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1  Re: mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 GALLERY send outs 11-23-2015 in The Swap Gallery by yzzilnoaj on: November 22, 2015 03:35:45 PM
I received from calixta today...the only problem is that she has decided to torture me and not allow me to even open the box to see all the pretty gifts  Angry Its going to be a miracle if I can actually wait  Smiley If the card is any sort of indication I am going to LOVE my gifts..seriously awesome card.

I am COMPLETELY blown away by my day 1 gift.  I said I wanted a crochet basket but never imagined I'd get one.  Not only is it huge, it is the PERFECT color.  THANK YOU Calixta!!!!!!  I am honestly stunned and feeling a little insecure about my gifts to you.

Yummy yummy in my tummy I got ginger snaps for Day 2.  I am so not sharing. I have to comment on the tags calixta made, each one is a piece of artwork.  I am totally reusing them!

Day 3

So along the way some of the numbers fell off the packages

I was told that I could choose any of the un-numbered packages so I chose

And once again I am blown away.  I LOVE my ocean earrings (I am a big ocean person).  LOVE these AWESOME beaded coral earrings.

and who doesn't LOVE some sea glass earrings.  calixta you seriously rule!

Day 4

I got the cutest beaded felt ocean creatures. I am going to add them to a sea themed mobile that hangs in my guest room.

Day 5 -sorry for the delay in posting life got in my way yesterday. Anywho, I got these amazing candles.  I think some of the finish calixta made came off the big one who I actually love how it looks now.  

Day 6 I literally got the cutest pinecone bird.  Calixta actually sent me two extras and one was a bag of pinecones so I may have to make some of these (the other extra was a chocolate orange I use past tense because its already gone  Smiley)...though she did a far better job than I could.  Calixta you are one talented chick Smiley

Day 7 I LOVE these beautiful lace earrings...so very me!

Day 8 I have been collecting vintage scarves to make a bedspread for my bed...my amazing partner used an awesome scarf to wrap a wonderful snowflake garland.  I wish I was able to crochet but alas no matter how many times I am shown it doesn't stick

Day 9 I am so excited about this gift.  I've been wanting a key wind chime for my porch!

Day 10
I got the coolest star wreath made with book pages.  I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!

I think it may stay up year round

Day 11
OMG this shirt is AWESOME.  I am truly a ocean girl and my partner got it right on!!!!!!

Day 12
calixta told me my first gift was the best and the rest might be a disappointment as a result...she could not have been more wrong.  This ornament is STUNNING and one of my favorite Christmas gift this year!!!!

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2  Can you stain a couch? Why yes you can! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by yzzilnoaj on: September 24, 2015 03:49:56 PM
Due to a horrific flea infestation I had to get rid of our couch.  It was a tough blow because money is never in abundance in our house.  So I started looking on craigslist hoping someone needed to get rid of their nice couch.  I happened upon a couch for $20 that came from a pet free and smoke free home.  It was ugly beyond belief (see 2nd picture) but I figured that with pintrest's help I'd find a way to make it beautiful. I loaded up the hubby and went to get it.  The couch turn out to be a florida couch (very low to the ground and small).  I convinced the hubby to pay the $20 and off we went.  When we got it in the house the fabric was even worse than I thought.  The low to the ground part was not working for me either.  I lived with it for exactly 19 hours before I had to change it.  I had recently bought some weathered grey wood stain for a table redo.  I thought why can't I stain the couch instead of painting it? I went on Pintrest and found a few examples that look like they worked so the stain came out and the paint clothes went on. 

The final product. I was pleasantly surprised when the pattern came through in a purple/red color.

The original couch

After I finished the very messy stain job I got the hubby to add some legs.  Thankfully I had taken some off a table I saw on the side of the road.

The fabric turned out feeling like outdoor furniture fabric which works well for our messy house...easy cleaning.  It is still very comfortable to lay on. 

