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11  Re: Shrinky Dink Madness!!! Keychains Galore *img heavy!* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by dmbgirl41 on: December 11, 2008 04:45:42 PM
I was commissioned to make 2 more! I hope you guys dig 'em.
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12  Pine Cone Place Cards in Thanksgiving by dmbgirl41 on: November 24, 2008 08:13:30 PM
I get the newsletter from Better Homes & Gardens... they suggested Pine Cones as Place Card holders! I made 12 of these for FREE! yay! This is just one of them... I forgot to take a picture of them all before I put them away to take with me thanksgiving day. Making Place Cards is like my own little tradition. These were way fun & really easy. I collected pine cones (right outside my apt!) painted glue on each little umm.... branch? then sprinkled glitter. Cut the cards out of different card stock I had & then painted glue around the edges & dipped into the pile of glitter I accumulated from sprinkling the pine cones. Viola! I can't wait to see them all on the table.

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13  Re: Tom Turkey Ami w/pattern link in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by dmbgirl41 on: November 24, 2008 08:12:51 PM
This is my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian. I wasn't bummed about not eating turkey, as I've never really fancied it. But I was bummed about not making turkey because of the tradition of it all. But then I saw this! And I got to make a "Vegetarian Turkey" So THANK YOU! Hope you like my version


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14  Brown Newsboy Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by dmbgirl41 on: October 13, 2008 11:54:35 AM
So I've been seeing these newsboy hats pop up & I wanted one. So I made it. I found this tutorial online: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=93&d_id=22&lang=us

I tweeked it a little to fit my head, and according to the yarn & hook I used.

But here's the end result. I've never really made a hat I love, and I love this one. I'm just not so sure I love hats. I always buy, make them & think I look like a herb. Let me know what you think about the hat & well, if I look like a herb, before I go out in public Smiley



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15  Re: Leftover Makit Bakit Crystals = Funky new bowls *with tute* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by dmbgirl41 on: October 12, 2008 08:20:26 AM
I made a new one! I made this for some friends who are moving, as sort of a house warming present Smiley

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16  Leftover Makit Bakit Crystals = Funky new bowls *with tute* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by dmbgirl41 on: September 26, 2008 07:35:41 AM


My Best Friend's Aunt was moving out of her house & gave her a ton of art supplies for her little sister. She looked at it & thought "this is just crap" but thought to call me (taker of all things deemed, "crap") so I went over & looked at what she had there was 8 tons of pony beads. And 4 tons of makit bakit crystals amongst other "Kid craft" items. She thought I would just help her bring it to the garbage I think. Instead I made her sit down & organize & go through with me. And I brought home 99.9% of the stuff. (not crap for a craftster- future projects!!!!)
My first thought with the Makit Bakit Crystals (hereby referred to as M.B.C.) was that I would browse through the craft stores & websites to see if you can buy the metal frames for the suncatchers by themselves. You can not. But I did happen to see that there was a "kit" for making M.B.C. bowls. Thankfully, they put pictures on those boxes, and being quite crafty- I thought- E.A.S.Y. but easy is not fun. So of course I had to keep looking. I looked at craftster obv. And I googled it. I came up with this website: http://www.sagersoft.net/electricalparade/MakitBakit/Instructions/BowlInstructions.htm
Now that looked challenging.
To make a long story short. I spent about 3 nights doing these. I just took my time I imagine you could do it in less time though. First I found 2 different cookie cutters I liked. A pig & a pumpkin. Made 3 M.B.C. shapes of each. Bake at 375 for 15 min.(1st night) Then I lined a glass pie dish with foil (you could use disposable, but that's what I had) and placed the pig & pumpkin pieces in the bottom of the pie dish & poured in the M.B.C. all around, carefully picking off any crystals that got onto the pre-made shapes. This is where my concept differs from the website. She poured them all over. I didn't want the colors to mix & get muddy... I made sure the crystals came all the way up to the top of the shapes (I wish I took pics) Bake at 375 for 1/2 hour. (2nd night) When I was done I had a "plate". Next I took a clean, empty tin can & placed it in the middle of the cookie sheet & put tin foil over it. Laid the M.B.C. plate over it & stuck it in the oven. This is the pink & brown bowl. The pink in this bowl was formerly pigs. I obviously melted it too much. Too long, too high temp.(go figure, my mom likes this one best!) So when I did the second bowl, the pumpkin bowl, I baked it at 350 for 5 minutes & it came out much better with shapes in tact. I suggest that temperature, but you really should just watch it.
I think the possibilities are endless, and it was really fun! It does require a little patience. I know I read a lot on here about melting beads & such, so if this was similar to your idea & I didn't credit you, my apologies. I searched Makit Bakit before I posted this, & saw nothing of the like... I hope you all enjoy!!!! I shall continue on giving disregarded 80s craft supplies new life!
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17  Go Green Lunch Bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dmbgirl41 on: August 19, 2008 07:47:34 AM
I found my inspiration from this thread : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260476.0
The original poster was stefmsu, she included a tutorial in her posting
URL: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/lunch-sack-gift-bags_1.html
Which is what I used. I made an original one for my mom... and I liked it only I felt like I could tweak it a little. So I decided not to do the bottom as instructed in the tute... b/c it was the basic idea that I had learned before, and the way I learned before was less complicated & gave me more freedom as to how wide I wanted the bottom to be.
(if you are interested in the easier method... its in this bag tutorial: http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html
I also decided that I needed to add a strap or a handle. Both my mom & I leave our home ladden with bags, etc. like donkeys! lol. So anything I can not attach to my body as I run out the door in the morning is not so efficient (for me) So... here is my version of the Go Green Lunch Bag :
outside

