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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Miami Dolphins Jersey tote bag on: April 21, 2012 10:04:53 AM
I don't know about the original poster's pics, but I did make a tote out of a jersey.  Here is the results http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331380.0
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: How to Ruin A Perfectly Good Set of Collectiable Dawn of the Dead Cards (Table) on: April 21, 2012 10:01:12 AM
Aww thanks for the compliments.  I can't take credit for the coaster, we bought the coaster set at Spencers!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Coffee table on: April 21, 2012 09:58:23 AM
Great job!  Love the repurpose!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ouija Lamp on: April 21, 2012 09:57:42 AM
Wow, apparently I haven't checked my replies to posts in a long time, because I didn't know that all these comments were on here.  Thank you everyone that posted!  I am glad others are inspired!

Radmom-I think you figured this out already, but you have to peel the top paper off the game board. The inspiration post shows you how.

BlueCherryFaerie-We live in an apartment, and have never had a trick or treater.  Sad  We buy candy just in case, but not one single knock.  But that's okay, because it's Halloween every day of the year inside our apartment. I'm lucky my Hubby is a Horror fanatic, because he's on board with the Halloween kitchen and spooky decor.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: White Elephants! on: December 10, 2011 01:52:02 PM
Thank you!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / White Elephants! on: December 10, 2011 01:05:38 PM

My family does a White Elephant Gift Exchange every year instead of the traditional "break the bank buy for everybody exchange".  It tends to be loads of fun, with the recycling of favorite gifts from previous years (ex.  a framed photo of a family friend holding up lottery tickets.  It pops up each year with new tickets!).  There is the occasional dud, but more often than not everyone is satisfied. 
Last year, Artum, a relative made a last minute White Elephant.  It was rather primitive elephant with newspaper paper mache body, toilet paper tube legs and a sock trunk.  But it was insanely cute and a hit (even before the $50 gift card was revealed).  Artum promised to build a better elephant for this year and challenged us to come up with something similar.
This year at Thanksgiving he reminded me, and he seemed rather disappointed that I already had purchased White Elephant gifts and that I wouldn't be making a White Elephant.  After I got home, I felt bad and I tried to think of ideas that wouldn't intrude on Artum's original Elephant.
So long story longer... These are my White Elephants. 

I found a cute elephant face stencil using a search on Google Images.  I bought a pack of 36x36 White Felt at Michael's and it provided me with just enough Felt to make two 10x12 Gift Totes.

This was my first attempt at applique and if you don't look too closely you won't spot my mess-ups.

I made each one slightly different.  One has wider shorter straps, and the other has exposed seams.  I found some red buttons in my Grandmother's collection (because White Elephants are albinos, right?) for the eyes.

All ready to be stuffed with presents!


Did I do good? I'm hoping yes, so that these are able to be re-used and will become a regular fixture at future Christmases.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: How to Ruin A Perfectly Good Set of Collectiable Dawn of the Dead Cards on: November 21, 2011 12:54:07 PM
GrindHouseHussy19(awesome s/n).  I did use elmer's school glue, but it didn't adhere to the cards all that well. So the cards did lift a bit on the corners.  Gorilla glue would have been a better choice.  I say go for it, I think Nightmare before Christmas would be a good choice for a table top!  Be sure to post if you do! 
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ouija Lamp on: November 21, 2011 12:50:11 PM
Smiley Thanks for the compliments!

My SIL was totally making fun of her husband, "Oh Tony, don't be such a baby. He's so superstitious."  And he's all jittery, "we gotta go. I can't be in a house with one of those things."  We all laugh, because we also have had an Oujia Board hanging in the kitchen for months, and he has been in our house many times since it's been hung.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: How to Ruin A Perfectly Good Set of Collectiable Dawn of the Dead Cards on: November 20, 2011 04:37:49 PM
Melby- Thanks! I never knew they existed until that convention!  Amazon sells them too!

Thanks Penguinsoup- it was super easy.  I highly suggest the Envirotex product that Michael's sells, it makes the mixing and measuring less complicated.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / How to Ruin A Perfectly Good Set of Collectiable Dawn of the Dead Cards (Table) on: November 20, 2011 02:31:27 PM
At last year's Famous Monsters Convention in Indy, DH picked up a couple of sets of Horror Trading Cards. They sat on our mantle for over a year until he mentioned how cool it would be to put them on the coffee table and cover them in resin.

He decided that the set to be sacrificed would be the Original Dawn of the Dead set. I agreed and immediately went to Michael's with a 40% off coupon and purchased the 32oz kit of Envirotex Lite.

Here is a before shot, the table had been painted black a couple of years ago and had a great distressed feel.


It took 3 coats to properly cover the cards, and we did the first coat outside. We failed to cover it, and several bugs committed suicide in the sticky substance. We did the final 2 coats inside after we realized that the resin was very low odor and probably wouldn't kill us or the cats. We also had to buy another 8 oz kit to do the final coat.

It took 72 hours to do the hard cure, but we could actually knock on it after about 8 hours. I went ahead and did another coat of poly to the rest of the table to give it a high gloss sheen.

The final product, which DH was completely happy with.

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