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41  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My awesome outside Christmas Decor! - Pics are gone, sorry! on: November 23, 2008 05:44:56 PM
I am totally in the Christmas mood this year, which is fun because I really haven't been the last couple of years even though Christmas in my favorite holiday! Anyways the awesome apartment Heath and I moved to this summer has a balcony/porch Xmas decorating contest every year -  the top 5 win $40 so I am totally determined to win Cheesy But I always decorate the balcony and this year is def. the best.
Here are some photos:

The front:

A side shot:
I wasn't going to put anything in that one corner but it looked barren so I had to, just a little tree and some garland. Not many ppl will be able to see it since it's off to the side but I don't care Smiley

This I am MOST proud of!!! I used some large tags and bows and red duct tape to make the windows look like gifts Cheesy The tags say to You from Us

Here are some shots lit up but it doesn't look that great in pics, the light really look great in person. Plus the snowflakes have 9 different lighting options!

Yeah I'm SOOO excited! We also got a tree this year! (our first) so you'll be able to see that in the window but we are waiting to decorate the inside 'till after Xmas. I usually am VERY strict about decorating AFTER Thanksgiving but it's been really nice here weather wise and I figured I'd better do the outside stuff now before it gets really freezing. In Nebraska the weather in winter and fall time can change at the drop of a hat so I took advantage of the 40-50 degree weather. Now it's almost painful to wait 'till next weekend to put up the tree and the inside decorations but I will wait.

Pics are gone, sorry!
42  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Marble Christmas Ornaments on: November 12, 2008 07:05:07 AM
Well I posted some ornaments I made last year in a post for inspiration and decided to post more pictures of them and a Tut in it's own post. They are super easy and addicting to make. I made over 50 of them last year for additional Christmas gifts for all my family and they were a big hit. Now these ornaments are quite a bit heavier than your typical ornaments but will hang fine on a sturdy branch or can be hung anywhere.

Here are some pics of the ones I made last year:

Now the tut, bare with me as this in my first one Cheesy
In this tut I am making two ornaments at the same time, there are pictures after each step to help (visuals always help me!)
If there is any confusion or questions, ask away!

Materials Needed:
  Styrofoam Balls
  Pipe Cleaners
  Ribbon
  Paint / Glitter Paint
  Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue (Lot's of hot glue!)
  Styrofoam Paint Brushes
  Something long and skinny to poke a hole through the styrofoam

Step 1:
Paint the Styrofoam balls whatever color you'd like. I find it's easiest if you use foam brushes and dab/stipple the paint on, that way you can get into all the pores of the styrofoam. It doesn't have to be perfect but the foam brush and dabbing helps get good coverage. If you want to use glitter be sure to use paint that already has
glitter in it. If you put glitter on afterwards or try to use a glaze with glitter the hot glue/marbles will not stick to the foam. It will basically just pull the layer of paint/glitter off. Be sure to let dry completely (which can suck I hate waiting for paint to dry! Sometimes I use a hair dryer but it doesn't always work with these) They need to be dry so the hot glue will adhere. Believe me I've been impatient and glued before the paint was completely dry and the marbles just start to come loose or fall off.

Step 2:
Now you are going to want to make a hole through the styrofoam balls as close to the center as possible (so you don't have a crooked ornament) In the picture I used a paint brush handle. You are basically making a pilot hole to thread the pipe cleaner through since pipe cleaners aren't strong enough to push through the styrofoam by themselves.

Step 3:
Now thread your pipe cleaner through the hole leaving just an inch or so sticking out from the bottom.
In the pic I wound two pipe cleaners around each other for decoration. You can just use one or wind a few together, whatever you'd like!

Step 4:
Now take the little bit of pipe cleaner you left at the bottom and thread/push it through the styrofoam beside the hole but not in the hole you made. This is for support. And push it in as close as you can. I forgot to take a picture of this part but after you push it in put some hot glue in the hole around the pipe cleaner and some over the part you stuck back into the styrofoam for more support and so it doesn't pull out or move around.

