all,

Recently I've been seeing some stuff made out of this folky, 70s-ish, printed fabric (cotton I'm thinking), though I haven't seen it anywhere where I could ask the craftsperson where they got it or what it's called.

My partner and I have a master plan for our new apartment, and I HAVE to find this type of fabric, in fair quantities, for a bedroom idea we want to see happen.

 I've attached a few photos that seem ABOUT right...

This is a pendant I bought recently at a craft show that has the EXACT right kind of fabric...I should have asked her where she found it!!!!

This one is done in the vintage style I'm looking for, though a little updated.

Often this style has little dear, mushrooms, owls, or other woodlandly creatures (hedgehogs, etc etc); once in a while there's little apples or flowers.

The question is: does anyone know 1. What this vintage type of print is called? 2. Where to find it?Huh

Thanks, Craftsters! If anyone's going to know, it'll be someone on here, eh?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for decorating a HUGE mirror? on: May 10, 2009 05:43:29 PM
Hey Craftsters,

I'm moving into a great new place, but there are two GIANT mirrors that have no frame.

One is in the living room, above the fireplace, and is simply glued into the area...if I can get pictures of this, I'll post them later. Our living room will have a theme: sort of a surf shop/vintage surfer type thing (hibiscus, beach colours, a surf board coffee table if I ever find a surfboard to use, etc.).

The second one is in the bathroom. It's above the vanity. The bathroom will have a steampunk type theme, if all works out.

Both mirrors are easily 4 feet long by 3 or 3/12 feet tall. And because we're renting, we can't stick anything PERMANENT to the mirrors...though I can use double-sided tape to adhere, say, a framing mat... I'd rather not have to screw in big pieces of wood.

Generally speaking, it's a frame-type decoration I'm going for, as opposed to filling in the whole mirror.

Ideas? And if you have ideas and know how to do them, please include some instructions! Also, if you have seen any projects on Craftster or other sites that would give me ideas, feel free to post the links!

THANK YOU ALL for your help!

UPDATE: I still haven't done anything with the mirrors, but I've now got some pictures for you.

Here's the bathroom one: (steampunk theme room)

And the living room one: (surfer theme room)

Keep the ideas coming, please!!!!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 50's Kitchen Swap on: May 05, 2009 05:58:53 AM
Love aqua blue, lemon yellow, lipstick red, or minty green?

Do you have black-and-white tiles, a Felix Cat clock, or your grandmother's appliances?

Have a special soft spot for cherries, ginham, or vintage fabrics?

Did you spend a gallizion dollars on a Kitchenaid mixer just because it looks vintage, even though you never mix anything in it?

I do! I have a 50s theme going in my kitchen, and I know many of you do, too...whether it's because you love it, or because you can't replace your tile/cabinetry/appliances right now so you've had to embrace it!

Let's do a swap where we make things for each other's 50s-theme kitchens! Tea cozys, trivets, cross-stitches, cutlery holders, calendar boards, painted porcelain, curtains, aprons, oven mitts.....soooo many crafty ways to vamp up your kitschy kitchen!

My vote is to do this in June or July; I'd suggest doing 1 large, 2 small items as it could be difficult to craft a lot of medium/large things. Suggestions? Opinions? Preferences?

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another 'fix my mistake' swap? Please! on: April 29, 2009 06:58:53 AM
I can't remember what they're called, but I'm in desperate need of one of those 'fix my mistake' type swaps. I bought this expensive sparkly vinyl to make a messenger bag, but my machine couldn't handle the thickness and now I have a gnarled nasty mess of a piece of vinyl that I'm hoping an experience sewer can salvage and still make into a fair-sized bag/satchel for me.

Anyone else in desperate need of some assistance? I'd really like to see this swap happen!

PS. My vote is for signups to start in June.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 'TWILIGHT' SWAP? Cuz everyone loves at least one Cullen! on: March 24, 2009 07:51:36 PM
I would love to participate in a 'Twilight' swap.

I'd really like to have a guideline that says you have to have read at least the first book, so people are familiar with the rich story and details, so people get good swapping going on. I know, for the things I'd like to get and make, it'd be more fun to trade with someone who's read the books vs. just seen the movie.

There are so many things that people could make: things from the book, fan goodies (ie. "Marry Edward, Already!" tee shirt) etc etc.

What do people think?

I can't organize right now cuz I'm doing a major house move, but I hope someone else would be able to...
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dragon lover's swap! on: March 24, 2009 07:47:42 PM
Love Anne McCaffrey? Always wanted to be a dragonrider?
More a fan of Eragon?
Puff the Magic Dragon?
The dragon from Sleeping Beauty?

Let's do a dragon swap! So many possibilities!

I can't take on organizing this right now because I'm in the process of beginning a major house move, but I'm HOPING someone else can take it on as organizer...

Ideas? Feedback? People wanna organize?
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cool Painting of Grrl on: March 12, 2009 09:57:20 AM
Hey all,

So I recently swapped with superhooker, and this is the painting I did for her. I wanted to post it in the 'more art, less craft' section, because I haven't really posted anything in here yet, despite the fact that I'm a painter/illustrator by trade.

Anyway, here's one of my signature grrls, done for superhooker, on fabric. It was hard to send her out into the world, but s.h. loves her, so I'm happy.

I think she was about 16"x16", or maaaaybe 24"x24"? Not sure. Anyway, hope you all like it!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Super Awesome and only $5! Felt dress-up board: Mermaids, ahoy! img heavy on: December 01, 2008 12:50:08 PM
So I have a little boy to craft for this year; he's a special kid...his favourite colour is rainbow, and his favourite thing is mermaids. My partner and I were talking about how there aren't enough mermaid things out there, especially for little boys...so I came up with this idea, when I remembered having a felt doll set as a child.Here's the finished product:

He can change the two mermaid's tails, bikini tops, and hair; he has 5 or 6 choices for each, all glittered and decorated for his enjoyment. Also, note all the fishy friends the mermaids have to play with, which also can be moved about.

What's really great is that the felt just sticks to itself! Easy to play with, easy to make new extra pieces!

Just the mermaids, without their gear.

The board: just felt glued onto foam core, then decorated a bit. Also, make pockets to keep all the bits in.

A mermaid close up for ya.

And the best part: I spent about $5.00 on felt, and used sequins and puffy paint that I already had laying around the house...so the whole gift only cost me about $5.00! Without a doubt, this will be the fave gift this year.

Don't forget to vote!
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