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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Second Deodorant House I have made, CLOCK TOWER! on: April 25, 2017 04:04:06 PM

Mailed this one off in a personal swap.

From experience in the first deodorant stick house I made, I knew what might be easier, unnessasary, etc. this time around.

clock is a watch that I grew tired of, always had to ask someone to get the back off so I could put in a new battery.

Real clock parts from an old small alarm clock.
See the two workers, one behind and one reaching from a ladder, doing their best at repairs and upkeep?

some process pics...

gluing inky winky bits of cardboard onto a toothpick to create spiral staircase

thanx for looking!!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scrabble Welcome sign on: April 17, 2017 12:35:15 PM

This poor old game finally bit the dust after being used for 5 generations in my family.
Of course I felt I had NO BUSINESS throwing it away.
This was a quick and easy project. It hangs on the outside of my door and I have treated it so that it should last awhile even if it gets rained on through the screen door.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Clean toxic junk out of old tin so I can luv on the tin! on: April 14, 2017 08:13:26 AM
Found an awesome old tin in Dad's basement. Still has rust desolver in it. Stinks and leaking out the squirt top.
Wanna display this gorgeous piece but how to get rid of the hazardous material inside?
I am assuming water will do nothing.

14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / Skating skull and so much more on: April 11, 2017 05:36:46 AM

This was sent to audio for the Assemblage Swap, here is the link...

I did quite a bit of stalking and discovered she liked lime green, skulls, and odd (I do mean odd) things. I was very excited about these prospects before I even went shopping for my supplies.

The only thing I purchased first-hand was the skull. All else was random things i had or found in various junk and thrift stores. I have never had so much fun shopping, looking for just the right bit to add.

It began with just the hockey skate and I added wheels (casters from an old bureau) because a skate will not stand on its own. The thing does roll along nicely if ya want it to..... I added a kickstand, removable, at the last minute.

I wish to thank the daughters of LadybugsAndBumblebees for sharing some of their beach finds with me last summer. I was so happy to have real crab arms to put here.

I put in that funny sign, hidden on the bottom, taken from one of the packages I found of tiny doll parts.

It was quite the decision as to when, if and  how to add cutsie to an otherwise darkish piece.

I often worked on it in the safest way I knew how, upsidedown, on an electric can opener.

There were so many things sticking out in all directions, and delicately I might add, that I panicked for a bit as to how to get this thing safely from VT to OH!!
I am not much of an engineer, much more of an artsy fartsy gal, but I DID understand that columns hold weight really well, so I used gift wrap tubes for a support system while shipping. And gorilla tape, lots of that!

It was sooo hard to let my old TV bulbs go, I have been collecting for years, but I said to myself, "didn't your mother teach you to share?"

This project was such a blast.

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / HomeMade kitsch from 1962 on: April 04, 2017 03:10:39 PM

have been cleaning out Dad's house. Found this. I have not come across it in years!!

Mom made it for my brother in 1962. He was two.
Just old burlap for the base, it is our actual neighborhood in Sunderland Vermont, called the Burough.
Ours was the red house, the larger farmhouse was across the street where those neighbors were so dear, they became Uncle Hap and Aunt Hazel immediately.
Mom even made Pennock's store, at the end of our little dead end dirt road.

Falling apart, so I am gonna burn it in the back yard, with love.
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / For the birthday girl on: March 30, 2017 09:00:33 AM

There is really nothing that remarkable about this card except the sentiment behind it.
My niece has enjoyed staying in my childhood bedroom when she visits Grandpa. He is moving to assisted living and she will no longer be able to enjoy roaming his house or snuggling in my old bed.
I have been going thru all of his stuff so he can move out and found a small roll of leftover wallpaper from my room. I used it to make this card for Faustine. I am pretty sure she will recognize the paper and be happy.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flannel Sunrise on: March 09, 2017 05:57:51 AM

I was gonna post this in the More Art Less Craft section but to me if felt quite the opposite.... more craft, less art.
So here it is.
I worked on a flannel outfit for a party and had many different colors and bits left over, so decided to follow the fling I have been having lately with collage and use fabric instead.
I stuck to the same basic technique of using watered down glue to fasten it to the canvas, which was yet another Goodwill find that I simply painted over to make blank and fresh.

I fought many times about what should or should not go in the lake or at the edge of the lake. At one point I had a person in a canoe in the middle but nixed it because I liked just the nature aspect with no one around.
The canvas it about 14 by 14 inches.

thanks for looking!!!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / disolving old makeup so I can haz compact ready for altering on: March 08, 2017 11:29:17 AM

This is one of Mom's old makeup compacts. I have washed it as best I can, using various detergents, toothbrushes, and even boiling water.
I wanna alter it but have no idea how i can deal with the stubborn bits of makeup still embedded in the thing! makeup is super greasy. I even had to throw out the toothbrush after using it.

thanks for any suggestions.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / GALLERY! One Tiny Snarky Thing (signups 01/28/17-02/09/17 with S.O. 02/27/17) on: February 21, 2017 08:34:58 AM

post your snarkiness here!!
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / cat den... I love them EVERY day, not just the 14th on: February 03, 2017 03:24:58 PM

Just in time, I finished my Valentines Day present for the kitties I love so dearly.

Here are some process pics...
I found a heavy duty cardboard barrel marked FREE by the roadside.

practically broke my wrist cutting two holes with a small saw.
Drilled four holes and cut dowels to go in to support a round shelf, also cut (but tons easier!) from a piece of wallboard

My boyfriend who works at a volunteer ambulance found some cut-everything scissors in my favorite color and gave them to me for Christmas. They usually cut clothing off of a patient. This time, they dealt with carpeting!

While gluing the carpet on, I used all sorts of weights, one of which was a pumpkin, still hanging around from harvest time.

Here is Bugs, an outdoor kitty who randomly comes to visit. He is checking out the place for the first time. He is enormous compared to my two small girls.
This shows the poly rope that is in a lot of places as a protective border.

Rope made prettier by dots of red nail polish. The drawings on the carpet are done with fat fabric markers. My two girls, Cirquie above and DandiGirl below where she is interested in the circle hole because she hears "crinkle paper' in there.

thanks for looking and Happy Valentines Day to all two and four legged lovers of Craftster!!

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