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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #124 - Craftster Rocks! - Entries Due Aug 1 - 8 - BONUS PRIZE! on: July 03, 2018 09:38:21 AM
FWIW, I started painting mine last night. I actually started with some extra Testor's model paint but didn't like the coverage so I switched to a couple coats of various craft paints from Michael's (no primer). I don't want to head out in this heat and get clear coat, so I'm using to Modge Podge both sides tonight. I'm in Virginia and we are HOT here, so it won't take long for these to cure. Smiley

I love this craft challenge!  I have a black rock that someone painted that I love!  What do you use to paint the rocks with?  Do you clean them at all before you decorate them?

This idea is great to spread the word about Craftster!

We usually use acrylic paints, the kids have little tubes of them, but the bottles work just as well.   Sometimes I use markers for finer details or writing quotes.  Then I seal with Krylon Crystal Clear Gloss Spray.

Before painting, we wash with dish soap and hot water.  Just let them dry in the sun.  Fortunately, we're in Arizona, so this happens very quickly. Cheesy
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #124 - Craftster Rocks! - Entries Due Aug 1 - 8 - BONUS PRIZE! on: July 02, 2018 07:25:32 PM
Fun! I have a ton of rocks in my front yard from the beach so they're nice and smooth...perfect for painting!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: The Grinch in the Christmas Tree on: November 30, 2016 06:36:46 PM

Oh, wow! Thanks so much!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: The Grinch in the Christmas Tree on: November 27, 2016 07:14:58 PM
My neighbor and I were talking today and she whipped out her phone to show me something she wanted to make. It was the same picture from Pinterest that my sister sent me!   Cheesy
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / The Grinch in the Christmas Tree on: November 26, 2016 04:01:56 PM
A couple of weeks ago, my sister sent me a picture from Pinterest and asked if I could make it for her daughter, as a Christmas decoration. It's the Grinch, his rear end sticking out of a Christmas tree, as he presumably gets ready to steal it.

Of course, I couldn't find a pattern online for this monstrosity. So, I had to wing the whole thing. 

The shopping was going to be the easy part. I could break down the various parts in my head before I cut a single piece of fabric. I knew right away the Santa coat would be made from a Christmas tree skirt. I picked one up at Target for $15.99. I think it was 48" across.

The 2 yards of green polar fleece, Fiber Fill and wooden dowels came from Wal-Mart. The feathers were from A.C. Moore. The two Velcro ties came from Home Depot. The thread I used was already mine. I even used the leftover polar fleece pieces as stuffing in the body. None of that green fleece was wasted.

The fact that the Grinch is not a regular person took a lot of the pressure off me. I decided to use a variation on the poppet pattern from Good Cookie Creations. I sketched out enlarged versions of the legs (stopping at the ankles), front and back pieces with a Sharpie marker on the fleece and cut them out.

For the feet, I still had enough green fleece, so I decided to stick with his natural green feet and not make Santa booties for him. I traced around one of my Converse Chuck Taylors on a piece of cardboard. Then I enlongated it and thinned it out, giving it a pointed toe. I made one of these for each of his feet, as kind of an insole.

I traced around those pieces, twice each. One piece became the bottom of his foot, and the other became the top of his foot. I used a small rectangle of fleece for the back of each foot. For the sides, I roughly sketched out on the fleece what the sides of Chuck Taylors might look like.

I sewed the front and back pieces together. I think once or twice, I went back over my stitches to take some of his "girth" in.

When I sewed his legs together, I actually ended up making them a little shorter than originally planned. If I hadn't, his legs would have been longer than mine! Instead of using joint buttons, I sewed the legs into the body like I was making a leotard with skinny leggings, and flipped the whole thing right side out.

I sewed the feet pieces together, flipped them right side out, and slipped in the cardboard insoles. I stuffed them firmly, folded over the top edges of the feet and whip stitched them to the legs.

At this point, I inserted a wooden dowel into each leg and started firmly stuffing around the dowels. At the very top of the dowels, I used Duct Tape to attach them to each other for extra stability. While the dowels do go all the way into the ankles, these dowels are really what makes the Grinch stand by himself. I did try stuffing the legs without dowels, and his just fell over. I think the dowels I used where just over 1/4" wide. I didn't trim them for length.

When I got his legs completely stuffed, I started whip stitching the top (just north of his rump) halfway closed. After I had him stuffed completely, I finished sewing him closed. It didn't matter how neatly this as sewn, because it got covered up anyway. I went back and after adjusting the Fiber Fill, I was able to take his hips in a little more, which actually helped to get that booty of his under control.

Once the entire body was stuffed and sewn shut, I draped the Christmas tree skirt over his hips and rump and started whip stitching that into place. There's no real way to describe how I did it, other than just folding and adjusting the skirt as I went, so that it looks like the bottom portion of a Santa Claus jacket.

