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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: OLD IS NEW *sweater* 30' crea-rush * on: February 05, 2014 10:13:22 AM
very cute
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / For the Love of Story Stones 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


Pirate


Fairy Tale


I made a pouch for each set and attached directions









Thanks for looking
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Series of Hope (photo overload) on: February 04, 2014 03:17:51 PM
Thank you all for your kind words.  Any and all prayers, thoughts and love are very appreciated.  Miracles happen!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nautical Mobile from old jeans and a table cloth (pic. overload) 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!









15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Series of Hope (photo overload) 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.

#1


#2


#3


#4 Shane's initials are SEA


#5


#6


#7


#8


#9


#10


The first one was sent today.

Thanks for looking

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2013 Featured Projects: Home Sweet Home: General on: January 28, 2014 07:51:56 PM
I cannot express how shocked and honored I am to have 3 of my projects featured. I had such a fun time with each one of them and am tickled pink you guys liked them! Thank you so much.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Renovated Rococo chair on: January 28, 2014 07:23:47 PM
Beautiful job
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES / Re: Firecracker Wreath on: July 08, 2013 10:09:25 PM
Thank you for the feedback. I am just impressed it lasted through the party  Smiley
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES / Firecracker Wreath 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
cardboard
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!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dollar Store Pendant Light on: May 30, 2013 09:07:07 AM
I am so glad that so many people like how it turned out.  It really is a very easy project that anyone can do!
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