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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Outgrown Tights Into Knee-High socks! on: December 29, 2009 11:05:21 PM
This is brilliant. I wish I'd come up with that a few years ago!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: WoW: troll shaman and orc warrior on: November 03, 2009 07:48:20 PM
You did a wonderful job on those costumes!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Skin and Bones and Cito Lindo on: November 02, 2009 06:29:56 PM
I love these! They are so well done!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: TJ Mack inspired wall hanging on: November 02, 2009 06:25:45 PM
I love it! So cute! And I agree - the texture makes it so much better!
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / More "Favorites Made By Me/Made By Others" on: November 02, 2009 01:27:25 PM
I need more slots in my profile. 12 is not enough! Smiley
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pan's Labyrinth: Pale Man costume on: November 02, 2009 01:22:50 PM
This is creepy and cool! Nice work! Smiley
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Plants vs Zombies! With VIDEO! on: November 01, 2009 05:21:52 PM
This year our family decided to dress up as Plants vs Zombies. If you haven't played that cute game, you really should! http://www.popcap.com/games/pvz

Friends of ours liked the idea so much that they dressed up along with us.

Our costumes are best illustrated by the Youtube video we made:


My husband was the bucket zombie. I was the cone zombie. Our outfits were from the thrift store. I made my cone out of cardboard, his bucket is a popcorn bucket from the movie theater painted silver.

My daughter was the sunflower. I just made her costume out of fleece, with a green t-shirt as the base.

My son was the peashooter. Also made out of fleece. We used green nerf balls for his ammo in the video.

We had a lot of fun! Smiley Thanks for looking!

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kids Carnival games (img heavy and sorta tut) on: July 01, 2009 08:24:18 PM
You totally rocked this! The game ideas are awesome!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Useless Fold Away Ironing Board on: June 27, 2009 04:41:25 PM
Those ironing boards can run up to $400, so I'm not surprised that they said they wouldn't tear it out.  Shocked Put a little tabletop on it and use it for extra fold-out counter space when you need it. Smiley
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Parrot Climbing Net - with Tutorial! on: June 23, 2009 09:21:26 PM
I wanted to make a climbing net for my Hahn's macaw who should be coming home sometime in August (I hope!) I finally worked out my favorite way to make it and I thought I'd share how I did it!

The trick is a Chinese or Cross Knot. This is a perfect knot for this, because a rope will come straight out of the knot on the opposite side. And the even better part is the knot makes a little cup shape, perfect for stashing a little treat inside! Now it is a foraging net!

The first pictures show step by step how to make the knot. It looks really complicated, but once you do it a few times, it is really straightforward. I like this knot because it is very easy to make the net even, especially if you make a little mark with a pen where you want the knot to begin.

The next pics show how you start the net with an overhand loop at the corner, followed by the first knot. I used 1/2" superior cotton rope. This rope is different than other cotton rope as birds are less likely to get entangled in strands. (Hopefully this is true - it is very soft and easy to pull apart.)

Rope quantities:

I bought 100', but I didn't use all of it. You can kind of figure it out if you draw out the size net that you want.

For this 1/2" rope that I used (which actually seems more like 5/8")
Overhand loop at the corners = 24" of rope per loop
Space in between knots = 7"
Each knot = 6" for each strand in the knot, so allow 1' total/knot
Frayed ends at edges of net = allow 3" for each end.

Skinnier rope won't use as much in each knot, and thicker rope will use more. Quite a lot of length is used up in the knots!

Oh! Another tip is to tape the ends as you cut them to keep them from fraying, and don't take the tape off until the net is completely done.


Edited to add a warning: When making things out of rope for birds it is IMPERATIVE that you get rope that is not treated with anything. Rope from the big hardware stores, while cheap, is generally treated with oil/kerosene/nastiness. If it smells like gasoline, DO NOT USE IT FOR BIRDS. Buy only natural, untreated, cotton/hemp/sisal/seagrass rope. It should smell like cotton, or grass, and that's it. And I wouldn't use regular cotton rope either, I'd only use the bird-specific cotton rope.

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