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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / What should I do with this fabric? on: September 10, 2010 10:52:20 PM
Backstory: I got a bag full of old kids' clothes from a woman on craigslist, I'm using most of it to make a donation of hammocks and tunnels for a local rat rescue. Amongst the old sweatpants and feetie pajamas, this pillowcase was tucked away. It has a small puncture wound and a tear along the seam. It's very well-worn lightweight cotton, and there's sheep on it. I love sheep so very very much.

What should I do with it?!?!?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sunrise puff-style baby blanket on: September 09, 2010 03:41:22 PM
This baby blanket was somewhat inspired by this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358272.0
I am a fairly new quilter and not professionally trained or anything [because what's the fun in that?].. so this quilt has a couple of really minor imperfections. But overall I'm really really proud of it.

It was created for the etsy team efa September Scraps challenge... as the name suggests, the idea was to make something from the scraps of a recent project. The recent project these scraps are from is a huge rainbow-colored queen-sized quilt that still needs to be bound and quilted.

The back, binding, and even the batting are scraplings.

What do you guys think?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger bag! on: January 29, 2008 09:10:38 PM
New messenger bag, put together in one day. The exterior is canvas, interior is flannel. It;s simple but I had a lot of fun making it and I love carrying it around and seeing peoples reactions when I say, yes, I made this Cheesy
It looks better in person, I swear.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Finishing a room in my basement? on: January 01, 2008 10:15:17 AM
Hi all,
I'm not exactly certain if this should go here or not. I have a room in my basement that I built specifically for bunny use only. It is the bunny room. It is also wintertime here in upstate NY and the bunny room is not.. finished.
Is it possible/practical to do like diy insulation? The room has two sides that are like.. rocks and concrete, we'll call it. One of those sides often leaks when it rains. The other sides are just thin plywood walls, around 1.5" thick. I have no worries about those walls. The floor is flat concrete that I put indoor/outdoor carpet over to make it a little less chilly.
I have a foster bunny who spends her days down there getting her exercise and time away from my bunnies. At night she sleeps upstairs where it's warmer. How can I make this room warmer?
ETA: the rocks/concrete wall that doesn't leak has our water meters on it, so I pretty much can't do anything with that wall.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Birds that I hope you'll like!! on: August 14, 2007 05:02:45 PM
These are drawn from reference photos at http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/index.html which is a local bird rescue. Here is Tike:

And here she is with her squawking buddies:

Tike [hybrid Macaw]: http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/images/secondchancebr026.jpg
Scarlet [Harlequin Macaw]: http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/images/secondchancebr070.jpg
Lionus [Severe Macaw]: http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/images/secondchancebr064.jpg
Mango [Fischer Lovebird]: http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/images/secondchancebr114.jpg
All of these birds are Sanctuary birds, meaning that they'll be staying at Second Chance forever. Second Chance does amazing work with their avian rescues. I'm putting together a donation for them right now Grin

Also, here are some wild birds that I did a while ago while screwing around with watercolors.

I love birds. They are so expressive! And sooo loud!
Please let me know what you think!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Some cavy questions. on: July 24, 2007 11:13:09 AM
I'm building a condo for my future pig herd of four and I need a way to connect the shelves. I was thinking stairs made of bricks, which would also give the shelf some extra support. Would that work with the cavies? They have such stubby little legs, I would worry about them not being able to get up or down.
Also can I use a clay flowerpot with bedding in the bottom as a hidey house? I also have a pigloo and a divided ten-gallon aquarium [lined with fabric] as hiders.
Lastly, are there any pig-safe paints? I want to paint some PVC pipes for them to squeeze through.
Thanks all!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Fish tanks + sculpey = awesome? on: June 26, 2007 09:29:15 PM
I have been wanting to try this for a while-- using sculpey to cover up the ugly black edging on an aquarium. I'm worried about the humidity, though. Has anyone done anything like this? What kind of waterproof sealant should I use?
Would anyone be interested in buying one? I can't explain the project too well but I will post photos of the completed work in the Misc. Completed Projects section once I finish.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hollow books. on: June 26, 2007 06:37:12 PM
Hi. I'm making a hollow book for my brother, using this tutorial:
But the book I am using has a nasty looking spine. What can I do to fix this? It just looks like a bad water mark. Would some kind of patterned tissue paper cover it? I want to preserve the covers [the book is The Thesaurus of Humor] Cheesy
Thanks in advance!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Help Help! Pink Lemonade! Plus some photos [img heavy] on: June 11, 2007 08:37:33 AM
I made this for my brother, he is moving out this summer.

Acrylics on canvas, outlined in sharpie, glue gloss. Colors are not completely true.
Sometime during our childhood when Zach was in distress, for some reason, he cried out "HELP HELP! PINK LEMONADE!" as if pink lemonade would come to is assistance. But it was rythmic. more like "helphelp, pink le'monade!" if that makes.. any sense. Anyway, this exclamation is still common between the two of us.
The other grad present I am making him is a secret hollow book, does anyone have any ideas for books I should use, if I come across them? I'm mostly going to be cruising garage sales til I find a good one.

Here go some photos:

My rescued betta, Wayne, swimming happily about in his very own 10 Gallons of water. The water has peat moss to encourage plant growth, thus the yellowness.

The "cave" in my 15 Gallon community tank, which is now rimmed with some very pretty beard algae Cheesy

My bunny Benner. This is from his first time out of the hutch.

The ::way too overstocked:: 10 Gallon tank in my mom's daycare. It plays home to three comets and a snail. It is so overstocked that I have to vac the gravel once a week and change 50% of the water per week just to keep everyone from dying Sad

I know this is blurry, but I really like it. Benner & Newman eating their salads. Newman is the grey. They are my true loves.

Benner & Newman munching on timothy hay.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Issues and Medium/Craft Suggestions. on: June 11, 2007 06:27:02 AM
Sewing Machine Issues:
I was sewing a skirt last night and during the final stretch, my sewing machine started being nutty. The thread from the needle gets tangled around the bobbin. I didn't do anything to provoke this. It is very annoying, because I want to wear that skirt! How can I fix this?

Meduim/Craft Suggestions:
I am getting surgery on my ankle on the 21st. I will be on crutches, and not working, for up to 6 weeks. After I'm done stocking up on things for my fish and for my bunnies, I want to buy new stuff to make stuff with. Hopefully I will only be cruising garage sales, but I kind of want to do some resin experimenting, too.. So does anyopne have a medium they really enjoy using or a craft that they really enjoyed doing?
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