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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Treasure Chest (commonly known as a beer fridge) on: April 19, 2005 08:02:12 AM
I saw someone asking about decorating fridges.  I wanted to show off my fridge from when I lived in a dorm, you know the tiny 18" tall ones?  I now have access to a real fridge, so this one has become my livingroom beer fridge.  My friends all love it, and not just because of what's in it.

I used Kryolan spraypaint (flat black and semi-gloss white), gold acrylic, small gems and a stencil.  It used to be fake brown wood, so this is a huge improvement.

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 20's gown; pattern and dress from scratch; Now w/new pics on page 2! on: April 17, 2005 05:49:47 PM
I've been meaning to post this forever.  I made it in Fall '03 for a costuming class.  It took atleast 2 months to finish.  I found a sketch of this dress in a Sears catalog from the '20's and created it from that.  I drafted all of the patterns (or draped, in the case of the sleeves).  When I made it, the dress fit me perfectly.  Unfortunetly I've lost a lot of weight since then, so I can't fit it anymore Sad.  I have pictures of my sister wearing it that I took for my portfolio, but I now can't find.  I will update with those pictures when I find them.  The dress is probably a size 8/9 and cost $70 in materials.

Viola!



The full view:


Close-up of bodice:


The sleeves can be worn tossed over the shoulder or hanging down around the arm.  There are spaghetti straps, although the bodice is tight enough that they aren't really neccessary.
I have pictures of it in progress, which I can post for the curious, if desired.

Questions?  Comments?  I can always use an ego boost Smiley

Edited because I don't proof my posts.  Now there are 3 different images.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Shadowboxed Keys (Wall Art) on: January 22, 2005 10:39:24 PM
I'm really excited about this project.  My mom was cleaning her house and found keys from <i>her</i> grandmother's house.  They were all labeled in my great-grandmother's handwriting (mostly suitcase keys). My mom gave them to me to do something with, but I decided to put them together to give back to her, because I know how much she treasures anything from her grandmother.

Without the frame:


With the shadowbox:
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Where the Wild Snowboards Are on: January 22, 2005 10:15:58 PM
Introducing my personalized snowboard:




I love how it looks like he's dancing on the edge of my board.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Left Foot Green! Twister Clock on: January 06, 2005 06:12:38 PM
I just finished this like 5 minutes ago and had to share because I was so excited about it.  It's pretty simple, I kept the spinner for the hour hand and added a minute hand.  Now I just need to hang this above my bed  Wink



I'm on a roll with clocks, this is my third.  You can see my book clock at: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20621.0
16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 3 Layer Cat in The Hat Stencil on: December 25, 2004 05:42:17 PM
This was my first big stencil, I worked on it over several months.  It's about 3 feet tall and 3 layers.



And the stencils:



I have a bunch of other stencils that I'll post soon.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Clutching Presents! on: December 23, 2004 07:56:06 PM
For Chrismukkah this year, I decided to go the DIY route for family and friends.  There seems to be a running theme of books, aside from these two purses, there is also a book clock http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20621.0.

These were pretty straightfoward to make, using the same idea with slight alterations.  The Pink/Silver Clutch was made for a friend out of a hardcover book (duh), a girl's shirt, pink seam binding, elastic and a (fake) pearl button.






The Plaid Clutch was created for my crafty 16-year-old cousin* who has begun to study fashion and wants to learn how to make her own clothes(!).  This was made from a Reader's Digest book**, a men's shirt, wide blue seam binding, a size 4 snap, and a metal button.  The snap is hidden under the button, which is only decoration.








Any questions/critiques?

*A week after I sent this to her, I recieved a thank you note from her.
"Thanks so much for the adorable purse....It is so neat.  Everyone who has seen it so far thinks it's really cool too.  Where do you come up with these things?"
I was floating on air for two days after reading that.

**Old Reader's Digest books are the best I've found for crafting.  They are thick, generally aren't that interesting for reading, and have great wall-paper-like covers.  I picked up a stack at a garage sale from a Free box.  I offered to give them money, because I felt like I was cheating them, but they refused and tried to give me even more when I told them my plans for them.  I would think saying things like "Yeah, I just want this stuff to cut up" would be a deterent to sellers, but apparently not.  I was bargaining with a woman who wanted a dollar a piece for her records and wouldn't be talked down at all, until I said that I was an art student and planned to paint on them.  It was like, "If you want to listen to them, you have to pay full price.  But if you're just destroying them...Two for One!"   I don't get it, but I'm not complaining.
Sorry, totally random tangent, but I thought it was a good story.

And now back to crafting!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Well Read Time Keeper on: December 23, 2004 07:55:01 PM
I made a record clock for a friend's birthday over the summer, and started a small obsession.  This is the second in the clock series (I don't currently have a picture of the first).  I made this for my newspaper editor sister and she loves it.  I'm pretty impressed with how it came out, even though it's very simple.  I have several more Reader's Digest books (you can see my story about them here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20622.0, along with 2 book clutches) and many more clock parts, so I think there will be several more of these in the near future.





It stands on it's own and keeps perfect time (and my smartie sister doesn't need numbers).  I would love to hear and see new ideas for the book clocks.
Questions/comments/suggestions?
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