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1  Christmas gifting - HATS! :D in Crochet: Completed Projects by imtheasian1 on: December 03, 2013 07:23:34 AM
My cousin-in-law's boyfriend (mouthful, huh?) found out we got his name in the family's Secret Santa draw today. Last year, I made him a dead fish hat, so this year he came armed with ideas.

Hopefully, he'll enjoy these. Smiley

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2  Bathroom Redo - Wall WIN! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by imtheasian1 on: March 29, 2013 11:13:14 AM
We're in this long, painstaking process of redoing our upstairs bathroom ourselves. We're still no where NEAR done, and it's been a royal pain to say the very least, but I wanted to share this because it's the BEST best best part of the bathroom...if I do say so myself, baha!

I started reading through a blog called Sawdust and Embryos and saw a tutorial on there for painted backsplashes. I loved them right off the bat! I couldn't get them out of my head. Well, in the process of redoing things, we removed this terrible wainscoting from half of the wall in our bathroom, which looks like this:



It's very hard to actually tell how bad our bathroom was from this photo. We found mold under the floor, walls warping..it's been rough, and we've been doing it on a tight budget so we've had to make some sacrifices here and there.
Anyway. We get the wainscoting off and we're left with a blank wall. We painted it white and my husband mentions "It looks unfinished."  Shocked CLEARLY, he doesn't know me at all, because not 10 minutes after he said it, I was planning for a trip to the store.



I picked up some bottles of acrylic paint that I *hoped* would work together, some thin painters tape, and a sponge brush. And then I got home and started working.




At this point, my husband suggested throwing on a coat of poly over it and leaving it like it is. "IT LOOKS LIKE YOSHI'S BATHROOM!" Man, he almost had me with it, but I had to keep going. And then, 3 painful hours later...



WHEW. Took a lot, my back was on fire for a week (I have a bad back as it is), and I hate painting. But it was SO worth it.

Thanks for looking and letting me share!
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3  Re: Small Pops, Huge Difference (Covering Faceplates) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by imtheasian1 on: July 02, 2012 09:39:21 AM
these are great. i would love to see some pics of them installed.

I've got 'em!

This is in our living room.


This is in our kitchen.


These are in my daughter's room.



These are in my other daughters' room. (2 share a room)

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4  Resin + A few others in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by imtheasian1 on: July 02, 2012 12:24:04 AM
I've been playing with resin a lot lately, and with mixing in other things. I found that if you mix acrylic glow in the dark paint into it, it'll glow and the paint won't wear off. Cheesy And that makes me happy!
So I made glow in the dark earrings and a ring. Cheesy




Things just sort of went from there...






The sprinkles heart is actually a pin now, and being worn by one of my friends.

Then I wanted to try some wire work.



Originally, it was going to be a necklace pendant, but I wasn't entirely happy with the outcome (the beads were taken from a few wine markers that weren't being used ^.^) so I put it onto a keychain.



Then tonight, while I should've been sleeping, earrings happened. I just can't take a break from crafting!




The beads were made from polymer clay. They were strung onto 20g wire, then the end of the wire was wrapped into a spiral and the feathers were glued into it. I'm still just "eh" on them, but that's what crafting is all about, right? Cheesy

Thanks for letting me share!
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5  Small Pops, Huge Difference (Covering Faceplates) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by imtheasian1 on: July 01, 2012 06:47:18 PM
In the past 24 hours, I've covered 16 faceplates for outlets and light switches. I think I'm Mod Podged out for a good while, but the subtle bits are really helping our (work in progress fixer upper of a) house come somewhat together.
Thanks for letting me share!




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6  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Sans Eggs :) in Dessert by imtheasian1 on: June 09, 2012 01:33:14 PM
I've been trying and trying and TRYING to find a way to eat some cookie dough without eggs. I've tried a lot of things, but they all turned out so floury and disgusting. But - I GOT IT!




It's SUPER easy. Just brown sugar, butter, flour, vanilla, and chocolate chips. I'm not sure how well they'd bake, but they make a GREAT dessert and the kids loved 'em. Husband too, lol.

Thanks for looking!
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7  Newborn Photography Props in Crochet: Completed Projects by imtheasian1 on: June 08, 2012 07:39:51 PM
I bought some Lionbrand Homespun yarn on a whim some months back (er...February) expecting to make a blanket. That didn't happen. It kept unraveling on me and just all out making me OH SO MAD. I grounded the yarn and it stayed in my craft room. And it stayed and stayed and stayed up until recently.
I found a pattern online for a newborn cocoon/egg bowl/etc. It has a lot of names, but the pattern maker used the Lionbrand Homespun. I figured I could give it a shot and get it destashed and then complain to the husband that my yarn stash is depleting and I need more (hehehe). Much to my shock and awe, it actually WORKED! I crocheted with it!





