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41  Turn the Ugly Tote into Work of Art in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by candycanechild on: June 12, 2004 04:35:26 PM
I have this really ugly totebag lying around. What should I do with it? I want all of your crazy ideas... any ideas are good, but the wilder the better!

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42  Mardi Gras Masks Tutorial in Costumes: Completed Projects by candycanechild on: June 06, 2004 09:37:35 AM
My school's semi-formal dance is coming up. The theme is mardi gras, so a mask is essential. I went to the party store near my house, and was disappointed. I thought as I looked at the masks, "I can make one of these!" So, I gathered up a few of my crafty friends and we made masks that put the New Orleans mask makers to shame.



Materials
 Smiley A mask form. They sell these at craft stores. I was able to buy four in a pack.
 Smiley Paint (acrylic) with brushes or sponges
 Smiley Glitter glue
 Smiley Feathers
 Smiley Sequins
 Smiley Hot glue gun with glue
 Smiley A dowel rod (Since I stupidly forgot to get one, I found a good stick in the back yard)
 Smiley Ribbon
 Smiley Any other decorations like jewels, beads, etc.


Step by Step
1. Take the mask form and paint it any colour you like. The paint may take hours to dry. To speed this process up to a mere few minutes, use a hair dryer.
2. While the mask is drying, find ribbon and a dowel rod or stick. You can wrap one ribbon around it to make a solid stick, or you can make diagnol stripes using two ribbons, like I did. Or, you can even paint the dowel rod/stick.
         a. TO MAKE DIAGNOL STRIPES
             1. Cut a piece of ribbon a few feet long. You want it to be WAY longer than the stick itself.
             2. Take one colour ribbon and wrap it around the stick on an angle. Continue until you've covered the ENTIRE stick. Hot glue the ends in place.
             3. Take the second ribbon and wrap it on top of the other in the same fashion. Leave about 1/4 of an inch space, so you can see the colour underneath.
             4. Hot glue the stick to the mask form. Be sure to glue the end of the stick with the extra ribbon on it to the mask. Leave the ribbon hanging down, like I did, or cut it off.
3. Next, glue feathers, sequins, and glitter to the mask. Decorate it any way you like!

Here are some pictures of my mask. The last is a close up of the ends of the ribbon. I used sequins for this part.


http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/1709/mardigrasmask01.JPG

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/9229/mardigrasmaskcloser.JPG

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/829/mardigrassequins.JPG

edit:Spelling & grammer mistakes/ skipped a step in the ribbon wrapping part. I can't help that those little mess-ups drive me nuts!'
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43  Beaded Flip Flops Tutorial with Pics. in Shoes: Completed Projects by candycanechild on: June 06, 2004 08:37:39 AM
When I go to the beach, which is often since I live near the shore, I see many people wearing flip flops. I often see people wearing the same pair... and I've sometimes seen people with the same ones as me! Since I can't stand looking like other people, I found an easy way to make custom flip flops. Here's my tutorial.



First, gather the following materials: hot glue gun with glue, pair of flip flops, mardi gras beads (or other string of beads, pearls, etc.) and scissors.
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/1501/flipflopstep3.JPG

To begin, cut the mardi gras beads (or pearls. I'm going to say mardi gras beads since that's what I used.) along one string, so the beads are no longer a necklace, but rather a straight line of beads.
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/4493/flipflopstep4.JPG

Next, use the string to measure how long the strand needs to be in order to cover the thong part of the shoe.
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/4453/flipflopstep5.JPG

Then, cut the beads to the measured legnth and glue in place.
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/2839/flipflopstep6.JPG

Repeat on other shoe.
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/2324/flipflopstep7.JPG

Here's me modeling them for you.
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8008/flipflopstep8.JPG
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44  Wallies Wallpaper Cutouts in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by candycanechild on: May 26, 2004 01:11:45 PM
Have any of you heard of Wallies Wall Paper Cutouts? They worl like magic! I decorated my bathroom with ease, and when I tested to see if they really removed with out marking the walls, they did! Everything the package claimed was true. I looked up on their website (http://www.wallies.com) to see if these were good for anything else, and they had tons of project ideas. They were honest about EVERYTHING, including how they aren't completely acid free, so take that into caution when scrapbooking. I was glad they didn't tell tales.
Oh, when planning on buying check local craft stores before ordering off the web. The Wallies website sells them for $9.99 + shipping, but I got them at A.C. Moore for $7.99.
I took some pictures of my bathroom wallies so you can get a feel for how they look. The flash makes my bathroom walls look grey.... they're actually lavender. Bright lavender!






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45  Re: Record covers want to be on my wall! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by candycanechild on: May 22, 2004 03:00:39 PM
I have records all over my walls! My room's a 1960-1970-ish theme, so I have records hung up EVERYWHERE! I use thumbtacks like these:



I slip one in the sleve (with the record already taken out) and put it in the far top corner. Then I put one in th top closer corner. They only make TINY holes, and they stick to regular walls. Oh, and using the same tacks through the hole in a record keeps them tacked up, too.

Using these tacks don't ruin the walls or the record cover if you know where you want to put it and don't scrape it against the wall. Check to see if the tacks will hole in your wall by going down on the ground and sticking the tack where the wall meets the carpet. Try a few places that are down low or out of plain sight, because they may stick easier in some places than others.

Hope I helped!
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46  Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases in What the heck can I do with THIS? by candycanechild on: May 19, 2004 01:46:50 PM
Here's my mirror so far... I'm using regular scotch tape to secure the old CDs. I only need about 3 small pieces per CD.



When you look into it, your image becomes distorted.. kind of like a fun-house mirror! It's way cool.
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47  Re: Pantyhose/Tights/Nylons in What the heck can I do with THIS? by candycanechild on: May 19, 2004 01:38:55 PM
I love making stocking people! My art teacher makes really cute ones... mine doesn't compare, but here it is, anyway:



All I did was take an old knee-high that didn't fit and cut the top off. I used cotton batting (you can use the insides of an old pillow, if you want, or even cotton balls) to stuff the toes and leg. I made it into a round shape, much like a potato.
Then I tied up the top. I sewed into it, making a round nose. Next, I drew on facial features using a sharpie. You can attach googley eyes, yarn for hair, or a button for the nose. Be creative! My art teacher has an Elvis one, a leprechan, a santa claus, etc. The list can go on and on.
You can even make really little ones and attach them to pin-backs and add cloth decorartions. My art teacher did this and they looked really cute!
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48  Re: cat tipi in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by candycanechild on: May 19, 2004 12:46:03 PM
I love that idea! And wow, my two cats look EXACTLY like yours! Here's a pic, because I'm such a dork.

Libby 10 months

Lucy 10 years

Well, those aren't the best pics that I have of them... but you get the idea.
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49  Re: Ice Candles in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by candycanechild on: May 19, 2004 12:09:13 PM
Yeah, here's a pic of a completed project.
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