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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Miniature Fairy Herb Shop Dollhouse on: July 11, 2008 08:18:17 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Anastrophe- The trick is to use pinecones that are really dry and brittle, otherwise the bristles just shred up. I tried cutting them, but they were too thick, so I ended up pulling them off one by one with a pair of needlenose pliars. It was actually a lot faster than I thought it would be, once I got into the rhythm.

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Miniature Fairy Herb Shop Dollhouse (Edited w/ more pics, now IMAGE CHUBBY) on: July 11, 2008 07:44:18 AM

I made this over the course of several weeks. It's not very big : just 11 inches tall. The outside is covered in real leaves and pinecone bristles, only fitting for a fairy.

Every object inside the house is handmade as well. I had so much fun making this, I can't wait to make another!

ETA: I haven't seen the little guy who lives here, but I believe he is an elderly bachelor: note the single bed and glasses. Hehe.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: broke as heck, ramen recipes? on: May 27, 2008 06:53:00 AM
I second the beans idea. I used to be reluctant to cook beans because they seemed like so much work, but if you have a slow cooker all you have to do is add water and spices. I make beans once a week now, which makes two big meals for two people. And it only costs about 50 cents per batch. Not bad!

Another cheap food that's actually really healthy is potatoes. They're less than 2 bucks for a ten pound sack and anybody can bake a potato.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: what kind of glue for gluing fabric on notebooks? on: April 30, 2008 01:03:30 PM
I had to add my 2 cents as I just stumbled upon a great glue for this application. It's called contact cement, made by the same people who make super glue. It comes in a little glass bottle with a brush. It worked GREAT. It formed a tight bond that set really quickly and it didn't seep through the fabric. The only draw back is the smell. You definitely need good ventilation while you're working.

Now that I think about it, it might be the same thing as rubber cement. Different brand, different name maybe?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: King Peep diorama on: March 25, 2008 08:57:42 AM
Wow! Congrats! I saw this on the Sunday Morning Show on CBS.

I, too, wondered (and hoped, heh) that it was a fellow Craftster!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Agggh photoshop help needed! My valentine gift. on: February 11, 2008 07:49:41 AM
Here's my try:

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: December 28, 2007 03:58:01 PM
potatobird- I love that wallhanging! Actually, all your stuff is breathtaking. Just out of curiosity, what do you mean by "image transfer" on those vintage pic cards? Like, transferred from a photocopy?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny doll repaint -Schuyler - girl ninja extraordinaire on: December 20, 2007 07:57:48 AM
It's amazing how long it takes!  You'd think because there's such a small surface area it would go fast, but you have to wait for paint to dry between like 30 layers.  That's the worst part of any craft for me - waiting.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Bromeliad potting question on: December 04, 2007 11:30:24 AM
I just bought two beautiful tropical-type bromeliads and I want to repot them in shallow bowls. They are in pots that are about 4 inches deep, the bowls are maybe 2 1/2 inches deep. I know the rootball will extend above the rim of the bowl, but I was thinking of anchoring it with netting and/or gravel.  Is this a bad idea? Will it be bad for the plants?

Thanks in advance to the clever and knowledgable craftster who can help me.  Smiley
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny doll repaint -Schuyler - girl ninja extraordinaire on: November 30, 2007 06:23:08 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Amalas- Oh, wow! I'm so glad they liked it. I was worried if they saw it they might get freaked out and think I was a weird stalker girl.

meriweather- The doll is a Mattel Hermione doll from the Harry potter series.

Badgerette- How great for your daughter! I think special needs kids make great subjects for dolls.
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