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1  charcoal drawing of a photograph of my mother and grandmother. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kiathegiraffe on: October 23, 2009 09:01:04 PM
This post should have been made last year, but I have been so busy with school that its outrageous! Did this for drawing one last year in school as one of my finals. I was pretty happy with it but since I have had drawing two now, and I am looking at this, I think I could do a little better for it now.. and I may attempt to whenever I have some free time... which will more than likely be when I am dead or whenever I can get my butt off Craftster long enough.  Haha! Cheesy


(online uploading kills quality once again. yay!)


My mom is the baby and my grandmother is the lady who just had the baby.

The actual photo was in almost pieces where it is so old and not taken care of properly (drawing it was a bit difficult with all the holes and stains) .. and it is one of the VERY few photos I have of my grandmother. She died tragically when my mom was only 9 years old and when she was alive she hated having her picture taken. So needless to say the image is very important to me..

My mom says that I look a lot like her, and a lot of my mannerisms are just like her. I still feel very connected to her, almost like I know her just by hearing the stories that my mom tells me. It makes me feel like I had my grandma there all along.

Thanks for taking the time to check this out. Smiley
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2  no cut, no sew! horray for laziness! :] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kiathegiraffe on: March 12, 2009 08:58:50 AM
(i'm sure a lot of you already know this trick.. but i know that there has to be someone that doesn't. Smiley )


I'm kind of short so I have a problem with skirts being too long for me.. and to me, long skirts make me look "dumpy". Of course you could always cut and hem a skirt that is too long, but I am too darn lazy to do that. (Plus, I am an interior design student so after a long day of making curtains and bedding, I'm just about sewed out!!) So, I came up with this simple little pinned up bubble skirt plan which I had thought was totally clever and original until my mom informed me that she had known about doing that for years.   Roll Eyes *siiiigh*

Anyway.. all you need is about 4 or 5 little safety pins. Turn the skirt inside out, fold the bottom of the skirt to the top that goes around your waist, pin it JUST BELOW the elastic that sits on your waist about every 5 inches leaving little pockets around to create the "bubblieness". You could also pin it a little shorter if you want your bubble skirt a little longer. It makes all your long skirts really versatile and kaaaaayoote!

See!? Cheesy
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3  Middle schoolers are filthy! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kiathegiraffe on: August 28, 2008 11:17:47 PM
The middle school that I attended closed down this Summer..they built a bigger and better school.. My dad is a school bus driver and they told all the employees for the board of education that they could go in there and take whatever they wanted.. My dad knows that I love refinishing old furniture so he nabbed some stuff for me.
He got this table (that I'm getting ready to show you..) Three ancient wooden desks, and an OVERHEAD PROJECTOR! Yay! I can't wait to paint murals!  Shocked



Anyway.. I knew this table had potential. You can tell it is really really old just by the way it is put together.  I took one look at it and said "Dad you know what you're doing, dontcha?" and he said "uhh well I just thought your mom could pot her plants on it.. I don't know".   I snickered and carried it away to safety.. This table is better than that. D=<

(BEFORE)
The "F" word was etched in it like 5 times.. and of course "TIMMY LUVZ SUZIE".. you know.. stuff middle schoolers do to a perfectly fine table. Haha.



I stripped it all down. I knew the wood under all that paint had to be beautiful. There was about 3 layers.. a black one then a white one and then another black one. Needless to say it took a lot of work.

(that image is before the sanding)


I knew I wanted it to be really rich and dark.. I wanted people to be able to take one look at it and go "Man that's an old table." And I wanted to keep it within its character.. so I left the gum that kids stuck under it (it was so old that I couldn't get it off even if I wanted to.. haha) and I left in the non-vulgar carvings just for that extra IMATABLEFROMAMIDDLESCHOOL factor. =D

Taaadaaa!

and again




and I just think this is neat for some reason.




I love this table so much.. I'm already attached to it. Its going to be a piece that moves with me where ever I move..
I hope when I move into my new apartment that I can use it as an island.. if there is room.
Maybe one day when I have kids they can color me pictures on it.
But right now its going to be a home for my sewing machine Cheesy


Watcha thinkin'?
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4  Love Birds In a Tree! UPDATED. in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by kiathegiraffe on: August 14, 2008 12:36:05 AM

Different angles. I think.


I guess I put this here.
When I get bored/inspired I paint things on my wall..
this is by far my favorite.. and its HUGE.
The biggest thing I've painted on there yet.

It is certainly breathtaking when you walk in my room.
The pictures don't do it justice.
I really wish I could capture it.


When you sit or lay on my couch/bed thing that I made, its really neat to look up at.

I am thinking of adding flowers or leaves to it.
Maybe detail in the bark.
Not too sure.
But I'll sleep on it.


Oh! & the two birds are my boyfriend and I Smiley
Teehe!


(UPDATE)
I realized what it needed!

I gave it another branch and more twiggly things!

