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archbarb
08-14-2011, 02:53 PM
I have been dabbling in scroll sawing for about 15 years...I find it's a great hiding place for me when I don't want to "participate"! This year I have been dragging all my scrolling and painting stuff in our BC and have found many new friends through curiosity at what I'm doing. It's been fun creating things on the road and sharing them with others!!! I will be participating in one show only this year... the Shrimp and Grits Festival on Jekyll Island GA...I realized after I made the committment that shows just aren't for me! I knew that but had to bring it back from the deep recesses of my mind! I want to keep my crafting fun and above all else, HAPPY!
The above photo is the "ARCHBARB" brand!!! What fun it was trying to figure out how to make it and cutting it out without screaming blue murder!! My theme for 2011 is Vintage Icons.

dbylinski
08-14-2011, 03:05 PM
You are very talented and your attention to detail is incredible! Very nice work.

archbarb
08-14-2011, 03:09 PM
Thanks, Debbie....again, if it makes me happy, I'm there!!!
Barb

katkens-DW
08-14-2011, 03:47 PM
I have to agree with Deb very nice work!!

tmcran
08-14-2011, 03:56 PM
Great work.

2psnapod2
08-14-2011, 06:03 PM
Way too cool!

archbarb
08-14-2011, 07:02 PM
I appreciate all the great comments but I want to see what you are doing!! It might give me some inspiration!!!!
Barb

2psnapod2
08-14-2011, 07:38 PM
Can you carve a lazy guy sitting in his recliner after a hard days work? That's about all the energy I have after being at work all day. Especially after a 30 day stretch without a day off. But I hope to get some sort of hobby at some time. Maybe even checking eyelids for pinholes.

ankie3467
08-14-2011, 07:55 PM
Beautiful work!! I sometimes take clay projects to sand while sitting around. This is something I made to match the new Elkridge15008

TravelTiger
08-14-2011, 08:01 PM
I sometimes take clay projects to sand while sitting around. This is something I made to match the new Elkridge15008

Very nice!

TravelTiger
08-14-2011, 08:14 PM
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I'm a scrapbooker! I've been doing this for about 12 years, but I have so little time... I decided to do 8.5"x8.5" albums, because I can accomplish a lot of different-looking pages in a shorter amount of time (usually just 3-4 pics max). I have a rolling suitcase of stuff I can take with me on a trip, and the desk in our Elk Ridge is just great for doing projects! So these albums are our trailer trips, starting with our first trailer, the North Trail. (sorry the pics are bad, not good lighting and camera phone.)

Erika

archbarb
08-14-2011, 08:29 PM
I love it! Is it difficult to work with the polymer clays!... I've often thought of trying it but am a little intimidated. My son's girlfriend makes jewelry and does a beautiful job....but she seems to have more patience than me!
Barb

archbarb
08-14-2011, 08:33 PM
Erika, Do you keep a scrapbook of Eileen's antics...I always look forward to her travels! Great job!
Barb

TravelTiger
08-19-2011, 05:23 PM
Barb, she get's her own page in the trip book, as I go along. But that would be cute to have her own book!

E

RanCarr
08-24-2011, 05:20 PM
Very nice work. I like to sew and do jigsaw-puzzles but I don't have room for the sewing stuff in our TT and the cats would undo any puzzle left on the table unfinished. There's no high place like at home to put them. So I concentrate on PC games, reading, TV (cheap horror movies from Wal*Mart) and other things that don't take up much space and that the cats can't get into. :)

jpdoggett
08-24-2011, 06:07 PM
I do a lot of things to keep my sanity, I collect M&M items and I make Roserys

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JohnDar
08-24-2011, 09:37 PM
Very nice work. I like to sew and do jigsaw-puzzles but I don't have room for the sewing stuff in our TT and the cats would undo any puzzle left on the table unfinished. There's no high place like at home to put them. So I concentrate on PC games, reading, TV (cheap horror movies from Wal*Mart) and other things that don't take up much space and that the cats can't get into. :)

A handy, non-lethal cat deflecting/training/get your keister off of there before I shoot you device is a simple bicycle horn, available at Walmarts or any bike shop. A couple of toots and they fly. We've got our two brats conditioned to all we have to do is reach for it and they move. And find some other mischief to get into. We tried squirt bottles and all we got were wet cats.

JohnDar
08-24-2011, 09:40 PM
I do a lot of things to keep my sanity, I collect M&M items and I make Roserys

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Looks like an ILM wall behind the M&M's. Gotta have one.

