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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Big Frida Heart with Copper on: January 30, 2004 05:46:50 PM
Okay, another Frida project!  For this one, I bought this weird old "country"-ish heart shelf at the thrift store, painted it, put on a Frida postcard, decoupaged it, and then added copper accents.  Copper sheets are really easy to cut out and then you can use a little mini-torch (I got mine at Volcano Book Arts  http://www.volcanobookarts.com/  ) to color and darken the copper.  (You can get metal sheets there or big tubes that are cheaper at Dick Blick's).  Glued the copper on, added some copper paint, and there it is!  I like it.  



22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Frida box on: January 28, 2004 04:33:26 PM
I like to get old boxes at the thrift store, that have these cheesey designs (but a good indent to grout in!) (just an example, not the same one I use below):


And then  I paint the box, put in picture marbles that  I made with stamp images (see http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=14;action=display;threadid=360 and some beads...

And then grout it!  Make sure to cover the images with modge podge (or some decopuage stuff), so that the water from the grout doesn't ruin them:



23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Frida plate on: January 28, 2004 04:28:11 PM
Well, I like to find these old hang-able plates at the thrift stores and do different stuff with them.  For this one, I made a bunch of marble pictures,(see http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=14;action=display;threadid=360)
including a big one of Frida.  Then I put other marbles (colored ones from Michaels) around her and filled the rest in with grout!  That's it!  

Here she is:


24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Frida casita on: January 28, 2004 04:21:55 PM
I got this idea from craftychica http://www.craftychica.homestead.com/intro.html

I love Frida!  So, I bought a little wood dollhouse cabinet for 99 cents at Michaels.  Then I painted it with acrylics, put heart milagros on the outside, made a Frida bottlecap for the top, and put a picture of Frida within.  I added little flowers and a piece of beach glass, and voila!

Here it is with the doors closed:


And here with the doors open:

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cardigan hoodie on: January 12, 2004 04:25:35 PM
I've been seeing all these great cardigan hoodie sweaters in the stores, but not in a style/color I liked, so I made my own in orange 80% cotton, 20% wool cascade yarn!  I like this better than all wool because the kind of wool I could afford was too itchy!

This was my second go at knitting a sweater (the first time was a disaster--made that one into a felted bag!), and it went pretty well.  I knitted pretty obsessively for about two weeks.  I'd be happy to help anyone out with it if they want to try it out.  Next time, I'd make it smaller, but otherwise, I'm happy with it.  Here it is on me:

And the whole thing on the floor:


And the pattern:
http://www.chicknits.com/lotech.html
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / box with rusted bottlecaps on top on: December 11, 2003 04:58:44 PM
    [*]First I searched for lots of rusted bottlecaps and other cool stuff in the gutter!  It rains a lot in Seattle, so things rust fast!  People looked at me strange, but hey, I'm recycling.  
    [*]Then, I glued all the caps and some old beads, beach glass, and other rusted things on top of a cigar box from the thrift store.  
    [*]Then I used some grout from the hardware store and added acrylic paint and water to color the grout and make it a good consistency.  
    [*]Then I grouted the box.  Just smear the grout all over it.  Wait 30 minutes, and  Wipe the extra off with a sponge.  Voila--box with rusted stuff on top.  Here is a picture of it:

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    Here is an image of a box with no grout and fewer beads (it looks pretty good too, I think!)
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