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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Flink The Blingmingo on: May 07, 2016 05:10:49 PM

That's Flink.  He's a Blingmingo.  In this pic he is showing how much better he would survive then normal flamingos. Much better camouflage.  The Hub was the one who named his species.  But I picked his name.  Once Upon a Time, I wanted to own a dinner club called The Flink Plamingo...stop looking at me that way...it was the 80's...aannnyyywaaayy..Here he is in his for-real home

He cost 8$ to make from one of the local dollar stores.  Here's some proof.

The first pic is all the tags from the bits I bought.  The receipt is from the first purchase.  I was going to incorporate the LED lights, but I ended up needing another pack of the gems to encrust Flink completely, so I nixed the lights.  I used 4 packs total at 1.25$ each and then the 3 dollar flamingo.  So 8$ total Grin

I've always wanted to mutate a plastic flamingo, so I was completely delighted when I found one for that cheep!  I did a rough estimate, and I think Flink took me aprox. 20 hours.  I used far more glue sticks than I thought I would.  I also used glitter green and blue paint to fill in some of the open pink parts that showed up once I was done gluing.  I had used blue square gems as the eyes, but they didn't show as much, so I pulled out my eyes and decided to homage the pink feathers of the original dino...I mean birds Grin  Here's a progress shot.  

Also happy I failed at gluing myself to Flink.  There were a few close calls, but we both lived Grin

This last pic is the gems I had left over from the 12,000 gems I glued on to Flink.  I did use a few more when I placed the legs and reinforced the join by stacking gems up around the wire to mimic the real one's thighs.

Thanks for looking Grin
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / I'm Team Dino on: April 12, 2016 11:35:37 AM
Which I suppose makes me team egg by default.  One of my FAVO science discoveries since I was a kid in school is that the birds are the dinosaurs.  My Hub and I even say things like, "The dinosaurs are singing very loudly today."  or "Oh!  That little one is being quite the bully.  Glad the dinosaurs decided to shrink down to that size."  So, as soon as I saw this challenge I knew what to do...

I think I just invented a new holiday Grin

Here is the basics in my sewing machine.  I used my Sharpie Stained pens to draw the letters, using a brass stencil set I have.  I didn't start with a plan past covering things with stitches.  I had forgotten how relaxing machine embroidery is.  I could have stopped early, but I just wanted to keep going LOL.  Eventually i added glow fabric paint to the letters to help them pop a bit more.  Oh yeah and the egg it's self is Fairy Frost Glow fabric..
Someday i will learn to take a good glow picture *shakes her tiny fist*!

The pom frame is a piece of vintage stuff i have had forever.  This is how much I have left...

LOVE it when that happens Grin
Here is the hanging against the white floor, just in case the purple wall is messing with it's color way.

Thanks for looking Grin
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / April Oneth Inspired Tshirt..SPAM..Food or Fool? on: April 01, 2016 07:13:09 PM
I have been wanting to try out spray paint shirts recently.  I even bought the new chrome Krylon spray can when in the states recently.  I had bought a shirt to make a Find Murphy!!! shirt for Zombie Nation, but they only played the line a few times in the first epi..then they found him  *add in balloon emptying pppphhhttttt like sound*.  But today, April First Day, I received divine inspiration from the craftster deities.  Everything was SPAM-a-licouse today!  I love everything kitchy and SPAM is like the food of the kitch.  So, when craftylittlemonkey was being vexed by the word manipulations occurring today, I thought she was talking about the disturbing nutritional issues of SPAM.  And I just couldn't get this idea out of my mind...so here ya go Grin

