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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Candle Quick Fix on: April 22, 2009 11:01:38 AM
So, I got these candles from Hobby Lobby and they were being displayed in my living room very prettily until I realized that one of them had mysteriously cracked all around the middle. Still no clue how that happened... but anyway, I was going to take it back for an exchange until I decided to hide it and make them look more elegant.

I bought a piece of scrapbook paper and some tassels and here's the end result:

And what they looked like before (pretty, but kinda blah right?):

42  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wedding Bouquet Shadow Box Display on: April 14, 2009 10:42:57 AM
Well, previously I had my wedding bouquet hanging on the wall upside down... not very aesthetic.

Luckily (or rather unluckily) the movers packed it at the bottom of a box full of stuff which caused it to crumble a lot so I was forced to consider other ways to keep them on display like I wanted.

I settled on a shadow box frame with my favorite photo from our wedding that I photoshopped a bit, added some red cardstock (one of the wedding colors) as a photo mat and a few of the dried "buds" from my bouquet, some baby's breath and a leaf or two for some "color".

I originally wanted to put my wedding announcement in there but with my craft room still a mess I couldn't find the extras I had. I'm considering upgrading to a slightly larger shadow box since I still have half a bouquet or more sitting around (maybe 8" X 10") so maybe I'll keep the photo in there and add the announcement.

Anywho, here it is (clickable so you can see more detail):

43  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bird Silhouette Triptych Paintings on: February 15, 2009 02:45:10 PM
Something I whipped up for my new craft room (haven't moved in yet but I'm already going nuts with "nesting" so to speak). Total cost was about $10 for the 3 pieces and some acrylic paints and brushes. Would've been cheaper but most of my materials (paints, brushes, etc) are still in transit somewhere so I had to pick up some new ones.

Anywho... here it is. I got the idea and general design from the internet somewhere. Could be here on Craftster or random internet searching. I forget where and am really sorry I can't give credit to any original. Just know it's not my design at all. I chose colors to go with my new room and that's basically all my input.

44  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Feather Painting on: February 15, 2009 02:22:16 PM
Some feathers I painted quite a bit ago (about 4 or 5 years I think):

My favorite:

My not so favorite:

And two I gifted to my grandparents (sorry for the glare, they've long been framed and hanging on the walls and I didn't want to take them down just for one shot):

Just finally got the chance to take photos of the grandparents' so I figured I'd post and share.  Grin
45  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Garage Wall Decoupage? on: February 09, 2009 09:38:27 AM
Hey all, quick question.

My grandpa is wanting to re-do a wall in his garage and cover it in brick-sized pieces of pages of an old book.

Any ideas on what to affix it to the wall with? Wall paper paste? Mod Podge? Something cheap for a full wall?

46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First attempt at punchneedle on: February 07, 2009 06:25:10 PM
Just a little Dimensions kit....

I think I kinda like punchneedle. It has some definite possibilities.... I'm still working out getting the backside to look neater but I think it's good for a first try.

47  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Weathered wood fence into beautiful frame! on: February 07, 2009 06:22:09 PM
So I finished this flag cross-stitch piece I've been working on for about 2 years or so recently (more details here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288236.msg3268845#msg3268845) and begged my grandpa to make me a frame for it.

He finally finished it today and here's the photos!

It's made from recycled wood fence. The neighborhood homeowner's association was replacing a perimeter-type fence with some newer wood and my grandpa got a whole bunch of the wood for free. I talked him into using a couple pieces for my frame but he still has oodles out in the garage. He's going to use them to cover the garage wall which will become a sort of paneling when he turns it into his poker room.

He's upset because it's not *perfect* but what can you do with weathered/warped wood? Besides, I like it and think it gives it character.  Tongue
48  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Patriotic Cirque Des Cercles on: January 20, 2009 05:25:47 PM
OMG, sooooo excited I finally finished this!! 559 days and it's finally done.  Shocked

And a little closer...

You can click on the photos for an even closer look.  Wink 


Cirque des Cercles by Ink Circles
Stitched 2 X 1 on 28 ct Lugana hand-dyed in "Sky" by Sugar Maple Fabrics with Eterna silk floss (2860, 2820, 1690, 1670, and 10).

Start Date: July 11, 2007
Finish Date: January 20, 2009

Grandpa offered to make me a frame so hopefully it'll be done quickly and I can post that as well. Maybe tomorrow I can talk him into it.  Tongue

ETA: Link to storefront to purchase original CDC pattern: http://www.inkcircles.com/index.html
49  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another messenger bag for my BFF - Love Owls and Froggies oh my! on: December 23, 2008 12:24:31 PM
I made yet another messenger bag for my friend this time (thank God, she doesn't really like pockets). Just thought I'd share a few quick photos.

Without the flap on:

Inside pocket and keyfob:

Back pocket with buttons for the removable flaps:

Flap with "love owls":


Thanks for looking!  Grin

Oh... PS - can someone please reassure me that the frog at least looks like a frog? My husband is somewhat unimaginative as it is but he worried me when he said he didn't see a frog at all.  Undecided  I mean, that looks like a frog, right?
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Washing Vinyl? on: November 17, 2008 10:11:47 AM
Okay so I got some fabulous vinyl fabric on sale after Halloween.... but my cat peed on it.  Shocked

Can I just toss it in the washer/dryer or....? Washer and line-dry?

I'm kinda lost here.  Huh  I tried google and it brings up washing vinyl siding or car upholstery.
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