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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Outdoor Halloween Decoration Ideas? on: June 26, 2009 07:56:37 PM
I know that it's early, but since any items I need buy will have to be worked into my budget, it's better to start early. I do have a few issues/constraints, 1 I live in a rental so nothing that would be permanent/destructive, 2 the outside of the building is very thin would on a metal frame, so hanging anything up is unlikely (see #1 drilling not allowed), and 3 my yard is incredibly windy, those fake tombstones just blow away. Actually last year we made a scarecrow and the wind bent the garden stake it was tied to. On the good side we don't get snow or freezing weather here, but lots of rain. Hopefully someone can help!!
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillow Makeover on: June 24, 2009 07:05:50 PM
I grabbed the pillows that my neighbor was throwing away.

But since I don't like bumpy fabric and the colors were a little to dark and busy for our livingroom, I borrowed a sewing machine. Now the last time I used a sewing machine was over 10 years ago, so I'm a little rusty, they came out pretty good. To cover the pillows I used old curtains that the cats had clawed holes in and some fabric scraps to cover the holes. The pictures make them look teal, but they are actually green.
Before and After:

All 4 after:
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Food on: June 20, 2009 11:24:06 PM
Seeing everyone else's food on here inspired me to make some for a 2yr old family friend who has a birthday next week. The things I though would be the easiest were the biggest pain in the butt to make. Overall I'm happy with the results for a first time attempt.

The whole collection:

And another shot of the cake slice, because it's my favorite:
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mom's Birthday Presents on: June 10, 2009 04:51:34 PM
Here are a few things I made for my mom for her birthday. Please be nice, since they were all my first attempt at each type of craft.

A Decoupage box covered in retro mom pictures. I don't know why the picture makes it look bubbled since its not. And yes I know I made the inside pictures face to different directions, I didn't realize it until it was to late to fix it.

Bottlecap Pincushions:

A Felt Needle Book I used the tute, from here: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/10227/how-to-stitch-up-a-felt-needle-book I made two copies of the larger piece of felt and stiched them together with a piece of lightweight cardboard inside to make it more sturdy. The flowers are fake flowers minus the plastic/wire parts.

Thanks for looking!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dora & Boots on: May 14, 2009 11:23:39 PM
A friend's daughter is having her 3rd B-day this weekend and since we are broke, I had to come up with a present to make out of what I already had on hand. I found Dora & Boots plastic canvas magnet patterns online and modified and created backs to turn them into dolls.


Then I found some neon plastic canvas so I made a purse/carrying  case to go with the dolls. Note the only thing that would glue the velcro directly to the plastic canvas was model cement.




Thanks for looking!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / PVC pipe turned in a periscope on: May 08, 2009 04:55:55 PM
I found this piece of pvc pipe and I think I want to turn it into a periscope for my garden. Kinda like the ones you see in cartoons where the eyeball is coming out the top of it. My problem is that I'm not sure how to make the eyeball. Any and all suggestions welcome, I can't sculpt so that wont work.

27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Plastic Canvas Welcome Sign on: May 08, 2009 04:27:53 PM
A friend had asked me for a welcome sign for her front door and this is what I came up with. I used a lot of my plastic canvas small scrap pieces and combined a bunch of different patterns/ideas into one. I also used up a bunch of my misc. seed beads.

28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Shoe organizer becomes Barbie storage on: May 08, 2009 04:24:20 PM
I got the cheap, but boring shoe organizer

Decorated it with ribbon and buttons to match my daughters room. Now I just have to hope she'll actually put her Barbies away.

29  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden Pet Makeover on: May 08, 2009 04:16:14 PM
Irtotkid"s raccoon post  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=272956.0 Inspired me to give our cat from freecycle a makeover. I forgot to take before pictures, but he was a very faded black and white (with lots of orange showing though). And now after his makeover:

30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First project posting on: April 17, 2009 01:39:29 PM
This is the first half my around the world dolls project. They're made from plastic canvas and yarn, with extras like ribbon and beads for details.

Front, from left to right, top to bottom: Hungarian, Hawaiian, Jamaican, Italian, Swedish, and Chinese


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