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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Giant Ruler- Height Chart on: October 22, 2013 11:16:29 AM


I saw this project idea and knew I wanted to make this for my daughter's bedroom.  All I needed to make this was a board I got at the local Lowes, black paint marker, # stencils which I found online, and a yardstick.  Enjoy!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cold dog...no more! on: October 09, 2009 12:46:05 PM
Here in upstate NY, the winters get a bit cold especially if you are a 9 lb. dog without an ounce of fat and only a light coating of fur.  I have gone into many of the chain pet stores but I refuse to pay the price they ask for these cold weather clothes.  I found the answer to my problem in the pattern section of the nearest fabric store.  The pattern is from Simplicity #3939.

Butterfly






Periwinkle (though in pics it looks more blue)


Enjoy and have a great day!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / From Ugh to Pretty~Revamped Ceiling Fan on: October 01, 2009 06:36:07 AM
I have been wanting to do something with the ceiling fan in my office for some time now but was not sure what.  I new it needed to be painted as it was definitely showing its age (which is old!). Well I finally got around to taking the whole thing apart, began sanding and painting, and wallah!

My new ceiling fan:









And the ugly before pic:



Thanks for looking and have a great day!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / Field of Flowers Mosaic Suncatcher on: September 02, 2009 01:32:22 PM
I live in a commercially zoned area and have many businesses surrounding my apartment.  Because of this reason, the views from my windows are generally lacking in aesthetic appeal so I am always trying to think of ways to dress up the windows to allow for light yet block out the miles of blacktop parking lots.  This challenge allowed me to be creative on a budget and remedy the situation to which I will need to make more of these to fit all my windows.  Well here it is, my picture frame sun catcher:

Here it is in its place of honor in my kitchen window.


This picture shows the flowers a little better.  It was hard to get the flowers to show up in a picture.


This one shows a little better what I did to the frame.


Materials Bought From The Dollar Store:
* 3 bags of aquarium rocks
* Picture frame
* Food coloring
* Picture hanging kit

Own Materials Used:
* Sand Paper
* Hot Glue
* Clear Spray Paint

I started by roughly sanding the frame and then using the food color to stain the wood.  I then laid out the rocks until I figured out which pattern I liked best and then hot glued them all on the glass.  After Aloe all over my burned fingers, I used the blue food color and applied it onto the back of the glass and sealed it with clear spray paint.  I had also purchased a picture hanging kit but turns out the frame with all the rocks is too heavy for the kit to be hung.  I will need to think of another way to hang this where it will be durable and not go crashing to the floor.  Anyone have any suggestions?  Have a great night all!  C&C welcome!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wild Flower Garden on: July 12, 2009 10:14:53 AM
This flower is beginning to dry up and wither away but I love how it looks in its present state.  The colors and the shape of the petals I think are neat looking.



and some fresher flowers.


6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Drawing of Cypress Knee Carving on: July 12, 2009 07:19:35 AM
I typically have no patience when it comes to drawing but occasionally I will get the urge to give it a try.  For one of these urges this is what I came up with:


This is a carving in a cypress knee that my grandmother had bought my father on one of her trips to California. It is drawn in white pencil on gray-blue paper.   


Close up of face to show detail.

It could probably use some more work in the shading but I am afraid of ruining it.  What do you think?

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Glass ball ornament souvenirs, pic obese. on: June 29, 2009 04:49:22 PM
Group Shot, Glass Ball Ornaments


I love the beach, so on the rare occasion I get to go to one I take home a little sand and shells as a souvenir.  Also, when anyone I know is going on vacation to the ocean I have them bring me some back too.  The dilemma I came up with was to figure out a way to display my collection of sand and shells.  The solution came from an inspiration piece that someone bought me in Cape Cod (this was a purchased piece, and used only as inspiration for the others):

Cape Cod

On to the ones I did make:

Sanibel Island, Florida


Puerto Rico


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Somewhere on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida


My Favorite: Bean Hollow Pebble Beach, California


I love how these turned out and hope to visit many more beaches so that I can continue making these.
C&C welcome.  Have a great night!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Italian Flag on: May 10, 2009 05:01:40 PM
My father, who is originally from Italy, likes to display an Italian and a U.S. flag on his front porch.  Well it has been difficult to find an Italian flag that will hold up for more than a few months.  My family and I bought numerous flags online only for them to be shredded to bits in a short period of time.  So what is my brainy idea?  Why not make him one?  I went to the local fabric store and purchased flag material (technical term?) and shortly after wards got to sewing.  3 sewing needles later and wallah:





Silly me forgot to take a picture before it was hung up outside so sorry about the pics.  And let me say thank goodness that the Italian flag is only 3 blocks of colors otherwise I may have given up as this was not the easiest fabric i have ever worked with.  In the end it was definitely worth it though as my dad was thrilled to have a new flag.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Amethyst (February Birthday) Bracelet on: February 16, 2009 01:08:57 PM
Here is my 1st attempt at a bracelet.  Not much to say except that it is made with amethyst and silver beads with a toggle clasp.



Comments and critiques welcomed.  Have a great day!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree of Life Pendant and Earrings = Birthday Gift on: February 16, 2009 01:05:09 PM
Problem + Craftster's = Tree of Life Jewelry

My aunt's birthday is coming up soon and I had been wracking my brain as to what to get her.

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I have been admiring the Tree of Life pendants that everyone has been creating.  Then I saw the adorable TOL earrings found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292236.0.

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                                             My TOL creations:

TOL Pendant


Earrings


Together


Sorry for the picture quality.  Comments and critiques are welcome.  Have a great day!





                                                       
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