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261  Re: eco-craftalong in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: May 13, 2008 09:15:07 PM
Does it count if you make something entirely different from what you started with?

This is what I did with some old sheets and men's shirts from the thrift store.

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262  Re: Back to Nature Swap Gallery--warning--pic heavy in The Swap Gallery by pinokeeo on: May 12, 2008 04:09:22 PM
I received today from BossSanders.  Prepare to be blown away by this awesome package.  Either she stalked me very well, or she's psychic.  Warning, there are lots of pics here.

First of all, this is what I saw when I opened the box.

...And pulled it out onto the table.

First item, some roses made from some kind of sheer fabric.  They have wires in them, so they can be attached to something.  Very cool.

Next, a photo of an old barn, which I adore.  It's in a magnetic frame, so I put it on my frig.

Then there are two paper dragonflies about the size of postcards.

Next, there was a homemade box and it contained a beaded dragonfly.  More awesomeness.

Then came some beaded bottlecap magnets.  Sorry for the blurry pic.  I don't know what happened there.

Next is a coffee can with paper artwork of three owls on a limb...

...And it contained a mobile made from the bottom of a bottle and some origami folded creatures. 

Close up of the origami folds.

Then, there is a painting of a dragonfly.  I think this may be acrylic on canvas board, it's 7X9 inches and beautifully done.  I need to find a frame for this one, too.

And the last and best, a wall hanging made from paint sticks to look like pickets.  It has four small clothespins at the top for posting small notes, and two hooks at the bottom for hanging things on.  The background for the clothespins, the word dream and the two dragonflies are paper glued on.  I think this is the most fabulous gift.

She also included a huge cookie from her online store, and a bag of Hershey's cherry cordial kisses, which I promptly opened and devoured a half dozen.

This is a most awesome package.  Thanks Ashley.  You're amazing.
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263  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pinokeeo on: May 09, 2008 05:25:52 PM
The apple blossoms smell so sweet this time of day.

Apparently the bees think so, too.

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264  Re: Paper bowls in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pinokeeo on: April 30, 2008 05:32:09 PM
Ok, the long-awaited tutorial is here.  I am showing my methods for making the paper bowl.  There are other methods.  This is the one that works for me.  It takes awhile to do a bowl this way, but it looks better when you are finished.

First, gather the things you will need for constructing the bowl.  For this particular bowl, I am using grocery store ads (think Safeway, Albertsons, Krogers, etc).  I have also used glossy junk mail and raffle tickets.  You will need your paper, some means of cutting the paper, a short piece of doweling, a rubber band and tape.  There are other things you will need later, but we will get to that.

I use a paper cutter, but you can use scissors.

I cut the paper into one inch strips.  Try to cut the paper, so that you get the longest piece possible. 

I put a small piece of tape on the end of one piece of paper.  Next,I tape it to the short piece of doweling and wind it around to create a spiral. Once the paper is wrapped, I use the ruber band to hold it together.  Next, I tape a few pieces of paper together and tape them to the end of the first paper I put on.  I keep wrapping them around until, I have the bowl to the approximate size I want it to be.  Keep the rubber band on between add-ons, so that it doesn't unwind.

After I have put on a few pieces of paper, I gently pull on one end of the paper to tighten the spiral.  If you pull too tight, the paper will break.  If this happens, just tape it back together and go on.  After awhile you will get the feel for how tight it should be.

When I am finished constructing my bowl, it will look like a very thick pancake.  Tape the edge down, so that it won't come apart.

I use my thumbs to shape the bowl.  By pushing down on the inside, and gently pulling up on the outside, I get the shape I want.  I leave the edge at the top a little thicker, so that it isn't sharp.

When I get to the size that I want the bowl to be, I decide on a border for my bowl.  I use whatever pleases me at the time.  I have used wallpaper, paper rulers, glossy posters, magazine covers, and the Sunday funnies.  I put the border on until I have my bowl the exact size I want it to be.  I tape it off, using a longer piece of tape.  This is what holds it all together until it is glued and finished.

