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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / From Trash to Fantastic Chandelier 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



2  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
3  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!









4  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.

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5  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!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dollar Store Pendant Light 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!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pennies are so cool 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!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wood Slices to the Rescue 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!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shell Flower Mirror (picture crazy) on: April 12, 2013 04:17:29 PM
I recently went to Florida on vacation.  In the house we rented I saw flowers that were made from seashells.  How had I never seen something like this before?  I fell in love with the idea (which I now know is a common idea) and combed the beach every morning for shells.  I couldn't find any shells like the one I saw in the rental but I found thousands of other shells that I thought I might be able to make into flowers.  My boyfriend and his family all thought I was crazy because I literally brought back 10 pounds of shells.  I really got into all shell crafts but the best of the bunch is the shell mirror.  It turns out the shells I collected make awesome flowers.















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10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shoerack and left overs on: April 12, 2013 03:40:37 PM
I saw a shoe rack on pintrest (sorry I don't have the link) and decided my closet had to have my own version of it.  I dragged the boyfriend to Lowes (through do you really have to ever drag a guy to a place where they sell tools?) for some 6 inch pvc. He is far better with power tools than I am so I then had him cut the pvc in 12 inch long section.  As he cut, I glued the pieces together with normal pvc glue.  I glued each row then glued one row on top of another.  The final step was to attached a piece of wood on top to hold the boots. 

I love how it turned out...


I had some leftovers and decided my awesome shoe rack required a closet makeover.  I have a scarf obsession and never had a good way to store them.  I thought that if I could cut the pvc in 1 inch slices, tie them together and then hang it from the wall somehow I could then put the scarves through the pvc.  I was right, it is so useful and holds every one of my million scarves.  I recently saw a similar idea on pintrest...I thought I was unique but its still cool  Smiley







yay for closet makeovers!
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