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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Vintage Halloween Wall Hanging on: August 22, 2015 07:43:14 AM
While I was waiting for my partner in the Vintage Halloween swap, I decided to craft a few things for myself as a warm up  Grin

I apologize for the photo quality - one more reminder I can't photograph through glass/plastic.

2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Altered Clock on: August 22, 2015 07:36:13 AM
Well, if anything this project reminded me of a few facts I had obviously forgotten!  1.  Don't forget to take "before" pictures.  I get so excited to get started on a new idea that I totally forget.  2.  If glass is involved, take pics before the final assembly.  I am not a good photographer.  I am totally not good enough to take photos through glass (or the cheap plastic equivalent)!  That being said, here are some pics of one of my latest projects.  Wink  This is one of my favorite creations.  Even my husband looked at it and said "That isn't for a swap is it?  You're going to keep that one, right?"  Since he never notices what I'm working on, this is a huge compliment - so we are definitely keeping it  Wink

Since I don't have a before pic, here's an idea of what I was working with - very similar to these, except someone had gone the extra mile and painted the wood a nice institutional green color, slopping the edges of the plastic domes as well:

In the finished project, there are two bookshelves, each containing a background paper (Graphic 45 Rare Oddities) that looks like apothecary type items and then actual items, like a shrunken zombie in a dome, the skeleton, a bat, etc.  Hard to see them through the glare.  The bird across the top is a piece off an old cuckoo clock. 
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Vacation "Greetings From. . ." Charm Bracelet on: July 08, 2010 02:21:50 PM
Did a fun little summer swap over at Jenny's blog "Everyday is a Holiday".  I have finally figured out how to do those eyepin/bead things - yippee!

(Still stink at photographing glass though!)

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Vintage Vacation Scrapbook & Suitcase on: July 08, 2010 02:14:17 PM
I did a vintage vacation swap over at Jenny's blog "Everyday is a Holiday".  (I'm in love with the sweet vintage look of their art.)  One of the things I did was this "vintage" suitcase with old looking labels and tags and a scrapbook with a vintage travel bingo cover and interior pages from "greetings from. . ." postcards, old travel ephemera, etc.

Had so much fun doing this!

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Paperclay Easter Bunny on: March 07, 2010 07:55:11 AM
Wasn't sure if paper clay went here - if not feel free to move.  Took my second class from Jenny(The Polka Dot Pixie) yesterday.  She is an amazing teacher.  Everyone in the class comes out with a beautiful finished project.  I have NO skills in this area and I'm still pretty darn proud of how he looks!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Your basic cake o' hatboxes on: August 05, 2009 09:36:15 PM
This was for a baby shower for a little girl who's nursery is "Pooh".  Pretty basic stuff - though try as I might I couldn't get a decent pic.  I was very happy with it - for me it turned out great!  (I love paper crafts, but still am the type to glue my fingers together and end up with sticky, wrinkled surfaces.) The new parents both seemed to like it as well.  Only hiccup was that I couldn't find off-white (or ecru, or ivory, or bone, or cream, etc.) ric-rac.  (sp?  Rick-rack?  Rik-rak?  Rick roll?)  Anyway, what's up with that?  The trim selection at my local fabric places just keeps dwindling, while the pre-packaged stuff gets more and more expensive and generic looking.  Fortunately, inspiration hit and I took the white vintage stuff I had on hand and tea-dyed it.  Ta-da!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Game Piece Charms Necklace, Button Bracelet & Earrings on: August 05, 2009 09:22:39 PM
This set was for a friend for her birthday.  She doesn't have pierced ears and has a hard time finding earrings.  These vintage buttons looked like they would be just her style.  The idea for the set was that they could be worn together or apart.  The letters and numbers on the necklace were all significant to her.

8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Baby Hats & Tu-tus on: August 05, 2009 09:18:32 PM
It seemed as if everyone I knew was having baby girls this year - so I decided it was time to learn to crochet.  These were for a set of twins.

The hats are from the Happy Hooker (they are the sock monkey hat with flowers instead).  After many tries at baby hats this was the first one I was able to do.  The tu-tu's I just made up as I went along - sizing so they would tie around the waist and be about the same size as the onesie.  The flowers just button on.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted baby hat & matching Mary Janes on: August 05, 2009 09:13:29 PM
I am a pretty new crocheter - and was able to finish this with only a few "do-overs".  The hat pattern looked way different in the photo - but still turned out okay - I found it searching on the web, cant' remember where.  The Mary Janes came from a booklet with several cute pairs of baby shoes that I found at Michael's.

So, if you're looking for a simple and inexpensive baby gift:

10  COOKING / Dessert / Flag Cake for 4th of July - each slice a flag on: July 27, 2009 07:41:21 PM
I know it's a little late - but I just got around to uploading pics.  Saw this on a couple of websites before the holiday and really wanted to try it.  Have to admit I was really surprised when we sliced into it and it actually worked!  You can kind of see that the piece on the left is a slice taken from the cake.  Each slice really looked like a flag when you cut it and put it on the plate.

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