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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / what do you DO with your finished crafts? on: July 04, 2008 02:42:18 PM
I am a strange combination of a woman, i suppose.  I have this insane urge to do all things crafty, but i am also extremely "practical". Roll Eyes  As we live in a condo, i tend to only make crafts that serve a purpose, because even though there are a TON of things i want to try - like the resin bottlecaps and domino necklaces and etched glassware and record bowls and decoupage boxes and screenprinting and misc. paper projects... you get the picture!  I just don't know where to put them or what to do with them when i am done. 

So what do you guys do?  I mean, there are only so many household items i can make and we are running out of wall space for the various hanging items, and i am up to my eyeballs in craft supplies that i buy (because i can't resist) but put off using because i don't know what to do with the finished product!   Grin 
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / crafty "art" - what is mine lacking? on: July 03, 2008 09:38:54 PM
Ok, i think this is the best place to post this, so please bare with me... My fiance and i wanted a really big art piece for our dining room, but we don't have thousands of dollars to spend on a custom piece.  We are really into music, and while I don't really consider myself an artist, i had this in my mind as something i really wanted to do.   

It is a HUGELY massive canvas (5 ft x 3 ft) that i have painted in sort of a marbley kind of background.  I'm not sure how the colours will show on your monitors, but it is a dark peacock teal with splashes and splotches of black, olive green, dark brown, gold, and an iridescent pearly aqua colour.  I printed out a bunch of song lyrics in different fonts and 'antiqued' them and put them haphazardly on the canvas.

So... i like it ok, but i feel like it is missing something.  Do any of you have any suggestions?  (I am an amateur 'artist' at best - no training and no concept of art techniques - but i am willing to try anything given instruction!!)

Thanks so much!!!



3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / another stencilled t-shirt... for the boy on: September 11, 2007 09:48:12 AM
Ok, so this is my second try at stencilling.  I like this one much better than the one i made for me (no attempted free-handed drawing on this one!)

What do you think?  I hope he likes it...



http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3888662248

(why oh why can't i make actual images instead of links?HuhHuh)
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / not too bad for a first try... on: September 09, 2007 07:18:28 PM
Well, this is my first stencil EVER.  I am mostly happy with it.  The stencil itself turned out great - no bleeding or anything!  Then i free-handed the bow.  I should know by this point in my life that i just don't have steady enough hands to 'freehand' ANYTHING!  lol   
Oh well... here it is - what do you think? 
Because it isn't 100% how i wanted it to be, i will probably wear it as gym gear, but i still am feeling pretty pleased with myself!   Grin

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3888847734

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / my new-ish kitchen (photo added and fixed) on: September 03, 2007 05:04:49 PM
Ok, i think this goes here - i am not sure it is necessarily "interior decorating", but it is definitely not housewares, so here goes...

When we bought our new condo, it had AWFUL countertops.  They were ugly to begin with - i doubt they were even nice in 1993, but they certainly weren't 12 years later.  Add the burn marks and odd cuts, and you have  a recipe for disaster.  But having just spent and inordinate amount to buy the place, we weren't quite ready to shell out several thousand more for nice granite countertops on top of all the other 'necessary' expenses, so i channeled my inner Debbie Travis and painted them.  They turned out really well, and a year later, they still look great, so we aren't really in as big a hurry to replace them now.  (We are waiting for them to start showing some wear and tear and THEN we will think about replacing them!)

Before:
http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3889855215

After:  (they looked so good that we decided to replace the old and decrepid appliances too, since they were already on their last legs)

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3889855190

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3889855083

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3889855124

Close up:

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3889854971

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3889855012

It took FOREVER - and LOTS of paint (melamine) and drying time, but it was so worth it.  Friends couldn't believe i did it myself. 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / my faux Restoration Hardware headboard on: September 03, 2007 04:26:37 PM
This is not a new craft, (i made it about 8 months ago, i think), but i thought i would show it off anyway.  Our bed really needed a headboard.  We didn't have one and it just had a very 'unfinished' look to it.   Unfortunately, the only bed/headboard i found that i REALLY liked was this one at Restoration Hardware for WAY more than i wanted to spend, so i decided 'i can make that' - and i did.  I am quite proud of it.  Grin
The first shot didn't come out very well, but it does show the scale - it is a queen sized bed.  Ignore the camera ham...  The second close up is better.  The colour is off in both - it is more a cross between the two - a deep chocolate brown.  The fabric is a really nice velvet-type, so it photographs kind of funny.  (It is not uneven and lumpy like the picture looks either.  Too many shadows i guess!) 

what do you think?

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3889862763

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3889862753
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / just call me Martha - dining room chairs on: August 27, 2007 10:39:54 AM
YAY!!!   Cheesy My chairs are FINALLY finished!  (And of course, now that i can finally post my first completed project since joining - the picture hosting thing is down!  Undecided)  Ah well... 
Slight background - we bought these chairs at Home Depot.  You know the ones - they come flat packed, you assemble yourself - unfinished Alder i believe.  For almost 2 years, i have been saying - "i want to stain/paint/ something those chairs - they are awful"... but something else always seemed to take precedence.  Our dining room was a nightmare, because the table, chairs and floor were all the SAME colour - and we can't afford to re-do the floors quite yet with something nicer (the people we bought our place from did us the wonderful favour of installing the cheapest Ikea laminate they could find!)   So, the man goes away for a 2 day golf trip and i start a project.  What i estimated would take a long weekend, as usual, ended up taking WAY longer - but i am sooooo pleased with them.  (My boyfriend is pleased that we no longer have to eat every meal on the sofa, since i decided to do all 6 dining room chairs at once!)   Grin

Ok, with no further ado - here they are... 

 http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3891509605

I started with this:

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3891510093

progressed to this

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3891510025  

and this

http://www.imagestation.com/8527560/3891509784

what do you think???




8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / can't wait to get started! on: August 13, 2007 03:27:50 PM
Hi everyone!
So, i remember hearing about Craftster quite a while ago, but for some reason never managed to make it over here.  Then for some reason i was searching for some info on a project and thought "I should check out that Craftster site i heard about" - and i am SOOO glad i did! 
I have been browsing through some of the threads today and i am feeling so inspired and crafty now.   Smiley

A little bit about me - i LOVE crafts.  I love making things or modifying something to make it uniquely 'me'.  I am constantly seeing things in the store and thinking - "i can do that".  (As my boyfriend and i bought a place a while back, most of my crafts these days have to do with home reno/decor, so i will probably be spending most of my time in 'Home Sweet Home' )
Once i have my requisite number of posts, i can't wait to start posting some of the things i have done.  I don't have one main skill, i guess.  I am a beginner sew-er (sorry, that is probably not the right terminology, but i don't want to say SEWER, as that is kind of stinky!) I paint, but have no actual art training, and am not sure i am all that good, but i enjoy it.  After reading some of the stuff on this site, I want to try my hand at making stationary and doing some glass etching and working with resin - just to start with! 
I do have a tendency to take on extremely ambitious projects, which USUALLY (but certainly not always!) turn out fairly well.  I am currently in the midst of re-doing all of our dining room chairs, as well as a couple of end tables. 
Now i just have to finish those so that i can get started on all the fabulous things i have seen here that i want to try! 

So here i am - you'll be hearing more from me.  Thanks for having me! 
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