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91  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Two Harry Potter themed potion cabinets on: December 28, 2011 12:11:51 PM
I was very inspired by a few previous posts of potion cabinets. I didn't want one for myself, but it looked like a ton of fun, so I made one each for two of my very close, Harry Potter loving friends. Sadly, I was overwhelmed with crafting projects and finishing my thesis to graduate, and classes, so I didn't get to finish all of the bottles or try out the wood burning like I wanted to, but the girls now have a few empty bottles to decorate as they want.... now for excessive pictures Smiley

A free-standing cabinet from a converted jewelry storage:

One of the pulls on the doors was missing, so I replaced it with some pretty yellow to bronze colored beads on a drop pen the same length as the original pull.

I pulled out some horrifying and filthy yellow velvety fabric and replaced it with some pretty paper on the inside...

Along with the little bottles, I included a polymer clay mandrake that I sculpted...

I also put random things in the drawers... not pictured was a drawer with spare labels, and a drawer with a skeleton key and an old leather bound book of poems.

The second cabinet was an old hanging spice cabinet: (thanks to my roommate who held it up for photos Cheesy)

(Another clay mandrake)...

The second cabinet had a wearable Luna necklace since the friend receiving it is much more likely to actually wear it Smiley
92  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand carved, mounted stamps: Gator (Old Albert), Heart w/ Cross, and Acorn on: December 28, 2011 11:53:30 AM
I made these stamps as thank you gifts to some very supportive ladies that I used to work with. I just graduated from UF and moved out of FL, so they gave me a very nice sending off luncheon. Each stamp fit the lady's personality who I gave it to.



Stamped paper:

Thanks for looking!
93  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felted Acorn Necklaces on: December 28, 2011 11:41:29 AM
For the holidays I decided to make/craft gifts for everyone instead of purchasing gifts. One item I decided to give to my girlfriends was felted acorn necklaces. I also got several requests from other people who wanted to give them as gifts. I only have two left of the original batch, and I made 5 more after taking these pictures Smiley

I still need to work on getting uniform sizes, but my acorn caps are so varied in size, that I think it works out.
94  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thread spool necklace and wool acorn necklace on: December 04, 2011 10:16:28 AM
For the Jars of Whimsey Swap, I made my partner a couple of necklaces. The first was made from a vintage, wooden thread spool. One of her favorite colors was lavender, so I found a light purple spool. There are random buttons on the top and bottom.

The second was an acorn necklace. I felted wool for the first time and added a real acorn cap to the top. My partner listed that she really liked autumn, so I thought it was appropriate Smiley I didn't get a picture of hers before sending (it was brown), but here are some I made afterwards.

I haven't added the small brown one to anything yet... Later I started making more of both types of necklaces for myself and to give as gifts. I am still trying to get better at welt felting the wool without getting creases... I've made about ten now, and most of them get the creases (I promise I am being patient and slow!).
95  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Native American Cloth Art Doll (picture heavy) on: November 28, 2011 05:01:26 PM
I started this doll about 5 years ago for a friend. She gave me a list of animals from her parents' totems and the general location/order they should appear. (If anyone is familiar with Native American culture, correct me if anything is wrong).

The paint on the face dried a horrible color, and I should have made the animals bigger (but I was afraid of over-crowding). She has the doll now, so I can't make any changes but critique is welcome in case I make another doll in the future.

The pattern was from "Creative Cloth Doll Making" by Patti Medaris Culea, and it is the fourth doll I have made using patterns from that book.

96  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Car visor slip cover (with step-by-step replay) on: November 28, 2011 03:29:07 PM
So my car is showing its age (prematurely) and my ceiling fabric is falling down and my visor fabric was flaking off terribly (see pictures below)... I have been on and off wanting to tear off the fabric because every time I bumped it, flakes and bits went floating everywhere.

So here is the finished project:

And here are some pictures of the process. If anyone would like some help/tips on how I did it to give their own car a treatment, please feel free to ask Smiley

Original (after I tore it off the visor... it still had a hard cardboard piece that I saved for the new one). It was pretty rough. Parts of the fabric were actually hanging down for the last couple weeks. Luckily I am short enough that it was not in my vision.

The visor was sewn onto a particle board frame, so to cut it off, I just slid my scissors between the layers of cardboard to cut the thread and leave everything else intact. Here is the inside after cutting it off:

I tore of the old fabric and traced the cardboard to make a pattern and added a 3/8 in seam allowance (I thought I added enough length for a flap, but somehow screwed that one up).

I used spray on adhesive to refasten the cardboard to the particle board frame without fabric so that it will be easy to replace the new cover if I need to.

Here is the slipcover before I put it on:


And some pictures of it in the car:

97  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Camera Strap from scrap fabrics and thrifted strap on: November 26, 2011 04:40:33 PM
I made this camera strap for my swap partner in the Jar of Whimsey Swap. I had the fabric and fleece leftover from a diaper bag that I made. The buckles and nylon strap part came from a camera that I got at a thrift store for 50 cents. Smiley She really liked it!

98  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Santa Claus reusable cloth gift bags on: November 17, 2011 04:22:14 PM
I made a set of holiday themed gift bags for a lady I used to work with. The checked fabric is a heavier material, and the toile was light weight. In all I made 11 bags (only 10 are shown because I am fixing the prototype to match the others). I used the fabric so efficiently that there was less than half a square foot of scrap from the checked material. The last bag had to be made of two strips sewn together and they came out nearly exactly the same dimensions as the other bags. I also had to use the toile to make handles for the last bag.

The toile has little scenes of Santa Claus and lots of cats on it. So cute!

I used French seams since I don't have a serger and wanted to prevent them from fraying. The cloth gift bag is a brilliant idea, and I might have to make some to give away to my own family/friends.

99  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Queen of Hearts Stamp on: November 16, 2011 03:53:57 PM
My latest stamp was a request for someone to give as a gift...

This is the first stamp I have posted that is mounted (I have several small ones that I haven't gotten around to taking pictures of though).


I didn't get any pictures of this before I sent it away, so the new owner sent me some photos. She did very well, but I didn't specify to get pictures of the mounting... I bought some Halloween stamps on clearance at Walmart for $0.25, tore off the labels and stamps from those, mounted my hand-carved stamp on foam, then fixed it to the wood block. I was silly and washed the stamp while the back hadn't dried, so I had to glue on a piece of paper with the stamp image. I hope that the new owner doesn't find it too difficult to clean because of that...
100  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mead (honey wine) in three flavors on: November 15, 2011 06:42:09 PM
My fiance and I are serving homebrewed drinks at our wedding next fall. This summer we started a batch of mead, honey wine, with mesquite honey and cinnamon. A couple weeks ago my future father-in-law visited my fiance and they started a second batch with wildflower honey and added blueberries (I live in a different state right now). While I was visiting over the weekend we started a third batch with orange blossom honey and freshly squeezed orange juice. Each batch will yield about 5 gallons! Yum, yum, yum!

Here are the first two batches after we re-racked the blueberry batch:

I think they look nice side-by-side to show the unique colors. (They were prettier in person)

Here is the re-racking process from the blueberry batch:

This is the third batch. It doesn't look very attractive in this picture, but it smelled wonderful.

Each batch has about 15 lbs of honey (some containers not shown):

You can see my prototype bottle label in some previous posts, but that was before I knew we were going to do the second two batches. I will design new labels when we know that all of the mead ferments all right.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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