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1  Trees > to Toilet Paper Rolls > and back to a tree again in CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES by melissa! on: September 01, 2011 08:37:54 PM

This is my beautiful new tree in my fantastic new apartment.  I made it entirely in one day (about 11 hours, most of them spent painting) less than a week before I was to move into my new apartment, because I needed some lightweight large beautiful artwork to bring nature into the city. Its made entirely out of toilet paper rolls with a few paper towel rolls thrown in for good measure.  I am absolutely in love with it.

 Its slightly over 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide.  I cant even tell you how many rolls this took because Ive been collecting since January and I cut as I go.  I started counting the leaves and lost count at over 200 so Im guessing its 400+ inch pieces all hot glued together to make my ode to nature. Cheesy

To construct the tree I flattened the toilet rolls and cut them into inch pieces.  Then I pinched them open to a leaf shape, and arranged them into the top of the tree.
For the trunk I didnt open them up, instead I tried to flatten them to make a bark like texture. 
(In regards to inspiration, I learned how to make snowflakes like these years ago at school or something since then Ive seen ppl online make some organic cell like shapes with them, but Ive never seen a tree, even though I searched some out after I made mine, also I think my technique is a bit different, but I still wanted to acknowledge that).

I placed the hearts in the tree because my mom has always placed hearts in the trees she draws, its just a family thing to represent the intertwining of love and nature.

A scale reference: this is over my XL Twin bed, it takes up a big chunk of the blank white walls.  I just hung it up with clear tacks because there are some strict hanging policies here.

I hand painted all the leaves with 6 shades of green paint left over from my moms wedding crafts.  So the only non-recycled element is the 2 glue gun sticks that it took to assemble.

The trunk is left in its natural state.

The hearts are also rings, just pinched a bit different.

So heres the mini tree I first designed, but then I thought, if Im going to do this, Im going all out! I took all my possible designs apart and used them all to make this larger tree (pre paint and glue).

I hope youve enjoyed looking at my new love. Now I just need to get everyone saving their rolls so I can make all the requests Ive received. Cheesy lol

Don't forget to vote for your favorite entry! Thanks!
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2  Re: Jacks Mannequin/SoCo/Andrew McMahon Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by melissa! on: October 27, 2010 05:24:52 PM
Finally, my package to cassiecate57: I don't have pictures of everything if you want to add!


simple west coast inspired bracelet or necklace

Completely recycled Journal front

Journal back

and because I'm still in love with this journal a few scans of pages:

Hope you like it all. Also, if you could post pictures of the postcard and any extra pics you took, that would be awesome!

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3  Re: Jacks Mannequin/SoCo/Andrew McMahon Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by melissa! on: October 27, 2010 05:17:14 PM
My package to Brielauren:

lid of decopaged box

Inner lid

inner bottom of box



Record bowl

Hope you liked it all Brielauren!
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4  Re: Jacks Mannequin/SoCo/Andrew McMahon Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by melissa! on: October 27, 2010 05:13:39 PM
Cassiecate57's fantastic package to me:

Everything all together, including my favorite passion tea and some lovely soy candles

Awesome altered postcard

Fantastic bookmark, I've never had one in this style, but I love it...

Piano keys bracelet, so cute

Detail of tee

front of tee

back of tee

Thank you so much cassiecate57! I love all of it, and it was nice meeting you! It's all so well made Cheesy
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5  Re: Jacks Mannequin/SoCo/Andrew McMahon Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by melissa! on: October 27, 2010 05:09:11 PM
Hey you two! I'm gonna try and post pics for all three of us right now, since I have pictures of every single package. lol. Cheesy I'm gonna break it into four posts though. So, here is
Brielauren's package to me.

All of my goodies.

Close up of the amazing cross-stitch postcard.

