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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
So I made pillows!
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
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:
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
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