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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Bake Sale decor on: January 29, 2012 12:16:45 PM
Our local Animal Shelter is doing a Bake Sale the weekend before Valentine's day, here's what we've made so far:

A "gumball machine" inspired by http://momsbyheart.net/easy-diy-gumball-machine/:


Heart felt Garland inspired by this pin http://pinterest.com/pin/67765169362808027/ (note, my felt is cheap crappy stuff from the fabric store, so the garland isn't nearly as nice - probably wouldn't do this project again:


Then we did these "LOVE" letters with some MDF blocks from a bag of scrap 'wood' that I picked up at the craft store:


And these tags (they match the flyer for the sale). The text says "LOVE Saves Lives. The purchase of these goodies helped save a life at (the shelter)":


My friend has also done some giant tissue flowers, a candy bouquet, some little jarred gifts, and a tiered candy dish for the sale.

Thanks for looking!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Modular Giant dog house (for a Christmas parade) on: December 12, 2011 08:59:41 PM
I'm a volunteer at the animal shelter here in town and we have walked dogs in the parade for the past 3 years. So the mission this year was to create something eye-catching that wouldn't take up too much space on a 10x5 trailer for the annual Christmas parade. So I give you a 4w x 6h x 2d dog house.

At first we were going to go the traditional chicken wire and tissue paper route, but I decided if I was going to put in the work/time, why not make something reusable? So I set out to make a modular PVC and canvas dog house. The entire thing will break down and roll up for storage. The roof and the base are two separate pieces that are attached with several zip ties. Then the canvas is just cut from a large canvas drop cloth from the hardware store, an lashed with cotton twine to the pvc frame (through eyelets).

This photo is after our first coat of paint with the power sprayer. We went back in and touched it up with brushes, but this picture was taken after we quickly moved it up on the porch wet because it was starting to rain. My driveway looked like a Dexter crime scene!


The roof is felt with a few seams sewn at the corners and a gingerbread style scallop cut around the edge. It's also got a couple of sleeves on either side for the fabric to go through. The dog house door is leftover felt, just glued on and wrapped around a slit I cut in the canvas underneath (needed it open to store supplies). There's also a felt Christmas sprig that is currently pinned on because we want to be able to use the dog house to draw attention for our next benefit yard sale.

Here's a picture of it in the warehouse - please ignore the clothespins on the front. I hope to have a picture of it in action, with the lights on tomorrow. We won "Best Animal Entry" (100 dollar prize!) and had enough volunteers to take EVERY available dog at the shelter to the parade! I would say it was a rousing success...  

Forgot to add, We made the dog and cat too - they're papier mache and based on the characters on the back of our volunteer shirts (details here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395108.msg4678886#msg4678886)

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paper Mache Dog and Cat on: November 12, 2011 03:23:03 PM
Made this dog and cat for our float in the annual Christmas parade (I volunteer with our local animal shelter). There's a PVC base inside, then 3 sessions of paper mache, so approx 9 layers of paper total, plus a thin layer of joint compound to smooth out the strippyness (which I realize is not a word, but fun to say nonetheless).

and so it begins:


One down, one to go:


FINISHED:


(both animals were loosely based on the characters on the back of the shirt in the last photo)
24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Pottery with leaves... on: September 12, 2011 08:05:25 PM
These are the pieces I've been working on this summer. I am a bit leaf obsessed...
I started with leaves out of my garden zucchini, squash and cucumber specifically -






Then I moved on to using smaller more varied leaves with slip on the background:








And finally the most adventurous pieces to date.

I had a larger version of this one, but it fell apart because it dried unevenly.



This is my favorite so far, I blended 3 different shades of stoneware clay on this one.



