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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Ghost in the box - altered Halloween jack in the box on: October 21, 2017 06:52:53 PM
Started out as the Very Hungry Caterpillar, altered for the Vintage Halloween Swap.  I was swapping with the mega-talented Rackycoo, and really struggled with what to make her.  If she liked it half as much as I liked what I got, it's a win  Grin!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Countdown / Advent Calendar on: October 21, 2017 06:37:25 PM
Made this for my partner in the 12 days of Christmas swap last year.  The first 12 day cards were the tags on her gifts so she'd know what to open.  The base is an old cigar box and the back opens to hold the cards.  (Don't know why they are sideways - sorry!)


3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Portable play mats for cars and planes on: October 21, 2017 06:30:45 PM
Made these for my partner in the 12 days of Christmas swap last year (I'm a little slow getting it posted  Wink).  She had twin boys, so I made two.  One has planes and one has cars.  I wanted them to accommodate toys that were safe for little ones; but, could later work for matchbox size toys.  The strip of fabric that matches the back is a set of pockets that holds the toys and then it can all be rolled up small to take along.  I'm not much of a seamstress, so felt pretty good about these!




4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Countdown/Advent Calendar on: October 21, 2017 06:09:03 PM


Made this for my partner in the Mini 13 days of Halloween swap.  There is a sheet of Halloween related activities that can be cut up and put in each box, to open one per day.  She had a 4 year old, so I tried to think of activities a 4 year old would enjoy (pick out a pumpkin, eat a Halloween treat, do a Halloween craft, say "boo" to everyone you see today, etc.)  Something about countdown calendars I really like :-)
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Hallowen Countdown Calendar on: October 21, 2016 06:25:16 AM
Made this for the 13 days of Halloween swap - since each item needed to be tagged 1 -13, I already had 13 tags - just went on from there.  Each one of the original 13 tags slid into a bigger tag so I could write on the back and then my partner could remove the tag and throw away my notes.  The box is a cigar box, so the back (which would have been the lid) slides off and the other days' cards can be stored inside.  The front is just a cut down Scrabble tile holder and the card for the day sits on it.


6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Enchanted Paper Clay Figures on: October 21, 2016 06:21:02 AM
Went a little Halloween crafting crazy this year - did the OTT Halloween swap, vintage Halloween swap and 13 days of Halloween swap.  It was all Halloween, all the time around here for a bit!  I made a few of these little guys, they are pretty tiny, about 1-1/2".  Started with candy corn (a personal fave) then branched out to pumpkins.


7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Witch's Apothecary on: October 21, 2016 06:04:39 AM
I thought she https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450534.0 needed a place to keep her goodies  Grin

This was originally a white cabinet with pastel drawers with one heart and one star shaped knob.  Prior to me, someone painted those drawers and knobs black (and did it very poorly - lumpy and streaky).  I thought the drawers cried out to be specimen drawers, and went from there.






Eventually, I added a few other things - like the candelabra - as can be seen in KittyKill's photo:
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Witch - paper clay, wood and wire on: October 20, 2016 09:30:05 PM
I recently completed the Vintage Halloween swap - a personal favorite.  I was inspired to make this young lady based on something in a similar style on my partners pinterest board, although she was equally inspired by something I made this summer - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449920.msg5403610#msg5403610
 I loved every minute of making her - except the part where I got severe swap anxiety because she didn't look all that vintage.  So, I overcrafted some extras to make sure I was covered Grin

Her head and arms are paper clay, her hat (and bats) are fabric.  Her overskirt and bodice are lace.  Her neck is a small wooden spool and her body is a large wooden spool on top of a weird wood shape I had, painted then embellished with metallic chalks.  Her skirt is wire, which loops up through holes in her body and is wound with beads and bits.  Her familiar is plastic and sits on an oversize spool (carpet thread) and fits up under her skirt.





9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Rocket Man on: August 14, 2016 01:53:47 PM
This is the second class I took at Art Unraveled.  It was an all day class with artist Michael DeMeng.  Wow.  Cannot even put into words how much I loved this class.  It was called "Tin Man Totem" and his example was a doll that he made into the Tin Man.  He ended up selling that one before the class, so made another example, totally different - it was made from an Old Spice deodorant container and had a bobble head! 

I was a little panicked about what sort of "bits" I should take with me.  The class ran the gamut.  Some people made huge pieces that were mostly metal (like a statue made of golf clubs), some people used very tiny dolls as bases.  I finally decided I should do something rocket related when I found the bottom half of this piece (a metal cocktail shaker).

His top half was a GI Joe type doll that turned out to be very ripped under his camo  Smiley  His helmet is a glass jar with a metal rocket game piece on top.  He was assembled using clay and a few screws.  His wings and fins are little plastic things that are intended to hold up a stand.  You can't really tell from the photos; but, he has lots of accessories that are incorporated into his bottom half - tools, oxygen bottles, etc. I love how he came together.  If you ever have a chance to take a class from him I recommend it highly. 



10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Luna, Moth Queen of the Night on: August 14, 2016 01:41:14 PM
I was lucky enough to take two classes at Art Unraveled this year.  The first class was all day - 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (with a 2 hour drive to get there and an hour and half drive home (no rush hour on the way home)).   What an amazing day, I wasn't even tired.  I learned so much from Julie Haymaker Thompson.  She was a great teacher - she even got me past my total fear of faces - first thing I ever made without making eyes with the handle of a paint brush Wink

Her head, arms & crown are paper clay.  The top of her body is wood, the bottom is wire work with wool.  The wings are printed on muslin with wire sewn over.  The little "bits" in her glass vial glow in the dark!

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