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1  Trees of Life - I've got a whole forest over here! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by isolda on: November 27, 2008 08:02:20 AM
So I've been busy making "trees of life" pendant thingys to give as gifts for Christmas. Around this time of year, somehow money ALWAYS gets tight.

So, I wanted to do something slightly inexpensive, but that would be PRETTY and from the heart. Smiley

They aren't like the ones a lot of people make. I don't use the beads chips (although I wanted to initially, but couldn't find those beads so I just used glass beads instead and loved the outcome. I finally DID find beads chips but didn't want them anymore haha).

So anyway, here they are.  I used 24 gauge wire for the beading, and memory wire for the hoop its wrapped around. Now all I need is to get them on a necklace. I was thinking of putting them on *fishing line* type string. What do you think?
*I had to adjust the colors in some of them (as you can tell by the difference in background color). I was having issues with taking pics indoors, on a cloudy day with crappy lighting. And the flash in my camera was too bright, even when I dimmed it.

So what do ya think??

you think people will like these as gifts??
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2  Tree of Life ...sorta... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by isolda on: November 19, 2008 07:26:50 PM
So I've been absolutely in LOVE with the "tree of life" necklaces people have made.

I thought they would make excellent gifts for Christmas. I want to give something pretty, but don't want to spend a ton of money. So ANYWAY...

I just have this one pic

the pic is from my cell phone so its not the best quality. its just clear and blue glass beads.

As you can see, its not like the ones others have made. I tried to find those flat beads (the glass chips)but have had NO luck.

So I saw this package called "mess of glass beads" and it had all these colors and shapes of glass beads and picked it up to see what I could do with it. And Voila.

I really like it. its not the best thing on the planet, but I'm proud of myself (for never having done anything like this). I need to get smaller pliers...the ones I have aren't meant for bead work so it was a pain to work with the end of the wire and tuck it under... I also didn't get sterling wire. I knew I was supposed to , but after searching for beads for forever, I grabbed the wire without remembering to get "STERLING" and grabbed the basic bead wire instead.

also the wire I used for the circle is the wire thats used for making bracelets. its that "memory" wire that holds its shape. I couldn't find 16 gauge wire to use so I improvised.

I'm brand new at making jewelry...sorrry lol

so yeah...

comments, criticism, suggestions? :p
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3  Smurfette Costume in Halloween Costumes by isolda on: October 31, 2008 11:48:02 AM
Okay..so I made this last night in like 4 hours ( it doesn't look like it should have taken me that long but hey, I suck at sewing lmao).

ANyway, my office decided to dress up and I was like I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!! then I decided "Hey I'll make a smurfette costume!". I had been babbling about that being a cool idea to dress up as her.

ANyway, I went to Walmart...bought some white sweatshirt material, yellow flannel, white felt, blue tights and a blue henley shirt....and..


I look wide as heck...I'm built wide up top (shoulders rib, built like a linebacker basically)....and it doesn't help that I made the dress too big (better than too small) and the fact that its a WHOLE TON OF WHITE.. And this sweatshirt material doesn't really drape. it just hits your widest point and sticks out like its super starched. I'm making tons of excuses I know. hahaha

Anyway I like it. :p. I feel a little ridiculous going out in public like this.  I havent dressed up in YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARS.

anyway...Im proud of myself. I'm going to make alterations to it for next year. HOpefully I'll get my hands on a dress form soon so I get make it a better fit. Smiley Tongue

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4  Purple and polka dotted Hobo-ish purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by isolda on: February 29, 2008 12:11:43 PM
Hello everyone. Ive only posted a few times on here. I barely started sewing around November. I was making tons and tons of wallets foir christmas gifts (since they were so simple haha).

I've graduated up to making purses. Nothing as fancy as some of the ones I see here, but I'm still proud of them.

Anyhoo..here is one I made myself. Its a very generic Hobo style purse. There are no pockets in it..and I have a snap button for a closure.

I used a polka dot material I bought at Hancock Fabric in the quilting section, and then this turquoise and lime green striped silk fabric that a friend gave me (and purple silk for the strap and for the lining). I have a semi matching wallet that I had made as a christmas gift, but thought it was too cute to give away hahahaha

okay, i'll shut up now. here it is. Comments welcome and constructive criticism as well. Smiley

what do ya think? crappy pics frm cell phone, sorry. Cheesy
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5  My first SUCCESSFUL rasterbation in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by isolda on: February 26, 2008 06:03:02 AM
So I saw a few people post rasterbations they did, and was like "I WANNA DO THAT!!!!"

So I did.

The first one I did printed just fine...but mod podging it to poster board was a complete disaster.

So I tried again...and this time used a plain old Glue stick to stick the pages to the posterboard, and then sprayed the entire thing with clear acrylic high gloss sealer. Smiley

I think its pretty friggin NIFTY!

I made this for my ex. We are still on good terms...and are maaaaybe reconciling...one day??? anyway...I figured he'd love this. it's Masuimi max, in case anyone is wondering. Smiley She roooolz.