Step 5:
Now take the top part of the pipe cleaner you stuck through and twist it into a loop. Now you have a way of hanging your ornament! Dab a bit of hot glue around the top of the styrofoam by the hole by the loop also.

Step 6:
Now start glueing marbles! It takes a bit or trial and error to not create large gaps sometimes but once you get the hang of it you sort of develop a pattern of how to glue them down. Now there will be some gaps and that's why painting the styrofoam helps. I alway start with four around the top, then start glueing between the four and go from there.

Also once the paint in completely dry and you glue the marbles down the glue sort of melts the styrofoam creating quite a bond!

Step 7:
Now tie some ribbon around the loop on the top and have fun!

I glued the tails of the ribbon down on some of my ornaments last year to keep the bow shape and to tame them down Smiley

There are sooo many varieties you can do with color combos!

You could also skip the pipe cleaner part and just have decorated marble balls, kinda of like those mosaic ones that you see as home decor in bowls and such only with marbles.

You could create paper weights.

Let your creative juices flow!

And last night while going through my supplies I came across these fun pom poms! (the pic isn't the greatest)

And thought those would be cute too! Just substitute the pom poms for the marbles! And it would also be much lighter.
I wanted to try it last night but didn't have enough of the pom poms to cover an entire styrofoam ball, I'll have to try it soon though!


Well I hope you all enjoyed it! And if you make some I'd love to see Smiley
Thanks!


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43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Men's Buttoned Shirt Recon - Pics are gone, sorry! on: October 14, 2008 06:58:17 PM
Okay so I have a pile of men's collared buttoned shirts to revamp-they were my DH's but are too small for him now. They have been in my revamp pile for while because I was just too scared to attempted anything with them. So a few days ago I decided to try to do something with one of them. I have NO patience when it comes to sewing but I tried really hard with this one. I spent almost and entire day working on this and then near the end just gave up. I LOVE the top of it but the bottom has weird creases I just don't know how to fix. I don't have a lot of material left, and if I take it in anymore I won't be able to breathe LOL! I did plan or do plan if I finish it to add a zip to the side to get in and out of it easier. Anyway on to the pics!
Front

Back

Coffee stain LOL-I spilled in the middle of making it

Action Shots

Thanks for looking and reading!
Sorry for be soo wordy Cheesy

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44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tassels - Pics are gone, sorry! on: October 14, 2008 06:25:36 PM
Without going into too much detail LOL
I wanted to share these! (Nipple Tassels)
They are sooo expensive to buy and I figured they can't be that hard so I made
myself some. These are pretty simple, I might make more ornate ones later but I was really happy with how they turned out and who knows maybe
it'll inspire some of you to make your own Smiley
Every girl has a right to feel a little sexy and a tad naughty every once in awhile  Tongue

Pics are gone, sorry!
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recon TShirt Fun - Pics are gone, sorry! on: October 14, 2008 06:10:44 PM
I have this gigantic pile of Tshirts to revamp. Most of them are just plain ol T's mainly white, some are some undershirts we bought for my hubby but they were too small.

So I had two days off work and finally finished the drawing I was working on and so I finally had time to get some of these ideas out of my head. I think they all turned out awesome!!!! Which is quite rare for me because I am VERY impatient when it comes to sewing.

This first one was just a typical red T that was very very boxy! And the neck felt like it was choking me so here is the before and after and a sorta action shot.

