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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two altered puzles, and some important tips! on: August 02, 2010 08:11:25 PM
So my personal theme for 2010 has become the rainbow, as to me it represents hope and promise and the fact that even after the rain there will still be beautiful things.  After the mess that was 2009 the rainbow has taken on a whole new meaning for me!  In honor of my love of it, I did an altered puzzle.











So I have to be honest.  This is actually the second altered puzzle I've finished.  I'll show you the first one in a second, but first of all, I just want to pass on the tips I discovered while doing these projects.

One, wooden puzzles are so much easier to do, and they are worth the extra bit of money and searching it takes to find them.  The first puzzle I did was a cardboard one and it came out...well...you will see.  In comparison, the wooden one is so much better, both while you are making it and when you are done and it's time to put it all together!

Two, when you do find the perfect *wooden* puzzle, the first thing you should do, if you plan on putting it all back together to display it like I am doing, is mark the back of each piece in some way so that you remember where they go.  Then you can write on the frame too so you really will remember.  Like this:





Trust me, I learned this the hard way.

And now for pictures of the hard way:





It's a tiny bit hard to tell, but the pieces do not all fit together perfectly.  Part of the reason is that the cardboard soaks up the paints and inks and glues and swells out of it's normal shape so they won't all fit back together.  The other reason is that I forgot which piece went where, so when it came time to make it fit all together, I did my best, but ended up cutting and sanding some pieces to force them to fit where they might have gone originally, lol.

And, there really is some color on this puzzle, it just isn't showing up well on these junky pictures I took, sorry!




















This one really shows how the pieces do not go together perfectly.

In all honestly, I love the 'hard way' one a lot better than the rainbow one, but my dd has fallen in love with the rainbow so it's going to here when I am ready to move it out of the living room.  It also is a lot less bumpy looking in real life, the camera flash picked up a lot of imperfections but oh well, it still makes me happy!
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Mini matchbook style scrapbook on: July 10, 2010 04:03:38 PM
I finally have a completed project to post to this board!  Yay!!

So, this is a scrapbook I made about my sisters and I.  I also threw some gratuitous pictures of my daughter in there, because...well...because, it's my scrapbook so I guess I can put whatever I want in there, right? lol!!  Anyway, here are the pictures. 




























As you can see, I am not the best photographer in the universe.  But, I do happen to have something even better than pictures, and that is...duh duh DUH...a Youtube video!  So go watch it and check out the link to the tutorial in the video description to get info on how to make one of these bad boys for yourself.  Go ahead, you know you wanna!

http://www.youtube.com/user/MessyMama1
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cheap and easy kitchen wall art on: July 07, 2010 04:27:13 PM
We recently moved a bank of cabinets from out of the kitchen and were left with a huge, blank, ugly wall.  Being broke as well as having commitment issues to what I want the kitchen decor to be, I needed a cheap and easy fix.  Then I came across the coolest site ever and got totally inspired! http://colormekatie.blogspot.com/search/label/Craft

Here is the result...a few hours of cutting and hanging out with the kiddo and my wall is now happy and so am I!


Okay, click on that to see the slideshow if you want...here are the pictures:









It looks kind of cheesy in this picture, but I swear in real life it's really fun and everyone has loved it.  Wish I was a better photographer, ugh!
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / #6 plastic jewelry - just like shrinky dink! on: May 19, 2010 06:06:18 PM
I have been wanting to try my hand at making jewelery for a long time now but never got around to it.  The other day, while in Micheal's, I noticed their selection of shrinky dink supplies and thought, hmm, I could try that, but it's so expensive to buy if I'm just going to mess it up.  So I came home and did some Googling (like I always do) and found out that #6 plastic can be used to get the same results at a fraction of the cost!  I have been looking for it for weeks, and came across two great sources yesterday - Food Maxx has these big boxes of strawberries right now that are made out of #6, and the plastic cups I bought for the kids to use outside and make Popsicles in are #6 too.  Now I don't feel as guilty for buying them!   Grin

Anyway, here are the pictures of my first attempt at shrinking things to make jewelery.  Some day, some how, I will learn how to take great pictures, I promise!











