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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Belt Hanger is a Rake. Seriously :) on: September 27, 2011 01:13:18 PM
I had seen somewhere along the interwebs that someone had used an old rake as a necklace hanger, and when I stumbled across this one at a yard sale, I figured it could also be used as a belt rack! All I did was clean it up, and attach some old jewelry pieces I wasn't using anymore for some bling-age Smiley









The original...



yay!
Thanks you guys, like always!
-J
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sewing Table Slipcover From Curtains! ($3 curtains, I might add ^.^) on: September 06, 2011 09:59:33 PM
I would firstly like to apologize for spamming up everyone's Craftster feed for the past few days, and I assure you that this is the last installment of my bedroom makeover. I PROMISE. Smiley

SO! My grandmother gave me her old sewing machine/table!

And I really wanted it (a) in my room and (b) to match my room without (c) tearing it up or painting it. So I snatched up these curtains at the thrift store for $3...



...along with some sew and stick velcro and a piece of HDF I had laying in the garage, and...



I like big grommetted things and didn't want to just throw them away, so I tacked them along the edge. Its not crooked, I promise, I just couldn't find the iron to iron it before I took pictures Smiley

Thank you so much you guys!
Jordan
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My New Blue'n'Yeller Bedyroom! (You will die from picture intoxication) on: September 05, 2011 09:15:34 PM
***Best of 2011!?!?!? THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!! I am so flattered and overwhelmed! THANK YOU!

As an almost out of my teens young adult person, it was time to give the bedroom I have had since I was ten a facelift. So after only 4 MONTHS (due to procrastination and life), I'm finally finished. BRING ON THE PICTURES!

Firstly, the glorious before...







I have an innane mount of stuff. No lie, its ridiculous. As a self respecting Craftster, I throw away NOTHING. This contributed in part to the length of time it took me to do this.

Some progress....





I was completely unaware of how long it would take me to spackle my walls. 10 years of nailing anything and everything up that you can will take its toll lol Wink



Anddd after... Smiley









My tufted headboard...I stumbled across this fabric the other...month...and it was the basis for my color scheme Smiley




The glorious yellow closet doors!





Everything you see here I made or re-did! Cheesy The dressers I redid (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386672.msg4573992#msg4573992 and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=389455.msg4610284#msg4610284), the suitcase table (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386684.msg4574157#msg4574157), the window (found on the side of the road! hehe yay for side of the road hunting!), the bedspread (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390116.msg4618480#msg4618480), the curtains, and the headboard.

Thanks so much you guys!
Jordan
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Knocked off Anthropologie Bedspread...with only T-shirts, D'oh! on: September 05, 2011 09:00:25 PM
Sooooooo I love everything in Anthropologie. Because, you know, its easy to love. Just not to own. Cause I don't have that much money. I especially loved this bedspread...



I would drool over it every time I went to the store. Its made out of JERSEY AND ITH THO SOFFTTT.

Andddd its $3045083408934.

Sorta.

So anyway, I took myself down to our local Dirt Cheap store (seriously, check them out if you have one, I LOVE IT) and picked up 50 white t-shirts for $30. A week later and some dead brain cells later...





(Sorry for the shoddy cell phone pics! o.O)

I really like how it turned out. Its not as bunchy as the original, but, it keeps me nice'n'toasty just fine Smiley

In progress...



Taking over the living room hahaha





Thanks for looking!
Jordan
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged Yellow Dresser! (I like yellow furniture :)) on: August 28, 2011 05:22:06 PM
My bedroom renovation has been a saga of epic proportions, seeing as my parents wanted to buy my new furniture and be done, whereas I wanted to redo all of said furniture and drag it out for as long as possible Smiley So I took my 45-year-old chest of drawers dresser thing, and gave it a facelift!



I had always wanted to try decoupaging fabric onto furniture, but never had a good excuse to do so until now!

A before...





I used about 6 or 7 layers of ModPodge Hard Coat for the drawer fronts, sanding with 400grit between every two coats, and then a ModPodge clear matte sealer to finish it off. The body of the dresser is a combo of white primer, spray paint, and wall paint, as I 1. Ran out of my original spray paint, 2. DROPPED the sander onto the top of the dresser and gouged a chunk out, and 3. Did this all outside in the horrendous winds lol!

Some in progress shots...








More details on mah bloggy Smiley

Thanks so much for looking!
-Jordannnn
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Suitcase Table of Yellowness! on: July 24, 2011 07:11:26 PM
I've been totally redo-ing my bedroom, and I have a fondness for anything that looks old and slightly weird. Eclectic and stuff! I had originally seen a suitcase chair that I drooled over for about 6 months that I wanted to make, but when I tried, I didn't like how it came out, so I made me a table instead!

