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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / butler's rack, re-imagined & girlie(r) on: August 20, 2004 01:29:27 AM
I'd been wanting one of these things forever, though I'm sure it goes by different, and more explanatory, names than "butler's rack":


That (above) is what it looked like after one coat of high gloss, blood red latex paint. Originally it was a wood-stain finish, that was nicked, chipped and dinged here and there.
Long story short: bought it for boyfriend at yard sale (score), cat peed on it, cat knocked it over, etc.; cleaned it up, started thinking about how it could be more appealing...


...and that (above) is how it turned out, after a coat of crackle-glaze, followed by a perriwinkle latex top coat and a few embellishments. She (the rack - hey, check out my rack!) started speaking to me... she wanted a belly-chain, with a few French coins, a loose pawn from a chess set and a plastic poodle on it; she also wanted a boa, though I could only provide a partial one. (Used most of it in a previous project.) Some itty-bitty bows (that's what the package says), a couple of fake flowers (corsage...?), a necklace, etc.


Above is a closeup of the top; I painted a little fairy gold and glued her on the top rack (meant for wallet, keys, loose change, if you're a guy, or a butler for a guy) and painted a little wooden book charm with the words "little secrets", and, well, that's all I did. Just thought I'd share; hope you like it, and thanks for your time.  Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / recycled box/comic book clutch on: February 19, 2004 10:12:04 PM
I found this in one of my bins of half-completed projects and finished it last night:



The box is reinforced cardboard and originally packaged some kind of spa kit. I decoupaged comic book pages onto the exterior...



...and I used found objects to create a handle and closure. The handle is an old drawer pull; the closure is made from eye-screws (with washers and gear thingies, and the screw-points on the interior are secured with wine cork cut to about 1/3 normal length), beads, wire, and a sliver of wine cork that threads into the bottom eye-screw.



I was able to make the entire thing from start to finish with things I had around the house. (Just happened to have a bit of black grosgrain ribbon to finish the top edge.)

Thought it might make a good digi-cam accessory tote or something... it's unlined; I was thinking about fake fur, maybe. Smiley
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / foam beverage coolies/coozies on: February 19, 2004 03:02:38 AM
I swear I did a search, and found nothing, but I might not have used the right word(s)... everyone knows what I'm talking about? Those round, stout, foam cylinders with the hole in the bottom that people like to sit a beer or soda in for the purpose of keeping it cold...

Well, I have a few; what can be done with them?

I've seen some decorated snazzy, with a feather boa wrapped around the top for a diva-coolie - not my thing.
Because of the hole in the bottom, I thought about putting a plant in them, but I'm not much of a green-thumb. (Seems like it would work, though.)
I've thought about deconstructing them - but then what? I'm not much of a stamper, either, even if it seems like a good material for making stamps...

Any suggestions/ideas? (I especially love the off-the-top-of-the-head ideas, they're always so unusual.) Smiley

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / mannequin becomes bulletin board on: February 11, 2004 01:44:08 AM
I finally completed a project!

This is a styrofoam underwear display mannequin I bought at a department store fixture sell-off.



I took apart an old floor lamp, painted the base black, and mounted him on it. (He already had a hole in his right leg for mounting, but it would've been easy enough to make one if he didn't.)



I borrowed a pair of my nephew's cast-off shorts and adorned him with bottlecap thumbtacks.



Craftsters: thank you for the inspiration to get something done again! (Hope the images work).
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / x-ray on: January 23, 2004 01:45:17 AM
Before I throw something out:

I have this old x-ray from my cat's vet. It showed nothing, so it's not important to keep, but I thought I'd check for any ideas before I pitch it.

Also, I assume it's safe to toss out x-ray film, but if it isn't, I'd like to know how to dispose of it if it can't be used for something crafty.

Any ideas?
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / personal shrines on: January 04, 2004 03:27:52 PM
I would like to create some shrine art from found objects/sentimental objects/photos/ancestral stuff...
has anyone tried this?

I really like the work of Renee Stout

http://www.uam.ucsb.edu/Pages/stout.html

...but I'm a little stumped as to what to use as a base. I have some old crates (topless) but most are large enough to be intimidating to fill, and I would like to use something more permanent than cardboard or papier mache.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Greeting cards on: November 28, 2003 12:54:57 PM
Hi! I'm new and have been recycling Christmas cards for a few years now, and reusing them as my own cards, gift tags, etc.
(We had elderly neighbors who did this when I was a child, and theirs so-rocked!)
Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has clever ideas to elaborate on this process. When I started cutting yesterday, everything just looked boring and similar to last year (with the exception of having culled more and more card varieties donated each year).
I've used wire, ribbon, yarn and raffia (with various hole-punches) to attach layered cards; this year I've even recycled a number of old wallet-size family member photos to use with their gift-tags and cards. I also use a number of decorative scissor-cuts.
a.) I don't want them to be too bulky to mail in regular envelopes (though gift-tags can be bulky, that's okay.)
b.) I don't want them to be just flat, 2-dimensional and boring either... go figure!

Any suggestions? I've found so many clever ideas here, I was hoping someone could help. And oh, I would post a photo, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet!
Thanks for any and all thoughts!!
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