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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Zombie Sheep Chunky House 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.
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Historical account of real Vampire hunt. 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.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My very first mini album! 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. 
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Shhhhh! Don't wake the baby vampire. 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.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Eye Jewelry Scarf 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.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / My First Three Sister Garden 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.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Music Corner on: July 02, 2014 06:15:10 PM
For a Loooong time now I've wanted to have someplace to leave my most played and loved instruments "out" somewhere where I could just grab one up and play it whenever I had a few minutes here and there throughout the day.  The problem was I had no place to leave them out so with most everything tucked away in it's case and stuck in the back of a closet they never got played because it was just too much trouble dragging it out for just a little while and then packing it back up. There are a lot of stands that sit in the floor but I don't have a lot of room for those plus I have two wild dogs running around, plus I'm not so good at steering the vacuum cleaner.  I preferred to have them hanging on the wall out of the way. It would be cheaper to just tie a piece of rawhide around the neck and hang it on a nail.  The problem with that for me is that I live in an old log cabin (built in the 40's) with different sized logs so anything I try to put on a wall will not hang straight down but lopsided because of all the knots and lumps and bumps on the logs.  I finally thought up an idea to try and to my surprise it actually worked out pretty well.  Here is my new music corner.

I moved everything out of the corner and started here.

Then I made a trip to Lowes to pick up copper wire, plastic tubing and wire clips.

I estimated how much wire I would need for each instrument, cut it and ran it inside the clear tubing so it wouldn't scratch the instruments.  Then I started bending them to shape a hanger for each one.  Since each instrument is a different size and shape, each hanger had to be fitted to it.

Then the fun part, fitting each hanger to the uneven logs.  Wire clips were then be hammered into place where they wouldn't contact the instruments.  The only thing that touches  them is the soft tubing so there's nothing to scratch or rub the wood.

But then I realized it didn't feel cozy enough because the ceilings are so high.  So I scrounged around the garage and found a piece of old wooden ladder (three rungs long) that was left over from a project long ago.  I also found some leftover chain (from a different project) and painted them a dark coppery color.  I used the chain to suspend the piece of ladder from the ceiling and dressed it up a little with silk flowers from Joann's and some salvaged Christmas lights.  Added some Witch balls I purchased from a glass shop last year and never found the right place for and my little music corner is complete.

Well almost.......I did have to add the instruments..................and my babies, Brando and Monk.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cthulhu Woodburning on: June 26, 2014 04:39:37 PM
For the Halloween in June Swap, my partner listed Lovecraftian stuff as some of her favorite Halloween things.  She also listed wall art as something she'd like to receive so I made this wood burning for her.  After burning I added a little color here and there and just a touch of color around the edge.  Then I gave it a coat of Triple Thick Clear Glaze to give it a slight wet look.  I was OK with how it turned out but I didn't have any basswood and instead of ordering some I just went to Hobby Lobby and picked up one of their wooden plaques.  Basswood is so much better to burn something like this on so I need to just keep some on hand.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Snake on: August 13, 2013 05:01:01 PM
Craftster is an endless supply of creativity and knowledge and sharing.  You can't come here and NOT learn something.  I just bookmarked fantasticmio's tute on continuous granny square join-as-you-go and I know I'll be using that one soon.

I love to crochet snakes and have posted a few of these before.  This one I made for my daughter to match the rattlesnake bracelet I made for her a while back.

Here's a close up of the head.  I usually just stitch the inside of the mouth with just thread and no beads but thought I'd bead the inside of this one.  Boy did it make for some tight work.  Probably won't be doing it this way very often.

The actual pattern for this snake came straight from Adele Recklies book, "Bead Crochet Snakes: History and Technique." I love this book and it's what got me started crocheting these things in the first place. They are all done in single crochet.


Thanks for looking!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photo Restoration on: August 13, 2013 11:42:47 AM
I didn't know where I should post this so I hope this is OK.  There is such a wealth of talent and inspiration here on Craftster.  I have tried so many different techniques and crafts after seeing it done here.  I got my first digital program to work with photographs several years ago to try to clean up some old family photographs.  Removing spots and scratches was about as far as I ever got until I came to Craftster.  Since most of the swaps I've joined as well as other Craftster inspired projects I've done have involved digital manipulation it has given me way more experience.  Joining in on paper crafts such as chunky houses and the like has really increased my knowledge of my program that's been sitting on my computer all this time. 

This is the only picture I own of my Grandfather as a young man. I don't know how or why it got ripped in half.  I have sometimes wondered if maybe there used to be a young lady that was Not Grandma attached at one time.  Grin

I had made some attempt in the past to do something to fix it well enough to frame but was never really happy with how it looked.  But in working on the Side Show Swap I was just in, I discovered a few functions in my program I had never noticed before.  When the swap was over I got Grampa's scanned photo and went to work.  Several hours later and voila!  It's not perfect but it's OK for me.

And here he is all ready for a frame.

Craftster pushes me to learn more, do more and be better than I ever would on my own.
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