But because I can't ever be satisfied with something the first time, I hot glued some green feathers to his ankles, just to hide how they are stitched together. Plus, I wanted another texture on him. In watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" this year, I couldn't decide if the Grinch was furry or had feathers. I didn't bother watching the Jim Carrey version for source material, because I wanted this to look cartoony.

I also whip stitched a Velcro tie to each side of his front, to help secure him to the tree, once he arrives at my sister's house. He's going to be shipped out on Tuesday.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: What Happens When I Lust After a Jacket on TV on: June 28, 2016 06:29:16 AM
Nope, didn't do a thing with the length. The hanger in the before picture was plastic and bent, so it made the jacket look pretty frumpy. All I did was hang it a little neater in the second picture. Smiley

I think this is great, but the dyed jacket looks significantly shorter. I even counted buttons! Did you shorten it?

It's amazing how a small change can do drastically modify something! The new purple denim is suuuuuper cute! Well done!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What Happens When I Lust After a Jacket on TV on: June 26, 2016 02:09:12 PM
Lately as I watch "The Big Bang Theory," I find myself almost coveting the purple jacket that Amy Farrah Fowler wears. I love purple. I don't think Amy's jacket is denim, but it's definitely cotton.

I realized a few days ago that I have an older men's Levi denim jacket upstairs in our attic closet. My husband bought it years ago, and I never understood why. He swore up and down he'd wear it. In the entire time I've known my husband, I've never once seen him wear a denim jacket. I told him he wouldn't wear it, and that I was going to steal it for myself.

Guess who ended up with a nice jacket?

I've worn it quite a bit over the years and just put it away two years ago to trade it out for a jacket my husband did buy me. And had forgotten all about it until I was watching TBBT again a few weeks ago and saw this lovely purple jacket of Amy's.

I love men's jackets because of how roomy they are and they always have plenty of pockets. There's even two pockets on the inside, made from wisely sewing the pocket flaps back. I'd like to point out that even as a kid, with the girl's denim jacket I had, I actually managed to do this with my own jacket, creating more pockets myself.

I picked up a packet of Rit purple dye from Joann Fabric on Thursday and dyed it finally.

Look at it, in all it's purple glory! Look how well it took the color!! I dare say this might be a better jacket than the one worn by my favorite neuroscientist. Smiley I got a "new" jacket for just the cost of the dye, which I had a coupon for, too. Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Very Own TARDIS on: February 04, 2016 06:01:00 PM
Now aren't you glad you didn't just buy one? Cheesy

OMG, YES!!!! Smiley And if anyone asks, my chameleon circuit is acting up a little bit.  Roll Eyes
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Owl Lamp Repaint on: February 04, 2016 04:02:26 PM
 Shocked WOW! That owl turned out super pretty! I saw those lamps just the other day at Wal-Mart and thought they were pretty underwhelming. Your paint job really makes it just POP!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My Very Own TARDIS on: February 04, 2016 03:54:25 PM
Well over a year ago, while doing some Christmas shopping for the 2014 season, we ended up at a store called At Home. There was a lot of interesting things there but I didn't end up buying anything. However, they did have two different sized TARDIS cabinets that I realllllllllly wanted. (They don't show them on their website so, I don't know if they still carry them in store.)

I talked myself out of either of them, because I need more furniture like I need a hole in the head. But the thought of those lovely blue cabinets never left me. Fast forward to about a one month ago. I decided it was time to transform a small cabinet I already had into a version of the TARDIS. (This whole refinishing furniture really caught me hard, didn't it?)

I spent about $28.50 on this refinish.

This is what I started with. I don't believe this is solid wood, but rather some kind of compressed sawdust kind of thing, mixed with something else. It doesn't feel like pure wood. I've had it since probably 2005, if not longer. It was something my mom bought for me at Hancock Fabrics. I always thought it was fairly homely but it's function was too good. It's been where I've stashed my paints and PS2 games in the past.

I primed it on Christmas eve afternoon. It was a really nice day here in Virginia. I was sitting outside in our driveway with a long sleeved t-shirt on.

I used 1 1/2 cans of Rustoleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover.

Sorry for the potato here. I removed the top (unneeded) drawer pull and filled the hole with wood filler. I found the windows, St. John's ambulance, police box signs and public sign on various websites, printed them to fit, and then decoupaged them on with some Modge Podge. The window trim is actually automobile pin-striping tape from Pep Boys.

I liked how the front door of the cabinet had that faux trim and recessed area on it, so I tried to recreate a version of it on the sides. these are $1 wood frames from AC Moore, with thin wood trim, from Michael's, mitered and added to the sides. I thought about adding some simple Home Depot stock furniture legs to it, to raise it up a little bit and give it more of a weight in my room, but I decided against it. I thought it would take away from that perfect "base" it already sits on.

I also tried my hand at some distressing/weathering painting all around the TARDIS. I bought some craft paint in lighter and darker shades of blue. My TARDIS is well-traveled. It's been through a lot.

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