I'm happy with it and all of its spookiness now.  Cheesy

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5  the craziest pencil holder EVER. in Completed Projects by kiathegiraffe on: July 26, 2008 11:07:58 PM
my desk at work is SO boring and SO dull.
i needed something to perk it up and give it a little of my personality.
i had a bag of beads i got from walmart for 5 bucks.. (because for some reason i cant resist colorful and sparkley things) and a hot glue gun.
so, i mean it was a no brainer.
make a pencil thingy, duh.


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6  A nightstand for my momma. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kiathegiraffe on: June 28, 2008 11:21:05 AM
My momma's best friend gave her this nightstand.. It was pretty ugly.
BEFORE:

Ewwwwwwww. Fake woooood! One of my biggest peeves!




AFTER:

If it was up to me I would have gotten new handles and filled in that design thing on the front of the drawer.. But this was for my mom and she begged me to keep that crap.  Roll Eyes

Oh and I couldn't find the perfect shade of spray paint with the satin finish, so I had to get metallic "Caramel Latte" satin finish. I was a little skeptical at first, but it actually looks really cool.. and it looks better in person.. those blotchy looking spots on the drawers is actually the glitter in the paint.


She loooves to make quilts and she has about 15 of them in her room, so I made the top look kind of like a quilt.

I messed up in a couple places.. but overall it looks pretty good.



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7  Ugly desk and chair transformed into a feminine vanity! (5 pics) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kiathegiraffe on: June 24, 2008 02:27:38 PM
The finished product (I like to show the good stuff first)


Detail:



I fixed the desk part up about a year ago.. I just found the perfect chair to go with it yesterday at Goodwill. I finally have a matching set!! Sadly I only have before pictures of the chair.


It only needed sanded down, a slight color change, and re-upholstered. It still had a tag on it and the date it was made was June 1925.. I was almost scared to do anything do it.


I got the desk from my mom's old house. No one has lived there in over 20 years so it had a pretty substantial amount of damage. It was really dark brown and had a plastic table top.. It was pretty weird.. I have never seen anything like it since or ever. Haha. I had to sand it all down (by hand.. it was a job let me tell you.) and paint it all. Since the top is plastic.. I used that spray paint for plastic on the top and kind of took to colors and blended them together to make it look kind of marble-y. I took some wrapping paper I found at Wal-Mart, covered the front of the drawers with it and sealed it all on and finished it all with a clear coat!

It matches really well with my guest bedroom Cheesy

Hope you all like!
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8  Selma the Sausa-- Err... Palmela the Pickle :( in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by kiathegiraffe on: June 22, 2008 11:16:07 PM
I really wanted a sausage... I ended up with a pickle. Although I hate pickles.. I guess I have to accept her ways of living.. after all she is my daughter.

(Sorry about the crappy picture.. My camera only focuses good when it wants to.)
This is the only the second thing I have ever made out of poly-clay.. I know its a little mediocre Tongue


But shes best friends with my hardcore apple core! I think I'm gonna make them a trash can jewelry box home to live in Cheesy

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9  HARDCORE! Hah. Cool applecore pendant in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by kiathegiraffe on: June 22, 2008 08:11:51 AM
So this is my first time ever even laying my fingers on some clay...
here is the finished product of my experimenting! Cheesy



I was thinking of making him say "hardcore"
because it would just be hilarious.. and totally suit my personality.

I also think he is too shiny..
I used clear spray paint and it didn't make me too happy.

oh and he is way too big for a necklace.. he was supposed to be a charm/pendant but hes just too fat. So I think I'll hang him on my Christmas tree (which is up all year round...) haha.

Thanks for checking my guy out
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10  Plain dresser into.. super cool dresser! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kiathegiraffe on: June 02, 2008 05:14:03 PM

Yeah so, I made this dresser about a year or so ago. I didn't take before pictures because I just discovered this AMAZING site about a week ago. This is my first (of many to come) post of stuff I have made in the past. =]

Okay, the dresser was so plain before.. just basic, fake pine wood. She totally didn't match my funky, hot pink, completely covered in posters, room. I had to fix that.

I was glancing through my Alternative Press magazines and thought "Wow, some of the art in these ads is so cool, I wish I could take them out and look at them all the time but it would look so weird just having ads on my wall..." and then the idea dawned on me.. decoupage the ads onto that icky dresser!

I sanded her down and sprayed her black. I had a collection of really cool tissue paper I got from the local Dollar Tree, so I spray adhesive-ed it to the front of the drawers to create a sort of background. I cut out the parts of the ads I liked and spray adhesive-ed those over top of the tissue paper. I used triple thick clear spray glaze to seal the paper. After all that was done I decided it still needed a little glam, so I took some jewels and hot glued them in random spots over the whole thing and viola!

(SORRY ABOUT THE TERRIBLE PICTURE QUALITY, THE LIGHTING IN MY ROOM IS HORRIBLE!! Believe me, the pictures don't do it justice!)


Awesome!!



one of my favorites.. A bird from a Haste The Day ad.

Smiley thanks for taking the time to look at this! I know its not as clever as half of the stuff on here but I hope some of you will like it!
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