Manzan
08-24-2011, 10:00 PM
RanCarr, if you like to do jigsaw puzzles, check out lenagames.com. She has several programs for doing all sorts of puzzles. I have had Big Jig and Jigmaker for years and put it on all three puters. Paid for it once. With jigmaker you can turn your own pictures into puzzles and you don't have to be on line to do them.
Training cats is a problem. Takes something different for each one. Biggest problem I had was with a cat I inherited from my Mother. This little Siameze liked to bite. Hard. Drew blood. Bit if you pet her, bit if you picked her up, bit if you put her down. A loud NO, DON'T BITE, and a thump on her head finally worked. Turned into a loving lap cat. Her other problem was scratching furniture but ended that almost immediatly. Praise when she used her scratching post. Became automatic and it worked.

ankie3467
08-24-2011, 10:10 PM
I love it! Is it difficult to work with the polymer clays!... I've often thought of trying it but am a little intimidated. My son's girlfriend makes jewelry and does a beautiful job....but she seems to have more patience than me!
Barb

It is addicting! But so rewarding. I generally dont make beads, just lots of other "stuff" !!

Ray LeTourneau
08-25-2011, 06:59 AM
Well isn't this a crafty bunch of RVer's... I have to get Lin signed up here so she can be a part of our forum. She has magical fingers for crocheting. She's working on a dress for one of our grand daughters right now. Before we went full time and "loaned" my shop equipment to my Son, I dabbled in outdoor furniture. Maybe one day I can borrow my equipment back.
Lin has also become known to leave hand painted bugs in inconspicuous places around RV parks or friends trailers.

2psnapod2
08-25-2011, 01:30 PM
Ray you could leave a couple of those chairs next to our coach. Don't forget a table either. ;)

RanCarr
08-27-2011, 01:52 AM
A handy, non-lethal cat deflecting/training/get your keister off of there before I shoot you device is a simple bicycle horn, available at Walmarts or any bike shop. A couple of toots and they fly. We've got our two brats conditioned to all we have to do is reach for it and they move. And find some other mischief to get into. We tried squirt bottles and all we got were wet cats.

Thanks for that idea, but leaving a partly done jigsaw puzzle where they can jump on and walk on it when we're not in the TT wont work. The sneaky little critters will wait until we're outside, then jump up.... like they do on the kitchen counters. They leave the evidence behind every time. Little paw prints and cat hair. :D The water spray did work well in training our cats. They're such individuals I believe all you got were wet cats. For some cats it does work. We mainly used it to stop them from trying to leave the TT when we opened the door. They're indoor-only cats. Sadly we've seen cats (and dogs) left behind in campgrounds that escaped their TTs or 5th wheels or whatever, and the owners had to leave them behind. Where we live, unless fed, they don't survive the winters. :(

2psnapod1
08-27-2011, 09:46 AM
Beautiful work!! I sometimes take clay projects to sand while sitting around. This is something I made to match the new Elkridge15008

I love this project! I hope you are selling these...I think that they would sell well.



Very nice work. I like to sew and do jigsaw-puzzles but I don't have room for the sewing stuff in our TT and the cats would undo any puzzle left on the table unfinished. There's no high place like at home to put them. So I concentrate on PC games, reading, TV (cheap horror movies from Wal*Mart) and other things that don't take up much space and that the cats can't get into. :)


RanCarr, if you like to do jigsaw puzzles, check out lenagames.com. She has several programs for doing all sorts of puzzles. I have had Big Jig and Jigmaker for years and put it on all three puters. Paid for it once. With jigmaker you can turn your own pictures into puzzles and you don't have to be on line to do them.
Training cats is a problem. Takes something different for each one. Biggest problem I had was with a cat I inherited from my Mother. This little Siameze liked to bite. Hard. Drew blood. Bit if you pet her, bit if you picked her up, bit if you put her down. A loud NO, DON'T BITE, and a thump on her head finally worked. Turned into a loving lap cat. Her other problem was scratching furniture but ended that almost immediatly. Praise when she used her scratching post. Became automatic and it worked.

Try http://puzzleattic.com for free jigsaw puzzles. You can also upload your own pictures to be made into jigsaw puzzles that you can solve online as well.


Well isn't this a crafty bunch of RVer's... I have to get Lin signed up here so she can be a part of our forum. She has magical fingers for crocheting. She's working on a dress for one of our grand daughters right now. Before we went full time and "loaned" my shop equipment to my Son, I dabbled in outdoor furniture. Maybe one day I can borrow my equipment back.
Lin has also become known to leave hand painted bugs in inconspicuous places around RV parks or friends trailers.

​Beautiful furniture, Ray! I'd love to see a pic of one of Lin's 'bugs'....

TravelTiger
08-27-2011, 10:48 AM
Well isn't this a crafty bunch of RVer's..Before we went full time and "loaned" my shop equipment to my Son, I dabbled in outdoor furniture. Maybe one day I can borrow my equipment back.

Ray, I love the moose! You need to create a Big Horn Sheep and an Elk, too, (slightly smaller scale maybe), but you might get some buyers at the Rallies!

E

JSMagill
10-28-2011, 06:48 PM
I enjoy making cards. I have a bag that goes with us that has the basics of what I might need. I will bring along a kit that will make 10 cards. It is enough to quinch my need to be creative.

Ann_Mayer
06-27-2012, 07:37 AM
I enjoy making cards too. I bring supplies pertinent to the season, add scenic or funny photos from our travels, a short letter and send them to elderly friends who don't use computers. Its a creative outlet for me and brings a little joy to folks who can no longer travel.