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91  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pioneer toys on: May 14, 2009 04:44:42 PM
I joined the Little House on the Prairie swap and got carried away on making pioneer toys.

Doll front

Doll back

Bonnet down

Buzz saw toys

Game of Graces

Link to description

Clay marbles

Felt ball
92  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini Twilight Books on: April 12, 2009 02:40:59 PM
I have been doing alot of small scale journals for jewelry lately, and after seeing the various book charms out of sculpy and shrink plastic, I decided to finally make some mini twilight books. I need to fill them with pics and quotes. I am not sure what to do with them yet. Possibly charms or miniatures for a poppet.

I put them here as I was not sure what to do with them yet.
93  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A walk down mainstreet on: March 21, 2009 02:25:47 PM
This would be somewhat similar to the meet my hometown swap. Basically, you would commemorate your walk down mainstreet with a few photos and use your experience for inspiration for a craft.

For instance today I took my kids downtown as our sort of spring break activity. We went to worlds window, where they sell freetrade handcrafted items from around the world. We bought music instruments, we could craft something music related; a piece of artwork, a cd case, etc. Then we went to Cup of Joes, a retro coffee shop. This could inspire something retro or a coffee cozy. We stopped at the yarn shop and watched them wind my new baby alpaca yarn. This one is kind of obvious, as well as the bead shop.

Perhaps your main street isn't all crafty shops, maybe you can pick your inspiration from the oak trees lining the street, a library inspires something book related, a rock inspires an earthy craft, etc.
94  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first poppet (updated) on: March 18, 2009 03:35:28 AM

Updated face pic

I havebeen wanting a poppet for some time and thanks to Ghillie( sorry I know that is not quite right) I was able to make one myself. I actually have several planned, we will see how that works. aparently my sewing machine needs a check up, so this one was sewn by hand. I learned a few things, like the fact that double knit runs, so becareful how you set your eyes. I prefer heavy thread for the sculpting rather than several threads. I couldn't keep the threads all at the same tension, even knotted. A thick head of hair tends to pull the head back.

This one is my Alex poppet, modeled after my daughter in fairy form. She still needs wings. I put a rustic chamise and a simple corset for now. Alex's favorite color is blue, so I chose that as my inpiration.

95  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pocket journals on: March 03, 2009 04:09:39 PM
My daughter and I decided to try our hands at coptic book binding. We made them smaller to save on paper while we were still learning. We had such a good time that we taught her friend how as well. We added a few embellishments such as button loop closures, belt closures, rinestones, beaded bookmarks, and turned one small jounal into a necklace.

96  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / audiobook/ cd case on: February 22, 2009 06:20:18 PM
My kids like to listen to audiobooks, but I don't like to give them the originals. I could have bouht an inexpenve cd case, but I thouht Inkheart and Inkspell deserved something better. I used my limited journal making skills to create a "book" that keeps with the theme of the books.

I used cd sleaves from Dollar Tree, cardboard from a broken picture frame, leftover scrapbooking paper. I tried to make the inside look like it was from a strorybook.

97  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Chinese new year on: January 28, 2009 05:22:34 PM
Here is my pic.

I used the menu from the first list and newspaper and brown paper bag from the second list. The newspaper became the fire crackers, the paper bag became a fan, and the menu was framed in an old bark frame. The frame is from a mirror that had broken. Ribbon and beads from my stash were also used.

98  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / La Push inspired purse and wallet on: January 26, 2009 11:36:39 PM
While working on the twilight swap, I decided to make something for myself.

After making it I decided to change the beads on the strap to more represent the pebbles on the beach. I used some green stone beads mixed with wooden beads.

I used a wooden button as a closure as it reminded me of driftwood.

I made a tri-fold wallet and a large bag to match. The bag is huge, I can carry my purse, snacks, sweater, and everything I need for work and still have room leftover. I like to say that it is so big that I can carry enough snacks for even the La Push pack.
99  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Illuminated initials on: January 22, 2009 10:51:39 PM
I have been trying to practice my calligraphy, but I am not very good yet. Too much discipline needed. I decided to have a little fun, something a little organic. I decided to make initials for the kids. These are a little more modern than traditional illumination. I just kept adding things until they looked balanced to me. I plan to frame them to hang in their rooms.

100  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / tissue box gift bags on: January 01, 2009 02:37:27 PM
I was picking up some tissues and thought that the boxes were too cute to throw away. I pulled out the top and adhered card stock to make a solid lid. I used a strip of adhesive backed ribbon to cover the brand name one the bottom, added some tags and handles to one.

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