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11  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.

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plethora of Rainbow Hats on: November 20, 2017 10:16:37 AM
Our church annual craft fair had a Rainbow booth this year. All things rainbow! I made about 18 rainbow fleece hats in sizes from infant to big head. They were a big hit, with just a few left over. The pattern was so easy and fast. Beats knitting the silly things.

and since my camera did this "let's wash out all the yellow" thing, we get a grayscale version of the rainbow hats...sort of defeats the purpose.  Roll Eyes

13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 121 ENTRIES / My trusty stead gets a boost. Steampunk Engine! Pic heavy. on: November 02, 2017 05:37:57 AM
I did not get a new costume this year. My steampunk costume has been dusted off for quite a few Halloweens and events. So I don't know if this qualifies, but my trusty stead was delighted with her new booster steam engine.

But for this year's Trunk or Treat, my car needed a new engine. She's a trusty 2004 Toyota Matrix with over 200,000 miles. So she deserves a little fun. I added a steampunk engine with power boost.

So lots of cardboard went into this, plus recycled bottles, McDonalds salad containers, old dryer vent hose, old PVC pipe, plastic christmas balls, etc. etc. Lots more copper spray paint, glue, hot glue, thumb tacks, paint and lots of craft knife action.

The backdrop was a cardboard display board, one of the few things other than spray paint that I purchased.

I couldn't locate a paper barrel, so I made one out of a square box. That was a fun engineering project.

I started adding bits and pieces....

14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Holiday card workshop on: October 27, 2017 11:26:00 AM
I recently ran a Holiday Card making workshop for my church. I brought several boxes of stash from my craft room...didn't even dent my stash.

These are the sample I made to help the students visualize. Some were experienced scrapbookers and had never expanded to making cards. Some were lost at where to start. But everyone had a great time, scattered paper, punches, glue dots, scissors, ribbon, and embellishments, everywhere!

15  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / World Halloween Pumpkin remake with tut. on: October 26, 2017 09:36:17 AM
I had acquired (hoarded) an old world globe. It had split and was covered in bandaids (yes, the world needs bandaids) and other kid markings.

- Large round item, could be an old globe or a paper mached kids play ball, cut in half with the ball removed. Or you could cut the top off as in a regular pumpkin and remove the ball by deflating.
- Gesso or primer
- Orange and brown paint in various shades. I used Canyon Orange as a base, then added highlights in a lighter orange and shadows for the divisions in the pumpkin in burnt sienna, burnt orange, burnt umber.
- Tape measure or other flexible object for a straight edge to wrap around the globe.
- utility or Xacto knife.

* Paint the halves of the globe with the primer, then paint several coats of canyon orange to cover.
* Place the halves together, if they don't hold, use a masking tape that won't pull paint off to hold it together. This is so the divisions run from top to bottom seamlessly.
* Using the flexible straight edge, pencil in the divisions in the pumpkin. Don't make them too regular, vary in width.
* Using a dry brush add a darker orange to a division line, blend out from the center. BTW fingers work great here to blend the colors.
* Add a darker color and blend out again, but not so far. Be irregular here as well. Do all the divisions.
* Brush on a lighter orange between two divisions as highlights.
* When dry cut out eyes and mouth from black paper to position the features. The globe was hard to cut, so I kept it very simple.
* Trace around the features then cut out with a utility knife or other blade. BE CAREFUL! This is much harder than cutting a real pumpkin and the knife could slip and cause blood and gore. Great for a Halloween theme, but not fun.
* Paint the edges if necessary, with more orange paint.

* Create a stem. I used pink rigid insulating foam and carved out a stem, covered it in masking tape, then painted. Or take a toilet paper roll, cut to height, bend in the top as needed, cover in paper mache or masking tape and paint in shades of green, gold, and brown.
* When dry, glue to the top. Add some leaves cut out of paper or from a floral swag. Or felt some leaves, come on here folks, we are craftsters!
* You may need to create a base if you used a globe. An old round take out container, a ring cut from a 2 liter bottle or such can make a great base.
* Add lights, DO NOT USE A CANDLE - this is paper after all. LED tea lights or candle or battery operated short strings of lights work well.
* If you will be using outside, spray the outside with a clear coat rated for outdoors. I wouldn't leave it out very long, but a coating or two would keep it from absorbing too much moisture.

Turn off the lights and enjoy.

16  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / It's almost midnight on Halloween!!! on: October 23, 2017 05:55:47 AM
I had an old cheap wall clock that had given up on working. So, I now have a new door decoration. It's almost midnight on Halloween.

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flower Power Beer Upcycle! on: September 25, 2017 02:44:54 PM
I won this beer in an auction and after enjoying the beer in the approved manner (at home and while crafting), I just couldn't throw those bottles away.

My crafting counter has lately been a big mess and so in the futile attempt at organizing I turned one of those bottles into a tape holder for masking tape and packing tape and whatever. It even holds my favorite scissors (that I constantly lose). Not much use for washi tape, but one step at a time.

So good old E6000 and an old CD came to the rescue. Simple, effective and one small step for crafty organization.


18  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Look at this find. Now to talk my DW out of it! on: August 17, 2017 03:54:04 PM
Our good friend has ended up in assisted living and we are clearing out her house. She wants everyone to take something to remember her by. We don't need furniture or knick knacks, but her husband was an engineer and my wife is a wood worker. So we took her beloved husbands work box. She's delighted. It is beautiful, full of old precise tools and well used. I'm sure we will find a use for it, but right now we are just admiring the amazing workmanship of it all. Everything still fits and opens and works well.

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Resistance TM Patches on: July 17, 2017 08:02:50 AM
I had never made TM patches before, but in the recent Feminism & Diversity Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452710.0) they were just necessary!

Here they are. They are a mix of embroidery, scrappy machine applique/reverse applique, and stamped fabric. A few beads, a button or two, a paper letter B. And here they are.

20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / There is NO Planet B mini quilt on: July 14, 2017 09:24:41 AM
I had fun with this quilt. It is my first made from scratch paper piecing pattern. That's what happens when you have a concept and the world of quilting does not have what you want. I fell in love with paper piecing this year and though I've only make 2 other projects, I am a whiz at Illustrator. So I dove in. I did find one spherical quilt and I riffed off of that.

It's harder than it looks. LOL we all have found that one out. The pattern itself was a bit of a challenge, but the assembly order was even more challenging, add to the fact that I forgot to reverse the pattern pieces so I had to improvise. I flipped the top to bottom, and recolored the earth pieces to match my vision. After that it was a paper piecing breeze...well there were snags, but all in all it came out. I've since revised the pattern to fix those issues. PM me if you want it, but keep in mind....it's not been tested well.

The words were printed on printable fabric, sewn to the quilt with the NO and B added after. I just stitched around the edges, trimmed closely and roughed up the cut edge to give a scrappy look. Embroidery or standard applique would work well too.

It's 24" x 18" final size. Hmmm, I obviously shrunk the quote. I'll have to go back and re measure and adjust the pattern. I like the smaller quote.

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