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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pressed Flowers on: June 13, 2010 07:34:30 AM
I've never made pressed flowers before, so I decided to give it a whirl. Because I wanted the colors to stay as vibrant as possible, I tried to use only brightly color flowers from my garden. They were pressed in wax paper between the pages of a heavy book for six weeks at the bottom of a pile of other books. I'm probably going to eventually embed the violas in resin to make a fancy pants bracelet. Not sure what to do yet with the rest of the flowers. Smiley

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin Pendants on: June 13, 2010 06:00:43 AM
Made these pendants last week. Just added the bails this morning so the glue is still drying. Will post an updated photo of the totally finished product later. Smiley

They're resin with various components including abalone, pearls, beads, vintage rhinestones and a pinch of fine iridescent glitter for added sparkle.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Heirloom Veggies from Our Garden! on: September 10, 2008 01:35:45 PM
Despite a very rainy summer in New England we still managed to have a really nice garden this year. Smiley

For some reason not much luck with squash or cucumbers but everything else was thriving! Some tomatoes...

More tomatoes, some eggplant, peppers and a lone lemon cucumber.

Some cherry tomatoes and tiny peppers.

Squash with the blossom still attached.

My Mom holding some mini chocolate bell peppers.

A frequent visitor to the butterfly bushes...

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first ATCs, vintage collage theme on: September 09, 2007 11:50:19 AM
I finally finished my very first ATCs. I went with kind of a collage look. Smiley

Can't wait to make more of these, they're really quite addictive...

(* post edited cause I actually made more this afternoon! LOL * )

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Quirky, colorful & sparkly knitting needle jars! on: July 15, 2007 09:43:29 AM
I'm in the process of revamping my craft room/den and wanted to be able to display my collection of knitting needles and also make them easily accessable.

Since I also had lots of vintage charms, beads, buttons and rhinestones I figured this would be a good way to toss them into the mix, too.

One of the containers is an old jam jar and the other one used to be a pencil cup. Smiley

The inside of both containers is lined with felt as to not dull the needles.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Loft Photos - Image heavy! :) on: May 25, 2007 07:15:55 AM
I recently moved into a loft in an old factory that was renovated into living spaces. I'm not quite done decorating yet, but here's how things look so far. Any design ideas or suggestions are most welcome!

The front door area.

A wall in the entryway, with thrift store paintings in matted frames. The one in the middle is my favorite.

Pyrex and owls everywhere in the kitchen...

A close up of the dresser, which doubles as a housepet feeding station. Smiley

A view of the living room...

My boyfriend gave me his old silver shelf unit that's intended for bathroom storage. But strangely enough it coordinates with the dinette and it's perfect for holding plants.

Another view...

Yup, looks like a couch...

The den/office/craft room...I still need some artwork to go on the wall there.

The closets in the den are really tall and narrow and have windows on top. There's a small window to the outside in each closet, too so light streams into the room.

An indoor greenhouse, since the kittyman is a plant eater.

Quite possibly one of the worlds smallest bathrooms! Not much room to decorate, just a few IKEA prints and a fortune kitty.

On to the bedroom...the ceiling has exposed wooden planks and the heating/cooling elements are exposed:

The pictures on the wall are from the 1950s and came from my Grandmother. The black object on the bed is the Wonderdog, who is fast asleep under her teddy bear. Smiley

This used to be a 55 gallon fishtank and a stand - I turned the stand backwards and decided to use it as a book case instead. The tank serves as a makeshift terrarium filled with succulents and cactus in vintage planters.

A few IKEA shelves loaded with a myriad of trinkets and knick knacks from relatives, friends and assorted thrift store field trips.

I decoupaged this dresser several years ago with images from a book. It works well as a fishtank stand.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fancypants Shelves for Miniatures from Pizza tables & Discoballs! on: May 06, 2007 10:13:53 AM
I had a bunch of those plastic "tables" that come in the center of the pie when you get takeout pizza.

So I decided to make them into mini shelves to display my collection of Re-Ment miniatures:

They were super easy to make - I just took the mirrored tiles off of a disco ball Christmas ornament (they popped right off) and used tacky glue to attach them to the top of the pizza "tables." Of course if you don't have a disco ball to dismember you can always just grab tiny mirrored tiles up at the craft store.

The mirrored tables can then be stacked or glued together for more permanent arrangements. When you're done just adorn the shelves with your favorite wee trinkets and treasures. Smiley

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Japanese gum containers to jaunty spice bottles in 10 minutes flat on: February 06, 2007 12:50:17 PM
I love japanese chewing gum -- my favorite kind is a hard coated, cola flavored variety that comes in the most adorable plastic containers. Since the packaging is so cute I decided to recycle them and make them into spice bottles. The bottom part is clear so it's easy to see what's in the bottles. And the top portion has a built in dispenser making it perfect for pouring spices for measuring.

The packaging is very tall and narrow, so these don't take up much space in the kitchen, which is a big bonus. Plus the bottom is flat so these will stand up on their own. Smiley

All I did was remove the product stickers, rinse out the containers and dry them completely then filled em with spices and snapped the lid back on. Oh, and printed out spice labels on the computer and stuck them on the back of the bottles.

Ta Da...the finished product from the front and back. And what the empty gum container looked like before being revamped:

How the spices look when displayed from the front:

And look how easy it is to get the spices out of the container when it's time to cook:

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oddball 1970s Sweater Revamp... on: January 18, 2007 05:33:18 PM
So I got this weird and wonderful totally 70s acrylic sweater at a thrift shop for $3. Loved it instantly because it's totally illogical -- why are beatnicks in striped turtlenecks on bicycles waving at row houses and helicopters?

I couldn't wait to wear it around town.

Too bad it was a Mens XL and way too big on me.

So I decided to remodel it a bit to make it fit properly.

I wound up taking in the sides, changing the neckline to a "V" neck and lopping off the sleeves to make it from a sweater into a short sleeve top.

Pouf! An hour and a half later it was done. And it doesn't look like it belongs on someones Grandpa anymore...LOL

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wee Resin and Metal Necklace Drops! :) on: October 30, 2006 04:27:08 PM

I made these recently - they're metal, resin and vintage cutouts. Smiley
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