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11  Scraptastic Toddler Tote *many colorful pics* in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by string theory on: October 03, 2008 04:03:10 PM
I participated in the scrap swap a little while ago and got the most wonderful package of scraps from LouraPalmr and have been itching to use them ever since (I was also scared to use them since they were totally awesome)!
  I made my 16 month old daughter a little bag since she has been stealing mine and toting them around the house.
Here it is! I almost want to steal it from her, but I guess that I could make my own... then we could match!! *gush*

here is the back:

and a close up of the awesome strap material that I got at  SAS:

I could have used white thread, but I was lazy...

and, the obligatory action shot... two in this case because she was so cute and it was too hard to decide... When I got out the camera, she started walking around saying, "Cheese".

As you can see from this picture, I lined it with red fabric with hearts

Triumph! please excuse the mirror plastered in finger prints... she loves to look at and lick her reflection these days...

She really likes it... I found her carrying around my alarm clock this morning...

Thanks! Comments/questions welcome Grin

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12  Beer Cap Snake *Many Ferocious Pictures* in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by string theory on: September 20, 2008 09:34:52 AM
I got this idea from a kids craft book that I got at the thrift store. I was so excited about doing it that I have been meticulously saving bottle caps for months. Since my children are small ones, I made it for my nephew who is 9... hopefully he doesn't destroy it too fast...
Here he is, the terrifying bottle cap snake:

I made the head and tail from polymer clay:

here is a close up of his head:

and his fearsome fangs:

and an action shot to show how ferocious he is:

He is so evil, he will even attack and eat a baby...

I am almost tempted to keep him for myself since he feels really cool...

Thanks for looking comments/questions welcome  Grin

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13  Re: Scrap Fabric Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by string theory on: September 11, 2008 09:42:57 PM
I received from LouraPalmr and I really think that she is a magician since she fit a ton of stuff into an envelope...

The big bag, I can't even get closed again after disturbing it's contents to look through it! The small bag is full of smaller scraps!
I REALLY feel like I won the lottery or something with all of the new scraps that I have! Grin

This isn't even a good picture to show how much stuff I got! All of these scraps are in little piles since I didn't have the patience to put each piece on the table (plus, it probably wouldn't fit). I am in awe of the bounty that I have received! I tried to take a picture of the small scraps, which are also awesome, but it didn't work out really well.
  I am up to my eyeballs in scraps!
Thank you so much, LouraPalmr!!! I love your scraps so much! I can't believe how many different patterns there are!
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14  Mosaic tree table of happiness...*IMAGE HEAVY( fairly wordy as well)* in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by string theory on: September 08, 2008 03:46:56 PM
I have been working slowly on this table for most of the summer (having two small children makes the process go slower than it should). Here is a glimpse of what I made...

It all started when we decided that we had to abandon our table since space is limited in our lives. My sister had a table for us and we would receive it after she got married in June. However, when we finally got her table it was so bulky and horrible! My husband got a gigantic splinter from carrying it into our house, so we had to reject it. Too much work, too big, to hazardous for the youngins. so, after being let down and having waited for months, we hopped over to the local Goodwill and purchased a new table for $10. It was the plainest table that you could imagine... wood colored laminate and a single black pedestal to hold the thing up. I painted it with primer and got to work...
this is the only before picture that I have (after I painted it)

After searching town for a cheep way to get tiles (I did have 9 square feet to cover), I  turned to the internet, where I found a great deal on wholesale tiles. I only paid $20! I got inspiration for the table top from a vintage fabric that I saw online once.
In progress...

tiling complete:

Every time I see this table I will think of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" since we were on binge of watching that show at the time I was tiling...

So, after it was tiled, it sat in my kitchen for several weeks until I worked up the balls (and energy) to grout it. We don't really have any outside space (other than the patio that overlooks the parking lot. I don't love people staring at me while I am trying to work on something), so we had to do it in the living room...
Post grout:

Now, since I do have two small children who love to slather their dinner/markers/paint all around, and I did not want to be scrubbing grout 8 times a day, I decided to resin the table to make a smooth, easy wipe surface.
The table sat on my patio for weeks since that would have to be the location of the resining (toxic fumes and all). unfortunately, being monsoon season, I was terrified to resin it since there would most certainly be a dust storm the moment that I poured the resin. So, I waited and waited until I just decided to do it... then there was a dust storm about an hour after I resined it. Hubby and I had to scramble to get it inside. There is one fraction of a leaf imbedded in the table. I left it there because I thought it was funny.
We had to do another coat of resin, so we took it to my parent's house to utilize their garage... it was way easier.

