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31  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween light I made on: September 28, 2005 07:53:09 PM
Please tell me what you think..I made this for a halloween swap...and wanted to know if you would like it if you received it. I still have time to make something else, if this isn't up to par.

It was a candy tin that I painted...glued a black cat "snow globe" onto the top, and punched holes in it to feed the christmas lights through.

Then I took seed beads on elastic, and strung all over to look like webs. 

Let me know if it needs anything else, or if it's OK.

Thanks..all feedback is welcome!!! PLEASE










The white dots are glue..they will dry clear..Hopefully! At least it's supposed to.
32  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Shrinking, chip bags, a new way to do it. on: September 25, 2005 10:12:44 AM
Yesterday I was searching the archives, and was reading up on how to do shrinking dinks, and came across a topic about the chip bags, and how to shrink them.

Well a lot of people were talking about how they didn't have an oven or it wasn't turning out for them..

Well I thought about ironing them. I took 2 ramen noodle bags, and placed them between a thick layer of material.. I believe it was a wool/polyester blend type of material.

Set the iron on high, and started ironing...I also placed the lid off of a cookie tin, under it all to create a heat conductor from the bottom.  And it did shrink the package. and it was flat!! It's a slow process, but it turned out with good effects.

I would just iron for about 10-15 seconds, just enough to get the material really hot, and then lift the material to make sure I wasn't melting the plastic.  The first bag I did melt...and it stuck to the material, but I just waited for it to cool, and it peeled right off.

Just thought this would help, especially with people who don't have an oven or are afraid to do it in the oven or microwave.

I also took a large Tostidoes bag, and did the same process. It didn't work out as well because it's a heavier plastic, and I didn't cut it out. I used the whole bag(front and back) It did try to shrink, but It was so thick that it didn't get very small..I think it would of worked if I would of only used the front of the bag with the design.

Also a thought, the ramen noodle bags are being used for purses, and the plastic is so thin, that its hard to sew..If you iron it, a little bit, it will strengthen the plastic, and make it sturdier...

Hope this helps someone.

Carey
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old sportscoat, turned to cool purse on: September 20, 2005 07:33:54 AM
I volunteer, at a center that receives donated clothes, well this coat was in the free box, so I took it, and made it into a purse. I got the idea off of craftster, but I don' t know the link. But I am happy with the way it turned out... Please let me know what you think!! Good or bad! Thanks for looking.
I also made a small change purse that matches the inside. The inside is made from a lightweight cotton shirt. I just love recycling clothes!!






34  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My new bedroom. Let me know how to decorate it more!! IMG heavy on: September 17, 2005 11:31:59 AM
We just added on two bedrooms to our house, here is our bedroom. I love the white look with the plants as accents. I will be adding more, but I am not sure how to incorporate some color. I love blue as well as my husband. I want to paint the bed frame, my aunt told me to paint it black, but I am not sure about that.




Here is an entertainment center my mom salvaged off the side of the road, it was dingy and dirty, so I painted it white, and I think it cleaned up nicely.



Here is a view of the other side of our room. The stereo came from freecycle.org, and it will be moved out in a couple of weeks, my mother is giving me a hot tub to put in our room!! I can't wait!
Also that is my craft table on the right side, and my computer desk on the left side of the picture. The craft table will also be moved into another room.


So hopefully I will acheive the affect of a hotel sweet. I also made the curtains..very easy to do. Just drape and tie knots, and hang on hooks at the corners. The canopy over the bed was done the same way.

Let me know what you think, or how I could improve it! Thanks so much
35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / necklace, ring, bracelet, and earrings, made from broken necklace on: September 13, 2005 02:42:00 PM


Let me know what you think, I can take it!! Be gentle.
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / A denim decorated bathroom on: August 30, 2005 07:44:07 AM
Hello everyone I am new, but have been lurking for some time, and you people are awesome! I just wanted to share my idea that I am doing with my mother's bathroom. I don't have pictures yet, but I will post when it's complete.

My mother's house is decorated in old western style. So for her bathroom I decorated in denim. I had a denim shower curtain that I put up.  I cut up several blue jeans for different things. One was a basic "butt purse" I just didn't add a strap. I hung it on the wall to hold her hair dryer, and the pockets hold her hair brushes. I took the legs and put tabs on the top and made curtains for her little window. And I also used a pair of child's levi shorts, and attached them to the wall, and stuffed them with fake greenery. I am also making another "butt purse" to attach to her wall to hold her magazines. 

I am going to use red bandana's to use for tie backs on the shower curtain. I think that's about it. I also used wagon wheel planters and sat them on the counter to hold toiletries. It's turning out really cute.
Does anyone else have any ideas?

Thanks for looking!
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