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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Trees > to Toilet Paper Rolls > and back to a tree again 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!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tshirt latch hook area rug - or why I'm having children 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
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 1920's/Flapper/Silent Film swap on: October 19, 2009 12:36:40 AM
Who loves the roaring twenties? I do! I do! and I'm sure there are many other craftsters out there who do too. There are so many crafting opportunities. There was a swap a few years back like this that you can check out if you need more inspiration. Cheesy

I think it would be fun to have sign ups soon and not send until the New Year because many people like a long crafting time, and the Holiday's won't be a concern. So who would be in?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / revamped reusuable - peacock feather on: September 13, 2009 11:11:50 PM
I was given this ultra boring white reusable grocery bag and I just couldn't stand to look at it, all boring as it was. So, I had this picture in a crafting source book that I decided to use with it, I altered the image quite a bit, but I'm still not going to take credit for it.

I'm still not totally happy with it, what do you all think I should add to it? Or should I just leave it as it is.

Thanks for the c&c.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / $3 Mystery mustache purse in red on: September 13, 2009 11:07:06 PM
Hello all! I bought this fantastic fabric at goodwill a couple months back, and I've been terrified of cutting into because it's not like I can just go buy more. It was an exact yard for $3 and it's amazing stuff (I still have 1/2yard left too). I say amazing because unlike most pleather materials it doesn't get stuck in your machine it doesn't get weak from the needle holes, I love it.
I made the pattern, I used pieces off an old purse for hardware, the zipper is from the 60's but its a perfect color match and was still brand new, and the mystery mustache? Well it's on an old t-shirt I had made but I wasn't happy with how the print turned out (hand carved).
On to the pictures

Chock full of more than anyone should ever need to carry with them (and hanging from a fence)

and the mustachioed lining

So what do you all think? My most important question is do you think I should make the same shape with the other half yard or should I try a different shape? What shape do you think?

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Veronica Mars Swap on: September 03, 2009 05:10:24 PM
Who loves Veronica Mars? I for one have all three seasons on dvd and I watch and re-watch the episodes all the time, and when I do I constantly think of things you could craft. Buttons, shirts, and totes with quotes, WWWD? WWVD? What would Weevel/Veronica Do, maybe some detective accessories, the possibilities are endless.
Are you always this persnickety? Sometimes I'm even more persnicketier.
Seriously... Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
I hope we're still friends after I taser you.
A long time ago, we used to be friends...

 I'm sure there are other Veronica Mars fans out there, given two previous VM swaps, so my question is who would be interested? I should be able to organize, and the dates, length, and sizes can be discussed by the people who want to participate. Here's the links to the previous swaps

What are your ideas for the swap? When do you want to get your Veronica Mars on? How much do you want to craft?
 *Please give your opinion*
Would an October/November swap work for you?
How many people would you like to have say they are interested before we start this?


We have seven people with interest so far, so hopefully we can get a bit more interest and I'll post sign ups.
I'm thinking sign ups from the 7th to the 14th of March (a week) and then send-outs on Wed. April 14th. A full month of crafting.

Would you all like to have options like  one large and three smalls or two mediums and two smalls or one large, one medium, one small to have options as to what you make, or would you rather everyone makes one large, one medium, one small?  I personally like to have the options but if all of you would like to do a one option thing (one lrg, one med, one sm) I'm happy to do it.
I hope that made sense.


7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Cock your hat - angles are attitudes. -Sinatra on: June 14, 2009 10:08:33 PM
Basically, here's the backstory on this hat.

I have the best world history class ever. Grin

This hat is a mid to late Victorian Era hat. I based my pattern on the classic instructions of the day that my library had. It was amazing because this was my term paper. Instead of a ten page essay we were allowed to make an era appropriate hat or costume, weapon, bowl, painting, etc. Amazing! Best term paper ever.

I had alot of fun making this hat, and I had to model it for the class. It's worn on the front of the head, and I'll try to get someone to take my picture in it soon because it fits perfectly (of course it should seeing as I made it for me...).

My history teacher loved it so much she offered to buy it from me for the cost of materials, but I couldn't part with it. What do you all think?

