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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Muppet/sesame st quilt swap on: April 07, 2011 04:22:28 AM
I've always wanted to recreate this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132059.msg1287660#msg1287660 and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=93914.0


and even made these awesome change purses http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/43739henson_003.jpg for a swap back in the day...

would anyone be into a muppet quilt square swap..??  something along the lines of make 4-5 squares each..??perhaps all the same muppet or all different and trade around... it may vary depending how many people were interested.. but I would love to do something along these lines and wanted to put some feelers out there... I've never organized before but am elegible i think and would be willing to.. timeline is totally open for me too.. i just want to swap some henson stuff!!!

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Poptab Sunburst Mirror on: April 06, 2011 05:58:28 PM


I knew I had to enter something in this challenge.  I have way too many pop tabs and this was a great excuse to use them. I've been seeing sunburst mirrors around the blog world and have been wanting to make my own.  Inspiration hit and I came up with this.  I spent only $10 on the round mirror.  Everything else I had on hand. I used an old metal panel for the main back piece and cut foam board for the extra spires. I was too lazy for paint so I used black gaff tape to adhere the spires and make everything black. Epoxy was used to adhere the mirror and wood glue for the tabs (all I had on hand.)   Now I have a great unique sunburst mirror that only cost me $10.  I think I'm going to hang it in my bedroom, although it's quite heavy so I'm probably going to need to either find a stub or use anchors in the drywall.




3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sweater Ottoman on: January 16, 2011 04:45:51 PM


Not sure if you guys have seen these but I love these stools.  Inspired by these I set out to make my own version.  Using thrifted (and ugly) stools, a thrifted sweater, old throw pillows, fabric cut from an old tablecloth and a staple gun I had great new ottomans.  I wanted a more instant gratification project so I decided against crocheting my own cover and used an old sweater instead.  I had to buy a staple gun for this project and now want to use it for more things.  It's definitely my new favorite tool.



4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rotary Mat Coasters on: January 15, 2011 08:27:58 PM

This was a super easy project that I've been meaning to make for awhile. I had an old rotary mat that was something I acquired so I wasn't too attached to it.  It warped at some point and I have two larger ones so I didn't really need it.  Using the handy cutting lines I cut these into squares and hot glued felt to the bottom.  Very easy and now I have some great new coasters.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / magazine bowl on: November 16, 2010 01:15:25 PM

I've finally jumped on the up-cycled newspaper/magazine bandwagon. Inspired by some newspaper coasters my sister had made me awhile back I used two magazines to create this bowl. It has a slightly oval shape and is pretty large. I don't really need anymore catchall fruit bowls so this will probably be some lucky persons Christmas present this year.  I used wood glue to adhere the magazine pages together (for some reason I had a lot of this) and it seems to be holding up pretty well.  As I was working on it I also used paperclips to hold the strips to the bowl as they dried.  The best part about this project was that the magazines were even free as I used otherwise worthless to me airline miles to get free magazine subscriptions.  This means that this bowl didn't cost me anything except for time and glue, and I still have lots of glue left.



6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wine Cork Mat/Rug on: November 16, 2010 12:09:05 PM

I'm sure most of you guys have seen the wine cork bath mat floating around the web fairly recently. Inspired by by this I wanted to make my own version of the wine cork bath mat. I cut all the corks lengthwise using my regular kitchen knife (and only cut myself once!). The corks are then hot glued to a non-slip mat which I had sewed the fabric border on the edge. I had originally made this mat without the border but it didn't quite look right so I added the edging. This isn't the sturdiest thing ever so using it as a welcome mat may not be the best idea (unless you want corks disappearing as people trample over it and ending up all over your house) but I think it'd work great in a kitchen or bathroom. My cats also liked using this as a scratching pad so I think this will best used as a Christmas gift as I really don't want it to be destroyed.



7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Button Necklace on: June 17, 2010 02:34:51 PM

I know it's been done before but I really liked how this came out and wanted to show it off. As inspired by the book Button It Up. A good book, but not necessarily a good buy.  A lot of the projects seem to be the same thing over and over again with a slightly different button.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Funky Floral Towel Quilt Perfect for the Beach on: June 11, 2010 03:47:30 PM

I finally finished my funky towel quilt! It feels like it took forever. First I found/bought the towels, then cut them, arranged them, rearranged them, sewed them together, found a back, sewed that, pinned it all together, then quilted and bound it(half of that by hand, my fingers hurt)!!!!!! I definitely do not recommend quilting towels to anyone. It's a pain to sew fabric that thick.


Overall the quilt isn't perfect but I still like how it came out. The back and binding is made from old sheets so its 100% recycled. It's going to make the perfect beach blanket this summer.  (Yes, I know I need to iron it, but I want to throw it in the wash first [Yay for machine washable quilts!])

Now I just need to get started on my pink/yellow/red version. I already have the scares cut so it shouldn't take too long.  Hopefully that will go smoother sewing wise. I think I may use ties for that one, but haven't decided yet.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fruit Display on: May 18, 2010 04:41:06 PM
I made this at work the other day and figured I may as well post it here. The two tall pieces are pineapples hollowed and supported by large candle holders.  One is 2 1/2 pineapples and the other is 3 pineapples.  It took a bit of time to make, but next time I make one I'm sure it'll go faster.  All the fruit is held on with toothpicks and some with skewers.



We had a fancy cocktail hour at work (a retirement home) for an our annual meeting which is when the board of directors and large donors come in and it was/is a big deal for the food service staff as we get to show off our skills.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Wedding Certificate on: May 15, 2010 03:30:29 PM
Wedding Certificate for Megan
So last weekend I attended a my cousin's wedding in New Jersey. Of course I made the gift, because that's what I do. I had wanted to make a quilt, but changed my mind once I realized I really don't have that kind of time. I decided to make an embroidered wedding certificate similar to the one I made my husband for our 1 year anniversary. I spent a bit of time designing it and fiddling with fonts and searching the net for anyone who may have done this before (apparently no one?). Flickr had some great pictures of similar projects which did give me inspiration however. I finally came up with this:


I love how this came out and already have plans for more. I forgot how fun embroidery could be, especially if you make your own design. I used a variety of stitches including the stem stitch, lazy daisy stitch, back stitch, chain stitch and I think the filler for the heart and clovers would be called couching? I'm not entirely sure how many hours I put into this piece but I've been working on it off and on for about a month or so, mostly while watching tv or on break at work.


 I think my favorite part are the clovers on the sides. (can you tell my cousin and her now husband are Irish?)
And yes I didn't wrap it so I could show it off on the gift table, although of course that turned into my mom showing it to everyone that was the wedding.
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