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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record shelf revamped with backstage passes (*updated, now pic heavy) on: July 31, 2011 04:54:33 PM

I found this old beat up bookshelf with a drawer at Goodwill for a few bucks and have been trying to figure out what to do with it for a while. My fiancee just moved in a beautiful vintage bubbler jukebox into our living room and I thought my retro looking vinyl/cd player would fit beautifully next to it and it needed a stand.
Here's what I started with:

I wish the shelf part was just slightly taller so the albums could be stacked vertically and flipped through more easily, but they fit just right stacked on top of each other. I usually make a lot of things using my own ticket stub collection but since the vinyl was mostly great old albums that my dad gave me, I decided to decoupage the drawer with backstage passes from his collection.
I made color reproductions of his passes, shrunk a few of them down to fill the space better, and used mod podge sealed with a few coats of polyurethane.

I love how it turned out and think it looks perfect in our little music corner!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Buckeye birthday tray on: May 22, 2011 08:59:06 AM
My fiancee is a huge OSU fan and I wanted to put something buckeye-themed together for his birthday. I found lots of great ideas online for cakes but in the end decided I didn't want to use fondant or try to make icing red using tons of dye. This is what I ended up with- buckeye candies on a plate with strawberry blossoms arranged to look like the "O".
We celebrated his birthday at a concert a bar, so these were the perfect non-messy, easy to pass out treats to share with friends. It was also nice to have the strawberry blossoms as a lighter option over the super-sweet (but crazydelicious) buckeyes.

Here are the links for the buckeyes and strawberries that I used:

The only thing I'd add is for the buckeyes- it seemed to give me smoother, better shaped buckeyes when I would freeze them for a bit and re-roll them before inserting the toothpicks and refreezing. With the strawberries, the only problem I had to watch for was cutting too far down to the base so they'd tear when I'd pull the petals open to fill it with creme. All in all they were both easy to make and looked great together!
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Concert Ticket wedges on: April 25, 2009 01:38:02 PM
I make a lot of things with ticket stubs, and have wanted to make a pair of shoes using them for a while.  The only problem was finding a pair of shoes that had substantial surface area to decoupage without working on the top of the shoes, which I'm afraid would crack and peel after a few wears.
Then, like a gift from the gods I found this pair at Goodwill new for $4 in my size!  Cheesy

Unfortunately, after making them and falling in love with them, I tried to wear them out and realized that they're about a 1/2 size too big and I can't even walk in them without my feet falling out!
I'll have to figure out a way to add an extra strap to keep my feet in, any suggestions would be much appreciated!  Otherwise I'll have to sadly pass them on to a friend with bigger feet.  Undecided

Also, does anyone have any experience with Hard Coat Mod Podge vs. Outdoor Mod Podge?
It would make sense to use the Outdoor version for these, but the Hard Coat also said it was water resistant and I thought I'd get more use out of a jar of the Hard Coat, so that's what I opted for.  I'll probably top it off with a coat of polyurethane, anyway.
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