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1  Lampshade Birdfeeder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cackle on: August 05, 2019 01:38:49 PM
Mr. cackle is really handy, so when an old lamp base we had finally busted, he turned the glass shade into a bird feeder.



The finial was a garage sale find ($1.00) and the post is a piece of iron pipe from an old plumbing job. We used car enamel to paint the finial and the feeder base is a piece of black walnut that came from a tree that had fallen into the river near here. I love it!

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2  Moon Shrine Tin in Completed Projects by cackle on: July 31, 2019 12:49:03 PM
I made this tin for Abbeeroad in the Open Tin Swap. Very pleased with myself as I learned how to solder an electric connection. Mr. cackle was uber patient and a good teacher.

Here are a couple of pics unlit - trying to get one where you can read the writing...
Just in case, it says, And the moon said to me, My Darling, you do not have to be whole to shine.
 



And lit up..


And a shot of the back and the mechanics. It's pretty easy to change the battery, which as we all know in this forum, can be a challenge.



I feel like an electrician now.  Grin
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3  The House has Eyes in Halloween Decor and Parties by cackle on: July 29, 2019 07:09:20 AM
Just because...Halloween is only four months away!  Grin


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4  Re: Open Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: July 26, 2019 12:14:24 PM
I received a great tin from Abbeeroad today! The theme was Snarky Fairy Godmother and she nailed it!
So funny and well, snarky.  Grin
If I were a fairy godmother, I would be very snarky and I would definitely have a glass or two of wine or maybe something pink and fizzy.
I LOVE the stump work wings!
Also love the idea that she can hang up her wings and let her hair down.
And the tipped wine glass is a great detail.

Thank you Abbee!
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5  The Red Triptych in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: July 13, 2019 03:47:38 PM
When I first made this, I asked several people what they thought the story was and everyone came up with something different and intriguing.
And their stories were much more interesting than mine!
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6  A quartet of house ornaments in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: July 13, 2019 03:37:53 PM
Four little house ornaments I made for hanging someplace all year. They are about ATC size. Mostly a way for me to use those little extra bits of paper and scraps that are too interesting to throw away!
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7  The Horologium in Completed Projects by cackle on: July 04, 2019 07:17:50 AM
Just a fancy Latin name for clock! A project I made for a design team I am on. It's mostly paper and chipboard with a few doodads. I am pretty happy happy with the stairs as I had to do the math for scale and build them by hand. I really hate math.  Cheesy

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8  Re: IYP 29: summer swing along Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: September 11, 2016 09:55:57 AM
Such amazingness in the gallery!
And speaking of amazing, I received a wonderful and erm, amazing needle felted fox from PerfectlyBohemian. It's darn near life-sized and just gorgeous. I CANNOT imagine all the hours that went into this project.



Here is a picture of Dudley (My neighbor's grandson named him) and Howard. Howard is the felted hare
that PerfectlyBohemian crafted for me the last time we swapped in the IYP.
Looks like these two are looking to get into a little bit of mischief!



A close up of Dudley. Who could resist this face?!!!



Thank you so much PerfectlyBohemian, you really outdid yourself!
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9  The Red, Red Poppies in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cackle on: March 09, 2016 01:01:39 PM
I created this little painting for a blog hop last year called 'The Shadow of Oz' in which everyone participating created something evocative of the shadowy, dark side of Oz.
pottermouth professed a liking for it and so I gave it to her as an extra for the recent IYP.
The original drawing I did is here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438528.0
I've been playing with her image in Illustrator for a while...sort of an experiment to see how I can apply her to other projects....a way to come at art-making from a different direction to get myself out of an artsy slump.
 


Here is an explanation of where this version of her came from........
(Below is an excerpt from the blog post I wrote for 'The Shadow of Oz)

One of the most vivid memories I had as a child watching "The Wizard of Oz" was the gorgeous, but deadly poppy field. Even now, watching that scene unfold always gives me a shiver.
I think it's partly the way the Wicked Witch of the West murmured. "poppies, poppies...." as she cast her beautiful, awful spell.
The deep, rich color of the flowers, the swaying stems, the inevitable descent into slumber of Dorothy and her friends. It's surprisingly disturbing.
Shivers, I tell ya.

I always wondered, what would have happened to Dorothy if Glinda screwed up and made it rain instead of snow? What if she was distracted by misbehaving munchkins and missed the whole 'falling asleep in an opium poppy field' thing?
Maybe Dorothy woke up on her own a changed person. Maybe she found herself in a waking dream, forever altered, longing for home but unable to leave the field?




I also used this image (once again manipulated in Illustrator) for the doll, 'Odd...the Little Witch Girl' and various other incarnation of dolls, icons and collages. She is a wee bit of an obsession at this point because she is so familiar and yet so changeable.
I confess that The Red, Red Poppies is probably my favorite incarnation of her. This is what bounced me out of my slump and got me into painting again, so I'm fond of her. I know she has a good home with
my buddy pottermouth!





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10  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: March 08, 2016 02:22:42 PM
I received a wonderful package from the amazing pottermouth. She both charmed and spoiled me with the very personal and thoughtful things she made for me.

First up, an overall picture...


The beautiful bunny embroidery is so fine, Mr. cackle thought the rabbit was hand drawn.


The second wonderful thing was this tiny, sweet embroidery of a ladybird and berries. Love.


And as if those things weren't charming and wonderful enough, she also sent me this adorable (and charming) trio of tiny mermaids. I don't know where or how she found them, but
I'm so happy she decided to give them to me!


Pottermouth, you are an amazing swap partner and one creative lady. Thank you for my treasures, I love them all!  Kiss


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