25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Hand built pottery class projects (img heavy) on: September 04, 2011 04:40:09 PM
Here are some pottery projects from my first handbuilt class:



And here are the some from my second class:


























Thanks for looking! If you have questions about a specific piece/technique, I'd be happy to answer them.
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Falling Leaves Tray on: September 04, 2011 03:43:56 PM
I've been taking pottery classes off and on for the last few years. For some reason, I never got to do much with leaves. I didn't make this peice specifically for this challenge, but I did make it during the month of August and figured 'what's more inspired by nature than a tray made with leaves and what is essentially just dirt (clay)?'  

This is a white stoneware clay slab, slumped onto a plastic serving tray, then pressed with leaves from different plants. Once the leaves were in place, I painted over them with dark brown slip (thinned clay) before removing the leaves. Once it was fired, I finished it with a dark brown stain to highlight the leaf detail and a food-safe clear glaze.  



All of the plants are from my mom's garden (this will be a Christmas gift for her). These are the plants I used leaves from: Fig, hydrangea, hummingbird vine, fern, Japanese maple, coleus, chocolate mint, red bud, and pecan tree.


Close up of mint leaf handles:


27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / New quilts (QFK 2011) on: February 27, 2011 09:46:15 AM
after a long and arduous fight with my sewing machine, we finally finished two quilts this weekend! I realized as I was quilting that I had a square upside down, but at this point, I said screw it and finished it anyway.

QFKs website said that they were short on teenage boy quilts, so I thought blue flames would work...

Here's a closeup of the square that I turned the wrong way...


Here's the one with the squares that came in the mail, I hated the orange and purple backing fabric that came with it, so I changed it out for pink fabric with tiny orange flowers.
 
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quilted stockings on: November 16, 2010 07:20:12 PM
I ran across some cute Christmas fabrics last year after Christmas, so this year my mom and stepdad are getting new stockings. First time working with faux fur too - blech - what a MESS! I ended up sewing most of it on by hand. 



The back is a nice heavy upholstery fabric and the inside is lined with dark red cotton. I played around with some of the quilting, the stars are my favorite, but I also used a tree motif in the dark green fabric. The hanging loops are white grosgrain ribbon.

29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pet portrait on: November 14, 2010 08:48:23 AM
My best friend's husband's dog passed away unexpetedly earlier this year so for Christmas this year I decided to paint her for him.

30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Earring Tree on: November 13, 2010 11:35:05 AM

detail:


So my mom asked for an earring tree for Christmas this year. Since 1987 has long passed, I figured it would be easier to make one than to actually buy one. I wanted it to be easy to hang post or earwire earrings without having to take the whole frame off of the wall. So I started experimenting with using some screen to make "leaves". After wrapping the edges in copper tape, I decided that wasn't going to be strong enough, so after I racked my brain for a couple of hours about how to make "leaves" with the screen, my husband came home and said "what about polymer clay"... I love him, I was starting to think I'd have to scrap the whole idea...

At any rate, here are the technical details:

- The base is a gallery style (1.5" thich) masonite board I picked up at hobby lobby. Just a word of warning, it's HARD to pound nails/tacks into masonite board - the back of the board has some little divets, but I plan on covering the backside with felt.

-The paint is acrylic and the tree is delta foil (pressure sensitive mylar) with a few peices of copper leaf to fill in some of the gaps. Sealed with several coats of satin finish poly.

- The oval frames were cut out with cookie cutters - I tried to use leaf shape cutters, but they proved to be too small and fussy to work with, especially with the screen in between.

-I sandwiched a piece of screen between two oval frames with some liquid poly. {I cut the screen with a circle punch and squished it into an oval form}. Then I pressed the frames between two texture plates and brushed them with mica powders.

-Also, picked up some copper tacks at the hardware store to hang the leaves and put in a row of small gold cup hooks for neclaces/bracelets.

I still plan to make/buy a jewelry roll to hang in the back of the peice. The idea is that when she travels, she can grab the roll, throw in a couple of the ovals and be set. Plus she can keep some of her nicer "special occasion" jewelry hidden away!
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