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391  Mosaic GOG WIP in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: August 27, 2007 09:17:24 AM
This is a GOG (glass on glass) mosaic Ive been working on, and I need to get some opinions before I proceed to complete it.

First the design is inspired by Piet Mondrian's style of art. It is on an old window that measures 2 foot x 3 foot. All pieces used are stained glass in red, green, gold, yellow, clear, white and all trimmed in black opal.

Here are the questions:
  • Paint frame black?
  • Grout with clear silicone resin sealant?
  • Grout with black instead of clear?

Image of WIP so far:

To see a larger image: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1245/1249595113_ee2e06926f_o.jpg
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392  Re: Glass on Glass in Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions by HSG on: August 05, 2007 04:28:39 AM
Hi blueberryb!

Doing GOG mosaics is fun, and with great rewards. When your adhereing your pieces just make sure you seal them completely onto the glass. If you don't when you grout the grout will creep under the glass, and will show when it is hung.

This was my first GOG, and if you look you will see what I mean:

Good luck, and if I can help further I'll be glad to do so. Smiley
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393  The Brown Paper Shopping Bag: Reinvented (Pics Galore) in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by HSG on: August 01, 2007 09:54:36 AM
This is my entry in the Craftster Craft Challenge #20.

I like the shape and size of paper bags, so that is where I got my inspiration.



Fabric and Lining Cut:


Wire Reinforcement:Coat Hangers (So bag can stand on it's own while being filled.)

Front Pockets: (Clear for coupons and shopping list. Used shrink film to create words, and they were sewn into pockets.)

Pocket Action Shots:

Reinforced Handles:(Both in sewing, and with marine vinyl to protect hands from fabric cutting into with heavy load)

Reinforced Bottom: (Used heavy cardboard to make bottom stable, but it can be removed to wash bag.)

Completed Bag Action Shot:

This is my first Craftster Challenge entry, and can you tell I was very into this bag making?  Cheesy  Currently I'm making more to do my shopping with only these bags. Awesome challenge idea!!!
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394  Moon & Sun Mosaics Completed in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: August 01, 2007 07:51:45 AM
Enter two gold charger plates, add a sun and moon mirror set from the thrift store. Glue said mirrors to plates, and mosaic with glass, grout and done!





Grout Close-up

Comments, questions and suggestions always welcome!  Smiley
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395  Re: Stained/stenciled tree breakfast table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by HSG on: July 11, 2007 06:35:40 PM
What an awesome looking set! Love the look of the black and woodgrain together.

I'll post one of your images for you since you don't have the ability yet.

As for a sealer, try Polycrylic. I use it one my mosaics, and it works very well.
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396  Re: Woven Ribbon Pattern Boxes in Needlework: Completed Projects by HSG on: July 10, 2007 05:08:50 AM
This reminded me of a box I had made sometime ago, and had in my guest bedroom. Forgotten all about it! Hmmm...may have to dig some out and do some like your box shapes. What great gift boxes those would be! A gift in a gift.  Smiley

Here's the one I made eons ago:
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397  Mosaiced Watering Can (Images Galore) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by HSG on: June 29, 2007 11:21:41 AM
This is a project I did for a swap on a mosaic website, and thought I would share it here on Craftster. Smiley

We all got the same watering can from another member, and had to mosaic it then mail it out July 1. The can is 15" wide from the tip of the spout to the very end of the handle. The can itself is 6" high + add in the spout & it's 9" high. The inside bottom is raised so it's only 4" deep .

I covered the can with black spray paint, then did a gradient pattern from balck to white in tile. That part was grouted in yellow. The handle has mirrored pieces, and was then grouted in black.
Before watering can:

Completed Watering can:

Inside I painted "How does your garden grow?", and placed some glass pieces for a flower and leaves. Then I sealed the inside with resin to cover.

More Outside:

I hope the swap partner is pleased with her watering can. I really did enjoy this swap!
Comments always welcome.  Smiley
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398  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HSG on: June 26, 2007 12:52:11 PM
This was such a great idea, and tutorial I was inspired to try it. Also have so much vinyl I wanted to try to make them with some of that so I can use it up. Well, I am happy to report it works great! I've made two so far, and plan on making enough for my weekly shopping trips (about 10). Oh, and the bonus of using vinyl? Not necessary to line because it has that built in!  Grin

Here is one I made from the yellow vinyl:

Free standing so it will be easy to fill:

Various vinyls I have to make my bags:

Thanks again to queenofdiy for the tutorial, and inspiration!  Smiley
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399  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by HSG on: June 25, 2007 05:47:12 AM
Just stumbled across this thread after replying to another in this section, and thought I would throw in some of my wedding memories. I've been married 8 years, and the date was February 13th.

When I was planning mine I had my Dad give me a budget amount, and I went from there. The gown was the most expensive besides the food, and I did a lot myself, too.

It was an evening formal wedding, and my colors were black, silver and white. Since I did not want to fall into the Valentine's red thing I went completely opposite with my colors.

/Disclaimer:These are pictures of pictures. When we were married people still used negatives, and not digital images as now. Thus the poor photo quality.

The centerpieces for each table were simple black taper candles with double sided tape in a spiral, then rolled in silver glitter. Under those was white sand in glass holders, on top of silver fabric on top of black linen tableclothes. Some white flowers, and greenery was then added. This is about the best pic I could find of them.

I did the calligraphy for all my invitations (addresses, names), placecards and table numbers.

The bridesmaid gowns were "recycled" from a friends wedding that I was in 2 years earlier. I liked them so much I got them from the other girls to re-use.

I loved how my cake turned out! I saw it in a magazine at the time, and had it made to look like that one. It had a fondant bow with simple flowers, and silver leaves.

The flowers were all simple white ones. My bouquet was white roses with some green, and the bridemades had calla lillies. My vail was shoulder length when I bought it, so I added the longer train piece that was detachable after the ceremony. Heres me and my Dad.

Lastly, here is a shot of my gown. I loved this gown, and hope my daughter will want to wear it. The top is covered in pearls and sequins, and each waist seam is lined with pearls, too.  This photo was taken several months later when the weather was much warmer than the wedding month.

Wow, sorry for the long post, but it was nice to look through these and recall our wedding.  Smiley I hope all of you new brides, and brides to be are as happy as we are.
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400  Re: 2 Ribbon Pillows (Plenty-O-Images) (Tutorial added to first post) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by HSG on: June 12, 2007 07:50:33 AM
If you check the first post in this thread you will see the pink and black ribbin pillow I made for my daughter's pink and black room make-over. Well, I finally finished the room yesterday, and here are the rest of the images I have taken.

Another ribbin pillow:

The bed made:

The curtains:

The hardest part of the room I did not take pics of was the plastering I did on all the walls. The room is huge at 20x10, and ceilings of 10 ft high. I am very pleased with the outcome of the room. Smiley

By the way my daughter is 21, and a senior in college. So this will eventually be my sewing room when she graduates, and moves. Wink
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