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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / how do you get rid of craft supplies? on: September 05, 2017 12:10:33 PM
I'm moving long distance, and need to get rid of practically everything I own.  I'm OK with that, it's kind of exciting, creating a big open space that I can fill with more stuff when I get where I'm going.

But what do I do with it all?  I have tons of craft supplies, from glitter glue (why do I have so much?  I never use the stuff) to fabric scraps to gel pens to sidewalk chalk to hand crafted dollhouse miniatures.

I can give some to the Boys and Girls Club, sell some on ebay, but there's gonna be a lot left over, especially small pieces of fabulous fabric.

I live waaaay out in the country, so garage sale doesn't do well.  My mini club did their shopping yesterday, but there's a lot left over.

any suggestions?
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Face Jug on: August 30, 2017 10:53:57 PM
Yet another pot from Lee!
This one is special for sculpting instead of my usual painting.  He's about 7" high, not including handle.

He was inspired by a picture I found in a ceramics magazine from the 1970s.
I'm keeping this one!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Safari Bowl on: August 27, 2017 03:48:44 PM
Safari Bowl

This is a birthday gift for a friend; she not only loves animal prints, she's on the board of the zoo.

my favorite side of the 10" diameter bowl, the leopard lazing on a liana

a portrait of the beloved white tiger Namaste from our zoo.  

giraffe!  my friend has a 6' tall giraffe statue with false eyelashes, so I made sure this one had fluttery lashes.

zebra, plus back end of giraffe.

sometimes I think I make most of my progress through mistakes and disasters.  This was supposed to be a platter, with the same animals.  But the platter broke just before firing, so I substituted a bowl that was already bisqued.

Then, after painting all the animals, I put black glaze on the inside, and spilled it over the edge in a few places.  Had to clean it off and repaint several spots.

Finally, there wasn't time before the birthday for two firings (I take a class, don't have control over firing schedule), so I put the clear glaze over the unfired underglaze, and it smeared in places, especially on the face of the tiger.  GRRRRRR!

But I'm sure my friend will love it!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Dragon Platter on: August 04, 2017 02:15:56 AM
This is a birthday gift for my year-of-the-dragon friend.  It's about 14" long.

I used a deep plastic platter with rippled edge as a drape mold for a slab.  Low fire clay and glazes.
The decoration is underglaze, with a clear shiny glaze over.  The white spots are reflections; I took the picture at night, under a chandelier...

This was really fun, I've been doing a lot of watery blues, it's nice to get some hot colors going!

Birthday is more than a month away, I don't know if I can keep from showing this to her!

Also, I finally finished the Crane Pot https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452108.0
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Need Cinco de Mayo potluck food. Low Carb and more? on: April 26, 2017 11:41:51 AM
I want to bring a low-carb dish to a CdM potluck.  To make it extra difficult, I don't eat red meat, cilantro, or sweet peppers.  Not a fan of super-spicy foods, either.  Stuffed chilis?  I don't think so.

That means there won't be much at the party for me, so I want to bring something satisfying.  Y'know, so I won't go wild and stuff my face with tortillas, corn, rice, bunelos, flan, churros...Ok, now I'm just fantasizing.  Cheesy

Any suggestions?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Cinco de Mayo party decor on: April 26, 2017 11:03:40 AM
I just volunteered to help a friend decorate for her annual Cinco de Mayo party.
Surprisingly, she doesn't have a lot of decorations, so I'd like to make a few that she can store and reuse.

I'd like to do something with a lot of impact, cheap materials, and FAST--we're decorating the day after tomorrow.

It'll be in her garage (which is amazingly tidy all year).  She'll have long tables that could use some kind of colorful runners or something.  We can hang something from the ceiling and/or along the walls.
I have several colors of tissue paper, so I'm thinking flowers, chili peppers, and/or fringed banners from that.

Not a lot of craft resources here, Walmart is my best bet for supplies.

any more quick and easy FIESTA ideas?

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / crane pot on: April 09, 2017 06:58:46 PM
Final pictures!
old pix moved to late in the thread.

I finished it with a satin glaze that came out a bit milky.  It made the whole thing a bit more subtle.  I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with that.

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Tee design to be pro printed on: January 28, 2017 07:27:42 PM
I'm working on a design for my Water Garden Club's tee shirt.
They're going to be commercially printed, but I need to deliver artwork they can use.
I've never done this before.  Any suggestions?
I drew the fish, scanned them, am working with them in Photoshop 6.0ish.

Here's the current design; it's to be printed in 3 colors:  black, white, orange.  Everything teal in this picture will be whatever color the tee shirt is. 

suggestions welcome on how to prepare the color separations AND on the design itself.  I'm still not quite happy with the island.
And several club members asked for a water lily in the design.  I could cram one in, but it looks like that's what I did...
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / custom calender cover on: January 02, 2017 06:28:22 PM
I confess; I dont have a smart phone.  So every year, I create a custom calendar to carry in my purse.  It has a holder for a pencil (never use pen in a calendar!), a bookmark, and pockets to hold stray papers.

This year, I used a koi fish fabric, and covered a notebook with coordinating fabric.

I print the calendar from an app that keeps track of birthdays and other recurring events.

The pockets are great for keeping receipts, plane tickets, and other paper bits from getting crumpled in the bottom of my purse.

and aside from the paper for the calendar itself, everything is recycled or from stash!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Treearrings on: December 22, 2016 02:28:38 PM
I realized I had only one piece of wearable holiday jewelry--a pair of jingle bell earrings--and I finally came up with the perfect supplement--Treearrings!

made from the smallest of my many bottlebrush trees (about 1" tall), with lots of glitter (which sprinkles down onto my chest when I wear these, giving me a very festive air).  

I slid a jewelry eye pin up the trunk of the tree, looped around the stem at the bottom and glued it in place, then added french hooks.

All from stash, took less than 1/2 hour!  And strangers come up and complement me when I wear them!
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