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21  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / The six-garden dinner on: October 01, 2016 03:02:28 PM

This is really nothing new, but it is just plain fun that I got the veggies (and eggs actually) from six different gardens in my life.

Eggs.... friend's brother's chickens, local
chives... the place I just moved to, have been here  since mid July
Tomatoes .... place I housesit frequently and the folks moan that I do not take enough of their produce home with me
Broccoli.... from the place I moved from in July, but still go back there to harvest stuff
Summer squash... from my daughter's garden, two towns away
and peppers... from a place I also housesit so often that he let me plant an entire garden there for myself! It is a wonder that anything survived over the summer when I was hardly ever there, as, he is truly NOT a gardener.

Olives and feta cheese, I must admit, is from local supermarket. Oh, well, we can't ALL be acupuncturists.....

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / NOT an expert, do not know how to describe this capris style... on: May 28, 2016 12:41:38 PM
I have owned these wonderful capris for a few years now. There is no way I will ever be this size again! I have been trying for about a year now to find a larger used pair, this brand or other. but every time I put "lace ups" in the search title it throws off the search and I get lacy stuff or worse.  I have tried brand name, capris, sailor pants, and more.

I sure hope some of ya'll can come forward with a proper name for these pants so i can find a new used pair!

thank you so much.
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first real commisions, woo hoo! One African Grey, two dogs. on: April 30, 2016 03:25:34 PM

First pet bird I have ever done. I must admit, it is muuuuch harder to show personality with this one due to the fact that most African Greys look similar.

Dog ones have much more opportunity for expansion.

That is Thor, now over the rainbow and his owner wanted to look at a painting of his face every day....

Last one,

All pen and ink with watercolor.
24  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / You yourself posted/Someone else posted pics, wanna figure it all out! on: April 27, 2016 03:35:26 PM
I see incredible things (wish my page had room for a lot more faves) and I love to click the camera icon and put that fave project on my home page.

trouble is, when the item is posted in a swap, I click on the image that someone else posted, but it is always the receiving partner who is posting the pic and I want the CREATOR to get the credit of the item crafted. How can I remedy this, if at all?
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / equal parts art and craft, methinks...paint and collage on: April 25, 2016 07:39:32 AM

This is a totally new thing for me, I just took a four-session course in what was called collage. I was thinking something different, but the technique presented to us was fascinating.

Paint first, make your own paper (or not) with random painting and patterns, cut or rip the paper, glue on top of your painting, then put even more paint on top of the whole thing.

I did some of this, winged the rest.

I brought my own papers from home instead of creating them or using what was in the big box at the workshop.  I took several pages from a 1960 childrens book with seriously tender blue images that made me swoon.

I also brought along the antique recipe box my mother owned. In it were over a hundred hand printed recipe cards in her handwriting, my grandmother's handwriting, my aunt's handwriting, and others.  I used the ones whose handwriting I knew well, very distinct. and used one because it had a date on it.

At first it all looked horrible in my opinion, and I am someone who is used to fine details and having it all under control. I abandoned that after the first session, and went with the flow. I just 'did' the art thing, got lost in the process, focused less on the outcome.
I love how it came out, I was soooo surprised. I remember saying out loud "I do not know how this happened!"

loosely based on an image I got from the web, as we were told to do, I was supposed to trace it line for line, but ended up just doing it freehand so the lady turned out quite a bit shorter than original image.

I am happy with what I did with the edging around the canvas.

thanks for looking!!

26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Old alarm clock now hosts alarming items! on: April 22, 2016 04:21:30 PM

made for the shrine swap, for a curiosity cabinet theme.
Used an old small bell type alarm clock....

I made a scroll telling of all the pieces within this display-

I made tiny shelves where oddities can perch

and put stuff on the sides



I will check back tomorrow to this post and list the weird and wonderful supplies that went into its making.  Just now I have to go to bed!

Ok, I am back and here are some of the odd 'ingredients' I used to build these items....
the beetle was in the china closet of my family home for about 25 years, just drying and being bored out of his little mind. I painted it and stuck nail-polished porcupine quills on his back.
the medusa on the side is one of those old cameo pieces. I used twirled embroidery thread for her hair snakes and the teeniest tiniest bits of red thread for the tongues.
the black widow spider on the other side is a bit of paper, hanging on a black thread and her web began as a piece of a lace napkin, got at a thrift shop. It was pretty near a web already, I just glued more thread on in concentric circles.
the scroll with words is from a 1960 book, paper already nicely faded, rolled up into a drinking straw and covered with wrapping paper.
the feet in the clock were the tips of bones I found by the road side.
I also found a dead turkey vulture or hawk or something and stole a large claw to be the beak of the whateveritis and put a turkey feather behind it. the pink headfeathers of that creature are glued n stiffened bits of geranium off my windowsill.
the merman was created by chopping in half one of those plastic miniature people from a railroad set. I made his fishy tail by gluing cornsilk together, molding it, and painting it.
the conjoined twins at the bottom are just two more tiny people, cut and glued back together. I added fabric scraps for shirts.
The 'Wicklow Fairy' who sits on a bit of bone is also a mini plastic person. She holds a flower of floss stem with another bit of geranium at the top. Her hair is cornsilk, her wings are maple seed wings.
the creepy creature next to her has a cut bone head and floss tongue.
Eyeball is a large bead.
Dragon head on the right was created by manipulating and painting a qtip head. Fangs are porcupine quills. the egg it originally came out of was made by putting glue on the outside of a miniature xmas bulb, allowed to dry, pulled off, and painted.
The cobweb that partially hides things is some white acrylic yarn that pulls apart easily. Dyed grey.
the skull is from a chimpunk, found in back yard by a neighbor and given to me, cuz he knows I am that weird. I attached a porcupine quill on that, turning it into a unicorn type critter.
The pages glued on the outside are supposed to represent a curiosity cabinet's filing system of putting numbers to id the contents. It is acutally a tide chart from a sailors book.

