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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / zoopals bunny bracelet on: April 28, 2007 03:33:52 AM
I searched to see if anyone else had made one yet and found no definite answer. 

Hefty makes the cutest plastic utensils for kids.  I decided to make a bracelet out of one.  I tried the boiling and the melting at 350 degrees in the oven but it never melted all the way to cuff shape.  Wanting to wear it that night, I grabbed the dremel and drilled holes at both ends, knowing I could figure something out.  Two jump rings and a keychain later, I had a sturdy, though inefficient bracelet.  I need assistance to put it on.  Does anyone have any better ideas?




I love it, even if my husband made "it's not Easter," comments!  I think they would make cool pendants as well, but they're about 6 inches long.  Too much, ya think?

PS. I think these are supposed to be disposable, but there is no recycle code to be found!  Do your part and find ways to reuse them too! 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / snail applique t shirt - kid's clothing project on: March 26, 2007 09:14:55 AM
My three year old son needs some new clothes.  So I made him a snail shirt (he's super afraid of slugs, snails are cuter though.)

The eyes and mouth are embroidered on.  The outline, shell details and antennae were done with the machine set for a button hole stitch.  Super easy but super fun. 
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pop Art Pegboard on: March 23, 2006 09:22:56 AM

I call it "Thinking of Hem."  I love Roy Litchenstein and Thinking of Him is one of my favorites.  To make it more craft related, I drew thread instead of the man.  Cheesy
The scale is a little off (notice the HUGE mouth) but when used, I don't even notice...


Action shot.
Part of my craft corner.  It makes me happy.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gifts for families as a whole on: November 05, 2005 12:07:31 PM
I'm an American living in Sicily for the next 2 1/2 years.  We have made friends with a Sicilian family who are really special to us.  They have invited us over to spend Christmas with them.  I figured handmade gifts would feel more heartfelt.  I want them to know how much they mean to us. 
There's the parents, who we are close to, and they have 3 children between the ages of 20 and 30. (In Italy it is very normal for people to live with their parents.)  All I know for sure I want to include is a picture of my son so they will always remember him, maybe us too.  I'm thinking of combining American products & crafty gifts.  Any ideas that the whole family would enjoy?

Thanks!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / robot baby activity blanket on: September 05, 2004 06:47:53 AM
I finally finished this for my son.  Its something special for my little one.   

Also posted on craftgrrl


The background is a starry cotton.  The appliques are all different textures.  I used terry, felt, vinyl, satin, lame, tulle, flannel and velour.  Some spots crinkle.  The planet is jingley and comes out of a clear pocket.  There's a teether that is detachable.  The panel on the robot's belly opens and you see this:


I used transefer paper and a photo of myself, my hubby and our son.  Its the best part. 

My son loved it.  Its kind of hard seeing him slobber on it though. 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / papier mache letters on: August 05, 2004 06:08:19 AM
I hope I am putting this in the right category.  I have them displayed in my house.  I made these for my husband as a gift.  They are quite impressive if I do say so myself.  I am very proud of them.  They started out as the cardboard things that fabric come on.  I patiently cut out the letters with an exacto knife.  Then I glued rectangles a little larger than the bottom peices to the bottom to give them a base to stand on.  I tore up newspaper strips, soaked them in glue and covered the letters, giving them a nice shape.  I then did the same thing with tissue paper but let it get really wrinkley.  I painted them black, paying careful attention to the crevices.  Then using silver rub and buff, they became silver.  I love that stuff.  They look like metal but weigh very little.  
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7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My fun bathroom on: August 05, 2004 06:01:41 AM
My son uses this bathroom more than my husband and I so I figured I would temporarily decorate it using stuff I had lying around the house.  I had to paint the walls beige because we are planning on selling or renting the house soon.  It was previously leopard print walls.
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I made the shower curtain and curtains.  I have displayed my pez collection.  The sesame street cups hold qtips, cotton balls, hair stuff and toothbrushes.  The frames contain images from loteria cards.  And who doesn't need a gnome in their bathroom.  The radiator that we never use works great as a shelf.  Finally all the toys I had in a box have a home.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / shabby chic guest room on: August 05, 2004 05:52:25 AM
I love before and after pics.  When we bought the house the walls had wallpaper and wood paneling.  It all had to go.  It went from being a dark dungeon to bright and airy.
BEFORE


AFTER






The bed and china cabinet were both painted white.  I love the bed so much.  It was a gift.  I made the quilt. The curtains were hung there until I figured out something to do with them and I finally have but we're moving in a few months so its pointless.  The ceiling was so much fun to do. 
9  EUROPE / ITALY / Anyone in Italy?? Even Europe will probably help. on: August 03, 2004 06:03:33 AM
I will be moving to Sicily in about 6 months.  I am trying now to figure out what I will not be able to find (craft supplies) that is crucial to me.  Any tips?
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A painting for my husband on: June 10, 2004 05:51:26 PM
I have really been wanting to show this off because I am so proud of it.  My husband is in the navy and he was away for 6 months.  This was a gift I made for him. 

Caution: Contains pornographic content.  Do not look if you think you will be offended. 
 
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