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11  Googly eye tree in Winter Holidays by BirdBones on: December 24, 2012 12:50:37 AM
You know how when bad things keep happening to and around you, it is rather hard to get into any kind of holiday spirit? Well, this year things have been bleak and bare, so I decided I would need another kind of tree...

And born was Googly eye tree! Grin


I found this light chain package that proclaimed having only white lights- and as it turns out, it lights up in all different kinds of colors, twinkles and even changes the color of the light.... the individual lights were nice and round and white and just begged to become eyes, so the "tree" started out as this:

Just a bunch of wire and the light chain and then I added some air dry clay- which I sorely lack any kind of skills for Wink At first, it actually looked rather nice, but then the whole thing tipped over during the night, so I ended up with a super-gnarled version of a gnarly tree- but as this is just like what is going on with this year's Xmas, I just kept it like it was, put some spray paint, glitter (yeah, even this ugly little tree deserves some glitter!) and some snowball decorations on it...

And here is step two:

And then the fateful moment of lighting it up- and yeah, sad little googly eye tree warms my heart Grin

Have a wonderful holiday, all you Craftsters out there and may there be a wee light shining on even the grinchiest of hearts!

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12  Re: HO HO HO (Holiday Object x 3) Swap! Sendouts Dec. 3 in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: December 12, 2012 12:33:50 PM
Oh, Jivvy- your tree is beyond marvellous! *swooning* Every time you make something, I can't believe your skills- there is just no getting used to your level of skills Grin

And I have to add something: I received my package from gala_apples!
So here is what she sent me:

She went with a combo of my obnoxiously american weird ornaments theme and sent:
 small - stencilled ornament sheer socks
 small - ornament cards with swedish text for the bobbles
 large - a set of tree ornaments
 and an extra of a necklace to match my favourite ugly Xmas sweater.

Thank you gala_apples!

And I really hope my wee package for you will get un-stuck from customs-limbo soon and reach you Grin
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13  Meet the NOMMS! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: October 06, 2012 10:32:03 AM
Meet the NOMMS!

Indigenous to closet corners and green places, the NOMMS are a shy race of free-spirited ground dwellers.

Their main strategy to avoid capture is moving at the speed of snails and thereby successfully fooling the onlooker into thinking that they are lifeless. No self-respecting carnivore would ever try to eat them. This results from their incredible ability to talk their opponents to death with mindless, neverending chatter when they feel threatened, although in their natural state when happy and content, NOMMS are shy and quiet.

The NOMMS' droppings are said to have numerous magical attributes, such as the growing of violently green facial hair, when consumed in a stiff drink. Because of this superstition, they are highly popular among the different tribes of Leprechauns and were held in captivity until it became known, that most of their owners died of chatter-caused exploding-head-syndrome
The NOMMS live on a diet of air and all things green. Unique individuals of this race have been found to even develop romantic feelings for evergreen plants, broccoli or green Jell-O.

Due to their worship of all things green-ish and the NOMMS' unceasing chatter at evil captors, the creation myths of their god, Gooey, the Green, prompted the early rumors of aliens as beings with green skin.

In 1912, two of the oldest NOMMS by the name of Mo and No, organized a mass-strike where all NOMMS stopped pooping and thus escaped their prisons.
Today, the average NOMMS can only be found outside of Ireland.

This was originally inspired by the incredible Green Elevator's and loveandasandwich's creations and it started as a fake swap along with the current Covert Abandoned Art Swap- but as you can see, I only made 4 of them so far and I seriously doubt that I will be able to just abandon these fuzzy creatures in the wild streets of the city. So now I have to find them loving homes... Grin
They are all handstitched and about 8,5 inches tall and about 5 inches wide.

What do you think?
Any comments or critique are highly appreciated!
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14  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2012 in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: September 29, 2012 03:58:17 AM
Oh, thank you Eiseldora!
I love the pin and I makes me feel like I am part of an awesome group!

