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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tiny riverfront home scene on: February 01, 2014 06:49:26 PM
I recently participated in the One Tiny Literary Thing swap where we made one tiny thing inspired by our partner's favorite book/character etc.  My partner, Calixita, listed her favorite book as Wind in the Williows.  It is a classic that, somehow, I have never read.  After her description of it, I knew I had to read it, so I began.  It inspired me to make her this little scene of Rat's riverfront home.

The house is made out of cardboard.  I used the "inchie house" template posted elsewhere on craftster, but blew it up to 150%, so the final house is 1 1/2 inches per side.  It is covered with pebbles from my yard to simulate river rock.  The "wood" beams are pieces cut from small box which contained a round of brie cheese, which I stained to look like dark wood.  The boat and the dock is cut and shaped from the same brie cheese container. 

The roof of the house is covered with an air plant that grows here (this was taken off of some wood in my backyard!).  It is from the moss family, but dry instead of moist like most moss is.  It was fun to use natural elements!  The scene is glued to a cardboard circle covered with one of the pages of Wind in the Willows. 

Before I glued on the house, I cut a circle out of the cardboard and added a battery tea light candle and then fit the house over it.  The bottom of the tea light is flush with the bottom of the larger circle, so it can be switched on and off.  The light flickers to simulate firelight.  This was the biggest reason I enlarged the inchie house template.  I have always thought inchie houses would look so great lit up, but they are so tiny, no light would fit.  Enlarging the house to an inch and a half is a perfect fit over a round tea light candle. 

I'm still reading Wind in the Willows and am really enjoying it.  This was fun to make and I was pleased with the way it turned out.  Thanks for looking  Grin
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / [RESOLVED] Emails sent when PM is received on: January 30, 2014 09:08:44 PM
I'm not sure if there is a setting I'm missing or an issue with the notifications.  I use to get an email almost immediately when I received a private message.  Now I get an email hours..or even days later.  Even after I have already read the message.  

If this is just a setting on my profile I am unfamiliar with, please give me a shout out how to fix it.  Otherwise, maybe everyone is having these issues?

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Why do you swap? on: January 28, 2014 10:52:22 AM
I've participated in several swaps now and am wrapping up my first non-paper swap.  I started wondering what motivates everyone to participate.  Is it the challenge of the theme?  Sending something to someone who (hopefully!) will appreciate it?  Is it to have everyone oooo and ahhh over the pics of your item in the gallery?  Just because you really want something in return?  (be honest, no judgments here!  Grin)

Soooooooooo, why do you swap?? Cheesy
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 50s diner inchies on: January 27, 2014 09:09:08 AM
I made these for the recent "inchie my theme" swap.  My partner's theme was the 1950s and I chose to focus on 50s diners.  I used retro scrapbooking paper for the background and graphics of retro food.  I researched diner lingo- the language waitstaff use to communicate orders to the cook.  Each phrase correlates with the food pic.  I found a fun "diner" font to type the phrases in.  I had so much fun with these, especially with the research of the lingo.  Apparently this type of lingo is unheard of outside of the United States and varies by region.  

Thanks for looking!  

5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello! on: October 22, 2013 03:12:34 PM
After lurking for weeks here and checking out tutorials, popular threads and drooling over the swap galleries, I've decided to finally jump in  Grin

I'm a thirty something wife and mother to one (boy, age 4).  I work full time away from home in law enforcement, but I love to craft and make artsy things in my free time.  I live in California, but am originally from Indiana. 

I am impressed and amazed with the talent here and the amount of activity on these boards when community boards seem to be going by the wayside on other sites.  I am super excited to jump in with both feet!! 
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