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4221  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decoupage Plates -- Quite a few pics on: November 13, 2008 07:26:31 AM
So cute!  I hadn't even thought to look at Freddy's for the plates, etc.  Do you feel like you got a good deal for them?  I want to do something similar to give away with treats on at the holidays, but I want to use resin to coat the backs and have had a heck of a time finding thorough help with that.  Any advice out there?

Yep, they were buy 2, get one free. I think the entire craft aisle was 20-30% off so I got some seed beads and a spray can of lacquer stuff. 

The only plate tutorials I've found have been decoupage or this lazertran stuff. That would be cool of you could get resin on there but could you really eat off them?  *dreams of the possibilities resin and plates could produce*

Well, I missed that sale!  Dang.

Well, the resin goes on the back of the plate, so I would think you could eat off of them or at least serve off of them.  I'm thinking along the lines of John Derian's stuff, not the stuff at Target, but his high-end things.  I knew someone who had a pair of his martini glasses and I'm pretty sure they were resin over the decoupage (but in that case on the outside of the glass).  So pretty!
4222  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! How do I paint this thing to last? on: November 11, 2008 09:36:51 PM
I agree with the cleaning, sanding, priming, painting, and I second the varnishing.  White paint + tomato sauce, kool-ade, wine = stain.  Also the glossier your paint (for water-based) generally the more durable, but if you don't want shine use a dull varnish or a very find steel wool to dull the final coat of a shiny varnish.
4223  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: My lopsided collection- anyone else have this quandry? on: November 11, 2008 09:10:01 PM
I love the idea of ATCs, but have only made one (which I gave away as part of another swap) and would like to make more, so this thread is really interesting to me.  My question is: Is it an Artist Trading Card if you don't trade it?
4224  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decoupage Plates -- Quite a few pics on: November 11, 2008 08:58:13 PM
So cute!  I hadn't even thought to look at Freddy's for the plates, etc.  Do you feel like you got a good deal for them?  I want to do something similar to give away with treats on at the holidays, but I want to use resin to coat the backs and have had a heck of a time finding thorough help with that.  Any advice out there?
4225  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Blue birds on apple blossoms on: November 11, 2008 02:03:59 PM
Very pretty!  I like the all-blue of it and it's given me an idea for a possible gift myself.  Thanks, Craftewoman!
4226  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: For F*ck's sake....SMILE! (nsfw and kiddies that can read!) on: November 10, 2008 09:19:06 PM
haha!  I'm a big fan of FFS, but I don't know that I've ever used it for the power of good like you have.   Wink
4227  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Childfree Swap Gallery! on: November 10, 2008 09:15:00 PM
This seems like my kind of swap so I hope I can get in on another round after the new year!
4228  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Heavenly Shrine Box ~ Fixed the Pics! on: November 10, 2008 07:44:53 PM
Before I made it into a shrine box, it was a little hanging cabinet with see through doors. It was originally a v. dark wood. I am constantly picking up little shelves and cabinets like that at my favorite thrift store.

I also have a hoard of little religious statues from the thrift store. I spray painted the cabinet gold and then painted the inside sky blue. I put the metallic blue paper on the insides of the doors so you couldn't see through them any more. I had some small canvases that fit just perfectly inside the doors and used those for Saint Lucy and the Nino d'Atocha.  Then I glued the drawers in at that angle so you could read them.

I love shrines too, and the first ones I made were in Altoids tins. I felt better starting smaller.  And picking a theme helps me filter what objects and images I'll use. I named my shrine (How Far, Heaven?) to give myself a concept to work with beyond just "religious box."  I added the leopard print, stars and glitter to make it especially my own. 

Wow! Thanks for sharing so much!  I have hoarded a few containers that I think would be good for shrines and I guess if I think I can come up with an appropriate theme, I could start.  I think I'm afraid of ruining something cool, so maybe something like an Altoid tin would be a good start.  Or a cereal box.   Wink
4229  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shirtless Construction Worker Season is Over, But Not For Me! 5 "tasteful" pics on: November 10, 2008 07:40:56 PM
Shocked Shocked Shocked Hubba Hubba...super hott!

"Hubba Hubba" cracked me up! Thanks!
4230  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shirtless Construction Worker Season is Over, But Not For Me! 5 "tasteful" pics on: November 10, 2008 07:03:30 AM
Hehe soooo gorgeous! I think i like Woody the best.. Helmut just looks like a lazy bludger! LOL

Haha!  I agree about Helmut - he seems like he thinks he's too deep and serious to work or be nice.  I'm partial to Stanley, myself.  Kiss

Oh, I love those! I plan on using some of that fabric to make soem aprons for christmas gifts.

I'm sure your aprons will be a big hit!  I took these (+ some more) to my first craft faire yesterday and sold out!  Prepare to get requests after the recipients show off their new aprons.  Cheesy
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