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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Some Pagan altar crafts on: August 17, 2014 06:46:12 PM
So it's been a looooooooong time since I've posted anything on Craftster, but I had always hoped to come back. I got hit with some really serious issues a while back that I had to deal with (and am still dealing with, though they've died down a bit now), and the energy it took to deal with all of it and still take care of myself zapped everything out of me. In short, I was depressed, and found after it blew over that I was unable to create much of anything. I can't say I was surprised, but I let myself rest for a bit before deciding to kick my own butt back into gear, and so of course the first thing I turned to to help me do that was to my faith.

So these are the first two projects I've finished in a long time. I've always loved triptychs, and decided to put this one together to decorate my (already pretty crowded) altar. It was made from some cheap craft wood panels I found at Michaels, lots of paint, glitter, buttons, mirrors, and some ribbon. I'm thinking about adding some more glitter in a few places, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, so I'm going to wait a bit and think on it.

The middle panel:

Goddess panel:

You can't really tell in the photos, but I used metallic paint for some of it--the purple and gold colors, and I LOVE the way it gleams!

God panel:

I was going to outline both of them, but I like the way it looks without lining better.

In action:

I also did a pentagram to put up on the wall. Currently it's sitting above my craft desk, but I may move it in the future.

It felt really, really good to finish something after such a long break. Now the main problem I have is that I'm getting all these project ideas and have nowhere near enough time to finish them. Just like old times!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Growing Mushrooms on: April 13, 2012 01:57:48 PM
Has anyone here ever tried growing mushrooms? I have been reading about this in some library books I got and it's really sold me on the idea. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I really love mushrooms and don't really love spending money on them, as they are expensive around here and don't last long.

I've been looking at the spawn plugs they have available here:
which I'll put into some holes drilled into hardwood logs, and the logs will be kept on the shady side of my house. I figure I won't start this until the fall, since it needs cool temperatures to work, and I'm in zone 8 and things are heating up here.

Has anyone ever done this before. Any advice or suggestions?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork purse made completely from stash (lots of pics) on: February 16, 2012 12:16:08 PM
Ok, that's sort of misleading--I had to buy the keychain rings for the handle. But EVERYTHING ELSE was from stash, and it actually made a dent, too!

It's not really complicated--I'm usually crunched for time and dividing it between sewing and my baby. But now that it's done I'm really happy with it, and it's the perfect size for me. I've had all of the fabric I used for it in my stash for at least five years (!!!), and some of it more than that.

I hand-stitched the handle thingys to the sides. IT WAS HARD. That faux suede I used is THICK--I bent a needle too! I wanted it to be really strong, though, because I'm a little hard on my purses.

I put some more (textual) details in my blog, here:
That way the post doesn't get too long-winded.  Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Star Trek TOS Scarf on: January 22, 2012 01:44:45 PM
So since I usually only make gifts for women, this Christmas I decided to branch out and make something special for my dad. He's done a lot for me this past year, along with the rest of the family, and I thought it was high time I make him something special for the holidays.

Since we're both Star Trek fans, I made a scarf, which I'm surprised I haven't seen done before! It was the easiest and simplest thing, and I think I'm going to have to make one in blue for myself now:

Frumpy and blurry picture of me modeling it...sorry about the hands in the way, I wasn't thinking!

He's worn it pretty much nonstop since receiving it, and even gotten a few compliments, so I'm glad it turned out to be a hit!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cheap Contact Paper iPod Skins on: March 29, 2010 09:15:54 PM
I had been eying some beautiful iPod skins online, and desperately wishing to have some, but I'm just not willing to spend $20 dollars on them, and the cheaper ones all look the same, so I decided to make my own.

Granted, you can tell they're cheap if you look at them up close, but they're still pretty eye-catching, and heck, they cost NOTHING to make, so they're good enough for me! Basically what I did was traced the iPods onto both contact paper and some pretty pictures I found in my magazine stack, then used the contact paper and some extra scotch tape to adhere the paper to the iPod (it's really simple, trust me  Tongue).