And Suereal.. I think your zombie mints are working even on me! I can feel you working your way up towards my brain already Grin

And I got another envelope from dear Suereal with even more goodies:
(see, there are good things about being home sick!)

She sent a super-funky tunes-pouch that I love and dolls eyes I can't wait to use in a project and stuffie-noses and a really cool pair of fake silver lashes that will give either me or a stuffie an ass-kicking look and purple rubber band that will be used .. ehm... probably tomorrow Grin and funny creepy stickers! Oh so wonderful!

Thank you, my awesome friend!  Grin Grin Grin
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15  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2012 in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: September 28, 2012 02:40:18 PM
Whoo yeah! I got a care-package from the wonderful Suereal!

It is beyond fabulous and flabbergasting and so much fun! And oh boy, there are so many, many wonderful things!
And what was the most fun was to watch my HunkyManflesh discovering that there were things marked especially for him! And here he is, playing with the bacon-bandaids, the zombie-mints ( meat flavour)  Grin, cinnamon gum and a bunch of small Dr.Who toys!

Thank you so much for sending him so much fun stuff- he was really touched to be included!

Suereal sent so many amazing things, that I'm not even sure, I can name them all:
she sent me Maccaroni and cheese and a maccaroni&cheese-air-freshener! Yum! And sparkly felt for more badges! And zombie and eyeball-stickers, eyeball-candy, halloween-cupcake-forms, colorful googly eyes, lots of mexican candy which is labelled "Jose's yummies", which is funny, because she calls me Jose-fine Grin and Hellokitty jellybeans and mints in different flavours and pretty boxes...

And then there were wonderful small items like craftster-badges and a mustache- and an eyeball-ring! Aaaand .. a STAR TREK KEY CHAIN! YAY! Grin

There also was a whole box full of small things for crafting, pendants, a creepy hellokitty and even a googly-eye-pin-cushion that I can snap on a sleeve!

But the bestest of all is my new favourite magnetic bottle monster and the magnetic googly eyes , that attached themselfes on my flower pot immediately:

Isn't he perfect? I just love him to pieces and since he's taken a fancy to a certain bottle on my shelf, I shall henceforth call him JimJohnnyJack Grin


But that wasn't even all-

the wonderful and awesome LimeRiot and Jillybeans both gave Suereal something to send to me, so I was extra-extra-surprised!

LimeRiot sent a beautiful craft-set with funny super-awesome trading cards  that have funny descriptions on the back. My favourite ones are the mustache one and the ball lightning one " If you see it you'll probably die."  Grin


And Jillybeans sent a set of super-pretty decorated key-ornaments and a really pretty bracelet! I love the colors and the elegance of it and will wear it proudly!


I feel really blessed that you amazing ladies sent me this wonderful package to brighten my dreary day! I am utterly touched that you are so nice to me and am ever so grateful to have found so many amazing people in this super-awesome community!

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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16  How to cheat on badges- tutorial in Completed Projects by BirdBones on: September 09, 2012 05:38:39 AM
A good while ago, dear Lime Riot started a thread about Craftster Scouts badges
( see here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407643.0) and I have been fiddling with achievement badges for all sorts of crafting capabilities and catastrophes ever since.

... mostly because it's fun and gives me a feeling of using the otherwise empty time I have to spend on public transportation each day...

But how to get the details you'd like when you lack the capabilities of some of the advanced miniature-creating folk? Well, if you'd like to have something like this:

here is how you go about it:

First off the material you will need:

You'll need:
felt of different colors, according to taste
Needles and thread
clear packaging tape
a bunch of small pictures (see picture below)
ribbons and buttons or pompoms according to taste

Step 1:

cut out your picture (giving it an outline of about 1 mm is best to make the stitches less visible) and stick it face down on the tape

Step 2:

fold over the edges, completely covering the image in tape- that way the picture is safe even if it gets wet

Step 3:

Cut off all excess tape. Then pre-poke the wholes for stitching all around the image along the outline-works best if you keep them 1mm from the edges and 1 mm apart.