We had had this table for forever and a day (as in, it was a wedding gift for my parents). Don't worry, I asked before I chopped it up Smiley



Then I stalked every thrift store in a 50 mile radius and found this lovely yellow thing...



Took it home, cleaned it up, attacked the table with about twelve layers of spray paint, (because these SILLY MOTHS kept LANDING ON MY WET PAINT AND FLOPPING AROUND) and voila! Suitcase table!



I'm not done with it yet; I still have to find some duper super cute fabric to cover the little glass insert in the middle with, but until then. I just was so excited about it so I posted it Smiley

Andddd here it is all finished up!


Thanks you guys!
Jordan
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dressed up Dresser...or...'What to do with tiny picture frames' :) on: July 24, 2011 04:36:49 PM
My grandmother passed away recently, and left behind a mind-numbing amount of stuff. Literally, mind numbing. Living alone in a huge house for 20 years with a fondness for furniture will do that. Wink SO. I absolutely love things with lots of drawers; I always have, so she left me this dresser.



I have always liked it, but I'm redo-ing my room with predominantly white furniture. A lot of sanding, wood-puttying, and paint fumes to the brain later...





I love it, I really do. You can't really tell in the pictures, but I sanded down all the edges so the brown comes through to make it look old. And the handles? Picture frames! I got them all for under $10 and hit them with some paint. I like how they are all different and kinda off kilter. Some of them have a different pattern on the top vs the bottom, as they were all vertical frames, and I like that too Smiley





The round one is my favorite Smiley I haven't decided if I will go back and put actual knobs on them or not. The drawers pretty much slide open by themselves, so I (hopefulllyy! haha) wont have too much of a problem. Cute > functional, right??

Thanks guys!
Jordan
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The slightly shorter, slightly cuter, slightly re-colored $1 broomstick skirt :) on: February 24, 2011 07:53:33 PM
In typical college freshman fashion, I've been slacking major on just about everything fun, including my sewing. BUT I've decided that instead of telling myself that I'm sewing for fun, I'm now sewing for stress relief. (It makes me feel slightly better about not studying) Smiley Smiley

ANYWAY.

You know those witchy-broomsticky-crinkly-peasanty skirts that just about everyone has? Yeah wellz, I found one at a yardsale for $1 (can I get a 'heck yes' from all the yard sale stalkers out there?! Anybody...? o.O)

But I wasn't feeling the color very much.



So, logically, since I had never tried dyeing before, and thought that would be fun, I popped over to the BRAND NEW JOANNS THAT THEY JUST PUT IN IN MY AREA AND I WAS THO EXCITED ahem...and bought some Dylon dye in Sunflower and Bahama blue, telling myself that I'd just decide on the color when it came to it. Weeeellll, I started with the Sunflower, and, since, I'm smart and stuff, I didn't take into account that the skirt was BROWN not WHITE and instead of Sunflower I got something close to Mustard-Gone-Wrong. Which I didn't like. Luckily I had the blue, right?

I forgot that blue + yellow = green -.-

I also forgot about the project halfway through and ended up with a very bad ombre effect. The Craft Police really need to arrest me.

After hemming and hawing over what I should do with it..I decided on a high waisted skirt...cause I love those...

BRING ON THE BATHROOM MIRROR SHOT!



Don't worry, I went outside after that Smiley




I love how swingy it is. I can't wait to wear it to contra dance this weekend!

C&C are always welcomed Smiley

-Jordan
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Do *all* home schoolers wear clown dresses to prom? **FORMAL PIC OBESE on: April 15, 2010 07:56:02 PM
**Update: Formal pictures!! yay!

You can actually see the purple all the way around the bottom on this one!


The best friend and I...pretty much explains our relationship Smiley


Annndd the back....




haha oh and my bow-ed shoes that I had entirely too much fun walking around in...
Just some black peeptoes with the same purple tulle from my dress tied on.


And because I just couldnt stop...the flipflops I made for the after party Wink


**Original post Smiley

Do all home schoolers even have prom?

No, actually, they don't...they have formals, which is kinda like prom, minus the drinking, dancing, limos and other prommy stuff...lol ANYWAY.

Okay, I'm homeschooled and yes, we are having a formal this year...the catch?

*duh duh duh*

DRESS CODE.

