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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 121 ENTRIES / Luna Lovegood went brunette on: November 01, 2017 02:43:51 PM

I have been inspired by a lot of Harry Potter crafting lately, and that obviously spilled into my choice of Halloween costume this year. One of my favorite characters from the series is Luna and she has such fun accessories that I knew I had to be her.

Here's a head-to-toe shot to give you an overall picture of the outfit (not the greatest, I'm sorry! Curse crappy weather lighting!)

The whole thing started with two tiny crocheted radishes (embroidery floss ftw!), and a cork necklace - all made from stash.

I recruited Mlsocci74 in the STS swap to make a fun button I designed (not actually something from the book or movies, but I can easily imagine Luna wearing something like this) promoting Wrackspurt Awareness.

I found the pink sweater and quirky skirt at Goodwill, had the striped socks already, and bought BRIGHT blue tights. And then covered my old shoes in stars with a paint pen.

Other details: the wand was carved down from a branch in my backyard and stained with wood stain, the Quibbler was a printable file found online that I glued onto a magazine, and Spectra Specs were traced onto some holographic paper and backed with a couple of layers of cardboard.

Not a perfect recreation, but definitely Luna in spirit  Cheesy Maybe next year I'll add to it by making Luna's lion hat  Wink
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 120 ENTRIES / That's not a Horse's Butt - It's a gift for you! on: October 06, 2017 10:38:23 AM
I have been on a little streak of making little faux taxidermy and made one more to abandon somewhere soon (it's raining cats and dogs right now so it's not going to be today). I hope it brings a little light to someone's life.

And a close up of my favorite part - the shoes!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Animals Gone Wild! (pic heavy) on: August 27, 2017 04:40:37 AM
I love the idea of faux taxidermy. And I love animals in clothes. So you can see how I might have arrived at making these little guys.

When I craft, I start to develop backstories for them - and this helps to guide my creative decisions, or justify them maybe.  Roll Eyes Funny enough I didn't give any of them names. Maybe it makes parting easier that way. Anyway...

So Mr. Christmas Tree Horse (if we're being technical I think he is actually a zebra but you can hardly tell now) started out as my intended circus sideshow type character. Except I was really hating the color combo of the blue skirt and sparkly green top I made for him.....until I starting thinking of what that green could be transformed into....this lead to me recalling my very fond love of ugly Christmas sweaters....and well that kind of grew until he turned into a tree. Well to be fair, he's not a tree. He's just VERY enthusiastic about ugly Christmas sweaters and took it up a notch. My favorite detail is probably the wee candy canes I made. So tiny. So cute!

Mr. Gryffindor Dolphin stumped me for a long time. Initially I was thinking of making him a top hat and a bow tie, but everything I made for that just turned to crap. He really didn't speak to me for a long while, and I'm still not sure what clicked in place, but once I thought, hey!! He could be a huge Harry Potter nut and is going to Hogwarts, I was totally in love with the idea and went with it. The scarf was a royal pain to crochet (color changing with such tiny stitches is hard!), but I love how it came together. Unfortunately, in the picture its rather hard to see but he does have his wand - it just happens to blend very well with the background mount color.

Mr. Rockabilly Punk Horse was probably one of my first creations as far as concept goes. I've always had a bit of love for the rocker vibe and knew I had to represent somehow. I am super proud of how I got the shirt to fit (thank you level 1 fiber class in college for teaching me how to make a pattern even if I did hate it at the time!), and love how everything offsets each other. Also super proud of the studded choker Cheesy

Ms. Dino Material Girl reminds me of Madonna's 80s aesthetic which didn't necessarily start that way. I found the leopard print fabric in my stash, then added the white lace skirt, and it really went from there.

Mr. Sleepy Time Horse Butt took a bit of stewing to come up with the idea as well. I patterned out the shorts first, and the flowery pattern and color really pushed me in a pajama vibe so that's where we went! Of course my favorite thing is the bunny slippers! Hopefully whoever finds it can appreciate that - they are kind of hard to see...

