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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / old fabrics, new hearts on: February 14, 2018 03:21:12 PM
made this for the Valentine mixed media swap.

Pictured here are Mom and I in 1976.

 Mom was the one who taught me how to sew (and never heard me swear under my breath whilst doing it, thank goodness) and here are the colonial costumes she made for us for the Bicentennial Celebration. All these years later, I inherit the leftover muslin from the caps and aprons.
I used it to create this hanging heart.

Also used was a hankie that was also mom's


the old muslin showed its age three quarters of the way thru the  project, when there was no turning back!
the button in the middle was supposed to really pinch both sides together to create an affect. But the other side began to crumble. So I had to put a patch there then cover with something else. I stalked my partner, discovered that she had been in a bird swap so I removed a hummingbird from my windchime and lo and behold, it fit perfectly.

thanks for looking!

P. S.  I still have both complete costumes hanging in my closet.

2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / This Rocks feature not working? on: February 11, 2018 05:38:02 AM

Tried twice this morn, I get the regular pop up box but nothing is in it.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OTBlackandWhite Movie Thing GALLERY on: February 06, 2018 03:34:22 PM
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Past Valentines, old boyfriends, funny gravestone ATCs on: February 03, 2018 02:46:44 PM

Valentine's Day is no longer about romantic encounters for me, I would rather snuggle with my kitties and mail heartsappy cards to my best friends.
But it is a time for me to reflect on all the bad choices I have made over the years in men and I decided to artwork it up.

I have this game where when I get to know someone and they keep saying the same things over and over again, I remark that the phrase should end up on their gravestone.

So, here are six cards representing six guys from the past 30 years.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

I am too pooped to improve upon the washed out pics. You get the idea!!

Charcoal pencil mostly with a touch of watercolor because of course I had to add the obligatory Valentine hearts.
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / One Tiny Black and White Movie Thing SU 01/23/18 - 02/03/18 (S.O. 02/26/18) on: January 23, 2018 03:37:47 AM

Welcome , all Black and White movie buffs and crafting friends!

If you love tiny things, creating them, receiving them, and the good 'ol movies that were devoid of color,

We will be making something amazing for our partner that is no larger than four inches by six inches. For many of you, making it even smaller will be a true delight. Miniatures rock!

For inspiration, here is a list of Black and White movies both well known and practically unknown.  If you need to or just wish to browse through titles to refresh your memory of those you forgot you loved.
There are genres on the right side of the screen that list more that somehow did not make it into the grand list on page 1...

Swap name: One Tiny Black and White  Movie Thing
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: blupaisan
Sign-up date range: 01/23/18 - 02/03/18
Date to send item by: 02/26/18

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO  no
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO yes

Details of swap...

Swap Rules:
~ You must post at least once  in the thread BEFORE being accepted into the swap Posting a minimum of once a week is a requirement of this swap.I reserve the right to deny participation to swappers with a history of poor communication and  frequent late sending.

~  You are to send Only ONE TINY BLACK AND WHITE MOVIE THING to your partner. NO EXTRAS.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, blupaisan:

Name of swap  One Tiny Black and White Movie Thing
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have allergens  in your home?

Please list your top five favorite Black and White movies

Please list specific characters or scenes if you hope to receive a more specific item related to that movie (no guarantees....)

What are some materials or mediums you would like to receive (crochet, sculpy, painting, etc.)?

What are the skills and/or mediums you will likely be using to craft for your partner?

Is there anything you really do not wish to receive in terms of mediums, functional vs. decorative only, other themes such as gore, violence, etc?

Do you have a Pinterest page to share?


Welcome!  If you are here to participate, I hope you have a wonderful time and clean up the popcorn off of the floor.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / need help to ID item on: January 10, 2018 12:02:59 PM

Bought two units of this unmarked cord at the thrift store. Ball n chain covered in cotton fabric.
Want to order more of the real thing but don't know how to search for it if I don't know what it is!
Any ideas? My first and only guess is a curtain cord. No luck yet.
Thank you!!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / dizzy Acroneuria Abnormis on: December 29, 2017 01:52:27 PM

This is a Christmas gift that I started creating way back in September.
As I went to the river for relief on a hot day during summer, I encountered these cool bug exoskeletons on the rocks. They are hatched out acroneuria abnormis, a critter who builds a twig house and crawls on the river bottom, then creeps onto a rock, hatches, and flies away, leaving behind these fascinating discarded forms. I knew that my daughter would find them charming (better word?) so I began gathering them in September.

They are ridiculously delicate so I brought many many tiny boxes to put each one in so they wouldn't get legs all tangle up and break. I pried them off the rock with a sewing needle. Many broke during the attempt.
Once home, I had the brilliant idea that a burlap backing would enhance the natural look. I laid them out in the position I thought most artistic, was satisfied, then discovered to my horror when I removed them for glueing, that the burlap clung to them (or vice versa) so they all fell apart.

I returned to the river which by this time (late October) was a bit chilly for wading. I persevered, even dropping my phone in once as I bent over for the choicest of brittle skins.  But do you think I could locate another fifty critters?  oh, noooooo..... I found a lousy five.     I had to turn to a very lame Plan B and go home and friggin REPAIR the broken ones.  Me, with aging eyesight and clumsy fingers. I did manage to glue many many legs, abdomens, pincers, and antennae back on.

the above pic shows how I glued them to the much more tender backing (no more burlap for THIS project, thankyouverymuch) using a weight because they themselves had no weight at all to them and would not touch the glue dot firmly enough. I thought it ironic that a mud house built by another bug was the ideal weight.

Here they are all mended again

above is a dinner plate which served as an accurate way to get the outer circle started.
It looked pretty bare and the spiral just wasn't popping out to the viewer so I added morning glory seeds in between each bug.

thanks for looking!  It was such a fun project.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Kitty of a friend, birthday gift on: December 18, 2017 10:51:11 AM

This is Siva. Or, was Siva. A sweet (no, actually she was a terror) bengal cat that passed away at an early age about a year and a half ago. My friend still speaks lovingly of her so I did this portrait for her January birthday.

I first met my friend as the caretaker of her two bengal cats. Siva was nearly feral and since I have worked with ferals for years, I knew how to approach her. My friend (then my employer) exclaimed as I pet her on the head. Normally, no one could even get near her. I think that is my favorite memory of Siva.

Pen and ink with watercolor and the whiskers were done with white marker pen.

thanks for looking!

P.S.  I am being lazy with grammar in this post so if it seems like I am petting my employer on the head, and other such confusions, so be it.  Tongue
9  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
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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
10  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.

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