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1  Painted Shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by aliasbex on: April 22, 2012 02:11:29 PM
So I found three identical pairs of Ardene's black shoes on the side of the road a little while ago.

Someone threw them out because the sole was coming off...luckily for me they didn't know about shoe glue. (Ardene's is a store in Canada that sells pretty cheap acrylic "fashionable" clothing...e.g. 3 pairs of shoes for $10 or $15...they just don't last)
All of a sudden I knew why I had a bunch of paint and some furniture varnish stashed away. Here are two pairs:

I'm sure they'll be cracking soon but it was a fun project for the afternoon.
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2  Easy Giftbag Lampshade in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by aliasbex on: February 09, 2012 05:18:47 PM
This project requires absolutely no skill level and takes about two minutes. It's just a silly little idea I had while at work when I came across a transparent giftbag that I knew I needed to take home with me.

I bought this giftbag

to jazz up this lamp a little

So basically I took off the lampshade (durr), poked a hole onto the bottom of the giftbag and stuck it on. Then I cut off the little rope handles and wrapped one around the tip of the lampshade poking through. (you can use glue for a more permanent lampshade)

Final step: illumination!

Much nicer, don't you think? Thanks for looking!

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3  Resizing a vest with wool in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by aliasbex on: February 07, 2012 09:56:13 PM
Hello all,

I bought this vest years ago and adore it. I now want to re-size it but am sort of not sure how to.
The back of the vest is 'woven rayon and acrylic', but the front is a knit (also rayon/acrylic mix).

Also you can see that it has been put into the wash once or twice when it shouldn't have been.

Basically I am afraid of opening the seam up for fear that the whole thing will unravel. I thought of cutting along the seams of the back to take in the front but then the back would be very wonky looking. Should I "tuck in" the extra material and dew it on the inside as to not disturb the seam? I don't have a sewing machine by the way so it must be a hand-knit procedure. Thanks for looking.
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