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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / In Memorium Shadow Box on: April 15, 2007 09:55:16 AM
A few weeks ago our eldest rat Mayonnaise had to be put to sleep. We were incredibly torn up over this as he was such a wonderful creature who taught us so much about ourselves.

Yesterday I finally was able to make his shadowbox. I basically just bought an ugly silver shadowbox from Michaels and painted it with bronze acrylic. Then I put on two coats of acrylic sealer.

The items inside are held by fabric glue...which is seriously the most hardcore glue ever made. I use it for everything!

That is pretty much it.







12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Brown/Olive October DIY INVITES [picture heavy]! on: June 15, 2006 06:29:03 PM
I am so so very proud of the way my invites turned out.
I decided against traditional pocketfolds because im low on time and money!

I couldnt be more pleased with how they turned out!
Simple I know, but very beautiful!











To get the two sides to close/overlap and not show the rsvp/reception paper which is longer than the brown paper, i simply used one small piece of double sided tape near the base/middle and therefore, had lots of room to "tuck" the invites and seal simply with the sticker!

Very simple, very easy, very cheap! [except postage]
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / MY DIY INVITES...LOTS OF PHOTOS!!!! on: May 08, 2006 10:33:50 PM
Ill be assembling these as a diagonal pocketfold invite, similar to this one, only with thinner paper.


Front of pocketfold:


Inside left:


Inside right/pocket:





And since everyone was asking on LJ, the main font is called: Copacetic.

I LOVE them! They are so much better than my old ones! yay for spending 8 hours straight designing!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DIY Favors!..dial up beware! on: February 22, 2006 11:45:15 AM
My first attempt at favors.
Basically olive ribbon, clear plastic boxes and chocolate almonds instead of jordan almonds..since jordan almonds are sooo soo vile!

The ribbon in the background will be used for other favors, as well to wrap around the vase centerpieces parhaps.
The boxes came in a kit from michaels. I wasnt originally going to buy the kit, but rather buy just the boxes from a place in Vancouver, but these ended up being much cheaper after the 40% coupon. It comes with silver ribbon and silver thank you tags, which I am not using. Ill be making my own tags once my printer is fixed.











Ribbon bows courtesy of Martha: http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel187543&catid=cat469&navLevel=3
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rat Crafts=Love on: February 22, 2006 11:37:02 AM
I did this large patch last week on a whim instead of studying for a midterm.
My camera was out of batteries, so I had to scan it!

It is a homage to my Mister Mayo. It has been crossposted to a few LJ communities and my personal craftblog.

16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Star Wars Stocking on: November 19, 2005 11:04:07 PM
My mister loves Star Wars, and i really dont. Needless to say, i made him a christmas stocking today.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/vaderstocking001.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/vaderstocking005.jpg

you do NOT want to know how much of a pain it is to attach felt pieces to a ready made stocking!!
I need to buy some thimbles.


Basically i used his stencil [made it for a painting earlier this year] and free handed the imperial symbol, and then stenciled the outline of darth, then filled them in myself.

I then hand stitched the two patches on for a nice, spacey stocking.
The photos dont really do it justice at all. I left bits of white, because i think it looks better, but you may beg to differ.

Advice: make your own stocking, and attach patches before assembling, and save yourself an hour of grief!
And yes, i couldve attached them via machine, but i hate using my machine!
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Bee coasters! on: October 13, 2005 07:38:29 PM
These are my latest creation. They are for a package exchange partner for october, she loves bees!
They are supposed to be different sizes, i dont measure my felt. I dont use measurements at all, and i do everything free hand...thats the beauty of it all!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/coasterbee003.jpg


This is more their real color.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/coasterbee004.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/coasterbee010.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/coasterbee011.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/coasterbee013.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/coasterbee014.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/coasterbee015.jpg



18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sacred Heart ornament on: October 12, 2005 12:41:16 AM
It is part of my best friend's halloween/birthday package!
I had posted more halloween themed ornaments previously in the halloween forum, and will update with this one here as well as there.

I am ultra proud of it! Its the first time ive attempted a blanket stitch...it obviously needs a lot of work, but otherwise, it is pretty ok.

http://gallery.greatestjournal.com/albums/up4/804/386804/normal_sacredheart%20010.jpg
http://gallery.greatestjournal.com/albums/up4/804/386804/normal_sacredheart%20006.jpg

http://gallery.greatestjournal.com/albums/up4/804/386804/normal_sacredheart%20007a.jpg

http://gallery.greatestjournal.com/albums/up4/804/386804/normal_sacredheart%20008.jpg

i apologise for the crappiness of the pictures. photobuicket is down, so i had to use my ancient GJ account for photo hosting.
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sacred Heart on: October 12, 2005 12:39:03 AM
Why is this under halloween you ask???

Well, it is part of my best friend's halloween/birthday package!
I had posted more halloween themed ornaments previously here, and will update with this one.

I am ultra proud of it! Its the first time ive attempted a blanket stitch...it obviously needs a lot of work, but otherwise, it is pretty ok.

http://gallery.greatestjournal.com/albums/up4/804/386804/normal_sacredheart%20010.jpg

http://gallery.greatestjournal.com/albums/up4/804/386804/normal_sacredheart%20006.jpg

http://gallery.greatestjournal.com/albums/up4/804/386804/normal_sacredheart%20007a.jpg

http://gallery.greatestjournal.com/albums/up4/804/386804/normal_sacredheart%20008.jpg

i apologise for the crappiness of the pictures. photobuicket is down, so i had to use my ancient GJ account for photo hosting.
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Felt Treat Bags on: September 23, 2005 01:03:54 PM
I am new to working with felt [store bought felt, not nice homemade felt] and I want to make felt treat bags.
Larger kinds, not the small ones.

Ive made a few ornaments so far for friends and such, and now I want to progress! I have all sorts of great ideas!

The trouble is, Im not sure that the felt in single or even double layer will be sturdy enough.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to make the felt stronger?

Ive been told to use some fusable backing [but im not sure what that is really] or some kind of starch.

Any suggestions?



And just so this isnt a text only post, here are some pics of the ornaments I made.

The skull one was inspired by the mexican skull candle holder, and the cat was for a package exchange!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/felts008.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/felts006.jpg

The pumpkin was annoying to make, and I doubt Ill make another.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/felts002.jpg

I also made this jack one [my first felt project ever, excuse the bad stitching] for another package exchange a few months ago.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/jackskull004.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/DeathBlossom/jackskull005.jpg



Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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