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71  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Tie a string around it" Making beautiful strings. With TUT! on: February 07, 2015 05:34:30 PM
I really did not know where to put this little tut, but here we go.

My DW and her friends have been making musical instruments called strum sticks (Google it). They are like a 3 string upright dulcimer and really fun and easy to play. And beautiful. They need a string or strap. We tried braiding and crocheted strings, but they caught on bits and pieces.

So I gathered some strips of yarn (I even used the old braided ones) and zig zagged them together. I've used this technique for decorative additions to fabric art. Take a look. Tut follows

A beautiful strum stick ready to play.

Gather a variety of yarn and floss. I used acrylic, cotton and wool and some glittery yarn. It's a great way to use up those short ends. Set your machine to the widest zig zag (adjust for smaller diameter strings) and long stitch length. Use a thread color to accent your string.

Secure the ends by stitching over several times in the same place. Twist the yarn and start pulling it through the sewing machine. Don't worry about catching all the yarn, you will be stitching back over from the other end. Remember to continue to twist in the same direction the whole length.

When you get to the end, again secure by stitching over several times in the same place. Turn your string around and zig zag back over the string again twisting slightly as your pull the string through the machine.

Trim the ends and "tie a string around it."

72  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Wee little houses with curly tops on: January 14, 2015 12:37:01 PM
I saw these very cute little houses on Pinterest, tracked them down to Etsy and want to thank https://www.etsy.com/shop/ACreativeDream?ref=l2-shopheader-name, June Murphy Crawford for the wonderful inspiration. Unfortunately, I cannot afford the price or the shipping to own these.

I do like to have small gifts around for sudden birthdays, thank yous and other just because events. So I created my version. Not as detailed, but still fun.

73  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fairy Door into Fairy Land, open at your own risk. on: January 14, 2015 12:25:17 PM
This spring I'm involved in a plant sale, plants donated from your yard, sold for charity. My yard unfortunately, is invaded with a very invasive plant called gout weed. It's a ground cover that takes over, has run all around the house and clear to the back property line (planted by former owner). I've controlled it by covering with black plastic and mulch,  and have it contained. I will never be rid of it, it runs underground, it seeds and it will spring back from the tiniest piece. But no plants are allowed out of my yard! I do not wish this on anyone.

So I have been making fairy doors out of polymer to brighten my day and sell at the swap. Be careful when you open the doors, you'll never know when you will be back.

74  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Yetinnis - Ninnis from the high Himalayas! on: January 13, 2015 07:46:24 PM
In the recent Ninni swap, the call was for one ninni, quick and easy swap. But I made two and .....

The Yetinni Family
Note: Whistly has 4 children and they were delighted to get a Yetinni of their own...and her husband loves his too!
I left Mama and Papa Yetinni alone overnight and look what I found in the morning!
A brood of little Yetinnis hopping all over the house. Mama and Papa had proud grins on their faces as they watched the little ones play.
(Warning, leave Mama and Papa alone at your own risk!)
 They are excited about traveling to Utah where they hear that there are lots of mountains and winter sports as well as Summer, something they have heard about, but never experienced.
They eat snowballs and icicles, snow ice cream and popcicles. They pick up after themselves and make their own beds.
So a big welcome to....
The Yetinni Family!
Mama and papa are made with sewn together strips of fur trim from my stash and backed with white fleece (stash). The little kiddies are white fleece...I used every scrap of white fleece I had in my stash.  I knitted the little hats and scarves from stash yarn as well. The wooden crate was from a box of donated little crates. I keep thinking I can use them, but find few uses...the time will come! So enjoy. These little guys were very hard to send off. Check out the gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437382.0

Here's Mama and Papa

Family portrait!

And their woody stationwagon

75  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Home Sweet, Very Sweet Home....Dessert Included on: January 05, 2015 03:16:20 PM
I live in a small cape house in Connecticut and the holidays have to be scaled appropriately. Small Christmas tree, small presents  Embarrassed, small pets. And so a small gingerbread house...but it is my house! You cannot see it but our house number is over the front door. I've always wanted to live in the woods.....now I can.