Acadian Driftwood took these amazing photos for me for which I thank her!!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pink Fairy Armidillo sets up shop in a catfood can on: April 13, 2016 05:13:08 AM
I created this for the Unloved Creatures swap.

The only process pics I thought to take were when I was trying something new (for me) with toilet paper sculpting. I cooked the mush on the stovetop for an hour...

and used it to make the earthy burrow of the critter...

after forming it, then adding borax to make a more 'sandy' feel to it (lives in desert) and painting it,  I dried it in my trusty crockpot base.

I wandered my property looking for a wild cucumber pod from last year, because it looks a lot like a barrel cactus. I found one! (many, actually) and painted it.

the critter is all sculpy. I had originally made the wee scoopy shaped tail, but in the end (no pun intended) it did not fit properly in the hidiehole with the tail on.

the dried grass is just cut paper.
the tiny pebbles and driftwood are from walks.
put a wee pink hanger on the back so it can cling to a wall.

thanks for looking!
28  Category Challenges / Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries / I Can Haz Both! on: April 12, 2016 02:51:42 PM

I initially said I would be on Team Egg, then I chose to do chickens  INSIDE of my egg, so I am on both teams, lol

I used an Emu egg so I could put a whole lot in. Here are the 'process pics' followed by the end result...

took an hour to gently saw  open then realized it was dirty inside!

left one clean, right one still needs all its inner papery stuff sandpapered off.

this wee stick will eventually become a bunch of chicks.

and this one will be hens.

soaking green hills in watery glue to add to background

soaking toilet paper in paint, which will become muddy ground.

brand new tractor, gonna get some cut off to look like it has a flat tire, and get painted to look old n rusty.

monopoly houses on their way to becoming a chicken coop

And when it is all put together, with a hinge to open...

guess the hinge is not too visible there....


left side

right side

some closeups, I love my tree, from a hydrangea out back on the compost pile

and a wee bit of grass as corn the farmer neglected to harvest last fall.

blurry hens.

ickle Sculpy rooster!

the hinge

Thanks for looking!  Happy Spring to all.
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Inchie House, Fairy style on: April 03, 2016 07:42:38 AM

I am itching for another round of inchie houses!  Is anyone interested in a fairy theme?
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Animal Shelter Room in a pillbox on: April 02, 2016 05:19:40 AM

My niece turns 14 tomorrow. When she comes from California for a visit each year, all she really wants to do is hang out at the local animal shelter and luv on the kitties. So when I saw this old hinged pillbox at GoodWill for a buck, i knew I had to make something tiny and appropriate for her birthday.

it was a great deal of fun to wander my room in search of materials that would be tiny enough to work with. The flooring is made from geranium stems, not just the  flower stems, but the really tiny ones coming off each individual bloom. The flowers stopped blooming on my windowsill last week and all were nicely dried.
The figure is one I purchased last month for the tiny challenge, then could not craft so much for what I wanted to enter, as my wrist was acting up. It was male, I changed it to resemble Faustine, my niece, with yellow thread for hair.

the window showing the Vermont landscape outside (no, it is not a painting on the wall....) is framed with more geranium stems.

The pic above shows the size of the kitty I carved out of dried ModPodge (thank you, LadybugsAndBumblebees!) and I cannot believe I got these wee ears to actually stay in place and get painted grey.

I used brown packaging paper for the litter inside the box, cutting tiny slivers, then rubbing it between gluey fingers to create a mess. Ya  reallllllly do not need much litter in such a wee box. I wish I had been able to create a smaller scooper, but did my best. Geranium stem handle.
rug is a single eyelet from fabric I have held on to for years.
Basket is plastic 'clamshell' type covering over a tiny cell battery and white kitty inside is carved from an aspirin.
Ball is a seed bead.

The outer shell of the box began with several layers of red nail polish but I could never get it thick enuf to cover the prexisting enamel picture. so I began layering on top of it, an outer ring of dark blue, lace around the edges,  a cutout from a round cotton doily, and a handpainted pawprint on paper.

thanks for looking!!!! And thanks to Acadian Driftwood for professional pics!!
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