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71  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Re: Nanny Beatrice Grace and the heavenly host on: July 23, 2006 07:01:14 PM
I found the greatest(?) painting in a thrift store. It was just calling for a little touch up! Here's the before shot:

Lovely, huh? But what really intrigued me was the story on the back:

(1.98 was the price. What a bargain!)

Anyway, I took it home to do as a joint project with my daughter, BananaAmbush. We thought it would be fun to work together. SOOOO, we touched up Nanny Beatrice's wallpaper, and added some fun rhinestones. We added in Nanny Beatrice (and her dog), set the table, and put a host of heavenly angels coming through the window. The portrait on the wall is of Noel Fielding, of "The Mighty Boosh" fame. Banana loves him and thought Nanny Beatrice might too. Here's Nanny's redecorated kitchen, all ready for the family to come over for Sunday dinner:

Here's a closeup of the heavenly messengers:

And of Nanny Beatrice Grace and her dog, with their arms "strate" up in the air! Look at all the yummy food. Who wants dinner?

Hope you like it. We think it's fun.  Smiley
this is so inspiring. I always see sad paintings in thrift stores waiting to die. I think I'll give this a try. that painting was so perfect and you really gave Nanny B a new life.
Awesome Art,
72  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: chopstick/dowel knitting needle tutorial on: July 23, 2006 06:49:49 PM
Well I know someone posted a "how to" about making your own knitting needles somewhere on this board, but I wanted to show you my take on these.  
     First of all, anyone can make their own needles out of a lot of different things, for example, I made a set of circular needles out of chopsticks that were free thanks to my many Sunday night visits to the china king buffet(I am addicted)  all I did was sharpen the ends with a pencil sharpener, sand them down with some fine sandpaper,rub them with a cloth, rub them with wax paper to fill in the cracks and make them extra smooth, and then re-smooth them with a cloth.  
I also love to paint them, but usually I just paint at least 3 to 4 inches away from the tips so it doesn't get chipped.  Also, I use plain old acrylic paint.
     You can do many things to the ends of the needles as well.  For example, my favorite things to do are bake sculpey clay onto them (as you can see on the red pair)  and find beads with big enough holes to fit on the end.

    This project is fairly easy and quick, but the comments you will get on your beautiful needles will be well worth the work!
Happy Knitting!

you are a very very clever girl, thanks for sharing!!!!!!
73  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Colorful Raggedy Scrap Scarf! (IMG HEAVY) on: July 23, 2006 06:48:18 PM
This is a scarf I made a few months ago out of hundreds and hundreds of strips of scrap fabric. I just tied the strips together, making for a very raggedy look, and knit it entirely in garter stitch. This is one of the more gratifying (and mind-numbingly simple) things that I've knit. It has little bits of metallic fabric through it randomly to add some glitz.   Cheesy

The scarf in its entirety.

Close Up #1

Close Up#2

...And modeled by yours truly with a cool flower pin.

I really hope you guys dig it as much as I do!

this is a great recycling idea and it looks very hip and beautiful.
Great job,
74  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Goth Bunny Dolll stuffed toy on: August 08, 2005 11:11:24 PM
i put up a link try it again, thanks for lookin  Cheesy
75  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabulous Retro redo on coffee table on: August 08, 2005 10:58:41 PM

i love the old 1950's furnature., i didn't like the laminate that came on most of the furnature that i would find.
i use a plastic spray paint to bond to the laminate. Then i can use any house paint and i like to use opps paint from the hardware store. Then i take all my little retro finds and put them in the inserts of the table where i took out some plastic wierdness. i then get a two part resin called Envirotec Light and pour that over the top. It is also good to calk the underside of the inserts so the resin doesn't leak out when it is still wet.
76  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Login Problems Anyone? on: August 07, 2005 10:45:52 PM
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77  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Goth Bunny Dolll stuffed toy on: August 07, 2005 09:08:56 PM
I love making dolls. this is my newest one.
I did an image transfer onto fabric for the face, then cutand sewed the two sides together. After stuffing I used my favorite tool, the hot glue gun to add everything else. The skirt is leather from an old leather jacket. Sorry vegans leather is so bad and i love it.
78  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Tell me how my site is for you?!!!??? on: August 07, 2005 08:53:56 PM
Hi I'm Purrpower here and my web is www.darleneschaper.com
if you have any feedback on how to make my site better please telll
I was also wondering about ways to drive traffic there I sell almost nothing yet I feel I have fun stuff to buy. What do you think? Grin
79  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Login Problems Anyone? on: August 07, 2005 08:45:02 PM
hi my ad posted as unregistered and I don't know how to change it?
   Super hip hand dyed vintage fabrics

I hand dye old vintage fabrics and laces I would be happy to trade with you, I'm open, but I really would love: *bad girl type, retro, or hip rubber stamps *retro embro ...
I also was trying to update some of my ads that i have posted and it kept telling me that i wasn't logged in and that my password was wrong
80  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: King of the Hill or: Extreme Texas Pride on: July 25, 2005 11:33:40 PM
I am in awe...
great job Grin
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