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1  Tea Time for a dinosaur! in CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES by Happyturtle on: February 03, 2011 08:30:51 PM
Howdy! So, last weekend, I was poking around my favorite craft sites, (as usual) and I happened upon this very craft challenge! Immediately, I set to work, and went through all the hidden 'junk' in my house.  I found, among other things, a lovely little old fashioned clock I remember buying at a huge summer garage sale for 2 dollars.  I set the set to work!  This is the original clock:

And here it is, spiffier:

I would like to note, that the octopus's name is Wally, and the dinosaur is Larry.  Cheesy, they really like to have tea parties.
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2  My Back to School Outfit! in CHALLENGE 54 ENTRIES by Happyturtle on: September 01, 2010 03:42:56 PM
This last month of summer, I was getting pretty bored, so I thought the perfect thing to do was this challenge. Whenever I thought of pencils, the first thing I thought of was a pencil skirt, and so I had to find a way to make a pencil skirt, out of pencils. What I ended up doing was making a base skirt out of newspaper, then using this insanely sticky foam tape stuff to stick the pencils to. When that took only a couple hours, (rather then days, which I as hopeing for) I had to branch out. I started was an old school style shirt to go with the skirt out of my old schoolwork, and melted some wax into frilly heart shaped molds, which I had way to much fun with, and now have a lifetime supply of heart shaped crayons. I used them for buttons and embellishments. I also used the pencil packaging to make a book bag by gluing it to an old somewhat broken binder, and the crayon boxes to make some spiffy little sandals.  also used the crayon paper to make a headband, and make a flower out of crayons. I hope you like it!
Also, I almost forgot, but I am gifting this to my mom, to inspire her future crafting. Thanks for looking!

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3  Bring the sun inside! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Happyturtle on: August 07, 2010 05:58:30 PM
Howdy! So, when I started this, I didn't really think I woudl enter it in this challenge, But I was working on it a week ago trying to think of what to enter in this challenge, and it just hit me! So I made some instructions on how to bring the sun into your house, like I have in mine! (and since today, in Seattle it is rather rainy and droopy, working in there even brightened my day up!
I hope you like the room, and the tutorial!

This a rather big project, since it involves painting a re-doing a whole room, but I found it to be really fun, so I hope you like it too! It is a good way to almost literally bring the sun into your house too! (also, I read in some house design magazine that yellow helps you focus and cheers you up, so thats always nice!)
Here's somewhat like the finished room might look like (depending on how you decorate!)

What you will need:
Wall paint
lots (4 to 5 of each probably, they dont last long) foam paint brushes (1 and 2 inch wide are good)
Paint roller and tray (bigger is better, since your painting the wall with it)
small, detail brushes
old wooden furniture

1.) Gather Supplies
I like to get the wall paint, brushes and rollers at The Home Depot, since they have a huge selection of paint. The colors of paint I used were Behr brand:
Lemon Sorbet (yellow) (the base color of the wall)
Kumquat (orange)
pepper grass (green)
Wickford Bay (dark blue)
Puerto Rico Sky (light blue)
I like to get old furniture from garage sales and, most of all, junky antique stores. I love to find the weirdest styled furniture, with nice carved detail or fancy trims. They look really good once theyre painted too. Anything thats wood works though, since it will be painted.

2.) Paint the base color
(Before you paint, if there is any sort of flooring down you want to save from paint drips, ore any furniture/stuff in the room, put a drop cloth down, or just some newspapers put right up against the wall and over all the furniture should work too. Also if there is trim or windows door etc that shouldnt get paint on them, be sure to tape them off with blue painters tape.)
I used about a half gallon of the lemon sorbet paint to paint my 12 by 20 ft room with one coat. That was all I needed, since the walls were white. If your walls are a darker color then the yellow, then you may want to put a primer on before you paint the yellow. Any water based wall paint primer should work.

3.) Pencil out your designs
Once the paint has dried, start lightly drawing your designs on the walls. On my walls, the back wall, (that looks like a jungle) was inspired by a book cover I saw, and I just took the concept and made my own. For me, it is easier to paint solid colors with not much detail, as I am quite an amature at painting. That is why all my walls are simple shapes. On the wall that looks like mountains, I used painters tape to randomly make some mountainish peaks and then filled it in with paint. The other two walls were just freehand. Here's some inspiration Wink:

4.) Paint in your designs
Once your design has been drawn and your happy with it, you can start painting.

5.) Flooring
Once the walls are all done, if you dont have flooring down at the time (my room was an unfinished room over the garage, so I had plywood as flooring for a while.) You may want to find something to put down. I used astroturf, since I liked the color of it, and it was pretty cheap. If you dont want to make a huge investment in flooring, you could also paint your floors with floor paint. In Craft: magazine I saw a cool idea where someone stenciled huge designs on their old wooden floors with cardboard stencils. A good place to look for ideas would be www.craftzine.com and Craftster.

