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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Could this be done? Swap with kids? on: April 08, 2011 12:29:28 PM
I am just finishing my 1st craftster swap and my children really got into it (twilight scavenger hunt, but i used to swap alot on a polymer clay board) . My almost-10 yr old son said he would love to do a kids Harry Potter swap and I said I would see if that's possible.

I saw the "must be 16+" rule but this would be for parent/adult-craftster-member to do with child. The adult would be responsible, handle shipping, get the feedback etc, but all the crafts would be kid-appropriate and the children can get in on the act. My son immediately came up with such clever craft ideas that I would LOVE to get something like this going. the quetion form would include the child's interests, shirt size, etc but still keep the child anonymous for safety's sake, it would still all be through the Craftster member's name/account. Has it been done?? He suggested we do this in early summer once school ends. I would like to try it with a small group, maybe 10 swappers.

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Our Cozy Faux Fireplace :) on: December 16, 2010 07:30:43 AM
We have these nooks on the wall with ledges. DH thought it was the perfect spot for a fireplace & suggested I have at it Tongue Here's what I did...

I used 1 large home depot moving box from the pile in the garage, scissors and some hot glue...

Closer view of the fire...

And a side view so you can see the 3D wonder of it all Tongue

The kids love it and I had fun making it. It was a SUPER QUICK project. I don't know if I want to put it away after Christmas though, I may keep it there all year Smiley
13  COOKING / Dessert / Autumny Caramel Apples on: November 24, 2010 07:48:22 PM
I made these to bring to my cousin's house on Thanksgiving Smiley There will be quite a few kids and I didn't want to bring a duplicate pumpkin pie...

I found the autumy leaf sprinkles last week ago and knew I had to do something with them. Then I saw the caramels... mmmm. I used Granny Smiths and stuck heavy duty loli pop sticks in them. Today at Michael's I saw some nice pointed wood sticks that would have been great if i found them in time! Anyway, dipped in the caramel, drizzled with chocolate and dipped the bottom in chocolate so it wouldn't be a sticky caramel bottom. Nothing crazy but i think they will be fun. Last time I made some for a party they were gobbled up instantly ( by the adults!!)

14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Hobbit Feet on: October 27, 2010 07:25:16 AM
My son is being Frodo for Halloween and needs to wear his costume to school to do a tie-in book report presentation on The Fellowship of the Ring. I wanted to make sure he could walk in his Hobbit Feet and they weren't terrible tripping hazards. Here is what I came up with: The Hobbit Sneaker Smiley What do you think of my crazy creation?

here is what I started with. They are are called Funny Slipper Feet and I got them online for about $10 then cut them up, painted them, attached to Van-style slip on sneakers & wigged them. I'll post the whole costume when done. I also sewed a cloak for him Smiley

Here are some WIP and action shots... I still had one finished when i took pix

I felt like Jame Gumb - Dr Frankenstein - Hellraiser at this stage, looking very creepy about now lol The zip ties are holding things together while the glue dries.

15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / screen print quickie for bday party awesomeness on: June 01, 2010 01:28:36 PM
my daughter is having a GLow Party at this bouncer place and it's really cool - lots of lasers and all in black light. so i thought i'd make t-shirts for the guest to throw over their clothes so the could enjoy the full effect.

last glow party we went to the parents were confused and dressed the kids in black Sad my DD was in this crazy outfit I splatter painted for her with neon paint and looked SO nuts in the lasers and blacklight! SHe HAD to have her party there and I thought this would over-ride parental confusion. Smiley

I did a really quickie screen and wasn't super particular about it all, they are kind of a one-time-use thing i guess. i didn't even tape up the screen. i don't know if anyone would wear them again...

here's some pix, whatdaya think? Oh - i used Neon paint and it's all SUPER bright, just not in the pix!

Here's the finished product - each one is slightly different but i did a production line so they are not too different

and some In-process pix:

16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / freezer paper + bleach = Lucky T-Shirt on: March 07, 2010 03:17:52 PM
DD wanted a shirt to wear to a St Patty's Day parade today so I made this last night. Took minutes to make! (she specifically wanted 4 leaf clover not 3 leaf Shamrock) The bleached part is light green, it looks great.

17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / New Fairy (maybe NSFW - scantily clad fairy boob warning!) on: November 30, 2009 11:23:40 AM
she is about 8" (if she were standing) Polymer clay over wire armature. She is wearing my favorite shades of green Smiley and i haven't decided on a name for her yet!
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you can see her work-in-progress pix on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/85466700@N00/
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I choose you, Pikachu! on: November 02, 2009 02:06:16 PM
My 6 year old daughter wanted to be Pikachu this year (and last year but we did Pippi Longstocking last year instead) So, since she was still hanging onto it this year I decided she was serious and I had better get to work!!

She wanted a full-on fluffy pajama style Pikachu suit so it was me and a few yards of fleece doing battle lol I Made her a Pokeball treat bag that worked out sooooo well! My son's plastic treat bags kept breaking but this fleece Pokeball stood up to a long day of trick-or-treating and held a ton!! It closed with a velcro because she requested it but it didn't really need a closure. Also, she wanted her cheeks red so I made her a plain hat with polyfil stuffed ears sewn on, it was soo cute and she can wear it again Smiley

The costume was worn to school all day and the next day (saturday) for Halloween. THe tail is foam covered in fleece so she sat on it in class and even on the school bus!! I think the tail really made the costume! Do you like it?

My son went as Jack Sparrow, I only made his boot covers. I got the other pieces here and there online (ebay etc) I loved it though, I thought he looked great and I was able to get good deals on better quality costume pieces online.

19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Steampunk Fairy on Mushroom on: October 16, 2009 07:24:48 AM
This was a big project!! Fairy is 8" (if standing) the whole piece is just under 13". The base is built around vintage vacuum tubes. More pix on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/85466700@N00/sets/72157622597275418/

20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / New Roller Derby Fairy (photo fat!) on: October 02, 2009 06:07:08 PM
Saw Whip It today, fun movie!! Here's my new 6" ooak polymer clay Roller Derby Fairy. Smiley

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