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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread on: January 16, 2018 08:09:39 AM
We just (almost) finished the dining room redo. This means the 6 chairs are now out of my craft room, which makes it seem so open...until you notice the in-creeping of piles of this and that. So I need to schedule some serious craft room re-organization and de-stashing.

The dining room project took almost 2 months to finish. Wallpaper and crappy chair rail removal, lots of hole patching, wavy wall fixing, trim patching and painting,  primer and two coats of new paint. Still to do, window treatment installation, shoe moulding cutting, painting and installation, and picture re-hanging (yikes, holes in the wall!). Such a simple job! All this while I worked 40/week in this room. My setup is a pain to move and there is really nowhere to move to in this tiny 1950 cape. Not with three monitors.

And some in-progress
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 122 ENTRIES / Re: I let the kids go candy crazy! on: January 02, 2018 12:25:04 PM
I love it, it's so playful!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Flower Power Beer Upcycle! on: January 02, 2018 12:05:58 PM
I can't believe how useful this has been. You know how sometimes you organize and it just doesn't work? Well, this one works!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread on: January 02, 2018 08:10:19 AM
I try to make almost anything out of my stash, but it doesn't seem to shrink. Just keeps expanding like everyone's stash. Someday we will have a Big Stash Bang and a new universe will be created.

I created a craft room several years ago and have really enjoyed having all my craft items in one room, but I have lost stash control. My goal is to rearrange the shelves and clear some stuff as I go. Then move on to the bins. I really don't know what I have anymore.

1. An Elf on the Shelf doll. I had the doll, the paint, the felt, the buttons, the yarn, and a small Santa hat to deconstruct for trim. The eyes are dots!  Full thread here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454002.0

2. Complete a monster commission a la https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428559.msg5115051#msg5115051. Good grief that was 5 years ago and I now agreed to recreate another of these adorable monsters. I think I will make several. Here's the very start. It's painted, rather ugly red donated fabric. Dots will be added to the final monster.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Make an Elf on a shelf doll...she's watching! Step by step. on: January 02, 2018 07:42:37 AM
I had nothing else to do over the Christmas/New Year's gap (other than pain the dining room, make pies, roast a turkey, work, work on a doll commission, go to parties), so I made an Elf on the Shelf for next year.

I started with a blank doll from Dharma Trading. Unfortunately, they only carry the unwired dolls now, but this was an old one I had with wired limbs. They are so inexpensive. I often replace the heads...they are kinda creepy looking. I removed the black bead eyes and tied the neck tighter. I just found these dolls at https://www.darice.com/store/details/catalog/wholesale-basics-dolls-and-plush-dolls/1236-55. I used the 14" tall doll. Or this is a better site: https://www.consumercrafts.com/store/details/catalog/basics-dolls/1236-55

Then a coat of gesso, sanding with fine sandpaper, coat of red paint, sanding, and a final coat of red, boots, face and hair color. The sanding makes a very nice smooth surface. Her braids are kumihimo woven from scrap yarn and hot glued to her little head. The bangs were zig-zagged on to a strip of fabric, trimmed, and were glued on first.

Then I crafted a jacket, undershorts, and hat, cut a belt from black vinyl, deconstructed a small Santa hat for the white fur and warmed up the glue gun again. I did the eyes last because I wasn't sure how the hair and hat would come out. They are just dots of black paint. She came out quite cute.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Danish Heart Basket Tutorial (picture heavy) on: December 18, 2017 03:26:22 PM
My kids and I used to make these, and I learned to make them when I was a kid...many years ago. They are so much fun and really easy once you get the hang of tne weaving. Make them for valentines, Easter, May day...any occasion.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another Hogwarts Robe on: December 12, 2017 02:15:16 PM
Super! Looks so beautiful.
We have a potter-head in the family I would love to make a robe for. Got any tips?

pm me and I can send you my pattern. The directions are spotty, so you will need to have some garment making experience, but it's fairly basic. Any basic jacket type instructions would help. You can scale it down as needed. The robe I made would fit an average woman. It's fairly forgiving.

I ordered 6 yards of fabric, both outer and lining, but only needed a bit less than 5. Fabric.com had some good prices as I couldn't get enough of any one fabric at my local fabric store. One reason was that I narrowed the front to fit on the standard folded fabric. I just angled the side seam to fit. It was still nice and full.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Hogwarts Robe on: December 11, 2017 01:30:34 PM
My niece (mother of two, juggling work, school, and babies) saw my son's Hogwarts robe at a recent family gathering. She went crazy, dancing around the room and having a blast playing with my grandson. So her step mom and I hatched a plan to gift her a robe for Christmas.

It was easier this time as I had an actual pattern. What a difference. I still had to add a wand pocket and side pockets, but that's easy. http://www.clairesanders.net/2011/10/wizard-robe.html had a .jpg of a pattern she had drafted with basic instructions. I drew it out in Illustrator, enlarged it and printed it out. I ended up reducing the hood height, and narrowing the front by quite a bit. I fully lined it and added a wand pocket an side slit pockets. It fit me on the smaller side and I'm 5'7" and 170 lbs, she's shorter and slender, so I hope it is not too big. Frankly, I don't think she will care.

Dad and brother are getting her a tie, wand and scarf. She will be set to enter Hoggwarts!

The earlier robes are here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451904.0

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drum bag from someone else's UFO on: December 08, 2017 11:06:28 AM
I finally bought myself a frame drum. I've been wanting one for years but was hoping one would appear.  Grin  But since I am playing the drum for holiday choir this year and needed a frame drum, I used that as an excuse to buy myself one. Oh, how we can justify things!

I had just received another bag of gifted fabric and I loved the leaf fabric. It looks like upholstery fabric and had already been cut out for a purse pattern that had never been finished. So I pieced and made do and created a nice bag for my 14" drum. I had the lining in stash as well, so the project was a very small stash buster. I added a bit of padding at the bottom for cushioning against dropping. The snap tabs are for safety when I am carrying too many things at once.  Roll Eyes

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Golden snitch holiday ornament - update on: December 08, 2017 10:58:14 AM
My grandson (10) and my son (37) are Harry Potter fans. Last year I made them Hogwarts robes. My grandson still wears his every chance he gets. Even when he does chores.

So this year I am sending them golden snitch ornaments. Most of the ones I saw online were either ridiculously expensive or really badly imaged. So, being a good Craftster member, I made them!

Update: They were delighted. My son was surprised when I told him I had made them. I also included some snitch fidget spinner I had found online. Fun times with Quidditch memorabilia.

I started with two old ornaments which were paper wrapped foam balls. I then glued satin cording in a fair imitation of a snitch. The cord was easy to curve where I wanted it to go, but the ends were a bit of a fraying struggle.

The wings were a lucky find. I visited every crafty/fake floristy store I could reach and finally at Joanns I found these blue sparkly feathers/pine stems? Just the thing. I trimmed off one side and sprayed them silver. They do look bluer in the pics, but they really are silver.

Several layers of gold paint and clear gloss later I had a snitch. But the wings made them hang funny, so I embedded some ball bearings (it's sometimes amazing what you can find in your stash) in the lower front, patched them, more gold spray paint and clear coat and there we go.

I think they will be excited. I did order some golden snitch spinners for stocking stuffers.

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