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141  Refinished chest of drawers: a lengthy post for a little chest! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ehinders on: July 23, 2009 12:45:28 PM
okay, so I didn't actually refinish the whole thing, just the top. I had this really cute chest of drawers from Target's Global Bazaar line a few years ago. I loved it and have carted it around to like 4-5 different places since then. However, the finish on the top started to chip and looked something like this:

(ignore that I already started sanding in this pic)

I decided I would just refinish the top in a different way. The original plan was different, but I ended up Mod Podgeing (is that a word) scrapbook paper over the whole top. The chest is around 16 1/2 inches square, so I had to use more than one 12 x 12 sheet of paper. I decided to do a yellow (since that's the color of my office where this piece is going. See post about that here.) border around a black and white page. Here's the yellow going on:

sorry for the slightly blurry pic there.
Next I did the black and white page:

I love the graphic on that! I sealed it with several layers of Mod Podge and let it dry overnight before moving it into my office today. Here's a pic that shows the color well:

This pic shows the cute leaf shaped drawer pulls:

I love the way it looks and the yellow matches perfectly! Now I just need to decide on accessories to set on top of it. There are more details about the process and my trials and errors on this project over at my blog.
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142  New Harry Potter Inspired Stuff in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ehinders on: July 22, 2009 12:21:05 PM
I've always loved the Harry Potter series, but have never really made any stuff inspired by it until now.  I tried to make the pieces more subtle so they can be worn for everyday wear.

I made a Gryffindor pride bracelet:


Closeup of lion charm:


Slytherin necklace one:


Slytherin necklace two:


I think that last one turned out to be my favorite even though I'm more of a Gryffindor girl usually.

C & C always welcome!
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143  Re: Harry Potter HBP (Sign-Up: 6-1-09 to 6-8-09 Send by: 7-6-09) in The Swap Gallery by ehinders on: July 10, 2009 07:19:21 AM
You're welcome craftypuppymom! I'm so glad you liked everything. I'm sorry that I didn't get the tshirt ironed for you, but I was running out of time and wanted to send. I really wanted to make sure you got the shirt, so I sent it anyway.  Cheesy

Also, for everyone else, the colors on the plaque are much brighter in person, but for some reason don't show up on pictures well. (I tried to take one of it and the colors looked off in mine too!) Tree was woodburned and then I painted the rest of the plaque around it.

I also received from craftypuppymom, so I'll make this a long post and show pics here!
First, a mini Harry knitted sweater!


Second, Mrs. Weasley inspired knitted socks. I love these!! I have been wanting some knitted socks for awhile now, so these are perfect and so comfy!


Third, a snitch necklace! I've wanted one of these for awhile now too! I couldn't seem to find any yellow beads that worked well, but this one is perfect!


Finally, craftypuppymom's version of the cave locket!


Thanks again for everything craftypuppymom!! I love everything!  Now I'm all set to wear my snitch necklace to the movie next week. Grin
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144  Retro pattern apron (w/ link to pattern) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ehinders on: July 09, 2009 12:41:39 PM
I made these two aprons for a couple of different swaps lately. I was inspired by straw_holder (and several others) here on craftster who've done this pattern. (See straw_holder's post here.)
The pattern I used can be found here. Material is flannel from walmart.
First one, i used pale pink bias tape:

Second one I used a darker pink:


Sorry the pic quality isn't the best. I didn't have anyone else around to take action shots before I sent them. I definitely think the dark pink bias tape was a better choice for the fabric. It set the colors off better. This was my first real experience with bias tape. It was easier than I thought in some ways. I did do some ripping out and resewing where the bias tape escaped my needle!  Cheesy Also, I used 1/2inch bias tape instead of 1/4 inch like the pattern called for. I think it worked just fine. I definitely need to make myself one of these now, only with black and white fabric and red bias tape to match my kitchen.
C & C always welcome!
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145  Recent Recycled Silver Stuff-pic heavy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ehinders on: July 09, 2009 11:36:33 AM
I recently did a bunch of stuff for swaps using recycled silver from various sources.
Pieces using sterling silver spoon:



I could not get pics of this one to turn out good for some reason!

Piece made using a sterling silver napkin ring. I cut the ring into chunks and flattened them with a mallet before hand stamping the letters on it.



This piece is a stainless steel spoon handle bent into a pendant. I really liked the pattern on this one!


This one shows the back and how it's bent.

