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171  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets w/ Shrinky Dink charms on: May 29, 2011 06:35:55 PM
So I had fun with shrinky dinks for the first time.  I've always been curious about them and decided to try them out after I couldn't find the bead/charms I wanted for a couple bracelets for a swap.  If you can't find what you want, make it!  The result, surprisingly, turned out pretty good (I think)!


I call this one the clutter bracelet because it has a bunch of random green beads from my collection.  The tree charms are shrinky dinks.  I used a stamp w/ permanent ink and stamped it onto the shrinky dink paper and it turned out famously. 


This one is made from saworski crystal beads and the little owls are shrinky dinks and has matching earrings.  They turned out so small, its crazy!  But it took jewelry that wouldn't be considered "tree" themed into something that belonged.  Shrinky dinks are so much fun and I think that I will playing with them more in the future!

Thanks for looking!
172  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / My mini garden on: May 12, 2011 05:52:36 PM
Hi there!  This is my first year trying my hand at "gardening", apartment style.  The only space I have is my balcony.  I just wanted to share what I did and what I am growing this year.

Here is my balcony hanger planter.  It has cress (which you can see growing) and garlic chives (which are just starting to sprout now, but you can't really see it in this picture).  I have a planter underneath that catches the water that drips out.  I am going to put some shade loving flowers down there.  Any ideas for such a flower?

Here is my basil (which hasn't sprouted yet, I'll probably need to replant that one), cilantro, and dill.

Annnnd my shelf that hold basil on the second shelf, and parsley on the top.  The other ones don't have plants in them yet because I have rosemary and thyme in the house in starters that will go in them when they are big enough.  The planter on the ground is oregano.

And that's my apartment garden!  I am super excited to get to incorporate my own grown herbs into my canning and cooking.  If you have any sage (get it, sage?) advice on herb growing to pass my why that would be great.  I am a gardening newbie!  Thanks for looking!
173  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets w/ my Great Grandma's buttons, UPDATE w/ a new bracelet & earrings on: May 11, 2011 03:11:41 PM
My mom has a box of buttons that was my Great Grandma's.  She was born in 1900 and lived through the great depression.  She would save EVERYTHING.  And everything also had little notes about where everything came from.  She was a saver and a documenter.  She would take off the buttons and lace/trim off of clothes that no longer were wearable.  And now my mom has a stash of trims and buttons that I get into every once in a while.  ^_^

Here is the bracelet I made.  This one is mine.  I also made one for my sister, mom, and aunt.  I made myself a necklace to go with, but I can't find the picture of it at the moment.  Sad!

And another this time in browns with a big acorn button.


I made another button bracelet for my swap partner.  This one has a few newer buttons (the wooden leaves) added to the buttons from my great grandma.  And I made earrings to match.

Thanks for looking!
174  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Blue & White multi-strand necklace on: May 11, 2011 02:22:02 PM
It seems like multiple strand necklaces are really in right now (or so I see in the stores).  I try to keep up with the trends for my sister's sake since she is the one who gets majority of my jewelry and she is pretty hip.  Its weird to think as my little sister as the hip one now when for so long it was me.  I think I gave up.  ^_^  Anyhow, this necklace has bigger seed beads on fishing line (yes, actual fishing line.  I like it because its cheap, you can get it in large quantities and it is super durable!)

I like the way it turned out.  I'm thinking about making one for me, too.  ^_^  Thanks for looking!
175  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid and Seashells bracelet on: May 11, 2011 02:11:54 PM
A while back I found a really cute mermaid charm and bought it with no real craft in mind for it, as I normally do with my crazy buying habits.  Later I found these pretty clear & blue seashell beads and then finally the two came together to make this bracelet.

I added jump rings with blue frosted seed beads and big pearls for just a bit of whimsy.  Kinda looks like bubbles.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
176  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flowers & Leaves Bracelet on: May 11, 2011 02:05:18 PM
I made this a couple years ago for my little sister.  She gets majority of the jewelry I make.  ^_^

Its a simple flower and leaf bracelet.  Its hard to figure out what to do with flowers like these, but I finally found something to do with them.  Thanks for looking!
177  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stenciled shirts using discharge paste (PICTURE HEAVY!) on: April 29, 2011 03:17:39 PM
When my nephew was nearing two, he loved The Tick!  He would walk around yelling "spoon!".  So somehow I wanted to make him a tick themed shirt.  I did some research and found that I liked the bleach look.  It looked vintagy and cool but playing around with didn't yield the results I was looking for.  That's when I found discharge paste!  And I love it!  I've made numerous shirts now and still have majority of it left.  It takes so little to create something amazing!  To make my shirts I make a stencil.  I print off whatever design I want, trace it onto a plastic stencil sheet and then use my hot stencil cutter to cut out the design.  I use either a spray adhesive or stencil adhesive to attach it to the shirt.  I dab on the paste with a stencil brush, peel off the stencil (and all the crazy little pieces) and then iron!  Done!  Its recommended to wash the shirt before wearing.  Now for lots and lots and LOTS of pictures!  Yay!

