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11  Re: 13 Days of Halloween Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kstaron on: October 11, 2010 01:14:59 PM
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Day 13: My very own Halloween tree with 13 ornaments with vintage-y Halloween goodness!

My daughter helping put on the ornaments.

a close up of the ornaments.  I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite, they are all so cute. I love the cat sitting with the broom, but I'm strangely drawn to the skeleton too.
day12: druid day!
She embroidered me this awesome druid symbol with celtic knotwork and flames. and then there are all things leafy.  a notebook cover, mommy/daughter leaf hair clips, leaf stamp (which my daughter proclaimed as hers... haven't seen it since), leaf cookie cutter, 2 leafy candle holders, a bunch of autumn leaves for crafting, a cool little tree charm, a leafy wooden disc necklace, and an awesome tree embroidered goddess doll. I am in awe of her embroidery skill, I can never get my stitches that neat!

close up of the druid embroidery. I'm in lovde with this.

Day 11: candy corn and clippy day:
A huge treat jar with handmade cover and lots of candy corn and marshmallow ghosts inside...(well there was lots of candy inside), 2 hats in candy corn colors for each of my girls, a candy corn amiguri, an awesome little shirt, a candy corn tin with 5 hair clips inside - 2 spider, 2 pumpkin, and a candy corn.  

Everything is so cute. Here's a close up of one of the clippies:

I asked my daughter which was her favorite... can you guess?

Day 10: Kitchen day

An apron, 5 washcloths, a hot pad to match the apron, and fabulous embroidered towel of a cat, a cupcake wand and baking stuff to make a "magic rainbow cake"

The awesome apron: I love, love, love this.  I need to throw a party to show this thing off!

Close up of the cat towel:

And the completed cake (I said I never could get the hang of decorating a cake, but I did this with the three year old and it turned out beautiful:

Day 9: Magnet day
A trinket box, 3 flower magnets, and 5 halloweeny ones

Day 8: Picture day:
A Boo set of letters, 2 Salem witch pictures, a haunted house picture frame, a fall theme tin sign, and a happy Halloween banner.

The boo letters above the doorway from the entrance way to the living area, where the tricker treaters will see it.

I put up the salem pics right by the front door too

I'm putting up the banner in my cubicle for some last minute decorating, but I don't have a picture of it.

day 7:Decoration day
Spiderweb coasters straight from my wists, 2 Halloween votive holders with a witch and cauldron on them, and a little pumpkin dude.

Day 6 - day of the dead
I got a cool tote bag, the yellow pom pom fringe makes it almost too cute for words. A matching date book (cover is reuseable), a frame with roses and a skull, tiny dangly skull earrings, a skully keychain based off of a hair clip on my wist , and a yard of fabric for my very own (mwah ha ha ha)

close up of the earrings and the skull on the frame

Day 5 - no reason day
2 flower headbands for the girls (or me if I'm feeling the 60's groove), a soap kit and booklet.  I've already read through the booklet and can hardly decide which soap to make first.  A scarecrow necklace kit, and the most bestest (yes I know grammar, but these are just too cool!) tea gloves straight from my wist done in a lovely wheat color.

the necklace kit all made up, my daughter wanted to make it "right now!", so we did.  

The great and wonderous tea gloves.  This item was why I was trying to teach myself crochet!

Day 4- 3 Spiders and a witch
a crocheted spiderweb and spider, 5 kid friendly spider cups and a cute little crocheted witch named Lily

a close up of Lily. Love the toxic green hair color

And the spider moved her spiderweb straight up to my globe in the office, so we can chat as I type.

Day 3 - monster day

A cute blue monster

An embroidered onesie that says cute as hell and has a ruffle bum

And a spooktacular skully wreath

close up of the wreath

Day 2 - 2 great jack-o-lantern pillowcovers which immediately found homes on my couch

And Day 1

A 13 days of halloween countdown calendar with pockets for trinkets and treats.
 They are big enough for index cards so I can put in events like go "pick a pumpkin" or "take a hay ride"

close ups of some of my favorite pockets.  It's perfect.

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12  transforming ikea desk to steampunk goodness: any ideas? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by kstaron on: April 06, 2010 07:06:35 AM
I'm hoping to redo my craft room after we move and I'm angling for a victorianesque, steampunk vibe. 

Of course with a major move it looks like we may be a bit cash poor for a while, since we will need to get some furniture for the areas that everyone uses, not just me. Enter the huge IKEA desk.

I've had this huge desk from IKEA for the better part of 20 years.  It's solid as a rock and has a great big flat surface for cutting fabric, arranging designs for jewelry or scrap booking.  It actually can fit my sewing machine, the 18x24 cutting mat and still have space for a couple of storage spots behind the sewing machine.  The thing is huge, maybe 30"x60"+. All in all it's a great functional piece, BUT...

It's that melamine shiny white, very modern looking, very IKEA looking design.  I'm having issues deciding how to redo the desk to fit in with the new look, since it takes up so much space. What can I do to make this fit in, ideally be something awesome and not just OK?  I also have the requirement of needing the flat surface to be used, abused and highly functional.  (It looks kinda of like the front peice of this desk, http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20116071 but without the cubes on the other side, just 2 solid leg panels holding up a huge flat surface.)

