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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mushroom Stool Tutorial on: March 03, 2011 07:33:14 AM

I was totally inspired by https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367900.0 this awesome stool.  I wanted to make one for a swap but I couldn't find a log...I had some offers from a thousand miles away for logs (if I drove to get them) but instead I went to Michael's and found these cute little foot stools.  I thought they would be perfect and MUCH easier to ship. They were unfinished wood and their size make a perfect footstool or a child's stool.

First thing was to paint the base.

Then I took hotglue and attached foam around the edge of the top.  Then I filled in the center with foam.

Then I layed out my fabric and turned the stool upside down.  Using a staple gun I held the fabric taut and stapled every inch or so, pleating the fabric along the way.

Viola! You have a mushroom foot stool!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Eat, Pray, Love on: January 17, 2011 10:58:41 AM
Was anyone else as moved by this book/movie as I was?

I was thinking about a 6 point swap..
2 points to each catagory...


There were so many amazing visual references and some of the quotes just really resonated with me.

What do you all think?  I wouldn't be able to organize until late February.

Quotes for fun  Grin
Ketut (Habi Subiyanto): "Do not look at the world through your head; look at it through your heart."

Delia (Viola Davis): "Having a baby is like having a tattoo on your face. You kind of want to be committed."

Liz: "Hello God. It's nice to meet you"
Richard (Richard Jenkins): "If you could clear you all that space in your mind, you would have a doorway. And you know what the universe would do? Rush in."
Liz: "Do you always talk in bumper sticker?"

Liz: "I am so sick of people telling me I need a man."
Felipe (Javier Bardem): "You don't need a man, you need a champion."

Liz: "He just folded my delicates..."
Laundry lady: "Oh my God baby, you are in so much trouble."

Liz: "I remember an old catholic joke about a man who spent his whole life going to a church every day and prayed to the statue of a great saint begging "please, please, please, let me win the lottery." Finally the exasperated statue comes to life and looks down at the begging man and says "my son, please, please, please, buy a ticket." So now I get the joke, and I bought three tickets."

Luca Spaghetti (Giuseppe Gandini): "Americans. You work too hard, you get burned outYou come home and spend the whole weekend in your pajamas in front of the T.V."
Liz: "That's not far off, actually."
Luca Spaghetti: "But you don't know pleasure. You have to be told you've earned it. You see a commercial that says: 'It's Miller Time!' And you say, That's right, now I'm going to buy a six pack. And then drink the whole thing and wake up the next morning and you feel terrible. But an Italian doesn't need to be told. He walks by a sign that says: You deserve a break today. And he says, Yes, I know. That's why I'm planning on taking a break at noon to go over to your house and sleep...with your wife!"

Giovanni(Luca Argentero): "We call it "dolce far niente", the sweetness of doing nothing."

Liz: "So the holy truth of the whole adventure here in India, is in one line: "God dwells within you...as you." God's not interested in watching a performance of how a spiritual person looks and behaves. The quiet girl who glides silently through the place with a gentle, ethereal smile...who is that person? It's Ingrid Bergman in "The Bells of St. Mary's" not me. God dwells within me...as me."

Wayan (Christine Hakim): "You have not had sex in a long time. I can tell by your knees."

Liz: "A friend took me to the most amazing place the other day. It's called the Augusteum. Octavian Augustus built it to house his remains. When the barbarians came they trashed it a long with everything else. The great Augustus, Rome's first true great emperor. How could he have imagined that Rome, the whole world as far as he was concerned, would be in ruins. It's one of the quietest, loneliest places in Rome. The city has grown up around it over the centuries. It feels like a precious wound, a heartbreak you won't let go of because it hurts too good. We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we're afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Then I looked at around to this place, at the chaos it has endured - the way it has been adapted, burned, pillaged and found a way to build itself back up again. And I was reassured, maybe my life hasn't been so chaotic, it's just the world that is, and the real trap is getting attached to any of it. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation."

Felipe: "I'm also really into Phil Collins and Air Supply."
Liz: "You really shouldn't say things like that out loud."

Felipe: "Balance is not letting anyone love you less than you love yourself."

