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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Junk drawer necklace!!! on: August 12, 2009 12:41:45 PM

I saw a very similar necklace in a little shop for around $100. I was bummed because I really liked it but didn't have $100 to waste on a necklace. Sooo... I raided my mom's jewelry drawer and ended up with TWO!!!! I bought the chains and clasps at Michael's for around $10.

Necklace #1: "The Mr. T"

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Necklace #2: "The gift I made for a friend but liked it so much I decided to keep it"

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Most of what I used were old earrings or pins. I used gorilla glue to adhere the little rings to the backs so that I could connect them to the necklace. Gorilla glue doesn't really work though. If you pull on it, it just snaps right off! I would recommend a soldering iron for a more permanent adhesive. 

I know this is a little more "tacky" for most tastes but I really love it! Hope you like it too!!!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Baby Monkey amigurumi ***updated w/ pattern on: November 11, 2008 11:02:05 PM
My friend is having a baby soon and she decorated with a jungle theme. I made her this little baby monkey man for her shower. I didn't have a pattern, just sort of winged it. What do you guys think?

Close up of face:



Ok, well, here's a pattern of sorts:
I used 2 tones of brown for the head, I didn't write out the exact details. Basically do a few rounds (probably 5 or so), where ever you want the top of the face to begin, then do 3 sts in the lighter color. Finish around in the darker color, when you come back to the lighter color do 5 sts centered beneath the 3 in the lighter color. Do this until the face is as wide as you would like and then taper it back down. Once finished go around the lighter color with slip stiches to give it the finished look. Here is the pattern for just a regular single color head (you add in the lighter color as directed):
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first chain. Mark first st for beg of rnd; move marker up each rnd.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around 12 sc.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 18 sc.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 24 sc.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 30 sc.
Rnds 6-10: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 11: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 24 sts.
Rnd 12: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 18 sts.
Rnd 13: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 12 sts.
Rnd 14: *Sc2tog* around - 6 sts.

Note: Body is worked beginning at lbottom
ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first chain. Mark first st for beg of rnd; move marker up every rnd.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around 12 sc.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 18 sc.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 24 sc.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 30 sc.
Rnds 6-8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 24 sts.
Rnds 10 and 11: Sc in each sc around.
Begin stuffing firmly, add stuffing as work progresses.
Rnd 12: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 18 sts.
Rnds 13-15: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 16: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 12 sts .
Rnd 17: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first chain.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around 12 sts.
Rnd 3: Sc in each sc around.
Rnds 4 and 5: Sc in each sc around.
Stuff firmly.
Rnds 6-? (make as long as you'd like): Sc2tog around 6 sts.

ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first chain.
Rnd 2: *Sc in first st, 2sc in next* around - 9sts
Rnd 3: Sc around
Rnd 4: bobble stitch for thumb (I think I did 3 or 4 hdc) and sc around
Rnd 5: sc around
Rnd 5: *Sc in first, sc2tog* around - 6sts
Rnds 6-? (make as long as you'd like): sc around

ch 2
Rnd 1: Work 6 Sc in first chain.
Rnds 2-? (make as long as you'd like): sc around - 6 sts

I don't really remember quite what I did here... I think I just ch 2 and sc 4 around, then 2sc in each (making 8 sts), then increased until they were the size i wanted. It will make a circle shape but you can sort of pull it into a "D" shape.

Let me know if you have any questions!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dia de los Muertos coffee table on: October 30, 2008 04:33:37 PM
After moving a few times, my IKEA coffee table had it... it collapsed and was covered in scratches. However, being the craftster that I am, I couldn't possibly throw it away! I knew it was nothing a little gorilla glue and acrylic paint couldn't revamp!  So, in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, I spruced it up:   

I like how it looks with my papel picado in the kitchen (the colorful hanging banner).

And my inspiration was Jose Posada's etching "La Catrina"

4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / poop-cakes on: August 06, 2008 01:39:57 PM

Well, just to confirm... that's not actually poop! It does look exactly like my dog's poop, but it is, in fact, vegan peanut butter chocolate "poo" icing.  I have been on a cupcake kick ever since I got the Vegan Cupcake book and I decided to make the banana cupcakes with peanut buttercream icing for a dinner party I was attending.  Of course, being me, I had to add a few of my own ingredients... and that turned out to freakishly resemble poo.  Luckily my friends have a sense of humor! 

