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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Afghan - An Anniversary Gift for my Fiance! on: March 25, 2010 03:39:15 PM

I made this crocheted afghan for my fiance, Paul as an anniversary present to celebrate our 5-year anniversary!  It was tough because we live together, so I had to crochet it in secret when he wasn't around.  I managed to finish it within about 3 weeks somehow!

Since I am a very beginner crocheter, this afghan is done completely in the double crochet stitch - really simple!  The wool that I used is Marble Chunky - shades of gray, brown, beige.  I made the blanket in pretty neutral colors not because it is a little more manly, but because it will surely match our decor for years to come! Smiley

Paul totally LOVES the afghan - it was a big surprise for him! Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mario Warp Pipe & Piranha Plant Keepsake Box - Yay for Nintendo & Perler Beads! on: February 12, 2010 01:34:15 PM

Here is my newest original crafty creation inspired by video games - a Nintendo Super Mario Bros. warp pipe keepsake box!  The warp pipe comes with a removable Piranha Plant, designed to look like the original 8-bit pixelated version for the original NES.

The keepsake box has a removable lid that has an inner layer so it fits snugly to the box.  It is 3D and is bigger (and heavier!) than it looks!  With the Piranha plant attached, it is 11" tall, and 19 1/2" around at its widest point.

I built it by stacking layer upon layer of ironed Perler Beads and glued them all together.  The inside is hollow so you can keep whatever you'd like inside of it!

Thanks for looking! Smiley

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My New and Improved Craft Room! on: January 14, 2010 11:43:46 AM
Hi all!   Cheesy

I have recently re-designed my craft room!  I posted pics in the summer of my craft room, but I was able to rearrange some things and added a new desk to accommodate the new sewing machine that my fiance got me for Christmas Smiley  At this time I am unable to paint the walls or hang anything from the walls (we live with my fiance's dad for the time being and I am fortunate enough to have my own craft space!), hence the bright yellow paint with tacky curtains that I didn't pick out.  However, I have a really great space to work in that I'm lovin'!

Here are the photos!  I have two desks with one office chair in between so I am able to roll back and forth between work spaces.  One desk has a laptop on it where I am able to use the computer and watch TV.  The one table that has the sewing machine has most of my craft supplies - paper goods, needlecraft, ribbons, stamps, scrapbooking stuff, button maker, etc.  Along one wall, I have two Ikea shelving units that have the big plastic pullout storage containers that are home to my wool and fabric collection.  On those shelves, I also keep my supplies of Perler Beads.

Hope you enjoy looking at the photos! Smiley  Thanks for looking!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Nintendo Tissue Box Covers on: August 25, 2009 08:03:49 PM

Here are my newest projects - tissue box covers that are Nintendo-themed!  These are made with Perler Beads, ironed and fused together and then the sides are glued.  One fits a square tissue box and looks like a Mario Question Mark Block, and one fits a rectangle tissue box and looks like a retro Nintendo controller.

They slip right over top of your standard Kleenex box and are sure to add a fun & geeky flair over top of a boring old cardboard tissue box!  There is an opening in the top so you can easily pull the tissues through.

I hope you all enjoy my newest crafty creations! Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Space Invaders Level Recreated in Needlepoint...and they're fridge magnets!! on: July 22, 2009 05:44:31 PM

I made these last month and I'm really excited to share them with you guys!  It is a complete set of Space Invaders Fridge Magnets, made completely in needlepoint! There are 56 fridge magnets included in this set, enough to reconstruct an entire level of the game. Included in this set are all 50 aliens, a UFO, a laser cannon, and four bunkers.

These took me a really long time to make as they are all fully stitched by hand, felt is applied to the back to hide the stitches, and a sturdy magnet is attached to the back.

They're great for anyone who loves retro video games, like myself!  Hope you enjoy them!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Craft Room!! Finally, some organization! on: July 22, 2009 05:23:49 PM

I spent some time last week making a craft room for myself! Before I start explaining, I must tell you that I was very inspired by forum member Crafty Intentions' Craft Room, which she posted on Craftster a while back.  I had always wanted my own craft room and had intended on making one, but after seeing her gorgeous room, it gave me the motivation to do it!

Unfortunately, it has been pretty dark and overcast these past few days, so the lighting conditions were not the best for taking these photos. Hopefully you will still be able to get a clear view of my little crafty corner of the house!

Now, I should explain that my fiance and I are currently living with my fiance's dad, so there is some existing furniture that I was able to work with in this room as well as some of my own. There are many fixtures in this room that I wasn't allowed to change, such as the color of the walls/drapes/etc. He also won't let me hang anything on the walls, which explains why many photos and things are propped up against the walls and floors. Regardless of these limitations, I was still able to construct a pretty awesome place to create and craft, as well as a small office space to attend to emails, and so on.

This first picture shows the desk where I have the laptop, as well as the TV set in the background just in case I want to watch some TV while crafting. Also please note the picture on the desk of my two kitties that currently live with my sister. I adore them!

