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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Using mens ties to revamp a 1970s folding suitcase rack on: September 19, 2018 12:08:29 PM

A dear friend owns an Adirondack summer home compete with one of those fabulous mens ties chairs in her guest bedroom. However, when guests do arrive (and they flock to her place each summer for the beauty) they end up putting their luggage on the bed. Not too convenient. So I decided to provide her with a rack to go along with the theme of her chair.

My friend George Albee made a luggage holder in 1970 as a gift for my parents. It has remained in the family and in spite of the fabric ribbons being busted for the past ten years, I rescued it from the tag sale my father held when he moved to assisted living last year.

What was originally on it..... gorgeous and retro but no way to salvage.

I have been collecting ties for a couple of years, hoping to one day make a tie chair of my own. Each time Goodwill has them for 99 cents, I gorge. So I was able to dig into my collection and come up with nine brown themed silk ones for this project. I did not want to use any bright or fun fabrics because I was afraid they might clash with the existing chair at my friend's house.

Since I have been ill all summer, my joints don't really work so I could not pick up my sewing machine in order to set it up and sew a bunch of ties together, which I originally pictured for this project. I opted to braid them instead and I think it will do. So I was able to hand sew in the few places that needed such a thing, which was only the edges.

I was even able to save all 18 little brad nails and use them in the original holes.

Here is what it looks like where it meets the wood. The one place that you still get the visual of a tie.

This is her Christmas gift but will be handed over next week before she leaves her summer home.

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / altered Playskool bus for my favorite Tin Tin fan on: September 19, 2018 07:16:37 AM

I found this gem at a tagsale two years ago for a whopping fifty cents. A lucky find since they go for no less than fifteen dollars on the net.

I did a total coat of white. It took several layers and I finally had to break down and buy that paint that hides every stain and bit of paint imaginable.  It stunk so I had to do it outdoors and let it dry. But so many bugs were hovering around , not to mention falling leaves, so I erected a folding card table over it and thought I was oh so clever.

Here is the sketch in pencil I drew on it before the art painting began....

Detailed shot of Snowy, racing alongside the bus

I used the core characters but had more room on the bus so had to find some great looking faces from various books.

Those two bumbling idiots Thompson and Thomson, who cannot even mount the steps of a bus properly...

I used a black pen which said waterproof on it as all outlines. Then when acrylic paint time came, which of course has water in it, what do you suppose that professional pen did?!?  I was so ticked off as it ran all over the place. So after painting, I had to redo all of the black outlines.

Added a couple of coats of clear acrylic at the end and gave it to Acadian Driftwood last night for her birthday.

thanks for looking!!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / three days til the wedding!! on: August 22, 2018 04:45:32 AM

Wedding of a friend takes place this Saturday. I created this pen and ink and watercolor art of the two of them holding hands, and wedding date and names. I got a lousy photo of it and had to tilt it so the glass would not reflect like crazy but you get the idea.....  I could not think of what the heck to get them for a wedding gift and I hope they like this.

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5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / let your imagination run wild with an old plastic magnetized alphabet on: August 02, 2018 04:20:24 PM

Should be easy to get our hands on a set of these if you dont already have one from your childhood or your kids or grandkids.  dollar store might have tons. Especially now with school shopping just around the corner

The only rule.... use them to make something awesome!!

door sign
photo frame
wall art
cup cozy
there are those seriously talented folks out there who could turn it into a prom dress for heavens sake

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / OTCT ... One Tiny Cryptid Thing on: August 02, 2018 09:06:20 AM

Been on a CryptKick lately.  Anyone want to join?  Need to keep it Tiny for funding sake.

What Cryptid delights you or makes you shiver or wonder? 
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / hauled out my forty plus year old Etch a Sketch.... on: August 02, 2018 08:34:29 AM

am dogsitting this week away from home. it is amazing what ya can do for entertainment when you do not have all your normal junk of your own home around you  for distraction. This is Sadie, an old girl who was a bit unnerved that I was staring at her for so long.   

  I turned to my Etch A Sketch endlessly for fun and solace as a child.  This is still my original unit. The knobs no longer turn very well.
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / LymeBuster Salad on: July 28, 2018 02:08:04 PM

The gourmet description from the menu might read as follows....

