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11  Long Live The Christmas Tree (kinda long) in Winter Holidays by swtater123 on: February 01, 2009 09:40:01 PM
I can't take credit for this.  This was totally created by my best friend.  I had to share this on here, and she said it was ok. 

She lives a couple hours away, but we talk on the phone at least once a week for hours.  Among other things, we usually gripe about our significant others.  Between the two of us we come up with some interesting ways to get them to do things, or punish them for something they've already done.

A couple of weeks ago I was telling her about our Christmas tree that is still sitting on the deck.  She beat me by saying theirs was still in the house.  She can't get it out on her own, so she was trying to motivate her boyfriend to get it out.  I told her she should decorate it for valentines day as a joke so he would get the point and take it out.  She liked the idea, but I had no clue she would do all this.

She didn't want to put any money into it, because she wanted it to be thrown out, so she got creative with what she had.  She made construction paper hearts to hang, and she also soaked marshmallows in red food coloring to make a garland.  Unfortunately the plan backfired.  Her boyfriend thought it looked so great that he said they were keeping it until March. lol  I can't believe the tree is still so green.  She said it hadn't been watered since dec. 20th!  It's ok though, they don't have lights on it.

Sorry this was so long, but the story is the best part.  Thanks for looking! 
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12  Sewing With Nature Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by swtater123 on: February 01, 2009 08:53:18 PM
I haven't posted a project in a long time.  I put a lot of work into this, though, and am dying to share it!  I made this bag for the Singer Sewing With Nature Contest.  If you haven't heard about the contest you can read about it here http://craftzine.com/sewingwithnature/.  I can't believe I finished it in time.  I'm a bad procrastinator!

Anyway, the outside of the bag is made completely from old, unwanted clothes, and the lining is from some old curtains.  The tree trunks are made from some old linen pants.  It was so light I decided they should be birch trees, so I stitched little lines across the trunks to make them look more realistic.

I also layered the leafy sections to give them more depth.



I'm hoping to win a dress form.  I've never won anything before, so I'm really excited/nervous.  Wish me luck! Smiley

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13  Oscar Shrinky in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by swtater123 on: July 06, 2008 09:45:49 PM
I haven't posted anything on this board in a while.  My baby is now a toddler, so not much time. lol  I actually made this a while ago.  It's a shrinky dink pendant of Oscar the Grouch drawn with colored pencil.  I was a little disappointed because I got him too hot in the oven, and he's kinda wrinkled.  Then I realized, he wouldn't want to be perfectly smooth anyway, so it kinda makes it better.  A good thing since it took forever to color him!  I now have him on a ball chain, but he's just pinned up in the pic.  Thanks for looking, and all comments/criticism are welcome and appreciated!

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14  Tea Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by swtater123 on: June 20, 2008 12:09:29 PM
Hi!  This is my first time posting a project on this board, but I have definitely been inspired by all of your great projects!  Here's my newest creation. It's a bag made from tea bag wrappers. I LOVE sweet tea, and it took no time to save enough to make this. (I make a gallon a day!) I actually have enough saved up to make about two more of these.  lol
Anyway, it's made with contact paper, and I used nylon thread to sew it together. The sewing part was NOT easy. After making several of these kinds of bags, I still can't get the bottom corners right, and securing the stitches doesn't go well either. If anyone has some tips I would greatly appreciate it! I'm still happy with it though, and plan to use it as long as it holds up.
Let me know what ya think!

