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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chunky beads short necklace on: August 26, 2009 05:21:18 AM
Very easy because all the credit goes to the gorgeous beads that I found in a shop - but I like the shorter length and I am happy to have found just the right smaller beads to put in between the big ones: here's what I am wearing today:


I actually have matching earrings but the glass beads are heavy and I was not really feeling up to them, so just imagine the round beads on a simple hook.

close up of the beads - aren't they gorgeous?


I must have already posted a similar necklace, only longer, in red - which I gave to a friend. I also have a long one in purple/mauve-ish which of course I kept, as anything purple is my color!
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / flowers and leaves on: August 26, 2009 05:12:42 AM
My favorite bead shop is closed, and until I find another one, I am not buying much because most of the places I know are simply too expensive. So I've been "shopping my stash and closet", and I took apart several pieces that I was never wearing to see if I could come up with something new.
Apart from staying up till 3am sorting all the beads that had fallen in the bottom of one of the bead storage boxes (I ended up with several new bags of beads, sorted by style and color which will now be usable!), I started on the former pieces too... much more my style!

This was originally a quite full bracelet, which sat unused for ages.... I must have worn it once! So it became an earring and necklace set...

I love these little beads


the necklace


the earrings


the whole set


Now I'm looking forward wearing it!
43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A completely random silver wire pendant and a pair of earrings on: August 24, 2009 06:36:50 AM
The other day I was getting ready to go out, and I noticed that I was wearing only stuff I had made or reconstructed as jewelry myself... I was proud of myself, and snapped some pics:

Earrings + pendant


(I was also wearing this bracelet http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318396.0 but I didn't get it in the same photo!)

Close up of the pendant. I love it very much, though it's far from perfect and the curves don't really match, I was just playing around with wire and this came out... I liked it, so I strung it on a chain!


close up of one of the earrings - clear silver lined beads and hand curved wire, and findings I had around...


C&C welcome, esp regarding how to bend the wire better without buying pricey tools which I can't afford!
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The last one of my grandma's forks, turned bracelet on: August 24, 2009 06:26:48 AM
after the fork pendant I made for my mom with the handle, and the one I did for me with the teeth of a fork (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316012.0) I got from my grandmother, I had only one more of the forks from that set, so I was very scared of messing up when I decided to try turning it into a bracelet... here's the outcome!

front


back


(actually I angled the whole thing so that is wearable also in reverse, with the handle on top of the arm if I want the cutlery aspect to be more subtle, so there is no real front and back!)

one side (notice the angle on the fork tenth's alignment)


other side


I quite like it, even if there's a spot on one of the teeth that I damaged while bending it... sigh!
I left it quite plain, because I couldn't think of anything to add to it... C&C welcome!
45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / two new summer-y earrings... plastic rainbow and purple beads on: August 08, 2009 09:47:35 AM
A few nights ago I was playing around and these were among the things I made.

I was in the mood for something summery and fun, and I had a lot of these neon plastic beads that I never found an use for....


and close up


then I was bending some wire, playing with more plastic beads - this time purple with an iridescent sheen

(in the photo they look more pearly than in real life, where they have lots of blue-ish and green-ish reflexes...
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / No more ugly stains in my bathroom! on: August 08, 2009 09:33:41 AM
I have a small bathroom which I sould re-paint, but while I wait do do it, at least I wanted to solve the problem that made me cringe every time I was standing at the sink - the surface of the cabinets near it were badly stained and looked really depressing, no matter how much I cleaned them.
These cabinets:


Like this:


close up - a little darker, show them better (or worse?)


My general idea was to make a mosaic top with broken tiles from the extras we've saved from when we re-did all the floors, but I was a little concerned with it not being really smooth and all.
Anyway, I went to a DIY store to buy the tile glue and grout and to have two frames made from a white wood bar to match the cabinets.
Back at home I re-measured the tiles and discovered they matched the cabinets quite closely, and once I tried the frames on, they were a perfect fit...  I quickly abandoned the idea of the mosaic and simply assembled the tiles and the frame, and basically got these two "trays" attached to the cabinets.

like this:


I like that the tops of the cabinets now match the floor perfectly. Plus they're smooth and easy to clean...


from the other side, you see the matching towels hung on a rail on the side of the closet...