And there's my house number...come on by for some gingerbread and hot chocolate. I'll even spike it for you if you want!

76  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Space quilt toss game and tic tac toe. Fun times. on: December 07, 2014 05:22:30 PM
My grandson will be 8 soon and I wanted to make him a quilt, but he's too big a boy for quilts, right grandma?

So I am sneaking it in as a game. One side is Tic Tac Toe and the other is a Solar System Toss Game. I've written up rules for the games and we shall see if it is a success.

The stars are filled with rice and made of felt and fabric. The quilt is only 36 x 36, but I love how the colors work.

77  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Little matchboxes made of ticky tacky... on: November 28, 2014 09:56:59 AM
I couldn't wait and so started practicing making Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky, little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same.... for the up coming  Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap

Love that silly song. Anyway, here are my practice boxes. A couple of notes:
Scoring is a must. I finally invested in a scoring board (this one is from Martha Stewart) and I love it! I also invested in a Fiskars cutting board, love that too. The paper needs to be moderately stiff and I experienced cracking on the fold of one of the papers. Make sure you make the cover just a bit, like a 1/16" in all directions bigger.

I used this template as a guide. http://blog.swap-bot.com/rachels-matchbox-template/ Final inside size is 2" by 1/2 "

and the swap is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436753.0

And one of them grew eyes and a zebra jumped in the box. These are definitely fun!

And more...see notes below:

The Gallery is up for the Winterlicious Matchbox swap....no goodies yet, but there will be soon. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437058.msg5269796#msg5269796
78  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Will a Spirit Doll find you? on: November 23, 2014 02:23:40 PM
I made some spirit dolls for our church craft fair. The reaction was wonderful. The first night several dolls flew off the shelf and into women's arms like magic. They really spoke to them, and each doll found it's home.

I made two kinds, several with a fabric goddess shape and several with sticks as the basis. They both were popular. It makes me happy to see the dolls find a spirit home and also raise some money for our church.

There were more, but you get the idea.
79  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cereal Box Fabric organizer...keep eating your Toasted Oats! With Tut. on: November 01, 2014 01:50:12 PM
We remodeled my craft room last year and while I love it, I can create chaos in just a few minutes! I wanted to organize my fabric bits and pieces and fat quarters better, as they tend to mix and mire and flow into each other. So taking salvaged cereal boxes, I created some pretty nifty organizer dividers for my shelves.

See the starting problem below?

I took a flatened cereal box, cut off the bottom tabs and drew on my pattern. I wanted to reinforce the sides so I designed in glue down reinforcement tabs. I drew and scored all lines, then re-glued the top flaps. The re-close tab really helped with gluing the top.

Then I cut and folded all flaps. I did not bother with covering the boxes as you really cannot see them after I stack all the fabric.

A little glue...I used a white tacky glue, but double sided tape or glue gun would work too. Lots of clips and clothespins to hold things together as they dried.

Here is the first row. I made 12 of this size and 2 of a slightly larger jumbo Cheerio box size that did not fit. Can you believe that 4 of these fit on the shelf perfectly? What luck!

With some sorting and re stacking the result is beautiful...at least for a day or so. We will not mention the 4 large bins of additional fabric...some over 40 years old.

80  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I got published! How fun is that? Black & White & Read All Over again on: October 30, 2014 05:25:17 PM
I entered a craft challenge in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I love this magazine and wait impatiently for every issue. I posted the ornaments on Craftster back in June (see link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434165.msg5211232#msg5211232 ).

I came home from a visit to my mom in Nebraska and found the latest issue with my ornament chosen out of about a hundred entries (there were 13 of us chosen). No prize but the thrill of being published. Some things are just plain fun.

The funny thing is, my sister won a first place at the state fair in Nebraska for a photograph. She captures amazing skycapes and beautiful plains pictures. But the magazine that published her picture stuck it near the front of the magazine along with readers contributions and very small. Quite a disappointment for us all. But I did gloat a bit when my picture was bigger...he he. What are sister's for?

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