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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween cat automata on: October 21, 2013 02:29:01 PM
SO WONDERFUL!!!! I love these automata!  Here in Baltimore we have the American Visionary Art Museum, which has a lovely collection of automata by Paul Spooner & others.  http://www.avam.org/our-visionaries/paul-spooner.shtml
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet skull shawl on: October 13, 2013 03:59:00 PM
How funny, I was just thinking the other day about trying to figure out a crochet pattern for papel picado, the cut-paper garland folks hang for fiestas (including the day of the dead) in Mexico.  This gives me extra inspiration!  Nice work!!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Re: Black Widow Amulet Bag on: May 13, 2013 05:06:47 PM
Dude!!   Love the bag, and would LOVE to see an u close pic of your amazing bead winder contraption! 
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: WIP finally done..started in 1988! on: February 06, 2013 02:38:47 PM
KUDOS to you!  Ancient WIPS NEVER go away, the guilt I carry from them languishing just festers.  I try to enjoy them as art even unfinished, and remind myself that the process IS the art, but it's so great to put a project to bed!  Congrats on finishing it even if you weren't in love with it.

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Falcor - commissioned piece on: February 06, 2013 02:27:55 PM
Wow those eyes, the face-- really magical, you brought that character to life!  Beautiful job.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: UPDATE on prosthetic finger project on: November 24, 2012 08:28:58 PM
So super fantastic.  I love that one prosthetic is being worn & used to make the new one! Such a fantastic thing to have the little guy help- so empowering.  Good on you!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Marc train costume on: November 08, 2012 05:42:32 AM
My almost 5 yr old has been a vehicle of some sort every year, and this year he decided on being a commuter train.  A Marc train, since we're in the Mid-Atlantic corridor & he sees it the most often.


Ready for candy!  We put a tap light & blinking red light on the front, too.  All sewn & painted by me, the hat was purchased long ago.  Hand made my girls' costumes, too, but they didn't photograph well- angel & alien.

He explained what he was to everyone, whether they asked or not, & yelled CHOO CHOOO up & down the block all night.  Did me proud!
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / Re: School Days Challenge entry: LUNCH MACHINE!!! on: September 30, 2012 08:48:55 PM
Thanks for the appreciation!!  We've been using it all month now & it's working great.  Also helps when food shopping-- kids tell me when we're out of something they want that's in the book!  Hope you can make one & it works for you!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / School Days Challenge entry: LUNCH MACHINE!!! on: September 10, 2012 03:00:27 PM
I have 3 younguns in school (1 in preschool) & my mortal enemy is MAKING LUNCHES.  It's like a parenting pop quiz every morning, when I'm already not at my best, "What do we have?  Is it fresh, whole grain, low sugar, low salt, not embarrassing, of a color found in nature, not too much packaging?"  To combat this enemy I give you...
The Lunch Machine!

It's a 3-part flip book, like ones my kids have to make silly outfits on people or fantastic bug bodies, but this one makes meals.

I took apart a 4-color spiral bound book of index cards, cut 3 sets of the colored pages into thirds (with a little more shaved off so that the pages would turn easily), turned the covers inside out & rebound it.  **Keep 4 year olds away from the binding coil if you want to use it again.  Ask me how I know.

I left the remaining color of pages intact (pink in my case) & meant to put them in back, but did it in front instead. 

I had the kids help fill in the pages by section:  orange = proteins, yellow = grains, green = fruit/ veggies.  We came up with so many simple things, I was surprised.  I listed condiments ("No, jelly is a condiment, it is not a fruit, it says so on the condiment list!")  and treats guidelines (no more than 2 cookies, etc).  And bust my britches, it works!!  The kids are responsible for their own lunch creations & are learning how much they can eat in the short lunch period.  Their combos can be weird (tortillas, cream cheese, red peppers), but this honey badger DON'T CARE.

It's most certainly not the most 'crafty' of creations, but there is a direct & opposite corollary between how much time you spend on something & how much a kid will like/ wear it (ask any knitter). 

Now all we need is a Lunch Machine tracking device (it's named after the scene where PeeWee Herman makes his breakfast in 'Big Adventure', called Breakfast Machine, BTW).
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Red, Black, White, and Gray All Over Quilt on: August 17, 2012 03:25:03 PM
To me the thumbnail looked like the periodic table-- it's amazing!
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