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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Christmas card exchange- Spreading some Holiday cheer on: November 18, 2016 11:20:14 PM
Would you be interested in swapping some Holiday happiness by sending and receiving Holiday cards?

Each participant would send one Holiday card to another craftster. It would be nice to send an homemade card but not necessary. The aim is to spread Holiday cheer.

You would be able to register to send to more than one participant, up to twenty.

All traditions and no traditions are welcome. That would make it even more friendly, fun and interesting.

Since it would only be a card that is sent, maybe we could exchange cards with swappers from all and any country all together.

What do you think?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cardboard cat scratcher on: October 07, 2016 09:32:16 AM

I made a scratcher like the ones you can buy almost anywhere. I used cardboard from a box to cut stripes and the bottom of a box to glue the pieces of cardboard inside.

 At first, my cat thought it was a nice bed. After a few minutes, she enjoyed scratching it and does it many times a day.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kitty floss holders tutorial on: October 05, 2016 12:37:07 AM

As a beginner embroiderer, I often grab the wrong end of the floss and end up with a mess. So I made some kitty floss holders to keep the floss organized.

supplies needed:
cardboard- I used a piece of an old cardboard book.
felt tip pens or any medium you want to use to decorate your kitties
Scissors- Not the fabric ones

1. Cut a small rectangle about 1 1/2 inch by 2 1/4 inch.

Now, you are going to cute the kitty shape in the cardboard.

You may decide to draw it or just cut it without drawing before. Even not perfectly symmetrical, the kitty will be cute with floss around his belly.

2. Cut two triangles off the sides like a gift tag:

3. Make two symmetrical cuts to the ones you have just made

4. Cut in between. Now, you have the ears.

5. Cut the sides where you will put your floss so that the body is slender.

6. Add two cuts that will hold the beginning and end of the floss.

7. Draw a face on you kitty.

You're done!
Time to use your kitty floss holder.

Insert the beginning of the floss in the cut on the kitty's belly.

Wrap the floss around the kitty's belly. When you're done, insert the end of the floss in the remaining cut.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer tops on: October 01, 2016 12:46:41 PM

When I pass by the fabric store, I often find a lovely fabric to make myself a top, or a dress or ... it's not hard to come up with ideas at the store. Then, the fabric is washed and folded and stays on the shelf. There were a bit too many fabrics on the shelf. Each time I saw them, I was reminded of the clothes that I would make, soon for sure. Well, months years passed and my closet was getting low on tops. So, I finally got to it.

Here they are:

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Retractable drop arm window awnings on: September 23, 2016 12:05:50 AM

To provide shade in the rooms but still get wind through the window screens, I created some window awnings. They can be rolled up or down.

Here they are rolled up. I might make a tiny roof like structure on the supports other the fabric.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / passion fruits on: April 30, 2016 10:10:25 AM
This year, the birds are eating my passion fruit flowers. I was wondering why I saw the flowers and no passion fruits at all. Today, my husband saw one ripping the petals apart. This birds are not easily scared, they don't mind the cat just under them and will leave only if we get really close. Do you have any idea what I can do?
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter eggs or cascarones on: March 28, 2016 01:45:48 AM
I made a bunch of cascarones. At first, I only spray painted them, inside and out. Inside so the crumbled shell doesn't stand out in white amidst the confetti. But I was encouraged to make them look nicer. Some are inspired by the internet and some came entirely from my imagination. My husband painted five of these.Now, they look too nice and the kids are reluctant to break them!

8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / [RESOLVED] Thumbnail Images Broken on: January 26, 2016 12:22:10 PM
I don't know where to put this.
I can't see the newest pictures  on the home page since a few days. If i click on a " So sorry there was a problem ... image",  then I do see the picture on the project page.
Can you help please?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Driftwood Christmas on: December 10, 2015 06:22:01 PM

I created a Christmas tree from driftwood and decorated it with shells, corals and sea glass, all found on the beach.

Awaiting Christmas are some Hawaiian animals: dolphins, monk seal, crab, sea turtle

a whale too

an outrigger for Mrs. and Mr. Santa

and a visiting reindeer from the North pole

almost all together

a wreath

and a star mobile

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tutorial: fabric plumeria flower on: October 07, 2015 02:33:33 PM

10 minutes- a couple hours waiting time while drying- 10 minutes

Materials needed for one flower:
3'9" white florist wire (thin wire wrapped with paper) - about 9 inches for one petal
a tiny scrap of fabric - about 6 square inches
fabric glue - I used original tacky glue
white stem wrap tape- optional but will look nicer

some plastic to let your flower dry on it

How to:

Cut 5 pieces of 9" wire. Bend in half.

Wrap the middle around two fingers or around a round tube, the 2 fl oz bottle of glue works just fine.

Remove by sliding off. This is what you get.

Shape it like an oval with slightly pointy ends to create the plumeria petals. Keep the shape flat. Make 5 shapes, one for each petal. You could make any shape and flower that way.

Check the shapes are flat and touch the fabric all around the edge. A tiny space between fabric and wire is OK if you fill it with glue.
Apply fabric glue all around the edge. No need to be very neat, the glue will dry clear.
Leave it to dry completely. This might take a couple hours, depending on your weather.
Once dry, cut the fabric around the shape, thus creating a petal.
Bend the petals slightly.

Put the five petals together, overlapping a little. Twist all the wires together or just one around the others, this will create the stem. Arrange the petals evenly to create the flower.

Wrap stem wire tape around the stem.

Now, you can put it behind your ear and go dance the hula or just enjoy a tropical drink.
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