Yaaaay! And not just any dress code people, we're talking borderline Amish here. Okay not really, but our dresses have to be at least knee length, the neckline can be no lower than 2 inches below the collar bone, and the straps must be a minimum of 2 inches across. SO where do you find such a dress, pray tell? Uhmmm, the short answer? You don't. Or if you do, it is out of your grandmum's closet, which isn't acceptable. So I made my own Smiley

(I would like to say that I do actually appreciate our school having a dress code, as I have been in some schools where there is none...and come away permanently scarred...^.^)

SO without further ado...

Here was my original sketch. I ended up modifying it quite a bit..so ignore almost all the writing...and sadly, the part about my hair being blue Sad


The pickup skirt idea was not in the original planning, but it turned out being one of my favorite parts of the dress....and these were me experimenting with strap designs and bust area designs...



The only thing I really ended up using was the top right design for the back Smiley

And the dress itself... (I am sorry in advance, these are the only (pretty shoddy) pictures I've taken of the dress so far; never fear, Formal is this Saturday and there will be pictures a plenty...hopefully...I was just so excited about sharing this Smiley )

Cruddy mirror shot...


And my very, very favorite part...the back. Also the part that literally had me in tears trying to get it right. I had it almost perfect when my fool of a hedgehog tried to jump off my bed...I dove for the hedgehog and managed to rip out half of the criss crossing in the process. Not. Cool. lol


Since it was my senior year, I wanted to kinda...push the envelope a tad...and I figured what better way than an outlandish clown-colored dress??
The dress is a crepe-backed black satin...very pretty, but THICK and heavy as all get out! Oh my word! The colored parts are tulle...I gathered...so...much..TULLE! AHH. I didn't use a pattern (which I cursed many a time late at night, in between screaming at my sewing machine, my hedgehog, and myself lol) and there is an invisible zipper on the side.
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Graddduuuationn Invites! Yay for pictures! on: March 23, 2010 08:54:20 PM
**Oh my goodness you guys...thank you so much for the feature!?!!!! I so so so appreciate it!?**

Mmk, so I'm homeschooled, and my graduating class has about 22 people in it, 18 of which are male. Soooo, when it came time for our class to vote on what graduation invitations we would get...the guys won out and picked the most bland, uninspiring invitations out of the book...which also happened to be $250 for 25. There is no reason paper should cost $10...just saying...AND the inside wording was...generic at best.

*sigh*

It simply wouldn't do.
SO. I decided to make my own...and I am very pleased with how they turned out. I had seen somewhere on here the tutorial for star books, which I LOVED (if someone knows who posted that tutorial, puhlease tell me, the tutorial was FABULOUS) and thought that that would be a pretty cool idea for my invitations.

And without further ado...

Le inside...


I had two different pictures that I used, this was the other...


I wrote the inside poem, also Wink

And for the top, I added a tassel to make it look like a graduation cap ^.^

The flash made the color a tad wonky...I promise its black Smiley

Closed...



The whole gang...


For the envelopes, I just found some square-ish black envelopes and printed out the addresses and glued them on...lets hope they don't fall off in the mail lol

Smiley

I am SO GLAD these got finished, lol, they took FOREVER.
For the graduation hat/cover things, I cut out a piece of thin cardboard, covered them with black paper, and put a brad and tassel on the top pieces. Then I cut pieces of black cardstock, folded them in the 'star fold' pattern and glued the cardboard covers on. Theennn after (literally, no joke) 53 (I counted) attempts to get a correct font/size/layout for the inside, I cut out the white inserts with the poem on them, folded and glued those on. Then the graduation detail cards with the ribbon in the bottom left corner, and the picture cards in the top right, those got centered and glued.

The cutting took the longest, and then the folding took a pretty good chunk also. lol BUT. I'm very happy with them and cant wait to send them out!

(To be honest, I started out with a list of 55 people to recieve invites, and as I starting making the invitations and realizing how long each one took, I started taking people off the list...I'll just send those people an email Wink )

C&C please!
THANKS GUYS!
*Jordannn

PS...the poem on the inside is as follows ;

My dear family and friends,
the days finally come.
Ive finished the race
my high school is done!

Ive waded through fractions
and charted those planes,
I crammed in more theorems
than Id care to explain.

Ive dissected poor creatures,
breathed dangerous gas,
(I think I lost a few brain cells
in Chemistry class)

Ive eked out reports
that were twelve pages long;
And forced in more Shakespeare
than should really belong.

But despite all the horrors,
the day has arrived,
And against all the odds,
I came out alive

So I ask you, dear friends,
to please save the date,
When we can sigh in relief
when I (at last!) graduate
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