The Seattle skyline for my homesick cousin.


The Seattle Space Needle for above mentioned cousin.

A shirt my husband requested for some inside joke.  Yeah, he's a little weird.  But weird in a completely awesome way.

Another Seattle themed shirt, this time of Pike's Place Market.  Totally awesome place to be and one of my favorite places in Seattle.

Murloc!  Ack!  *attemps murloc noise and fails*

A little Twilight love for my best friend.  Yeah, we are one of those.

This one is hard to read.  Its so strange that the writing turned out green.  The only thing I can think of is that the shirt was a cotton/poly blend.  The discharge paste recommends that you use 100% cotton and for the most part I follow that rule.  I didn't realize that this one wasn't and thus the strange outcome.  I've used shirts from JoAnn's that are a 90% cotton, 10% polyester with great results.  The designs always come out really clear and pretty white!  The 100% cottons ones can look a lot yellower.

"Shake and Bake!  That Just Happened!" from Talladega Nights (the movie).  I got the design online.

A Baby Mario sweatshirt for my nephew when he was 3.  I tell you, it is hard to find plain dark colored shirts for toddlers/babies.  The best place I've found so far is the Children's Place. 

Kung-Fu Panda for my nephew.

"The Tick" shirts!

I've made some others but I must not have taken pictures of them.  Moment of insanity?  I guess so!  Thanks for looking!
178  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Purse charms! Bling it up, baby! (PICTURE HEAVY!) on: April 29, 2011 02:49:03 PM
My sister, mom and I went to a purse party early this year.  They were also selling purse charms and I immediately thought "yeah, I can make those."  Its a good feeling.  ^_^  I made a bunch, most for my sister for her birthday.  She is one of those girls who would actually change them out all the time while mom and I would just stick with the same one. 

I call mine purse bling.  ^_^  Now cometh the pictures!

Purse charms are so easy and fun to do!  Its a great way to use up extra beads that you weren't sure what to do with.  You can just throw on random beads.  I had so many of those "I don't know what I'm going to do with you because I only have a couple" beads.  That, and when I was younger I used to go to bead stores and just pick out of each bead that I liked.  What was I going to do with one bead?  Store in my jewelry tote until this moment arrived, I guess.  The last few are hanging on a jewelry tree that I made for my sister to display all her purse bling.  It can be found here!  Thanks for looking!
179  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Photo/Place card holders on: April 28, 2011 06:46:58 PM
Hi there everyone!  A few years ago I posted on myspace (i know, myspace!) a craft that I did.  Mom and I were out shopping and found some cute wooden pumpkin photo holders (it was nearing Halloween).  I wanted them but mom said, "you could make those".  I wasn't about to get into carving, but Fimo I could probably swing.  I don't really have a lot of practice in Fimo work, but it was easy to do.  A gal found what I did and asked me to write a tutorial for them.  I love sharing, so I eagerly did so.

The link for the tute is here: http://www.365halloween.com/pumpkin-picture-holder or here: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2007/10/pumpkin_wire_picture_holder.html

Here they are holding up pictures I took in graveyards in Scotland.  SpoooOOooooky!

Later, I got to incorporate there little beauties into my wedding.  I've been married for over a year now.  The wedding was halloween colors (orange & black) with pumpkins.  I call it elegant halloween.  So here is a picture of them in actual use!

There were three head tables and I made a pumpkin placeholder for each setting as part of their wedding favors.  I think I ended up making like 24 total for the wedding. (photo by Lynn Miller - Images of Life)
180  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Curly Ribbons (korker) on snap clips on: April 28, 2011 06:30:02 PM
More curly ribbons in action!  This time I put them onto snap clips and applied ribbons of similar colors with a jewel.  Wee!

I put them back onto their original packaging.  It looks like I bought them like this. ^_^

Can't wait 'till my niece is old enough to upgrade to the snap clips instead of the alligator clips.
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