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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / So I got back into making jewelry...(a little pic heavy) on: August 24, 2010 12:33:31 AM
I hadn't made any jewelry in a while, but I've gotten back into it recently.  I also took some pictures of some of the stuff I'd made before.  I made all of these except the swarovski crystal bracelet, my boyfriend made that one. He's pretty talented :-)

This one has a lampwork bead in the center that my sister made.


I made this set a long time ago, it has lampwork beads that I made when I first learned how to make beads :-)


This one also has a lampwork bead I made


This is the bracelet my boyfriend made. It's so pretty :-)


This one also has a lampwork bead I made...seems I was choosing those for focal beads, hehe.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A Manly Clock for my Sweetie's "Man Cave" on: March 09, 2010 02:30:03 PM
My boyfriend has a "Man Cave" upstairs in the loft, and he needed a clock for it.  I was looking around for one to purchase, but couldn't find anything I was 100% satisfied with, so even though I'm not a clock maker, I decided to give it a shot, couldn't be that hard, right? Ha.

So after a trip to A.C. Moore and six hours of hard work later (burns, bruises, and broken skin, oh my!) this is what I came up with:









It's intentionally kind of rough looking (it is for a "man cave" after all).  He loves it and I'm pretty happy with it too.

If you want to see more photos, and a rough tutorial, check out this blog post:
http://wiseblueberry.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-post.html

As the first clock I've ever made, what do you lovely people think of it?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Lazy awesome photo board on: February 21, 2010 02:08:36 PM
I made this photo board with no glue or anything else, just tacks, so it can be completely changed if I change the decor in my room, or if I just get sick of the fabric :-)  None of the design is attached to the back, so I can make these changes without even taking it off of the wall.  I used rick rack instead of ribbon because it was what I had, and because I figured it might grip the photos a little better.  Thus far, nothing has fallen or even slipped.

Here it is with just the fabric, fringe ribbon, and rick rack:


And here it is after I've added a bunch of pictures:


For only about an hour and a half of work, mostly using supplies I had laying around, I'm pretty happy with the results.

If you want to see more info about the process and more pictures, more stuff here:
http://wiseblueberry.blogspot.com/2010/02/no-sewglue-adaptable-photo-board.html
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nail Polish/Perfume shelf from a CD rack on: January 19, 2010 12:55:09 PM
So my boyfriend had previously purchased, cut, sanded, stained, and even partially put together wood for a custom media cabinet.  At the time, it would have comfortably held his DVDs, CDs, and video games with room to grow.  Then I moved in, and unleashed his unknown addiction to the five dollar DVD bin.  He used to only buy movies full price at Best Buy, ha!  And thus, our collection grew exponentially.  Disheartened by his original project not being able to be the all in one solution for our combined media storage needs, he never finished the project.  He was a carpenter at the time he started the project, so he had an appreciation for real wood, so every component was made of quality supplies (a combination of oak and mahogany pieces, I think).  He didn't want to throw the pieces away, and I'm a pack rat, so I wouldn't let him, so we've been storing the stuff for a few years now.

Anyway, enough storytime.  I was inspired by RCKFELLA's post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314533.0).  Though my collection isn't as expansive as hers, I was also in need of a shelf for my nail polish, perfume, and various other beauty supplies, so from one of the many partially built shelves came this:



Long L Brackets (painted pink :-P) are on the bottom, and short L brackets (more like what RCKFELLA used) are on the top.  The shelf itself was a bit heavy, being solid wood and all, but with the four brackets, all directly into studs, it's secure.

The shelves pretty deep (CD width), so I could potentially store much more stuff than what I have in it.  This shelf is directly above my vanity, so it is awesome.  Someday when the vanity is all organized, maybe its picture will also grace craftster :-P
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dragon Bandana Pillows! on: June 14, 2009 08:39:35 AM
I have a really large bandana collection, which my boyfriend hates.  The collection is from my camp counselor/rock climbing instructor days.  Spending six to eight hours a day wearing a helmet isn't so nice for hair, so I wore bandanas under the helmet to keep my hair from getting snagged.  I have a stockpile of bandanas because one washing machine for the entire camp staff meant sometimes I had to go a while.  A lot of them were given to me by other people, so there's also a bit of sentimental value tied into the collection.  Which annoys my boyfriend even more, because even though there's only one or two that I'll wear in my hair occasionally, I won't get rid of any of them, hehe  Grin

This week my sweet and adoring boyfriend surprised me with a new sewing machine because my old machine was prone to eating my projects and I had pretty much stopped sewing because of it.

So because he did something sweet, I figured I'd reduce my bandana collection (slightly) for him.  But of course I had no intention to get rid of any  Tongue

So I made pillows!

Before:



After:



The blue has identical sides, while the black one has two different sides:



And here's a better look at the dragon print on the blue pillow:



It was very easy, even though one of the bandanas wasn't quite square.  I'll have to decide what I'm going to make with my other bandanas  Tongue
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Always after me lucky charms! (lots of pics of manly pjs) on: March 02, 2008 10:03:26 PM
So this is my third run through McCalls 4244 view d, and after a fair amount of modifications, I think I have a winner.  It runs big, so I had to take it in a little, and lengthen it by 3 inches (my guy prefers his shorts to his knee, and not a hair above).  I also went with a simple elasticized waist instead of elastic + drawstring, which is what the pattern calls for.

So anyways, enough rambling, on to the pics!

Sorry...he's a bit...inappropriate...


Warning...lucky charms shorts will make your man feel sexy:


They'll also make him...believe he's the fonz?


And a fabric closeup:


Yay :-P
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T shirts to a tiered dress (IMG Heavy) on: June 01, 2007 02:03:14 AM
In the last 6 months, I've lost about 80 lbs (*mumble mumble* still to go), and I'm not buying any new clothes until I'm done...so my clothing is feeling a bit huge about now.  Out of boredom, I decided to make a tiered dress out of some t shirts.

BEFORE
Huge Shirts!

AFTER
Front View

The Skirt

Me being a dork showing off muuuuuch smaller hips


Yeah, so it's not great (I'm not happy with the neckline yet) but it is the most comfortable dress ever.  I love t shirts.  And I even incorporated a boy scout t shirt :-P
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