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261  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / It's never too early to start getting ready for Halloween! on: March 25, 2012 03:21:29 PM
I just completed a new prop for the Jedi costume I've been working: the Jedi communicator. From all the research I've been doing online, it looks like the various communicators are somewhat the same but not all identical.

It's been a little while since I looked at the Rebel Legion's costume standards page for a generic Old Republic Jedi, so I gave that a quick check today.Which I was glad I did...I realized i need to pick up two more small belt pouches. I'm going to hold off on dying the one I have. It's kind of expected that you have some accessories, that aren't toys, to be a member.

Some of the pages I looked at for communicator inspiration and guidance were Kin-Char Bamin, the Grand Florida Alliance, and the Padawan's Guide (of course!). Fun Star Wars fact to share: did you know the communicators from Episode 1 were made from ladies Gillette Excel razors? They are super difficult to find now. I couldn't find one in any store, so I bought mine from a seller on eBay.

So here's what I used to make my communicator:
--1 pink ladies Gillette Excel razor
--Instant Krazy Glue, in the craft bottle
--1 can of Rust-O-Leum Painter's Touch in Aluminum
--1 can of Rust-O-Leum Painter's Touch in clear coat (You aren't going to use entire cans, it's just what I swiped from my husband's stash of goodies.)
--2 scrapbooking brads--unknown size of these, but they were part of the Craftster Flat Rate Paper Craft Supply swap
--2 nuts, from the garage here, the brads just happen to fit perfectly inside these
--assorted washers, I used four
--assorted flat pieces of metal, bought from a local Ace Hardware, I used 9 and don't even remember what they were called
--2 air valve caps from my bike (replaced with some new ones from Christmas)
--2 aluminum rivets, also from Ace Hardware
--tiny bit of red craft paint (for the end of the rivets)

In the interest of not overloading you with progress pictures, I'll just post three:


What I started out with.


Finished front.


Finished back.

More progress pictures can be seen http://amylynn98.blogspot.com/2012/03/one-step-closer-to-being-jedi.html. Thanks for looking!
262  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Denim Coverlet - Made from Recycled Jeans on: March 25, 2012 02:27:50 PM
Very cool!
263  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Painting on an old ceiling fan blade on: March 22, 2012 06:57:14 AM
That would be so awesome to have an entire set of fan blades with some kind of theme with them. If I had a ceiling fan in my crafting room, I would totally buy blades like this. It's also a good way of upcycling something too. Smiley
264  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Bunny Face Trio on: March 18, 2012 08:18:03 PM
 Smiley I have a friend who is wild about bunnies. I'm going to have to make her the bunny face tote as a belated birthday gift. Thanks for sharing these!
265  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Getting Crafty in the Bathroom on: March 04, 2012 01:45:42 PM
We moved into our house in 2002. It was built in either 1940 or '41. Off hand, I don't remember. I think the bathroom may have been remodeled once. One of the things done to it was to put the same white plastic tiles that are on the upper part of the bathroom walls onto the top of the toilet tank. I didn't take pictures of it, because it was pretty gross, right from the get-go. It also had, at one point, wallpaper on the underside of the toilet tank lid (Huh) that was black and white with drawings of rubenesque women on it, in a kind of Raphael-esque-style. I suppose that was probably done to make the lid reversible or something.

Over the years, I've picked away at the wallpaper and tiles. I covered the top with some kind of purple, Mardi Gras-theme with a fleur de lis print wallpaper. After awhile, I just threw a folded hand towel over it to keep it covered when I got sick of that print.

But a few days ago, I had inspiration strike and I don't know why. I had some Asian newspapers that came as padding in a couple of Christmas gifts and I saved them. I decided I wanted to use those in the bathroom. I thought about wallpapering the cabinet with them, but I didn't think it was smart to tackle that much space so I did a smaller project with them. I covered the top and sides of the toilet tank lid with those newspapers and some Mod-Podge.


To cover up the folds of the newspaper around the sides, I used some Aleene's New Sew Glue to attach some black satin ribbon from Hancock's all the way around the tank lid. It also matches the trim in the bathroom already.



Just for the sake of breaking up the print, I printed out some vintage Asian postage stamps (some were cancelled when they had been photographed) and laid those on top of the newspaper as well. I tried to stick to warm toned stamps, but I really liked that blue one.

I had a good time with this little project. It's only 2-3 layers of Mod-Podge total. It's nice and slick. Right now, I've got my little make-up basket on the back of the toilet, along with some of my husband's shaving things and a little candle. It's kind of an odd, out of place thing in the bathroom, but it's visually interesting, at least to me anyway, and it's going to be easier to keep clean than regular wallpaper was.
266  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My Spring Wreath on: March 04, 2012 01:43:45 PM
We've got blooming flowers here, so I decided to hang my spring wreath on the front door on Thursday.

I made this on June 25, 2009 with stuff I bought from A.C. Moore and Michael's. It seems strange that I would remember that date, but I do and I know it's correct. Anyhoo, everything is hot glued on and I used extra ivy leaves on the back and sides to hide some spots where there was more glue.



I had just gotten home with my stuff to start working on this. I knew Farrah Fawcett had just passed away. My friend Michelle called me and asked if I heard the news yet. I thought she was talking about Farrah and she said nope. Michael Jackson had just died at that point.

It's kind of weird that I think about Michael Jackson and not Farrah Fawcett when I look at this wreath.
267  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: That's Mr. Jedi to you, kid on: March 01, 2012 06:37:06 PM
I agree with MadHatteh!

Is his light saber a bubble wand?

It looks totally legit. You're not giving yourself enough credit, I clicked the picture because it looked just like Obi-Wan and I got excited. Nice job!

Those Jedi costumes are deceptively difficult to get right.

And you WINGED it, WITH A MIGRAINE!
You rock and so does the costume you made. If you need proof of that, look at your hubby's grin. Smiley Awesome sauce!
268  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: New Desk on: February 27, 2012 05:19:04 PM
OMG that's too wild!

On a related note, I believe the bathroom in our 1941-built house was remodeled once. that being said, you should have seen the lid of the toilet tank! It had actually been tiled once with the same plastic tile we have in the bathroom, and then covered in black and white wallpaper that makes me think of a Raphaelian toile design, if there is even such a thing. It's wildly ugly so I decided to have at it.

Why am I posting this info here? Because I took some pieces of an Asian print newspaper and mod podged my toilet tank lid like you did your table! Smiley I'm almost done with it and will have to post the after photos. The before photos were too ugly to share.

Good job on your table!
269  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Free Crochet Bird Pattern on: February 26, 2012 12:24:55 PM
 Roll Eyes they remind me of rubber duckies. I would make some of these and sew them to plain white towels for a bathroom and maybe some for a bathroom wall hanging.


Awesome little projects. Hitting "rocks" for you! Grin
270  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Flat Rate Paper Craft Supply Swap Gallery on: February 22, 2012 07:01:55 PM
Glad you liked it! This has been my favorite swap so far. Grin
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