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141  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A wreath that changes with the seasons! on: August 12, 2010 07:57:26 AM
In the recent Crazy for Christmas challenge, my wonderlous partner, pixieval, had a couple wreaths on her wists.  On one, she noted that she liked the colors because she could use it past Christmas and into spring.  Going off that, I got the idea to make a wreath where the colors can be switched out.

I took a white styrofoam(ish) wreath frame (is that the right word? I want to say mold and that's not it!) and wrapped twill tape around it.  Since they only had bright white tape, I dyed it using tea and threw it in the dryer so it'd be pliable and easy to use.  I thought I was getting too much when I asked for 7 yards, but I had to angle it so it overlapped a lot so there wasn't bunchy places sticking out, so I used all but a few feet!

Enter one chipboard flower to use for tracing, every color felt known to Joann's fabric, some corsage pins with pretty "pearl" heads, some of my favorite buttons, and different color ribbon and I came up with this:




and with some of the extras:




And because I was too exited to send to take more than one picture, pixieval is letting me use the ones she took!

The extras (you can see the buttons!) - all different colors of felt flowers, ribbons and buttons so you can make it fit with any decor/season/holiday! 




and with some of the flowers interchanged:




I plan on making one for my mom for Christmas, perhaps with poinsettia leaves or maybe just with the same 'daisy' flower.  It was easy to do and the only time-consuming part was cutting out the flowers (which I did while I watched tv!)

Smiley



142  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - 7/14 Post your knitting WIPs here! on: July 14, 2010 12:42:18 PM
Well, my WIPs aren't much further along than they were last week.  Eep!  (It's been a crazy week).  I'd love to see what you guys are working on though to get me moving on them!

Cheesy

So what do you have on your needles?
143  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Frugal Living Round 3? on: July 11, 2010 09:28:06 AM
Hi everyone!  I was just curious if anyone would be interested in a third round of the Frugal Living Swap. Smiley

For those who haven't participated, it's a swap where we make things to help out keeping on budget: making reusable things for the kitchen, bath, and home (basically anything so we don't have to buy it!) and inspirational things to help us stay into being frugal!  We've had a lot of fun these past two rounds!

Frugal Living: Round 1 Info
FL: Round 1 Gallery
Return of the Cheap: Round 2 Info
RotC: Round 2 Gallery

Smiley

I was thinking signups the last two weeks of July (17-31), partners on August 1st with send-outs September 7th (the day after Labor Day weekend in the US).

I've even got a tag-line ready if there are interested parties!
144  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Car organizer on: July 08, 2010 03:48:29 PM
For the Geezer swap, I made my partner an organizer that goes on the back of the seat in her car.  It has several pockets of different sizes, included a pen pocket and enough pockets for maps and travel books. 

It has straps to go around the headrest and to attach to something under the seat so it doesn't flap away in the car.  It's lined with interfacing on both sides so it should stay flat, especially if the top is hooked to something with two "points" (like the headrest - it doesn't just come to a single point like the picture below, but rather it makes a trapezoid with a flattish top).



I also made her a matching trash bag for the car - the inside is lined in the accent fabric coated with clear contact paper that was (very carefully) melted onto it so it can be wiped out after sticky stuff. 

145  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - 7/7 Post your knitting WIPs here! on: July 07, 2010 03:33:32 PM
Okay, lapoli has graciously let me start the thread for this week. Cheesy  I totally dropped the ball last week and didn't post my WIP, so I'm all excited to do it this week!  (We won't get into the gray wrap that I'm STILL working on ... ah well.)

So I'm giving my grandfather a pair of hand-knit socks for Christmas.  Knowing how slow I am to get things done, I started last week.  (I hope the fact that I'm making them for someone other than me will get me to finish them a bit more quickly!) This is my first pair of socks and I'm somewhat dreading the next step (eep, the heel flap!)