Super happy with how it came out.  I will wait a week or so before I wash it and post how it goes.  The spray is not as mirror like on the fabric as I have seen on glass and other mediums.  But it is bold and stands out very nicely.  I love the splaters and I got a bit of a nail polish as well Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Little Monstrosity: Rainbow Dash on: March 07, 2016 10:05:26 PM
Where do I begin....It all started when our amazing Ludi sent me a bag of body parts....tiny, tiny body parts.  They were slightly warped, little itty bitty race car driver parts.  I knew I would eventually glue them all together some how..but how?  One day, while thinking about them being race car driver body parts, I said to my self, "suereal...who is the fastest person you know?"  and then I reminded myself that I don't craft humans in general, and suggested I think more pop cultureish.  And that's when another awesome craftster gave me an idea.  I've always been a bit jelly that the REAL Rainbow Dash visits Patraw regularly, offering him...encouragement and..lets just say..helps to keep him on the right crafty path.  Well, the most obvious thing about Ms. Dash is she is the fastest pony anywhere, so it suddenly seemed obvious to me that tiny race car driver parts would be perfect to create my own little RD in my laboratory!  Now, my transmogrifier had not been used much recently...and it is entirely possible that some...thing...in my laboratory might have crawled in at some point, becasue my Rainbow Dash did not come out as....Pegasus-y as Patraw's friend.  But I do love all my monsters equally, so she is all ready fitting right in.  So, please may I introduce My Little Monstrosity RAINBOW DASH!!!

She is just a tad under three inches at her highest arm and three.5 inches from end of her yellow hair strand to the tip of her tail.

Even her cutiemark came out a bit...skewed

hhmmm...I suppose it's her monstermark instead Grin

Here's a picture of the left over body parts Ludi sent me (I just love typing that Grin)

And here she is meeting a few of the locals.  She seems to be settling in fine around here Grin

This was definitely a challenge for me.  Those parts were super tiny for one thing!  I super glued my fingers together, to Ms. Dash, and once to the work surface.  I did remember I had a magnifying head set, and I even managed to find it.  I was very necessary when it came to the "detail" painting.  Boy, did this piece activate any OCD I might (or might not..) have.  I could easily see myself painting it forever.  I ended up liking the lumpiness.  I think it makes her more cephalopodesque.  

Thanks for looking Grin

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Puddles Pity Party Tribute Shirt on: May 26, 2015 10:24:54 AM
For those who don't know who I'm talking about, Puddles is a giant singing clown on YouTube..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HtrbMy4mU4  <---Puddles singing Team

My Hub found him in April and I have listened to him nearly everyday since then.  I fake joined the Fandom Swap just to make myself a shirt....

There were about 8 steps to this silly shirt.  I just ruff drew the letters onto the freezer paper, used a chisel tip Sharpie to get the letters strait and such, then cut them out.  The red parts were just hand painted on.  I cut a separate stencil to do his crown.  I had to buy the rickrack...huge rickrack was not in my stash for some reason Grin.  I'm a bit AR when it comes to rickrack being sewn on....I hate it when it gets flappy.   SO I free motioned when I sewed it down and followed both outside edges.  I'm not sure how often I will wear it, but it makes me laugh when I look at it.  I also made a pompom wrist cuff.  Puddles has the habit of playing with his poms when he sings Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Memento of a Memory of a Moment: A Poseable Me on: May 15, 2015 04:42:58 PM
When I first read this challenge, I immediately remembered what it felt like to get a ticket to one of the last three seats at the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis 2013 World Tour in Seattle.  It was about 1AM and I couldn't sleep, so I was just looking at stuff about Mack and Ryan.  One of the sites was the tour dates of the 2013 tour.  I saw that it said tickets were still available in Seattle.  I clicked it and it sent me immediately to Ticketmaster.  I was able to buy my ticket within minutes of learning about the concert.  Not like the old days where you had to trudge down to the building to buy tickets.  I wanted to make an entry that expressed how I felt when I got my ticket so quickly and and knew I was going to that concert.  And here it is Grin

I chose the body paper from a roll of wrapping paper I bought at Archie McPhee's in Seattle.  I went there that day too.  The ball shapes reminded me of the Dale Chihuly museum that I visited that day as well.  It also reminded me of all the lights at the show.  The tiger legs reminded me of Macklemore.  They have a tiger on the tour poster too.  I used doll hands and feet.  I repainted the doll feet to look like my FAVO dancing Mary Janes.