My desk chair is already done: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320546.0

My thoughts so far are:
  • contact paper: woodgrain on legs and copper on top with copper tape to cover the annoying silver stripe on the legs.  The only issues here are that I suck at applying contact paper and the legs are very narrow visually when looking straight on at the piece. May look funny.
  • contact paper and dark wood flooring:  Copper paper for top and wood flooring (or wood look laminate) strips to go around the legs and create a wooden slipcover, this would be more expensive and I'll be needing  to use power tools without waking the kiddos, plus my poor contact paper application skills
  • paint: could wood grain look paint with copper accents, but it's melamine and the horizontal surface is going to be used hard, worried it might rub/flake off
  • upholstery sides and glass top:  figure out a way to upholster the sides with tufted padding and put fabric down on the flat surface with a glass top to cover it.  This could get expensive with the sheer yardage it might require and I'm not real sure how I would be able to affix the fabric so it's secure without ruining the piece.

Any other ideas to make the desk cool, or tips on how to do one the ideas above without pulling my hair out or breaking the bank?
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13  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (September Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by kstaron on: September 30, 2009 05:58:47 PM
Also did a holiday colored sampler quilt.  It's lap blanket sized, took exactly 4 yards of binding.

I had the blocks done ages ago but was never quite sure what to do with them.  I couldn't decided between 6 pillows, 4 little wall hangings or 1 quilt. went with one quilt.  Everything is from my stash. I used some random buttons for the tying of the quilt and an old comforter as the backing/padding. Added loops to the back for a big wall hanging if they want. Now I just need to decide who to give it to.
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14  Re: Altered Puzzle-along in Craftalongs by kstaron on: September 30, 2009 05:55:27 PM
K, these are the base images of my puzzle (s).  It's a puzzle book with three puzzles, each with eight pieces.  I'm planning on doing a halloween theme.

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15  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (September Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by kstaron on: September 30, 2009 05:52:53 PM
k,  not so back to school theme, but I finished a set of magazine bowls

They are for my mom who admired some of these in Ten Thousand Villages last year when we were out shopping.
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16  Re: Halloween Costume-A-Long? (2009) in Craftalongs by kstaron on: September 30, 2009 05:51:46 PM
awesome wig!

Here's a pic of the little sprouts costume:

and my witchy pill box hat:

I broke down and went store bought for the boots. found a pair on amazon which was under $40 and with my gift card $0.  They are calf high lace up boots with a victorian look to them.  I also just PM'd Glamboots and am getting her tutorial on bootmaking which I'm looking forward to.
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17  Re: USB-along in Craftalongs by kstaron on: September 10, 2009 08:24:43 AM
Inspired by this post I made a Mickey USB from a freebie mickey I got in a cereal box.

I added the neckholder to the top as well so I don't lose him. Now the only problem is that my toddler keeps running off with him claiming he's "mine!" (insert sound clip of the seagulls from "finding Nemo" here.)
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18  Sad office chair to steampunk goodness in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kstaron on: September 09, 2009 03:30:22 PM

I had a sad little office chair and needed to integrate it into my guest room/craft room. since I've gotten into steampunk of late I went with that and the finished product is here:


I used an old velvet shirt to cover the chair and then painted the overly shiny chrome an antique gold with acrylics.
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19  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (August Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by kstaron on: August 20, 2009 06:51:48 PM
for August I'm going to post a quicky "got it done" project but I'll tell you about my works on progress too.

These are a few drawstring bags I whipped up.  I embellished most of them with iron on rhinestone monograms.  The plan is to give the gift basket type little gifts for the closer relatives in gift bags, or at least be able to keep them separate before they go into the stockings if they don't become a proper under the tree gift. I'm hoping to be a be able to re-use them as gift bags for many other holidays. This purple one is for my daughter's birthday, which is coming up faster than I can believe.

The green one is going to hold my daughter's play food for her new play kitchen. (Fabulous thrift store find)

I don't have pics of my works in progress, but here they are:
  • a hand bound journal. I've got the paper folded but haven't done anything with the cover or binding or anything. 
  • 2 Magazine bowls, laying flat and ready to be glued into bowls, thinking of making another for either a three bowl set or two bowls and a trivet.
  • I'm 20 inches into a Dr. Who style scarf

On another note, I decided to wrap some of the gifts I've already completed and/or bought at thrift stores.  So far I've got at least one thing for everyone on the family list except my father-in-law.  He's by far the hardest to buy/craft for.  Though he is retiring this year so maybe I can do something with that.

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20  Re: Harry Potter Half-Blood Prince Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kstaron on: May 13, 2009 04:57:20 AM
Here's all my goodies from LilFiney!

A canvas tote from Weasley's Wizard Wheezes:

A stack of letters to Harry from Ron that magically open into a secret box:

My very own pet cornish pixie: (could not get a good shot of this)

Some yarn to play with and a Lumos book light.

A collection of goodies here: a Volde pincushion/voodoo doll, several little potter character stitch markers, a Snape key chain (already on my purse), a mad eye moody mask, and a framed picture of a half-nekkid Snape. (At least I think he's only half-nekkid.)

thanks again LilFiney, It was wonderful crafting for you and the goodies you sent are great!

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