These are my first forays into working a lot with silver bending, stamping, cutting, etc. I think they turned out pretty good. What do you guys think?

C & C always welcome!  Cheesy



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146  Home Sweet...Office (a big kid room! and a long post!) ;) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by ehinders on: June 30, 2009 12:15:29 PM
So, I recently passed the bar and my firm let me move into a bigger office and decorate it for myself. I got to pick a desk and choose the wall color (Yukon Gold) and all my own decorations. Yay!  Grin
Here's my desk:

(not the best pic, I know, but it shows the color fairly well. It's an L-shaped desk.

My "message center"

I spraypainted the basket black and hung it up to hold my time/billing sheets and phone book. The green thing is an old tin T.V. tray that I drilled two holes in and put wire in for hanging. It's great for hanging up schedules, etc w/ magnets. I also have a white board calendar, but that's not very exciting.  Cheesy

Client seating area:

The office had the chairs. They're okay, but I think I might recover just the seats in something that matches the decor and leave the black faux leather on the backs and arms. The bookcase was a horrible blonde color.  I roughed it up w/ sandpaper and then painted it black. Then I sanded the edges to give it the worn look and sprayed it with a matte sealer. The framed quote is something my mom did. The owl bookends were a gaudy gold, so I spray painted them black.

That's all I got so far! I need to frame my diplomas for one wall, and then I'm not really sure what to put on the other two empty walls. I would like to find/make some artwork that incorporates the accent greens and reds and maybe a little of the main yellow color. A few more details on my blog here.

What do you think? I'm kinda stuck, so some ideas would be great!
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147  Faux tiedye (reverse bleaching) freezer paper stencils (img heavy) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ehinders on: June 29, 2009 08:53:10 AM
I love all the bleached freezer paper stencil shirts on this board. I thought it would be interesting to do it in "reverse." By that I just mean instead of using the big piece of freezer paper and covering up the rest of the shirt, why not use the part that was cutout of the middle (no waste!) to block the bleach and then spray bleach evenly over the whole shirt for a kinda tiedye effect. I experimented and it turned out great! Here's some of my creations:
Sparrow:



Dandelions:


Owl:



I did tie up some of the fabric on the dandelion and owl shirt to make it look more tiedye like (I hope that makes sense!)

Thanks for looking! What do you guys think?
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148  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ehinders on: June 25, 2009 01:35:52 PM
tried this post once, didn't stick, so here goes! I recieved from bkrenning4 today. I was super shocked to open the package to find these:

four wine glasses! painted with branches like the ones on my wists! and with birds! each bird is a different color (no need for wine charms on these babies!) Wink
Close-up of one glass


OMG!!! Thank you soooooo much kristine!!! I love these so much! I was just thinking that I needed some nicer, matching wine glasses the other day and now I have some! We need to get together again soon. Thanks again!  Cheesy
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149  Re: Disposable Camera swap! in The Swap Gallery by ehinders on: June 25, 2009 12:15:45 PM
Well, several days after I said I would (sorry Lunanne!) I am posting what Lunanne sent me. I was spoiled! She sent me two (that's right, two!) awesome frames, great pictures and some extras! Okay, enough blabing, here's the loot:
First frame: (perfect for my newly remodeled office) with one of my fav pics in it! Wink

Second frame: (quote straight from my wists and Breaking Dawn)

Clickable close-up of feathers (shows their colors better)

Some of my favorite pics:


(I love the angles on this one!)



and my absolute favorite one:


and one extra clickable for good measure! Wink


Plus she sent me wizard themed buttons (which will promptly be used for making stuff for Harry Potter swap) and maple flavored candy, which I ate!)


Thanks so much Lunanne! I love everything!!!!! I hope you get your package soon!
Also, sorry for the long-winded post! Wink
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150  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ehinders on: June 22, 2009 12:25:09 PM
I've been a bad craftster! I forgot to post pics of the super awesome Tardis ipod cover kitschkween made me! (bad girl! bad girl!)  Lips sealed anywho, she sent me a gentle reminder pm (thanks!)  Cheesy so here they are! I have a 3 gen video nano. It fits my ipod perfectly with just enough room leftover to put my cord in there so I don't lose it anymore. Yea!
Front:

Back:

Close-up of the "light" on the top:

It's a perfect recreation and I love it!!! Now I have my very own mini Tardis. I can time travel with it by listening to music from different time periods! (ok, corny I know, but the important thing it I love it) Thanks so much kitschkween and I'm so sorry it took me so long to post!
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