Inside pocket:

All comments, criticism, and questions are welcome and appreciated!  Thanks for looking!
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15  Recycled sales flyer basket in Completed Projects by swtater123 on: May 05, 2008 12:54:01 PM
Hi!  I wasn't sure where to put this, so I'm gonna put it here.  I had this bed bath and beyond sales paper that came in the mail, and was trying to think of something to do with it.  We get loads of junk mail, and I'm starting to feel really guilty about throwing it out.  So I came up with a basket.  I have never woven a basket, so it is far from perfect.  Basket weaving is apparently much harder than I had imagined, and there is much more tape than I had wanted. Cheesy  I love how it has so many colors, and they all still work together.  Here it is:

I would love to know what you all think!  As always, all questions and comments are welcome, and thanks for looking! Smiley
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16  Ring Stacker Toy Lamp in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by swtater123 on: May 04, 2008 08:46:47 PM
Hi!  This is my first challenge and I hope I get this right.  I just found out about the challenge Friday, because I'm really bad about not reading them until people start to post.  I've had this idea in my head a long time though, and the supplies were sitting around my room collecting dust.  This challenge finally gave me the push I needed.  Here it is:

The shade is way too big!  I'm gonna get a smaller one soon.

I didn't get any pics of the construction process unfortunately, but I'll try my best to explain it.  It is made from a child's ring stacker toy.  I drilled holes in the top and bottom of the yellow post that the rings go on.  Then I drilled a hole through the back of the white base all the way through to the opening where the yellow post screws into it.  The hardware store had threaded pipes that are used for lamps, it was pretty long.  I ran it through the yellow post and cut it off about an inch longer than the post.  (Just so ya know, a dremel makes sparks when cutting metal, and it kills your battery!) 

Next I assembled the lamp kit per the instructions.  Then I realized the rings wouldn't fit over the parts. Embarrassed  I had to take it back apart to get the rings on.  I super glued all the rings together and to the base so it's sturdy.  The base rocks, so I had to make stops to hold it level.  My husband had these clear, rubbery things from when he worked in glass, and I sanded them to an angle and glued them under the base.  They hold it steady, and don't show up much.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I'd love to know what everyone thinks.  All comments and questions are welcome!  Thanks for looking, and sorry it's so long! Smiley
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17  Junk Jewelry (very pic obese) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by swtater123 on: April 10, 2008 04:20:29 PM
Hey!  I have recently been raiding the old toy room at my parents house for stuff to turn into jewelry.  My mom didn't mind cause she's been trying to clean out that room for years.  I LOVE earrings, the stranger and bigger the better, so here's what I came up with. 

My favorites are these Mario ones.  My brother said I could have these. Grin  That is fine with me!

Some random stuff:

These are some kind of building toys, like kinex or something.  I thought they looked cool:

And these are from the bobbins that don't work with my sewing machine:

Thanks for looking, sorry it was so long!  Any and all comments are welcome and appreciated!
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18  A Little Bird Told Me...(pic heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by swtater123 on: April 10, 2008 04:08:36 PM
That I have a shrinky dink addiction!  I promise not to post anymore shrinky dinks for a while.  In my opinion, these are my best yet and I had to share.

These are some birds I traced out of a coloring book.  I especially love the first one.

This is from one of my daughters board books, she was so cute I had to trace her!:

And this little guy is from a book I had growing up.  It was a counting book with these two bears, and I always felt bad for this one, Tuffy, because the other bear, Teddy, always had more stuff.  I thought it was kind of funny when, after tracing both bears, this one came out great, and the one with all the stuff curled up, stuck together, and was beyond repair.  I know that's bad, but Tuffy got his final revenge on Teddy.  Anyway, here he is:

Thanks for looking!  I love feedback, and all comments/criticism is welcome. Smiley
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19  Yes, Another Shrinky Dink Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by swtater123 on: April 08, 2008 04:36:35 PM
I made this the other day.  It's supposed to look like a flame.  I think it turned out pretty well.  I'd love to know what you all think!  As always all comments are welcome and appreciated!  Thanks for looking.

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20  Wooden Heart Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by swtater123 on: April 08, 2008 08:13:38 AM
I've had these little wooden hearts for a while, and had no idea what I'd do with them.  I was drilling holes in random things for some other jewelry and saw them.  So they became my new favorite necklace!  The beads are from a jewelry set my daughter had.  She ran out of cord before beads and let me have them.  Let me know what you think!

Thanks for looking!  All comments are welcome.
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