This one was a plain white T that again was a bit baggy and boxy for me so I took it in a bit and wrote the word Life over and over again in a swirl/circle design with permanent maker. This graphic was based off of a doodle I did a long time ago in a notebook and it's titled Circle of Life---Get it? Neways the permanent marker holds up pretty well. I hand wash to be safe but I did test it out on a scrap piece of Tshirt before I spent the hours it took to write all that and the funny thing is the off brand permanent markers I have bleed lime green around the letters(when I put it in the dryer). Which actually looked kind of cool but not for this project..maybe a future one. I'm really proud of the execution of this one and it came out exactly how I had pictured it! (Once again rare for me LOL)

This was a combo of this cami/tank that I bought at a thrift store but fit extremely wierd and so it's home was my craft/fabric bin for a long time. But the fabric was a really thin really soft and really sparkly pink. (The before pic was taken after I started cutting it apart) So I started with a white T that fit okay but was a bit short for my taste (sorry forgot to take a before pic of the white T). So I added some of the pink material to the bottom to add a bit of length. I just sewed it on under the white shirt which looks kind of cool like a layered effect. Then I cut the pink cami into stripes and sewed them directly onto the top of the white T. I purposely left the edges raw. I really like this one Smiley

(Opps I forgot this one-just added)
And here is a simple black one. It was a boxy black T like the red one. I took it in to fit better.
Then I took the Huskers logo from a previous recon that in the long run didnt turn out to well and sewed in on the black T. Pretty simple.

Thanks for Looking!

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46  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / SRV on: October 10, 2008 11:20:03 PM
This is an illustration/drawing of Stevie Ray Vaughn I did for a friend....it's way overdue (3-4 years overdue)
He did a wonderful thing for me back when I was in college and helped me pay my rent one month and in exchange I would do 3 drawings for him. I've done Jimi Hendrix and a larger SRV and finally this one.
You can see the others at www.artwanted.com/lindsycarranza.

I tried really hard on this one and there are parts that aren't perfect but I think it turned out reasonably well.

This is a scan and not a perfect one. It's hard because I have to scan it in in pieces and then put it back together with photoshop. It's about 13" by 16". Okay enough blabbing here is the pic Smiley

47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some of my jewelry - pics are gone, sorry on: September 09, 2008 05:36:19 PM
I decided to post some things I've made in the last few months. This is a random posting of different items I've made,
first pics are made from Hi Ho Cherry O -  cherries. It took a lot of cherries to figure out how to fuse the stems together a lot of trial and error and by time I finally figured it out I only had about 6 cherries left Smiley

This is a keychain I made for my mother-in-law as a small birthday gift.
I colored it with prisma color colored pencils, including writing the words hope and faith.
I then used a lighter and burned the edges and sealed it all with acrylic varnish.

Some double sided pendants (a couple of my favs)
Cupcake side 1 (the cupcakes are stickers)

Cupcake side 2

A couple pairs of star earrings, I love long dangly earrings

A tri star necklace

Finally a couple mod podge Scrabble Racks, they can be used a pendant displays or if you love Scrabble you'd have the prettiest tile holder around Smiley
I also thought today they might work to display small pictures or ATC's/ACEO's

Pics are gone, sorry!!
48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Two Sided Pendants - Pics are gone, sorry! on: August 29, 2008 12:12:14 PM
I love making these pendants and they are fun because you can were them two ways Smiley

Pics are gone, sorry!
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Buttons made into jewelry - Pics are gone, sorry! on: August 26, 2008 03:59:53 PM
Here are a few of my button creations. I removed the loops in the back with a pair of pliers and sanded the backs down so they wouldn't be uncomfortable and made some earrings and some necklaces. I thought these buttons were very unique Smiley I have tons left that I am still thinking of things to do with but they are more ordinary.

Pics are gone, sorry!
50  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some of my Swarovski Crystal Creations - Pics are gone, sorry! on: August 22, 2008 08:14:40 PM
I got a Fire Mountain Gems catalog in the mail a few months ago and they were selling a Swarovski crystal mix. Basically a grab bag of crystals so I thought that could be fun! I love grab bag kinds of things like bags of misc ribbon and buttons they sell at Hobby Lobby... anyways I created a few pieces of jewelry out of some of them. I still have a bit of crystals left but not sure what to do with those yet. These ones were already set but the rest I have are just by themselves if that makes sense...I'm still pretty new to jewelry making Smiley

On to the pics Smiley

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