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151  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: June 26, 2012 11:47:17 AM
Dress up boxes are awesome! Great idea! And, I like the beanies.

Well, the urge hit to do something the other day, so I painted some shoes. The first pair were cheap canvas black flats, they already had a little paint spilled on them. I mixed some pearlized bright purple airbrush paint with some liquitex gel, and poured in a little acrylic green, too, got a shade I like, painted. Went over the rubber with a little of the unadulterated purple on top of that. Took the green and did vines on the side, outlined in permanent marker. Decied to leave the front of the shoes plain.

Then, I took my pair of awful wear around the house or out in the garden sneakers. They were an off white/light brown with dark brown faux leather bits. Used two colors of acrylic paint-a metallic brown and a brassy color. Outlined ridges with black screen printing ink, painted the rubber and part of the shoes with copper screenprinting ink.Left the original brown faux leather stripes as they were. And I  ifound some navy shoelaces in the box with the shoe polish! I'll put some sealer on the rubber, but that's it. Both shoes-the canvas soaked up the paint very well, they're old cheap shoes so I could just have fun with it, and if a bit of paint flakes, I'll touch it up. I have some spray acrylic sealer, but it won't be flexible like the paint, and maybe it'd make it flake more? I'll see how they do. Maybe use some outdoor mod podge later.

So yeah, my old shoes are somewhat spiffier, and that's something on my list, altering shoes. I still plan on making a pair of sweater boots, and I'm keeping a pair of shoes back for that.
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152  Re: Dieselpunk swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: June 25, 2012 07:26:24 PM
I just got my package from Moriwen, and it is AWESOME.
There's a nifty bag, for my secure documents, and a great military surplus jacket-with medals and patches. The bag has letters from a soldier to his girl carefully tucked away in one pocket, to give it the feel of something found. There's so many details on bag and jacket that I love! Okay, lots of pics ahead.
the box!

The bag!

Note the watch faces, the fabulous key, the glass scrolls and the mini book, and the bullet zipper pull.

And the jacket! Patches, medals, all kinds of nifty!

The dog tags say Ultraforce. And there's text adhered to the very nifty decorations on the top of the pocket above my medals.

Best. Patch. Ever.

Thank you Moriwen!! You spoiled me!
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153  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: June 01, 2012 02:23:27 PM
katara, I love handwarmers all year, too. Nice!
Abbeeroad, I want to steal your jellyfish earrings idea. They're very cool, and I have a friend who's studying marine biology. The keyring-the Tolkien quote strikes me as very apropos for keys. And, I like the little books!

Okay, the lovely alwaysinmyroom gave me a gift certificate to go have fun with at my favorite quirky supply website, Mantofev. And I'd like to post a pic of the goodies.
Lovely copper leaf beads for a necklace, lots of interesting keys to alter, teeny compasses, wee glass bottles to fill, domino sized black beads, fun charms like tiny eyeglasses, a raku wind bead, jewelery findings, old electronic resistors, an unmounted watch stamp, a painted shell necklace, brass and copper pendants, metal gear shapes to use for stenciling/stamping/making molds, ect ect. I'm going to have a lot of fun. Thanks, Always!
group shot

Love the detailed filigree pieces, and teeny eyeglasses!

The blowing wind bead is double sided, and may become part of an autumn necklace. And the black ones are drilled through twice, for easy stringing. They shall be decoupaged, I believe-need to look through my interesting paper bits collection.
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154  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: April 18, 2012 08:41:56 AM
Did an altered art kind of collage thingy.
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155  Altered stuff-pic heavy in Completed Projects by bookstorebabe on: April 18, 2012 08:37:54 AM
Old box. Still needs a handle on top, so I can hang it. The rectangle bases are old gift cards. Dunno what it is, but I like it.

half. the far right one has a resin butterfly I was given, painted the back in purple and copper mix.

detail . tiny black bird behind opening in  top one, glowbug on bottom right.

more detail.

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156  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: April 17, 2012 08:56:42 PM
I forgot to mention that I loved the canes!  How in the heck does one make a cane from a curtain rod?

Thanks! Hee, okay the curtain rods were more scepters/wands. Here's one. Painted it, added a glass globe (very securely!) at the top, added something at the bottom so it wasn't open-I think a small furniture caster? Basic black, other colors overlaid on it-close up it was like an oil slick.
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157  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: April 17, 2012 11:29:19 AM
Peeps bunting, that's great! Hee!

Here's a link to a few pieces of jewelry made from my old/broken/thrift/clearance stash.
And one pic.
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158  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: April 17, 2012 11:24:30 AM
Sorted 90% of my beads into tiny jars and bags, and stowed them in a clear drawer! That helps me use them up. And sorted most of my broken/odd jewelry stash into a few clear divided boxes, them made jewelry. Posted a few things, here's the link.
And one pic.
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159  So I dug out my stash of broken jewelry... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: April 17, 2012 11:18:50 AM
Made a lot, here's a few.
 very simple. Blue shell from broken necklace, dragon charm, navy ribbon.

Fancy key, pearl strand, silver chain, gray ribbon, tiny clear beads.

lace and ribbon choker, a twisted bit of wire I found, letter beads painted gray and spelling out 'steam', and a little more metal.

A single old earring, added a key, put it on a chain-the silver of the earring looks nicely old and worn.

took a red and gold holiday pin, spray painted it black, hand painted it bronze/rust (hint of red and black shows through), turned it horizontal instead of vertical, used jump rings to add the fancy dangle I bought on sale.
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160  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: April 16, 2012 06:40:10 PM
Glad all is well, alwyasinmyroom!
I love the quilt with the green. Queenninjamonkey, I don't know who Finn  is, but those are fun shirts!
Too many cool things, I'm behind again. But I had my first dealer table this weekend, at the local sci fi convention! Now I can relax and get caught up.
Here's one shadowbox, and a link to the post with the rest.

Did a lot of jewelry. which didn't do very well-but better displays will help. I'll be posting some pictures in the jewelry thread later.
Canes, walking sticks, scepters, wands, ect. About half were real canes I painted and decorated, the other half is from things like curtain rods and umbrella stems. About six of these were made earlier, the rest are from March and April. Did pretty good with them.

Bookthong type bookmarks, but I cheated on these. I bought a bunch of pretty ink pens because they had beaded accents. Took off the bead sets, tied them onto cord, added beads above them and accent beads at the other end.

I found a teddy in a tux-what could I do with such an elegant bear but make him goggles and a paw sized raygun? Also had a small magnifier in my old jewelry box-put it on a chain to make him a monocle. He may stick around as a mascot. Smiley

Made a few bracelets and earrings, and a lot of necklaces and pins, too. 
There's a lot I'll do differently next time I have a chance for a show-but it was a good learning experience.
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