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1  Monopoly Board Game Clock!! Made from old clock parts in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by starblossom on: November 08, 2010 01:41:35 PM
So this is a personal project that Ive been working on for the past couple of weeks, and now it is finally complete. It is a monopoly game board that  functions as a clock when hung on the wall. When removed from the wall, it sits evenly on the table and can be played like any normal board game.

The clock parts were removed from an old ugly clock that we had and no longer wanted to use. The board game has been sitting in the closet for a year now, completely unused. I was in the mood to create something but due to my tight budget, I was limited to using materials that I already owned. Hence, the monopoly clock was born.




The middle is painted white and the clock face has been altered with numbers and dollar sign hand-drawn onto paper and glued onto the original metal plating for visual appeal. The playing pieces, houses and hotels are stored inside the clear box, which originally held dollar-store thumb tacks. The box is attached to the board with magnets and is therefore removable.

The playing cards and properties are held on with elastics that were inserted through holes drilled in the game board. The ends of the elastics are strung through buttons on the backside of the game board, which hold the elastics in place. The platform was made by hot-glue-gunning empty DVD cases onto the corners, which help the board to sit evenly on the table. The DVD cases double as storage units, as they can be opened and closed. They hold all the monopoly money.



Originally, I was planning to build a compartment box on the back of the game board, using wood pieces so I could just open up the door and easily store all the game pieces there. I couldn't find the pieces that I was looking for and I don't have any power tools, so I had to figure out something else. Overall it turned out well enough that I'm happy with it. We've gotten compliments already from friends that have come over to our place.

I hope you all like it. Thanks for reading!
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2  My bedroom! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by starblossom on: August 07, 2009 08:23:40 PM
I moved into this place about 8 months ago. At first, nothing matched and I was missing furniture, like a dresser or a nighstand. My bedspread was shiny red while the walls were blue, I had a bookshelf filled with clutter, no curtains, and nothing on the walls.  I have no ''Before'' photos, so try to imagine a room that doesn't look very nice!

I was tired of never feeling like I was living at home. I have been moving a lot in the past few years and this is the place I plan to live in for more than a year, which should be nice. So I put a lot of effort into making it look and feel like something that is very ''me''

NOW I am very happy with it!

Starting with the view when you're standing outside the door. The walls were baby blue originally, but I painted them turquoise before I moved in.



Walking further inside . . . you can see my matching Ikea dresser and nightstand. I had to carry those home on the bus with friends helping me, which was a lot of work! On my nightstand is my stereo, a photo of myself and my boyfriend, and some sunflowers my boy bought for me the other day. Over it, is an inspirational painting that my parents got for me when I finished my undergrad degree. On my dresser is a unicorn figure, a flower candle-holder, and jewelry box. Hung over it is my collection of favourite photos!


The other wall: my collection of purses, and my collection of shiny unicorn photos. My stuffed unicorn Sparkle is there on the Lazyboy chair. As you can probably guess, I've started up a collection of unicorn things. I don't use the chair too much. Mostly just throw my clothes on it, or clear it off for guests to sit on. Please don't mind the door that's open, it leads into my bathroom which is messy right now!


Close-up of the shiny unicorn photos


Next up is my ''closet.'' My room actually doesn't have a closet, but there was this space in the wall that looked like it would work well as one. That white cabinet is actually my roommates, but she lets me use it. I keep all my crafting supplies in there. Then I just stuck a tension rod between the wall and the cabinet, and it holds up pretty well. I thought about hanging curtains, but I sort of like the open look of it.

 
This photo shows the space behind the door. I have a mini fridge, and a TV-cart I found on the side of the road for free a few years ago. I use the cart to hold things that I just brought home and need to be put away, or things that I need to get rid of. I seem to have a lot of things coming in and out of my room. I have a few things I haven't unpacked yet! Oh and those are the curtains I finally bought. I like them when they are closed.


Here is how it looks with the curtains open. I have photos, some plants, and candles. That big one there smells like roses and I love it right now.


Anyway, that's my room! I tried to take a picture of it when the lights are off and the candles are lit, but I couldn't figure out how to get the right lighting with my camera. It looks really pretty when the candles are lit behind the sheer curtains. I love my room and I finally feel at home.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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3  Halloween Goodies in Dessert by starblossom on: June 10, 2009 03:51:17 PM
This past Halloween, we threw a party. Myself and then-roommate provided all the food and some punch.

Here are the candy kebobs. Most of them are strung with gummy spiders, worms, and other creepy crawlies. I made some vegetarian kebobs with sour watermelon slices, salt water taffy (which melted a bit!) and caramels, tootsie roll pops. We put it in my flower vase to make it look like one of those edible flower arrangements you can buy.


Special black and orange gummy vase arrangment.


Caramel apples dipped in sprinkles. Unfortunately we made them wrong...theywere so rock hard nobody ate them. But they look pretty don't they?