I would recommend this project if you need a cheap way to redo a piece of furniture. 
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3  From Trash to Fantastic Chandelier in CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES by yzzilnoaj on: February 06, 2014 04:40:52 PM
When I read the challenge I immediately wanted to do something with newspaper yarn...I am in love with the stuff.  As I was pondering what I could do my mom asked me if I wanted a basket/trashcan that had seen better days.  I immediately thought it would make a great shape for a light/chandelier plus the light would shine through it in a cool way.  Here is the end product

Here is what I started with

The first step was to make a ton of yarn

Then I hot glued and weaved my way around the basket

At last the basket is covered

I then took the parts out of a broken lampshade

I decided the lamp needed more so I broke out the "crystal" (plastic all the way) I stole from the cheezy lamp ever years ago.

I really like how it turned out.  The pictures do not do the lamp justice in the dark

Thanks for looking

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4  For the Love of Story Stones in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by yzzilnoaj on: February 05, 2014 09:38:30 AM
I recently (last July so I guess not too recently) decided to try selling my crafts at fairs, any bit of money helps right? Life circumstances are such that an crafts I made had to be made with very little out of pocket expenses.  With this in mind I went to Pintrest and looked for rock crafts.  I am a rock girl through and through so I have a ton of rocks on hand.  I found story stones almost immediately and fell in love with the idea. What a wonderful tool to encourage creativity in children.  These are what I came up with...

Family Time

Fishing Trip

Day at the Beach

Family Vacation

Camping Trip


Fairy Tale

I made a pouch for each set and attached directions

Thanks for looking
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5  Nautical Mobile from old jeans and a table cloth (pic. overload) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by yzzilnoaj on: February 04, 2014 03:11:58 PM
I was given the honor of making the mobile for my best friend's baby.  She was thinking of a pirate themed nursery and since I am who I am (slightly crazy) I spent hours browsing the web for ideas.  I had this grand plan of making a felt pirate ship in the middle with a palm tree, treasure chest, pirate flag, pirate, treasure map and a shark around it. As I was about to start cutting the felt (I kid you not) I received a text from my best friend saying she was thinking a nautical theme would be better.  I almost climbed through the phone and strangled her but seeing as she is carrying my Godchild I held myself back. 

Thankfully it did not take me long at all to decide I wanted to make a whale mobile.  Once upon a time I had made my niece a whale out of jeans so I went with what I know.  My other half, Art, has a need to never throw away any jeans so I took this opportunity to steal two pairs of jeans that needed to be retired 10 years ago.  I wanted to the whale to have a lighter belly so two different pairs of jeans were needed.  I cut out my pattern and sat down at my sewing machine only to find it did not want to sew any longer...the motor was dead.  I am not sure how I managed to kill it but I did. 

I really wanted to continue on the mobile so I decided hand-stitching was the way to go.  As I was thinking of stuffing the whale I thought it would be cool if the tail and fins could bend and hold shape.  I found some pipe cleaners and used them as the stuffing for the tail and fins.  I think it turned out well because it makes the whale have more of a sense of motion. 

I decided that little fish and driftwood were the finishing touches the whale needed.  I went in search of some nauticalish (yup I have created a new word) fabric and came upon a truly hideous tablecloth I got in a grab bag at a church sale.  It was a fake patchwork tablecloth straight out of the 70s.  The thing was there were a few awesome patches.  I then made a pattern of a fish that fit in the cool fabric portion of the tablecloth and hand stitched them shut.  I decided that the fish should bend as well so it would look like they are swimming through water. Thankfully I have lots of pipecleaners in my stash. 

I really love how it turned out.  I haven't seen it in the nursery yet but I have been told by the BFF it couldn't be more perfect!

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6  A Series of Hope (photo overload) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: February 04, 2014 12:30:49 PM
My best friend and I have been friends for a long time but it wasn't until we were both diagnosed with autoimmune diseases that we became the very dearest of friends.  We were the girls that were making something out of life while being sick.  We often spoke of our paths in life and how motherhood was not for us.  So imagine my surprise when last June she walked into my house crying and said "I am pregnant."  She was happier than I had ever seen her, it was a beautiful moment that I will treasure forever.  I immediately got onboard and came up with a bunch of crafts for us to make together.  We were having a great time getting ready for Shane (baby's name) when Jen (my best friend) found out Shane is very sick and may not live past birth. 

