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1  Kurt Cobain shrine in Completed Projects by beffielou on: March 01, 2012 09:58:25 AM
A while back I turned to Craftster for decor ideas for a 30th birthday party---- a 1990's Alt/Grunge party, that is! (Even all this time later, I still can't get over how random that sounds  Cheesyhttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387052.msg4579171#msg4579171

I received a ton of really awesome suggestions.  Somewhere in all that inspiration, the need to create a Kurt Cobain shrine became imminent.  Had to do it really. 

I got the shadowbox from Goodwill and couldn't wait to get home and tear it apart.  I made sure to keep all the paper flowers for later use.

So, I printed a Kurt pic from online and tea stained a sheet with the lyrics to 'Come as you are'.  The paper flowers I kept were stained red with watered-down acrylic paint.  I also covered the sides with a textured paper and added worn gold accents, but sadly isn't visible in the cruddy cell phone photo.  The tealight holder was formerly a can of Red Bull (ah, sweet elixir of life).

It actually ended up pretty perfect because the birthday girl came dressed as Courtney Love (smeared makeup and slip dresses and all).  Such an awesome coincidence! 

Thanks for looking!  Comments and Critiques welcome!
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2  Rabbit and Cheshire Cat for Baby Alice! in Needlework: Completed Projects by beffielou on: March 01, 2012 08:39:56 AM
Last year, a couple of friends broke the awesome news that they were expecting their first baby.  When they mentioned that they were naming the baby Alice and her nursery would be vintage Alice in Wonderland themed, I absolutely could not resist!

My contributions to the nursery: White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat embroideries. 

Both were made with fleece, felt and beads.  I know the color choice on the Cheshire Cat is unusual, but my friend found the cutest Japanese Alice in Wonderland fabric on Etsy for the curtains.  I decided to focus on coordinating with the colors in the fabric. 

For the Cheshire Cat, it was my very first time couching with beads.  Definitely makes things go a lot more quickly!  As a side note, I was really worried that the cat could come off creepy/scary to the baby--- I hope I did a good enough job making him look friendly.  Definitely don't want to be to blame for baby nightmares!   Undecided

The rabbit was a lot of fun too.  I used seed beads on the nose and ears.  The ruff is simply a strip of felt that I blanket stitched down one side.  I attached it to the embroidery hoop with hot glue. 

Another fun feature was adding whiskers.  Simply fishing line knotted into the fleece. 

Hope everyone likes them.  I get so much inspiration from you all every day, so I want to start giving back and posting more often.  Comments and Critiques are definitely welcomed! 

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3  Ideas needed for 90's party decorations in Party Planning by beffielou on: July 29, 2011 08:10:16 AM
Hello, lovely Craftsters!  I am a little stuck for ideas and I thought I would appeal to the most creative folks I know.  Grin

I am in the process of helping a friend throw a birthday party for his wife.  The theme is 90s alternative/grunge with a dose of Dawsons Creek angst thrown in for good measure.  Plans so far include costumes (of course!), faux goatee/temporary tattoo party favors, music, trivia and tons of food.  Since his wife is vegan, we've planned appetizers that play off 90s band namesGreen Daiya Mac n Cheese Bites, Stone Tempeh Pilots, Soundgarden Burger Sliders, etc.  The signs for the dishes are doodled on chipboard, drawing-on-your-notebook-in-class style.  

Sadly, that's where my decorating ideas officially run out.  We don't have any band posters (which are surprising expensive on eBay).  I don't want to make things too dark and gloomy since this is her 30th Birthday.  Decorations can definitely be handmade.  Does anyone have any ideas?  Thanks in advance for your help!
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4  Re: Ecstatic about Eclipse Gallery in The Swap Gallery by beffielou on: June 19, 2010 10:35:04 AM
Also, while I'm posting pics, I thought I would include a few extra detail shots from what I sent her.  Grin

Once again, here was everything together:

I had also included a felt glasses case.  Stitches I used were blanket, chain and fishbone (a new one for me):

Here is a closeup of my large project- the Cullen Crest.  I used backstitch and surface satin stitching.  It took forever!

