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21  Decoupaged Shoe Suitcase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by AnnaReilly on: August 07, 2004 07:53:22 PM
I bought a cute little suitcase for $1 at the thrift store and turned it into this...

I painted the suitcase with white spray paint made for plastic (and then painted the trim with hot pink acryllic paint). I cut out various styles of shoes from fashion magazines and catalogs making sure to either trim all of the background out or select ones with a white background. I decoupaged the shoes on with Elmers and water and then gave it a coat of clear polyurethane spray paint.

I love the results but I'm afraid to use it as an actual travel suitcase because I don't want to ruin it. I think I'm just going to use it to store items in my house where I can admire it's beauty.
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22  Abstract Acrylic Paintings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by AnnaReilly on: June 04, 2004 09:26:09 AM
This is one of my favorite paintings I've done called "Motherhood."

More of my stuff is here: http://img30.photobucket.com/albums/v91/AnnaReilly/
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23  Men's v-neck sweater -> Distressed Cardigan Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AnnaReilly on: April 06, 2004 08:50:43 AM
I just finished this cardigan:

(I had to tweak the colors in photoshop so you could see the details.)

This is what it looked like originally:

1. I sewed a line (using a really short stitch length) about 3 inches in from the cuffs, hem and neckline and two lines about 6 inches apart down the middle.
2. I cut up the middle (making a cardigan out of a pull-over), cut off the cuffs, hem and neckline.
3. Using a seam ripper I shredded the egdes into 3/4" to 1" strips stopping at the lines I had sewn in step 1.
4. I put the sweater on inside out and pinned the arms and sides to give it a more fitted shape and then sewed along my pin lines:

(The little white dots are my pin-heads.) I also sewed a tight zig-zag stitch along the arms and sides before cutting off the excess material since it's a more crucial seam than the seams to stop the fraying.
5. I added a little clasp to the front. (I originally wanted it to be worn loose but because the original sweater was so huge on me it falls off my shoulders without it being clasped in the front.)
6. I've been throwing it in with every load of laundry to get the edges more frayed and they are getting there, but it's still sort of in-progress.

I was inspired by the sweater Sarah McLachlan is wearing here: http://www.rollingstone.com/photos/bigphoto.asp?gid=8283&s=1&e=5&seq=4&cf=381

My egdes didn't get quite as frayed as the sweater she's wearing but I don't know if I could get the egdes like that without the sweater really being *made* with that intention in mind.
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24  Re:tie purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AnnaReilly on: March 18, 2004 10:33:08 PM
Here's a tie-purse I made:

I cut the ties into 14 inch sections (up from the bottom) and then stitched them all together by overlapping them and running a seam through the overlapping parts. I left two ties whole and used the lengths to become the strap. Then I handstitched a lining in for the actual purse part.  
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25  Re:Magazines - Specifically Cheesy BRIDAL Magazines in What the heck can I do with THIS? by AnnaReilly on: March 02, 2004 11:47:05 PM
I used mine for collage work and decoupage. I used bits cut from the floral pictures (not the whole bouquet but, say, a spiral from it) and from the backgrounds of the dress photos. Alot have pretty jewel toned backdrops for the white dresses.

I made this right around the time I got married so I think most of the images are from wedding magazines:

Or you could make paper beads out of the pretty colored pages (I know there's a thread on paper beads around here somewhere.)

Another thing I've done with magazine pages is to cut them into perfect squares and fold them into origami cranes. Then I strung the cranes into a garland. (No pictures but I promise it looked cool!) And with the cranes you don't see big chunks of the page so you can't really tell what it was originally a picture of.
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26  Re:Our Lady of the Chocolates in Completed Projects by AnnaReilly on: February 17, 2004 09:38:34 AM
Here she is...

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27  Our Lady of the Chocolates in Completed Projects by AnnaReilly on: February 17, 2004 08:41:33 AM
I just finished a piece I call...
Our Lady of the Chocolates

Here is a link:

(I'll try to get a direct image here soon...I'm trying, I promise!)

It is a shrine made from a cake pan with blue velvet curtains and a Madonna/Goddess made from foil chocolate wrappers. She resides in a Godiva chocolate box graced by foil (chocolate-wrapper) roses.
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28  Re:Suzy Homemaker Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by AnnaReilly on: February 02, 2004 10:30:25 PM
And here is a simplified sketch of the apron (I didn't use a pattern.)

A - Neck and Waist ties - Finished size* 1" x 18" - Two layers each: Cut 8 (Light Pink)
B - Top Ruffle - Finished size 18" x 1.5" - Two layers: Cut 2 (Light Pink)
C - Top - Finished size 12" x 10" - Two layers: Cut 2 (Bright Pink)
D - Waist - Finished size 18" x 2" - Two layers: Cut 2 (Light Pink)
E - Skirt - 28" x 21" - Single layer: Cut 1 (Bright Pink)
F - Skirt trim - Finished size 28" x 1.5" - Two layers: Cut 2 (Light Pink)
*Add at least 1/2 inch seam allowance to the finished measurements for the size you'll need to cut out.

1. I sewed A and B up, right sides together (leaving a small opening) like a pillow and then turned them out and topstitched them.
2. I sandwiched the top ruffle (B) and neck ties (A) between the right sides together of the top and stitched it up like a pillow.
3. I sewed the trim on the bottom of the skirt (not visible in my picture.)
4. I ironed down the edges for a back and front piece of the waist and then made a little sandwich with the back of the waist band on the bottom, then the skirt, top, and waist ties and then the front of the waistband. Then I topstitched around the entire waistband-sandwich. (There are easier ways to do this, I'm sure, but I was winging it.)
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29  Suzy Homemaker Apron - Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by AnnaReilly on: February 02, 2004 10:14:56 PM
I made an apron embroidered with "Suzy Homemaker" on it and just finished it up today.

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30  Bendy Fairies Tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by AnnaReilly on: December 11, 2003 06:12:53 PM
I've been addicted to making these little bendy fairies. (A friend showed me how to make them and I think she got the instructions on-line somewhere, but I'm not sure where.)

1. Take a pipe cleaner and bend it in half.
2 & 3. Pinch the top of the bend and fold up the two ends (leaving a little nub where you were holding it.)
4. Bend the two ends down (these will be the arms.)
5. Fold those ends back in towards the center.
6. Follow steps 3 & 4 for the remaining ends forming legs.
7. Tightly wrap 6-strand embroidery floss around the bend on the leg (about 1/4 inch on either side of the bend.
8. Fold the leg up and continue wrapping the floss around and up the leg. (It takes a bit of practice to get the floss wrapped tightly and evenly so that none of the pipe cleaner fuzz pokes through.)
9 & 10. Follow steps 7 & 8 for the two arms and other leg.
11. Wrap the floss around the tops of the legs and base of the arms to form a body.
12. Glue a 10mm bead to the top of the body pushing the small part you pinched in step 2 into the hole of the bead.

Then you can add the hair and clothes! I made clothes for them out of pieces of ribbon or silk flowers and added hair from more embroidery floss.

I made a TON of these little dolls. You can see them here:
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