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11  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.
12  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.

13  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!!
14  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!!
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / Winter White Pants Banished by adding Spring Color on: April 08, 2018 01:47:37 PM

Been wanting to do this for over a year. My white trousers have waited patiently in the bottom drawer, unworn, for such an opportunity to add happiness to them.
got out my fabric pens and OF COURSE turned to cats for inspiration.

This was all freehand work.



cat ate all the pizza and as a result cannot fit in the box

yes, everybody poops.  Hopefully, inside the box.

copying the saying on my favorite bumper sticker

Last year I fostered kittens who began to find their way UNDER the closed door like this one.

I have been rescuing cats for 25 years. Yes, I have lost my marbles.

If I were not so busy rescuing cats and putting color on white pants, I might read a couple of these books

this poor soul does not look pleased with his new hoodie

I yearned for a sink-sleeping cat. I got one, then had to leave the darling behind with the divorce. I go back a lot to visit

wait a minute, that is a repeat pic!  Told ya i had lost my marbles......


being worn by the Crazy Cat Lady herself.
16  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / angel FOUND OneTinyBlackAndWhiteMovie Thing on: March 13, 2018 03:11:36 AM

needed for immediate crafting please, it has now been two weeks past sendout date and we need an angel, even better than Clarence in It's a Wonderful Life,   lol.

thanks!  PM me please and I will go by who responds first.

17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Memory Game, Hogwarts version on: March 09, 2018 10:52:39 AM

I found a second-hand memory game featuring harvest machinery of all things, and turned it into something classier.

What I bought...

I cut out covers from good quality paperstock and glued them over the old graphics.
Some tips on this....

Dip your dipper (I used a piece from the same cardstock) into your modpodge jar and begin spreading.

Use a backwards motion as if you were using a metal spreader on cement or the like. Doing a backwards motion gives it all a super nice even spread so your paper will not be rippled as it dries. Or ever.

After glue is spread, work quickly before that thin layer begins to set up.
Line up your cover paper on the old card, press just to get it started. Do a bit of jiggling to get the sides lined up as accurately as possible.
You are about to put it under heavy books to get it to really grip nicely. But, as this rather lame photo shows, flip the card so that the paper is on the BOTTOM and the old card is staring up at you.  One last touch or two at the sides to be sure you cannot see any paper peeking out, and go ahead and add the heavy book or two.
As you play the game, it is good to have each piece look like the other. This is why you dry the pieces with paper side down, so as you look straight down on the card, it is easier to see if any tiny bit of paper is sticking out. If you had it the other way around, there might be paper sticking out (thus giving a hint after playing the game a few times that 'the card with the paper a bit out on the left always has the snitch on it') but you might have that stickyouty paper mistake unseen.
I think I have muddled things somewhat in this explanation so I will just sigh and go on to show you  how I decorated the  cards once they dried....

Just sharpies for outline

and I added a tiny splash of color somewhere on each card

I added a couple of humorous bits to one full card and one bit of a card

The original game was manufactured on really nice heavy duty cardboard, built to last years so i hope the family who now owns this will get many happy years of playing

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Portrait of Winken, the baby grey squirrel on: March 01, 2018 03:20:30 AM

Last spring, three baby squirrels were in the middle of Main Street. I just knew they were gonna get squashed. I pulled my car over and went to the sidewalk, where they jumped into my lap!
I brought them home to my house which is on a dead end dirt road with plenty of fields and woods.
I raised them for a few weeks then set them free in the rehab manner, after lots of research.
I saw them often at my birdfeeders this winter.
Here is a portrait of Winken (as in Winken, Blinken, and Nod) which I did in charcoal from a photo I took  of him climbing the lilac one day when I let him out of his cage.
It is about the size of an average greeting card.

19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / It's been ages since I have posted some cards on: February 19, 2018 08:11:19 AM
These were created in the past month for the ongoing ATC swap...
Tree of life, sharpie marker on canvas (from an old tote bag) with floss embellishments

pencil rendition of a month old baby, I erased the intimate bit so I could post freely

I simply cannot stay away from humor so chose this scene for a camping theme

Dogs in hats was this theme... my first time painting in watercolor without the penandink outline. I was pretty nervous but it came out ok

theme for this last one was altered famous painting. I grew up knowing many Norman Rockwell models, including the girl in this pic. Rockwell had a home in my home town and that was pretty cool. I have been yearning to do a paintbynumber for several years for some reason so chose to alter things this way.

thanks for looking!!

20  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.

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