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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I need storage advise!!! on: June 25, 2009 05:48:31 AM
Hey guys!

I was wondering if any of foxy crafters you have advise for a freaked out beader needing to reorganize.
I currently have all of my beading and jewelry making supplies and equipment in my art studio which I have to shut down within the next few weeks (thanks bloody recession).  I'm moving my whole operation home and don't have a lot of room to put it all.   Huh Huh Huh

In the studio I have shelves with various boxes and organizers sitting on them, but at home it will have to go into a closet.  I've tried the shelves in the closet thing before and have trouble keeping it tidy, SO. I've been looking into some of those multi organizer totes that have straps or wheels, that hold tools and organizing boxes.  Something I could bring out when I'm working, ya know?

Anyone have any experience with things like this?



Or maybe a better idea? I'm good at cleaning up, but I don't have a dedicated space in the house for crafting. It's my kitchen table.  Hopefully I'll be moving into a new studio in the not too distant future, but I need a good solution! AAAARG!!!! Moving and reorganizing is stressful.  Sad

(I hope this is in the right place to post this, so sorry if it's not!!!)
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / Electrified Emotion: NYC on Election Night on: November 05, 2008 07:08:00 PM
Hey there, just wanted to share a few photos from election night here in NYC.

I'm no photographer, I prefer to paint and tend to lean toward expressionism, but the activity and sincerity of the crowd inspired me to take some shots sans flash to capture the electricity and excitement of the event. Heres what happened:

I was just getting ready for bed after the new president had been announced, when we heard the commotion coming from the street. People were cheering and cars were honking. We went outside to have a look and I couldn't believe what was going on out there! The streets were mobbed with people! High fives were dolled out amongst strangers, people leaned out of their windows banging on pots and pans and cars were honking WITH the street-blocking crowd. We made our way to Union Square which was so packed with people that there were even crowd surfers!

It felt like New Years Eve!
It was like everyone had just won the super bowl!

If you happened to be here during 9/11, you might remember the sad sense of togetherness that occurred during the days and weeks that followed. I've been here my whole life and never saw New Yorkers ban together like they did during that tragedy - until last night. It was amazing and truly moving to see everyone together like that with such positive energy!

I'm not sure that these photos really capture the intensity of the evening, but it was really special to me and I wanted to share it with you all! Hope you enjoy:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Airbrush Hoodie with Dahlias (many pictures) on: September 28, 2008 07:44:58 AM
So this is a sweatshirt someone asked me to make for her daughter, it was for her birthday and her name is Dahlia, so she wanted a hoodie that said her name and was covered with Dahlias! I was a little worried that the flowers weren't close enough to the real thing (don't they kind of almost look like zinnias maybe?? Huh) but hey, she was happy with them and I think it's kinda neat, so no need to start floggin myself... yet. We did a soft pink tie dye on the sweatshirt first and then I got to work. There's so much paint on this thing it's almost absurd, thank goodness the fabric didn't get hard! This fleece is thirsty...

I don't usually do this kind of work - my airbrushing is usually a little more loose and wild,  (totally anti venice beach style - silhouettes of waves and hearts with your sweat hearts name & date make me  Angry ANGRY!!!!!) so I tend to go with more of a graffiti inspiration. I put in some squiggly bits in the background for more depth, but I dunno, not sure if it really helped at all, I think I could have left it off. My mom saw it and asked me to do one for her too so I guess going to have to experiment in making it more grown up? Anyhoos, let me know what you think!
4  COOKING / Dessert / 1UP Mushroom Cupcakes !!!PICS!!! on: April 07, 2008 12:10:06 PM
Hioya! This is my first post in this section! So everything looks so tasty here, and then I saw this little cake instructable - http://www.instructables.com/id/1UP-Cakes/ and just had to make some over the weekend. I just used cake mix and frosting in a tub, but the little white choclate pastilles really made it work. I went ahead and did the power up and life shrooms too. Enjoy!

mmmm... sweeeet...

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Roller coaster Bag on: February 26, 2008 12:54:45 PM
Heres a little number I did in anticipation for summertime (when will it stop being cold?!?!?!) The roller coaster fabric made me smile and reminds me of loopy outside days

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First Post Here, a few totes (PIC ROBUST) on: February 23, 2008 08:21:08 AM
I finally figured out the photo up loader and this is my first post in this section. Bags are just about my favorite things to make and so I thought I'd share a few of my most loved totes here!

Here's a medium sized weekend number:

and the back:

It's a tweed upholstery fabric and bright OJ poplin lining. The buttons are fabric covered with the same oj lining.
Heres a weird bird's eye view of the lining:

This one is a smaller brown upholestery houndstooth with this crazy pink burlap. The burlap was a nightmare to work with (never gonna happen again!) and I had to add the button to fudge a weird gather that happened with the two fabrics. I actually kind of dig the button side more than the flower applique side!

(opps, looks like there's some thread to trim, this one's been around the block a few times)
flower side (there's a little beading going on i the middle of those blooms):

and for the inside pocket:

Thanks for taking a look, I hope you like them!

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / DIY watercolor frisket? on: February 20, 2008 03:07:50 PM
Hioya! So I want to do some watercolor pieces with some big blocked out shapes, and I normally use a store bought frisket, but I want to do some really big shapes and I need a more cost effective (and hopefully with less toxic fumes) solution. I can't really use a scissor right now because my hand is in a cast, so stickers and things are out. Maybe rubber cement? Anyone have any experience with watercolor blocking mediums? Any thoughts would be super appreciated!  Grin
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / One Seam Tote Pillow on: February 16, 2008 07:39:46 AM
My husband LOVES to read and browse used bookstores, so when we moved down the street from The Strand, I decided to make something for our house! I took one of their tote bags:

Snipped the straps and saved them for later, shoved a pillow inside (14" square I think)
and did a blind stitch on top.

I slapped some buttons on there and threw it on the couch! Viola!

It's had lots of use and is a little wrinkly, but comes back to life for company with a quick steam. I tried keeping the straps on and tucking them inside just incase I wanted to take it apart in the future and use it as a tote again, but it was too lumpy  Tongue I guess I have enough totes anyway!  Wink
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