Close up of awesome music scarf (I totally dig the EGBDF linage)

Adorable robot necklace, which I hope this doesn't offend you, but I'm using it as a keychain because I have to carry my keys with me EVERYWHERE! (even to the bathroom) and it makes me smile

detail of the cute notebook

Thanks so much Brielauren, I love everything, and it really shows how much time you put into it all!
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6  Tshirt latch hook area rug - or why I'm having children in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melissa! on: September 21, 2010 02:54:53 PM

This is what you get when you take
(50) church "shorty shirts" (the armpit up of a tshirt)
(20) full xl and xxl defunked church tshirts (as soon as I'm back home, I can post a pic of one)
(3) latch hooks (because I broke the first two)
(1) package of "deep orange" dye
(1) emergency package of "chestnut" dye for when deep=high lighter
(1) 4ft X 3ft latch hook canvas
(85) hours of labor during the months of March-July
(6,600) small 2.5 inch long pieces of tshirt scraps
(1) girl who will never undertake this project again (or so I say now, because I do love love love the results)

So, for anyone who cares for a little background info on the project, I was tasked with finding a useful purpose for 300 white tshirts with a large blue and purple logo from a now defunct church. I started this off by crocheting dozens of rugs, the problem being, that when you make tshirt yarn the whole top of the shirt is left over. Refusing to give up and throw those parts out (because that would be defeating the purpose) I thought of latch hook. An activity I never particularly enjoyed when I was a kid. So, after 85 (at least) hours of work, I wound up with an area rug, which now looks quite nice (and inspires envy) in my dorm room.

Here's how many scraps I thought I'd need. This is 50 shorty shirts all cut up.
I had to use another 20 full shirts however, and I made the rug two rows shorter than it could have been because, let me tell you, if you plan to make one of these, you WILL severely underestimate the amount of tshirt you will need.

(You'll probably need this x2, no lies.)

If anyone would like a tutorial of sorts, I will be happy to put one together. I have most of the pictures I need for one. (I think)

Oh yes, and the subtitle of "why I'm having children."
The whole process I've been joking that I WILL be having kids for sure now for the sheer fact that someone needs to inherit this, and I don't care how ugly my grandkids think it is, they WILL be using it in their homes. Grin
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7  Re: Reconstructed T-Shirt Swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by melissa! on: July 17, 2010 04:36:08 PM
I've received some orange tshirt crafts from theworldfamous even though she despises the color orange. Cheesy
First is a fringed pillow in orange and purple:

Necklaces, which apparently had a rough journey here because I'm going to have to reattach the pieces. Cheesy Oh well... easy fix.

Jack's Mannequin tshirt dress (I would model it but 1. there's no one home to take a pic for me, and 2. I think I might have to attach an adult image tag because my boobs don't quite fit in it right, but I think I'll either wear another shirt under it or wear it as a nightgown if it doesn't work out).

A mustache earring (I can't find the other one in the box, but I hope it turns up!)

Finally a purple and orange purse:

Can you tell what some of my favorite things are? lol... Orange, purple, Jack's Mannequin, Mustaches, and Cupcakes (oh and jewelry. lol)
Thank you Gen!
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8  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 56 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by melissa! on: May 04, 2010 10:54:22 PM
Okay, I'm awful. As I uploaded the pictures from another craft swap I had that sudden DOH! moment when I realized I didn't post pictures of what Babalina58 sent me.
The first wisty surprise is also Pacific Northwest inspired. I really love it, and I'm impressed that she made this out of an old sweater yet it doesn't fray. It's very impressive to me, and my mom wants to steal it. lol. (Also, the colors are perfect, they are the EXACT colors I normally wear.)

She also sent an item inspired by my love of the 20's and headbands.

Thank you so much babalina58!
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9  Re: Favorite Color Rnd 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by melissa! on: May 04, 2010 10:45:22 PM
I have the best beautiful orange package from kriSmith. I love it!!!! Thank you so much kriSmith, you're a fantastic first time swapper!


This picture frame is amazing! First the color is the perfect orange, she really got my favorite color here, and it matches my room fantastic (it's on my bookcase already). Did I mention she MADE all the tiles out of poly clay? Wow! It's so nice.

The necklace she made, and a detail shot of the amazing frame.

Pendant front. I'm in awe of your clay skills kriSmith!

Back. Because I love the back so much too!

Stitch markers (I've really been needing my own set of these!!) and earrings. Cheesy

Gorgeous coasters (also already on my bookcase, and in use as I type...)

Thank you so much kriSmith! You're a fantastic partner, and you really really spoiled me!
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10  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 56 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by melissa! on: April 20, 2010 08:23:07 PM
It just occurred to me neither icebyrd67 or I got around to posting pictures of what I sent her... So, here's the belated picture (I'm so forgetful... lol). Dino baby stuff and cow baby stuff for her future nephew. Cheesy

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