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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "The Office" Cross-stitches! on: October 04, 2009 06:43:16 PM
EDIT: if anyone's interested, I use this website to
generate my patterns; it's free, and no downloads
are needed: http://www.yourpersonalizedpattern.com/
On the drop-down menu for font choices, I used
"fancy" for these guys.


Howdy, fellow Craftsters! Long time no post.

I made these quite awhile ago, and am just now
getting around to posting them.

I am an Office FANATIC, though I missed most of
season 5 due to a crazy work schedule *sniffle, tear*
but we- I work at a library- just got them on DVD so
I plan on catching up! Anyhoo, here's the goods:

This little lovely from my favorite character sits atop
my repurposed Ikea jewelry holder. Nothing like a
little nugget of Dwight wisdom to start the day  Wink

Close-up.





This one is still raw and unframed- I tend to get really
into a project, then poop out (shame on me!) Oh well,
I'll get around to it eventually.

Ohh, Michael, how I love thee...




These still crack me up a little whenever I look at 'em!
Hope you enjoyed; thanks for looking  Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Desperately Searching for Leaf Pinch Bails? on: September 23, 2009 08:58:51 AM
Hi all! Long time no post!

I have searched high and low, and am now turning to fellow Craftsters for help! I taking my first stab at jewelry making- the only thing I need to make my new necklaces complete? I need veined leaf pinch bails, just like the ones pictured here:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7Js6mOjdl1Y/SmfbXheKPFI/AAAAAAAACJQ/g2mwDJ8tJko/s1600/dsk%2Beki5.jpg

I love how you can't see the loop where the chain runs (since the leaf acts as the loop)- I think it really adds an organic quality to the necklace. I also love how the leaf looks a bit curvy in shape, as well. I've found other leaf pinch bails, but they look chincy in comparison, or they have that loop on top the leaf which I don't want (see picture below.)



I would be eternally grateful to you if you could share your jewelry wisdom with me! I have exhausted Google and don't know where else to look. If there's a catalog you know about that supplies these, I'd love to know which one. Thank you!!

BTW, if you haven't heard of DSK Jewelry, you should go check out her stuff here: http://www.dskjewelry.blogspot.com/ Her jewelry is incredibly beautiful and I'd love to buy some of her pieces, but they're out of my measly graduate student budget, and they seem simple enough that I decided to make my own versions (for myself, never for sale.) Enjoy, and thanks again!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / You want dessert? I'll give you dessert. (and some onigiri!) on: January 28, 2009 02:39:17 PM
First 'major' (as in more than one or two little charms) attempt at Sculptey clay desserts-- I'd have made some improvements looking back, but it's a start! Also, some are not glazed yet, and two of the lollipops don't have their sticks (because I'm easily bored and have about a million other projects I want to work on.  Roll Eyes)

The whole little family...


Pies! From the top:
  • Whipped cream, candied orange, some green yumminess.
  • Whipped cream, strawberry, kiwi, lemon ball.
  • Art swirl cake toppers.
  • Whipped cream, SPRINKLES. I like sprinkles.  Tongue


Detail (albeit blurry):


Donuts and a lone macaroon:


Cupcakes!! Love cupcakes. As in the real kind. EDIT: just realized the little purple guy's stick is, well, sticking out-- came loose during baking; please ignore!  Smiley


Me with cupcakes.  Wink


Onigiri and a cute poo. It's a Japanese thing.


Lollys!!


Thanks for reading.  Cheesy
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Where to buy border print fabric? on: January 27, 2009 07:32:12 PM
Hello, fellow Craftsters! I seem to have run out of ideas, so I turn in *slight* desperation to your collective knowledge for help.

I am a brand-spanking new Lolita, specifically a Sweet Lolita (a subset of the popular Japanese fashion which is gaining some popularity here in the U.S. I've been looking into it-- aka drooling over it  ;-- for some time, and am just starting to attempt making my own clothing. I am crazy about this skirt from the popular Japanese brand, "Innocent World:"





Problem? I can't find ANYTHING resembling that gorgeous floral border print fabric ANYWHERE (I've scoured my local Jo-Anns, and Googled until I could Google no more.)

So, how 'bout it? Any gems of fabric knowledge?    Huh  Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Awesome Cell Charms! on: January 14, 2009 01:38:57 AM
So, this isn't a craft involving Jewelry or Trinkets, but since this is the discussion board, I figured this would be a safe place to post some really awesome links I knew my fellow Craftsters would love Cheesy.

Lately I've been getting more and more interested in Japanese fashion culture and trends- Harajuku, Gothic Lolita, and generally all things sickeningly-kawaii, and sometimes bizarre- and I have found two websites with THE coolest gear for decking out your phone to limits even most of us Craftsters haven't fathomed. See below, and enjoy!

1) The Japanese website, Strapya World (all in English, thankfully... http://www.strapya-world.com/) has the most outrageously-cool selection of cell phone charms I have ever encountered. They literally have so many charms, it could take several solid hours just to sift through most of them. The prices are reasonable, and the selection is wacky, cool, and very inspirational for crafting. Here's a tiny preview:

Mini Plants in a Jar: http://www.strapya-world.com/categories/12_3202_3732.html, http://www.strapya-world.com/categories/12_71_1170.html

Adhesive, Removable Cell Phone Camera Lenses: http://www.strapya-world.com/categories/12_646_1521.html

Beaded charms that detects levels of UV rays: http://www.strapya-world.com/products/28386.html

A Cute Pink Seal- that's actually a stun gun (it only gives a tiny jolt, though!): http://www.strapya-world.com/products/20057.html

Cell Phone Alarm- for those of us (me!!) that forget ours constantly: http://www.strapya-world.com/products/3460.html

I've never personally ordered through the site, but I found the link from another website that's very reputable. Tons of fun to look at, anyway!