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Twilight Inspired Bulletin Board pic heavy on: December 30, 2008 04:19:57 PM
Hello Everyone!

Here in Washington we were kinda snowed/iced in for a few weeks. I was bored out of my mind, and my mom needed a gift for her bfs daughter. She just moved back from her mom's and has NOTHING on her walls, so we found a cork board for $3 at goodwill. She's absolutely obsessed with Twilight (not that I have much room to talk) and we wanted a gift that would really reflect her. So, we made a subtley twilight board... I'm not patient or talented enough to paint the cover... I attached a note telling her there were several Twilight references that she should look for, some blaringly obvious, some not so much. She ended up finding them all and then some! She swears the silver paint is like sparkling vampire skin.   Thankfully she was thrilled, me, not so much, I can't put my finger on it, but I want to change some parts, lol. So, comments and criticism are welcome. I told her I might put some more work into it, so if you have any suggestions that would be appreciated!

Anyways... On to the pictures...
(sorry they suck, but my camera wouldn't capture the shine, and it was coming off with a glare, so they had to be taken at an angle... I wish santa would've brought me a new camera lol)

the overall board

My mom, and I play scrabble with her all the time so I incorporated that... and I spruced up that little basket for tack storage in her favorite paper (that I have at least)...

Close up of the elastic hangup and tree... you can slip little notes and pictures behind them. She and I have a fascination with going out at night and looking at trees, which is why I picked that for my subject...

The varied tacks I made, scrabble tiles for her name, operation pieces, mirrors, beads, googly eyes, dice, pompoms, and little high ho cheeri-o pieces with their stems cut to look like apples...
The cork stickers of her name are in the opposite corner too.
and finally...

the pencil ledge is made from scrabble tile racks, and the little apples are the same as the tacks...

oh and for those interested... her list of the Twilight references/what have you...
Little red apples like the cover of Twilight, on the pencil rail and tacks (also little operation apple)
Bella, Edward, Twilight scrabble
Shiny  paint and elastic like vampire's in sunlight
red ribbon (eclipse cover)
the actual painting is of the time twilight
red eyed googly eyes like vampires
and I think she had some others she managed to relate to it... I guess it was better than I thought lol.

Have a nice day!
9  COOKING / Dessert / Under the sea... fantasy cake on: December 30, 2008 03:44:27 PM

A brief little backstory on this cake... In my intermediate cake decorating class we had to make a "fantasy cake." The actual subject of which you choose yourself. I was totally unprepared and just decided I could do an "Under the sea" cake. Yeah. Right. I learned my lesson, this was very time consuming... Cheesy Anyways... This cake earned a B+, I wish I had pictures of some of the other cakes, they were amazing!

On to the pictures!

and a close up of my favorite part... octopus!

After playing around with lots of different ways to make him (well actually there were 3) I found that making an egg shaped ball, and then slicing the bottom into 8 pieces. It gives the smoothest lines... of course you have to pinch and smooth more but it's really easy!

So... Comments? Criticism? What can I do better for next time? (other than think of an idea before hand, lol)

10  COOKING / Dessert / I've gone cake crazy... on: August 08, 2008 12:21:49 AM
Every time I turn around, someone is begging for a cake. Grin Within two weeks I've made four batches of cupcakes, two birthday cakes, two tortes, four batches of cookies, and 30 chocolate bowls with cappucinno cream. In the interest of time however, I'm only posting pics of som... haha... but I'd love to know what you guys think. Plus if anyone wants to know how to make the bowls, or get a recipe I'll gladly type it. Cheesy
Anyways... on to the pictures...

The chocolate bowls with the cappuncinno cream.

Crazy chocolate cheesecake cupcakes with hand made chocolate decorations.

Ridiculous abstract birthday cake for a musician. This was awful! Here in the northwest we don't get heat, and it was 110! Eeek! The frosting was just melting off, and so I had to melt some chocolate in my friends pantry and try to cover up all the balding. Haha... Awful.

Little fondant cake for a surprise little birthday in the park. Nothing special, but again spur of the moment.
I was also going to include a pic of my chocolate peanutbutter torte that I always get requested to make, but I can't find it, so just imagine... haha...
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