I used the QR code for the Canadian Ticketmaster site for a bit of a string pull.

I found a picture in a magazine of a little girl who's head was the size I was looking for...then noticed she looked a bit like me when I was wee.  I thought that was cool as I felt like a little kid from the time I got the ticket till well after the concert.  I made my hair from wool flat cord and springs.  My second set of teeth (the ones not on the girls face) are glow in the dark duct tape.  I needed two sets of teeth since I couldn't stop smiling for 3 months Grin

I did have some craft fails happen.  I was trying to make a dancing doll, where you pull the QR code and the arms wave up and down.  The foam core I used did not like this idea.  I then tried some metal springs to get some movement into things...but they stretched......I even cut a straw to act as a spring...but well...another fail...So I just moved on to the poseable doll Grin

I finished it off by gluing a few glow resin bits I had made before onto a large plastic upholstery pin to make a little star with wings.  A cute symbol to remind me of a wonderful experience.

Thanks for looking, and HUGE Thanks to Ticketmaster Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Stove Spacer Tile ...thingy.. on: April 27, 2015 01:58:26 PM
Stove Spacer Tile ...thingy..

So...our house is a result of "lets wing it" philosophy due to the last owners.  So many things are not square and sort of not all the way thought through.  One of the things that was bugging me was this kind of large space between the gas stove and the counter.  So the Hub made a wood insert and I went wiled with the tiles Grin

All the tiles were either bought a long time ago or given to me.  I used aluminum tape to enclose the edges as I also used the pour on resin to over glaze them all for durability and cleaning easy.  I'm pretty happy with the results, though it took MONTHS to get it all done due to the curing issues Grin

Thanks for looking Grin

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A wand for my nephew on: April 27, 2015 01:41:38 PM
My nephew is grading from Uni this month...which is odd as he is 8 as I tend to think of him Grin.  Now his brain works more like mine then any other folks in my family tree.  So what to make, what to make.  I finally did decided on a magic wand.  If anyone needs a magic wand it's when one transitions from college folk to grown up.  So I collected a few sycamore sticks from a park my sister and I learned to water ski at when I was at my folks house last and worked from there..

Here it is in the box I made for it to live in.

The box was designed to also be a display stand.

The white parts are glow in the dark FIMO, but I'm a bit worried the glaze, which is UV protective will block the glow  Shocked

After I was done with it all, I noticed that adding the eye at this joint kind of made it look like a one armed cephalopod Grin

And here is the back half of the wand.  I did drill out the handle a bit and added a Garfield newsprint cartoon as the core.  He was always a huge new comic fan as a kid Grin

And clearly the end of wands are perfect for more eyes...

I had to make the box, as the wand was very long...so that's when I got the idea to do the display stand as well.

Got the box made, and it would not stay closed.  Thus the ribbon and eye closure Grin

He seemed happy with it, so that is all that matters to me Grin  But I did feel a bit sheepish about giving my youngest nephew a stick for grad Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Canadian Ninni for rscowtown on: April 27, 2015 01:11:59 PM

This little guy came about because I had noticed rscowtown had posted in her shop swap that she had found safety eyes at a thrift store with no backs that she wanted to be rid of.  Well, anyone who knows me knows I love eyes, and the backs don't matter to me in most cases.  So I PMed her about an exchange.  I added the extra lure of mentioning I would be happy to make a Ninni for her.  She requested a Canadian Ninii as she had a relative from Can....and I live there Grin.  So, once she said YES, I talked to my Canadian Hub and he helped me make a list of what needed to go into the little guy.  He was super fun to make and I even got to try out a new craft that I've been watching on Youtube.  So here he is..

The check pattern is normally a wool jacket called a Mack.  Apparently it's a Can/French thing.  All I know is my Hub has one that he had worn to a frazzle Grin

I used two CAN. pennies for the eyes.  We stopped making pennies up here in 2013, so I kind of started being a bit ob/com about collecting them in the year before.  So I went through my collection to find two that were from 2011, as that is when rscowtown joined craftster.  The other eye is the Queen side.