In case you can't tell, it's a rain cloud with three raindrops dangling from it.  This isn't the chain it will be on permanently - I am going to put it on some dark blue thin ribbon as soon as I find the perfect stuff, but for right now, the kiddo won't take it off.  She loves that it jiggles around, which is why she won't hold still in the pics, lol.

And I have to confess that I may have a new addiction on my hands!  It was so cool to watch it shrink!!

Oh - I colored the shapes in after I cut them out, and I used Prismacolor markers, in case you were wondering.  I also used a toaster oven that was out in the garage because we don't use it to cook our food in.  I set it right next to the front door in case there were fumes but there weren't really too many at all, which I was thankful for.  And I had the jump rings in my stash so all in all, this was a really cheap way to kill a rainy afternoon!
15  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / A stained glass-y candle holder and a heavy coaster all in one post! on: May 18, 2010 08:45:24 PM
A few months ago, right after I joined the CAL for every completed board on Craftster, I found a set of glass paints with the conditioner at a local thrift store.  I bought it and then got so intimidated I didn't even want to remember it was there, let alone use it!  Then, last weekend, at the hubster's prodding, I started decorating our bedroom.  My mom gave us a candle holder that had some stained glass in it and although I still can't find my stash of candles, I put the candle holder on the shelf and liked it.  Today I woke up determined to do some sort of stain-glass-looking art project on a few of the jars I've been collecting for months.

I can't show the first two attempts at this project, as my painting skills are deplorable, and it's too embarrassing to show off just how bad they are, lol.  Finally I came up with a method that works for me, even with no painting talent at all, and so, we have one pretty stained glass-y candle holder!  It is really hard to get good pictures of this thing, but I tried.





Against the sky







With it's bigger cousin, the inspiration

This is truest to its colors.

You can see the type of paint I used in the background of one of those pics.  It was pretty easy to use, smelled a little funky but since I was outside on the porch it didn't really matter much.  My husband loves it and I think it turned out pretty well.  

But, because I was already on a crafty roll with the glass, I couldn't stop at just one glass project.  Also, I needed a heavy duty coaster for my desk, and didn't want to have to spend any money on it, just use supplies I already have around the house.  So, I had my hubby cut some scrap wood down to a 5.5 inch square, which I then sanded and painted to match my desk.  I did make a big B for our last name in the middle of it, but at the end of the project it kind of disappeared...which is okay, I still like it.  After the wood was painted and dry, I got out my clear tacky glue and my bag of glass gems and went to town gluing the gems to the wood.  I filled the whole square in with the glass, then put a really thick coat of poly on it.  Wanna see?







As you can see, the poly is still drying but I couldn't wait any longer to post it, I was too happy to get it done!  

Some felt on the back will protect my new desktop, and the cool thing is that even though the marbles aren't all the same size, they are small enough that a glass will still sit steady on it.  Plus, I can throw my pens on it and they won't roll away.  

C & C always appreciated, and thanks for reading this guys!   Grin
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Soft and squishy camera bag on: April 28, 2010 04:23:40 PM
I just got a new (to me) camera and have been meaning to make a little camera pouch for it so it can hang out in my purse while being protected. At first I was going to quilt something up, but then I came across some great yarn I had in my stash.  It's really chunky and soft and plushy.  I lost the wrapper, so I don't know exactly what brand it is or what the name of it is, but I got it at Wal-Mart and it's the chunkiest stuff they have.  I love rubbing my fingers over it.

Anyway, I sat down last night and busted this out in about an hour and a half.  It's all single crochet and the button came out of my stash.  I also used rainbow thread that the amazing Alwaysinmyroom gifted me.  Okay, I'll shut up and show you now!







I am not the best photographer by any means but I hope you can see it well enough to tell what it is!

Basically what I did was crochet a rectangle one and a half times the height of my camera.  Then I folded the bottom edge up to make the pouch, but I left enough unfolded at the top to make a flap.  Then I laced up the edges of the pouch, sewed the button on and realized I'd forgotten a loop for the button to go through.  Luckily, the single crochet left holes big enough for the button to slide through!  Whew.