Next, you will need some glue, water, sandpaper, and acrylic sealer.  I mix the glue and water, about half and half.  I then paint this mixture on the bowl, inside and outside, allowing the glue to dry inside before doing the outside.  It takes about an hour to dry. 

After the glue has dried all the way around, I sand the bowl to make it a little smoother.  It doesn't need to be completely smooth, just take out all the rough edges.  I use a power sander, but you can do the same thing with a sanding sponge or some regular sandpaper.  I use 120 grit.

After sanding, I paint on the glue again and let it dry.

The next step, you will need ventilation.  Do this with the window open, or go outside.  Any kind of sealer or varnish is going to give off some fumes, and you don't want to be sick.

I then paint on two coats of acrylic sealer, again inside and out. I sand between coats.  When the whole thing has dried, I put on one extra coat of sealer on the top edge.

And there you are, one finished paper bowl.  Let me know if you have any more questions, or if anything is not clear.
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265  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pinokeeo on: April 26, 2008 04:52:26 PM
The annual migration of the Canada geese is done.  This is what it looked like above our house.

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266  praying mantis in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pinokeeo on: April 19, 2008 09:14:45 PM
I took this picture in the fall outside on my front deck.  No retouch, only a little cropping.

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267  Paper bowls--now with tutorial. Pic heavy. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pinokeeo on: April 18, 2008 11:53:43 AM
My first paper bowl made from a roll of tickets that I had left over from some event.

the inside with hole in the bottom

This was my inspiration.


Then I made this bowl from the glossy junk mail that I get. This one was actually for a recent swap.

This is how I plugged the hole.  It's a leftover piece of dowel.

Then I made this one from grocery store ads that come in the newspaper.

There have been a few requests, so I am working on a tutorial for this project.  I hope to have it up within the week.  Things have been rather hectic in the toyshop.
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268  Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by pinokeeo on: April 17, 2008 08:36:48 AM
I have read this entire thread, and there are a lot of good suggestions here.  Some displays are awesome, and some need a little work.  I have been doing fairs and festivals for 14 years, and these are my suggestions, based on my own experiences.  If they don't work for you, keep trying everything until something feels right.

1.  Don't use busy fabric for table covers.  Your product can get lost.
2.  Make sure table covers go all the way to the floor.  Looks more professional.
3.  Don't use all one color table covers.  Mix it up and people will come to see what the color is all about.
4.  Use different levels for display.  Adds interest.
5.  For those of you who do clothing, elevate your tabletop from the back.  Use a piece of plywood the same size as your table and add blocks in the back before you put the table cover on.
6.  Hide all the things that are not part of the display.  Table covers to the floor make great hiding places.
7.  Have a really good sign and plenty of business cards or promotional items.  If you use promos, make sure it isn't something they are going to toss on the way home.
8.  Make sure your display isn't too cluttered.  If people can't see what you have, they will leave in frustration.  also, be sure that you have enough on your tables or in your booth to attract attention.
9.  Avoid white table covers, if you can.

Also, here are some photos of displays that I have tried over the years.

use of pegboards

use of louvred doors

table displays, showing color schemes and multi-level displays

Hope this is helpful to someone.
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269  Re: Postcard Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pinokeeo on: April 07, 2008 05:16:58 PM
I received the most awesome card from Bonbabbu today.

She says this is a street in her hometown and the photo is from world war 2.

Thanks, Bonbabbu.  This is a great photograph.  I love history.
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270  Re: Postcard Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pinokeeo on: April 02, 2008 12:43:24 PM
Glad you liked your postcard BonBabbu.  I had been saving that one for some time now, knowing I would find the perfect person to send it to.

I received today from Kartiana.  This postcard was great.  We drove through Riverside a couple years ago while on vacation and went right through these windvanes.  They are pretty impressive.

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