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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / MORE Garden gazing balls from bowling balls! on: March 08, 2009 11:34:23 PM
I posted one of these a couple of weeks ago (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294038.10) and I finally finished the other two I was working on.  They are bowling balls covered with flat marbles.  The stands are simply pillar candle holders, the two taller ones are from the thrift store, and the smaller one is from a yard sale.  Total cost of materials (bowling balls, stands, glue, marbles)- under $20 to make all three of these.  I just love them!  They are pictures on my fireplace because I haven't decided where to put them in the yard yet.  The purple one I showed in a previous post, sorry for reposting it but it looks so pretty with the other two  Cheesy The others are a red bowling ball with clear marbles, and a blue bowling ball with dark blue marbles. 

12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some photos I am proud of - my dog and Bermuda - IMG heavy! on: March 05, 2009 01:10:07 AM
(I hope this belong here, if not please let me know!)

I love photography and I love having a slim digital camera that works great that I can bring everywhere. My flickr has literally thousands of photos. 

However, I am by no means a professional photographer!  Most of my pictures are missing parts of heads or blurry or have bad lighting. Finally, FINALLY I took a picture I am really proud of.  Ok, the lighting might not be the best but I really impressed myself with this one.

And just for fun, here are some photos from the amazingly beautiful Bermuda.  Although, I think it would be hard to take a BAD photo with this amazing landscape.

Sorry for all the photo's, I haven't had anything to share for a while.  Wink
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Purple Garden Bowling ball/Gazing ball on: February 24, 2009 11:04:35 PM
I have been in love with this idea since I first saw it on here.  My fiance and I bought our first house this past fall and I CAN'T WAIT to have a garden this year!  (On a side note, any recommendations on what to grow?).  Since our backyard is virtually empty, basically, we have a hose, and that's it, lol, I thought this idea would be great to "pretty it up".  I finally found bowling balls at my local ReSale for $2 and the perfect holders for $1.  I finished the first one and I am very proud of it, so here it is!  It was originally swirly purple and covered with small clear half-marbles.

By the way, my fiance thought I was absolutely nuts the entire process.  Men.  Roll Eyes

You can see the other holder in the back that I am going to use for the next one

In-Progress - I had to work in sections because they kept sliding around
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin guitar pick experiment on: February 02, 2009 04:27:36 AM
So I was sifting through a "junk" box looking for things to plop in resin, and I had an epiphany!  Guitar picks!  I tried it and I LOVE it.  I made these three so far with the picks I had on hand and I would love to experiment with this further.  I'm thinking they need some glitter for next time!  I have some other experiments as well, I will post those as soon as I get organized   Roll Eyes

Black swirly pick in oval

Blue swirly pick in oval

This is my favorite!  Transparent blue pick in a teardrop.  I love love love this one.  The pick totally fits the shape I think.  (Please ignore that blue monstrosity in the corner.  That was a dye experiment gone horribly wrong.)

One more because I love this one so much!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Scrabble tiles with scrapbook paper on: January 26, 2009 01:23:07 AM
After seeing all the pretty scrabble tiles on here I had to try it.  I couldn't bring myself to deface MY scrabble game, so I bought some mahogany tiles online.  I used some scrapbook paper I had, drilled holes, and covered them with this paper glaze stuff I found at Michael's because I couldn't find diamond glaze.  I think they came out pretty good.  Despite the fact that after I had glazed each and every one of them I DROPPED them.  On the carpet.  Some face down.  Sigh.  Even after dropping them and picking the fuzz out I still think they look decent and I definitely want to make more (WITHOUT MOVING THEM!  Embarrassed).  Some of them stuck to the paper I was drying them on (why I didn't use wax paper, don't ask me) and some of the edges look a little uneven, that's because there is glaze that is stuck to the back and sides of some of them - again a result of dropping them, the glaze didn't drip.  Oh well.  I still like them.  I used jump rings as bails because my stupid craft store apparently doesn't stock any REAL bails and I will have to order them online.