Ah lastly, my wee Sweetheart Tiger. He tries to be tough but is a big softie inside. Of course I started with the crochet sweater, which I am thrilled to pieces I was able to make (was really winging it and hoping for the best when I started that). He stumped me for a long time after that as to what his personality would be. But randomly one night I decided to glue some flowers in his mouth, and that did it - he's the quiet boy who brings you flowers unexpectedly. He does have a bit of flair for fashion after all when I came up with the hat and earring. The watch just totally by coincidence matched and I just love how it all came together in the end (So in love with the tiny watch, its so simple but cute!)

I am really proud that all the supplies for this project (minus the wooden plaques and plastic animals) came completely from stash, though there were a few moments that I was sorely tempted to go to the craft store.

Now they'll be put out in the wild as a part of the Abandoned Art Swap for strangers to find, and hopefully it'll put a smile on someone's face.

P.S. I've already started working on two more (animal butts) so I have a couple to abandon myself! I'll share pictures when they're complete  Grin

I made this taxidermy butt with the leftover end of my wee tiger! I wasn't sure where to go after I crocheted the pants, but then found this little bunny that needed a ride and it just went together  Cheesy

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: August 23, 2017 02:47:53 PM
Post pictures when you receive and when you abandon your partner's art!!  Cheesy


Onyxnox :: calluna
stefaniegk :: WiccadWitch
underthemountain :: Nodsu
Gigglygirl :: Alexampersandra
sheepBlue :: loves2experiment
alteredmommy :: Abbeeroad

Sent AND Received
Late with Communication
Contact Organizer

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5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Halloween themed Jar of Whimsies Swap on: August 09, 2017 09:53:06 AM
It feels like it's been eons since the last Jar of Whimsies swap - would anyone be up for another one?  Cheesy We could have fun and make it Halloween themed if people are into that! I'm itching for some tiny cuteness  Cheesy
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) on: July 26, 2017 06:19:46 AM

Swap name: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Sign-up date range: 7/26/17 - 8/9/17
Date to send item by: 9/5/17

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? 16

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Who doesn't like to make art? And who wouldn't LOVE to randomly discover a bit of art in their local library or park?

Each swapper will create 5 small pieces of art to send to their partner to abandon, with a note attached if desired, outlining the purpose of art abandonment (see more below). After taking pictures of the pieces of art (so we can see detail! Cheesy), the receiving partner will place these items around their local hometown in the hopes of inspiring others and bringing a smile - they should also attempt, if possible, to take a picture of the abandoned art in its abandoned location. Additionally, each person will include 1 small item for their partner. Again, this could be the same as what you made to be abandoned or something different along the swap theme.

As art is received and abandoned, the swapper should post pictures in the gallery.

The swap is open to each person's creativity so make this your own! Great ideas for abandoned art would be things like ATCs, twinchies, mini shrines, embroidery, amigurumi, painted rocks, etc etc! The sky is the limit.


In the last round, most swappers chose to attach a note to help anyone who might stumble upon their art understand the purpose. Even cooler, some of the swappers got a response from the people that ended up finding their pieces! An example of a note that was included is this:
"Abandoned Art encourages artists and crafters to leave art in various locations around the globe for a lucky, unsuspecting person to find - like YOU!  Use it, give it as a gift or share with someone that you care about.  If this piece of art is not your taste, leave it for someone else to find.  In joy, Enjoy!  If you adopt this piece of artwork, please consider letting us know where you found your art by emailing xxxx@gmail.com."

Here is a link to the last round's discussion and gallery for more inspiration...
Discussion: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412246.0
Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414075.0

Please Note:

1. PMs should be labeled "Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2" with the appropriate action - Signup, send, receive.

2. I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication, late sending, or not meeting swap requirements in any other ways.

