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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Refinished chest of drawers: a lengthy post for a little chest! on: July 23, 2009 12:45:28 PM
okay, so I didn't actually refinish the whole thing, just the top. I had this really cute chest of drawers from Target's Global Bazaar line a few years ago. I loved it and have carted it around to like 4-5 different places since then. However, the finish on the top started to chip and looked something like this:

(ignore that I already started sanding in this pic)

I decided I would just refinish the top in a different way. The original plan was different, but I ended up Mod Podgeing (is that a word) scrapbook paper over the whole top. The chest is around 16 1/2 inches square, so I had to use more than one 12 x 12 sheet of paper. I decided to do a yellow (since that's the color of my office where this piece is going. See post about that here.) border around a black and white page. Here's the yellow going on:

sorry for the slightly blurry pic there.
Next I did the black and white page:

I love the graphic on that! I sealed it with several layers of Mod Podge and let it dry overnight before moving it into my office today. Here's a pic that shows the color well:

This pic shows the cute leaf shaped drawer pulls:

I love the way it looks and the yellow matches perfectly! Now I just need to decide on accessories to set on top of it. There are more details about the process and my trials and errors on this project over at my blog.
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Harry Potter Inspired Stuff on: July 22, 2009 12:21:05 PM
I've always loved the Harry Potter series, but have never really made any stuff inspired by it until now.  I tried to make the pieces more subtle so they can be worn for everyday wear.

I made a Gryffindor pride bracelet:

Closeup of lion charm:

Slytherin necklace one:

Slytherin necklace two:

I think that last one turned out to be my favorite even though I'm more of a Gryffindor girl usually.

C & C always welcome!
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro pattern apron (w/ link to pattern) on: July 09, 2009 12:41:39 PM
I made these two aprons for a couple of different swaps lately. I was inspired by straw_holder (and several others) here on craftster who've done this pattern. (See straw_holder's post here.)
The pattern I used can be found here. Material is flannel from walmart.
First one, i used pale pink bias tape:

Second one I used a darker pink:

Sorry the pic quality isn't the best. I didn't have anyone else around to take action shots before I sent them. I definitely think the dark pink bias tape was a better choice for the fabric. It set the colors off better. This was my first real experience with bias tape. It was easier than I thought in some ways. I did do some ripping out and resewing where the bias tape escaped my needle!  Cheesy Also, I used 1/2inch bias tape instead of 1/4 inch like the pattern called for. I think it worked just fine. I definitely need to make myself one of these now, only with black and white fabric and red bias tape to match my kitchen.
C & C always welcome!
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Recent Recycled Silver Stuff-pic heavy on: July 09, 2009 11:36:33 AM
I recently did a bunch of stuff for swaps using recycled silver from various sources.
Pieces using sterling silver spoon:

I could not get pics of this one to turn out good for some reason!

Piece made using a sterling silver napkin ring. I cut the ring into chunks and flattened them with a mallet before hand stamping the letters on it.

This piece is a stainless steel spoon handle bent into a pendant. I really liked the pattern on this one!

This one shows the back and how it's bent.

These are my first forays into working a lot with silver bending, stamping, cutting, etc. I think they turned out pretty good. What do you guys think?

C & C always welcome!  Cheesy

45  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Home Sweet...Office (a big kid room! and a long post!) ;) on: June 30, 2009 12:15:29 PM
So, I recently passed the bar and my firm let me move into a bigger office and decorate it for myself. I got to pick a desk and choose the wall color (Yukon Gold) and all my own decorations. Yay!  Grin
Here's my desk:

(not the best pic, I know, but it shows the color fairly well. It's an L-shaped desk.

My "message center"

I spraypainted the basket black and hung it up to hold my time/billing sheets and phone book. The green thing is an old tin T.V. tray that I drilled two holes in and put wire in for hanging. It's great for hanging up schedules, etc w/ magnets. I also have a white board calendar, but that's not very exciting.  Cheesy

Client seating area:

The office had the chairs. They're okay, but I think I might recover just the seats in something that matches the decor and leave the black faux leather on the backs and arms. The bookcase was a horrible blonde color.  I roughed it up w/ sandpaper and then painted it black. Then I sanded the edges to give it the worn look and sprayed it with a matte sealer. The framed quote is something my mom did. The owl bookends were a gaudy gold, so I spray painted them black.

That's all I got so far! I need to frame my diplomas for one wall, and then I'm not really sure what to put on the other two empty walls. I would like to find/make some artwork that incorporates the accent greens and reds and maybe a little of the main yellow color. A few more details on my blog here.

What do you think? I'm kinda stuck, so some ideas would be great!
46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Faux tiedye (reverse bleaching) freezer paper stencils (img heavy) on: June 29, 2009 08:53:10 AM
I love all the bleached freezer paper stencil shirts on this board. I thought it would be interesting to do it in "reverse." By that I just mean instead of using the big piece of freezer paper and covering up the rest of the shirt, why not use the part that was cutout of the middle (no waste!) to block the bleach and then spray bleach evenly over the whole shirt for a kinda tiedye effect. I experimented and it turned out great! Here's some of my creations:



I did tie up some of the fabric on the dandelion and owl shirt to make it look more tiedye like (I hope that makes sense!)

Thanks for looking! What do you guys think?
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Microscope Slide Necklaces on: June 04, 2009 08:57:00 AM
Hi. I've been so busy swapping lately, I've been kinda absent from this board. I thought I'd jump back in and show the new microscope slide pendants i've been doing lately.
First one: Laugh on one side:

Dream on the other:

Second one: Pear on front:

Plain Green on back:

My favorite: A ship on the front:

8 of Hearts on back:

The ship one was actually a vintage playing card. I didn't even need to double layer it to make it two sided!
Just for fun a clickable close-up of the front of the ship:

And finally: a peacock feather one I made for the OWS 46 Swap for bkrenning4 (picture stolen borrowed from her) Smiley

Whaddya think? (besides that my pics are too dark again!) Wink
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Twilighty Wooden Apples on: April 28, 2009 01:38:07 PM
Hey all! I found these wooden apples at a thrift store and knew they needed to be turned into some Twilight goodness. I kept it simple, and added Twilight to one and Be Safe to the other using the font used for the book cover and for Edward's handwriting. I think I may have to keep them for myself to decorate my bookcase!  Cheesy

Sorry for the slightly blurry pics...I have some better ones somewhere, but can't seem to find them right now!
49  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Coffee Mug + Rub-ons + Lacquer = Awesome! on: March 11, 2009 09:31:06 AM
This seems like the best forum to post this little project. I used a plain white Ikea mug and put some cute rub-ons on it. I wanted to seal it with something. I made a couple of different mugs and tried various sealing products. I did not like how most of them turned out....I was hoping that I could keep the inside of the mug food (or in this case, coffee) safe.  I ended up using 3-D Crystal Lacquer on this one and it was my best turnout.  I had to be careful not to get too much on though, or I had runoff. Anywho here it is:

Whadya think?
50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Turtle and Bird Appliqued Zipper Pouch on: March 10, 2009 02:47:14 PM
My newest creation! I used a really cute hand towel from Target to make this zipper pouch. (Alas, the applique is not my own, but was already on the towel) I thought it was super cute, so I whipped this up quick. I think next time I make one, I'm going to use extra fabric or a ribbon and make a little loop on one side for hanging or attaching things. Sorry the pics aren't the greatest...still experimenting to make them better.

(The top is not crooked, but for some reason this picture makes it look that way!)

I lined the inside with pink flannel.

Whadya think?

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