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2481  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fairytales, Fairies & Folklore swap,sign ups 16th Feb-8th March, send 12th A on: March 15, 2008 05:42:21 PM
How about sea monsters and mermaids? I've only been to the ocean once, but I agree, beautiful theme for a swap. I have an ocean collage made of scavenged stuff that hangs on my back fence(it's sheltering under the eaves until winter is over).Scrap linoleum in an old frame, blue paint layered with glitter, junk jewelry sea creatures, and seaweed made from plastic stems and leaves from silk flowers.And a few coats of sealer. It'll disintigrate someday, but I like having it in my yard.
2482  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fairytales, Fairies & Folklore swap,sign ups 16th Feb-8th March, send 12th A on: March 15, 2008 05:14:50 PM
I heard from elwynceltic almost right away! I've got one item done, a small done, and one that's in the big mess spread out everywhere stage.  I love making a big mess and using glue and glitter. It's like being a kid, only I don't have an adult to help clean up later,or bring me snacks. Grin
2483  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shakespeare swap-Sign ups 2/11/08 to 2/23/08 Send outs 3/31/08 on: March 13, 2008 09:17:33 PM
Ha, I used an altoid tin also! And probably not for what you think. :
But it's part of my favorite item so far.
2484  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fairytales, Fairies & Folklore swap,sign ups 16th Feb-8th March, send 12th A on: March 13, 2008 09:07:35 PM
Not off topic at all-we're bonding! Craftsters who giggle together make more inspired crafts;it's a scientific fact.
Being from Kentucky, we do say y'all a lot, and despise the hillbilly stereotype. I remember reading that the dialect speak from the mountains is loaded with pure elizabethan english-phrases like 'come in and sit for a spell",ect.Funny American words-a critter is an animal.A varmit is a pesky critter.

I confess, I love any kind of an english accent. Hee,years ago a drop dead gorgeous englishman used to stop by a place I worked-every woman there would try to keep him talking just a little longer Cheesy

Okay,something fairy tale related-The muffin man,the demon baker of drury lane! Pies by Peter Peter!(Peter Peter pumkin eater,had a wife and couldn't keep her, so he put her in a pumpkin shell,and there he kept her very well).Shades of sweeny todd!
2485  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Steampunk swap goodies on: March 12, 2008 05:43:23 PM
Steampunk Santa? That's an image I won't get out of my head for a while! And great loot!

Gleep, I'm so sorry about your kitty.
2486  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: OK guys.. plastic pockets?? And Ringbinders?? on: March 11, 2008 08:00:01 PM
Use a ring binder as a craft binder.Ideas of crafts to try,scraps of fabric/paper that appeal for inspiration,patterns, magazine articles.If you make paper crafts, it and the pockets can hold epherma and scraps to craft with,or ribbon and embroidery floss.And decorate the binder itself, of course.
Fill one with recipies, cover with food labels and ads-maybe fill with family favorites for a gift?
Look up pictures and tutes on book purses-maybe use that to make a binder purse?
Cut a couple up,use glue and colored duct tape to make boxes, or magazine holders.
Cut off the top and bottom.Use the 2 flat pieces as matting for art,cut to fit a frame.Could the spine with the clip hooks be hung somewhere to hold things? Keys,necklaces,ect.
If it's clear,fill the plastic pocket with art,comics,ect.Heat seal just the edges with a warm iron,and an old cloth between the towel and the plastic.Careful,some plastic shrinks. And you don't want melted plastic on your iron! Then-hang them,or make wallets,or cut one down first and glue a magnet on the back-free advertising magnets are good.I'm suggesting a boatload of things I haven't done myself-just trying to think what the heck to make with ring binders and plastic pockets! Good luck!
2487  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Slytherin-themed Casual/Craft Room. Suggestions? on: March 11, 2008 07:33:35 PM
If you're going to be using lots of green in your room, maybe make the walls a more neutal color? Or did you know you can put fabric on the walls? It's in the home decorating page here.People who can't paint their apartments use lightweight fabric-they spray the walls,and maybe the fabric with spray starch. It stays up, doesn't hurt the walls, and you can pull the fabric off,wash & use it for something else. I haven't tried it yet myself, but I like the idea.
If you do go for green walls, be sure about the shade.It'd be worth it to buy a pint to paint a posterboard with to prop up and try out. Too dark could be gloomy, too pale would be more spring than slytherin. I'd check out the galleries to the various harry potter swaps for ideas.
If you want touches of silver, use silver cord or braid to edge your pillows,for curtain tie back,maybe for desk accessories-or make the pillows silver on one side.
The halloween has witch kitchen jars, but they could also be good for an alchemist's lab.Odd jars, improbable things inside,inventive labels.Dragon scales, basilisk eggs, ect. It's a pretty neat thread.Use some of the ingrediants from Snape's classses.You can use cheap frames from the thrift store-even different styles-and if you paint them all the same color(black?) it'll pull them together.Fake snakeskin pattern paper or fabric for pillows, or covering mundane things like vases and pencil holders, or making a plush snake, or as matting for a framed picture.
It sounds like a fun idea-keep us posted!
2488  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Record Lampshade- Help Needed!!!! on: March 11, 2008 07:10:15 PM
I'd love to see a picture too! I imagine the records would have to be a certain distance away from the bulb-it doesn't take much heat at all  to melt vinyl.Someone suggested an idea for another lamp where they were worried about heat, and just planning to use a very low wattage bulb-using a compact floresent. They still get hot, but not as much as an incandesent bulb. I could also see poking holes in the record with a hot needle, maybe making a pattern.That way you'd get a little more light from it to make up for the low watt bulb, and it'd look nifty,too.
Keep us posted!
2489  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: The closest i'll get to a craftroom for a loong time =) on: March 11, 2008 07:03:22 PM
You can always put skinny boxes under the couch to store stuff. I was lucky enough to snag a couple of cardboard ones the right size from work.
I love your cozy corner.
2490  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Pick My Subscription on: March 11, 2008 06:46:21 PM
I like craft magazine also.
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