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1  Zombie Sheep Chunky House in Halloween Decor and Parties by coocoosnest on: October 30, 2014 02:13:58 PM
I made this zombie sheep for Missing Willow in the mini 13 Halloween swap. 

I got a little toy sheep from meijers (discounted because it had green goop on it) and after cleaning the sticky goop off went to work with my dremel and knives.

I dremeled a big slit on his back and carved out part of the mouth.

Then I started harvesting parts from one of those little plastic skeletons for the spine, jaw with teeth , a hand and a foot. Getting the teeth was the hardest part.  That skeleton was so tough to cut but I finally got what I needed.

After making various bites and chew marks and gluing in the teeth and spine I painted him up. I also ripped his belly open and added some guts falling out (made with a glue gun). I opened his little mouth and shoved a bloody hand in it and added a big drip of bloody slobber.

For the background I blended a picture of Missing Willow's farm with a scene from the movie "Black Sheep" (which I watched for inspiration), added a gloomy sky to set the mood and embilished with the fence and Missing Willow Farm sign.  Then I added a little moss and glued on a little bloody foot so he would have something to snack on later.
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2  Re: My very first mini album! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by coocoosnest on: October 30, 2014 01:21:31 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments.  I loved working on this so much.  I loved doing the photos and it's hard to pick a favorite but I really liked these a lot.

and this one cracks me up.
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3  Historical account of real Vampire hunt. in Halloween Decor and Parties by coocoosnest on: October 30, 2014 12:55:28 PM
I made this shadow box to tell a tale of the famous Vampire of Clermont and how he was destroyed. 

I used an acrylic photo box from Michaels and cut an opening in the front of the box.  For the wood frame I used a roll of iron on wood veneer I got from Lowes.  After cutting the strips to size I used a heat gun to melt the glue on the strips and then quickly adhere them to the acrylic.  Note:  If you ever want to do this be sure to GO OUTSIDE or at least have really good ventilation!  The fumes are horrible!  Then I stained the wood and lined the inside with corrugated cardboard.
Then I had to come up with a story to do a series of newspaper clippings of.  The poor Bohannon family was just in the wrong town at the wrong time I'm afraid.  The picture I used for the Bohannons is one of those old tyme pictures of me and my Hubby and Daughter taken over thirty years ago Shocked at our state fair.  When my daughter came for a visit right after I had printed out the articles I let her read them and then apologized to her that she had to be decapitated.  She said that was OK, it was better than coming back and having to drink blood.


I made a vampire shell using a wooden dowel and the largest shell I could get. I made the fangs out of Premier lightweight stone clay and triple thick gloss glaze(two of my new best friends) and bloody splinters from the Vampire's heart.  There is also a souvenir picture (compliments of Druckers Drygoods) of Mr. Billy James, the hero that slayed the Vampire of Clermont.
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4  My very first mini album! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by coocoosnest on: October 30, 2014 11:30:37 AM
I had a blast making this for Missing Willow for the mini 13 Halloween Swap.  I had never made one before but watched several youtube videos and thought that it looked like fun so decided I'd give it a go. It also gave me an excuse to buy a lot of extra tools and dies that I'd been drooling over. Very pic heavy so here we go.

There are three sections of pages that fold in various ways. For the most part I followed instruction from this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umijvaGgml8&list=PLE239690CB61C4267 . I altered a little here and there.

I gathered vintage Halloween photos from all over and then snatched pictures Missing Willow had posted on her blog.  Then I digitally altered them, which is one of my most favorite things to do.

On the pic to the far right, I had originally changed the shadow on the wall to match the "new head", but then I decided I liked it better to leave the woman's shadow on the wall.  I thought it looked a little creepier.

I thought this one was the creepiest of them all.  

Hope you enjoy!
P.S. Had to come back to give a big Thanks to Hubby for holding pages open for me while I took pictures. 
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5  Shhhhh! Don't wake the baby vampire. in Halloween Decor and Parties by coocoosnest on: October 29, 2014 07:15:14 PM
I made this for the mini 13 Halloween swap.

I used Premier lightweight stone clay and a Sculpey infant mold the make the baby, gave him pointy ears and fangs.  When good and dry gave him a couple coats of matte sealer. 

I wanted to add some wings so I searched lots of bat photos and really liked this one.

So I printed three pairs in different sizes because I couldn't make up my mind how big to make them.

Once I decided on a pair I taped them down and started layering several coats of mod podge.  When good and dry I turned them over and started removing paper with dampened fingers.

After paper was removed I glued floral wire that I had colored with a pink marker to the wings where needed and pressed them flat with my old irons.  I knew those things would come in handy someday.

When this was dry I added several more coats of mod podge to seal it all together good and while each coat was still tacky I dabbed my fingers all over to give it more of a skin texture.

