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191  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / 'I-have-no-jazzy-name-for-this-necklace' necklace on: February 01, 2006 01:42:57 PM


Just a necklace I made with poly clay beads and adjustable length.  My photography skill are definitely improving, but looks like I still have some learnin' to do.
192  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / silk leaves valance on: January 28, 2006 07:05:02 PM


Just a pic of the valance I put over my kitchen blinds back in the fall (hence the colour scheme).  I put it up so I wouldn't have to stare at the ugly rods (and the silks were super cheap) until I made a real valance, which I haven't gotten around to yet.  I may have to switch it out to a spring theme soon.  I also hung our christmas ornaments from it too (we don't do the tree) and that actually looked pretty good.  So, do you think I should just leave it or finally get around to making the valance.  Or paint my blinds to match?
193  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bathroom curtains with sheer panel on: January 25, 2006 01:07:49 PM
I am really new to sewing and even newer to measuring and cutting fabric (turns out it is quite a bit more complicated than I originally believed). 
This is my first go at curtains.  The theory was, since these are in the bathroom, that I needed an opaque material at the bottom for privacy and something transparent at the top to let in light and sort of make a plain curtain more interesting.  And match my tp caddy, which I love (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73326.0), although it needs a bit dressin' up.

So:

Sorry about how big the pic is
and
ignore the weird reflection off the mirror to the right:


I made some pretty good mistakes, ones that I'm sure I wouldn't of made if I'd been more familiar with sewing (and I won't be making again).  First of all, they are too small and they dont flow.  If my curtains were people they would be fussy anal retentives.  But all in all I'm proud of them and, hey, they work - nobody gets to see me brushing my teeth anymore, which I'm sure was riveting entertainment for the neighbors. 

Any gentle comments for next time I make curtains? 

194  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / years and years of bead and necklace making on: January 20, 2006 12:49:33 PM
Alright, I have two agendas here.  First to show the necklaces I have made over the years (as well as most of the beads on them). 

A sampling as modelled by my daughter:


(before anyone gets weird about this, my daughter never gets to play with necklaces unsupervised - mom watches her at all times with them).

And second to ask if anyone has any good ideas as to what to do with all of these?  I've shown only a tiny fraction of my necklaces, I got a little ocd about them in the past.  I really have given away all that I can, I've sold what I can, wear all I can, but, still, I have more.  And even more. 

So, does anyone have any ideas?
195  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / bead mosaic on: January 19, 2006 09:01:29 PM
I'm not quite sure where to put this, so I'll post it here and if anyone disagrees they can tell me.

I was inspired by a similar arrangement of sea glass in a magazine.  But I have a lot of beads that I have made over the years, so I gathered whatever I had lying around:



and turned it into:



The labels underneath are cut out from a recipe booklet, since I love the language of cooking, but aren't really connected to the bead they are 'labelling'.  It has created a sort of free association game.  The not lovely needlepoint pic I got rid of and painted the frame.  The matting is just white cotton and the beads are mounted on rectangles of calico.

 

All in all, I like it a lot and I think I'll have to do another one for a friend's birthday coming up.  Plus I have literally thousands of beads to use somehow.

What do you think?
196  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cant do pysanka (easter eggs) anymore, what instead? on: January 17, 2006 03:47:43 PM
My family have been creating pysanka forever but since I've become vegan a few years ago the whole pysanka tradition has been put on hold.  Ethically it's a problem but I really REALLY miss doing it. 

Some of my old eggs:


So, my question to crafty vegans, or anyone else who wants to respond, what do we do now?  Batik would be the obvious choice, but it's not very friendly time/expense/child wise.  And I have a box full of dye, kistka, beeswax, etc that I should do something with?

Anyone have any ideas?
197  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / marionette on: January 17, 2006 03:35:33 PM
I'm posting this for my husband.  It's his 'mini-me'.  He finished it a while back but he still dresses the same and it works great still so we thought we would share it with you all.



Anyway, it's made of poly clay with added chain (wallet chain), pen for tattoos, and coated wire forms the joints.  It works quite well, I wish I could show a video of it in action.

And my daughter likes to mangle her tiny father (who's bigger now, huh dad?).



198  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / toilet paper caddy NOW with tutorial (image heavy) on: January 12, 2006 03:09:20 PM
I have a problem with my cats and kid destroying toilet paper when it hangs in the regular spot.  I've been keeping the tp in a drawer in the bathroom bureau but it's awkward to get at, especially for the older folks who come to visit.

So, this is what I made today:




It's pretty plain.  I think I'll make a new one with a liner and in the colours of my bathroom, maybe some decoration on the front (I'm not normally inclined towards sea shells, but maybe for this - does anyone know how to drill holes in shells?)

Anyway, this should save the tp from small animal and toddler destruction.

Tutorial

Fabrics: I 've found that the outside should be a heavier fabric in order to keep the holder's shape as the tp gets pulled in and put back in and a lighter colour for the liner so the tp flakies don't show as bad.  I use a 1/2" seam allowance.  The measurements here should fit a double roll easily.

cut two 16" x 8.5"  and two 7" x 5.5"


Sew the liner and the outside both into basic bag shapes (the larger pieces of fabric)


and sew the corners like you would if you were making a tote



fold over and press top raw edges


Before you go any further, you want to machine baste the liner to the outside


Now, sew the nice sides of the smaller fabrics together along the longer edge.  Turn inside out and press


And put it all together


Here we are, catproof and may even possibly outwit a toddler


Let me know if I can make this tut more clear or if you have difficulties.


199  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Poly clay mosaic on: January 10, 2006 01:32:09 PM
This mosaic was a christmas gift to my husband.  It's mounted on a 6' x 6' tile and the pattern was borrowed from a meditation mandala (its the way sound looks or some fool thing).   



I believe this is the first thing I've made without any purpose to it whatsoever, but I rather like it and wanted to share.
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