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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewelry tree display thingy on: June 18, 2012 06:09:41 PM
Thanks! Yeah, I like it how it is.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewelry tree display thingy on: June 18, 2012 05:40:23 PM
Howdy! I had been searching for a jewelry tree that would fit in the cabinet I decoupaged but I wasn't having much luck finding one I liked and I could afford. I also tried looking for a branch to paint because I like the way those turn out sometimes, but I couldn't find a suitable branch and it's hot outside. Plus, mosquitos. Sad

So, what I ended up doing (sorry I don't have any process pics, I really didn't think this was going to turn out well) was taking some thick wire (Not sure what gauge but it came from Home Depot in a coil) and twisting it all up. When I got all the "branches" and "roots" looking like I wanted, I wrapped the whole thing in white floral tape. Then, to kind of smooth out the seams from the tape, I painted it with two coats of Mod Podge. Finally, I spray painted it glossy white. It sits on a candle tray that I also painted white.

Here it is sitting on my work table:

And here it is in my cabinet with my (kind of pitifully small) collection of jewelry on it:

Thanks for looking!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper covered cabinet on: June 16, 2012 09:24:21 AM
(tantalizing thumbnail)

So I got this cabinet for free from work:

And I bought some paper from www.paper-source.com

And I Mod Podged it and ended up with this:

It is 2 feet square, and I think I'm going to put lotions and perfume and jewelry in it, you know, girly stuff.
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/14/12 - Update to Hot New Projects Thumbnails on: May 15, 2012 02:51:37 PM
Thanks so much! I will be clicking more now. Maybe one of these days I'll actually make some more stuff too.  Grin
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My wallet is bigger on the inside on: March 20, 2012 06:56:35 PM
Mod Podge tips: apply with a foam roller to avoid streaks. It will have a slightly pebbly texture, like an orange skin, but I usually like that on my projects. If it's still tacky when it dries (and yes even the matte can stay tacky if your climate is humid enough) then spray with a few light coats of acrylic sealant.
16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Take swaps out of "hot new projects" on: September 10, 2011 04:55:54 AM
For example, in the new ABC inchies sign up thread there is discussion about how to make inchies, what you can cut them with, etc. Sometimes there are links to great craftster projects that are related which can give you inspiration also

But what usually happens is, there is a thumbnail picture and I can tell that it is, for example, something from Doctor Who, but I can't tell exactly what. Is it a painting? A shadowbox? A sculpture? So I click, and . . . nope. It is a promo photo from the show's website being used to advertise the swap. Thought I was going to see some awesome Doctor Who project someone posted, instead it's not a pic of a Craftster project at all. That's when I'm all "grr."

And to tell you the truth, the minor annoyance at that, when it happens over and over, actually kind of sours me on the whole idea of doing swaps at all. Instead of the first mental association with swaps being "Looks like a fun thing to do!" it is "Those things that trick me into clicking on them."
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I fix the top of this dress? on: August 06, 2011 06:48:48 PM
That's a cute idea too! I ended up finding thread that was close enough, imo, and sewing it down. I sewed it very carefully so the new stitching was exactly parallel to the neckline, and I think it looks fine.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 21, 2011 11:40:05 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I will try the spray starch+iron first and see if that works. If not, I can try the fusible stuff on an old stained t-shirt first and see if it puckers. I'll save sewing it down as a last resort, and if I have to try that I'll just be super careful.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 20, 2011 03:58:11 PM
I bought this Old Navy Dress which I love! It looks like this:

Unfortunately, the top of it keeps doing this:

I don't know what that's called, when the neckline has this strip of an extra layer of fabric behind it, but whatever it's called it just doesn't want to lay flat because the neckline keeps curling forward.

The options I've thought of are:

1. Every time I wear it, tape it with double stick tape and just take the tape out when I wash it and use a new piece next time I wear it.
2. Find thread that color and sew it down like a 1/4 inch in, being very careful to go exactly parallel to the collar so it looks intentional.
3. Some kind of iron-in permanent sticky stuff? Does that exist?

I do have a sewing machine, but I'm at the "can hem a pair of pants" ability level. I'm afraid with option 2 it would maybe still keep flipping up, but I'm not sure. And for number 3, I don't want it to look all puckered or bulky.

If you can help me with this I will be forever grateful! Thank you!
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making striped leggings? on: July 09, 2011 10:08:03 AM
Hmm. I'm going to try on some scrap fabric first, some old sleeves I cut off a stretchy t-shirt to make it short sleeved. I'll see what it does.
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