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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 127 ENTRIES / Prince of the Land of Stench on: September 03, 2019 11:22:08 AM
Here's a project I made (at least the first portion of) for the Craftster Stitch-along last September. The theme was "What's that smell?" I immediately thought of the references to the Bog of Eternal Stench in the movie Labyrinth.
And c'mon, Ludo is awesome, and had the best reaction to the bog ever.

So I stitched, appliqued, and needle-felted until I had this guy:

But I couldn't stop there. Not only could Ludo announce the odor in the room, he could do something about it! So I ordered some activated charcoal through the internet, sewed some into a pouch, stretched the Ludo art on a wooden frame, made a little snug holder out of an onion bag and a hair elastic, and now he's an artsy deodorizer!

He's now adorning the wall of our laundry room/ kitty litter area, and let me tell you he does great work!
Thanks for looking!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scarlett Rat and her Altered Tin House on: February 23, 2019 05:52:21 AM
Meet Scarlett, a wee rat I made for the Altered Tin Swap. It was my first altered tin and I thought it would make a dear little dollhouse. Tiny crafting like this is trickier than I thought!

Scarlett herself is needle-felted around a wire armature. Before I felted the white felt on, I wrapped her little feeties and tail with embroidery floss. I used the same to stitch her nose, then added ears, painted eyes, and sewed in some microfilament whiskers. She's completely posable.

Here's her little house and yard in the snow, And the wall opens to her kitchen. Making that hinge took some work because of how far in it needed to be! I decided that a paper loop system around a skewer would hold the wall side, and I strung some string through beads that I glued to the inside of the tin for the other side of the hinge. I also used beads and a toothpick for her curtain rod, while the window opens on little cloth hinges.

I sent her along with some winter goodies. She has a little matchstick and paperclip sled, a scarf that is just a strip of fabric with sharpie hearts, and a little bag of gifts. In the bag are a "Get Well Soon!" paper garland and a tiny baggie of hershey's kisses chocolate. That took the most head scratching - the kisses themselves are mini chocolate chips that I wrapped with pieces a full-size kiss wrapper (and I'm never attempting that again! They melt quickly just from your fingers!). I had a hard time finding a little bag for them because the plastics were all too thick, and I settled on using a single bubble of bubble wrap, tied shut with the original kiss paper.
There's also a little card tucked in there from Scarlett's beau. You can see his portrait on the wall. Cheesy

All wrapped up in a tidy little box. Thanks for looking!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cheese Date Hoopla on: February 20, 2019 08:29:02 PM

Hi there! Made this for Acadian Driftwoood as part of the embroidery stitchalong.
It is an homage to cheese dates, a tradition we've had for the past decade.
I tinted the fabric with prismacolor pencils and I think they worked rather well.
Thanks for looking!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dalek Roomba Cat on: February 20, 2019 07:40:14 AM
Hi all! I just wanted to share the hoop I made for GeekGirl1000100 in the Embroidery Hoopla Round 15 swap. I combined a Firefly quote with Doctor Who and Roomba cat, and this is what happened:

Lately I've realized I missed tons of opportunities to decorate the hoop itself, so I made sure I did this time. Lil' gold paint and some sequins reminiscent of dalek panels.

I still hate lettering and straight lines, but I think I'm getting better!
Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Decoupage Dragon Book on: November 06, 2018 09:58:06 AM
I'm not quite positive where to post this one, but since it's technically all paper except for the glue and the paint, I think this will have to do.

I decorated one of those unfinished brown paper containers, this one in the shape of a book. I've had it since, oh, I was in my early teens? It took some time to decide what to do with it, and I knew I had to make something out of it for my partner in the Weekend Trick or Treat swap. She loves dragons, reading, and the Scottish play. The title "A Deed Without a Name" is a line by one of the three witches.

The outside is a scale-textured paper that I got from the paper de-stash swap. I believe it's four individual panels that I did my best to line up carefully. The inside is pages from The Once and Future King by T. H. White (I promise this copy barely survived a final read, I didn't harm a perfectly good book). The ominous "Two Hours to Darkness" in the middle was from some promotion in the back to buy other books. After everything was appliqued in place, I painted black and gold, let it dry, painted with mod podge, let that dry, then did a light rub of gold paint across the scales to bring out the texture.

I'm glad I finally found the perfect use for this form almost two decades after I bought it. Thanks for looking!
6  Category Challenges / Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries / Crouching Mantis, Hidden Bat. on: November 01, 2018 06:44:41 PM
I had a blast carving this! My bf thinks the eyes are a bit demonic, but I like it. I just had to carve a praying mantis after I found my first one ever in our yard!

