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11  First Reconstructed book (img heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LauraCore on: August 04, 2007 08:36:18 PM
For my friend's birthday  I reconstructed an old book about hairstyles. In our town there are alot of really funny hair salons with very odd pictures on them. We have always laughed about them. So I figured I'd make her a hair themed book. I tore apart the book and glued all of the orginal drawings together so that none of the books text could be seen. Then I made an embroidery embellishment to each page that had been glued. Then I inserted my photo pages (I just printed each photo on to high quality cardstock). I also added pictures of her that show off her lovely locks. Then for the end pages I added funny pictures on heavy watercolor paper to keep the cover in tact. For the binding I used a sewing machine then used a tapestry needle and embroidery thread to bind all my sewn sections together.

**This is the first book recontruction or book binding I have attempted and feel pretty good about the way it came out. I did not follow any tutitorials really just trail and error.

I love all of the strings that are coming out of it. It looks really DIY

Front cover and first page.

Hand sewn dedication.

Book mark (made to look like hair) and a photo of a weird hair salon.

Page of orginal drawings and embellishment

Back cover. She likes to wear fake mustaches so I glued one in there.

Thanks for looking!
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12  My first apartment (many many photos) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by LauraCore on: July 09, 2007 05:44:18 PM
Here is my house. Almost everything was crafted or thrifted.

My living room

Note the books arranged by color.


My room

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13  Record Coasters and a magnet pen holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LauraCore on: July 09, 2007 04:05:31 PM
I made these record coasters by using the same method as making record bowls. Just melt and cut. The record will be very hot when you take it out of the oven and will cool down quickly so work with a sharp pair of scissors and oven mitts. You may have to reheat the record to finish cutting.

I also made this pen holder for my fridge out of a gum container from a coffee shop. I just decoupaged a piece of paper around it and got super strong magnets from the craft store. You can glue the magnets to the back or just put them on the surface then stick the container to it because it is metal. I did not glue mine so that if I wanted to change the picture I could do so easily.

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14  A Few paintings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by LauraCore on: July 09, 2007 03:45:18 PM
Here is a painting I did. It is supposed to look like a stenciled piece but it was not.

I am thinking of doing another piece with the same woman but I'm not sure if I'll get around to it.

Here is another painting I have done a long time ago.

I used the rough outline of the 1970's wonder woman as a model for the woman's body (which is a big part of understanding the painting). The matting on the outside was ripped by hand and then painted.
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15  Huge Ceramic bowl in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by LauraCore on: July 09, 2007 03:37:49 PM
So I made this awhile ago but haven't had the time to post pictures.

The images around the face in the bowl are from an old printing press for meat ads.

Also there are 3 other faces on the side of the bowl with various words pressed in the forheads.

Sorry the pictures are not the greatest.
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16  My Crafted Bird Wall Decals (img) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by LauraCore on: July 09, 2007 03:15:56 PM
Alright. So I have wanted those Blik wall decals for awhile but on a student's income I had no other option but to craft. And craft I did.

I had been reading posts on here but I alas many of the materials used were just...out of reach. So I debated on some moderately expensive vinyl from ebay but before I made any bids I went to the craft store. While I was there a ray from the crafting god shone down upon something. It was felt. Felt with a sticky back. This sticky backed felt was also one $1 a sheet.

This is the chaos that ensued using a stencil from http://www.kittybuttons.com/wordpress/ or Stencilry

and a close up to show texture

What do you think?
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