Random leftover candy was put into fancy glasses


Vegan oreo cake! The cake is chocolate with bits of smashed oreo baked into it. The icing is vanilla with oreo crumbs mixed into it and food colouring. I tried to make it look like a pumpkin, but maybe the colour makes it look more like a random monster? I don't know but it tasted good anyway.


Sugar cookies my then-roommate made, shaped like ghosts, bats etc.


And full view of the food table, complete with punch!
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4  Cute Sugar Cookies! (with recipe) in Dessert by starblossom on: June 10, 2009 11:43:39 AM
The story behind these sugar cookies is that a friend of mine helped organize a vegan-cookie outreach table at the Eco-Fair this year. Basically they have free samples of vegan cookies to give to people, and offer information about veganism and the environment.

They asked people to donate cookies for their cookie table, preferably smaller sized cookies so they have more to give out. I of course saw this as the perfect excuse to buy these teensy cookie cutters shaped like stars and strawberries!



I figured icing would take too long to do so I just used coloured sugar. There are about 5-6 dozen in the container there. By the end of the day, all my sugar cookies were gone! I am very proud of them because of how cute they are. Hope you like! Smiley
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5  Valentine's Day Cookies! in Dessert by starblossom on: March 21, 2009 05:03:15 PM
I have never baked cookies for V-Day before, but this year I decided to make heart shaped sugar cookies to share with my boyfriend, roommates and friends.  This was also my first time baking sugar cookies!

Here they are!



They were eaten really quickly. Oh and they're vegan!

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6  Gingerbread Whorehouse! Warning: candy depicts sexual acts in Dessert by starblossom on: March 12, 2009 10:37:49 PM
Right, so over a year ago some friends and I decided to make a gingerbread house at our christmas gettogether. But we didn't want to make just any gingerbread house! No, we wanted to make it in the style of the red light district, filled with sex, prostitution and some extra weirdness. Thus, the Gingerbread Whorehouse was born!

I took photos both with a flash on, and with the flash off with the lights off and the christmas lights glowing around it. You can see it more clearly with the flash on.

Flash on:






As you can see, the roof of the house says ''ho ho hoes!" and is covered in red gummy candy to look like a red light district (I suppose). The candy people in the front are mostly made out of starburst candies, jelly bean things, m&m's and some other little gummy things.

The candy person standing at the doorway of the whorehouse is a pimp. He was created by one of my friends.

Here is a closeup of the other candy people


My pride and joy is the set of people closest to the camera. it is a man strapped to a bed with handcuffs, and the woman has a whip in one hand and a dildo in the other hand, and they are both enjoying themselves. I made that one myself. Then the next one behind it, is a man and woman getting it on. I designed it so the jelly bean penis is actually embedded into the woman's starburst candy body. The other candies were designed and crafted by my friends. I think most of them are aliens and one of them is having anal sex.  In the very back, there is a lady on a bed of red licorice and she has a huge bush of pubic hair, and the green thing is an alien exploring her bush LOL man I really hope this isn't too offensive to post on craftster!

Okay so here is how the house looks when the christmas lights are on






The final touch: my buddy found this perverted santa toy he has in a package. You can't see it too well in the photo, but the santa has his dick out and when you wind it up, he jerks himself off. So instead of hanging up a jesus on a cross, we hung up perverted santa above the whorehouse to complete the christmas scene. hehehehe.



Thanks for looking! Please let me know what you think Smiley
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7  GAMEBOARD lifeplanner: Because it's not in what you SAY, it's in what you DO!! in CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES by starblossom on: March 04, 2009 09:55:47 PM
Immediately when I saw this challenge I thought of the song Good to be Free by Oasis. In particular the verse that most speaks to me is ''what would you say if I said to you, 'it's not in what you say, it's in what you do?'''

Well I have a terrible habit of saying I want to do this or I want to do that, and then I never get around to doing it. Weeks or months later people will ask me how it's going and I'll be embarassed to say I forgot about it or haven't had time to start. Well, I'm not going to live like that anymore!!

I thought and thought of how to put this song into a craft. I knew I needed to make some visual form of a goal board. Also for a long time I've had this idea floating in my head that I'd like to make my own game, or take a game and alter it or turn it into something else. Somehow the two ideas meshed in my head and thus the GAMEBOARD LIFEPLANNER was born!! Because life sometimes feels like a game, and I like to win...or at least life feels more fun if I make it feel like a game!



Basically it is a big corkboard painted to look like a game, and each playing piece, each set of instructions, is attached to the board by a pushpin. I was inspired by the old game ''Sorry!'' So I used the structural layout as the basis for my game but instead of having four players, I made it for 8. Except each player is not a person, it is a category in my life such as health, crafting, career, education.
Each category is colour coded with a matching ''player'' that starts at start and gets around the board by passing all the colour coded mini-goals, which are the coloured squares you see scattered along the gameboard. The playing piece finishes when it reaches the main goal.



