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161  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Back-to-school Origami pencil holders on: August 05, 2010 08:07:14 PM
This is completely me geeking out - but - you could totally paint those to be warp pipes from Super Mario Cheesy  Awesome!
162  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Potion Bottles for Halloween on: August 05, 2010 08:03:13 PM
Lovely - along with my posted herbs I'll be doing my spice rack next - maybe I'll have to sneak in a couple of nasties with it! lol

Love the ones you've made - great work Smiley
163  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: $1 shelf into Stargate elegance (drastic changes and many pics) on: August 05, 2010 03:29:25 PM
I think its beautiful.  Great job!

Thank you very much Smiley
164  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Oscar the Grouch Altoids Tin on: August 05, 2010 10:34:01 AM


We had an old tin laying about for odd coins and I decided I needed some Oscar the Grouch around the house -





It only took like half an hour - I know it's not amazing, but I like it for its simplistic imperfection Smiley
165  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / $1 shelf into Stargate elegance (drastic changes and many pics) on: August 05, 2010 10:09:36 AM
My husband and I go garage sale-ing and we picked up a gawd-awful, gaudy gold shelf circa the 1970's. We thought it would be perfect for his brother, who's 11 and collects clocks and has run out of shelf space in his room. His brother also loves Stargate, so I figured I could mix a shelf with a Stargate theme.

This is a before shot:



The backboard on the shelf was so badly warped, we went to Curries to get a replacement for it, which was about $3. We also had to get new paper for the back - it was between papering the back and painting and I decided to use this lovely hand-made blue paper for the (eek!) price of $4.50

So I set out to prime the shelf, and I added about 4 layers of black paint. It was really awkward to get all the bits and pieces as I had to keep turning the shelf on odd angles to reach them all.

Then I took a silver paint and mixed in a little blue to make it more noticeable - and I dry-brushed the ornate bits as well as the columns. This part was really fun to do because it's here that you really notice the transformation. The dry-brushing really made it "pop".

After that dried, I drew Stargate (the original TV show) chevrons on the sides of the shelf in silver.

And we ended up with this:







The entire shelf redo cost about $10 total and the majority of that was the paper backing.

It took about a week simply for the coats of paint it needed, but it was a lot of fun.

C&C welcomed.
166  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Antique Labels for the Kitchen on: August 04, 2010 09:05:34 AM
My mom was an herbalist and had ordered rather large amounts of herbs from a company in San Francisco, but she wasn't into it any more and they were passed on to me.

I'm Pagan and have used some of them in rituals - others like cloves I use in recipes here and there. Mostly, though - I really just like the look of them atop the cupboards - adds a certain feel to the kitchen that I just love Smiley
167  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Antique Labels for the Kitchen on: August 04, 2010 07:10:06 AM


I started this project in the hopes of making my kitchen look more organized and at the same time adding a vintage or antique charm. I adore vintage things, paper especially, so in this project I'll show you how to make lovely vintage/antique labels for your kitchen cannisters (like flour cannisters or even spices).

In my kitchen I have lined up all my herbs on top of the cupboards and it looked like this:





The entire project took about a day, but that's only because scraping the old labels off the cannisters took forever.

So without further ado, let's begin!

1. I bought a pack of mailing labels from Staples - the ones I used for these big herb cannisters is Avery's 05163 (2" x 4"). I then went to Avery's website (www.avery.ca/templates) and downloaded a Microsoft Word template for my particular size of labels.

2. Then I went to Deviant Art and under "Resources", I searched for "frames" and found a set that I liked. I opened up Photoshop, made the image black and white and then moved it over to Word where I inserted the various names of the herbs I had on hand. I had 30 cannisters and so I printed off 3 sheets of labels:





3. Here's the labor intensive bit - scraping off the old labels. I thought that because the labels that were already on the cannisters were old that they would be easy to remove - boy was I wrong! I used a knife to scrape off the majority of them, but the bigger labels I ended up soaking off. As per the comments I received when I posted this a couple of days ago - alwaysinmyroom suggests using Goo Begone or Goof Off to remove the labels.



I gave the jars a good cleaning before starting on my next task.

4. I wanted the labels to look antique and so I applied my tried and tested method of using tea to make the labels look vintage.



I boiled the kettle, put 3 teabags in a cup grabbed some kitchen tongs and picked up the tea bags and essentially painted with them onto the labels, letting the excess water run onto parts that were still white. Now - I was worried that the heat and water from the tea would take away the sticky from the labels, but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't waver even slightly. So I set them on the towel on the counter, covered them with the towel to soak up the water as they dried - it took a couple of hours. If you're in a hurry, you can try baking them at 200 degrees for 5 minutes (which is what I do for aging paper), but I didn't try that method on the labels and I don't know for sure if that would change the sticky on the labels.



5. And the final step, and perhaps the most satisfying - is to apply the labels to your cannisters and put them back on the shelf.


^ Here's two of the cannisters, the Lavender and the Eucalyptus Leaf - I love how these turned out!


^ A closer look


^ As a bonus, I also had these other two cannisters (though I haven't decided what to put in them yet) that held really terrible chocolate that I threw out because I bought it for the cannister Cheesy


^The closer one reads: Eye of Newt and the further one: "Dragon Scales"


^And a further away finished product on the shelf


^And a closer final view.

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the project Smiley


5.
168  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Painting a base-board heater on: August 02, 2010 05:12:24 PM
I reeeeaaaally want to re-do our upstairs bathroom and one of the things that needs to be done is to paint the base-board heater. Do I need to use a special type of paint for this? I ask because I worry about heat and paint being a bad mix, but I have nothing to base it on - am I worrying over nothing?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

Jess
169  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Key-chain key-rings on: August 02, 2010 04:21:55 PM
It's not a craft, but I thought it might be beneficial, none the less.

You know the rings from your key chain? You can use them to keep the zipper on your pants or jeans closed. Simply loop the ring through the tip of your zipper (providing you have a pair of pants with a zipper that has a hole at the end) and zip your jeans up, tucking the ring behind the button on top of your pants.

This is great for those of us who have had XYZ situations and want to avoid them in the future (this comes in so handy)

Hope that helps,

Jess
170  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: empty plastic juice bottles on: August 02, 2010 03:13:38 PM
It may work for juice bottles as well, though I used a 2L pop bottle:

I cut the top of the pop bottle off, leave a funnel that is wide enough for me to get spices into my spice rack jars (the store bought ones have an opening that is just too small and it takes forever to fill the derned things). So I refilled my basil and oregano in seconds and I recycled.

Another idea would be to make bird feeders out of them. Even if you don't have a backyard, you can go to local parks and put them up. Near where I live there is a bird conservation area called Lynde Shores where people make bird feeders from recycle-able materials and put them up along the path - they all get used.

My two cents.

Jess
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