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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: ornament made from a Cape Gooseberry husk on: December 12, 2017 10:16:56 AM
thank you all so much for your kind words!!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / my brother gets this ornament. He started me on dark humor at age 10 on: December 11, 2017 01:07:47 PM


I found a birdhouse ornament in the 25 cent bin and added some tactful sculpy to it!

the arm made it quite heavy so before I glued it in, I put a very large glob of glue in the lower back corner inside to help balance out the weight. It worked!

He is gonna love this. I hope it survives the trip to California
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / pop up (more like flop up) birthday card on: December 11, 2017 09:41:34 AM

The 11-year-old that I mentored way back when dropped out of the program after only a couple of months but I have kept in touch with her ever since. It is now her 16th birthday and I can hardly believe it!  She got to go to France last year and keeps talking about how much she loved the eiffel tower.  So of course I had to include that.

I sent away for a gorgeous die cut tower which never arrived, durnitall, so I had to make do with a homemade one.

I thought I was being super classy to use a plastic sheeting but it took many attempts to adhere it to the paper. This has happened before with this beautiful striped blue piece and I feel kind of dumb that I keep trying to use it and think it will react differently. Isn't that the definition of insanity or something?! 

Front of the card

more of an angle to show how much it pops out.



4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Chaircat Mao Celebrates the Season on: December 10, 2017 03:11:17 PM
LOVE!!!!!!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A teensy tiny teddy bear on: December 10, 2017 02:46:23 PM
good gawud!!  It is so teeny and incredibly adorable.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fairy House Altoid Tin on: December 10, 2017 02:44:59 PM
this is wonderful!!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / ornament made from a Cape Gooseberry husk on: December 10, 2017 02:07:25 PM

Some rampant weeds emerged in the flower bed last summer. They were interesting so I did not have the heart to yank them out. Come fall, they had created these cool husks. I only today looked up what the actual plant is.

One of my favorite weeds is the wild cucumber, which also produces an interesting husk that resembles a dollhouse loofah sponge. So I was delighted to see these come along.

I picked the best one with no holes, allowed it to dry over my woodstove, then dipped it in watered down paint many times. i wanted to keep the paint very watery indeed so nothing would clog up the tiny latticework of the pod.

I than added tiny felt leaves that I  cut from a larger piece (thanks, SonjaBoo, that was in your surprise matchbox!!) and added a bead.
The whole thing is about an inch high.
I like it but it sure is delicate. I made it for a friend in VA and I hope it arrives intact.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017 - Gallery on: December 10, 2017 01:55:27 PM
thank you, loves2, for a great swap!!!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Golden snitch holiday ornament on: December 10, 2017 01:23:05 PM
you think they will be excited?  I think they will go BONKERS!!!!

This creation is absolutely brilliant!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Zombie Nutcracker and side-kick on: December 10, 2017 01:21:02 PM
My daugther Acadian Driftwood handed over an average nutcracker last January and requested that it be turned ZOMBIE.

It was a huge amount of fun, not just creatively, but because for once I could smash something with a hammer out of joy instead of anger.

I did not take before shots, but here is the finished product.


I found a 25 cent ornament in the bin at Goodwill and knew this nuthead had to have a sidekick zombie doll in his grip.



A few years back, Rosie and I were walking near her old home and came upon a very fine bird skeleton. I saved several choice bones and they came in handy for this big guy's leg and one arm.



I also made teeth out of cut up bones.


When I had used up available bones, I went to my geranium plant and plucked off dead stems for the ribcage.





they also served as toes for the sidekick doll.

The back....


I can hardly believe the lever still goes up and down after all of the abuse this thing took.

Of course this dude had all painted-on clothing so in order to create the ragged look of zombie clothing, I added bits of paper towel here and there and painted them.

The bits of earth on the legs and base were made with paint mixed in with ground walnut shell, courtesy of a friend who decided not to use it after all as bedding in her gecko tank.

thanks for looking!!

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