Here is a close up of my crafting goals. I want to start crafting, with the main goal of finishing all CURRENT crafts on the go before starting anything new. My first mini-goal is to post these photos on craftster; which I'm about to do, so I moved my player past that already! One of the mini-goals after that is to start making jewelery out of my fimo-jewelery making kit that's been sitting on my shelf for ages. I have more mini-goals to accomplish of course before the main goal is reached.



I have no in progress pictures as I was in a time crunch to finish this by the deadline. The materials I used were: corkboard, pushpins, plastic beads, clear plastic binder dividers, paint. I painted the boardgame design on the corkboard and I made the player pieces by melting ponybeads into molds in the oven, then attaching them to pushpins. I did this so I would have player pieces coloured the same as the categories on the board. For the main goals and minigoals, I cut up clear plastic dividers and hotglued them into little pouches. When I want to put a main goal or mini goal on the board, I write it on a piece of coloured paper (matching the category!) and slip it into the plastic pouch, then pin it to wherever I want it on the board.

In the middle of the gameboard I have the lyrics "It's not in what you say it's in what you do'' to inspire me to accomplish my goals. Because the corkboard was rectangular shaped, there was part of it I didn't need to paint. I separated it from the game by glueing a piece of silver sequin ribbon stuff as a divider. The plain part of corkboard will hold goal related paperwork. Right there I have pinned my temporary gym pass (part of health goal).

I really like it because I can easily see which goals I have or have not started, and what I need to do in order to progress. And if I decide to make up a new category, I can slip out the paper and just write something new! It can be hung on the wall, very convenient. I'm also obessed with organization. I seriously can't function without the use of colour coding and categorization, so I was happy to make it look a little more fun!

I know this was long to read. Thanks for looking! Smiley
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8  Decorated boxes in Completed Projects by starblossom on: December 21, 2007 10:52:10 PM
I'm not sure where to put this, so I'll post it here. For christmas this year I decided to make personalized boxes for two of my lady friends. It is our fourth year in Uni and we'll be graduated and moving on soon, so I wanted to give them something they can use everyday and at the same time keep memories of us since the three of us are really good friends. I bought plain boxes from Michael's craft store, fabrics from walmart and printed out photos. The results:

Box#1: For my friend "K" who loves anything pink, I hodgepodged two layers of plain pink fabric on the outside of the box, attached one layer of a very pretty sheer pink fabric covered in sparkles, and lined the edge of the top with white pearls. You can't see the sparkles very well in the photo, sorry for the bad quality. I was in a rush to wrap these and give them away!


Box#2: For my friend "M" I made her a fuzzy leopard print box lined shiny silver trim since she loves shiny stuff and leopard print. Here is the view of the outside



The inside is similar for both boxes so I only took photos of the leopard box. I hodgepodged a photo of the three of us on the top inside of the box, and then on the bottom inside, photos of just the two of us.


Photo of the cookies wrapped in fabric that I placed inside.


 They were a lot of work to make, but it was fun and they liked them when they opened them tonight! Please let me know what you think Smiley
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9  Homemade pasta sauce in Vegetarian / Vegan by starblossom on: September 22, 2007 08:53:08 PM
I have not posted anything in a long time. I mostly lurk. But now I see the recipe forum is up, I feel the urge to share my food pictures, since it's the only 'crafty' thing I really do lately. Over the summer I got a large basket of tomatoes for cheap and wanted to take advantage of it. This homemade pasta sauce was the end result of an hour of careful skinning, chopping and cooking of many fresh tomatoes and herbs. It was delicious!

topview, as it had just been cooked


ultraclose up


okay I just had to edit it to include the fresh fruit salad I also happened to make. I wanted to take advantage of the strawberries and pineapple that had been on sale.  Smiley
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10  Craft-storage jeans in CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES by starblossom on: November 07, 2005 03:28:29 PM
I am sure this is not original. I made it a while ago when I got the idea off another craft board, I forget which one, so I can't properly thank whoever's idea it was. I altered the original design by changing the pocket size and adding some extra pockets and putting on my collection of pins. I also chose not to put glitter or anything on it because I wanted it to look like a normal pair of pants on the wall when people walk into my room, heh.

I also use the main part of the pants at the top as a pocket for some of my bigger stuff like pieces of fabric and knitting needles. That's my knitted-plastic bag I'm working on sticking out of the top. The smaller pockets I use for beads and my glue gun and candles and ribbons and stuff. I have more craft stuff somewhere so I'm thinking of somehow making a shirt to hold things, and then thumbtacking it above the jeans Smiley

Anyways, I've never entered a craft challenge on here so I just wanted to enter it for fun Smiley



and here's a close-up of one of the pockets



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