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271  I was feeling down, and now I'm out of mod podge. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Acadian Driftwood on: January 15, 2010 09:23:09 PM

The crafting cure! Cheaper than therapy!  Cheesy

So I had this clementine case that was just kicking around waiting for a little spiff-up, and today I found half of a falling-apart book with nice yellowing pages in the free box on my college campus. I mod podged some pages to the outside and inside and glued on some big wooden beads for the feet.

Beginning of life:

New home on my desk:

I really like the look, and it freed up some space on my desk.
So that was my Friday night! I feel better now.
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272  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -January '10 in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: January 07, 2010 02:25:08 PM
I received two cards today from blupaisan!

The first, from my Supernatural theme, shows us how the boys got so good with the rock salt guns.

It's awesome!

The next, for my birds wearing hats theme, is just what I wanted for that! YAY

And blupaisan also sent along this pretty card and awesome fish because she's my mama and she loves me.

Thank you again! I'm sending your mens ties card in a day or two.
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273  Re: Make an easy, recycled triangle box in Completed Projects by Acadian Driftwood on: December 29, 2009 05:17:26 PM
You're welcome gals!

Hey, I just came up with a new closure, using ribbon - go up to the original post to see how to do this!

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274  Re: Storage & Display of ATC discussion in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Acadian Driftwood on: December 29, 2009 04:54:08 PM
There are some cool ideas in this thread! I just began ATC's, so I don't really have a collection yet but I made this holder for my mom, who has a bunch!

It's just a mini-photo album that I found at Goodwill - I removed the chunk of pages and mod podged some nice fabric (what would I do without mod podge?) onto the outside, then the inside, then glued a ribbon on the outside for closure. I used hot glue to put the pages back in the way they were. It was very easy!

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275  Re: Patchwork Scarves (Quick Gifts) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Acadian Driftwood on: December 29, 2009 01:30:23 PM
This is a great idea - thank you! I made one for my mom for Christmas this year, and I backed it with fleece so it's relatively warm.

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276  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: December 29, 2009 01:25:53 PM
I added up the things I've made this month, and I'm at 50! WOOOO!

So here are my new things since the last update.

42 - Shirt recon from this tutorial

43 - Felt mushroom magnets (two of three pictured)

44 - Reusable grocery bags from this tutorial (two of three pictured)

45 - Shirt recon for a friend (no picture)

46 - Patchwork cotton and fleece scarf (idea from this post)

47 - Fabric covered ATC display book

48 - Pictures and fabric photo pouch (no picture)

49 - Felt owl ornaments from this tutorial (one of seven pictured)

50 - Recycled triangle box tutorial (full post can be found here)

Whew! Made it! Thanks to everyone for your encouragement and compliments this year - it really made a difference to me! Grin

For those of you who haven't seen this year's thread, there's a link in my signature.
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277  Re: Matchbook Trees in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Acadian Driftwood on: December 28, 2009 10:16:12 PM
Thanks for this idea, I love it! I made one for my mom's stocking this year.

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278  Re: OWL PLUSHIE XMAS TREE ORNAMENT TUTORIAL (with pix) in Winter Holidays by Acadian Driftwood on: December 26, 2009 08:53:50 PM
Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made a half-dozen of these for my extended family for Christmas this year. Most were white like this, and some were black with white stitching. The eyes I held on with french knots to save time.

Thanks again!
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279  Make an easy, recycled triangle box in Completed Projects by Acadian Driftwood on: December 13, 2009 09:53:29 PM

These little boxes are awesome! You can use them to organize craft supplies, to hold gifts, to stash your beading project on-the-go... whatever you need! They are very quick to make, and I'm sharing the pattern with you here - I didn't make it up, it's based on a box someone gave me that fell apart after many years of use.

Here's the pattern, hosted on flickr so you can download a large size if you want. You'll need the pattern, boxboard, a pen, a ruler, scissors, a tack or a nail, glue, clothes pins, and a length of round elastic.
Trace your pattern onto your boxboard, keeping in mind what you want to show on the top and on the side.

Cut it out and flip it over, then trace the lines on which you will need to fold (marked on the pattern).

Fold them all inward - it's easy to get a straight fold if you use the edge of a ruler. Now is also a good time to mark the little circle where the elastic will be.

Fold the little tabs in and fold the rest of the box up so you can see how it will come together. Take notice of any adjustments you may want to make when you glue it.

Glue the tabs on the inside of the walls of the box, holding it together with clothes pins (mini or otherwise Wink) until the glue is completely dry. I usually use mod podge or sobo craft glue on my boxes.

Notice how the edge of my box doesn't exactly line up with the edge of the wall? You don't have to do that, but I find my boxes sit better this way. This is one of the adjustments you should look for before you glue it.

Once the glue is dry, remove the clothes pins and measure out a length of elastic for your closure. The length will depend on how stretchy your elastic is - mine is pretty stretchy and I use a piece 7 inches long. Make sure to allow enough room to tie a knot on the underside.

Make a hole with your tack or nail where you marked earlier, and bring the piece of elastic through from the underside to the front. This can be annoying, so I usually use a piece of thread to pull it through, like a needle threader.

Knot your elastic so it doesn't slip out, and check to make sure it's a tight fit over your box.

You're done! Fill your box with stuff! Cheesy

Edit: Here's an alternate way to hold it shut if you run out of elastic, like I just did!

Just hold a length of ribbon in with a bead or a knot, and wrap the ends back around then spine and the up around front to tie.

I hope you find this useful; if you make some boxes I'd love to know about it.
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280  Re: Reusable Shopping Bag + tute!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Acadian Driftwood on: December 11, 2009 10:43:11 PM
Thanks so much for the tute! I made a few bags for Christmas gifts; they'll be perfect.

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