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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: September 30, 2011 12:19:41 PM
Crafting (and everything else in my life) has been put on hold because my baby boy was readmitted to the hospital Tuesday. Nothing as major as his heart problem before, but it is another setback on his road to recovery. Sad

I'm going home tomorrow to spend some time with my daughter, and I'm gonna pack some yarn and needles -- I don't think I have any knitting or crocheting on my list, but I will soon!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: September 23, 2011 10:49:16 AM
I love your poppets, meleriffic! And I found myself doing the "T-double E-double L- double E" bit from "Charlotte's Web" (the movie) when I was spelling your name.

Here's the post on my lampshade. It is made out of newspaper, dawnstree.

Now I'm gonna stop spending time on Craftster and actually craft while the kiddos are sleeping!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Save a journalists job and read this post! on: September 23, 2011 10:43:06 AM

Remember newspapers? That thing some kid threw on your front yard? It was full of yesterday's news, classified ads and crossword puzzles. Yes, despite iPads, smartphones and Kindles, newspapers are still going strong(ish).

I'm the entertainment editor at a newspaper, and as you can imagine, I have a lot of newspaper at my house (I get two a day sometimes!), so when I stumbled across this tutorial one day, I knew I had to make something like it. I like the idea of paying homage to my profession through art, and my boring lampshade was the perfect canvas.

This is my second of three lampshade recovers -- I covered this lampshade using a similar technique, but with fabric.

The tutorial I found was for covering a canvas with newspaper flowers. Its insanely simple, and only takes a couple of newspapers, an old canvas (recycle a used one, if you want) and lots of glue. And I mean a lot.

To begin, I cut the cord out the top of the shade, which gave it a cylindrical shape, instead of its normal cone shape. Using a hot glue gun, I covered the inside and out with flat sheets of newsprint, folding it over the edges and gluing on the inside of the shade. To make the flowers, I tore 2-inch strips down the length of the newspaper and then twisted them into flowers around my index finger. The strips dont need to all be the same size different widths of strips will make different size flowers, as well as how tightly you twist the strips into flowers (looser for bigger flowers, tighter for smaller). Watch out what you touch while you are doing this project, because your hands will get dirty.

Once a flower was twisted up, I secured the loose end with a dab of glue. Then I glued the completed flower to the lampshade. If I did it again, I maybe wouldn't cover the entire shade with flowers, because it limits the light a little too much. Id say it took about 80 flowers to cover this lampshade, and it would probably take the same amount to cover a smaller canvas.

I love how this ended up looking a modern piece, with a little twist. OK, with a lot of twists! There are little bursts of color throughout the piece from different ads. But the best thing is that this project cost me absolutely nothing but you should go out this Sunday (the biggest paper of the week, if you didn't know) and spend a couple bucks on your local rag. Many journalists like me will thank you!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: September 22, 2011 07:12:01 PM
Another project done! I covered a boring pleated lampshade:

That's about it for now ... it's 9 p.m., so I'm getting sleepy ...  Tongue
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: September 18, 2011 07:44:04 PM
Everyone's projects are looking so good! sheepblue ... you are bada** awesome!!! I actually thought about this for a while before deciding that was the best way to describe your work -- maybe that would work for a brand name?  Wink

I've done a couple more things, and I'm really working on re-organizing my craft room  -- which has me started on about three different projects. I've lost the SD card for my camera though, so no pics yet.

Is there still a challenge going on? Anyone know what page that's on?
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: September 04, 2011 12:11:47 PM
Last weekend was very productive ... well, as productive as you can be with two kids under 2!

I finally used up my tie stash and made this curtain for my craft room. It's just tacked up for now because I haven't decided how to hang it yet.

I found all the pieces to this bag in my UFO pile. I didn't even remember I had started it.

And this dress isn't technically finished yet, but it's what I'll call a FFN (finished for now). I started it two years ago, when I was only a month or so pregnant with my first kid, so it doesn't fit at all right now. To finish it up, I did the zipper and straps, and serged the bottom hem. Hopefully I'll get to really finish it next year ... although I skipped the gym today ...
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: August 27, 2011 06:46:36 PM
AlishaMisha, I thought the same thing! And yeah, those Smarties don't look like the crappy Smarties that no kid really wants in their Halloween basket.

Always, if I planted a summer garden for a project, can I count my fall garden as another? It was several hours of work last Saturday...
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: August 11, 2011 07:52:42 PM
w00t! just got caught up on my reading. ffrogg, that skirt is wonderful! I have a pile of scraps that I'd like to make into one of those...
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: August 11, 2011 11:42:31 AM
Hi, everyone! Sorry to leave you hanging a couple months ago -- as you can imagine, things get pretty crazy when your baby son has heart surgery. But everything went fine, and we were sent home a month ago, after spending just more than three weeks in the hospital, most of which was in the ICU.

I started this project before my son was born, and just finished it today.

I did the embroidery while he was in the hospital (thanks for teaching me to split stitch, Troublet!), and took his photo yesterday. My initial idea was to have us all facing each other, but after taking hundreds of photos trying to catch him smiling, I went with the best I had.

The work itself is canvas that I printed on my printer and sewed together. I built the frame it's stretch on, too (yay for first time using a miter saw!)

So that scratches #44 Make some kind of wall art off the list.

I'm trying to catch up on reading the posts, too. Only 20 more pages to go!
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: June 13, 2011 09:57:26 AM
OK, I got caught up on 30 or so pages in the last two days. There are so many great projects going on!

I've only completed one project in the last month -- my craft room got organized. The last month of my life has been pretty crazy, so I don't have an after picture yet. I also started some embroidery (or wall art, I haven't decided which one to cross of my list yet), but it's now a WIP.

In the meantime, I did finish another project, not on my list, but he's a holdover from last year:

Seamus Michael, born 6-1-11. Except right now he looks like this:

Little guy was born with a heart defect that didn't become apparent until he was a week old -- after he had been at home for five days! We're in the hospital now, awaiting surgery tomorrow that should fix everything and make him healthy and strong for the rest of his life.

I'm going to pick up my embroidery when I go home later this week (we're about an hour away), since I have so much down time while I sit by the little guy's bed.

Last I knew, my garden was doing great. We got four heads of broccoli, right before the heat was have toasted them away. Tomatoes are popping up all over the place, and they may be some ready to be harvested -- but my mom gets those, since she's taking care of the home front (and my daughter) while we're gone.

Sorry for all the off-topic chat -- other than my husband, bunches of nurses and a sedated baby, I don't have anyone to talk to!
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