After some thought, I decided to carve on the back too, for two reasons. First, I hate wasting perfectly good pumpkin canvas. Secondly, I was worried that two little holes wouldn't be enough fresh air for the candle, since I only carved all the way through on the eyes. So, I added a bat silhouette! In the right light (which is really hard to capture) the glowy bat shows up on the wall. Cheesy

7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Nests for Wildlife on: March 29, 2018 12:03:45 PM
Hi all!
If you're like me, you wind up with a whole pile of little teeny balls of yarn and you find yourself digging through your pinterest posts for ways to use them up. (Chapstick coozie? For real?)

Well, look no further. Spring has sprung here in North America, and for wildlife rehabilitators that means those two, dreaded words that coincide with the end of functioning time for yourself or frivolous things like sleep: BABY SEASON.
You can help support your local over-worked wildlife rehabilitator by making some nests to keep the little babes warm!

I found a local wildlife rehabilitator through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and whipped up the following nests for her out of the remains of my little stash of random bits. I admit the color combinations are not all stellar, but these are going to be pooped on enough that it probably won't matter. I tried to go for a variety of sizes to give her some options based on who will be nestled in there. These are a bit deeper than they appear, but the design means the edges roll a bit.

If you are a stitchery beginner, I urge you to try these! They're very simple and the decreases are super easy, at least for knitting.

You can find the instructions to knit or crochet nests here.

Here's the individual nests with how many strands of yarn I used, and how many stitches I cast on at the beginning. If you're not sure what size to make, chat with a local rehabber! You can also find some places to send donations on the instructions site.

Edit: I just found a Facebook group called Wildlife Rescue Nests that is all about connecting crafters with rehabbers in need!

Some important takeaways:
1. These have to be really tightly knit or crochet. No holes or spaces where little legs or toes can wander in and get stuck, because the only thing worse than an orphaned baby bird is an orphaned baby bird with a broken leg. Same goes for yarns with little loops and snags that could catch a toe.
2. They have to be self-supporting, so an infant hat style won't work. Rehabbers have to manage a syringe of food, positioning the baby to be fed and keeping everyone from falling out; since this already requires 3 more hands than they currently have, there won't be one to spare for a floppy nest brim.
3. These are going to be washed A LOT. Plan your fiber choices accordingly.

I hope you're feeling inspired! I know the over-worked and under-appreciated wildlife rescue individuals in your community will appreciate it.

Thanks for looking! Please share!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Byron the Owl on: February 13, 2018 10:21:44 AM
I used to work in environmental education. I recently learned that one of the educational owls passed away at a very, very old age. My friend and former co-worker really loved Byron the Barred Owl, so I wanted to make her a little memorial piece to keep. I got a 5x7 photo frame, used an online stencil generator, and painted on the glass. The glass was then epoxied into the frame, so that it could be hung in a window. After thinking it was too hard to see, a friend suggested I add some translucent paper to the back. I think it works just the way I intended.

Here's the photo of beautiful Byron for reference:

Thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ombre hat with leftover yarn on: February 13, 2018 10:14:04 AM
Hi there! I tried out this pattern on Ravelry, and I love it:
The Quick Ombre Hat by Emily Dormier

I had tried out this pattern just for the shape for my brain hat (still a wip). I really liked it, so I decided to do the colorwork when my Auntie requested one too. There are a bunch of sizes which I really liked. It was perfect to use up some leftover wool that I loved way too much to just toss into a random scrap project. I did wind up making mine shorter, though. I condensed the main body of the hat, not including brim and decreases, to I think 21 rows.

I showed the bf and he goes, "What, no pom pom?" Sigh.

Thanks for looking!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Doubleknit Dino Cowl/ neckwarmer on: February 13, 2018 10:00:39 AM
Hi there! This is my second attempt at double knitting and first at doing colorwork. I really like doubleknit colorwork because it hides all those loose strings that would be on the inside of the garment. This was mostly an experiment, but a friend gave me some nice local wool and I thought the color scheme said: Dinos.

The dino pattern was made by me on one of those pattern generator tools online. Unfortunately, I forgot to register and save, which also means that I did this pattern the hard way with a bunch of printouts and counting. But it worked! I just need to find a tidier cast-off that isn't so wobbly (the top of the neckwarmer). It's hard because there are twice as many stitches in doubleknit! Maybe I'll k2tog and then slip next time.
At any rate, it's super warm! Thanks for looking!
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