Step 4:

Cut out pieces of felt according to taste- go for wonky lines, that way noone will notice, if you sew on the image a little crooked Grin- and sew the image onto the first layer.

Step 5:

Now attach the first layer of felt to the second and the second to the third- that way you get a little more texture.

Step 6:

Now attach a back piece of felt, so all your stitches and loose threads and in my case knots in the thread are hidden from the eyes of anyone Wink. To get a little more volume, you can stuff it with polyfill. If you want to make the stitching more visible, use embroidery thread for the final seam.

And ta da!

If you're not that fond of stitching, you can also

and here are some
samples of little pictures for badges
 ( please PM me, if you have a problem printing it out, I'll send you the pictures via mail):

And you will see pretty soon, that this is fun and highly addictive and it might look like this in the end:

and in a couple of weeks time, you stash might look this way:

Let me know, if you find this useful and I am happy about any critique or thoughts about improving this idea!
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17  Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: August 28, 2012 12:30:35 PM
I have miraculously managed to send off the package to my dear partner fancybutch yesterday, so now I got to stop torturing myself and open what she sent- and I really, really love it!

From my list of villians she chose to interpret the Borg Queen and now I am the proud owner of my own Borg-Baby-Box! I love her interpretation of the theme..
But without further ado, here are the pictures:

The detail on the top of the tin ( it is simply delicious and the surface is wonderfully smooth.. I wonder how she did that...):

Fancybutch photoshopped a picture with a girls features on the top...

and the inside:

"she loved her pet bees and playing with her doll"

My dear partner imagined her with pet bees, because they have a "hive mind" and a queen - and sting Grin
She loves her doll most and pulled it apart, painted it grey and started to mix it with machine parts.

.... Funny really, that Borgbaby and me as a kid have certain odd similarities... none of my dolls ever lived long without being ruthlessly transformed, painted, pulled apart and put back together in strange ways, had their hair gloriously changed into Robert Smith's hairdo or combined with my legos... Do I need to worry now? Grin

I really really love my wicked tin-child, fancybutch, so thank you so much for this little wonder! I will cherish it- and it even matches my living room perfectly! Wink

 Grin Grin Grin
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18  A shirt for rrrat in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BirdBones on: August 15, 2012 01:45:29 AM
I was recently in the "I need a funky shirt-swap" and my dear partner rrrat asked for something punky, something plaid and listed tank girl as a possible design.... well, I couldn't just draw on a shirt, that would have been way too easy ( and also I'm not that talented of a painter/stenciller Wink), so I challenged myself by making this:

It used to be two man-sized shirts (one red, one black) and the plaid came from an old pair of stretchy 80's-pants, that I knew would come in handy some day, because of their pretty and stretchy fabric Wink And the eyes and writing are painted on with fabric paint (red, black and silver).
Because rrrat wanted to have something not-too-girly, I gave it a fitted cut, but kept the straight lines to make it look a little boy-ish...

This is the back and a view of the pocket I added (cause you can never have enough pockets, really):

Left side and right side:

And because I really like odd collars, I attached a funky collar made from the pants...and a few safety pins... cause really, if it's supposed to be punky, you really have to use safety pins somewhere in the design....Grin

and the sleeves:

Now I only hope, you can understand why I was so excited about sending this off to rrrat- and I really really hope, she likes it and it fits her....

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19  Re: The I Need A Funky/Cool T Shirt Now Please Swap(SU June 13-28; SO July 20) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by BirdBones on: August 15, 2012 01:20:16 AM
Oh, that is a really near shirt, Eiseldora! It looks great Grin and I love the combination of the different designs.

I  have received from rrrat and here is what she sent me:

I love orange and was wanting to get more of it into my life. What an interesting idea, very creative - thank you rrrat!

I know rrrat has a hard time getting online sometimes, but she recieved, so I posted what I made for her here:


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20  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2012 in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: August 12, 2012 09:39:49 PM
Yes, the shrinky grey mittens fit perfectly Grin

And all the goodies craftlylittlemonkey sent you look awfully inspiring... the stuff with the giraffes on it- is that fabric?
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