I'm getting married in 5 days. I've been building up a new selection of lingerie and other honeymoon goodies and I wanted something special to carry them in. I found this old brown suitcase at Goodwill. It was in great shape, even the lining was intact and the keys were inside. So I made the suitcase into a sex-case.
I painted the design on the front. (Design is from Stencilry, but was too detailed to stencil with contact paper. I stenciled a very basic outline and freehanded the rest.) I gave it a couple coats of polyurethane. It was looking pretty good, but I couldn't get the old lady smell out of the inside. I tried everything. Since old lady smell does not put anyone "in the mood", I had to sacrifice the lining. I replaced it with some awesome super silky red faux fur from Joanne's. I wanted purple, but they didn't have purple.
I was able to salvage the pouch that snaps onto the frame. Cool thing about this is that it is a plastic lined pouch and therefore perfect for storing lube and massage oils or whatever your spill-able honeymoon supplies might be.
I also painted our names on the bottom. I'm keeping my name so it's labeled with both. I love it! It's really quite perfect for the purpose. The lining is bawdy and the pouch worked out great. Having the keys is nice so we can keep it locked if we're afraid of nosy people or having it spill open for some reason. I'm going to stock it up tonight and have it ready to go. It was really easy and fun to revamp it. I don't think I'll be able to resist the appeal of vintage suitcases in the future. I'm sure I can come up with some other uses for these things.
We are planning our wedding on a pretty tight budget, with most of the money going to pay the band. Since music is what brought us together and going to concerts is what we do for fun, the music is the top priority. I also want everything to look fabulous, so I'm craftin up the decor.
Printed at home on paper I got a Dollar Tree (4 Invites w/ Envelopes for $1), Embellished with punched out leaves and ribbon. There's a lovely quote on the back that I love.
The Ring Not-Pillow:
A mock copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with pages cut out and felt added for a safe space for our rings.
Made from DT plain glass candles, tissue paper decoupaged over them. The same tissue paper has been made into the Martha Stewart poofs for decorating the hall.
The Unity Candle:
These have got to be the most overpriced wedding item I've seen. There is no reason a set of three candles should cost that much money. Ridiculous! I've been really drawn to peacock feathers, they are making lots of appearances in the decorations.
These aren't really crafty, but they are very practical. We both work in health care, as do a fair number of the invitees, so black pens are always needed. Pens seemed like the perfect favor and I'm really happy with how they turned out.
We just got home from seeing Cinematic Titanic Live! This is the second time we've gotten to see them. I made a shadow box to display last year's ticket stubs that was a nod to Mystery Science Theater. I brought it with me this year and the whole crew signed it for me. They were even impressed by it! I was so proud, but I managed to spit out a few words. (I'm a big dork about things like that. For some reason, any time I meet someone I've seen perform I turn into a blushing fan girl no matter how famous or not famous they are.) Anyway, here's pics!
My creation: The screenshot is from Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the movie they riffed last year, also a MST3K movie.
I bought a standard wooden TV tray at a yard sale for the bartered price of $1. It was structurally sound, but the top was water stained and scratched. "I shall decoupage this..." I thought. And I thought and I thought and I thought... for weeks I was undecided about what sort of design I wanted. Luckily, I remembered that we had some Calvin and Hobbes collections in the basement. This is my fiance's all time favorite comic strip. And so, from a water damaged book destined for the trash pile....
At first, I was going to use color strips only, but the book didn't have much to choose from and most were of Calvin's daydreams. The artwork is fantastic, but not instantly recognizable as Calvin and Hobbes. The black and white strips, on the other hand, where iconic and much more visually interesting than I had realized. I chose strips based on visual interest and variety. I wanted to include an example of many of the scenes in the strip... home, school, fall, winter, spring, summer. bedtime, bathtub... There was just so much to try to fit in on one small table!
My fiance, who is often annoying by my projects (the space they occupy, more so than the crafting itself) really likes it. Here's a few more pics...
I used two strands of Simply Soft Eco held together and sort of made up the pattern as I went along. I'm trying to duplicate it with another hat and I'm having trouble. I should really take notes when I want to remember how I did something. Anyway... I want to craft more Neil items and perhaps some crafts for The Guild as well, but I haven't thought of anything yet. Sorry about the messy table in the background and my less than perfect hair.