It was very very quick to make, but to me not seeing those ugly stains is such a big improvement!!!
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / another fork pendant - *a better photo added* on: August 05, 2009 10:43:58 AM
I had made ages ago a pendant for me with a fork handle, and my mother asked for one of her own. I won't post it because it is identical to mine - the fork I used was from the same set as the one I had used for mine, but I tried to recycle the remaining half for me... the pic is a little crappy but I have to re-charge all the sets of batteries for my camera before I can take another.

here it is - on a leather string, with three clear glass beads between the fork "teeth" and a black star bead hanging from the handle:


I made more jewelry stuff the other night in an attempt to cheer me up, but I still have to take pics..

here is another photo...
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / more animals in my garden... now it's fishes in a fake mini-pond! on: August 05, 2009 10:33:44 AM
I was googling some images to get some ideas of what people normally painted on stones - to add to those I recently did, and I stumbled on someone who had painted a fake pond on a huge flat rock... now, I have always wanted one but I never managed to make it, plus I don't really think fishes would last much with my cats (whom I have repeatedly found having some sashimi straight from my uncle's pond...  Wink determined kitties!) so this idea really stuck.
But I had no huge slabs of rock, nor the intention or money to buy one.... enter a chair which we were throwing away, and the seat that had come apart... flat, square.... MINE!!
I bought some primer, some acrylics, I still had the transparent sealer from the rocks... here's what I came up with:

the whole seat - don't ask me what material it is made of, because I don't really know. it's not wood, not metal, not plastic... I only know it is virtually indestructible, so I was not afraid to use it for this.
I didn't have a proper reference picture (I hadn't saved it!) so I just started and went with my inspiration. I'm shocked that the fish are not as terrible or cartoon-y as I expected them to be


fishies


I had these flat gray "rocks" that have a proper name but I don't know it in English which I had put down as stepping stones in the front garden, but were constantly hidden by stuff growing... so I picked them up and gave them a new use as the border of the "pond":


checking that it responds well to water


from further away - I know I need to rake up the fig leaves


from my bedroom window it looks very tiny but almost real!


I am loving this project a lot right now.... but comments & critics are welcome as always!
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / cartoon mushrooms and a ladybug in my garden... on: August 02, 2009 12:27:45 PM
Say hello to my new friend:

I think I must give her a name!!!

When I saw this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314224.0 I fell in love with these painted stones and decided that all the stones I had used to mark the borders of some flower beds, and which I had since then removed, just HAD to be used for this!!!

So I grabbed some old paint I had lying around (some acrylic, some I don't even know what it is but worked fine!), got out my brushes, defined the contours with a black permanent marker, and after several layers of a transparent spray for outdoors stuff, here's what I got:

group shot 1


and 2: notice the back of the ladybug and focus on the mushrooms


close up of a 'shroom - my fave one because of the shape


action shot in the garden: overall


and close up


close up of the funny insect


in place


close up... I love how it looks like it is looking up at you!


green with flowers


which holds down the corner of the fake green under the gazebo (the cat loves to turn it up and play...)


and to finish, two abstract ones that will remain indoors - one purple/lilac to keep open the living room French doors (living room is all lilac):


and one blue and bubbly which makes me think of the sea (or at least a nice pool) which I'm keeping as a paperweight (it's the smallest of them all)
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / a truckload of photos for my living room turning a lilac refuge on: July 13, 2009 02:34:44 AM
I took so many pics that I first made collages out of them, or I'd have probably four times these pics to publish!!

To make a long story short, when I resigned from my job at the end of March (not an easy choice, but my boss had reduced me to a physical wreck, when I started on anxiety medication it was just the last straw... the next time he started yelling at me for something beyond my control, I said goodbye) I needed to feel useful and do something... so I turned to my living room, which was a bit of a mess and we were considering hiring someone to paint it... now I was free to redo it!

here are a couple of befores, as reference:





all the walls needed fresh paint to erase the marks from the radiators and some pet damage, we wanted to change the disposition of the room inverting living room and dining room, and we'd just inherited a big bookshelf from my grandmother which we would trade for the shelves we had up on a whole wall behind the table.
There were lots of stencils (on the doors, above the entrance) and a column all hand-painted with an ivy creeping up the sides... it all had to go.

it started from emptying the room, dismantling the bookshelves, closing all the holes, covering the new windows etc...


lots of sanding to scrape away the painted decorations, to be sure they wouldn't pop up through the paint


then we started painting. I had planned a more mauve-ish color, but my mother liked the lilac very much so we kept it. we had planned to use two tones - a light one on the main walls, and a slightly darker one on the colums, one corner and the niches of the windows


bought some new furniture from ikea, and painted the interior doors


new sitting area, with the door opening on the balcony


new fabric stuff


new dining area with grandma's bookshelf


the entrance, with a before for comparison


before and afters:

dining area turned sitting area


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