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181  Curiosity Cabinet Transformation! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 14, 2015 04:06:17 PM
I had such fun in the Curiosity Cabinet Swap, and was amazed by the creations. See https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437697.0

I needed a cabinet to display my curious and creepy objects. I knew I had a small display shelf stashed away in the basement and managed to unearth it. It was not inspiring. Sigh.

So several layers of paint, lots of glue, some soul satisfying distressing, here you go.

Original shelf. Next is the addition of objects and texture and a coat of black paint.

Then several coats of white and off-white and lots of shellac which gave it a nice aged look.

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182  How to make 110 prayer flags in an afternoon. With TUT in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 12, 2015 05:16:12 PM
A friend and former music director of our church recently died unexpectedly. We decided to give the congregation the opportunity to write messages on prayer flags and hang in our memorial garden until summer. Since it was my idea, I volunteered to sew the flags. We estimated we would need about a 100 + flags.

I raided my stash and came up with 4 of the pastels we wanted to use and a quick trip to the fabric store scored the other two colors. Yellow, pink, blue, green, peach and lavendar...all spring colors. Finals were 8" x 5".

I tore 11" strips, two from each color. I ironed over a 3 inch hem and sewed across the width doing a bit of a back stitch dance at each 5 " mark and cut 5 inch widths. Luckily most cottons come in 45" widths so I got 9 out of each strip. Some were slightly shorter, so I just spread the difference over several flags.

We supplied waterproof pens and oil crayons and a covered table for two Sundays. Everyone appreciated the chance to say goodbye and send their wishes. We used about 65 of the flags. Now that the snow has melted to a manageable level, I will be putting on my boots and traipsing out to hang some flags.

I zigzaged the flags, about 13 per 9 foot length of clothesline, figuring that we could tie them together as needed and tie to additional rope around the trees. I've strung flags before and in the wind they tend to slide to the center so the zigzagging will hold them in place and make them easier to hang.

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183  Spring is for Prayer Flags! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 12, 2015 04:40:21 PM
I love Craftster Prayer Flag Swaps...especially when you are in a group of 6 and make a flag for everyone, including yourself and then get amazing flags back in the mail. Words were assigned and away we flew. So here are the prayer flags.

Freedom: Red/green silk back with floss and bead dandelion seeds

Two Grow Flags: Cotton back with rough edge applique and beads. There are two because I made the lighter one first, then realized that my partner did not like pastels, so made the brighter one. They both are wonderful and it was fun to do the same in a different palette...I kept the pastel one, luck me.

Silence: Silk again with torn fabric trees overlaid with organza ribbon machine embroidered with SH-H-H and SILENCE and QUIET. With a few beads.

Create: Cotton back and torn fabric strip and beads. Overlay is an antique lace curtain that has seen better days.

Persistance: Silk back with a rope of various fibers and yarns growing to circle the moon. And beads.

Jump: My word and my flag. Silk and cotton and beads and jump!

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184  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: March 02, 2015 06:44:12 PM
P_E_S_T hasn't been able to post her flag as Africa had distracted her. I thing FREEDOM fits perfectly.

And Sonjaboo sent me a lovely BALANCE flag. I certainly need it right now. It's cheery and bright and was just what I needed. She says she discovered heat and bond....aren't we lucky!

and the tag:
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185  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 28, 2015 05:49:04 AM

What else can you say, lovely. And the Pray flag and the Give Thanks. I love this swap and I think the multiples was the best idea ever.

And Wulf, you can show the back, I really don't pay much attention to the backs, but yes, they do turn out well sometimes. I am glad you love your quiet woods.

And I received two flags last night and a private swap. I love how they clump. It's mailbox magic.

The first is from jenleahlynn on "Muse". The fabric is "Starry Night" with beads and the sweetest embroidered moon to watch and inspire. See the detail.

And from alwaysinmyroom a breath of fresh air for "Breathe". It is made from a shibori dyed linen napkin. I have some of her dyed fabric I received in a private swap...it is lovely. This flag has little pleats and added dyed details. It's beautiful and restful like a deep, deep breath.

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186  Re: "Tie a string around it" Making beautiful strings. With TUT! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 27, 2015 09:52:32 AM
The first batch got snapped up for strum sticks and a cigar box diddly bow....So I whipped up a few more just for fun and they are gone too. Who knew everyone needed cool cords!

I also used the method to create part of a prayer flag, ties for a crow mask, an owl's monocle and ......

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187  Magic Muse Wand in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 26, 2015 01:53:21 PM
I am taking a Coursera MOOC* class on Creativity and it's fun to play and learn about something we do here so completely.

One assignment was a "Mini-masterpiece". Take an ordinary object and masterpiece it. I started with a stick, add some thread, paint, paper beads, folded paper, a bottle cap and the foil off the top of a wine bottle. Oh, don't forget the hand painted flat marble "eye".

And now I have my own magic wand. I've seen the concept on Pinterest and just had to make my own version. If you come and visit, I'll bop you on the head with it. We can always find a use for more creativity.

*MOOC are Massive Open Online Classes and are usually free and/or for credit.
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188  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 26, 2015 10:53:50 AM
steiconi asked me all kinds of weird and wonderful question which set my mind in a whirl...what could she be dreaming up? I mean "do you have all your own teeth?" Who knows what a craftster needs to create, right? I do have most of my own teeth, biting of more than I can chew does have it's hazards. Anyway.....

I received a battered box in the mail, must have come by mule train, but the insides were perfect. Look at the goodies...

I unwrapped a lovely little raven/crow. She's my totem so she will find a place in my craftroom to watch over me. She will join another quite a bit larger version so I'll have a murder of crows!

Then I unwrapped this lovely little shrine pin. I have a new lambs wool long green coat and this looks perfect on the lapel. She will keep me company and let me dream of times with leaves on the trees. It's been such a long white winter here. Just look at the detail.

And then the shrine, oh the bits and pieces, the wings, the lovely godess, the crow skull and all. I keep finding new things to look at. Thank you, thank you so much.

Even the backs are pretty darned cool.

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189  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 26, 2015 10:43:00 AM
A typewriter, how cool and so last century! Love it. And Dream and Breathe and all the other mini masterpieces. I love the multiple partners as not only do we get lots of flags, but we get to see so many different flags too. Just lovely.

I finished mine. I figured with the mailing time added...I'm right on time! Not counting of course the one I redid in different colors.

My word ended up being Jump since Wulf appropriated the one assigned to me, and am I glad he did, the Expand flag is so beautiful.

Here we go....JUMP
Again a soft pale green tight woven silk back, a bit of lace, a bit of hand dyed fabric, some beads and my favorite variegated quilting thread.

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190  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 25, 2015 07:45:57 AM
i recieved from cmarion today! this is the second i've recieved in the swap, and both have suited me really well. the word for this one is 'perseverace'

the close up picture shows the variety of thread she used to give it texture. and those signature green glass beads! thanks so much

jenleahlynn's picture did not show up so here is the one I had. "Reaching for the Moon"

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