Vermont farm high altitude organically grown lettuce mix topped with marinated low sodium ceci beans chilled with chiffonaded red onion and marinated julienne yellow beets infused with unpared baby zucchini (brushed briefly with a zesty basil-stricken dressing) beneath a garnish of wood-fired chick peas and recently harvested left-hand-snipped chive fronds.

But, hell, that is just too high-brow so I am gonna call it LymeBuster salad.

I have Lyme which has  hit me hard and until a specialist can see me (December?  Really?  That is the closest appointment they had to offer?) I am taking matters into my own hands and eating some SERIOUSLY  healthy food .  Today it is this salad.

Ingredients are
canned chick peas , chilled in fridge before opening,
one medium fresh yellow beet, well shredded,
one half of a newly picked baby zucchini, cut in smallish pieces,
one quarter of a large red onion, fairly well diced,
ten leaves of fresh basil (all but three are finely snipped and mixed in, the others are for pretties.)
six small brussel sprout leaves taken from the very tops of the plants,
one quarter cup fresh chives, well chopped,
lettuce of various kinds for bedding,
one quarter cup pine nuts,
one half cup vegan creamy salad dressing,
one quarter cup Saffron Road crunchy chick peas salad topping.

I have to say I have NEVER liked your spinach puffs. NEVER! had even the remotest like or appreciation of beets but things being what they are (like I can hardly move when some new part of my body cries out in pain) I decided I had durn well better start eating those foods that pack a punch of nutrition.  Yellow beets seem to be mild and I have been eating them raw and loving them!  In this recipe, I cannot even taste them, i just experience that awesome crunch and of course the healing qualities of raw whole roots that are known to make a body strong.

This concoction is totally made up on my part due to what is in the garden just now and stuff like that.

thanks for looking.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / instead of going to jail I go to joy. REMINDER CARD on: May 16, 2018 01:50:51 PM

just got back from counseling. I was describing how awful I feel lately, which is part physical malady and part general exhaustion from moving.
Was reminded that I have never lost that flame of joy deep within me, the one I have had all my life through it all.

I got home and received bad news about an issue and instead of wallowing in anxiety I made this reminder card.  The phrase "go directly to joy" came to me and I realized how much it resembled the monopoly jail card so I based this on that card.  From watercolor board and the one remaining pen I have not packed. I plucked the board from the trash. I am living out of boxes til the new place is more ready for me to live in. Not much fun, very tiring, somewhat discouraging.
so I made this card to keep in my  pocket to remind me to steer myself correctly. I can go to what gives me joy. Like, right away, even if it is only in my head or imagination. Just now it was crafting. Next time it might be puttering in the dirt to find a charming earthworm. Or looking at clouds for shapes. Or singing my favorite goofy song.

EVen all my brushes are packed so I just dabbed on some paint with the end of my finger.

Keep and USE your own joy, my friends!!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / In love with words. collage from 1950 Scrabble guide book on: May 01, 2018 07:21:42 AM

While packing up my  home to move, I am going through my stash and being quite harsh with what to keep or not.
I have had my Great Grandmother's Scrabble guide book, all nice and fragile and yellowing, since childhood. I dip into it once in awhile for crafting and was about to chuck it instead of pack it. I am so tired of packing so decided to take a much needed break and spend two hours crafting with the remains of the book before recycling it forevuh.

As a writer, I am totally in love with words. They bring me such joy and laughter.  This piece says WORDS DANCE THROUGH OUR INFINITE UNIVERSE

I chose my favorite color as highlights. Everything is glued. Watered down glue. The color is glue mixed with acrylic paint. Had to be careful not to put too much paint in, so the words would not get blotted out by color.
For the dancer himself, I outlined him  with a metal pointer instead of scissors. Then I ripped carefully along that scoring to give the edges a  nice soft look.

Sides got covered, too. I sure discovered a buncha words I never knew existed!  I did random pages and was more that a bit paranoid that FLATULENCE or some such horror would land front and center of the piece. I have decided not to look to closely, lest I begin to regret throwing caution to the wind.

thanks for looking!!
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