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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / bracelets(nothin special) on: December 02, 2006 09:50:06 PM
okay so i know these arent really craftster worthy, but i just learned how to knit a couple of weeks ago, so Im pretty proud of them.  So far I've knitted four of these bracelets and a scarf.  And I've been looking at all of your completed projects on here and Im thinking wow...Im never going to be able to do that  but maybe someday Ill learn.



and my scarf when i first started it.  Its finished now, Im just too lazy to take a pic.
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / bleach jug santa (complete w/ photos) on: December 02, 2006 09:35:25 PM
my mom made this santa clause using:

-a clorox bleach jug
-felt
-yarn
-and those little plastic craft eyes

shes been making these for years (when i was little she'd make me hold out my hands so she could wrap the yarn around) but now she just uses cardboard cut to the different lengths.  I dont really know step by step how she made it, but if you want a tutorial let me know and Ill get the patterns from her.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f261/aimee_ant123/crafts015.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f261/aimee_ant123/crafts018.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f261/aimee_ant123/crafts020.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f261/aimee_ant123/crafts021.jpg

Im fairly new to this site, so if someone has already posted something like this, sorry.
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / zippers zippers zippers on: November 28, 2006 10:27:15 AM
this is a pouch made out of zippers.  I got the idea from a pillow i saw on here made out of zippers.  it was supposed to be a christmas gift for my niece, but i worked so hard on it, and loved the results so much that i had to keep it for myself.  ill make her something else. Smiley

each zipper has a different fabric sewn behind it so that when the zippers are opened, you see the fabric. 









and it holds my sharpies perfectly!!
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / homemade dress mannequin on: November 27, 2006 01:42:11 PM
so rather than buy a dress mannequin for $130 i decided to make my own.  my weekend was spent doing this.  Its not bad for my first try, i think.

i first put a turtleneck on my skinny little 15 year old niece.  wrapped her in duct tape from her neck down to her butt, then i cut it off of her stuffed it and taped it back up.  i paper mached it and decoupaged some old cut up sewing patterns onto it.  I used the base of an old floor lamp as the stand and viola!!  It turned out kinda small (because she is really small) but she made a good guinea pig anyway...lol.







35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / coke candles(made with pop cans as molds) on: November 27, 2006 12:05:57 PM
Hi everyone, I am a new member.  This is my first post, Im just trying to figure out how to do everything on here.

I dont know if anyone has seen these before, but they are candles made using a coke can as the mold.  The wax and wicks are completely recycled from candles i bought at yard sales.





I used an xacto knife to cut the top off of the can, then poked a small hole through the center of the bottom (big enough to stick the wick through)  then use some sort of clay or putty (i used poster putty)  to seal off the hole and keep the wick in place.  

Then tie the other end of the wick to a dowel rod (or i used a pencil Smiley) and let it rest on top of the can.  

After wax is melted (stove, microwave, or candle warmer-I've used all three) pour the wax into the can.  It takes a few hours for the wax to dry completely.

When the wax is dry cut a small snip in the top of the can to get you started, then peel the can off.  be careful when removing the bottom of the can because sometimes the bottom ring wants to chip off (you can tell thats what happened with the yellow one).  


The bottom of the coke can now becomes the top of your candle, and youre finished.

I put buttons in the bottom of the yellow one, and for the blue and white one, i used cut up chunks of another candle, then poured the white wax around it.

well if you guys have already seen this done, im sorry if i bored you. Im a newbie...lol.
36  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / earplugs? on: November 21, 2006 11:25:45 AM
I work in a factory part time till i get through college, and we are required to wear earplugs.  We have all different brands that are different colors, and i just cant bring myself to throw them away because there must be something that can be done with them.  Does anyone have any ideas?  they are foam earplugs.
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