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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Revamped an old clock into something fabulous! on: December 10, 2013 11:27:50 PM
I have been spending way too much time at the local thrift stores.  I have become obsessed with finding crappy things that I can bring home and make fabulous.  So, my most recent find was this:

It was missing the clock face and two of the wooden rays.  I knew for the low low price of 3.99 I could make it better!

So, THIS is what it became!!  I absolutely LOVE it!!  It was repainted with acrylic paints an sealed with Mod Podge.  I took apart an old clock we had laying around for the clock guts. (the body of the old clock was used for a day of the dead shrine that I'll post later).

22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Fancy handpainted gel polish manicure. on: December 10, 2013 11:20:05 PM
I have been working on nail art over gel manicures. This one is done with a very small brush and a variety of Gelish colors.  The black outline is acrylic paint.  Then the whole design is topped off with Gelish Top It Off.

23  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: May 2012 Featured Projects: Glass (Glorious Glass!) on: June 12, 2012 10:36:12 PM
Whoa!!  I'm always in awe of the amazing glass projects that are done by you guys!  So, I'm super flatter to be included in this with all of you amazing artists!

Congratulations folks!  Your stuff amazes me!!
24  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny glass beads...Pumpkin, bee, and some popcorn on: May 14, 2012 02:50:18 PM
I'm amazed! Is it hard to do?  Does it take a lot of skill and time?  Debs Smiley

It doesn't take too much time...and the skill comes the more you do it.  I started out making sort of round-ish beads.  *L*  My first bunch of "beads" were lopsided, strangely colored, sometimes burned, sometimes cracked.  But I still have them.

Because I'm using MAPP Gas (about 8 dollars for a small can from Home Depot), and a HotHead torch head (about 45 dollars) it was relatively inexpensive to get started.  I spent about 25 dollars on a bundle of glass rods (COE 104 or soft glass). 

I absolutely LOVE making beads.  It's very...um...personal, I guess.  I put on my earbuds with music I love (well, only one earphone so that I can hear the torch in case it starts making strange noises *L*) and start makin' stuff.
25  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Tiny glass beads...Pumpkin, bee, and some popcorn on: May 07, 2012 08:48:56 PM
A few more beads I've made for the craft fair.  Things are coming along quite nicely!   Grin

I'm working on a Hothead torch and MAPP gas.
26  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Raise a tiny glass and have a tiny toast. Lampwork bead on: May 07, 2012 01:39:45 PM
Ok....I gotta say, I am pretty proud of this particular bead.   Grin  My husband and I are putting together a whole lot of crafted items for a craft fair.  It's mostly stuff he makes, but I said I'd make some earrings and pendants for him to bulk up his inventory.
As per my usual, when I'm making a bead, my head is usually about two or three beads ahead of what I'm working on.  *L*  I was working on encasing something in clear and wondered to myself, "self, I wonder if you could make a little rootbeer float or a little beer mug?" 

So, here it is.  I haven't cleaned out the release yet, and I still have to make it's little mate for it to be a matched set for earrings, but I couldn't wait to share.   Grin

27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Halloween Zombie Nail art on: April 15, 2012 06:26:42 PM
These were from October of 2011...but I've been so very lazy about posting!  *L*  We took our kids to Silverwood in October which converts over to Scarywood...it's crawling with zombies and creepy clowns and roller coasters that run backwards.  There are also several haunted houses.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have creepy bloody zombie nails...cause that's how I roll!   Grin

28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Anime cosplay - Taokaka on: April 15, 2012 06:16:52 PM
My daughter's Sakuracon 2011 cosplay.  I was feeling much more ambitious last year.  She ended up with three outfits.  I didn't use a pattern for this one...another fly by the seat of my pants.  She looked so freakin' cute in it.  She got stopped a lot for pictures.  It ended up being really really short so I made her wear flesh colored leggings and booty shorts under it.  She was just fine with that.  *L*

29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Anime Cosplay - Boris on: April 15, 2012 06:08:21 PM
My daughter's cosplay from 2011 Sakuracon.  This one was made without a pattern.  Had to wing it.  This one ended up being one of her very favorites.  She made the pink and purple stole all by herself.  I'm trying to get her to sew some of this stuff herself.  *L*  She does like to give me the big blinky eyes and tell me that I'm just so good at making her stuff...so I end up taking over!  Bad mommy...she'll never learn to sew that way!  *L*
30  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Anime cosplay costume...Stocking on: April 15, 2012 05:37:48 PM
My daughter (who is 17 this year) is very very into anime and every April we take her to a convention in down town Seattle...Sakuracon.  She is sooo spoiled because her mommy (Me) knows how to sew and I generally can create whatever she comes up by mashing patterns together or by faking it without a pattern.  This year she wanted to go as a character called Stocking.  She had a friend she was meeting who was supposed to go as the partner to this cosplay called Panties.  (I know, it sounds bad, right?)  So she shows me the pictures...and then, bless her heart, tells me that she doesn't want the really really short skirt because she doesn't want to look like a hoochie!  I love my daughter!  So here is what the outfit looked like as anime and what we came up with.  I sort of used a pattern....but this particular cosplay was mostly a fly by the seat of my pants situation!

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