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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a new fancy frame on: June 25, 2007 07:42:36 PM
while moving home from college, I realized I accumulated a LOT of stuff in 4 years.  somehow I managed to end up with tons of picture frames I no longer used, but they were still in good shape.  I passed all my unused items on to my brother and his crew of crafty friends.

His comrade Lucy turned what was once a plain, orange plastic frame (sorry I didn't think to take a before picture) into a fabulous new frame featuring a coyote.



I wasn't really sure coyotes could get this adorable!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cheap old book=fabulous new journal on: June 25, 2007 07:36:59 PM
my brother and I came across an unbelievable book sale.  we're talking nice hard cover books for like ten cents.  so naturally we had to stock up. but now that we have all these books we're kind of overwhelmed by them.  luckily, my brother has several crafty friends.

His friend Sam took an ordinary old book, in need of some love and painted every (yes every) page.  She left some words and pictures here and there and then added "dear diary" titles on the tops of the pages and now it is the most amazing journal! I'm absolutely in love with it!



the front of the journal...looks like your normal book



the inside cover...she added a little pizazz, but it still looks like your average book



upon opening the book the reader is shocked to find that they will not be reading children's stories but rather recording their own memories!



yay for the pretty new pages!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / picture frame explosion on: June 20, 2007 11:52:36 AM
my little brother took a plain wooden frame that we had lying around and created an explosion of wonder! he just cut out some cardboard and painted it every color imaginable.  the result was an incredible frame!


4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / green piggy with perfectly place stripes on: June 14, 2007 01:07:19 PM
my brother's amigo, Lucy, created this little darling! It was an ugly fabric pig...think farm cottage looking (pale pink with some ugly brown spots)...but with the help of fabric paint the little swine now has a new look....and a fabulous new look at that!





I love the look on his face...he looks like he's up to no good...
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / quadrapus journal on: June 13, 2007 09:59:22 AM
my brother's friend Lucy did the drawing...an octopus with only four legs...he then went and hand bound a nice little journal!





I really like the lettering he used on the back...the bubbly letters really match the drawing on the front...I'm in love with the Quadrapus...it may only have half the arms of an octopus, but twice the personality!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / stegasaurous bathroom friend on: June 13, 2007 09:48:34 AM
so anyone that has been reading my posts so far has probably realized that I haven't really done anything...it's all stuff that my brother or friends have done...well I'm currently unemployed and figured that I would brag on all of my family/friends artistic/crafty adventures...here is one of the latest...

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this little fellow was an ugly (I believe transparent greenish color) little dinosaur with lots of suction cups on the back...my brother thought he would be a wonderful friend to have hanging out in the bathroom...however he did not like the color...so a little paint later and suddenly this little guy has a whole new attitude!

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that little guy really is the perfect bathroom companion...plus he has so many suction cups on the back he never falls down!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The little headbands I love on: June 12, 2007 03:13:15 PM
my far superior crafty friend has gone on a knitting rampage and she's started making these headbands, which are the perfect width to tame my wild mane! the little buttons give them that something extra that puts a spring in my step! plus she has made them in nearly every color so they match everything I wear! gotta love a friend with talent!





yes...I know...I photographed them on a foam head as opposed to actually modeling them...but I'm telling you my hair is wild and I'm afraid it may have frightened away anyone with nice things to say about my friend's work!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / knitted little wallet on: June 12, 2007 03:06:11 PM
my friend has become a knitting machine and she recently completed this cute little number! I love the button closure and the fabric on the inside!





now if only I had a steady cash flow to fill this creation up!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little Towns on Little Boxes on: June 11, 2007 02:34:12 PM
I was heavy into spring cleaning mode and rather than pitching a lot of my unused stuff I gave it to my brother and his friends to create new, wonderful things from my junk! These little boxes were metal tins that watches came in.  My brother's friend Angelo painted the boxes, then drew city scenes around the base, then attached clay buildings to the top! A lot of steps to making two cool little boxes!

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I think the detail on the base of the boxes is AMAZING!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New Life for Old Magnets on: June 11, 2007 02:24:45 PM
Somewhere along the line my mom acquired a collection of Pepsi/Coca-Cola magnets that looked like bottle caps...unfortunately my mom didn't need more magnets! Enter my brother the bringer of new life to old stuff he painted the magnets and then attached some little super hero toys (think the cheap little toys you could get from gumball like machines).



I think they a much better know than they ever were before!
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