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1  Japan(ish) cheap as hell Christmas Tree decorations (Image heavy) in Winter Holidays by MahonAzul on: December 06, 2007 09:10:06 AM
I live in a tiny apartment, have a tiny budget and don't believe in killing a tree for the purpose of Christmas. Buying a fake tree meant that I'd have to find a place to stash the tree in after the holidays... so I bought a tiny, live Norfolk Pine.

Now, the tiny tree can't hold your regular ornaments because it has gentle, soft branches that bend all the way down once adorned with anything. I tried some ornaments and the poor thing looked like Charlie Brown's tree. Good Grief!!!

Also, I'm kind of a anything Japan freak. Wanted to do origami but come on, paper cranes are so overdone. My solution?
Paper Kimonos!


I started out with this pattern that I saw online when I googled kimonos. I drew it on a piece of paper and then separated the pattern into individual pieces.


Next I took a stash of magazines and looked for colorful ads. I traced around my pattern.  Cut out the pieces and glued them to card stock.  Then I taped a stick behind the kimonos and wrapped wire around the stick to make it look like the kimonos were placed on hangers.


Here's a couple of them already made.


And here they are on my tree.


The tree would have look bare with just a few kimono. So I went to my local HELLmart and bought some silvery balls for a buck at the jewelry making section, a pack of jingle bells and some wire. The result after impaling said items with the wire:


And here is the tiny pine all decorated.  Cost for the whole project? Five bucks for decoration. Sixteen bucks for the pine which gets to stay alive and pretty-up my place for years to come (as long as I remember to water it!)

Thanks for looking!  Smiley

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2  Easiest Folding Screen Ever in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by MahonAzul on: December 02, 2007 06:16:12 AM
So I've always wanted one of those folding screens but they're always either way to expensive or way too ornate.  I adore simple things.  The more simple the better.  I saw some screens online I liked but were over $100 plus tax and shipping and handling, totally insane.  So I went to my closest lumber store and made my own!

First, I went to Home Depot with some measurements, picked out some wood, dragged it to the back of the store and cut it into the appropriate sizes. Then I brought them home, up three flights of stairs and threw them on the floor along with some tools.


Then I got to work. I simply lay out the pieces as I wanted them and stapled them together with a handy dandy staple gun that I found was pretty fun to use. I made six frames and lined them up. Each one measures 17 inches wide by 72 inches tall.


Then I stretched out paper over three of the frames.


And after I made sure the paper was nice tight and straight, I set it in place with glue and staples.


Next, I took the other three remaining frames and I glued them to the papered frames. The corners had to be pressed nice and tight. No jiggling allowed. Left to dry overnight.


Add a couple hinges and finally, the finished product in my living room. Shadows behind screen are caused by my Xmas tree.

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3  Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns in Halloween Decor and Parties by MahonAzul on: October 14, 2007 06:28:57 AM
Oh wow! WOW!!!  How the heck do you people carve those fantastic pumpkins?  I am so stunned.  I just don't have the words!

Geez, here are mine.  First time I've ever carved pumpkins but hopefully, one day I'll be as good as you guys. No stencils, freehanded.

Lights on:

Lights off:

Lights on:

Lights off:

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4  Re: My closet exploded all over me--- or Gypsy costume. (2 images and 1 vid) in Halloween Costumes by MahonAzul on: September 22, 2007 09:20:32 AM
This post is a little image heavy.

Oh gosh, I'm so freaking excited!  Ok, I raided my closet and no, its not that exciting.  I own a couple peasant skirts, a couple sweaters and the rest are jeans and tank tops.  Cheesy

Let's see, I do own ankle boots!  Thing is I have extremely skinny legs (think Olive from Popeye) and the ankle of the boot sort of dances around my own ankle.  Maybe I can wear a couple pairs of socks to tighten the fit?

And I do own strippy socks!  I used them for my costume last year.  Think of Wizard of Oz witch socks, only black and white stripes.

Alright! Moving on, I think I can fold this red thing a couple times and safety pin it so that I can wear it around my head.  Question is, should I fold it like a belt and let it hand down the side of my head or should I fold it like a triangle and let it hang down the back?

Now on to jewelry. Agh! I don't own hoop earrings nor any more bangles.  Maybe I can raid my friend's homes and find these items.  They don't have to match, right.

And so far, this is all the stuff I'm wearing.  Its going to be funny stitching things together while I'm wearing them.  Specially since some of the skirts I'm not wearing at the waist, I'm actually wearing at the thighs so that I can add the illusion of length!

Thanks so much for all the input!  Maybe I can even win a prize at work!
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5  My closet exploded all over me--- or Gypsy costume. (2 images and 1 vid) in Halloween Costumes by MahonAzul on: September 21, 2007 02:12:55 PM
So this is a working progress that I just started today.

Every year, the company I work for goes all out for Halloween.  I don't have money to buy a costume and not even enough for purchasing materials.  The voices in my head decided that we had to do something with the stuff found in the closet.  This is what is turning out.  A gypsy costume, since a gypsy is as generic as you can get.

I'm wearing two full dresses, three skirts and two scarfs.

I needed to wear so much in order to achieve the fullness on the bottom, seeing as I can't make a pettycoat.  Also, I took the sides from one of the skirts and pinned them up on the side.  Later on, I will try to stitch them together since right now everything just moves around on its own and some of the skirts have a tendency to ride up and hide completely under the other one.

I still need some type of scarf to tie to my head, a dot or jewel for my forehead, appropriate shoes (no idea in hell of which kind to wear) and maybe torn white pantyhose?

I would LOVE ideas on how to improve this costume.  Thanks for looking!


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6  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by MahonAzul on: September 08, 2007 11:28:24 AM
Rainbow Brite has got to be my favorite. Then Pan! Omg, Pippi!!!  It's been for ever since I've heard of Pippi!  .:*dies*:.

Man, I wish I knew of this site last year when I was struggling to find a work-safe costume!  So many wonderful ideas, its too bad that some of the pictures aren't working anymore.

.:*shakes fist angrily*:.

This was me last year. I actually won a prize at our work Halloween competition.



Haven't started on this year's costume yet, but I will do so pretty soon.
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7  Tiny whimsical celestial theme trinket boxes. ^^ in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by MahonAzul on: August 18, 2007 01:37:28 AM
This is my first post after my introductory post, hope I don't break rules or something.  

I really needed a place to store my stud earrings.  I have this huge beautiful jewelry box, but since it had no compartments, I kept loosing my stuff.  After loosing another pair of earrings, I decided I'd had enough.

I went to the store and bought these tiny cardboard paper boxes at 99 cents each and set to work.


After deciding on a simple celestial theme, I began by hand drawing some simple shapes.


Then I painted them in using undiluted water colors.  I'm sure other types of  paints would work better but these are the only ones I own.  At first I tried using the paints with a bit of water but the paper just soaked everything up and made a mess, so no water it was.  After the paint dried, I gave the boxes two thick coats of Mod Podge which really made the boxes a lot stronger.


And here's the end result.


The sun:  


The moon:


The stars:


And a comet:


Thanks for looking! ^^
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