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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / A quilt for a snail picnic on: March 02, 2010 05:12:02 PM

This is my first Craftster Craft Challenge and my first quilt!  With spring coming, I realized that the little snails that my dear gave me for Christmas were going to need something for their afternoon picnics.  Even though there's still snow outside here in Minnesota, they decided to have an indoor picnic with tea and a snack of leaves in my living room as soon as it was finished:

I made the tiny cups, saucers and plates out of polymer clay and the leaves from paper.

Just the quilt:

The quilt ended up being a challenge indeed; first I cut tiny squares of fabric 3/4".  It was interesting to look for the tiniest prints I could find in my stash.  I handstiched 16 of them together in rows:

Then I stitched the rows together and machine stitched the edges.

A view of the back:

I tied the quilt with embroidery floss 'yarn':

The size:

A view of the wee squares:

I was so happy with how the snail quilt turned out that I think I am going to have to attempt a larger quilt one day; maybe something that's a bit more of a stash buster. 

Thanks for looking!  I hope you enjoy the tiny quilt as much as my snails do!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Journal for Dolphin - in a recycled vintage cover (pic heavy) on: February 18, 2010 08:57:35 AM

I made this journal for a poet I know named Dolphin who runs a spiritual retreat up in the northern California mountains.  Because he spends the winter snowed in, I figured he needed a book to write in over those cold months. 

I used a vintage hardcover grammar book that had a beautiful cover but whose pages were damaged.  I removed the pages.  I bound multiple signatures in a variety of papers, some tea dyed and some handmade and glued them in the cover using the hardcover method. 

I altered the cover to hide the former book title using some handmade paper and tiny pressed leaves:

The spine:

Tiny envelope with a note in the front cover:

I wish I had more photos of the pages; I also included an attached ribbon bookmark.

One last photo:

Thanks for looking!  I appreciate any comments.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Envelope Book for paper scrap storage on: February 18, 2010 08:33:41 AM

This is a fairly simple stab bound book made from recycled envelopes.  My husband does a lot of cut up poetry, cutting words and phrases from magazines and putting them together.  Often, he'll cut out a bunch of scraps and not finish; this was my solution for those unfinished poems.  Now he can sort them by poem and keep them together. 


Top view:

Thanks for taking a peek!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Book Goddess Shrine on: February 17, 2010 11:59:30 AM

I created this shrine using an old clock frame, a ballerina from a music box with a faux flower petal skirt, some scrapbook paper and some teeny handmade books:

It's about 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.  Another view:

I keep her at my desk at work and she's a nice reminder that there's more to my life than my mostly uninspiring job.

Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "I can dream" Phonebook Shrine on: January 30, 2009 09:59:09 PM
For my entry, I wanted to make the majority of my project from the column items, challenging myself to use more than just a portion of each.  I used a half size phonebook for the main part of the shrine, cutting the center out to make room for the objects in the shrine.

I used:

Column A - junk mail: the shrine's border uses the inside of security envelopes from unwanted credit card offers

Column B - sheet music: background, dyed with tea
               magazine: woman and moon image cut from old magazines
               phonebook - body of shrine

whole piece (wire is looped through holes in the phonebook to allow it to hang with string):


from the side:


The small book at the woman's feet is made from my own handmade paper.  I incorporated elements that inspired me, especially in a story I have been struggling to write.  The elements of this shrine, inspired by the challenge of using items from columns, came together in a very inspiring way for me.  I hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for looking.

6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / Election Day: Felt & Ribbon Obama Hope logo brooch on: November 04, 2008 06:08:30 AM

Inspired by PatriaE's old timey Obama ribbon, I decided I had to make my own Obama pin for election day, coming out of a few years of lurking here.

I've been so impressed by the election-themed crafts; it's great to see everyone so excited and inspired no matter who they are supporting.  With a little felt, hot glue, thread, and the perfect ribbon I've been hoarding in my stash, my Obama brooch was born.

Comments (politics aside) welcome!

To give you an idea of the size, here's me wearing it:

Thanks for looking!  Now get out there and vote, ladies and gents!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger-style Houndstooth Purse with Swallows on: December 24, 2004 04:22:43 AM
I used the gusseted messenger bag tutorial to make what is hands-down my most successful purse project.  I used some houndstooth fabric with pretty satin-y blue lining.  The swallows were an afterthought. First, I drew and painted them in with watercolor pencils, then stuck them to a blank transparency with clear contact paper and carefully stitched it on with my sewing machine.



8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Badass Doggie Shirt with Skull on: December 24, 2004 04:09:10 AM
I made this quick little fleece shirt for my minpin Sampson (he likes to think he's real tough, so I put a skull on it).  I didn't use a pattern, so it's a little crooked, but he doesn't seem to mind.  Smiley The skull was a stencil I made, and though the cracks in the design were not intentional, I like them.

He's really hard to take pictures of!


One more:

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Flower Brooches = Easy Christmas Gifts! on: December 24, 2004 04:02:10 AM
I've seen a lot of fabric flower brooches on here, and was inspired to make some as gifts.

This one is for my mom:

And this more macabre spider one is for my sister:

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Nightmare Creatures" Panda Purse! on: December 14, 2004 11:12:27 AM
My sister and I are obsessed with the "Panda Song" from Sifl & Olly, so I made her a purse in honor of it.  I based the panda somewhat on Tare Panda.  He's made of layers of felt glued together with some shiny black dome eyes and a little black heart stitched on.  The "Nightmare Creatures" part was I printed on iron-transfer paper for black tshirts.


After dark, the pandas stalk,
Nightmare creatures, with black hearts.
Ravenous teeth that glow in the dark,
Feasting on bums that sleep in the park!

The pandas are coming!
So hide under your beds!
The pandas are coming!
They'll rip your ass to shreds!

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