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1  Re: Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: January 16, 2019 05:50:39 PM
That's the story, MistressT. I've only used them twice and there was no static, despite the high heat setting at the laundromat. Static is the point for me, too; if these don't control that there's no point. (Well, okay; it is fun to toss them i to the dryer like  basketball free throw, too!)
The ones I finished are pretty big (worked great on a load with a comforter and a stuffed animal) but I wound the last of the yarn to make smaller ones that I hope will felt down to baseball size.

I am allergic to wool but I did some research and as long as I don't rub them on my skin it shouldn't matter, especially if I put them through a few washes and dryer loads .

Please excuse the business nature of the link BUT they do explain the entire process really well and some questions people might have about wool dryer balls.
P.S. we used tennis balls, while I suggest them for large blankets and pillows i wouldn't use them day to day because they caused a baffle to come off on my dryer (those "blades" inside the drum) which causes it to now take longer for stuff to dry

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: December 30, 2017 06:44:29 PM
My ADHD means I tend to flit from project to project but here are some I have got done

PROJECT TYPE: upcycling/repainting small sculptures and jewelery
MATERIALS:  Fingernail Polish, second hand or dollar store knickknacks.

1. Celestial Cat (Thrift store $0.69)

2. Red Wing Angel (dollar store angel #1)
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3. Purple/green dress angel with greenish silver wings (dollar store angel #2)

4. Day of the Dead Catarina (Tuesday Morning...was mostly neon and had the head broken off)

5. Fairy queen (Thrifted......had a sort of dull greenish tone everything)

6. 50x50 journal creation

7.  Make art journal "marker-painted" paper

8. 9. 10.  Upcycled unicorn ornaments painted with fingernail polish

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: November 06, 2016 03:41:14 PM
Another lamp shade.  We got 2 of these shades for $2 at a thrift store and I believe I have a different spiderweb sheer material I can play with.
This was a bit harder than the round one because each side had to be cut and hot glued down.  I figured that as long as I glued the top and 1 side down I could trim it easier. It isn't perfect but since I am still setting up my art area I was sitting in a rocking recliner doing this mostly on my lap which is why when I decide to take a break and find something to watch while I worked and put the glue gun on its holder and start looking at the list on Netflix. 
Queen Annabelle (1 of 4 black cats) comes up and rubs against me so I reach down and unplug the glue gun and say "last thing I need is to have this melt the carpet...or burn me"
Not a minute later Annabelle brushes past me and apparently the cord and "%#[email protected]& ANNABELLE!!!"
She knocked it over on my ankle but at least I got it before it hit the carpet.
Now doesn't she look innocent?

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: November 05, 2016 03:51:06 PM
Like many houses built in the mid 70s to well now our front room has no builtin ceiling lighting and in our case no room for more floor lamps.
I am rewiring some old lamps and a few that will work if I use small low heat LED bulbs.
I also am sacrificing some Lava Lamps for the cause, that is the hardest part, getting the light and cords off of the base.
Here is an existing light,in the middle I added the fringe and had to take the cord apart to get it through the top and then wire it to secure it.
The other will need to wait until I can get a very low heat LED bulb.  That one kept unwiring itself just as I got it hung so I had to intertwine thin strip of electricians tape through the wires after sealing each connection so they wouldn't pull loose.
And yes that is a baby pin holding the wire in place.
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: October 28, 2016 08:58:59 PM
My long time friends have been kind of shocked and very worried when I point out that I have not crafted a single thing so far this year.  Keep in mind that for 4 years I was part of the 50 in 20__ craftalongs and my average completed projects are around 110.
They know how devastating this last year has been for me, not just health wise but I have had no desire to craft or create art and that scares me to death because it is so much of my self identity. I am starting to get better, I have Fibromyalgia and Dystonia and those will always be an issue but the worst for me is that the osteoarthritis in my spine is crushing a nerve and causing misery every night.  Finally a dr listened and was willing to try Lyrica. And it seems to work for me (that's a surprise because usually if there is a bad side effect I get it)
I know this painted bottle isn't that complicated and due to necessity had to be done quickly and I painted some others  bottles for 4th of July to use as Luminarias but all I did was spray them with one color.
 This is different because it is a process to get the paint to look exactly like that and it worked!
I used silver spray paint then a bit of purple specks then a thick layer of clear to make the silver run a bit then before that dries up I sprayed it with blue "Stain Glass" spray paint and then soaked it with the clear gloss as soon as the blue was on. I adjusted a few places but in each case I sprayed a heavy coat of clear gloss first and after.
The whole thing has to be done quickly and a dollar store "lazy susan" is so helpful. I am sure mine would have been helpful IF I had thought to grab it off the shelf.
I taped the rubber seal with masking tape then put the lid in just enough to hold it so I could paint them at the same time.
I did this outside but it began to rain and even in a dry place outside it wasn't going to dry quickly and it already takes a few days to be completely set.
This bottle will hold a mouth rinse to help dry mouth from almost every med I take.
NO clue why they are sideways

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6  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: January 11, 2016 03:15:51 PM
Found this picture
The signs are true but my material has never been that organized
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: December 28, 2015 01:52:36 PM

I needed a desk side lamp that wouldn't constantly wake my husband so I painted this one's frosted white cover dark metallic blue

My cats were very intrigued by my making catnip squares so I ended up taking pics of them instead of black felt squares filled with catnip and different things like those red mesh vegetable bags

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8  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: October 08, 2015 12:32:51 AM

Trinalocakary, I have no idea who the plague doctor is but he seems to be living a dangerous life. You're going to have the best Halloween this year.

A plague Doctor was just that, during the black death they dealt with the sick.
The mask was stuffed with herbs to control the smell. 

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: October 07, 2015 03:58:51 PM
My husband is going as a post apocalyptic plague Doctor for Halloween so I made him a Dr bag out of a wicker purse using Duct Tape, matte white and Matte black spray paint, yellow and red craft paint and glow in the dark puffy paint
Original bag


Base painting....flat white then flat black

Nuclear design

Little bit of black flat spray paint to age the detail
Then it is done
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by trinalocakary on: September 30, 2015 11:02:02 AM
So this happened
I cut out nearly 200 different sized paper bats out of a selection of different black and dark grey patterned scrap book paper including glitter and textured and then I sewed them into 2 garlands using the longest straight stitch on my sewing machine. 
I had used paper that was white on one side for the first garland of around 80 bats so they are mounted against the ceiling and we used clear tacks to hold up some of the larger winged ones.
The second garland of nearly 100 is all black on both sides of the paper so they hang about 8 inches from the ceiling at the lowest.  They are tacked up with clear tacks every 2 - 2.5 feet so the loose hanging bats can, and do, move with every breeze.

My hands behaved all the way through 3 days of cutting, sewing and hanging bats, waited 2 days and now my right hand is all Fibro stiff and sore....grrrrrrrr just as I have been getting motivated again after a different flare up
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