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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Bread tray grids: a picture is worth 1,000 words! on: April 15, 2011 06:56:08 PM
I like your idea.  I had thought about hanging necklaces, but you're right, if I drill some holes, these could be awesome jewelry organizers.  Thank you!!!!

Gloria

My first thought is that using a dremmel or a drill to drill holes into the slats, and two little brackets on the back, that these would be great for earring holders!  And you could finish them however you wanted!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Bread tray grids: a picture is worth 1,000 words! on: April 15, 2011 02:44:02 PM
I make cork boards using old frames and trays I find at thrift stores.  Every once in a while I ran into a bread cutting tray.  These trays have a detachable grid on top.  That's where you cut your bread.  The crumbs fall underneath, into the tray, and allow for easy cleanup.  I use the tray part for the cork board, and I am accumulating the grids.  What can I do with them?

Here's a photo!



And another, so that you can see underneath:



Thank you so much!

Gloria

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Recent Photography! on: October 08, 2010 09:30:11 AM
You've got a really good eye, and your photos are very striking, especially when you have them in that sepia/b&w tone.  My favorites are the black-eyed Susan and the first one.  My least favorites are the one with the shadows on the grass and the parking lot.  I think you're especially good when you get up close.

How are you liking college?  Ahhh, those memories....   Hope you're doing well!  Keep us posted!    Smiley

Gloria
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbie Swap Round 13 Gallery! on: August 03, 2010 03:09:38 PM
Just a couple more pictures of the faux buttons frame, that shows the buttons in some detail.  I used the Crayola Model Magic Fusion putty.  It is super easy to model, although it dries slowly.



5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbie Swap Round 13 Gallery! on: August 02, 2010 10:43:57 PM
I'm so glad that the package got to Nicegoing/Heather safe and sound and things didn't fall off (always my biggest fear).

The fish is indeed made from the inside of different security envelopes.  I had been saving them for a while, thinking I was going to use them in iris folding, but never got around to it.  Then the swap came around, and as I wanted to make things that Heather could use to decorate her new digs, a collage came to mind.

And yes, the button frame is the one that gave me a couple headaches at the end.  The buttons were fun to make, especially finding stuff around the house I could use to emboss them.

Thank you everybody for the nice comments, to Heather for being a super partner, and to Lapoli for matching us.  She knew this partnership would work!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Scrapbook paper swaps? on: July 30, 2010 03:45:40 PM
You know those huge blocks of paper that you can buy at crafts stores, that come with a million different patterns?  Do people ever swap some of these papers?  I think it would be fun.  I just opened a block, and there are some papers I am not terribly fond of, but I am sure some people may very much enjoy.  Has this been done before?

Thanks!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: Do people ever swap decorative papers? on: July 30, 2010 03:42:00 PM
Will do, thank you!!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Do people ever swap decorative papers? on: July 30, 2010 12:39:03 AM
You know those huge blocks of paper that you can buy at crafts stores, that come with a million different patterns.  Do people ever swap some of these papers?  I think it would be fun.  I just opened a block, and there are some papers I am not terribly fond of, but I am sure some people may very much enjoy.  Has this been done before?

Thanks!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbie Swap Round 13 Gallery! on: July 26, 2010 01:10:05 AM
I got the package from Heather (Nicegoing) on Friday, as I was frantically trying to finish the last project.  Worry not, I plan to mail everything tomorrow!

I toyed with the idea of not opening the box till my own package was safely en route, but that lasted about 1.2 seconds.  So I got the cutter and this is what I first saw:



Adorable!  I don't know if you coordinated the tissue paper with the postcard colors, but i love how they work together.  Great job packing!  Sadly, don't expect the same packaging quality from me... Wink

I unpacked the loot:



Where to start???

OK, here:





I was so awed when I saw these ornaments.  They are called Kusudama Balls, and Heather said that she had been wanting to make them for a long time.

I especially love the sensitivity that Heather showed when deciding what to make for me.  I can see how she spent some time looking at my Craftster posts, my Etsy shop, my Wists, to get an idea of what I liked.  These balls, for example, are a perfect example of using a medium I love (paper) and materials I love (upcycled).  She used an old map, pages from an old novel, and magazines.

I had some trouble choosing how to display them for the photo, and I ended up busting out the socks dryer-hanger thingie.  It did the job.  Love them love them love them. 

On to package #2:







I am amazed at the professional way this cosmetic bag has been put together.  I took so many photos to show how perfect the corners are.  The way the zipper is set, with the tiny triangles on each end, is amazing.  I love the careful detail, and the contrast of the yellow lining.  How did you know I'm makeup-crazy?

This cosmetic bag was an extra, because Heather said she wasn't terribly happy with this other item:



I am also jewelry-crazy, and on my Wists I have several Anthropologie necklaces with frayed flowers.  I truly love this.  Anthropologie has nothing on you!  What's even better is that I don't have any necklaces with this color combination.  This will be perfect for those days when I feel like dressing in black, because it will introduce a pop of color.

Finally I opened the last package:





This purse is repurposed from an old pillowcase.  Once again, I'm amazed at the very professional way this purse is put together.  I love the geometric pattern of the fabric. 

Kudos to Lapoli, for matching me with someone as fabulous as Heather, and of course many, many thanks to Heather for a swap that went beyond the call of duty.  THANK YOU!!!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbie Swap Round 13 Gallery! on: July 26, 2010 12:45:41 AM
Everything so far has been lovely, but I really wish people would take the pictures outside.  There is nothing like natural light!
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