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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / How do I seal a Felted or Wool Applique? on: February 20, 2011 05:38:13 PM
Hi all,
I need some help on this one. I bought this little purse with a felt applique cupcake on it at the Maker Faire last summer in NY.It is sewed on.As time goes on though the cupcake get's pilly. I have a battery operated lint shaver and it cleaned it up very nicely.All smooth again,but I am worried that if I have to keep on doing this, there will eventually be no cupcake left.

So question is, is there a way to seal the wool? I'm very very new to felting so I'm lost on this one. Any info would be helpful. I did a google and craftster search but no dice.

Erin Smiley
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do With Bag Balm Tins? on: November 18, 2006 01:09:30 PM
Hey all,
I have about 4 Bag Balm green tins now hanging around the house. I was thinking of decoupaging them,but then what? They are to small for a kitchen herb garden. The only plant that could maybe thrive in them are African Violets but they are not my thing.

So any suggestions would be appreciated.

Erin Smiley

P.S.-No crayon holders please!!
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with Jar Candle Lids?? on: June 18, 2005 08:27:34 PM

I have a bunch of lids from jar candles. I'd rather make something of them instead of trashing them.

One idea I had was paint them with a translucent paint and either hang them in a window as a suncatcher or make them a border in my garden.

Another idea was to decoupage a Victorian pic onto it and hang on the wall or in the window.

Anyone have any other suggestions? Especially for the garden?


4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Fairy House on: April 12, 2005 07:37:26 PM
I wanted to make a fairy house for my yard that didn't look cheesy. I wanted it to blend in.

I saw someone tossing out a broken chiminea so I used the top as the house. I plan to put a plant in the chimney top that will flow down the sides of the it. I'm thinking some ivy since I have so much of it in my yard or sweet potato vine. I found a pack of faux pearls and strung them on some fishing line to make a path. I found the mushrooms,3 for a $1, at Micheals. Took a shishkabob squire and broke it into three's. Shoved it slowly up the stem(if u do this go slow,cup the top gently in your hand and push squire in,will break otherwise). I didn't seal them because they were so cheap if they get bad from the weather I'll toss them. Bring them in for the snow though. Also found this little sunflower girl on a Terra Cotta pot and gave her a home inside. I have some flat black river rocks stones I think I will use for a path and am going to make a wood fence out of twigs to surround it. I saw someone who made a gazebo and swinging bench out of twigs once,I'm going to attempt to make that as well,lol

Here's a link to it,this one might work for aol users only,not sure:

Here's a link at my yahoo photo site:

Watcha guys think? It's in it early stages so nothing spectacular yet.

Thanks for looking,
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Trolls,Trolls,and more Trolls on: April 10, 2005 09:52:07 PM
I have a huge rubbermaid container of trolls I used to collect. I need to make something out of them or sell them. I'd like to keep them around for a bit longer though.

Can anyone think of something to do with them? Maybe for the garden,some art project? Anything but a planter. They range from about 1 inch tall-6in tall.

6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Starbucks Frappacino Bottles-What to do besides these Ideas??? on: April 10, 2005 02:40:09 AM
I drink way to many Starbuck's Frappacino's for my own good so I'm bombarded with the little milk bottles they come in,in the store. I'd like to do some project with them that's not boring or something always suggested.

Here's a list of things that I have either heard of doing,done already, or don't want to do:

1.Make a bottle tree
2.wind chime
3.flower vase
4.Fill with colored water and either hang up outside(did this already) or put on a shelf
5.Put paint in it and swirl it around to give it a stained glass/witches ball look. Add water to thin paint to do this.
6.Paint it and make it a finial for a fence post
7.Make a hanging lamp by cutting off the bottom
8.Making some sort of doll or figure. Add arms,legs,whateva
9.Edge the garden beds with them
10.A terrarium
11. candle holder
12. incense holder
13.glassware for a table setting

One idea that I am thinking of doing is making a giant chandelier out of them. I would glue them together with clear silicone(don't forget to wash them 1st!!) and then either add rice lights,Christmas lights or hang it over a area with a ceiling light on the ceiling already and let the light shine through. Maybe color some of them with swirled paint. Keep one of these for myself and sell the rest.

So besides the list above,does anyone have some more ideas to do with these??

Thank You,
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need to find Sea/Beach glass for under $2 on: March 30, 2005 09:08:11 AM
Every crafts store I go to wants at least 2 bucks for a 1 pound bag of sea glass.  I usually buy it when it goes on sale though. The selection of colors is not the greatest either which limits my projects.

I'm looking for a online store that has a real good assortment of colors and 1 pound bags that aren't more than $2. If I can buy it in bulk,that would be even better.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Is sea glass from the store porous?? on: March 21, 2005 04:17:17 AM
so I'm making a mosaic with sea glass. Problem is I read somewhere that it is porous and should be sealed before you use it. The reason is because grout gets absorbed into porous surfaces. I believe the person used sea glass that came straight from the beach though. The glass I'm using came from the craft store and is all smoothed out and everything.

I don't know if I should seal it before I use it. There is no website or phone #on the manufactuers tag to ask them if it is sealed or not.

If I seal it I'm thinking of spraying it all with krylon clear coat sealer. It works great on my windchimes so I figure it's good enough for this.

Anyone suggestions?

Thank You,
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Mosaicing a Satellite Dish on: March 17, 2005 01:21:45 PM
I saw a pic of a satellite dish mosaiced as the top part(bowl) of a birdbath. Problem is I can't find the link anywhere. I plan on mosaicing it with half marbles and sea glass. Maybe some river rock too and then grout the whole thing.
If anyone has any suggestions on the best way of doing this,I would appreciate it.

I already mosaiced a stand for it,I just have to grout that but am still choosing the best way to color the grout(I bought sanded white) and what the easiest way to grout it is?

 Here is my plan:

1st I think I'll paint the dish white.I'm using sea glass to make this and don't want the grey dish color showing through.

2nd, transfer the design I want onto it with graphite paper. Hope that will work. Just the basic outline of it.

3rd, glue the sea glass down with my trusty goop or E600. Love this stuff!!!

4th, pick a color to grout it with,I hate white!!, and hope it all works.

5th, Put it on top of the mosaiced bottom.

How's this all sound? Anyone ever have a problem with grouting sea glass? I kinda worry that the thickness of the grout won't be thick enough because the sea glass isn't greatly thick. Whatcha think?


10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Concrete/Ceramic Owl and Rooster.What to do!!! on: March 11, 2005 11:42:42 PM
I found these guys on the side of the road. I figured I could do something with them. I don't know what I can do to make them more garden art like vs the store bought,just tossed it in the yard somewhere.

The owl is made of concrete and about 1ft tall. I think the rooster is ceramic and is about 1ft high and wiide.

I want to do something to them besides mosaic or painting them. Any ideas you all can come up with would be appreciated. I gotta find a home for them soon.

Here is a link to pics of them. I hope it works,lol.
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