This shows the desk and shelf where I keep all of my paper supplies, scrapbooking supplies, button-making devices, beading and needlepoint stuff. This larger desk is directly beside the computer desk.

Here is a close-up of the shelf on the desk. There are many jars filled with random beads, buttons, etc. and canisters with scissors, markers, pens, and everything like that. The idea for the jars are heavily inspired by Crafty Intentions' craft room.

Here is where my paper collection lives, which includes many of my favorite Japanese Washi papers. The button maker is to the left and the paper cutter is to the right. I also made a make-shift ribbon holder that hangs across the two shelving units constructed from part of a curtain rod (found at the dollar store). Behind the spools of thread, there is a case that is home to my paper punches and things like that. On the shelf, I keep my stamps, card making supplies, seed beads, and embroidery floss in containers.

This is a bookshelf filled with many crafting and recipe books, as well as novels. My craft magazines live on another shelf in the room (not pictured). Beside that is an Ikea shelf with plastic shelves full of wool! I was afraid that I wasn't going to be able to fit all of my wool into these shelves but it just barely fit! I have a bit of a yarn problem, I think! On the top shelf, I keep all of my fabric fat quarters and felt.

This is a close-up of the TV area where I keep all of my Perler Beads in tupperware containers organized by color. You can also see mine & my fiance's record collection here on the shelf, as well as some cute Totoro toys beside the TV.

I hope that you enjoyed this little tour of my craft room! Before I had this, I had my crafting supplies either shoved into a closet, or spread out all over our bedroom which was a tad messy. I love being organized! This new room has provided me with so much inspiration and motivation to keep creating new things, as I'm able to get new ideas while seeing all of my supplies out in the open, ready to use!
7  New York / New York: West / Cross-Border Craft Shopping? on: August 27, 2008 08:56:11 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm a Canadian from the Toronto area, and we're thinking of crossing the border into New York state for the day for some cross-border shopping!  I think we're going to be crossing into Niagara Falls, NY / Buffalo area...  I was wondering if anyone could recommend any stores to stop at while I'm in the states!  I'm primarily interested in wool and fabric, but any craft supply stores would be wonderful!

If anyone else has done this and has any tips to pass along, that would be great!  Also, if you know of any particularly good outlet stores / stores just for shopping at, all recommendations are appreciated!  Thanks!
8  CANADA / Ontario / Cross-Border Craft Shopping? on: August 27, 2008 08:55:23 PM
Hi everyone!

We're thinking of crossing the border into New York state for the day for some cross-border shopping!  I think we're going to be crossing into Niagara Falls, NY / Buffalo area...  I was wondering if anyone could recommend any stores to stop at while I'm in the states!  I'm primarily interested in wool and fabric, but any craft supply stores would be wonderful!

If anyone else has done this and has any tips to pass along, that would be great!  Also, if you know of any particularly good outlet stores / stores just for shopping at, all recommendations are appreciated!  Thanks!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Business Card Holders made from Perler Beads! on: August 01, 2008 10:28:35 AM
Hello again!  I'm here to post some more of my newest Perler Bead creations!  I have been making business cardholders out of the beads for a little while - ones that I have created in the past are ones that look like Nintendo controllers, cassette tapes, and other designs!  Here are a couple of my newest creations - a cardholder that looks like a piano keyboard, and a cardholder that looks like television color bars!

These are made from Perler Beads - the pieces are ironed together, and the sides are all glued together.  It holds many standard sized business cards, but I find that these are also useful for holding random scraps of paper that you might have lying around - it's always great to have a little bit of organization on a messy desk!  Smiley

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Nintendo Mario Question Mark Keepsake Box with Interchangeable Powerups! on: July 23, 2008 06:21:22 PM
Hi all!

I might know some of you already from around the web, from my video game Perler Bead creations...I made a brand new one yesterday and wanted to share it!  Smiley  Actually, my fiance, Paul came up with this idea and it turned out great! 

It is a new take on a Super Mario Question Mark Block keepsake box that I have been making for a little while now... it is a keepsake box now with interchangeable power-ups that stick into the top of the box!  The box is made to look like a question mark block that Mario jumps and hits in the games, and it has a lid on the top.  The lid has two layers so it fits snugly on top of the box and is removable so you can put whatever you'd like inside the block itself(perhaps some gold coins?  hehe)

Now, I have put a tiny slot in the top of the lid to allow various bead power-ups to stick inside snugly!  The bead power-ups that I made with this set are:  a red mushroom, a green 1up mushroom, a Fire Flower, an Invincibility Star, and a gold coin. 

The block even has two sides - one is the question mark side, and one side looks like after Mario has hit the block, so you can face it around this way when you want to display the power-ups on top.  It is pretty versatile - with five different power-ups or just having the box on its own without a power-up inside, there are six different ways of displaying the box!

I'd love to hear what you think!  I have so much fun finding new ways to use Perler Beads to make these geeky video game creations!

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