Inside.
I used a fat quarter & some heavy canvas. The first one I did as instructed with the (omg can't think of the word!!!) that stuff... to like keep the form of your bag... I would suggest using the regular fabric & that stuff? (lol) b/c the heavy canvas did not iron down well... and was a tad thick. I now know I can make these AND a coffee cup cozy from 2 fat quarters. I'm totally stoked & I hope my family & friends really dig 'em b/c they're probably going to find these little sets under the tree this year Wink I hope you all like them too- any feedback is always appreciated!
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18  Shrinky Dink Madness!!! Keychains Galore *img heavy!* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by dmbgirl41 on: August 19, 2008 07:30:09 AM
So I bought some shrinky dink... and I decided to make myself a keychain... a Dave Matthews Band Firedancer of course!!!!

(I took this pic on my crappy cell camera, forgive me)
And my best friend, also a big DMB fan liked it so much... I made her one & sent it all the way from NY to FL

(this was with my fantastic in '04 camera, not so fantastic in '08 camera)
Then... my boyfriend wanted a keychain... He doesn't like DMB...so he got...

Darth Vader!!!! (another crappy cell pic)
Then.. it was my other BFF's Bday... and she's not a DMB fan either... but she is a HUGE Keller Williams Fan... so she got...

(the pic above & from here on are from my awesome in '08 new camera Cheesy )
Someone my friend Sarah knew in FL loved her keychain soooo much, so commissioned me to make one for her & her boyfriend, both DMB fans. So I did!
This is the one for her boyfriend

and this is the FIRST one I made for her. I wasn't so happy how it turned out. The black ink ran? when I put the clear coat on. And when it shrunk it shrunk all crooked (advice in this area would be appreciated Cheesy )

& since she sent me more $ than I had asked... I felt I should remake it. And this is the final keychain for her. (Which I love more than the first)

The keychains I made on "commission" had some specifications. The Lyrics, the colors, etc. They were all very fun to make. I found it a little nerve wracking to create for a stranger.
I hope you all like them & any feedback is appreciated. (PS- I may have posted the earlier keychains before here, I just can't remember! Sorry if its duplicated!) Smiley
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19  Batik Style Shoulder Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dmbgirl41 on: August 08, 2008 08:47:12 AM
I made this bag for my friend Amy's birthday! I bought the batik style fabric & I used a tutorial I found here : http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html
The directions were really good except, I'm not the most advanced sewer, so I had to rip out & redo the handles, that part was tricky for me. But over all I'm quite pleased! I'm about to give it to her so I hope she is too!


The inside is the green you see on the handles, and I also made a pocket using the outside fabric!
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20  Cherry Blossom Faerie Painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by dmbgirl41 on: July 04, 2008 07:55:24 AM
I made this for my sister's 12th birthday, last month. Much to my delight she has gotten into faeries. This opens up a word of possibilities as to what I will make her in the future! I hope you enjoy! I'll appreciate any feedback!
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