Then I just glued them on the baby.  You can bend and fold them to whatever shape you want.

Then he just needed a bed so he could have a good day's sleep.
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6  Beaded Eye Jewelry Scarf in Beads: Completed Projects by coocoosnest on: October 29, 2014 06:28:12 PM
I made this for Missing Willow for the mini 13 Halloween swap.

I used Premier lightweight stone clay in a mold to get the basic shape then pressed a clear glass flat marble into it.

 Removed the marble let it dry then inserted a printed iris and replaced the flat marble.  Filled in around the marble, let it dry, buffed it smooth and gave it a couple coats of DecoArt triple thick gloss glaze. 

Glued this to round pendant tray and then started beading.  The surround tube was crocheted with #30 DMC Cebelia crochet cotton with #10 steel hook using #11 beads.  After the tube was joined and placed around the eye the rest was stitched sort of loosy goosy, whatever looked right, around the eye and then fringe was added.
 Finished eye was attached to a dollar store scarf.
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7  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 in Craftalongs by coocoosnest on: October 09, 2014 06:32:23 PM
First of all, that chair is awesome and how in the world do you keep those babies from destroying it.  They must be angels.  If that were in my house my two devil dogs would have it shredded to bits in 15 minutes tops.  I can see them now ripping through the house dragging it by the tail and smashing everything in their path. Kudos to "your partner" for her mad skills and kudos to you for your dog training skills.

Secondly, I finally finished my OTT Halloween Swap.  A few years back I made one of these amulet bags for the OTT Halloween Swap and I really liked it.  I guess my partner somehow found out how much I liked it and surprised me with one of my very own!  It was due yesterday so it is one day late but I like it so much I forgive her tardiness.  Grin

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8  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Round 6 in The Swap Gallery by coocoosnest on: September 03, 2014 04:38:32 PM
Waiting with anticipation!

Just now got my tree up and spread out all my goodies.  Here are my lovelies from Missing Willow. Everything is packaged so nicely and I love how she did the tags using bats for the number.  And see Missing Willow, Day 13 is still unopened just like I promised. The excitement is building!


And another showing more of my tree.

DAY 1 :  I'm so in love with these stitched towels! They are fantastic and the stitches are so tiny. Thank you Missing Willow, I love them and Monk approves too.

DAY 2 :  I'm thrilled beyond belief with my new tote.  I had requested Missing Willow to make me a tote just big enough to carry a few thin music books.  She went way beyond what I asked for.  This is so big and roomy I can fit my largest book in with room to spare.  And the fabric is just too awesome for words.  It couldn't be more perfect.  The inside is totally lined and the pocket is just too cool.  I feel so giddy!  Grin Grin

DAY 3 :  I opened earlier today because I have a lot of errands to run and boy am I glad I did.  Now I don't have to pick out earrings to wear because I'll be wearing these.  And I love the box as much as the earrings.

DAY 4 :  I now have a lovely set of Hocus Pocus napkins!  The stitching is so perfect and I just love them.  Thanks so much!  (All of a sudden I'm getting a craving for some candy corn.  May have to jump off my diet wagon and go get some.  Grin )

DAY 5 :  My first (and only) crafted ornament for my tree.  I am blown away with my little miniature zombie scene.  It is only about 1 1/2 x 2 inches and the people are sooooo tiny.  I love the little Bio Hazard sign too.   It was kinda hard to get good pictures but here they are.  It's so perfect!  I hope to eventually have my tree filled with crafty bits and this a such a cherished first step to that goal.

And a close up of the amazing detail on my little zombie and an action shot in it's new home.

DAY 6 :  The day started out badly. My Mom called in the wee hours of the morning to say she had fallen and couldn't get up so Hubby and I rushed over as fast as we could.  She's OK, just sore and bruised.  I was exhausted when we got home so I took a hot shower and made myself a mug of hot tea then sat down to open my goodie for the day.  I love these to bits and put one to work right away.  Also I love, love, love the bottle stopper.  As you can see in my last photo, I never have enough spouts for all my oils and I know just the one I going to use the skull on.  Hubby likes everything HOT HOT HOT and we get a Hot Chili Olive Oil that we use just for him that he LOVES. I don't know how many times I get in a hurry in the kitchen and grab his oil by mistake when I'm making something for the both of us.  You would think that after a time or two of setting my mouth on fire I would learn to pay attention but now his oil will have a skull to remind me of the danger.  Grin Grin Grin


