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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / tin can luminaries on: October 18, 2008 07:54:56 PM
I hope I spelled luminaries right...

Take a tin can, fill with water, freeze, use hammer and nail to make design,let ice melt (outside), light candle, display.
I had fun with mine and used an extra big can, one of those food storage cans or buy in bulk beans and made a heart with the message inside 'Kiss Me' It hasn't gotten any attention yet. I'm thinking of making one to display for halloween.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodcarving! Hearts, Penguins, Turtles, half finished bunnies on: October 18, 2008 07:50:50 PM
I worked at a scout camp teaching the woodcarving merit badge, for some scouts it turned into finger carving...

The penguin and turtle are my favorite, although two of the turtle's legs fell victim to a stray hit of the chisel, I was sad. The penguin was entirely pocket knife and I am duly proud of myself for it. But now since I have had the privilige of working with gouges and chisels, the pocket knife never seems to be able to cut enough to satisfy my want to finish the bunnies, so I guess they'll have to wait until next summer.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Placemat bag on: October 18, 2008 07:45:31 PM
Very simple, good for little kids to make, infinite designs, very quick.

SEw a ribbon on the placemat measuring the length times 2 plus 20 inches for the handle.
fold placemat in half and sew along sides for really simple design
my mom likes to make these with some girls in the neighborhood and they love them.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Homecoming Dress on: October 18, 2008 07:41:59 PM
Yes... our homecoming was about four weeks later than usual. I must give credit where credit is due. My mom did the hem, and my sis did the zipper and lining for me. It was finished the day of the dance, although it isn't my fault because we got the fabric the tuesday before the dance... Ok, my fault.

photobucket won't let me rotate the image without it becoming instantly squashed...
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Gauze Puppy Dog Ghost on: October 18, 2008 07:33:23 PM
I wish I had an In progress shot of the tin foil, but I don't. He's too cute!!

Yeah, gauze+starch= cute little puppy decoration. The idea is originally suggested in the Family Fun magazine.
He looks like the dog from lady and the tramp the scottish terrier.

EDIT: For anyone who wants a direct link from the website to try this themselves it is http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10766
have fun!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Friendship Bracelets Galore! on: October 18, 2008 07:29:28 PM
Over the past few months I've been tinkering with embroidery floss like none other. (I even take it to school with me) So here are some of my creations. Most of them I have given away or sold to people.

From left to right: a purple one I made for a friend's birthday my own pattern: Wind, Earth, Love, Fire, Water all but Love are chevron or V, and the Love one is my first attempt at a different design and switching directions. I did them as part of a set of the five elements.

These are later ones of switching, I saw this design somewhere and it turned out pretty well. One is pastel colors, and the other rainbow.

There is a fine line between hobby and obsession, I've crossed it. I have over $40 worth of thread in those boxes.
We took special orders for bracelets as a fundraiser for our club and we raised over $50 by bracelets alone, most people who were at the event we were at got much less than that. We had fun advertising for it, and spelling bracelets wrong... twice.
They usually take about an hour to make now that I've had practice and they use up 3 yards of 4 colors of string to equal about 12 yards.

Anyways I hope you enjoy. I sure did.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Raggedy Ann doll. on: June 13, 2008 09:49:04 PM
Sorry for the fuzzieness in the pictures, I'm not the best with a camera.
She has a black and white dress, with one apron. With the black dress I think she looks like a little witch and i want to find a mini broom and cauldron for her.

my first buttons, holes and hook and eye closure^ Smiley

I had two people ask if they could have her when she was done. I said maybe meaning no. I remember stitching the face when I was just a little little kid, and I stitched the mouth in two very large stitches. Plus hand stitching the hair killed my hand. We have a pattern somewhere, I think McCalls??? And I love the striped legs, they have Raggedy Ann & Andy written on the red stripes, I tried to get a picture, but you couldn't make it out.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Three Huge shirts now wearable on: June 13, 2008 09:40:11 PM
Three shirts.

This is my swing club t-shirt. I have learned to order XL's always. I made it into the mini dress, but without the ties. The shirt says I *heart* swingers.
The back says "Remember ginger rogers did everything fred astair did, but backwards and in heels."

This was an XL shirt I got free from the school, with my hair strategically placed over the logo. Same as above, but with tie in the back. I love the duckie tooth brush holder. The first day I wore this, so many people gave me compliments, I was so happy. You can't see it, but ther is a little bit of a dip in the neck so it is more of a tunic. I still love it.

This was insanity. I was in a play, and well, lets just say the costume was a giant pink shirt that went down to your knees, and I'm not short so to the knees is very long. I decided to make it wearable in public, although the bright pink hinder's that ability. The waistband thing is a stretch lycra, or I wouldn't be able to put it on, same with the collar. It has darts and pleats in the back, that I'm not to proud or ashamed of. But eitherway, I guess I could just say I have a halloween costume later this year.

Tell me what you think.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A shirt and swimsuit 5 pics on: June 13, 2008 09:29:43 PM
I've done a couple of things lately, but just haven't had time to post.

The shirt.

It has zig zag seams starting just under the arm. I got the fabric when my friend invited me to the midnight 5th HP movie, we thought it would be fun to dress up, so I had to make her a cloak in two days. Reminder: never again. Anyway, i have yet to get a picture of the cloak, but the agreement was I got to keep extra fabric. It is a blue sort of sparkly pattern with lots of stretch. you can't tell, but on my right hand side it has an extra bit of fabric that is fun to play with. I have had about three people who want me to make them one, but that's a resounding no because it took over an hour to fit and make sure it didn't have any wrinkles.

The suit.

My sister was jealous because in both of our opinions, I got the better patterned fabric.
two piece suit with boy short bottoms. I'm proud of myself for making my first suit, especially since everyone warned me against it, bt I'm proud. Smiley

EDIT:I'll admit, I have no Idea what four way stretch really means, but I guessed, and altered a pattern that came with a Kwik-Sew Swim and Action Wear by Kerstin Martensson for the swim suit
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / NO more biting pencils!!! on: May 15, 2008 09:16:00 PM
Anyway, I hate lending pencils and never getting them back, and I also hate using bitten pencils to get people to return my pencils, so I took what my grandma did as a 'wand' pencil, (I wish I had pictures) and I turned it into a never fail Remember-To-REturn-My-Pencil System. I have only had one person forget to return it after a year of lending it.

This is my favorite pencil one, unfortunately the hotglue failed me this one time and the bow with the piggy face fell off.

The yellowpencil has two buttons on it, and frankly didn't turn out like I'd hoped.

HOw to make.
Get pencil
Find Pink frilly fabric, the frillier the better
buttons or shiny cardboard (my grandma used shiny cardboard in the shape of a star, but it made using the eraser difficult)
Make frilly fabric into a bow shape, add buttons or cardboard and glue to pencil with hot glue or something.
Lend away or have the swankiest pencil in your classes.
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