Richard: "You're going to have to learn to select your thoughts the same way you select your clothes every day. Now that's a power that you can cultivate. You want to come here and you want to control your life so bad work on the mind, and I don't think you should be trying to control a thing because if you can't master your thoughts you are in trouble forever."

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Hand Drawn Art on Totes on: December 06, 2010 09:34:49 AM
These are some tote bags that I have completed for recent swaps.  I thought they fit better here than in the purse section.

These are all hand drawn using pencil to sketch the design and then painted with fabric paint pens.

This one shows a battle between a giant squid and sperm whale.  Who knew they had a feud?

From the Fancy Nancy book series...for Fancy Marley  Wink

A jackaloupe.  Enough said.

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Shadow the Hedgehog on: October 07, 2010 07:33:32 AM
This is a costume I made for my soon to be stepson 2 years ago for Halloween.  He is Shadow the Hedgehog from the Sonic video games.
The mask was made out of black broadcloth stuffed with batting.  I hand painted the face.  The costume itself was black jogging pants,sweat shirt that I stuck the stripes onto with iron on adhesive, and white gloves.  The chest is an old washcloth. The gun was his.  Grin

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cuckoo Clock Purse on: August 26, 2010 06:25:10 AM
This is a purse that I made for kittykill recently as her angel in the FOC Wist Swap. I saw the cuckoo clock purse and thought I might be able to make this.  I've only been sewing since Christmas but being a former exchange student to Germany I had to attempt it!  

This purse was originally made of italian leather and retailed for 1000.00.  I saved a little money by using vinyl.  Wink

Here is the original:

Mini tute:

I cut out (2) house shapes (a square and a triangle together), (2) rectangles for the sides, and (1) rectangle for the bottom.  I then attached lining to these and sewed them together like a tote.  I then cut out the scalloped gingerbread for the top of the house and attached that.  Finally I made and attached two handles.  The original purse had a zipper but I was unsure of how to attach it since the purse was odd shaped.  I just used a strong magnetic clasp.

The most time intensive part of the purse was the painting.  I went with paint instead of felt or fabric because I thought that I would be able to get closer to the original feel of the purse.  The original purse used 3-D leather embellishments and appliques.  It took several coats of paint.  Once dried I used a watery coat of brown to antique the paint. I could have went with enamel paint but I didn't have enough colors so instead I used acrylic, but acrylic will crack.  So, after finishing the painting I applied a thin coat of protectant to prevent the paint from peeling or cracking and it made the purse wipeable.

The final touch was to add the pinecomb.  This came out of my Christmas stash.

I was very pleased with how the purse turned out and it looked so much like a little German house that my little German doll tried to move in.  I had to explain to her that I will try to make her one later but this one had to go live with kittykill.  She understood and we went and ate some schnitzel mit zweibel.

Please let me know what you think!!

A few more pics:

The one I made and the inspiration side by side..
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I <3 Owls Swap Gallery Sendouts 6/7/10 on: April 29, 2010 11:56:25 AM

Original Thread
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / I <3 OWLS (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 6/7/10) on: April 19, 2010 12:21:10 PM
I <3 OWLS (SIGNUP 4/19/10 -4/30/10; MAIL BY 6/7/10)

Swap name: I <3 OWLS
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennilocker Co-organizer will be emily_rohr.
Sign-up date range: 4/19/10 -4/29/10
Date to send item by: 6/7/10

Limited to a certain number of people?: No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
**** I must be able to pair you with someone willing to ship to your country, so you may not be able to be paired up, though I will do everything possible to find you a partner!*****

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

We Love owls! They hoot, they fly, they regurgitate their food.....but they are DARN cute! And they sure do make great crafty muses!