DAY 7 :  OMG!!!  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  Get ready to pin!  When I started to open Day 7, I swear something was trying to bite me through the cute little bag.  I got it open and this is what jumped out at me.  He's very mischievous and a little destructive and I've named him Little Kenny.  I cannot even express how much I LOVE HIM!  Missing Willow's note said that this is her version of an Amanda Louise Spayd art doll and boy what an amazing job she did!  She said, "the eyes are glass cabochons, the face and teeth are poly clay, Body is from an old wool shirt and ears are Alexander Henry fabric."  I love everything about it.  The teeth are creepy enough but there something in the eyes that seems almost alive. After I had taken pictures and started to walk away I heard something behind me.  I turned just in time to snap one more pic of him trying to tear into tomorrow's package. I can see already that I'm going to have to keep a close eye on Little Kenny.  Wink

DAY 8:  It's gonna be Movie Night tonight when I get home.  I thought I had a pretty good selection of zombie movies but I've only seen two of these twelve.  And it has Vincent Prices's The Last Man on Earth which is one of my favorites.  I'm going to limit my margaritas tonight to save room for some popcorn and hot apple cider and then let the Flesh Fest BEGIN!!!!

DAY 9 :  I love the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus and I LOVE them on my chunky house.  It's absolutely perfect and there's little Binx on there too.

DAY 10 :  I finally get what's been smelling so good under the tree.  Within minutes of getting all my packages under the tree, I had to put a fence around it because my two devil dogs were trying to jump up on the chest to get at whatever was smelling so divine.  I can't even pick a favorite they all smell so wonderful. They are made using goat milk from Hermione (I just love her).  Thank you so much Missing Willow and Hermione!  Kiss  Kiss  Kiss

DAY 11 :  I love this stopper!  The paper is so vintage and the beads are so cute.  Hubby has a thing for elephants and has already threatened to swipe it.  And it goes so well with "my" bottle.  Wink

DAY 12 :   Shocked   Shocked I was so excited to see my spooky little pottery shrine.  Missing Willow did such a fantastic job on this.    The design is so cool, I don't know how she got so much texture on something so small, and the colors are perfect.  I couldn't wait to get something in it and thought of my little buckeye man.  A little man clawing his way out of a buckeye shell that I pick up in a shop somewhere about thirty years ago.  I've always loved him but he always seemed out of place no matter where I put him.  Now he has his own permanent home. Thank you so much MW!


DAY 13 :  I'm so sad this is the last day but I'm thrilled with everything Missing Willow sent me.  This quilt is just too amazing for words.  The fabrics and the workmanship are just perfect.  It was hard to get really good pictures because it is so huge.  It measures 49 x 55 and is simply lovely.  Little Kenny really likes it too.


 Kiss Kiss KissThank you Missing Willow! Kiss Kiss Kiss
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9  Re: My First Three Sister Garden in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by coocoosnest on: July 31, 2014 08:13:04 AM
Thanks so much for your well wishes. Alas, it was not meant to be.  Missing Willow, we didn't have a problem with corn worms at all.  Everything was beautiful right up till the morning we went out to gather it.  This is what we had.

We think it must have been raccoons.  There were shredded ears of corn scattered all over the place.  We picked all that was left and got maybe a dozen ears.  Of course the beans were destroyed too.  So this is all that's left of my pride and joy.  At least we got a little taste anyway.
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10  My First Three Sister Garden in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by coocoosnest on: July 18, 2014 03:55:36 PM
We've had a terrible time with gardens while living here.  I don't know if the soil is that bad or if it's just us.  We've grown some really nice gardens in years gone by so I don't think we're totally incapable but since we've lived here it's been hit and miss with everything.  A few years back I staked out a little area next to the garage that I thought would be perfect for some grapes.  I've struggled with them ever since so this spring I dug them all up.  While trying to decide what to do that that spot I thought of corn, which I love and haven't grown any for at least twenty years.  And since we got only one pitiful little zucchini last year I though I'd try a Three Sister Garden in my newly reclaimed garden patch.  A Three Sister Garden is where you plant corn, beans and squash all together so that they can benefit each other. So here is my first attempt at a TSG and it looks like I'm going get some corn. Yay!
We've been swimming in zucchini and cucumbers (Yea, I threw a hill of those in too cause last year we didn't get a single one).  From the websites I read, it seems like you're supposed to plant just winter squash but I also planted zucchini and yellow.  We've just started getting some yellow the last couple of days. The corn is coming along very nicely too.

Last year Hubby purchased some plain blocks to make our original little garden patch into raised beds. It seems to be doing better this year than last.  Maybe because I didn't try to cram so much into it.

We're trying some new things this year too like this Itailian Grilling Pepper.  They're humongous and very tasty.
For the last few years I've had a tiny strawberry patch but we only get a handful each year.  Not because there are no berries, there are loads of them.  The reason we don't don't get any is because we have lots of these.....
Despite the fact that I have tried to entice them to stay around the front of the house by maintaining luxury living quarters like this.......

and building them a virtual playground like this........

they still ate all the strawberries.

So I removed the strawberries and planted leeks.

So far so good.
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