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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / B/W drawstring backpack - Cat tribute on: July 03, 2009 06:08:07 PM
Just over a month ago, on my granddaughter's second birthday, my daughter's cat Nova passed away.  He had been my granddaughter's constant companion from her birth, and was generally a sweet boy.  When I heard the terms of this challenge, I knew immediately that I wanted to use my favorite photo and do a bag for my daughter (littlebiskit) as a memorial.

This is acrylic on a pre-made drawstring bag.  It was done by changing the photo to black and white on the computer, and printing it out.  I then cut out the appropriate portions, and used rubber cement to tack the pieces onto the bag.  I then traced the pieces, removed the paper, and used white acrylic to paint the images.  I had tried freehanding the image, but had problems with the spacing, so I think this method worked quite well.

Hope you enjoy, don't forget to vote!

The tagline of "Shhh...    ...Secrets" is just because we've always said the photo looked like Nova was imparting some sort of feline secrets to his best buddy. 

And here is the original photo for comparison.

Comments welcome and encouraged!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 38 ENTRIES / Steampunk Fabrege Egg (My first challenge entry) on: May 05, 2009 06:56:48 AM
As soon as I heard the challenge I had an idea of what I wanted to make.  Fortunately the women in our family were having a crafting retreat weekend which gave me plenty of time to work on my entry.

I really like the whole steampunk aesthetic, which is the look I was going for with this egg.

The egg is a large easter egg, covered in black polymer clay and decorated with various watch parts and copper wire.  It is hinged and lined with red satin (sorry, no pictures of that part!).

C&C welcome, and don't forget to vote!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Scrap-wood Bunnies! on: April 21, 2009 12:26:56 PM
No, no drawing, just picked up the scraps from another project and saw the one bunny immediately.(The other was more hidden)
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What are you and what are you doing in my craft room? on: April 21, 2009 05:47:26 AM

No packaging. But since I had never considered that the balls and rods might not be intended as one unit, I can certainly see now how the rods and caps might just be a shipping aqnd handling kind of thing.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What are you and what are you doing in my craft room? on: April 20, 2009 08:04:43 PM
there is no place for wiring to go

That never stop a Craftster before!!! Smiley Wink
I don't think there is anything wrong with having the wire run along the side. I'm sure it will be nice anyway.

I wasn't saying that it couldn't be done, I just don't think that's what they were originally used for.  If I used the rods but could find things that would match the threading I could certainly make them into lamps.

As to them being lightening rod balls, they certainly look a lot like the last one pictured but are a tad smaller and have no writing on them whatsoever.  Also if they are a collection of separate lightening balls it would be surprising that I would end up with 50 of them (25 of each type).

Thanks for all the input so far!  I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with them, so keep the ideas coming!!!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What are you and what are you doing in my craft room? on: April 20, 2009 09:47:25 AM
The orbs and corresponding parts are a heavy glass with bubbles trapped in the glass. They are about 4" in diameter and the rods(plastic and hollow) each hold 5 orbs and/or those other shapes. There are white rubber washers between the glass parts. The end caps are silver metal.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What are you and what are you doing in my craft room? on: April 20, 2009 07:21:15 AM
there is no place for wiring to go
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What are you and what are you doing in my craft room? on: April 20, 2009 04:48:06 AM
I considered that they might be lamp parts but when they are together on that plastic tube with the threaded end fastened on there is no place for wiring to go. These things consist of the glass parts, a hollow plastic tube with threading on the ends and a threaded metal cap for each end. They originally alternated the sphere and the other shape on the tubes.  I changed them when playing with them as I liked how they nested next to each other this way.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What are you and what are you doing in my craft room? on: April 19, 2009 08:20:18 PM
Seriously. I bought these at the half price day at the cancer society garage sale several years ago just because they intrigued me but I have no idea what they might have been, or might become. Any help out here?

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Plain to over-the top on: April 15, 2009 04:43:17 PM
I received a small bedside lamp as a gift and while I needed the lamp, as it came out of the box, it didn't fit in with my decor at all( which has been accused of being "Victorian Bordello"). It was plain, simple and stark white.  So I revamped it...what do you think?

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