2) I found this article through the online mag-for-Americans-who-live-in-Tokyo (as far as I could tell), PingMag, about a newer trend in Japan of decking out cell phones (and even Nintendo DS's!) above and beyond just rhinestones- called dekoden, or
'decorated phone.' Think tiny cupcakes, faux whipped cream, and 3-D fabric flowers (DIY heaven!!!) You can find links to the actual Japanese retailers through the article: http://pingmag.jp/2008/09/18/decoden/

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / When work feels overwhelming, remember that you're going to die. on: November 08, 2008 10:21:33 PM
Edit: my bad!! I forgot to put the link to the website I got the graphics from-- it's www.someecards.com.

What do you get when you combine a sarcastic, artsy chick who's broke with an equally-sarcastic e-card site? Fabulous home-made cards, that's what!  Wink


Check these babies out.... I'm addicted to making these now, and they've become big hits with my friends and family who have bought some off of me already!

Edit: I've read some replies from people who were concerned about copyright issues, so allow me to clarify: these cards were made exclusively for my own personal use. My family and friends who have bought a couple from me were only compensating me a little for my work (we're talking little-- like 50 cents a card!), and I don't plan on ever trying to sell them to the 'general public', though I wouldn't have a problem making some for a personal swap or the like. 2 cents done, onto project!  Cheesy

 



























Whaddya think?  Smiley
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / L.O.V.E. Mini-book! (pic loaded) on: July 24, 2008 07:10:50 PM
So without getting overtly personal here, I've been going through some great spiritual changes lately-- I'm not a fan of titles, but you could call me as a Christian, and after going to an amazing, emotional conference and reading a crazy awesome book (links to it in my sig if interested Smiley), I wanted to remember how much love and acceptance I felt from God and others close to me that weekend, so I threw this little journal-book together in a couple of hours using a basic kit I bought on clearance forever ago and my own custom embellishments.

(Note: I journaled in little envelopes to help remember some wonderful things that were said to me at the conference and my own thoughts, but I blurred them out here for privacy  Smiley)

The cover (phrase is rub-on transfer)...


I stained the edges of many of the pages to give them an older look (bit hard to see the transfers here: unbelievable, passionate about you)






Transfers: Trust, Shelter from the Storm...




Staining here doesn't look bad in person!  Wink










Lyrics from a Keith Urban favorite of mine that resonated with the whole experience...


Ta-da! Thanks for looking.  Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Bowl of Happy! on: July 24, 2008 06:41:29 PM
... is what I call these guys, because they're so darn cute how can you not be happy when looking at 'em? I know, I know-- another lucky star post, but I was so proud that I finally figured out how to make them (it was beginning to hurt my crafty pride and I wasn't about to have none of that  Wink) that I had to show them off a bit!


The jar is on my boob tube next to my fabulously-tacky piggy bank Cheesy





Lookie, ma, I gots me stars (annnd a pink bra-- whoops!) Cheesy



Thanks for looking!


9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Vintage Perfume Bottles! on: July 24, 2008 06:11:28 PM
WARNING-- PIC INTENSE! Cheesy


So this can't quite count as crafting since I wasn't actually responsible for the making of any of these lovely finds, but lately I've been on a huge vintage kick (as many of you are, I'm sure!), and while my mom was setting up for her garage sale today, I nabbed these treasures (all my grandmother's) from amongst the mess!

The bottles are all vintage Avon (they definetly don't make 'em like this anymore!)


My favorite! You push the bird's head and the perfume comes out from it's beak!


Frog prince...


A teensy glass strawberry (the silver leaf unscrews)...


Grandfather clock perfume!


Yes, it's what you're thinking- they're lamps! Well, they look like it  Wink... the one on the right has scented powder in the base and perfume on top!


And now the 'manly' bottles, starting with.... cars!


A level bottle! You know,the handy tool you use to make sure a picture hangs even? The cologne sloshes through the clear part when you move it-- how cool is that??


Kind of dark, but yes, it is indeed a hammer (check out the box and name, haha)! The hammer part comes off...


A moose?!  Shocked


And finally, the end-all of perfume bottle weirdness, the Liberty Bell!


I have some fab vintage cards and figurines I found too that'll I put in a seperate post-- don't want to bog down the boards!  Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse from Swap! on: July 14, 2008 09:55:11 AM
I made this purse for a Favorite Movie-themed swap I just finished and thought I had lost all the images I took of it (in what I like to call the Great Computer Crash of '08)-- only to remember I uploaded some on here several weeks ago *whew*! The girl I was crafting for recieved and she loved it  Cheesy... if interested, here's a link to the gallery : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254364.0. This was my first fully constructed purse and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

I handbeaded the all the clusters on the purse...


Beading close-up...


Close-up of strap...


Interior (lined with ribbon on top as well as on outside)...


Thanks for looking!
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