3. Please post in the thread regularly so we know you're still around and kicking; also please communicate upfront with your partner and organizer if there may be/are any issues with late sending. Communication will be noted in feedback.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: sheepBlue

Name of swap: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

What type of art do you like to make? Wearable? Waterproof? Paper? Etc.
Do you have a specific location you would like your art abandoned?
Do you have a specific location you would like to abandon the art you receive?
Anything your partner should know about your location? Rainy? Hot? No library or good inside locations nearby?
Do you have a camera/camera phone to take pictures when you receive and abandon?
Anything else your partner should know?


Approved Swappers:
1. sheepBlue
2. underthemountain
3. Abbeeroad
4. gigglygirl
5. loves2experiment
6. alteredmommy
7. calluna
8. Nodsu
9. WiccadWitch
10. Onyxnox
11. stefaniegk
12. Alexampersandra


Onyxnox :: calluna
stefaniegk :: WiccadWitch
underthemountain :: Nodsu
Gigglygirl :: Alexampersandra
sheepBlue :: loves2experiment
alteredmommy :: Abbeeroad
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 - swap sign ups now posted! on: July 08, 2017 06:27:32 AM

Years ago there was an Abandoned Art swap and I'd love to see another one get off the ground!

Here's the discussion and gallery threads.

Who's in?!  Cheesy I'd be willing to organize - maybe a couple of weeks of sign ups in late July/early August, a month for crafting, and then send outs early September? The last swap required 5 small pieces of art to be sent to your partner to be abandoned plus an extra for your partner to keep  Smiley...
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / A giant mosaic project to break my crafting dry spell on: May 31, 2017 04:57:49 PM
I really don't do things by short measures. I've had a bit of a challenge since the beginning of the year finding my crafty drive and inspiration to make things (a fun combo of work and life stress though thankfully that period seems to be waning, yay!). So where the idea and inspiration and, more importantly, motivation came from to tackle this project....I'm at a loss. But it happened and I'm happy it did! Now I have this giant beauty to stare at and ogle....just need to figure out where to put it......

(Damn thing defies taking pictures - I can't help but want to put resin on everything to give it a shiny slick coat and seal everything in.)

We all love progress pictures, yeah? Let's go down the story hole...

The beginning...a collection of coins...that's where the idea started. A mosaic with coins. A big thank you to alteredmommy, LeapFeetFirst, and kwality570 for sending me your spare foreign coins to add the the pile!

I forgot to take pictures until I got as far as laying out the patterns...at this point I decided to also incorporate some beads I had in my stash (though more had to be purchased to fill the board).

This took a week or two of futzing with the placement and whatnot and then it was onto grouting! I learned from the last time I did this that grouting is a huge mess - so I decided to do this step outside....in the hot hot sun. So much fun.

And I conveniently forgot from the last time how long it took to smooth everything out and then having to go back multiple times to wipe off every individual coin and glass shard. This probably took an hour total if I had to guess.

Wipe wipe wipe. Keep wiping.

This picture below is before resin, but after a final polish of the coins and glass. Major difference.

Now all the beauty shots!

Scissors are there for reference. The board itself is 16 x 21 inches. And it's actually a lazy susan, but I'm not sure I actually want to cover it up and have it be used lest it get ruined or something......and I'm still not sure where I'm putting it..


A close up of a couple of cool coins...The one on the right second down reminds me of a niffler from the Wizarding world haha.

And one last close up of the center for a little more detail.

Thanks for looking!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered lotus necklace on: December 04, 2016 05:17:08 AM
I made this for Abbeeroad in a recent personal swap. It's backed with felt and I felt compelled to put a bit of sparkle in there too.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Peace sign ticker tape quilt on: December 04, 2016 05:14:08 AM
I made this recently for the fabulous Abbeeroad for a personal swap. It was very therapeutic to work on and meditate over.

Work in progress...

I specifically chose some of the fabric bits to reflect Abby's loves (such as Harry Potter, skulls, crafting), and the fringe was hand-beaded too  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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