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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / keyboard jewelry & button jewelry on: March 18, 2009 11:25:37 AM
i color coordinated stacks of buttons to make these cute little rings. the first ring has a sailor-themed focal button.

i found these keyboard keys at circuit city. people had pried them off the display keyboards and they were scattered around the shelves, so i just scooped them into my pocket. i like making nerdy jewelry with them! i made rings and earring posts with them.

thanks for looking!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / flowers, pearls, and hello kitty on: March 16, 2009 02:09:55 PM
i spent the past weekend in a jewelry making binge. it was highly satisfying! here are some of the fruits of my labor

yellow lucite flowers topped with brass bead caps, clear glass beads, and more brass bead caps, the stamens are purple beads

pearls adorned with brass bead caps, brass filigree beads, and unique black and gold heart beads

teardrop pearls nestled in brass bead caps, brass filigree connectors, and square black beads

hello kitty ninja throwing her ninja stars, yellow buttons, and yellow lucite flowers

a necklace made with a vintage black japonese star flower cabochon attached to a brass filigree setting, a brass filigree connector, and pearls, all on a brass chain

a necklace made with a cream colored flower cabochon attached to a round brass filigree setting, a brass swallow, and silver beads, some of which are adorned with brass bead caps, all on a brass chain
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / what should i do with yellow self-adhesive vinyl? on: October 11, 2008 09:04:48 PM
at staples today i picked up a roll of bright yellow self-adhesive vinyl, the type you use to cover books with. (it was on clearance, yay!) now, what should i do with three yards of this stuff? (it's 18 inches tall x 3 yards long.)

hmm...what can i stick this stuff on???
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / shrinky dink necklaces on: August 19, 2008 12:55:48 AM

My shrinky dink necklaces. This one is an old-timey picture of a lady.

This is a bowl of strawberries.

Simple and sweet, yes?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / shrinky dink ring on: May 09, 2008 11:58:11 AM
thank you planet june for your excellent tutorial on how to make shrinky dink rings! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228409.0

i didn't have rubberstamps, so i traced swirly images with a fine-point sharpie on my shrinky dink. i also couldn't wrap my ring around a lip balm tube because i wear a size nine (fat fingers!), so i used a random metal tool in my boyfriend's dad's garage.

blurry close-up (don't know how to take clear close-up pictures with my camera!)

on my hand:

blurry close-up on my hand:

also, the proportions i used for a size 9 ring were 5.5 inches by .75 inches.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / post it note flower on: May 07, 2008 12:24:24 PM
made from this tutorial: http://www.curbly.com/Chrisjob/posts/2354-Fold-A-Kusudama-Flower-Out-of-Post-It-Notes-

the result it very pretty, but i feel like it's so fragile that i can't do anything else with it.

kusudama with flash:

kusudama without flash:
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tea Cup Cozy on: May 07, 2008 12:14:11 PM
So, funny story. This cozy started life as a fingerless glove, using the pattern found here: http://ohmystars.net/craft/knitting/pgloves.html

But silly me, I used a 4.5 mm needle instead of a 3.5 mm needle and thought everything would turn out ok because I have large (read: fat) wrists. It turned out way too big for me, so I reconsidered, modified, and turned it into a cozy for my teacup instead.

The bonus is that I've been planning to make a teacup cozy for a while now, ever since I started drinking peppermint tea (it's supposed to calm an upset stomach). So at least I got that out of my mistake!

With a lovely view of the hole where the handle goes:

A full frontal view (the white flecks are from the cup's design peeking through. It's a Goofy cup).

Brewing a cup of Stash Premium Peppermint tea (I only drink herbal teas because they're not made from real tea leaves. I actually don't like the taste of tea!)

Once my fingers recover from their knitting cramp, I'll try the fingerless gloves again!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / make your own ground meat on: February 07, 2008 01:01:47 PM
this suggestion is more diy than crafty...

we got a food processor for christmas, and it's been really handy in grinding meat. we didn't even intend to use it that way, but it's the perfect tool for it! we've ground chicken thighs to make wonton filling, pork tenderloin to make burgers, dark turkey meat to stuff into bell peppers & bake...there are so many possibilities! we think that fresh ground diy meat tastes wayyyy better than packaged ground meat at the grocery store. and it's great because you don't have a buy a package of ground meat specifically for one recipe-you can just take the chicken that you use for other recipes and just grind that up. saves us some money! if you try this, let me know how it goes!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / slightly useful magazine bowl on: August 23, 2007 12:37:53 PM
you can't eat out of this bowl, but it is quite decorative.

the inside is so colorful!

here's a side view

here it is being slightly useful

i think the bottom is quite pretty myself

i want to make more bowls and perfect the shape. and maybe make different motifs.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / colorful magazine bowl-not to be used for eating on: August 23, 2007 12:26:18 PM
i've been working on this magazine bowl on and off for months. i was inspired by cbass's bowls here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=71395.0

a view of the inside

the side view is better

here it is being useful

an upside down view-just for fun

i still have to work on the shape. but it was great fun making this bowl and i'll be perfecting it.
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