Some more pics of the re-purposed journal.  I was so stoked bc it was the first time I attempted book binding!  Grin  I am also including a pic from the inside of the book--- the Wuthering Heights quote Bella used in the end.  Everything done with a gold paint pen.

Of course, there are already pics of the freezer stenciled shirt (based on Jolie's favorite Stupid Lamb/Masochistic Lion quote) and necklace.

I am so excited you liked everything.  I truly can't say enough how much I've enjoyed this experience.  Thanks again Jolie!!!!
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5  Re: Ecstatic about Eclipse Gallery in The Swap Gallery by beffielou on: June 19, 2010 10:18:54 AM
Just got my package full of awesome twilight treats.  Thanks Jolie!!!!  Without further ado....

Here's my haul all together:

A cool pillow-- looks like it was up-cycled from a t-shirt.  Yea for reusing!

Cool fabric on the back too:

Then a mug reading Team Edward.  I guess I've been outed on whose side I fall  Wink:

An awesome Cullen pocket mirror--- which I am so curious on how it was made.  Very well done.

And finally, my very own Edward poppet!

A closeup.  Complete with unruly copper hair, a touch of glitter and rosy lips!

Thanks again Jolie!  I will cherish everything.  Thanks for making my first swap great! Grin
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6  Damask & Green DIY Wedding (pic heavy) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by beffielou on: April 27, 2010 03:12:53 PM
First time poster here!  I thought it was only appropriate for me to begin with the event that inspired my obsession with crafting.  It's also what led me to discover you guys--the sheer awesomeness that is Craftster.  My very own DIY wedding!!  In trying to save some dough and personalize our big day, I took on an insane number of labor-of-love projects.  Here is a sampling of the crafty-goodness.  Hope you enjoy!!

From the very beginning, I knew I was going to make our invites.  I'm not posting the invites themselves bc blurring them to pieces breaks my heart.  But I would like to share our custom-designed envelope liners. I made them in Photoshop using my, my husband and our cats silhouettes.

Note: the inspiration for using the striped ribbon inside the envelope came from here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-diy-invitations-1Smiley

Since I wanted to use the silhouettes again, I thought they would be perfect for the cake topper.  The white part is shrinky-dink (yep, keeping it classy on the big day!), and the flowers are all hand made from card stock (left-over from the invites).  To make the flowers more durable and icing-proof, I painted them with clear nail polish.  If I were to ever try them again, I would love to experiment with resin.  I also have to mention that our cake was made by an independent baker and tiramisu-flavored.  So. Amazingly. Delicious.

For the mom/grandma corsages, I wanted to create something special that could be saved as a keepsake.  I made four of these out of French-beaded flowers.  Without a doubt, this was the most insane project of them all.  To this day I am still finding seed-beads in my car and between our couch cushions.  For brides that make an entire French-beaded bouquet, I seriously tip my hat to you.  

Also in trying to minimize money spent on perishable flowers, we grew our own wheatgrass centerpieces!  These tables were truly a team effortmy husband built and painted all the planters.  My mom, a sewing guru in her own right, made the table squares.  I frosted the cheap-o votives, grew/cut the grass, made table numbers (not pictured) and the favors.  If you look on the napkins, there is a printed and embossed Lucky in Love envelope filled with a lottery scratch ticket.  For anyone entertaining the wheatgrass ideatry it!! Wheat berries are so very cheap and in less than 2 weeks, youre done.

One of my favorite projects turned out to be the moss covered initials for the church doors.  These were made using insulation foam, sheets of dried moss and superglue.  

I made our guestbook by up-cycling a scrapbook (inspired by this: http://apracticalwedding.com/2009/06/nathalie-corys-green-picnic-wedding/).  I cut/carved/stained the wood and attached it with Gorilla Glue.  I covered the spine with grosgrain ribbon.  The pages were covered in envelopes I found on clearance and stamped/embossed.  

Since Im a sucker for a fun trend- I had to have a photo booth.  We rigged one with camera on a tripod, a ton a props and this sign.  Its a cheap kids blackboard from Ikea that I repainted.

Finally, as proof that you can dress us up but cant force us to be serious, here is my beloved and me!  One by our talented photog, one from the photo booth.

Comments and critiques are definitely welcome!
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