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131  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / BlueJays need not apply on: January 30, 2014 10:39:44 AM

I come home with leftovers from where I waitress. Trouble is, they are always in these damnable styrofoam containers with lids that are not recycleable either. I have too many around the house, refuse to chuck them. I have been on a birdfeeder kick lately so did a small one.

I got a hanger out of the closet and some coated wire from a fake flower sprig in my craft box. I also took the sturdy handle off a paper shopping bag, found a skewer in the kitchen drawer, and turned all this into a mini roofed feeder exclusively for the smaller birds.



Yay, they came!!
132  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 'straightening' old contact paper to use as wall border on: January 08, 2014 07:06:21 AM
Hello, all. I need some advice. I just moved and want to use what I have in my stash for redoing the kitchen. I have a long length of turquoise colored contact paper, so old it no longer will stick on it's own, so that is yet another question about fastening it to the wall. It is about three inches wide, maybe 12 feet long.
So, since it is so old and has been stored in rolled/folded form, it has vague creases. How can I get rid of these? I certainly cannot iron them out, and I think even a year under heavy books would result in nothing.
If you think it impossible to straighten out, my next question is how to cut out the bad bits and still make this gorgeous piece of paper useable in the border at the top of my kitchen wall.
thanks for your input!!
 Smiley
133  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Altered My Little Pony for a Christmas gift on: January 01, 2014 12:14:20 PM
This is a Slambovian pony, specifically Gandalf Murphy from one of my daughter's favorite bands.  It is my first altered MLP and I really struggled with it, but for a first I think it is ok.
When I took the head off, the inner rubbery ring broke. I tried every glue and trick possible to get the head to stay on. It is like Nearly-Headless-Nick's sidekick at the moment, but my daughter says she has glue that will work on it.
I got a wig for a buck several months ago, knowing I could somehow use it one day. Thus, the hair and tail.
I am a very poor sewer and mechanical designer so I could not figure out how to fashion the clothes without just sewing them right onto the body. It seemed to work anyhow.

Having no money, I could not go out and buy new paint for the body. I went to the dollar store (only place I can afford) and lo and behold there was nail polish in flesh tone. worked great and went on nice and smooth.

I could not for the life of me get the goatee to stay on so I cut a tiny bit of stocking and used that as a buffer. it worked!

The Slambovians have a song where the audience dances around with parasols -some absolutely gigantic - so I had to include one of those!
There is a painting on the band's drum and that is mostly what I used to do this pony.
134  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Need id help for the stones on this bracelet, please... on: December 29, 2013 05:34:46 PM
This is a found item. I need funds, so I want to put it on Ebay. Hope that is not an inappropriate query for this site...
thanks so much for any help.




135  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wee winter scene for Mom on: December 23, 2013 07:36:07 AM

I used a jelly jar, borax, a fawn I have had for years with embroidery thread, a bit of fake holly and a seed bead at the neck, and rosemary sprigs to create this scene for Mom. She is in a nursing home with very little holiday decorations. Hope she enjoys it!
136  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Farewell monogram on: December 05, 2013 09:03:04 AM
My tenant leaves today for Thailand to teach English. He is a great guy and I made this monogram card for him as a farewell gift. His email name is LooseHawks so that is why I chose the images.
137  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I Like To Move it Move it Move it.... Moveable ATC swap on: November 23, 2013 02:16:37 PM


I have been on a real moveable kick this year. It is so much fun. There are tons of ways to approach creating a moveable ATC. Anyone else up for such a swap? I could organize but not for a couple of months 'til my life settles down a bit.

This is a moveable I made this year. The dog walks along the sidewalk.
138  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Care package for a fellow Craftster... giving only on: August 27, 2013 10:28:13 AM


I have this idea that may need quite a bit of tweaking... suggestions of any kind welcome!
I have been in a really bad place lately, emotionally. When I see others this way on Craftster, I wish there were a system whereby a bunch of us could each send this person one small thing they would love to cheer them up. I would really like to see this happen somehow. Not only does it lift the spirit to get some goodies (as a gift) but to see just now many people do care about you.
I do not know how this would work, but I do know it would be a giving system rather than a receiving system.
I guess it could be like the regular birthday list where you would post that you are in a bad way and would like this or that to cheer you. Of course, I am in hopes that there would be no 'cheaters' who are perfectly fine...
If maybe 5 folks could craft one small item for that person and send it?
I know that giving is a wonderful feeling. When I am down, to give to someone else in pain really helps lift me.
Any thoughts?
And what on earth would we call it?
blu
139  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Next Round for Little Visitor on: August 26, 2013 08:34:31 PM


I would love to try the Little Visitor swap. I know #17 is in full swing. When might the next one be? Is there one for each season? Is it a 'guarantee' that it will happen again? Has this been mentioned already and I simply cannot locate the thread? I was not successful in a search... Thanks!
blu
140  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / more like FOUND, (not reconstructed...) old tyme cattail torch on: August 19, 2013 07:21:58 AM


Whilst picnicking, my DH and I spied a cattail on the ground. We took it home, soaked it in citronella oil and lit it up last night. Wow, did it blaze! It finally fell off the railing of the deck and landed 20 feet below in my darling morning glory patch. DH rushed down to put it out.
 I attached it by string to a long dowel so our hands would not get burned when we held it. I ended up sticking it in the sweetpea windowbox. It was really fun.I recommend it.
blu
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