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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What crafty type gifts did you GET? on: December 27, 2007 12:15:10 AM
I got a large-ish floppy weaved basket to hold yarn; it has an inside bag that can be closed up with a grommeted hole to feed yarn through so you can knit without having to take the yarn out, I suppose. To go with it, I got two sets of knitting needles, a new pair of scissors, a knitting book with a few patterns, and three skeins of yarn. I'm trying to learn to knit!

I also got a photo scrapbook, which I suppose is craftyish. Smiley
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: cheese-serving set (pic heavy) on: December 26, 2007 07:44:14 PM
Thanks! Smiley She liked it, so yay!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / cheese-serving set (pic heavy) on: December 23, 2007 11:16:09 PM
This is a present I made for my Dad's girlfriend for Christmas. It's a cheese-serving set! She serves cheese balls and such a lot, so I figured something like this would be useful.

I'll apologize right here for the fuzzy, sucky pictures. I only just barely remembered to get photos of everything and I've been rushed for the past month for just about everything.  Wink

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box1.jpg

The outside of the finished box. What's in it? Let's see..!

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box2.jpg

A whole variety of things that are useful when serving cheese! There's some napkins in napkin rings, and what's above them?

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box6.jpg

A rolled-up napkin! What's in it? Let's see..

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box5.jpg

Cheese knives and spreaders! I made a holder like all the ones I see around Craftster for knitting needles and such. I don't have a sewing machine, so I had to do it all by hand. It took forever and doesn't look the best, but oh well. There's loads of empty spots so she can put in more spreaders, or other utensils or what have you.

Underneath all the napkins..

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box3.jpg

..is the cheese-serving platter. It's a stone tile with rope handles. The picture stinks so you can't make out the texture of the stone well, but it's sort of uneven yet is still smooth and okay to put food on.

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box4.jpg

Here's the bottom. The rope is glued on with with some all-purpose sealant, I forget exactly what it is. The rope underneath provides stability and height. Oh, and you can sort of see behind it was our first attempt at making this; we did a first try to make sure we wouldn't mess it up. And in fact our first one had uneven handles and is a little funny looking, but it's okay for just us. Cheesy The pile of books were used to hold the tile down onto the rope and glue to make sure the glue got a good solid hold. It's really strong, there's no way the rope is going to come off.

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box7.jpg

And underneath all that is the bottom of the box. XD I mod podged in some maps of Kentucky, which is where the recipient of this gift is from, along with a butterfly. I figured if she didn't want to keep all the serving stuff in the box, she can always use it for something else.

So that's that! Here's a couple of in-progress pictures.

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box8.jpg

Staining the box. This is what the box looked like before. It's a combined stain and polyurethane so it came out shiny and smooth. It took three coats before the outside came out smooth. We left the inside at two coats, and it wasn't as smooth but I liked it that way. Also, this is before we put on the hinges and latch.

http://c.1121.org/crafts/xmas07/box9.jpg

This is stained, dried, with hinges and latch attached. Also, it's holding the napkin rings. ^^ I didn't have time to make any napkin rings, so I bought them at the store.  Embarrassed You can also see here how the screws from the hinges poked through the wood a little, which was an unforeseen circumstance. I thought I got small enough hinges and screws, but not quite. If you look in the other pictures, you can see dark brown patches where I glued some felt coverings over the screw nubs so nobody gets their hand scratched up accidentally.

All in all, this project took a LONG time. The staining and sewing took the longest, but there's several hours worth of work in this gift.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: old tin boxes to tealight holders on: December 23, 2007 10:06:23 PM
Wow.. those are so adorable! What a great idea.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: cymbal clock on: December 23, 2007 09:57:58 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone!! Cheesy

I love to see people putting some thought into their gifts and personalizing them.  You have one lucky dad!

Thanks gannon! I agree, I think personalized gifts are so much fun and show a lot of love. Smiley

That's so cool! Where did you get the actual "clock" part from?

I got the clock movement from hermle.com, but to be honest, I don't recommend them at all! There was a complete lack of communication from them (they didn't really answer my emails) and I got gypped on shipping! I spent a little more for UPS ground ($11.35) so I could get it in just one-two days since I was in a time crunch, and I didn't get it for a WEEK. (Here's the part where they never replied to my email asking for a tracking number.) When I finally got it, I saw they'd shipped it USPS first class mail for $1.81!! Meaning they made off with nearly $10 of profit on bogus shipping charges. They still haven't replied to any emails, I'm sure I'll never see that $10 again.  Roll Eyes

There's plenty of websites out there selling clock movements (just google for that), I just picked hermle.com because they're out of Massachusetts, and I figured they'd be fastest in shipping anything to me in Maine.  Roll Eyes Clearly not.

Anyway, it's not a holiday unless there's at least one minor panic attack.  Grin
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: cymbal clock on: December 22, 2007 02:55:45 PM
Thanks!! Cheesy
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cymbal clock on: December 22, 2007 02:26:26 PM
For Christmas, I made my Dad (a drummer) a clock out of a cymbal. I thought it would be something thematic to hang on his walls, and also he just has a little cheapy clock so he needed a good clock anyway.



I found a brand new 14" crash cymbal being sold on eBay for $10, bought a clock movement for $7, some stick-on clock numbers for $3, a big zinc washer (which I painted black and put in the middle, behind the hands) for a package of 10 for $.98, and a plate hanger for $3, and VOILA, a cool-looking cymbal clock for $24. (I saw some pre-made cymbal clocks being sold for $50 or more!)

Here is the cymbal before I did anything to it. You can also see the big washer in the upper left corner, before I painted it.

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Hot Wax Series -(encaustic paintings on: December 20, 2007 04:19:44 PM
Wow.. those are AMAZING. I am in love with that last one.. it reminds me of snowy mountains and a frozen lake, but as if the world was tipped on end and the lake is spilling out. Very cool looking.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: servingtray/art/magnetboard on: December 01, 2007 02:09:26 PM
Wow, that's so completely awesome!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea box on: November 23, 2007 09:35:15 AM
Wow, that's amazing. Good job. Love the color, too.
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