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1  butterflies, feathers, pussywillow balls and robin's eggs in CHALLENGE 3 ENTRIES by SpyRI on: June 29, 2005 04:46:00 PM
Well, I think these count as dioramas!  Smiley The small one is a glass dome thing I found at a yard sale for $1, and it had some kind of damaged dried flowers in it, so I took it apart and redid it. The other larger glass thing was also a yard sale find, for $3, that I snapped up even though I had no idea what to put in it! I work at a nursery, and a lot of butterflies fly into the greenhouses, and I find their breathtakingly beautiful little corpses. People think it's strange, but I take them home, and arrange them in glass boxes, domes, and so on.

This small one just has one yellow swallowtail that I glued to a twig, and some dried vines and mosses.

This one has a bird's nest I found, more swallowtails, a mourning cloak butterfly, some lovely moths, a big dragonfly, some robin's eggs I found (empty and under a tree- my garden is full of robins!), and some feathers- peacock, pheasant, and bluejay. Everything in there I found, and I would never catch or buy any kind of thing like that, but when I find them, they're too beautiful to leave behind! The pussy willow balls I made- I got that idea from Martha Stewart's Easter issue one year, she covered eggs in the pussy willow buds. I had some styrofoam balls, so I used those. They are so soft and satisfying to touch, but were kind of a mess to make- I used Elmer's but I bet there's a better glue to use to make them.I guess this is two entries in the challenge, if they even count as dioramas! I make beach ones too, and have found some beautiful things lately. I want to make another right now!

Just realized I forgot to put these in:
1. Project Title        butterflies, feathers, pussywillow balls and robin's eggs                                
2. What inspired you to come up with this project?     ? I guess old museum displays? And the pussywillow balls were from Martha Stewart.
3. Brief description of how it was made      Just rearranged the corpses until they looked nice!
4. How long did it take?      10 minutes? But I add to the big one when I find a new body!  Wink

Sweet Enemy- Thanks! I think the corpses I find are whole because they die in the greenhouses- maybe from pigging out on nectar! Ones I find outside are usually half eaten, but I go through the greenhouses first thing looking for bodies, so I find some in great shape!

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2  Re: Alice in Wonderland Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SpyRI on: March 18, 2005 07:44:19 AM
Ooooh, everything is so pretty! Yay, I got mine this afternoon- thanks so much freakigreeniiz!!!
A beautiful, embellished journal, a gorgeous collaged and painted box, and a really cool sculpture of a Red Queen!!! I love it!

 Thanks Alison for setting this up!
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3  Re: Alice in Wonderland Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SpyRI on: March 13, 2005 06:17:01 PM
These are the things I sent to AradiaLane! That was my first swap, and I had so much fun! I made her a totebag with an Alice transfer, a scrabble tile alice bracelet, a beaded necklace with a photocharm of an alice scene, a collage painting thing, and a modified doll!

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4  Re: Broken Costume Jewelry-Need Project Ideas in What the heck can I do with THIS? by SpyRI on: February 09, 2005 07:49:07 PM
I had a lot of broken jewelery bits and pieces, brooches missing stones and mardi gras beads and other shiny stuff, and made a girly kind of paperweight and filled a glass yard sale lamp with it all.

The lamp's metal base just unscrews, it had shells in it when I got it for $2. I bought it for the shells, actually, which I used in something else, but then thought it would be fun in the bedroom. I know I'll get more dead and junky jewelery though, I thought a lampshade covered in sparkly things would be a great match!

The paperweight is just a small glass bowl with a plain base, some old sample size perfume bottles, stamps, dried baby roses, and some rhinestone jewelery- it makes me think of Marilyn Monroe-ish boudoir kind of glamourous night table, all Chanel No. 5 and diamonds.
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5  Re: upholstered wheeled ottoman file holder thing! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by SpyRI on: January 27, 2005 09:36:44 PM
Attempt at tute- sorry if it seems badly phrased, if theres anything I dont make clear, please let me know- its hard to articulate what you do with your hands!  Crikey.  And thanks for asking- its such a fun easy thing and is already being really useful, and my cat loves to sit on it!

Well, as I said, if I did it again, Id do a few things differently- mainly, I would have used A/C 1/2" plywood instead of 1/2" MDF.  I used MDF because its so smooth and came in a 16" width, which made it right for what I needed, but you can adjust the height to suit your purpose.  The thing is, MDF is so so heavy.  I would also definitely recommend that you use a drill for this project!  I bet you could do it just by nailing, but I dont know how strong it would be.  Then again, I so over-engineered this thing, I think Ive seen decks build using less screws than I used!
Anyway, heres what I got to start it:

(4) pieces of 1/2" MDF, 24" long x 16" high
(2) pieces of 1/2" MDF, 15" long x 15.5" high
(2) pieces of 1x2 pine, cut to 14" lengths
(4) casters and 12 small screws for the casters
1 box of 1 1/2" all purpose wood/drywall screws.  I bought a new box, but now I have, like, 90% of the box left.  I only used about 20 or so.
Most hardware stores or lumber yards will cut the pieces for you for free.