Here are all of them



Purples - you can see the unevenness on these a lot


Misc - The cream and yellow ones had a really cool raised design on them I thought would show up but the glaze killed it

I think for a first attempt they weren't horrible.  What do you think?
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lots of resin experiements - first attempt - LOTS of pictures! on: January 19, 2009 12:16:42 AM
Well this was my first go at attempting resin, and after seeing all the beautiful projects on here, how could I not try it?!?! I picked up some molds at Michaels, one resin mold (the only one they had) and two candy molds - Let me just say DO NOT USE CANDY MOLDS, NO MATTER HOW TEMPTING IT MAY BE!  I KNOW they come in cooler designs - but just don't do it!  No matter how much you like that nautical star design.  Phew, there, I said it.  I couldn't get ANY of the candy mold pendants to pop out, I had to bend and twist and ruin and break the molds with two pairs of pliers and a box cutter to remove them all - WAY too much work.  But I don't think any of my pendants were damaged  Wink

I haven't done anything to them other than spraying them with a clear coat of glaze to get ride of the tacky-ness left of some of them - I sprayed both sides of all of them so they looked even.  No holes yet - I know a lot of people use glue-on bails but I want to try drilling holes.  Has anybody drilled holes in these successfully with an actual drill?  I've seen people used dremels, I don't have a dremel, but I have a real drill and I think I will give it a go.  I already have some dye to experiment with next time, but I need more molds  Grin

Anyway, Here they are.  What do you think?

Don't mind the plate, I'm not super into photo backgrounds like some people around here  Wink

Shamrocks and gold/green stars

Pot of gold - I really like this one, but then again I am half Irish  Grin

Dried flowers

Red hots, hearts, and a red rose with gold stars

Closeup of the rose

Candy Sprinkles - stars, dolphins, dinosaurs, moons, and sprinkles


Seed beads - experimenting on how many to put in

Metallic heart and star beads

Other beads - the top one is a bat if you can't tell

Green Sugar and Girly skull and hearts - the skull and hearts were metallic stickers so they look wonky but they don't really have all to many bubbles (or at least, they aren't as noticeable when there isn't a flash on them  Roll Eyes)

There are a few more I didn't photograph yet (champagne bottles, wee!) because they wouldn't pop out of the molds, but after freezing them for several hours they came right out.  After I take pictures of those I'll add them.

Comments and criticism appreciated, thanks for looking  Smiley
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My very first sewing project - pretty throw pillows on: December 29, 2008 11:47:40 PM
I have been telling everyone that will listen that my fiance got me a sewing machine for Christmas  Grin  The bad part is... erm... I don't know how to sew.  But after reading the manual I was able to figure out how to wind a bobbin, thread both the upper and lower parts, and tried out some different stitches.  After destroying some scraps I decided to try throw pillows, because isn't that everybody's first project?  You can't REALLY screw up two squares and stuffing.  I still need practice on sewing in a straight line but I think they came out pretty nifty for my first attempt and I finished them a LOT quicker than I expected.  I made them with $1.50/yd fabric from walmart.  They are super easy and simple but I am very proud  Grin

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Zombies Cross Stitch - Braaaaains! on: December 22, 2008 10:36:14 PM
I made this cross stitch just for fun while I was at work.  My fiance loves zombies.

Fresh off the hoop
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "I Kiss Better Than I Cook" Cross Stitch on: December 21, 2008 10:47:18 PM
I completed this cross stitch last week and I have to say it is my favorite completed project yet.  It took much longer than I had anticipated, about two weeks only working on it on-and-off at work.  The pattern is from Stitch Graffiti: Unexpected Cross-Stitch by Heather Holland-Daly.  I tweaked the pattern just a teeny bit and used colors I had on hand.  I have it framed and hanging in my kitchen and it makes me really happy  Grin

Before ironing

After framing - I really wanted a square frame for this but after going to three stores I could NOT find a square frame in the size I wanted, so I had to settle for this one.

On the wall!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Colorblind stitching - Roses are green, violets are... on: December 18, 2008 09:55:49 PM
I was very bored at work and I wanted to stitch up something really simple and easy after my other project I finished this week took a lot out of me, so I did this design.  I got the idea from a type tee from Threadless

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