Anyway, I've got the cuffs done and a few rows of the leg.  They don't look like much yet, but I'm terribly happy with how they're turning out!  I got the yarn at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival and it's lovely.  I've decided to knit them row by row, two at a time because I see the future where I've got one done and have to do the second and am unenthused by the prospect. Cheesy






So what are you all working on?
146  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cut out Owl on: July 01, 2010 07:30:11 AM
In the Rodent Revolution 2 swap, my partner requested something papercrafted for her part of the package.  Cue me panicking a bit!  What to do?  What to make?  Eep!  And then while going through her wist, I caught sight of a cute little owl she had wisted (from someone here on Craftster!)  Hmm ... after printing it out, using my craft knife to make pattern pieces, I then transferred the pattern onto thicker cardstock and cut those out.  The cut outs became the "frame" for the strips of magazine that I cut out to make the little guy colorful.

Anyway, here he is. Smiley



Comments and criticism welcome!
147  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to use to make a purse or bag? on: June 24, 2010 07:34:13 PM
The Purse, Bag and Wallet board is having a challenge to make a bag/purse/wallet using recycled materials from a specific list of items.  Any and all suggestions for that list of items would be appreciated!

Comment here or at the thread on the Purse board with what fun things you'd like to see a purse made out of!

Smiley
148  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Garden Swap Angel No Longer Needed on: June 07, 2010 12:40:40 PM
Swap Name: How My Garden Grows
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341872.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345274.0
# of angels needed: 1 None!

The fabulous nessie is in need of an angel due to a few mix-ups.  She's waited super super patiently for her package, so I would need something to be sent within two weeks.  She lives in the USA!

A bit of her questionnaire, so you can see if you'd be able to angel ...

What do you grow?
TOMATOES (this year we are attempting 13 different varieties), lots of herbs, eggplant, peppers, onions, squash, spinach, beans, tomatillos, cucumbers, marigolds and more.  I am very well stocked on veggie and herb seeds, but I would appreciate flower seeds as I am just getting into growing them.
What's your region?  (For US residents, check out National Gardening Association) 4a
What things for the garden/gardener would you like to receive? I would love a screen garden tote (I love the one from a previous swap here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296282.msg3434726#msg3434726 but I'm partial to something just a solid color) or a nice basket with a handle, a garden apron, birdhouse/hummingbird feeder, plant stakes for herbs (I can PM with the herbs I am growing if need be, though I already have some stakes for basil, rosemary, oregano and parsley), seeds (other than tomatoes and especially flowers), recipes, citronella candles, windchimes and decorated/handmade pots.  My favorite colors are sage green, verdigris/seafoam, wine purple, brown, robin's egg blue and dusty pink, and I love birds, mushrooms, leaves, vintage/antique style things especially floral fabric and paper, chippy paint and rust and anything earthy.  I love the look and uniqueness of handmade things, especially imperfections.  I would be happy with anything inspired by what I have written about myself/my garden or whatever else my partner can dream up.


Please PM me if you're interested!

Swap angel isn't needed!  Yay!
149  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / J&T Challenge 2: Flip Flop Pendant on: May 30, 2010 11:31:20 AM
This is my first challenge entry, so yay!  When I saw the challenge topic, I couldn't resist.  After several trials and errors, I came up with this little flip flop.  I made it with #6 plastic with perm marker decoration then once it was shrunk, I painted and sealed the back so it wasn't transparent.  I added some beading for the straps and then put it on a silver chain.

(I apologize in advance for the pics. Sad  I spent a good hour trying to get good ones but apparently my camera is not good with small things.  They were either washed out from the flash or way blurrier than this ...)




And modeled by my penguin, Bert (because nothing says summer like a penguin!)




And closest I can get without it being unrecognizable:




And now modeled by me (thanks to my mom taking the picture):




Smiley  Thanks for looking!  (And concrit totally welcomed!)
150  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for covering shelves on: May 28, 2010 05:48:41 AM
Hello crafty ladies and gentlemen!

I come to you with a crafting dilemma.  I have two sets of shelves that are in dire need of refurbishing of some kind.  They're pressboard with a white overlay of some kind that's, in parts, bumpy and gross.  I have them in my bathroom so whatever I do to them needs to put up with heat and humidity.

I could just do a fabric tablecloth for them both, but I'd like some other options, too.  Would finding pretty scrapbook paper and then sealing it work, do you think?  Or gluing fabric to it instead (that might be hard to clean, though)?

Thanks in advance!
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