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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES / Seed journal on: March 09, 2013 10:52:06 PM
Inspired by another project I was working on I was struck that I had created garden markers out of seed packets but that doesn't do much good when it comes to planning time. I had a recollection of what I planted and a few empty packets stored to transform into markers but often the indicators on the back were quite damage and when transformed they were quite hard to handle. The idea is to store the packets in file/journal method so they can be reviewed the next year for plotting out a garden and figuring all the materials that might be needed to improve.

Dimension - 4.5" x 4" - the size of a burpee seed packet, the one I buy most.

Cover - Print of a beautifully illustrated seed catalog with a reinforcing accent. Flashes with strips of green cotton cloth, rickrack, and gold ribbon cord capped off by hand made shrinky charms.
Interior - Black card stock cut to the dimensions at/slightly larger than the most commonly used seed packets size. I used black as I will most likely be handling this with garden soiled hands. A single packet can be cut open and attached to the card stock  for easy viewing and yearly archiving. Empty pages and openeable loops allow for reorganizing, notes, journaling, and adding future garden submissions.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Seed packet markers on: March 03, 2013 08:22:30 PM
This is a project from last season. I always end up tossing, destroying, leaving out the seed packets so I don't have the information on the back for later or the next season replanting. There are also occasionally packets that are beautiful pieces of art and I want to hold onto them. So using the very packets the seeds came in, I stuffed, prepared, and mounted the packs. The packages were opened along the bottom with scissors or a blade. A small piece of poly-fill sheet was inserted to give it body. A dowel was inserted and the bottom sealed. The whole thing received multiple coats of Modge Podge to seal it.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Chalkboard plant markers on: March 03, 2013 08:13:47 PM
I got the idea from a chalkboard painted wooden shape. Rather than spend the $3 for one piece painted wood I bought the paint and some dowels for the same. Mix with some polymer clay, toss some cookie cutters at it, stir, cook, paint, and voila. A set of plant markers that can be changed as needed for the garden or if I like, sealed so the chalk doesn't come off.

I used a quarter a block of SculpyII to make these. 2 tall tomato markers, 5 herb/seedling markers, 3 mini pot markers.

For the herb garden

Tomato stilts

Materials: Material for the Markers - polymer clay, fired clay, air-dry clay, as long as it can stand up to the elements / Chalkboard paint /  Dowels for stakes
Tools: paint brush / Cookie cutters / Brayer, roller, or pasta machine / parchment paper / Short length of dowel

1) Prepare and roll out a sheet of clay and lay it on parchment paper (a paper bag is ok as long as there are no wrinkles)
2) Cut out desired shapes. make at least 2 of each for every stake.
3) Lay out 1 piece and press it to the surface. Place the short length of dowel onto the piece in the desired position at least half way in. Place a second piece on top and moving from the end of the stick to the shaft, close the clay around it.
4) Seal the two pieces together by rolling a brush along the edges. Make any adjustments for warping after the edge is closed.
5) Place the piece on the surface it will be cured on and roll the surface smooth, keeping in mind not to warp the shape or thin the clay around the dowel.
6) Set the clay as directed (remove the dowel if kiln firing)
7) Remove after pieces are firm and cool and sand if desired to level the surface. Paint one side with chalkboard paint as directed. Paint/decorate other side as desired.
8 )Remove the short dowel and insert the desired length of rod. Glue if desired (I don't since the hold is firm without it and this allows breakdown for easier storage)
9) Draw, scribble, write, enjoy

The chalk I used was a cheap large chunk type that made for messy writing and poor application that washed off after a few weeks. Reapply as be needed, especially if you use a sprinkler system, and not a drip or hand water as, much like a child's sidewalk drawings, they will be washed away. A think piece of chalk with a nice crisp edge is ideal.

Update: Oh my gosh I got featured. Thank you.
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Greetings from the land of Entrapment ...I mean Enchantment on: March 03, 2013 06:45:53 PM
Hi from beautiful Santa Fe. I'm a long time adhd sufferer and longer time crafter so I got lots of stuff but little impetuous to documeSQUIRREL

 Grin I've been haunting Craftster for a while but never posted and was inspired by the current book worm challenge which spawned an idea from a craft project I was working on today. I've finally focused enough to get some stuff made/documented/ready for upload, but would like to know if there are any guides for submitting/posting I can be directed to, to help me start sharing.
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