The most obvious thing to put into this creature was a hockey reference.  I looked and looked for a pencil I saw a few years ago where the eraser was the blade of the stick to no avail.  So this stick is made from Popsicle style craft sticks and glow in the dark duct tape. His Ninni style tooth is also made of GID duct tape.

The hardest part was the hinged mouth.  On South park, Canadians are portraid in a simple format with a slit open mouth that leaves there the top half separate from the bottom half.  But I persevered and made it happen Grin

I also figured out how to make the little guy stand up with his beaver tail

This was the thing I had not done before.  It's called poutine.  It's a French Canadian thing.   It's french fries, cheese curd and gravy.  At this point you can get poutine at every fast food place, though it has only been the last few years.  But OMG it is YUMMY!.  I have been watching tons of how to make mini things out of poly clay on Youtube, so I got inspired at the last moment to make him a wee serving of poutine.

The other ingredients are moose horns (obvious Grin), the Toque (his little hat) and the mustache.  Up here Movember has become a rather large thing.  Movember started ion Australia I believe, but they love it up here.  It is to gain awareness for male cancer issues.  The idea is to grow out ones face hair for the moth of November.  Nearly all the news caster embrace this event.  I think it's partly due to custom of growing out ones beard if your hockey team is in the play offs Grin

I also made the heart on his chest as a pocket, so she could put in Can. stamp[ or coins or other momentous of this amazing country Grin  He was super fun to make...and he was my first Ninni as well.

Thanks so much rscowtown.  It was an inspirational swap for me Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Awkvaard Phayz--a Monster High Hack on: April 02, 2015 11:29:53 AM
I got paired with the ghoulish cackle for the recent Be Awesome (Redux) swap.  I knew I had to get my A game on for this one.  Thankfully, the idea formed relatively quickly and I was able to get it started the day we got partnered.  Which turned out to be a very good thing as every time I join a swap, my life suddenly goes all catawampus.  But I got her done and here she is..Awkvaard Phayz...the Odd little Hare Girl

Cackle loves hares, so I knew she would be a little hare girl from the start.  I'm not sure which MH doll she started out as, but when I got her, she had no forearms.  Also, her hips and knees were very loose.  Clearly, she needed forearms, so I did what seemed obvious to me and made her tentacle ones from Fimo...the suction cups glow in the dark...durh Grin.  I just carved away her rather large lower lip till it was nothing but teeth and then painted them white.  The pink eye is a tiny safety eye with Black dimensional paint to fill in the spaces.  Her other eye is glow in the dark dimensional paint.  Her cloths are random bits of trim, handkerchiefs and fabrics.  Her shoes are from a vinyl samples book.  They are glued and sewn on.

It took me awhile to figure out the best way to deal with the fact she couldn't stand.  I was originally planning on polio type leg braces, but could not settle on the best way to do that while still preserving her pose ability.  So I decided on making the little little backless chair....she needed the back off to leave room for her tail Grin

The chair is made from stacked foam core, card stock, glue and that FABO glow in the dark skull fabric, which seemed just the right pattern and size for this project.  The legs are wooden dowels covered in Fimo...the balls on the ends also glow.  This was the first time I have ever made doll furniture and I learned soooo much...but I think it came out well enough Grin

Her wee doll Froman is from an Archie McPhee play set from several years ago.  One could change the heads and bodies of all the critters, like those old school pop beads...Froman just looked perfect with her I thought Grin

And here's a few more pics of Awkvaard..

EDIT:  I forgot about the rest of her story!  Her story is written in side her name tag..

"Awkvaard is an Odd Child. Apparently, every so often in her species an Odd Child is born...they live backwards, so when they are born they are
sickly and decrepit. As they get older they heal until they spontaneously explode with health.
Right now, Awkvaard is unable to walk so she has a special chair and her little pal Froman to keep her company."

In cackles words...I forgot to save it when I put it into the computer *bonks head on desk*

Thanks for looking Grin
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