The red nano skin is my favorite. I'm considering re-doing the pink classic one, but I'm not sure yet.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first mini art dolls and others - Lots of pics on: March 14, 2010 08:45:50 PM
I'm gearing up for the Dotee swap, which will be my first, and I decided to warm up by making a few art dolls for myself. Since these are my first, and they're a little too big for dotees, I don't plan on swapping them, so I'm free to show them off here.

The first:

With a close-up of her legs and arms:

And my second:

Her limbs were an experiment--I wanted to see if I liked them stuffed more than the beaded version. Unfortunately, I like the beads better, but the face on this one is better:

But wait, there's more! As an added bonus, I present to you two more dolls I've done in the past:

My very first (and so far only) rag doll. The seam on her face is splitting, and at the moment I don't really know how to go about fixing it, aside from making her a whole new head  Sad

And a stuffed bunny (it really is a bunny, I swear!) made from a pattern I got from the craft_grrl community a loooong time ago:

There are a lot of problems with the construction, and I plan to make more to gain some more practice.

As you can see, my son has a thing for stuffed animals.  Cheesy

I have a few more pictures in my gallery here:

Hope you like them! I'm really proud of the way they all turned out. Making dolls is fun!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Organizing wall hangers and wall decorations for my son on: November 19, 2009 10:41:27 PM
We live in a cheap apartment, so our walls are pretty boring. Thus, I've been looking for ways to make them less depressing. The first two things here are also functional, though: I needed a way to store papers (I've already got enough corkboards already), and display my rubber stamps. I took two rectangles of cardboard (actually the sides of a box that we bought diapers in), and ripped some strips of cloth from my stash. Then I wrapped the cloth around the cardboard and stapled it in the back. Pretty and functional! For the stamp-holder I covered the cardboard in one piece of fabric, stapled it in the back, and then wrapped it with a big translucent ribbon. I added tacks at the bottom of each loop to keep things from falling out. I was surprised at how much it held!

And down below is a wall hanging I did for my 5 month old son's room. I really like the way it turned out, even though I only added acrylic paint to what I had bought at the craft store. He doesn't pay it much attention yet, but I hope he likes it when he gets older!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Giving credits for resources...unprofessional? on: May 20, 2009 01:06:40 PM
I'm in a bit of a conundrum here at the moment. I sell digital downloads of resources for ATCs, inchies etc., most of which I've created myself in Adobe Photoshop. In a few particular pieces (which aren't for sale yet), I've used some brushes from an online source (Obsidian Dawn) that will let me use them in commercial projects in two ways:

1) I give credit to them for the brushes in every download of these pieces I sell, and pay nothing, or
2) I purchase a commercial license for $3.00/brush pack (at the moment I'm only using one)

My problem is this: if I stuck credit to them in the text that I send along with each item, per their TOS, would it seem unprofessional? I don't mind paying $3.00 in the interests of seeming more professional, but if it's not really an issue, then why do it? If you purchased something like this and saw someone giving credit as above, would it strike you as odd in any way? Or would you not think anything of it?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Some of my first ATCs (lots of pictures) on: May 17, 2009 12:31:34 PM
So I've finally gotten into making ATCs myself now, and they're incredibly addictive. For each one I finish I get 5 more ideas for another one.

This was an idea I had a long time ago and wanted to make into a kind of patterned paper. I like the way it turned out here, though.

She's a little recurring character of mine.

I made this one for my little sister, since she's always obsessed with watching me do my craft projects--she inherited the crafty gene too! She really, really liked it.

These next two are my favorite. I felt like doing something surreal that didn't make a whole lot of sense, and was originally going to color them, but now I think I like the black ink lines by themselves:

Whee! Hope you like them! Comments/criticisms?
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Cheap stamp mounts on: April 18, 2009 08:02:27 PM
I love making stamps, but I'm incredibly cheap, and buying acrylic or wooden blocks to mount my stamps on just wouldn't do. I've seen a lot of different suggestions for mounting stamps, but no one else I've run across seems to use my idea, so I thought I'd share:

LEGOS! They're relatively cheap and much, much easier to find than real mounting blocks. Plus, they work for any size because you can just snap 'em together until you get the size you want, and the really small ones are perfect for letter stamps. I usually use hot glue to put the stamps on, but I think many different adhesives would work.

Hope you guys get some use out of this!
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