I felt so helpless in the face of her heartbreak I didn't know what to do at first.  Then I remembered I believe in miracles, I believe that anything is possible with God and I believe in the power of prayer. With this in mind, I went to work on putting Shane on prayer lists around the world.  I also decided that as Jen's best friend it was my job to make sure she keeps hope alive.  I was immediately inspired to make a series of postcards that I could send to her for the rest of her pregnancy.  I had no idea how many I was going to make but I decided as I made them I would pray for Shane.  It turns out the magic number was 10 postcards.  I named them a Series of Hope.




#4 Shane's initials are SEA







The first one was sent today.

Thanks for looking

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7  Firecracker Wreath in CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES by yzzilnoaj on: July 05, 2013 12:52:56 PM
I am a dollar store addict so when I saw this challenge I got really excited and went a little crazy in the brain with ideas.  In fact this challenge turned out to be a real challenge for me because I had to limit myself to one idea.  I decided that since we (my boyfriend and I) were hosting a 4th of July party, decorations was the direction to go in.  I am not usually a wreath type of person but I was browsing pintreat and saw a really cool 4th of July wreath and inspiration was born.  

I didn't take a picture of what I bought but the list is:

4 packages of different sized Styrofoam balls
1 twig wreath
1 string of red, white and blue stars

From my stash I used:

blue, white and red spray paint
rebar wire
silver scrapbook paper

The don't always like how things I make turn out but I am pretty proud of this one.  It is completely crazy but the 4th is all about fireworks and I think the theme is carried out in this wreath.  I had to take a picture of it not on the door because my front door isn't the greatest.

***update*** the wreath survived the party...gotta love that dollar store!
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8  Dollar Store Pendant Light in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: May 13, 2013 06:43:31 AM
I recently moved into the darkest house that you can imagine....well at least the living room is horribly dark with only one window.  I decided that an overhead light was just the thing to make my living room livable but I had to work around the lack of electrical in our ceilings.  I thought and thought about what kind of light I wanted and then I saw a string pendant light on pintreat.  I decided to take the idea and make it my own.  I made a trip to the dollar store found the pendant lighting electrical thingy (not sure what it is called), 3 different types of string (thin hemp string, thicker hemp and twine) and a beach ball.  I dug out some glue from my stash, filled a big bowl with watered down glue and soaked the string/rope for a minute.  I then started wrapping the string around the ball.  I repeated the same thing with the two other sizes of string/rope.  I think that different types of string give the light a great texture. 

Thanks for looking!
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9  Pennies are so cool in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by yzzilnoaj on: May 10, 2013 06:51:49 AM
I was on pintrest (where I spend way too much time  Smiley )and saw the most fabulous kitchen floor made of pennies.  I decided then and there I had to have a coffee table covered in pennies and luckily I had just the coffee table to do it to.  My boyfriends sister had just closed her offices and gave us a marble top coffee table.  The marble was so beautiful I decided it had to be the top of the kitchen island leaving me with a base to a fancy coffee table.  I got the boyfriend to build a simple wood top that fit the coffee table and I went to work sanding and painting.  I then super glued $18 worth of pennies to the top of the table.  I then had the boyfriend pour thick poly over all of the pennies.  I LOVE how it turned out.  Unfortunately it does not photograph well.

Thanks for looking!
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10  Wood Slices to the Rescue in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: May 10, 2013 06:29:24 AM
I live with a man that feels it necessary to have a dart board in our living room.  When I moved in with him he had the UGLIEST dart board set up and I just couldn't allow that to continue.  I told him that if he allowed me to change the backing for the dart board then it could stay.  After much contemplation and research I decided that I would make a board covered in slices of wood.  I got Art (the man I live with and am about to marry) to start cutting 1 inch thick wood slices.  I had no idea I was taking on a massive project.  I thought maybe 100 slices of wood would be enough...not even close Art ended up cutting 523 slices.  Along the way we ran out of wood so I asked art to cut down a tree (a small one) in our yard, he came back with a tree that was shaped like a heart...totally awesome and wonderfully romantic. Any who as Art cut I stained.  I decided that I wanted to have some depth to the board so I chose 4 different stains.  Once the slices were dry I started the huge task of making them all fit.  It was the hardest puzzle I have ever done!  That being said it was COMPLETELY worth it because I love how it turned out!

Thanks for looking!
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