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3941  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) on: December 13, 2009 09:18:56 AM
YKYACW you read this and decide to mentally count your scissors and realize that you have 4 pairs just in the bathroom (hair, nail, general (mini/folding), and whatever that pair in your travel kit is for.  Then you decide to stop counting at 16 because you feel ridiculous.

YKYACW you have three pairs of scissors and you think you need more, just in case you misplace a pair.
3942  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Cracked Pots needs artists using recycled items for 2nd Annual UnGarden Art Show on: December 10, 2009 06:51:31 PM

2nd Annual UnGarden Art Show
Saturday, March 6, 2010
McMenamins Grand Lodge
Forest Grove, Oregon
10am until 6pm

Our 2009 UnGarden show was a great success! We are planning to expand and double the number of artists showing their work created from recycled materials in our 2010 show. Are we looking for you?

If you are doing some exciting, new, wonderful work using recycled and/or reused materials, we would like to take a look at your art.

All art shown in Cracked Pots shows must be accepted through the jurying process.

The Jury date for UnGarden Art is Wednesday evening, January 27th, 2010

UnGarden Art is defined as art that is designed for use indoors or for personal use. All art must be made from 75% recycled/re-used materials. Some possibilities:

Wall hangings    Small sculptures    Kitchen items    Table lamps    Clocks    Handbags    Hats    Books or journals    Collages    Toys    Small furniture    Scarves or other wearables    Shrines    Jewelry   Storage boxes    Mobiles    Picture Frames        Rugs, Etc., Etc

Show details:
   intimate settings with fireplaces and comfy seating
   event is free to the public and advertised by McMenamins and Cracked Pots
   $35 entry fee plus 20% sales commission
   art must be made from at least 75% recycled/reused material
   we prefer small art pieces as space is limited

To apply: Please complete the Artist Information Summary along with 3 - 5 photos representative of your UnGarden art (jpegs in low-res, i.e., smallish file size) (http://www.crackedpots.org/apply.html)
To: ungardenjury@crackedpots.org

                  Last date to apply is January 18. Dont delay, apply now!

TheMistressT is not directly associated with Cracked Pots, so use their website to contact them with questions.
3943  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: A very smart Santa hat on: December 10, 2009 03:53:05 PM
This makes perfect sense! After all, that Santa is one smart fellow.
3944  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ruffle Pillow from a man's t-shirt on: December 08, 2009 11:35:57 AM
Wow! What a great reuse of a shirt!  Great job!
3945  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: cherry blossoms stained glass embroidery on: December 08, 2009 08:43:28 AM
WOW! How'd I miss this before?  I've been saving stained glass images because they seem like they'd be good embroidery patterns and now I know for sure that they would!  I also know that maybe they'd be more work than I want to do.  You're amazing!
3946  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Book Safes for Vices on: December 08, 2009 08:23:35 AM
oh how I wish you'd done this in october so I could have nicked the idea for my sister in law's xma pressie lol!!

as it is she's getting a handbag made from ties, but still.....

A handbag made from ties sounds pretty awesome to me!  There's always next year and her birthday, though, right?
3947  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Book Safes for Vices on: December 08, 2009 08:05:53 AM
Very cool. I love the mystery that surrounds Book Safes, I can picture them sitting on a dusty old bookshelf with a secret room hidden behind it. (I think I may have seen too many movies! lol)

Really though, I think it's a great pressie idea, I am sure they will love them and they can use them to hide whatever they want later on. I personally would be very happy to receive such a gift from my in-laws and homemade gifts are always a big hit.

Have a great Christmas.  Cheesy

Thanks!  They have lots of books around their house, as the sister is a voracious reader (as much as one can be with 2 little kids and a business to run these days) so these should sneak right into their library.

Great idea, and it will be a good present for anyone.

I've made several of these, and I always line mine with black felt.  It dresses up the inside and hides the ragged edges where I cut out the pages.

Nice job.

Thank you!  I, too, had planned on lining them with some kind of fabric, but in the depth there is not any space to spare!  Once I glued the top paper down (done after everything else) I liked them better and kind of ended up liking seeing the layers of excavated paper - it feels archeological to me.

oh how cute to have a place to hide chocolate!! 

The fact that you made something so personal makes this an extra special gift!

and, also something that probably is easy to give to the person who "has everything"!

Thanks!  I think they'll like and appreciate them.  They seem to appreciate handmade things.
3948  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Book Safes for Vices on: December 07, 2009 10:50:22 PM
So, I wanted to give The ManFlesh's super nice sister and brother-in-law gifts this Christmas, but I don't know them that well and they can buy anything they want, pretty much.  So I was poking around the internet and found for sale a book safe with a flask in it and thought that might do the trick for the brother-in-law.

For the humor of irony, it's a religious book, but not a sacred text. 

Being that the brother-in-law is named John, I was able to find a page with a section title referring to "John's Revelation" and used that to line the bottom of the cavity.

While searching around I came upon the idea of using a book safe to hide chocolate and that's perfect for The ManFlesh's sister who, like their mom, always has some chocolate around.  I wanted to be able to put more than a single bar in there, so it's a bigger book, an "Encyclopedia of Modern Art" of some sort and has this cool cover.

Two cavities in there cut to fit 2 sizes of chocolate bars. 

I made this one first and it was probably a mistake as the thickness of it was a real challenge and maybe with more experience I'd have been able to keep it neater.

These will be the first gifts we've ever given together and I feel honored he'd trust me to make something for his family that's from him, too.   Smiley
3949  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Cats' Pajamas... on: December 07, 2009 10:17:55 PM
So Precious!
You're really getting into garment sewing now! I can imagine all kinds of ways things could have gone awry with those big pieces. You did a fabulous job!
Be sure you get yours made soon so you and the MF can chase each other around the house and have sliding contests on that hardwood floor! (that's what we used to do  Wink )

Aw, thanks MrsBowles!  I'm glad I started with the flannel ones, that are also significantly smaller.  As you know, working with most of 4 1/2 yards of polar fleece was kind of a hassle.  I sure hope he likes them as much in practice as he does in theory!
3950  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Cats' Pajamas... on: December 07, 2009 09:59:22 PM
these are made of all kinds of win! 'specially that purple one. also, good idea with the non-slip fabric at the bottom. just imagine how fun it'd be to watch someone in a one-piece trying to get up after a slip Tongue (...that didn't come out that sadistic right?)

Thank you!  They were pretty fun to make, but boy was that polar fleece a bear to deal with in such quantities!  Hoo, boy.  That'd be like watching a beetle that's on it's back!  The pattern called for the non-slip and I think The ManFlesh might be disappointed, because he was remembering fondly sliding on the wood floors with slick-bottomed feet.  Safety first, though. 
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