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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Something for the garden, under $10? on: June 29, 2005 05:22:50 PM
Maybe with the summer so gorgeous, it would be fun to have a garden themed challenge? As long as it's kept under $10 or so, there's so many ditterent things people could make, depending on what their craft is- mosaic, sculpture, painting, beading, wire work, tin punching, there is no end to ways to make beautiful things for the garden. Just an idea!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 3 ENTRIES / butterflies, feathers, pussywillow balls and robin's eggs 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!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 12pack beer boxes as closet organizers- not as fratty as it sounds! 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
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / upholstered wheeled ottoman file holder thing! 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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