The "poo" recipe:
1/4c margarine
2 Tbsp shortening
1/3c CHUNKY peanut butter (the chunks are essential for texture!)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4c powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp soy milk
2 Tbsp cocoa powder

Cream margarine and shortening, add peanut butter and vanilla and mix for a couple of minutes. Add cocoa powder, mix.  Add sugar in 1/2 cup increments (will be super stiff), adding a little soy milk in between each increment. Beat for an additional 5 minutes. You can make the poo darker or lighter by adding more or less cocoa powder. 

To make the poo shape put icing in a ziplock bag. Cut one of the corners off and squeeze the "poo" onto the cooled cupcakes. 

Next time I think I might add some colored sprinkles for an extra chunky/disgusting "poo".  Sorry if i grossed anyone out!  Grin
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super amazing picture frame recon for my brother! on: November 25, 2007 04:50:29 PM
My brother and I are normally pretty close, however this past year we've hardly spoken (well, besides the hundreds of voicemails i've left him).  For his birthday I decided to remind him just how special I am, and plus I didn't want to spend any money since he's being a jerk. 

I found an old frame at a thrift store (big, 8 1/2 X 11, for emphasis), used glue and LOTS of glitter.  I hand painted the "I love my sister", I just printed it off, sat it behind the glass and traced with acrylic paint.  I love it!

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / gangster shirt *updated with stencil on: November 18, 2007 11:31:37 PM
Ok so my brother's birthday is coming up and if you knew him you'd know how amazingly perfect this shirt is... but alas I couldn't find freezer paper ANYWHERE (where are you guys buying this stuff?) and I was forced to use a stencil.  It bled a bit but still looks pretty good.  He'll love it.

FYI when mixing in fabric medium, don't use too much or the color will be all cloudy!

here is the general idea of the stencil, i did it quickly in paint so it's crappy.  but it's easy to do by hand

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Applying emulsion to a new screen on: October 14, 2007 11:51:43 AM
I just made my first stencil ever last night. I know that I used way too much emulsion on my screen but I couldn't figure out a good way to apply it!  I laid the screen down on a flat surface and poured a little bit of emulsion in and used a squeegee to pull the emulsion around but it just seeped through.  I had to keep pouring emulsion on and then the screen stuck to the table when I lifted it off. 

Should the screen be elevated when applying emulsion?

Should I be using a squeegee or a paint brush?  The squeegee doesn't seem to work well for me. 

I searched the site but didn't find any similar problems, I appreciate any pointers, thanks!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old dresser turned TV entertainment center on: September 02, 2007 06:27:28 PM
I had an old dresser which belonged to my boyfriend's dad when he was a kid (OLD dresser), we had no use for it but didn't want to get rid of it so we turned it into something we needed!

Here's what it looks like when we're not watching TV:

The drawers were disassembled and attached to a removable panel, shelf was put in using L brackets and original drawer hardware:

Bottom drawer was attached with hinges for the VCR/DVD player:

I wanted to use hinges for the door panel but I ran into a few obstacles (the drawers have a lip on them). I ran out of patience and just made the panel removable by screwing hooks into it:

Just a heads up if you ever want to try this, old furniture is VERY well made, I had a lot of trouble disassembling this thing!!! I'm very happy now that I'm done though, my living room looks a million times better without a giant TV sitting out!!!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Very fancy bird feeder! on: August 18, 2007 04:36:03 PM
I found an old chandelier in a friend's basement but wasn't sure what to do with it... I was very inspired by this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=48418.0

It was super easy and cost almost nothing (that is if you already have a chandelier and some spray paint).  I just cleaned it really well and spray painted it white.  I found the crystals at IKEA for $6, I also used some live moss to make it fit better in a garden.  I haven't seen any birds out there yet but I'm sure it will be a hit...

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / "burning out" the cotton in mixed blend shirts on: August 05, 2007 11:38:41 PM
So my boyfriend bought me this shirt from an artist who uses a 50/50 blend shirt, polyester and cotton.  The guy said he uses a technique that "burns" the cotton out of the shirt so you're left with a sheer, really thin and really soft shirt that is just polyester.  I can post a picture if wanted, but I was wondering if anyone knew anything about this technique?  It looks really cool and worn, I'd like to try it.  Any ideas???
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