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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / That's Not Exactly What I Meant by "Stencil Your Pants..." on: September 10, 2004 01:49:04 PM
Here's a funny story silk screeners will enjoy. My silk screening teacher (graphic arts) was telling us what NOT to do when silk screening. One example went as such... "Yeah, so one year, a girl brought in an old chair from home that she planned to use as her desk chair in her new room. Since we were working on stenciling everyone's face onto various things, she thought it would be funny to put her face on the seat of her chair. Well, she transfered the image and it looked great... really looked like her.Then a guy sat on the chair by accident and walked around for the rest of the day with her face on his ass. It was hysterical."

Tee hee.
42  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The No-Sew "Sweatskirt" on: August 26, 2004 12:59:00 PM
This idea came from YM magazine, I must admit. I thought it was cool, so I decided to try it out.

Here's my sweatshirt before:


And here's the skirt after:


And here's how I went from ugly, humungogigantic sweatshirt to cute, tiny, sellable skirt.

You'll Need:
*An old sweatshirt
* Scissors
*A shoelace
* A safety pin
Optional: *Fabric paint, rhinestones, etc. Any other decorative accent.

1. First, I cut the sweatshirt across the middle, just under the armpit. (See picture a.)
2. Then, I cut two little slits in the top of the skirt. (See picture b.)
3. Next, I took a shoelace and stuck a safety pin through the end of it.
4. I then took the safety pin and stuck it into one of my slits and tugged it all the way around the skirt until it came through the other hole.
5. That's it! Unless you choose to decorate it, which I may do later. The skirt is adjustable to your waist (the string can be pulled to make it fit), just like a comfy pair of gym shorts. Enjoy!

Picture A:

Picture B:
43  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Musical Note CD Crate on: August 24, 2004 04:24:25 PM
A.C. Moore was having a killer sale, so I went there and spent 23 bucks. I got these nifty cd crates that look like so:


They hold 25 standard cds... functional, yes, but very boring in plain wood. They were so inexpensive-- 2 for $3.00! I wanted to make some to sell at a craft fair in November, so I got out the paints and got to work!

I wanted it to be a musically-themed antique-looking crate. I got crackle medium... I've always seen it and never tried it. I'm so glad I finally bought it! It works great. What I did was paint the entire thing black. Then, after it dried completely, I painted the medium on. After that dried, I painted the entire thing white. Once it dried, the crate looked like this close-up... except all over the whole thing.


Then, I googled the term "sheet music" and found some great images. After choosing an Italian one, I measured and cut the music to fit the sides of the crate. They're modge podged on. You can feel the wood texture through the paper. It is truely cool.



Closer pics:


Side two:


PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS!
1. Do you think it'd sell well at a craft fair?
2. How much would you, personally, be willing to pay for this?
3. I have another crate to decorate. Any ideas?

Thanks!
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Back to School... What to Do? on: August 22, 2004 08:43:38 AM
Oh no!! School is coming soon!  Angry

I was wondering how you all are going to decorate your school supplies. I like to decorate folders and notebooks... but what about binders? I usually have the kind of binders with the fabric on it... what should I do to decorate it?

Anyone care to share some school supplies decorating ideas?
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another Reason to Love Modge Podge: A Notebook on: August 21, 2004 01:14:27 PM
Here's a notebook I made with some magazine cutouts, confetti, and modge podge. It's my idea book, where I start at the beginning with character profiles and at the end with names I like. Then, when I go to write something, I've got characters already done and some names for the choosing!

46  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Once Ugly and Cheap... Now a Hip Photo Album on: August 21, 2004 11:29:56 AM
When I got some pictures developed, the lady gave me a free photo album. Yay! Actually, I didn't say "yay..." I said "yuck." Here's the before pic:


I threw out that ugly blue paper... though it convienently slid out of place. So, I used some card stock and cut it down to fit the opening. Then, I marbled the card stock with shaving cream (see the featured projects).


Taking some magazine cutouts, glitter, and modge podge, I created the front:


And the back:


Now it's time to say Yay!
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Take On Desktop Zen Gardens on: August 21, 2004 09:58:22 AM
What do you make with an old candle holder, a dollar store sweet tart tin, a broken bracelet, some toothpicks, a marble found under the couch, and two smooth rocks? A zen garden, duh. The rake is two sharpened tooth picks, the asian charm thing on the closed lid is from an old charm bracelet, and the images were googled and mode podged on.

Closed:


Opened:
http://img56.exs.cx/img56/2387/zengardenopen.jpg

When I began doing this in science class once, my classmates asked me what I was doing. I told them I was raking the sand. I guess they didn't hear me right, since they all thought I said "raping the sand." Now there are messages in my yearbook saying, "Stop raping the sand!" Try explaining that one to my mother.
48  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Charging Tax--Need Permit--Need Advice! on: August 21, 2004 08:12:31 AM
The lady running the fair I'll be doing in Novemeber said I need a permit to charge tax (I live in New Jersey). Do any of you know if you NEED a permit to charge tax? I'm 14, and I don't pay income tax, obviously, so I wouldn't need to charge it, right? This is my first fair, so I am unsure of what to do. My plan as of now is to not get the permit, and not charge tax. How does that sound? Do any of you have any experience with tax and craft fairs?
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Four Minutes, Four Bracelets! on: August 01, 2004 02:18:46 PM
Here are the products of my boredom. Unfortunatly, they were so easy it only took me about a minute for each one!

This is my tribute to the Philidelphia Art Museum. The little charm is what they give you when you pay the entrance fee. I went there a while ago, but I couldn't throw out the charm, since I just knew it would come in handy for something...

http://img5.exs.cx/img5/3927/braceletartmuseum.jpg

What to do when a neckalce breaks? Don't try to repair it... just take off the charm and make something new! The beads are from the craft store... I love them.

http://img25.exs.cx/img25/4089/braceletbutterfly.jpg

These beads are from the craftstore, also. I loved them all by themselves, not with any charm or anything.
http://img25.exs.cx/img25/7353/braceletglassdots.jpg

These glass beads are pretty alone, but this charm from a charm bracelet that broke make it so much better!
http://img25.exs.cx/img25/5493/braceletsoundofmusic.jpg

I'm working on some more, because I went through my jewlery box and found broken stuff/things I don't wear anymore. All it takes is some imagination, plyers, and beads, and everything old can be new again!



50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My First Latch Hook Pillow. Peace Sign! on: August 01, 2004 02:10:45 PM
This was my first-ever latch hook. I started it in like, fifth grade, but then it got lost in my closet. I found it recently and finished it up. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, and it matches my room perfectly!
Front:
http://img5.exs.cx/img5/1144/peacepillowfront.jpg

Back:
http://img5.exs.cx/img5/1792/peacepillowback.jpg

Would anyone like to share a latch-hook pillow they made?
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