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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dinosaur Tea Tray on: May 24, 2014 09:27:15 PM
Hi everyone!
This here's a tea tray I decorated for my partner in the "Use What You Have" Swap.



I used a combination of paint (the pink parts), and decoupaged tissue paper (gray) and book pages. The silhouette I drew on some fine art paper, cut out with an exacto knife, and mod-podged over the paint. And then it got heavily glittered, 'cause what's tea without dinosaurs and glitter?




Thanks for looking!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lunar Mission Hoop on: May 23, 2014 05:09:06 PM
Hi all! I made this hoop recently for my partner in the "Use What You Have" Swap.
She mentioned liking space, american and glitter themes so I combined them!



I appliqued the moon surface on with interfacing and finished with a chain stitch, and the earth was just a patch I had around. The stars are fabric paint (glitter of course). I made the flag pole with a heavy braid chain stitch, for which I used this tutorial.

Here's some detail. The flag was done in a back-stitch with shiny thread, and I used satin stitch to fill the blue, and fabric paint for the stripes.


I actually like the way this came out; I didn't think I was going to. The stars were a little sloppy, but I had a hard time getting my brain around spacing 50 stars in a tiny box.  Huh

Anyway, thanks for looking!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Costa Rica Treasure Frame on: May 04, 2014 03:00:05 PM
Hi All! Can I tempt you with an alluring beach photo? Wink



Sadly, this is a project that waited for almost 6 years for me to accomplish. In the Summer of '08 I worked for a sea turtle conservation group in Costa Rica. I spent a lot of time on the beach, and wanted a little bit to remember it by. So, I found a nice little glass bottle and filled it with some sand, pebbles, sea shells, and ocean water. Unfortunately, the folks in the baggage-handling areas of the airport were rough enough with my well-padded treasures that the bottle broke on the way home, and I was left with a baggie of soggy beach crumbs and bits of glass.  Cry

I wasn't sure what to do with it until I discovered this pin on shadow box picture frames. I got one of the photos I took that summer printed out at the pharmacy and mounted it in a shadow box frame I got at Michael's. Then I sifted the glass shards out of the sand, chose some shells and driftwood and seeds, and put it all together!



I'm pretty happy with it, and am definitely going to enjoy my little bit of Costa Rica now that I can have it on display! I especially like that I can tilt the box around and get a slightly different beach from time to time - a bit more like the real thing. Smiley

Here's a pic so you can see the photo a bit better. It's really hard to photograph a picture frame without getting a reflection!



Enjoy! Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first double-knit hat! on: May 04, 2014 01:55:46 PM
Hi all! I recently learned how to double-knit (knit two layers at the same time) and I decided that it was necessary to make a hat. I had some leftover blue bamboo wool yarn, and a skein of something in beautiful colors that I found for 99c at the thrift store.
It took quite some time as I didn't really follow a pattern for the weight of yarn I had, and I had to take it out and adjust a few times especially around the decreases.

Voila!


And so you can see the inside:


I suppose it could have been reversible, but I really wanted a tassel.  Grin
Thanks for looking!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mushroom Mug on: April 12, 2014 06:50:41 PM
Hello All!
Here is a mug I made for a friend (though by size, it's almost a bowl Grin ). This is a 99 cent thrift store mug that I fancied up with a black sharpie and some enamel paint, and baked in the oven to seal it. I've tried just sharpies in the past, and found the colors faded too much for my liking. The paint works fairly well though!



Thanks for looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / BBC Sherlock Box on: March 21, 2014 06:40:06 PM
Hi all!
This is a little trinket box I decorated for my partner in the BBC swap. The box is one I picked up at Michael's (it's about 6" x 2"), and dyed black with marker ink. I used screenshots from BBC's Sherlock to get pictures for the outside, and mod podged them on.





Oh, and I fancied up some cardboard numbers for the lid.
Here's the top:



The sides:







The bottom:



I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. Thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tank Top to Space Scarf! on: March 04, 2014 03:20:15 PM


Hi all! I made this scarf for my partner in the box of sunshine swap. It began as a long stretchy tank top that I found at Goodwill; I was looking for a scarf to decorate, but I really liked the purple color and decided to go with it.



I cut the hem and straps off, and traced out a continuous spiral.



and cut the shirt into a strip...



I used diluted bleach and fabric paint to get it to look spacey. All done!





Thanks for looking!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sunshiney Hoop for the Box o' Sunshine on: March 04, 2014 02:27:35 PM
Hi all!
Here is one part of a box of yellow goodies I sent to my lovely partner craftADDchick in the Box of Sunshine Swap. She had some sunflowers and bees in her pinterest, and I had some pom-pom trim that I really wanted to use...





This is a 6" hoop. I used fusible interfacing to initially hold the flower petals and center onto the blue fabric. The petals were sewn down with a stem stitch, the center with a ring of french knots, and the bee was done with a combination of back-stitch, satin stitch and something that I don't know the name of, but looks a lot like fur when you trim the loops.

Thanks for looking! I hope it brightened your day!
 
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Lemons to Lemonade Challenge on: February 21, 2014 05:44:38 PM
Hi all!
I was reading about TheMistressT's ice marbles, and I had an idea for a Craft Challenge.
What if we challenged people to post their crafts they made in adversity? You know, life gives you lemons, make lemonade?
Like the ice marbles - what to do when you're moving to Montana and will be in sub-zero temps for a long time? Look up ice crafts!
What do you do when you have wrist surgery? Decorate your cast in a crafty way! (Like blupaisan did!)
What if an unidentified chunk of metal falls off of your car? Make a lawn ornament!

See where I'm going with this?

I imagine this wouldn't be something that was crafted specifically for the challenge, but something done when needed. What do you think?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Picture Frame turned Earring Holder on: January 27, 2014 07:00:12 PM
Hi there!

Inspired by posts on here and on Pinterest, I decided to make an earring holder for my sister-in-law.



I used a picture frame I found at the thrift store, and lace that I bought at JoAnn's. I first cut the lace to size and put fabric stiffener on it. I then hot-glued and folded the lace into place, and then bent a wire coat hanger into a good shape to support it.

Ta Da!


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