(stuff you probably already have)
Wood glue
some nails for tacking it together
Drill and drill bit slightly smaller than the screws
staple/tack gun
wallpaper/contact paper, something to line it with

Once you have the pieces, its so easy.  Just fit them together so that all the upright parts sit on top of one of the 16x24 bits, and run a bead of glue on each butting end before tacking it together with nails.  Once you have it tacked together, attach the 2 14" strips to the last 16x24 piece, about 2 inches in from the ends.  This will stop the top from sliding off Wink

Drill pilot holes before you put in your screws- this stops your wood from splitting and makes it so much easier to put your screws in!
 Once you have the screws in, and the basic box (without the top piece, of course!) is strong and all set,  flip it upside down to put on the casters.

This is a great time to line the inside of the box, I used dollar store wallpaper.

Easy, yah?  So now you have, basically, a large box on wheels.  I got 3" foam from the fabric store, and 3 yards midweight poly batting.  I also got 2.5 yards of fabric, and it worked out fine, but I had NO leftovers, so if you have a pattern where you want to center part of the design or something, get more fabric than that!

I started with the base, and wrapped the batting around it.  I stapled it on only once or twice per side, just to keep it on without slipping.  I cut the batting so that there was only about 4 inches extra top and bottom of the box.  Next, I took my old sheet and cut that into a long sheet-length strip of fabric about 24" wide, and then wrapped that over the batting.  I pulled it taut and stapled quite a bit, maybe 5 an edge, to the inside of the box and the bottom of the box.

I placed the foam on the lid piece, and covered that in some batting.  I stapled that lightly to keep it in place, and then covered it with the rest of the sheet, pulling it tight .

The next, and last, thing is to attach your real fabric, using the staple gun, and just trying to make sure that the patterns are where you want them to be!  I am going to get some fringe for the bottom of it, but thats really it!  Is a comfy seat, and as the inside dimensions are 23" long, 15" wide, and 15.5" deep, I have it holding a plastic filing organizer, envelopes, stamps, etc, but it would be great for blankets and stuff too.  I want to make another for the bedroom now!
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6  12pack beer boxes as closet organizers- not as fratty as it sounds! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SpyRI on: January 27, 2005 08:36:09 PM
Problem? 2 feet of snow on the ground, no videos to watch, and a closet that was screaming for a cleaning. Solution? Drink the beer in the fridge and get crafty with the box.
cut off one of the two top flaps

cover with contact paper, wallpaper, collage, etc

And the great thing is that they fit perfectly into those standard hanging canvas closet organizers! So get drinkin'! *kidding* Good size for baseball caps, gloves, scarves, hats, etc
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7  upholstered wheeled ottoman file holder thing! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by SpyRI on: January 25, 2005 08:50:09 PM
Yay! So so happy- just finished making an ottoman! Wow- if I made another, there are things I'd do differently, but- yay!!! I built it,
 and then covered it in batting and a nasty old sheet,

and then covered it with some fabric I got at 1/2 price because it was the end of the bolt! Yippee!
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8  Re: Satin & Foam Xmas ornaments in What the heck can I do with THIS? by SpyRI on: January 25, 2005 04:41:08 PM
I love those things- yeah, great to make fancy ornaments with, I pin ribbons and fabric flowers , with small beads on the pins, but I've also used them, minus the floss,
- painted brown, and covered with seed pods I found under a tree at work
- painted brown and covered with sheet moss and dried roses for a kind of topiary- I stuck a nice stick into the ball, and stuck that into some floral foam wedged in a flowerpot. I gave it to my mom and she loved it!
- coated with glue, and then covered with pussy willow buds. That was my favorite- I have the pussy willow balls in a glass case thing with some feathers and dead butterflies I found when I worked at a garden center. The butterflies would come into the greenhouses and I'd find their little beautiful corpses and take them home.
The pussy willow balls are so incredibly soft.
- draped with starch soaked ripped up old curtains (sheets or plain muslin would work!) and hung to dry- they make great Halloween ghosties that are light enough to hang from anything.
Also, once you have the floss off, the balls make great cat toys!!! Just BE SURE there's no floss left on the ball!  Grin
Those things are great- I couldn't find any this Christmas and was kind of sad about it!
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9  Re: cool coffee table? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by SpyRI on: January 25, 2005 01:14:27 PM
Mr Spy and I made a cool coffee table a few years ago. At Home Depot, we got a sheet of 3/4 inch MDF cut to 2x4 feet, and 4 turned legs with brackets to attach them to the MDF. Then in the tile section, we picked some tile- (4)  12 inch and (12) six inch tiles in coordinating colors, and had the tile cutting guy cut (64) 1 inch tiles out of some 12 inch tiles. There's a tiny tiny charge for them to cut tile for you, but it's worth it! At home, we spread mastic on the MDF, combed it, and laid in the tile. We used the 1 inch pieces to make a chessboard in the center of the table, surrounded by the 6 inch tiles, with the 12 inch tiles at the ends. After that dried, I grouted it with a lovely dark brown grout, and we attached some trim to the sides of the table so you couldn't see the MDF at all. It was so pretty, I wish we still had it- when we moved, we left it outside (stupid stupid stupid!) and the MDF disintegrated- so, if I were to do it again, I would use A/C plywood instead! I have the tiles, though, and am planning to make a table out of them for the garden. Sorry about the pics- the lamps were a yard sale find I was gloating about!

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10  Re: Decoupage- Where's all the mod podge fans at? in Completed Projects by SpyRI on: January 20, 2005 10:36:45 PM
 Smiley I'm loving the decoupage lately- free seed catalogs in the mail inspired me! Such beautiful colors and the flowers mix beautifully!
Over the weekend while watching TV, I did a plant stand, a  shadow box, and a jewelery box.
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