I have this in my garage, clothespinned to the garage door so it can dry (the acrylic spray). The poster board is super flimsy so I don't want it buckling and bending. The pics arent that great. it was sorta dark in the garage..I was lazy and only used the "auto" settings on my digi so they arent as good as they could be.

next time I'll use foam board. I was going for something CHEAP since I was worried it would screw up like the mod podge one. blech

so what do you think?!!!

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6  Pretty little wallet - one of my first ones! Im very proud of it! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by isolda on: December 18, 2007 07:21:36 AM
Look what I made for my brothers girlfriend. Since I don't have a lot of money, I have been playing with my sewing machine more and more.

its not the GREATEST thing on the planet, But Im proud of it. Smiley

The image quality is crappy cuz my camera phone is only halfway working and is giving this horrrrrrrible yellow tinge to everything. even under bright white light.

The fabric is white black and grey

The inside is a black snakeskin with a red (nice deep red) pocket

And the red stitching around the one side and top IS purposeful. its my "thing". haha

So yeah..I love this little wallet. Just one pocket...gonna have at it again tonight and try to make it with two pockets so its more versatile.

Every piece of material is completely reinforced with interfacing to give it a little more stiffness. Smiley

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7  More Shrinky Dinks - optimus prime, smurf, wonderwoman in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by isolda on: October 08, 2007 06:31:12 AM
I've become absolutely obsessed with shrinky dinks.
Here are a few more creations. (all of them are traced - I can't draw for crap haha)

not the best pics, sorry. they are with my camera phone. I need to pull out my digicam but I always forget:(

Cherry Blossoms (im going to make this into a necklace - the penny is in the pic to give you an idea of the size)

This is apparently a version of wonderwoman (I did a google image search for her and this pic came up along with the original wonderwoman pics). She has little white "sparkles" on her top, but they dont show well in this pic at all. I really liked her - and shes next to smurfette smooching one of the boys.

and finally Optimus Prime (he's about 2 and a half inches tall). I made him for my bf. I LOOOOVE him. took me FOREVER to make the outline of him in sharpie.

Tell me what ya think!!!

I'll post better pics later with my digi cam
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8  Re: SHRINKY DINKS in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by isolda on: October 05, 2007 06:05:47 AM
Well I got my curled up mess and tossed it back in the oven as was suggested.

I tried use wood kabob skewers to sorta of work the edges apart, but it was too awkward....

SOOO...because Im ghetto and make do with what I have, I got the bright idea to slap some socks on my hands (because I dont have normal gloves - I live in central texas, we don't have "cold" weather that would really require having them lol)..anyhoo...slapped those socks on my hands and stuck my hands in the oven when the shrinkydink was softened...and started prying it apart. I cracked the part where I punched the hole trhough it cuz it wasn't quite soft enough...but then it finally was soft and I unrolled the edges. I let it sit in the oven for a bit more. then opened it, it was still slightly curled, so I got a plastic spatula and flattened it down, and pulled it out of the oven while I held the spatula on top of it.


its messed up because of the crack, but I will figure out a way to make it work ..hopefully. haha
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9  My first Shrinky Dink Creations in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by isolda on: October 05, 2007 05:51:06 AM
I have been watching this community for a couple of weeks now and let me just say I am inspired. There is so much talent and creativity here!!

SHRINKY DINKS are what I was most interested in. They looked like SO much fun. Draw your own picture and make your own jewelry (or whatever you want to with it). Whats cooler than that?

Anyhoo, I bought some Shinky Dink at Michaels and got right on it.

The first one I did was of a dragon (from a shirt I have and which I have a tattoo of as well).

It didnt seem to go over too well..it curled into itself and never flattened out. So I was going to toss it

But after some advice from some people in this community, I didnt give up and tried again. Popped that sucker back in the oven, and when it was nice and soft, used gloved hands to pry it apart (I tried prying before it was soft enough and cracked it..oops. Then I flattened it with a spatula. Cheesy

And happy with my *sort of* success, I made a few more. I didn't have the curling problem with these at all. Sorry for the lousy pics..its my camera phone. Smiley

So, tell me what ya think?  I traced all of these..Im not much of an artist.  The flower isn't so great. Didnt do the color just right. Sad and I used sharpie for the black outline (and all the black in the dragon) and prismacolor pencils for the color.
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10  Re: SHRINKY DINKS in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by isolda on: October 04, 2007 09:30:47 AM
So I tried shrinky dinks for the first time last night. I drew a nice little dragon..

popped it in the oven (I dont have a toaster oven).

I peeked at it after a minute and a half...it was curling up...

peeked on it again a few seconds later..still curling more...like curling INTO itself so it didnt look like it would be able to uncurl on its own

it never uncurled. So I pulled it out and tried to flatten it but it was already too hard. So it made the cup shape and the bottom of the cup was smooshy

my cookie sheet is a bit warped....could that be the reason? Probably a really stupid question and the answer is probably "YES JESSICA!! DUUUHH"...

but I was so disappointed. Sad

I was hoping my first try would be a sucess lol

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