... For this swap we will be crafting 6 points of owl themed items. You may decide with your partner to craft more, but 6 points of owl themed handmade items are the minimum amount to make for this swap.**** At least 2 of these items must be larger than a small.your package cannot be 6 smalls.****

The other stuff you need to know!
1. You MUST put Owl Swap in the Heading of all of your PM's
2. You MUST post in the thread at least once a week
3. You MUST purchase a DC# (delivery confirmation number) and PM it to me when you send if you and your partner live in the US, if you live in another country, you must provide me and your partner with a photo of your receipt if requested. I won't mark you as sent if I don't get a DC.
4. You MUST PM me when you send and receive
5. I simply will not approve anyone with multiple feedbacks stating they have not pm'd when sent or received, did not purchase DC, or is a habitual late sender.
6. Everyone is expected to send on time. . If you are going to be late, you must notify me ASAP. Those who are late and do NOT notify me, will receive negative feedback which will not be removed or corrected until the items are sent, and I get a DC/tracking #, and are delivered.

There has been a bit of confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item.  So here's a handy dandy guide.  This is a guideline ONLY: a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost:
By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours
By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks
By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
Name of swap: I <3 OWLS
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)

What type of owls do you like (70s, realistic, etc..)
What types of crafts can you do? (knit, crochet, clay, jewelry, etc)
What crafts would you like to receive?

Is there anything you would not like to receive?

Relevant information about yourself for your partner:

Favorite type of owl (if you have one!):

Do you have any allergies or aversions?

Favorite colors:

Least favorite colors:

Do you have a wists? If so, please provide a link for your partner:
If you do not have a wist please provide at least 3 links to items with owls on it that you like. for example a harry potter lamp or a retro owl t-shirt.  If you have a wist you must put a few owl items on it for stalking!!  

T-shirt size/bracelet/ preferred necklace length, other sizes you think might be necessary:

Anything else you want your partner or organizer to know?

Round 1 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=90768.0
Round 2 Galleries: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=123232.0
Round 3 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=148789.0
Round 4 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173449.0
Round 5 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217652.0
Round 6 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290366.0
Round 7 Gallery:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290366.0
Interesting Owl Facts


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Beautiful Patchwork Owl Rattle made by Starmumplus

Approved Participants:

5.Miss Barbara
8.magsb80     Welcome 1st time swapper!!
9.railNtrail      Welcome 1st time swapper!!
15.weez         Welcome 1st time swapper!!
16.Brielauren  Welcome 1st time swapper!!
19. heatherweather33  Welcome 1st time swapper!!
24. spectrumsparksie
25.shayneblate08      Welcome 1st time swapper!!
29. SMLounsbury

Sent & Received
Feedback Given
Contact Organizer ASAP
Sending Late w/ Communication
Craftster Username   Partners Name

Jennilocker ---------->lindsay614 & SMLounsbury
greenfaerie ---------->psychonmemphis
mxer145 ---------->Craftineer
Miss Barbara---------->Craftylittlemonkey
Craftylittlemonkey---------->Miss Barbara

mxer145 is going to be an angel for shayneblate08!!!! Thank you mxer145!!

Future Gallery
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I <3 Owls on: March 31, 2010 05:37:33 AM
This was brought up in the I <3 to sew swap and I think practically everyone in the swap was interested.  Who else thinks so?  I know that there has been an owl swap previously...can we do another?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Star Wars & Star Wars Lego Birthday Party on: March 01, 2010 08:05:18 AM
We had a joint birthday party for my fiance's 9 year old son and his sister's 10 year old step-son.  I decided to make it a Star Wars/ Star Wars Lego theme since they are both in love with the movies and games....

I made a fondant covered cake and made a fondant Storm Trooper and Yoda. The words were free hand painted with food coloring. It was supposed to be a 2 layer cake but one of the layers fell apart so....  

Then I made cupcakes... I just printed off tiny pics and attached them to toothpicks...

For decorations I got some plain paper and covered the kitchen table...and wrote the words that are at the beginning of every Star Wars Movie....

And printed stickers and stuck them to the napkins and goody bags.....

There weren't pictures taken of it but there was also a giant yoda that we played pin the ear on Yoda with...it's always fun to make the kiddies spin around blind-folded.

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!  
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sleepy Fairy on Box on: January 30, 2010 09:03:23 PM

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Hope no one is offended by her naked hiney!
This is how I spent my snow covered Saturday.  This fairy was made with polymer clay and then painted with acrylic paint.  I then hot glued her and some cherry blossoms onto a box that was purchased at Michael's.  I apologize for the grainy photos but I was excited to share her!! 

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