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191  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: February 25, 2012 03:20:50 PM
Finally did a little more on my long neglected shelf. The top wallpaper is cut from an old catalog of books, the middle is just paint and may be repainted, the bottom was just gold tissue, but I painted over it quite a bit. can't see it, but just painted the two lower ceilings brown, you can glimpse where the top ceiling's blue. So, that's the walls and the floors done now. Need to start making bookshelves and such, still don't have the time to work on it often. Ah, well-it'll keep.

and a bit of the lower shelf, glare and all-looks better in person.
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192  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: February 25, 2012 03:03:09 PM
weird...I made a post and now it's gone. Anyway!
Paper bead necklace, 1st time making paper beads. Sloppy. I need to make more though, was fun!
Revamped skirt, also new technique, but I forget when I did this-could have been january? White, green embroidery, bought to make an apron with, didn't. Painted between the stitching with acrylic paint, heat set it, tea dyed it. Fits kiddo, she likes it! Wouldn't pose, took a shot of the revamped bit.

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193  Revamped a skirt for my kiddo in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: February 25, 2012 02:32:35 PM
So,ages ago I bought two white wraparound skirts, one with green embroidery, one with purple, thinking I would make aprons. I didn't. Turns out they were kiddo's size. I used acrylic paint to color in between the embroidery, heat set it. Then I tea dyed that sucker. It washes just fine! She loved it. Here's a shot of the fancied up embroidery-can't get her to pose for a skirt picture!

EDIT-wrong picture~
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194  paper bead attempt in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: February 25, 2012 02:26:49 PM
So, I fished a sheet of kiddo's sheet music out of the recycling, and made beads. I didn't cut the paper neatly, I was sloppy, the beads aren't even. But I did it! And I think I need to make more. Taking my time next time, of course.
I strung them on a broken necklace, interspersed with random beads, and knotted the chain at the end. Ran wire around the last bead, too. Just something for fun, even if it is sloppy.

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195  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 30, 2012 06:11:03 PM
Trinalocakary, wow! You've made some beautiful things!

One more for me-I took a cheap framed piece from the Dollar Store I'd bought for a dollar on clearance ages ago, and painted over it. It had an irregular surface, which suited me fine for this. Kind of an abstract starry sky? Blue and silver paint, white splattered on, and pearl x iridescent powder was sprinkled on top. When I used some clear sealer over it, it turned all purple and shimmery and spread nicely. Then I painted the frame purple. Not a lot to it, but it's hanging in my kitchen now.

And a corner closeup.
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196  Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: January 28, 2012 10:45:52 AM
Cute magnets, and I'd have to hang up that keychain somewhere, too! The bag makes me giggle, well done! And neat bookmark! Hee, my poor old eyes would have trouble with that note even with a magnifier! Very cool swap package, indeed.

And I received from Sirael! It was probably there yesterday, my husband didn't bring in the mail, and I found the box leaning against the door, just slightly damp. Fortunately, everything inside was in bubble wrap and bone dry!
First-how cool is this? A silhouette of Irene Adler! I've just made a spot for it on my wall.

Then, a set of nifty bookmarks based on the BBC series Sherlock!

My photo isn't the best, the one with the circles says, "It's a three patch problem." And I especially like the 'we can't giggle, it's a crime scene!"
And last, a beautiful necklace and earring set, made in Irene's style.

It's lovely, and I can't wait to wear it. Thanks, Sirael!
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197  Mars, 1887 in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by bookstorebabe on: January 26, 2012 05:22:04 PM
If Jules Verne's stories were true. If Steampunk was real, it would be more than our present time changed. More than our future. It would mean a different past, too. And a historian of today could unearth artifacts of the british settlement on Mars from 1887.
Yeah. All that means is I found a chunk of rusty pipe and a lightbulb went off. So, an assemblage piece.

And a slightly different view.

The handled I assembled and then painted matches the rusted metal, in color and texture. Shadowbox background is a lovely rough nubby blend of copper and black. Gun trim and firing button is more found metal, plastic drink cup bits, and foam insulation. Ect. Hung on a bronze chain. Incredibly fun to make, and the first in a series I'm slowly working on.
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198  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 25, 2012 10:07:34 AM
*Raises hand* Okay, I'm guilty of complaining, 'I wish I could knit/crochet!" It'd be more accurate to say, "I am so envious of your great skill in that craft. I really do love yarn, and all the wonderful things made from it. But I am both too lazy and too busy to learn, I get too easily frustrated to be able to teach myself how and the one time I did take one crochet lesson at the LYS, it didn't go well. If I wasn't such a slacker I'm sure I could learn, but again, only so much free time which at the moment I am devoting to other crafts. But all that is too long to say, so I merely go, 'ooh! wish i could do that!', so please accept it as a clumsy compliment."
All right, I'll try to admire people's skill and crafts with whining that I can't do that from now on.  And love the cartoon! Wish I could draw like-oh, right, nevermind.  Wink

Ahem. While I'm here, a destach. A plain handleless terra cotta teapot I bought on a whim to craft something with ages ago, has been living in the heap of craft supplies ever since, forgotten. Nice little clay pot, complete with brewing basket, and nothing wrong with plain unglazed, but I felt like fancying it up. And adding a handle to make it useable!
Handle of four fancy beaded ornament hooks(stash from a yard sale) and braided/twisted gold wire(also stash from a yard sale), 5 colors of paint, daubed and blended until I was happy, and sealed. The right size to brew a perfect cup or two.

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199  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 25, 2012 09:47:05 AM
Made a little thing for me! I bought a terra cotta unglazed, handleless teapot at the Goodwill so long ago I've forgotten, to do something with 'someday'. The handles are 4 fancy ornament hooks-really long, gold, and beaded-and a lot of braided/twisted 24 gauge wire. Kept daubing and layering paint, and sealed it. Black, old brass, true gold, metallic rust, and metallic gold colors. Left the tip unpainted so no qualms about using it.  It's just the right size to brew a cup or two of tea-even has a nifty perforated clay basket inside to hold the tea while it's steeping.
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200  Tea for one in style in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by bookstorebabe on: January 25, 2012 09:34:37 AM
I bought this little teapot impulsively at the Goodwill years ago, so long ago I've forgotten! Rediscovered it while searching through my craft stash. Wish I'd taken a before picture. It was plain unglazed terra cotta, just like a clay flowerpot. And the handle was long gone. It also has a perforated terra cotta insert basket, for tea steeping.
I pulled out some shinies I bought at a yard sale, and found fancy ornament hooks-large,gold, beaded top and bottom-and a light bulb went off. The handle is 2 hooks per side, securely twisted, and a lot of braided and twisted 24 gauge wire (which was another yard sale find).
Note to self-next time paint *before* I start attaching the handle.
I just started daubing and layering colors. Some screenprinting black first, then acrlyic old brass, true gold, metallic rust, and a little airbrush metallic gold. Kept layering, painted on some clear sealer. I left the tip unpainted, so no qualms about still using it to steep tea.

It's living with my tins of tea and such. You can see some of my cookbooks behind it. And the title is Low Fat, not Fat Meals-although if it really was full of yummy fat meals, I might actually use it!
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