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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Harry Potter Book Box on: April 08, 2014 05:38:09 PM
Here's how the box started. The "binding" slides out to reveal the chamber of secrets (see what I did there?).  ;-)



Here it is after painting.  I love how this one turned out!  I used watered-down acrylic paint for the stain, scrapbook paper decoupaged for the decorations, and sharpies to further embellish the book.  I used a piece of handmade paper for the inside but I did not Mod-Podge the top so it kept its soft feel.

Front:


Front open:


Back:


The binding and "pages":



Thanks for looking!  Please check out my blog!  :-)
http://craftygirlcreations.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/wooden-harry-potter-book.html
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Our Go-Go Squeez Applesauce V-Day Treats! on: January 22, 2014 06:00:24 AM
Here are my daughter's Valentine's Day treats this year!  I know I'm not the first to do this, but this is our take on the project. 

I've made two labels (see below) - one for berry applesauce, which we used, and one for regular.  :-)

For more info, or to request the labels (I'm happy to share!) please check out the blog. 
http://craftygirlcreations.weebly.com/1/post/2014/01/valentines-day-treats.html

Thank you!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Our dollhouse from a Target Cubeical! on: January 21, 2014 09:52:14 AM
My daughter and I turned a Target Cubeical (that's how they spell it) into a dollhouse over the last couple weeks.  At $34.99 (plus I had a 10% Off Cartwheel), the price was right - and when she's done playing with it, we can use it for shelves again.  It's far from 'complete' but these things never really are complete anyway, are they?   We bought some things, made others, and put together a few kits to get where we are now.   :-)

We put a piece of plywood underneath so we could add castors so she could roll it around her room.  The lights are LED stick-up lights from the Dollar Tree and instead of the little cardboard stabilizers in the back, we used a piece of 1/8 inch plywood.  I cut it slightly higher than the top and made it curvy on the top of the rooftop garden.  I added pre-made fence to the back, and a little green and grey felt (the green wasn't large enough) and voila!

I have seen projects like this before, so I know that I am certainly not the first!  :-)



The rooftop garden along with the bunny hutch and Fido's dog house.  



The baby's bedroom.  The lamb picture and the Little Dreamer picture are both scrapbook embelishments.  The blue rug is just printed onto cardstock. The small table and chairs were built from a kit that Michael's sold a few years ago in their wooden puzzle section.  The wallpaper is scrapbook paper.



The parent's bedroom - mom is having a well-deserved rest.  The bedroom set is a Melissa & Doug set.  The mirror is a small purse mirror purchased at Pier One for $1.00.  The wallpaper is scrapbook paper and the floor is tan felt.



The bathroom/laundry room.  We have since put in a toilet paper roll and towel bar.  The bathroom set and the laundry set are purchased pieces.  The shelf is made from craft wood bought at Joanne Fabrics.  The divider is just cut foam board.  The Lather Rinse Repeat picture is printed on paper and stuck on chipboard for some depth.



The living room.  Dad is waiting for his TV so he can watch some football.  The yellow is just painted.  The furniture is purchased from Ikea (here).  The mirror is a purse mirror purchased from Pier One for $1.00 and the Family picture is a scrapbook embellishment.  The plant is made of two small pots - one stacked on top of the other - and small greenery placed on top.  The wood floor is a wooden floor tile I bought at a yard sale a long time ago. The backgammon board is printed on paper and stuck on chipboard for some depth.



The kitchen.  The white kitchen cupboards and appliances are created from a kit made by Greenleaf Miniatures (here).  The red cabinet is part of a china cabinet sold at Michael's a few years ago - they no longer sell them, at least not at my Michael's...boo!  I just cut the top off and painted it red.  The PEZ picture is printed on paper and stuck on chipboard for some depth.  The high chair is part of the baby bedroom furniture you'll see below.  I bought the microwave and toaster at a miniature shop in Richmond, VA a long time ago.  



Here is the dining room.  It's the room that needs the most...love.  So far it just has a little white table I found on Amazon and a few dresser/hutch things I found at the Dollar Tree.  They don't sell them on the website anymore, but I know I've seen them there recently, in the toy section.









Thanks so much for looking!  :-) <3

For pictures and descriptions of the individual rooms, please feel free to check out my blog.  :-)
(http://craftygirlcreations.weebly.com/1/post/2014/01/dollhouse-from-a-target-cubeical.html)
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / A screen door clipboard craft show display! on: November 22, 2013 06:35:34 AM
Here is the new display I "built" to showcase the clipboards I make and sell.  It's just two screen doors purchased from Lowe's which I added two extra horizontal pieces to and hinged together.  I measured three across and used half-screwed (lol) small wood screws for the hooks - that way I can drill them in and out easy to fold the screen up for transport.  There are screws in the other side, too, so it holds 48 clipboards altogether!  

Using the doors was WAY easier (I even had Lowe's cut the 4 extra pieces), much sturdier, and much cheaper than building it myself.  I didn't add spots at the bottom because no one would look down there anyway - and I can maybe put a nice plant in the crook of the display.  :-)

Sorry for the dark picture, it was late when I took it!  



5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The new kitchen shelf nook reorganization project! on: October 25, 2013 10:35:58 AM
Here is a before and after of the latest kitchen reorganization project.  From messy madness and things we seldom use to crisp simplicity!  See the bottom for the close-up shots of the after project and the link to email me for the label template.  :-)

Before.


Before, zoomed.  So sad and depressing.


After.


After, zoomed.


The labels, close up.


I laminated the labels (front side only!) and then cut them out individually.  To laminate one side only, place two label sheets BACK SIDES TOGETHER.  Run them through the laminator that way.  When you cut them apart (be careful not to cut into the labels on either side), you will have laminated labels!  I'm happy to share the labels with you, just contact me.

More pictures and a contact form can be found here:  http://craftygirlcreations.weebly.com/1/post/2013/10/the-new-kitchen-shelf-nook-reorganization-project.html

Thanks so much for looking!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peacock Costume (now with AFTER shots!) :-) on: October 23, 2013 01:17:49 PM
Here are the elements of our daughter's Halloween costume.  The costume could be modified for an adult with jsut a few minor changes (like the shoe size).  

We haven't seen the whole thing put together yet - we're waiting for Halloween!   I painted some shoes I found at Rose's on clearance for $3.00.  I used regular craft paint with an Americana fabric painting medium added.  I speckled glitter on the center sections as I painted them (let each color dry before moving onto the next color) and used gold and silver sharpies for the edges of the feathers.



The mask was purchased at Target for $4.00 and I found an old ugly peacock feather mask at the Salvation Army that I disassembled to steal the feathers.  The sparkly accent peacock feathers and the sequin flares are Christmas decorations from Hobby Lobby.  I just used hot glue to assemble it all together.  



Here is the peacock bustle.  I created a waistband covered in royal blue fabric and sewed a piece of felt to it - I cut the felt in sort of a U shape to hang down from the waistband.  I then sewed different colors of tulle (green, aqua and royal with sequins) to it along with a few feather boas from the Dollar Tree.  I then hot glued a few eye feathers to the tulle.  



More pictures can be found here:  http://craftygirlcreations.weebly.com/1/post/2013/10/peacock-costume-in-the-works.html

Thanks for checking it out!  I will definitely post pics of the fully-assembled costume.
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