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181  Re: Within An Envelope (44-cent swap-International Edition) Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: July 26, 2011 03:40:11 PM
I just got my fun envelope from margiej! Vintage postcards, old stamps, ribbon, lace, vintage trading stamps!, acrylic pieces, some neat cuts out to paper craft with, and more. Thanks, margiej!
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182  Re: Within An Envelope (44-cent swap-International Edition) Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: July 23, 2011 04:40:17 PM
I'm glad you liked your envelope! And I have to tell you about the tiger atc. I bought some of those temporary tatoos! I wasted a few before I figured out how to use them on paper. Pick one that I can cut carefully all the way around, color the background of the atc first, wet and apply just like it says, and I coated it with a few layers of clear sealer to make it permanent.
Here's everything

The bookthongs

And a not great one of the atc-the colors look different in person.

You were fun to craft for, margiej!
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183  Art Chair! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by bookstorebabe on: June 30, 2011 05:53:24 PM
Okay, the lawn chair is as old as my daughter...who's in the middle of high school. It was faded, rusty in spots, and ready for junk day. Then, the challenge was announced!
I had nothing to lose, so decided to just have fun with it.

The picture doesn't show how faded and blotchy it was in real life, but you can see some of the rust.
First, a coat of white spray paint. Then, I spritzed black spray paint over it to mottle it. Yay 99cent cleanance paint! I daubed on some gold. Then red. Decided the red made it look like it was from a slasher flick, so added blue. Then green, purple, copper, black, a different blue, more green, more gold, and more purple.

MUCH brighter colors than the picture shows! The chair is somewhat adjustable, it'll lay completely flat, too.

Here's a close up that shows the colors a bit better.

But we're not done yet! If I'm going to lay about and relax on my spiffy refabbed lounger, it needs a pillow! Hmm, and what to use that I can leave outside?
Enter the shirt. Purple, thin, some scratchy nylon blend with metallic fibers that looked great, but was a bit too small. I sewed the neck opening closed. I inserted a roll of saved bubble wrap. I pulled the excess fabric around the back, and safety pinned it. That way, I can easily remove the filling and wash the sweater when I like. Yes, it's a bit lumpy, I need to readjust the filling to make it more symmetrical, but I was in a hurry to take pictures before I went to work. I left the sleeves just as they were! That way, I can easily tie the pillow to the chair.
And done! I sprayed the chair with a good coat of spray sealer, and I'll do a few more coats when time permits.


Lumpy pillow! But I'm going for comfort, and for something that I'm not afraid to leave outside.
And the stretchy sleeves snugly tied to the back.
Sorry for the pic overload, but this is my first challenge entry! And it was loads of fun .
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184  Re: Small Steampunk Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: May 28, 2011 03:32:04 PM
Oooh, that cowl looks so soft!

I just received from Alchamy513, and she went overboard! Theses aren't the best pics, so if you have ones that show off the goodies better, go ahead!
The group shot-

 The amazing lamp. It is the best thing EVER, and I've made a spot on my beside table for it. It is way more gorgeous in person, my pictures don't do it justice.

A top view-

My own little dingbot from Girl Genius! It's so adorable! He's guarding some nifty tea, which my daughter promptly claimed.

And a necklace. I play a mad scientist character on another forum, and as she said-'a mad scientist  always needs a hacksaw!'

I love love love all the goodies, you spoiled me! Thank you!


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185  Re: Found or Recycled items, Wind Chime/Mobile Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: May 19, 2011 06:16:47 PM
Here's my wind chime from Stephro23! The pictures don't do it justice, the green glass is beautiful, and she added a light inside! It sounds pretty, too.
Unfortunaly, some of the line snapped during shipping-it has more pieces that what you see in the photos. Steph, if you have a better picture, feel free to post it.
But it's easily fixable. It's going on the tree outside my window as soon as I do.

Me holding it up while the DD takes pictures-remember, there's a couple more pieces to the chime.

Closeup of the top of the chime-look at that green, won't that be amazing with the light on inside it when it's dark?

And one shot of the danglies. These twisty long forks are so nifty. She used metal from her's dad's scrap, and circles from an old watch!

Thanks for being such a great swap partner!
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186  Re: Givers and Needers Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: May 08, 2011 02:37:42 PM
I love the steampunk gal!

And here's photos of my thank you from Orange knickers. She made me the best little fairy house. It's sunny at the moment-finally!-so I took it outside and set it on a fence post for some action shots.




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187  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: April 04, 2011 04:23:36 PM

The autumn leaves and the clouds are about 38 inches by 45, the black with the orange stars is about 43 by 81.
If they were scraps, I'd use them for teesha moore style stuff, but I'd like to think of something else I could do with these odd sizes of fabric. Any ideas?
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188  Funky WreathI in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by bookstorebabe on: March 31, 2011 05:27:37 PM
made this years ago. I found a toy plastic dinosaur all in orange, and decided he needed to be the focal point of a wreath. I twisted up some vines from the yard, and hunted for red/yellow/orange things. There's a hair barrette, a tiny tot stapler, an apple tea bag, a party noisemaker, a few colored beads and bits of wire, and a long beaded necklace wrapped around under all the stuff. I kind of regret using the fabric fall leaves and flowers now, since my original idea was to use just random stuff that was fall colors, but eh. It hangs on my kitchen wall.

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189  Re: Givers and Needers Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: March 29, 2011 06:26:20 PM

Finally, pictures! The one above is from MizzKodak, the one below from The SapphireMoon. I was so spoiled! Beads and lots of findings and wire and all kinds of goodies. I already have plans for at least three projects. Thank you, thank you both so much.
And yee, the first time I've uploaded pictures from a camera! Now, let me hit post and see how they came out....


back to the drawing board-let's try that again.
From The SapphireMoon-


From MizzKodak-

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190  Re: Is It Fall Yet? Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: October 19, 2008 12:25:09 PM
Thanks, guys! The leaf pillow started as a placemat I knew had to be made into something, and the lucky find of a small piece of vintage fabric.
There's a leaf necklace too-no big thing, just something I made out of taking apart 3 earrings and an old necklace. But since I have a scanned pic, I'll put it up.

My partner was so patient waiting for her stuff! And Williarl, I found the perfect spot to hang my Archie mirror you made for me. It rocks!
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