And then..I fell inlove with it. Ugh. I had to have more. It was just so soft and so pretty and...I needed more. So I got more. And I cursed at myself over and over because there was just no way it would work out again.
I ended up finding another pattern, this time for a stork pouch. And, WTF? It worked AGAIN!





And now? Now I need more yarn. I want to make things that work with this yarn and maybe, eventually, I'll get my soft, cozy blanket. *sigh* One can dream, right?

Thanks for letting me share!
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8  First Crochet Project EVAR. >.< in Crochet: Completed Projects by imtheasian1 on: March 19, 2012 10:19:14 PM
My ex-husband and his wife are having a baby, and though we're friendly but not really friends, this little kiddo is going to be the baby sister of my two daughters. I wanted to make her a blanket, and typically I would've knit one. But my knitting takes FOREVAAAAAAAR, and I literally JUST learned to crochet, so I wanted to crochet something.
The entire blanket is done in double crochet, and I used 4 skeins of I Love This Yarn! Stripes in Stripe Surprize. I LOVE the colors, and I'm hoping they do, too.






It took me about a week to complete, and my tension was a bit off, but I'm working on that.
And then after the blanket was done, I wanted to make some potholders for the kitchen. Again, I originally planned to knit them, but then I saw this pattern...
http://blogs.thetucker.com/knit/2010/08/15/the-best-crocheted-potholder/
I knew I had to try it. I had to frog the first few tries, because I just didn't get it. But then, magically, it clicked. I used Peaches N Creme 100% cotton, because it was easily accessed, but if anyone has any other cotton yarns that they love, please let me know! I want to make another 100 of these babies (I'm exaggerating, but seriously, I want more). They're seriously the BEST potholders ever. I'll never use another one bought from the store.



Thanks for letting me share!
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9  Re: First resin attempt - Half Fail/Half Fab in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by imtheasian1 on: March 16, 2012 12:30:34 AM
Thanks everyone!

These are really neat! I've never worked with resin before but would love to give it a shot sometime!

Just a thought on the skull one...what if you poured a resin layer, added the glitter then waited a bit to add the button and then top it off? Would that not allow for the shininess of the glitter but keep it from coming up over the button? Like I said, never worked with the stuff, but just a thought!

To be honest though, the skull is my fave! And yes, glitter is certainly the devil...but more like the energizer bunny of devils because then you find it forever afterward!!

You should definitely try it! I was intimidated about it for quite a bit, actually. I always admired the things I saw, but heard constantly about safety and whatnot and almost didn't try. I'm lucky to have an UBER supportive husband that pushes me to do things lol.
The way the mold is, the bottom is the top surface, if that makes sense. So the layers will do the job, but just backwards of what you said. Smiley


Thank you! I actually redid the skull. I have a few specks of glitter that fell through, but it's WAY better than the first attempt!


Not bad at all for a first attempt! You're on the right path...just let the first layer on the skull firm up more before adding the glitter. It still looks cool though!  Wink
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10  First resin attempt - Half Fail/Half Fab in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by imtheasian1 on: March 13, 2012 08:15:16 PM
So, I only have two pictures, lol, but I wanted to keep my first attempt small and kind of learn from the experience. So I only made two pendants. Both have something inlayed into them, which I learned from, and glitter.
*I'm just going to put it out there right now, glitter is the devil. It looks amazing, but I thought my husband was going to come home from work and think I did inappropriate things with a stripper. >.<

Anywho.

The first pendant I made had a skull and crossbones button put into it with some black glitter. I poured the mold about halfway and stuck the skull in, then filled it and topped it with the glitter. And I think I should've let it harden a bit with just the skull before adding the glitter...

I'm kinda bummed about that one. Sad

But then I did a star pendant. I found these awesome glittery stars ontop of my fridge that we got for the kids at some point in time, but then they were brushed away and forgotten about. LAME! So, I poured a thin layer of resin into the mold, then laid the star down (I sticked the star to my hand a few times first so it wouldn't be too sticky to not stay in the mold) and then I just let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then I poured some more resin and then some glitter and whatnot. I'm pretty happy with it.


These are at 24hr cast, so they still have 2 more days to get to the hard cast, but I popped them out to push in the eye pin (I didn't even bother with the skull one) and then filed the excess down a bit.
And I think next time I'll definitely be making less resin at a time and pouring it in layers with appropriate time between them.

Thanks for letting me share!
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