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1  Re: You can now upload images directly into your post! in Latest News by craftylittlemonkey on: Today at 03:39:50 PM
Woo HOO!

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2  Re: USE THE GOOD BEADS, fabric, yarn, etc. SU closed; SEND OUT EXTENDED TO July 19 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftylittlemonkey on: July 16, 2018 10:17:44 AM
I've been so curious about everybody's little hints, it's making me crazy!
I sent today, here is the box and padding I devised for my creation:
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3  WARNING: CLOWN! in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: July 16, 2018 06:20:32 AM
I don't think it's very creepy but I appreciate that they freak some people out.

Made for rackycoo in the Halloween In June 2018 swap.

Originally I had plans for a witch on alphabet blocks but racky sent me a witch so I needed to quickly revise my plan. This is based on my Halloween costume from kindergarten, my mom scored a vintage clown suit from a thrift shop and she did my unusual makeup. You can see it here, it's the image I used for the 2nd round of the Craftster Trading Card swap.
Heavy wire wrapped with embroidery thread, vintage wooden spool, I tried and failed at using paper clay for the shoes so they are poly clay with a coating of sparkly texture paste stuff. Mini buttons from Alphastamps.

I am not a painter, one teensy spot on an eye got a wee bit smudgy when I went over the face with a layer of podge to seal the acrylic. Ah well, imperfections remind us that we aren't perfect, right?

I thought it was looking a bit more circus than Halloween so I dressed up the spool with some sparklies and washi tape then added a fun mask for the clown to disguise herself with. I sure hope good ole Lon Chaney won't mind this use of his image. He sure does make a spooky looking Phantom!

Lon's hat was actually the trickiest part to make, I think I had to redo it about 3 times. Burned myself plenty with the hot glue, ouch!
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4  Leather work, cup sleeve in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: July 14, 2018 06:13:52 AM
There's a leather shop in town that offers classes, I've always wanted to take some and yesterday finally attended the first of a set. We did 3 stitches and came away with a finished cup sleeve that I gave to my man for his travel mug (he liked it!).
It is far from perfect but part of the fee included the awl, needles, threads, and some scrap leather to practice on so I will do that until I am better at it.

The first thing we learned was saddle stitch which is a technique where you are holding an awl for poking holes and a threaded needle in each hand with which you weave a stitch in each hole in both directions creating a very secure seam. I have 2 rows here because I used 2 sorts of stitch markers, a little wheel and a pokey tool that looks like a fork. The fork makes marks that are easier to follow in my opinion.

We learned a bit about different tanning and dying techniques, it was so interesting! I'm looking forward to making more things. I wouldn't mind some leather wearables, the cup holder sort of looks like a gauntlet which I thought was interesting.

I'd like to make a hair barrette and a shawl pin with some tooling, there is a class for that but I think the next one is about rivets so maybe a small wallet will be my next project. The instructor had a really lovely needle case that I admired, I will ask him if he's got a pattern for it and show it off if I manage to make something passable.
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5  Re: You can now upload images directly into your post! in Latest News by craftylittlemonkey on: July 13, 2018 07:51:47 AM

Yup, working for me too. Very easy fix!
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6  Re: You can now upload images directly into your post! in Latest News by craftylittlemonkey on: July 13, 2018 06:32:41 AM
I'm going to add some screen grabs of how I am sharing from flickr for Cherie and anybody else who is having trouble getting it to happen.

When you have a flickr account, sign in and you will see this banner across the top of the page:

To upload photos, click on that little white cloud with the upward pointing arrow on the top right.

This will pop up:

click on that blue bar and your computer files will come up, choose what you would like to share and once you do the photo will appear on your flickr uploader like so:

This is where you can type in a name and description under the photo if you choose, you can also add it to albums you've created, add tags, all those photo hosting goodies, none of which are necessary so don't worry about them unless you want to.

At the upper right hand there is a button to "upload photos":

Click on that, another "upload photos" button will pop up, click that too.
Now your photo is uploaded.
Click on the photo itself (find your albums and photostream under the "You" tab at the upper left) and you will see it on a black screen with a small right leaning arrow at the bottom right:

Click that arrow and this bit of code pops up:

Click on the code, it will automatically highlight and be copied. Now you just paste that code here and it shows up voila!

flickr uploading is actually easier than here because you can add many photos at a time instead of one by one. You can also group them together in albums for easier finding later on. I do use the hosting here anyhow but flickr is a great option for keeping track of your stuff. If you look at mine you'll see how I have things organized. I have a LOT of photos so being able to group them makes things better for me.

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7  Re: Back yard garden is finally complete! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: July 13, 2018 06:06:29 AM
We made the mistake of putting tomato cages around the zucchini, I didn't know they would grow so enormous and want to spread out so very, very much. As a result there were a few zuccs hidden in the bunched up branches that we never even noticed until 2 days ago.

Of course I had to make zucchini bread! The smaller loaves are banana, one gluten free for my sweetie.
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8  2017 ATC's, photo dump in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by craftylittlemonkey on: July 12, 2018 10:01:37 AM
I just discovered this board so I'll add my cards from last year in one big lump Smiley.

Thistle, Mushroom

Self portraits

Monkey, Ack - politics!

Kitty, Bee

Little houses

Tryptic (this one had to be made twice because the first one was with mail stolen from our car, can you believe it?)

the original
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9  2018 ATC's, photo dump in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by craftylittlemonkey on: July 12, 2018 09:52:14 AM
How do I not know this board is here? Sheesh, I must have been sleep walking through this place. I'll make a post for all the cards so far this year and another one for the cards from last year.

Hip dude, Bad mom

Uber glittery

Embossed mandala, made up creature, chakrahs, peace sign, flower

those were all made from some master boards I layered up.

Unusual alphabet, Stitches on paper

Washing machine

Little camper van

A bunch, Mom swears
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10  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: July 11, 2018 07:38:25 AM
This one is my favourite.
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