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41  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Don't know if rules are too complicated.. :/ on: December 13, 2011 08:40:06 PM
Im holding a contest on my blog this month but for the amount of people that looked at it, there's only very few entries (all of whom I know personally). I dont know if this is because people are just not interested (fair enough if so) or if Im bad at making rules and advertising.


Thats the link, and the info says to enter leave a comment, and for extra entries they can tweet, or join the fb page, and a few other things, which is the same thing I see other people doing. Would anyone mind giving some (constructive) criticism if theres anything that I should simplify/clarify in the post? Thanks a lot.
42  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Harry Potter wand/First time with polymer clay on: December 11, 2011 03:23:07 PM
I made a mini HP wand for my friend for christmas out of clay, and oh my god. I dont know how you guys can make these amazing looking intricate things! it took me shamefully long to make a crooked shaped stick. haha.

I put an R on it for her name, and coated my hands slightly in gold mineral eyeshadow then rolled the wand in my hands before baking so all the embossed points picked up more color than the rest. Im really proud with how it came out (and the fact that I didn't burn it in the oven since it says 15 minutes for every 1/4" thickness, but this isnt even and I was really worried!)

C&C welcome, thanks!
43  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Personalized photo ornaments on: December 07, 2011 09:19:44 AM
This year is all about handmade gifts (more-so than every other year that is..) and I made these ornaments for my mom and my boyfriends mom. I think they're really cute how they turned out.

There's a full tutorial on my blog if you're interested.

C&C appreciated and please ignore the fingerprints on the glass in the photos.. Whoops!
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New spoon pendants on: November 21, 2011 09:03:49 PM
I love some of the new pendants I made and so I wanted to share them with you Smiley

Thanks for looking Smiley
45  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Free small item packaging idea on: November 21, 2011 06:54:58 PM
I'm attending my very first craft show this Saturday, and after going through this whole section I realized a lot of other people were looking for display/packaging ideas. I don't have my display yet, nor have I figured out how to package bigger items, but for small pendants and jewelry?

These guys. I looove how cute they look. And it works since a lot of my items are from repurposed materials. (They look a lot better in person.)

Tiny bags made of recycled comic book and magazine pages, hole punched with some curly ribbon through the top (I will tie it when something sells) and and a little paper 'lucky star' ornament. Throw in a business card and maybe a pin with it and they'll be all set! They're virtually free, since most people have some kind of paper lying around, and curly ribbon from the holidays.. You could even use plain paper and stamp your name onto it!

But yeah.. Still no idea for bigger things if they sell (purses, clothes, even hair bows..)

I figured I would share this with you though if at least to provide some inspiration to someone. Cheesy Hope it helped.

By the way, the tutorial for the bags is online but I cant find it in my favourites. Search 'how to make bags from magazines' or something similar in google and I'm sure you'll find it soon enough.
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage button hair bows on: November 10, 2011 11:21:16 AM
Im attending my first craft show in a couple weeks (so extremely nervous!) So Im trying to craft a few lower price items to round out my table.

I had a whole bunch of vintage buttons tucked away and a threadlike gold wire so I made these cute little button bobby pins. I love how they look, and how they're all different. I hope whoever attends the craft show loves them just as much!

47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My 'My first time using stretch lace' shirt :P on: November 02, 2011 06:36:56 PM
Hey there! I made this shirt to try out some new fabric I had bought and to try out my stretch lace. Its pretty snug and I quite like it.

Self made pattern Smiley

C&C welcome!
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1950s nightgown to skirt! on: October 29, 2011 10:22:00 PM
Hi guys!
I bought a vintage nightgown from the 1950s at a fleamarket for $3 cause it was the softest fabric I ever touched, and remade it into a skirt. I have yet to wear it since its so see through and I hadnt found a slip for it, but I realized today that I can wear dark tights with it and it doesn't matter as much if its a bit see through Tongue

Thanks for looking! Smiley
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tatty Devine inspired dinosaur necklace + tutorial! on: October 28, 2011 10:01:39 PM

When I had seen this necklace by Tatty Devine, I instantly knew two things.
1: I needed this right away to feed my dinosaur obsession.
2: At $180 it costs far too much and so I planned on making one.

My version:

Not exactly the same, but I do quite like it.

Tutorial (also on blog)
Step 1: Print off your dinosaur skeleton picture. The one I used I found it off google images, and you can get it off my blog or search 'tyrannosaurus skeleton' on google Smiley (If you cant find it, send me a PM and Ill send it your way.

Step 2: Tape the picture to the plastic and trace! Instead of doing each individual piece, I made 4. Head-arms, ribs, legs, and tail. I also didn't draw every single rib but doubled up, I was afraid the pieces would break after shrinking if I did. More of a cartoon-y look in the end but much easier.

Step 3: Cut the pieces out and hole punch them at the connection points. Color them in. (You could also color before cutting, but since I was making them all black it was easier to do this way.)
Also, make sure to leave enough space for the whole punch.. I forgot until the last piece and had to squish them in. You don't want to do that too close to the edge to risk it being to thin and breaking.

Step 4: Bake as directed on the shrinky dinks package, and when the pieces are cooled, paint with a couple layers of modge podge or spray with aerosol sealer.

Step 5: Attach the pieces with jump rings, and add a chain.

C&C Welcome and appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to look.
50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mens 'Chickadee Inspired' Hoodie on: October 21, 2011 10:22:48 AM
After I made this hoodie for myself the other day http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393072.0 my boyfriend and I drew up designs for one for him.

He asked me in the summer if it was possible, and now that its colder out it was the perfect time to make it. This pattern was a bit more complex (doubled side panels and the white stripes, that to him looks like a black capped chickadee apparently..) but it came out fitting really well. I ended up taking apart an old hoodie of his that fit well for the pattern and just adjusted it in a couple places Smiley.

I'm really proud of this, its the first piece of clothing I've made for a guy.
C&C appreciated on this!

Side detail + him being camera shy


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