Here is the table with it's glass-like resin finish:

none of my chairs match even a little bit... someday I will fix that...

Another top view:

it is hard to take pictures of shiny things...

And here is the baby sitting at the finished table:

Sorry for the extreme length of this post. I feel like this project was epic for me so I am purging it from my body with this narrative.
Thanks for looking! Comments/questions welcome!

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15  An Ant for my Little Entomologist in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by string theory on: September 07, 2008 11:24:59 AM
My three year old has been taking inventory of all the things in our house lately, always asking where we got everything (so far, he has learned that most of our things come from goodwill, target, ikea, or my hands).
He was asking me about the things that I make and said "I like the things that you make."
I said, "thank you! Do you want me to make you something?"
He said " Yeah. Can you make me a toy cup?"
A toy cup? intriguing...
I replied, "We have real cups that you can use for toy cups... do you want me to make you something else?"
He thought for a minute and said, " I want a toy ant."
Alright. I can do that.

So after he was in his bed, and had stopped coming out of his room to ask me questions like "what is music for?" "what are hands for?" "what is food for?" (stalling), I got to work...

Here is the ant that my son christened "Ant Light"...

I made him yellow since that is his favorite color...

Here he is in construction:



He liked him, but now he wants an owl...
Thanks for looking... Questions/ comments are welcome!

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16  Re: .:Days of the Week Undies Gallery:. in The Swap Gallery by string theory on: August 29, 2008 07:36:08 PM
Thanks to Freakytreats, I got my fabulous undies today! Hip hip hooray!
So, since I know that you all want to see my panties... here they are!
Front: Sunday


Front: Monday


Front: Tuesday


Front: wednesday


Front: Thursday


Front: Friday


Front: Saturday


Thank you, Freakytreats! They are all so adorable! I love them a lot!
I must say, that when I opened the box, I was utterly confused for a moment since I had sent white underwear and they were most definitely not white... needless to say, I figured it out (I am a little slow sometimes).
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17  Mottled grey cap and fuzzy blue one too :) in Crochet: Completed Projects by string theory on: August 18, 2008 04:48:25 PM
Here is a hat that I made recently. I think it is quite cute...

And here is another one...

What do you think of them?  Grin
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18  Days of the week undies for swap...*many, many pictures* in Stenciling: Completed Projects by string theory on: August 17, 2008 12:51:19 PM
I participated in the "days of the week undies" swap (tons of fun) and this is what I sent to my partner...

This was my first swap and it was a blast! I am going to have to do it again sometime!
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19  Re: .:Days of the Week Undies Gallery:. in The Swap Gallery by string theory on: August 17, 2008 12:45:14 PM
Because of technical difficulties, I am going to post the pictures for my partner Smiley...
Here is what I sent to freakytreats...

Woah... that was a lot of pictures...
She mentioned that she liked gnomes and I thought that it would be cute to put gnomes hiding out around a garden on her panties.
I hope you liked them, freakytreats!! Grin
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20  Michael Phelps: American God (t-shirt) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by string theory on: August 14, 2008 03:09:05 PM
My hubby and I have been watching the olympics and have been joking about how in love with Michael Phelps the American media is. We were watching gymnastics and there was a thing in the corner of the screen saying "Michael Phelps in 5 minutes". While one of his teammates was swimming, they had a split screen to watch Michael watching the race... they even had a expose on what Michael eats on a daily basis! Do I really need to know (as a story on msnbc told me) that he was going to take a nap after the race? Yes, he is a great athlete and has won a ton of medals, but I think that it is overkill.
  So, we were watching the Michael Phelps-o-thon last night and I joked that I should make a shirt that says "Michael Phelps died for my sins"... then that phrase morphed into this... which sent hubby and I into a roaring laughter...

And the lovely hubby modeling...

What do you think?
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