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31  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!!
32  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!
33  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / 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.
34  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?
35  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!!
36  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / [ACCEPTED] if you can break it, you can make it! on: March 20, 2016 05:10:45 AM

I would love to see a challenge that calls for first busting something up, then using the bits to create something entirely different.

Not just china, but musical instruments, dismembered dolls, shredded greeting cards, furniture, purses, board games, greatcoats, rugs, old cars, ye old dog house, bicycles, the list goes on. Requirement is you need to get out your sledgehammers (or seam rippers, same thing) and take apart at least 50 percent of your original item(s) then create something using the parts. Only added items are from the original item(s) and glue or other fastenings.

Wow, I will be there would be some seriously cool entries for this!!
37  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Snarky Thing on: March 09, 2016 06:46:48 AM

Apparently, snarky is the new black.
I seem to be on a tiny thing kick. I see snark all over Craftster and wonder who would be up for this. The possibilities seem endless (and fun.) !  Tongue
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / So many catfood cans, so little time!! on: March 07, 2016 09:19:47 AM

I continue to recycle those 3-inch cat food cans and wonder each time I do, what I could be creating with them. Finally came up with something. This is a magnet for my fridge.

I began with painting the night sky with deep blue nail polish. Stars are just acrylic paint. Then I laid lower and background paper for the sea.

Next I inserted the ship (I knew I was saving that Sailing Guide book for something!!) and added three layers of various waves.

the quote around the edging was a real challenge. I cut a long strip, scored it down the middle, wrote out the words with each letter well separated so I could cut individually and fold out. It took three attempts to get it right. I measured twice and glued once. It did not come out even for some reason. had to rip it off and start over. Finally got the text to start at the bottom evenly. very delicate glueing going on here!! 

I did not have any ribbon for edging but did have a large blue zipper. I simply cut the edge off and used that for the peacock blue edging around the circle.

thanks for looking!  It was fun (mostly) and I am happy with the result.

39  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOUND! this weekend I will know for sure, might need Woodland Creature 2016 angel on: March 03, 2016 08:49:50 AM
PM me for details, no guarantee we need one, but ya never know....
40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny UNLOVED creature! on: February 21, 2016 05:11:54 AM

I propose to craft in the name of all unloved critters everywhere, that are loved by some of us enlightened peeps.

One tiny thing, easier, enchanting, and cheap to mail.

If you are thrilled by the possibility of receiving a brown bat amigurumi, a wasp broach, a hyena Happy Birthday card, an electric eel fridge magnet, a warthog sachet, a monkfish pendant, then think about your list of unlovlies and join this swap!!   Grin
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