6.) Prime the Furniture!
 So, hopefully you have gathered a collection of furniture that will work in your space.  Now you will want to wipe everything down with a damp washcloth, getting all dust and dirt off of it, and lay down some newspaper or drop cloths where your going to paint (though a rainbow speckled floor could be cool). Then paint everything with primer, since it makes the job (and the paint coats) go a lot faster.

7.) Paint! Paint! Paint!
So, once all the primer is dry, go ahead and pick a color and paint the furniture with the same paint you used on the wall. What I did with most of my furniture was paint a base color first, then decorate it using small detail brushes. I also liked to use the wooden back of my detail brushes, dip it in the paint, and then dot the furniture. It is a quite simple and beautiful way to add some detail if your like me, and not a star painter.

8.) Finish furniture
to better preserve the painted furniture, you can get a clear coat spray paint and spray a few coats on (letting each coat dry fully before adding the next). This will give it a very slightly shiny appearance, depending on what glossiness level you buy, but will protect the paint from scratching off etc.

9.) Organize!
Once you have all of your furniture ready to go, and your flooring is down and all is well, you can start organizing your furniture into the room. This is pretty much up to you, since your room could be for anything. My room was my art room, so I set it up with desks and storage on one side, and a chill space on the other side. To organize my art room, I used a lot of projects I found on Craftster and on www.craftzine.com, which are both full of cool ways to organize stuff, and good inspiration too!

10.) Enjoy your happy, sunny room for a long time to come!
I hope you have fun with this, and happy crafting!

 The sun does have a happy face on it, but its hard to see!
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4  The Grecian Goddess dress in CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES by Happyturtle on: July 05, 2010 01:43:32 PM
When I saw this challenge, I was a little scared. I have only sewed two things before, and both with patterns. I suppose I could have sewn it with a pattern, but I wanted something really dramatic. I hope you like it!

I used one bed sheet, and pretty much just layed it and tried to give it a ruffled sort of effect.
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5  The Mini Travel sized garden flamingos in CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES by Happyturtle on: March 04, 2010 08:09:40 PM
So everyone knows the cheap plastic garden flamingos that seem to be everywhere, well, now they come in mini! These cute little flamingos can travel with you wherever you go, and you can pose with them everywhere, just stick em' in some dirt and snap, you've got a picture with you and your little flamingo friends! (though your finger may be the only thing to fit in the picture with the flamingos, they are so small. Smiley)

So, in school, we're learning about advertisments, so I thought I'd try it out with my challenge entry, which hopefully you got from the add, is five little garden stake flamingos. I made them out of clay, and their travel case is a machbox, which I cut down to 2 inches. Each flamingo is about 1 x 2 cm, but they're posing with a quater for size too. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Here they are!

Heres them and their fancy travel case (made of a matchbox)

and here is the flamingo being a cameo spy by being a flower. he he he  Smiley

Thanks for looking!

Oops, I forgot to put the most important picute in! the one of the garden flamingos actually in the garden!
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6  From boring black shelf table, to button covered! in CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES by Happyturtle on: April 04, 2009 10:03:26 AM
So, When I found this challenge I was determined to do it, and I had this little table shelf thing that I had been wanting to paint for a while, so I decided to cover it is buttons instead.
 But while I was looking for a bunch of buttons I could get really cheap, I found that is not easy, and couldn't find any buttons like the ones I wanted, so I decided to paint buttons onto it! I hope you like it!
So, Here is two of my photo's from when its finished:

And Heres when I had just started so there are just a few little shapes:

And here are the rest of the finished pitures, (the dog behind one of the pics is my dog Rosie)


Hope you liked it!
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7  Table inspired by Drops of Jupiter (song by train) in CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES by Happyturtle on: March 04, 2009 06:00:42 PM
 Howdy! I made this small coffee table type thing that was inspired by the song Drops of Jupiter by train, because it really made me think of this huge shining sun, like another planet, and lots of color. Hope you like it. Also, i made the table out of a huge cardboard box that i hot glue gunned together Smiley
Sorry i couldn't figure out how to get the pictures on here, but heres the link to them:

(its the photos i posted (happyturtle) on March 4th, encase theres more. Smiley) Hope you like them!
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8  Spectacular DIY Dollhouse! in CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES by Happyturtle on: December 05, 2008 07:36:47 AM
Howdy! This is my entry for the challenge, it is a doll house i got from a huge garage sale a while ago, with moldy carpet, blue and orange wall paper, and no furniture what so ever. The outside had brick paper and a paper shingle type roof(shingles printed on a piece of paper). I am sorry I don't have any pictures of it. I went through a process of ripping off the wall paper and repainting every wall, even the ceiling, pulling flooring down (carpet and tile. The carpet was just heavy duty fabric.), putting finish wood everywhere, windows, floor and ceiling..., And making all the furniture and wall decorations. In the pics, I made all the furniture out of balsa wood and cardboard, and the little chair you see at the table are made out of bottle caps and balsa wood. I hope you like it!

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