Anyway, this is my almost quick and for sure easy camera case.  The yarn is pretty thick so it should be enough padding.  Considering that up until now the camera had been floating around bagless in the bottom of my purse, I consider this a great step up!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old sheet, stained bean bag = new bed!! on: April 23, 2010 12:11:38 PM
Okay.  So, about six weeks ago, my littlest sister and her husband had to move in a hurry and lost their bed in the process.  I also lost my craft room, since of course, they needed to move in with US. The end result of that whole no bed thing was that we gave them my dd's bed.  (She rarely used it anyway, usually sleeps on the on the couch until her dad leaves for work and then gets in bed with me.)  But now, I am in the middle of redecorating DD's room, and she has decided she wants to sleep in there since it's so perfectly pink.  We have been looking for a bed we can afford, but until then, she needed something to lounge around on.  I came up with this:








Ignore the mess around her, we are still in the organizing stage and it's not going so well, lol.

What I basically did was take a queen size sheet we've had laying around, fold it in half length wise, and chop about a foot off the end so it wouldn't be too long and heavy.  Now I am wishing I'd left it there, as it's just a tad too short for adults, and the thing is seriously comfy!  Then, I sewed up around the open side and one end, flipped it right side out, and took my old bean bag and emptied it into the new one.  There wasn't quite enough stuffing inside the new one when that was done, so I added some extra stuffing - three bags of polyfill I've had laying around for about two years, and some cut up old clothes.  When that was done, I shoved everything to the far end of the bag and hauled it over to my machine. I triple stitched the open end shut and added a piece of binding over the hem to protect it a little more.  I am going to make a cover for the whole thing too, but haven't figured out what I want to make it out of yet so I am waiting on that.

Also, please ignore the utter crappiness of these pics, I am just not a photographer.  Yet.  One day I will master it, until then, things are a little blurry, but you get the idea!!   Grin

C & C always appreciated.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Well, it worked out for the kid... on: April 20, 2010 05:56:06 PM
This was originally intended to be a skirt for myself.  However, after trying it on, I realized that I am a little too old...and self-conscious...to wear anything quite this bright.  The kiddo instantly claimed it, she fell in love with it, so I cut it down and fit it for her!  In the end it's way better this way, as she needed skirts and has lots of tops that go with it, so I am happy my hours of cutting and piecing did not go to waste. 




There are no action shots because she will not hold still long enough for me to get some at a time when I actually know where my camera is.  I will try to nail her down and get some this week though, as you can't really see the wild array of colors without a bit of twirly action, and that's hard to do on the front porch with a coat hanger for an assistant!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconned t to yoga pants on: April 20, 2010 05:52:39 PM
I had to jump on the wagon after I saw the amazing tut for these pants!  So I used an old t of my husband's that he won at work.  There are no pictures of me actually wearing these things, because frankly, the pics were not so cute!  But you can see them in all their coat-hangered glory right here, right now.   Grin




One of these days I will hopefully get around to taking some action shots that don't make me look like I am 7 months preggo!!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Comfy, extra big loungy pants!! on: April 20, 2010 05:48:48 PM
These took about forty minutes to whip up.  It would have taken even less time, but the waistband tripped me up a bit.  Don't look too close or you'll notice the gray tie is very much off center from where it should be!!



Sorry it's flipped...




They are roughly a size 18, but I used some really stretchy sweatshirt material for the main section of the pants, so they would probably fit up to at least a 20.  The waistband is some cotton that I did not cut on the bias, as I didn't want it to stretch too far out of shape, and the tie is just the bottom of an XL t-shirt cut off and stretched out until it rolled in on itself.  

So far I have worn these at least once every week, and sometimes more depending on how many times I've had to do laundry, lol.  When you stay home with the day care kids all day no one really cares what you wear as long as it's comfy and stays on when you're crawling around playing games, so these pants are perfect!!
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