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1  CANADA / Alberta / "Sunday Crafternoon" craft get together near Calgary!!! on: March 12, 2012 03:33:21 PM
Sunday Crafternoon!!!!

I often craft at home, and once in a while it gets boring when I am doing it alone. This is a chance for people to bring out their projects and create while in one room. There is no cost, tables and chairs provided and bring everything else you might need!

Bring sewing, woodworking, painting, beads, even your colouring book!

This will take place at Jumping Pound Community Hall 25 min West of Calgary on March 25 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. I hope it goes well and we will continue to host it!

Please PM me for further info or comments.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / First try at Weighanchors "watercolour stencil portraits" on: October 06, 2011 09:11:26 AM

First things first, I get absolutely NO credit for this. I directly followed the Tutorial by Weighanchor which can be found here:


Thank you Weighanchor, this project made me so happy. Your portraits are inspiring and beautiful. I will keep working at it!

I first thought I would make these for my dad for his 60th as these are all his grandkids but I will be on the other side of the world for Christmas so I am going to save them and make a set for the parents of the kids as well as for all the grandparents, and of course keep this practice set for myself.

All I would add is to make darn sure you dont spread the masking fluid too thin as there are spots of colour on some of them where there were not supposed to be. Also, I essentially made a light table by putting a light on the floor and proping one of my storm windows on top of chairs over the light.

My favorite one:

All of them together still on the boards. I didnt do a close up of the baby. He was really hard and didnt turn out quite so well. Ill do better next time!

Thank you for looking and remember to give all props to Weighanchor!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / -Simple Chair Recover- on: October 06, 2011 08:55:33 AM
This was actually the first project I ever did after discovering Craftster. I had had these chairs for years and it never occured to me to change them so, as always, thank you Craftster. This was years ago but it just occured to me to post it up here Smiley

Chairs from Grandma:

I simply went home, took the screws out and started pulling them apart. I left the orange vinyl on the seat but had to take it off the back or it wouldnt fit back together. This also gave me a ready made pattern on how to cut out the fabric for the back. Simply use a staple gun and voila!

Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / UPDATED! Easy and Beautiful Green Sparkle Shoes!!! -With TUTORIAL -Many Pics on: August 14, 2011 02:57:01 PM

We finally got some photos back so you can see all the shoes we made!

So I am a bridesmaid for my future sister in law this year. I shall call her "K" for the purpose of this post. We have brown dresses and she had the great idea that we should all wear different colour jewel tone shoes. I searched and found a pair of green sparkle shoes online but the heel was too high to be worn out in the field for the wedding. She and I are both quite crafty and she found an example of DIY sparkle shoes at www.weddingbee.com. After further web research we decided to tackle the project!

We all went out to the lake for a week so we worked on the shoes out there and I have to say that our families were VERY skeptical on how this would turn out......so it begins.....


 Shoes - I bought mine, K used ones she had. Both were black (faux) leather. I recommend at least the toe should be un-embellished. K's had a strap across the toe (see photos) and the end was a less polished look.

Glitter-I went to Michaels and there were sparkles in kids crafts, and lots in scrapbooking. I actually combined an emerald green and pale green to get the colour that I want. A little bottle did one full pair of shoes.
      TIP- SEARCH the store! There was glitter in THREE diffrent areas and ranged in price.

Paper plates, newspaper, foam brushes, Fabric Glue, Mod Podge, Spray Acrylic Finish from the hardware store

FYI: The Spray Acrylic is NOT in the photo below and K did remove the chain of course from hers

1. Get your shoes and other supplies. Set up OUTSIDE as you will get glitter everywhere. Remember not to do this on a windy day. Spread newspaper below your area to catch excess sparkles and stuff your shoe with newspaper to protect the inside.

I had to add a picture of the blessed surroundings where we conducted this project Smiley

2. Decide if you will sparkle the heel or leave it the original look. We left all our heels black and I did not cover them but for the next pair I will likely tape off the entire heel for the duration. Sand down all parts that you will be glittering. My darling brother helped and I venture to say you cannot oversand.

3. Liberally apply fabric glue followed by sparkles one section at a time. We used our fingers for the glue as it was quite sticky. Then we used a shaker for the sparkles. Remember to have something under to capture excess sparkles
TIP: Don't try making the glue flat but just avoid huge bumps in it as you apply. When you are done this coat you can tap off some of the excess sparkles.

