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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Loteria themed bookcase on: February 22, 2008 01:42:44 PM
Since I have a couple big research papers going on right now, of course it is the PERFECT time to be starting new crafts  Cheesy.

I bought this bookcase http://www.spacesavers.com/kkpubopr.html][url]http://www.spacesavers.com/kkpubopr.html[/url] at costco ($30!  Amazing deal!)

I wasn't feeling little-kid primary-colors in my bedroom, so I painted the whole thing black.  I wanted to paint something fun and funky on the outward facing sides, and ultimately decided to go with images from loteria (Mexican bingo) cards.  The whole thing probably took about ten hours over the course of three or four days.  I am just waiting for the varnish to set and then I am so excited to get in my room and loaded up!  It is a huge improvement over my current bookcase (a stack of crates covered in a flat bedsheet....)


Front view of the painted shelves

Whole side

La Corona

La Luna

Las Jaras

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rehabbed Skully Skateboard! on: October 20, 2007 11:36:29 AM
Not exactly the same sort of toys as most of the posts here, but a toy nonetheless!  This summer my bff and I decided that we were going to learn to skateboard.  Of course, since our plans usually last about five days before we give up, we didn't want to spend a ton of money, so we went to Toys R Us and picked up some kids skateboards. 

They started out with these awful pictures of skateboarders with saggy pants on them, so I got a tattoo magazine for inspiration, some acrylic paints, and some modgepodge and went to town on it!  I ended up with this funky day of the dead inspired calavera, on a sparkly black background:

A shot of the whole thing

closeup of the calavera

It took me about eight hours total, I think, but most of that was painting over the existing picture so that it didn't show through, and then drawing the original sketch.  I used a tattoo for the initial inspiration, and then drew it onto transfer paper and transferred it over to the board.

Thanks to Margaret for taking the photos and sending them to me here at school  Wink
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Butterfly top from pillowcase on: September 18, 2007 10:21:42 AM
My first project post here!

I made this a few months ago from a pillowcase I bought at Value Village...although I've done a few recons of old t-shirts, jeans into skirts, etc., this was my first experience actually drafting a pattern from just my measurements, and it went pretty well.

Original pillowcase (I used a plain white pillowcase for the back and straps)

Cut out pattern pieces


and a dark shot of what it looks like on

All in all I am pretty satisfied; the center front band came out a little off-center, but nobody noticed but my grandmother  Roll Eyes.  I wear it a lot and always get compliments.  I'm not going to lie, I sort of relish telling people I made it from a pillowcase.
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