I'm a broke college student a month away from graduation, but I'm also a homeowner enjoying her first spring in her own house (er... building). I wanted to do something to spruce up the yard, but money is tight and I can barely justify buying potting soil. Also, it's a hugely intimidating project and I had no idea where to start. Luckily, someone on my local freecycle offered two boxes of empty wine bottles and I knew just what to do! I've seen this on here before, I think, or somewhere in the vastness of the Internet, but I can't remember where.
So, it's not finished yet. I need to collect more wine bottles. That photo shows you that part that is finished. I used brick to mark out where the rest of the wine bottles will go while I wait for freecycle to deliver more goodies.
This is right at the start of the project. You can clearly see that I have a lot more work ahead of me. The tree rings where a yard sale purchase last summer.
A little further along, before mulch. I used newspaper instead of landscape fabric because landscape fabric costs money and newspaper is free. The newspaper is also being reused and it's biodegradable. I do need to spring for another bag of mulch.
We lost our first and oldest ferret sometime early this morning. We're going to have him cremated. Since the urns the cremation places sell are overpriced and not very creative, not to mention not really designed for ferrets, I'm making him an urn. I started with a balsa wood box from the lovely Dollar Tree. So far, I've only used a wood burning tool.
I like how it's coming out so far. I'll put some sort of wood finish on it and I may line the inside. When we get his ashes back, I think I'll put them inside a sock and then inside the box. He was a notorious sock thief in life... leaving piles of stolen socks beneath furniture. I think I'll put a nice piece of felt on the bottom.
We also made an imprint of his paw before he passed. We knew his time was short. I used Crayola Model Magic. In the past, I've made these with scultpy or fimo, but I like the way the Model Magic is super soft and less stressful for the animal. You can get a nice deep print without a lot of pressure on the paw. Unfortunately, the finished product isn't quite as nice. The sculpty is a little nicer to write into as well.
And finally, here is the sweet soul that left us today.
So, up until this August, my fiance and I lived with his father. During this time his father picked up a weird hobby: sewing machines. He started buying them. Local auctions, mostly... but also E-bay, classifieds, friends started giving them to him... It was a little weird. He took a class on how to repair them and kept on buying. Soon there were sewing machines everywhere... the garage, basement, living room, dining room, computer room. Here a sewing machine, there a sewing machine...
It was starting to become obnoxious while we were living there. (whispers... he bought ANOTHER sewing machine today... coming home to find cobwebby machines sitting on the kitchen island... but since we've moved out and I decided I want to learn more about sewing, I realize was a cool resource I have.
I went over there the other night to pick up a machine. I didn't need anything fancy and what he had ready, tuned up and available was this Singer 404 he got at an auction for $1.
I used it last night to make my first sewing project in years:
It is far from perfect (my project, not the machine) but the recipients don't mind. The machine is pretty darn nice. I have very little experience with other machines, but this guy was easy to work with and nice. Future-father-in-law is going to look at his inventory and look for something with a zig zag stitch for me. He has 2 Singer 360's so that might be a possibility. Who knows, he may find something even better at another auction. The coolest thing is the machines are free for me to use and if I ever need them serviced- that's free too. I think I need to get serious about sewing.
So, it took us about 3 years, but this summer my fiance and I were able to move into the apartment we've been rennovating. It's the 2nd floor of a brick building built around 1867. This is one of the projects I finished this summer that I am most proud of. I wanted a backsplash, but I didn't have the time, the money or the motivation to do it in tile. I stumbled upon this idea somewhere deep in the internet and I thought I'd give it a try. I found the perfect vinyl tile in a small pattern in neutral colors at Lowes and bought a box. Here is how it turned out:
We moved in in August, so I've been using it for a few months. It's holding up quite well and just as I had hoped it's easy to wipe clean. I would do it again in a heartbeat. People compliment it all the time. It looks so much more expensive than it really is. The whole thing cost me less than $50.
... and I will never be the same. I was browsing around on here for some last minute Christmas ideas and I had to try the freezer paper. I ran out and bought supplies. Here are my first few projects...
For my sister... I was amazed at how well this technique works. I can't believe my first project turned out so well! It's not a very creative design, but my sis is gonna love it.
For my 9y.o. brother who loves everything Star Wars... I tried to use a layer of glow in the dark paint over the top of the shiny green paint. I should have just left it alone, I think the glow in the dark paint is going to peel off.
And finally... this one is for me, inspired by one of my nursing instructors who thinks that nurses should still wear caps... I plan on wearing this on my first day back to class.
I have many more shirts planned, but I have to wash my Goodwill finds first. I already have stencils cut out for a ferret shirt for my fiance and an einstein shirt for my dad. Where would I be without Craftster in my life teaching me new things.