4. Grab a snack, wine, or take a nap while this dries! You can see in the photo below that there are still some dark spots. Not to worry...

5. Get back to work! Take your foam brush and dab on mod podge. If you brush it on the texture will demolish your brush. The mod podge takes longer than the fabric glue to dry so you can do bigger sections at a time. Sprinkle on more glitter.

Again knock off the excess then let dry. In this photo you can see the difference between the first and second coat. You can certainly do a third coat if you feel it is needed.


As this was my first try, I tried various ways of finishing to ensure I am not leaving sparkles behind but the shine stays. I did a "clear" varnish first but it made the shoe milky. It was pretty but not what I wanted. I tried mod podge but it didnt prevent the glitter from coming off too much. THEN I FOUND IT! I went to the hardward paint section and bought a clear acrylic spray. I tried both gloss and satin and it didnt make a difference to the result. Ive done 3 coats so far and am not losing any sparkles!


So we are doing different colours for the other bridesmaids so I will update this at the end of September Smiley

I love them so much I wear them around the house sometimes. And I WILL be making more in other colours for myself.

Feel free  to ask me any questions you have.

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for Cave Woman Costume on: May 17, 2011 12:19:24 PM
My best friend does some fund raising each year via a costumed pub crawl. I have attended 60's, 30's and this year was 20's. I have to say it was awsome and I will post a completed costume later.

Next year is Cave man/woman themed and I want to be prepared and not wind up in the same short, low cut, lepoard print dress as every other gal. I find those outfits very phony and dont really want to go there.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

P.S. I do have access to real animal hides and likley some fur if needed.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A Wee Table and my first wood project! on: May 02, 2011 01:34:36 PM
This is my very first project from wood. I am a bit familiar with the tablesaw and I am a pro with the drill but I have never built anything wood that was to be useful!

This cost me $0 to make because we have lots of old lumber saved up. Once I got the hang of it it went quick, around 3.5 hours start to finnish.

If you are going to do some wood work dont nail. Glue and screw is the best way for sure. Partly because you can unscrew and adjust if needed. Now I might try something a little more complex!

P.S. That is Kujo a.k.a. Pong, the barn cat.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need outfit for 70's theme, breast cancer, pub crawl fundraiser! on: February 26, 2009 01:37:57 PM
My BF and her Sis in law walk for several days to raise money for breast cancer. As part of the fundraising they do a garage sale and...you guessed it, a small pub crawl!

this year they are trying for pink, 70's theme. Im going to head to Value Village to check things out but really I need some assistance and ideas. I need something comfy but....well....looks nice you know? We are going out after all Smiley

Id like to try the high pants but with my figure (no hips and a little extra tummy and big chest) im not too sure. Plus I have nice legs for a skirt Grin, so Im looking for other ideas...craftsters are so creative and kind I know you can help!

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My try at the tree pendant...in copper (and my first posted craft) on: February 13, 2009 01:32:02 PM

I thought I would try my hand at the tree pendant.

Of course all props go out to the tree pendant makers before me Smiley Craftster and the craftsters have had an awesomely wonderful effect on my life!

The copper is great but doesnt show up well on my skin so I wear it long over a shirt.And maybe more leaves next time. hehe

9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hi and thanks from near Calgary, Alberta, Canada on: February 10, 2009 12:55:25 PM
I was looking for funky renovation ideas for my home near Cochrane when craftster and I found one another. Im a cultural anthropologist, rancher, who manages a fine art collection hehe.

As far as crafting...Im a handy lady who renovates and such, a painter, I can knit a bit but generally I just love learning art and craft skills from soap making to leather engraving.

Craftster maintains a level of sanity in my life that was slipping away. Im so grateful!
If there are local crafters that might like to touch base please send me a personal message.

Thank you craftster!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Beef on a Bun...yummy sauce on: January 19, 2009 09:16:45 AM
I know loads of folks who do beef on a bun with plain BBQ sauce and whatnot. I found this recipe and used it for our big mid winter party. It got so many comments that I get to make it every year now!

On the stove in a heavy pan...
Brown 4 tbsp of finely chopped onion in butter (I add some garlic to this)

Add 2 cups of ketchup, stir until bubbling,
Add 2 tablespoons of molasses, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 tbsp lemon juice

Cook about 10 min or so. (add more br sugar if needed)
This would be enough for about 6 people.

I always put it in a dish so people can choose if they want it but if you weren't having a lot of people you could slice your beef and set it in this delicious sauce.
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