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1  Geologist's pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by alphabits on: February 15, 2015 05:11:11 PM
My little sister told me she wished I'd make her a "beekeeper's quilt", with just two weeks' notice before her birthday.

Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. Pfff, she isn't even a beekeeper in the first place.

Hmmm, but she has just gone back to university to study geology... What better, then, than make her a one of a kind geologist's pillow!

Many late nights were spent fashioning batting-stuffed felted wool pebbles which I then nicely tucked into a custom made "specimen bag" outfitted with a personalized tag. Boom.

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2  My baby food jar light fixture in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alphabits on: November 08, 2010 02:41:09 PM

Woohoo! Another project that I thought would never actually see the light (hehe) of day is completed!!! This is my take on the mason jar chandelier... in miniature baby jar version... Made with two pieces of salvaged frozen salmon crates, joined with two cast iron "1" door numbers, and the little jars (2 different sizes) are hung using jute cord. I'm so excited, I love it!!!

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3  Love is... 3072 tiny squares in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alphabits on: July 22, 2010 07:57:59 AM
A couple of years ago (yes... years!!) i got inspired by this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237796.msg2609869#msg2609869 and asked my mom to pixelate a photo I had taken of my son when he was a baby.

I then bought a square 1cm punch and started matching tiny squares punched out of magazines to my "pattern".

Two things I learned while completing this project:

- Colors as you see them in magazines are totally different once isolated into a small cm square... What looked purple turns out to be gray, etc...

- People are WAAYYYYYY too tanned... Pretty much all of the skin was done using parts of white objects or the portions of models' faces that caught the most light i.e. nose, forehead, etc...

It took a long time and I'm so glad I got it finished... My family admitted once it was over that they thought I would never get through with it... and honestly... neither did I! Took about a year and a half of on and off (mostly off!!!) work...

Since in my house I always see it from a distance, may look better if you squint a little while looking at it    Wink

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4  Girly frilly cupcaky apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alphabits on: January 12, 2010 11:20:21 AM

This is how I had "wrapped" that:

My sister's birthday is coming up soon. She has recently discovered a passion for cake decorating / cupcake making. You can see her stuff on her blog http://billetsglaces.com. She writes in French, but the cake pictures are in the universal language of Deliciousness. I made her this cute little apron as a birthday gift, following the pattern in the book "Bend-the-rules sewing". I'm really pleased with the result as I am pretty much a beginner in the sewing department. I added a kangaroo pocket as well as a little hand towel so she can swipe her batter covered / icing sweetened hands easily. The cupcake is my world premier attempt at appliqueing. I hope she enjoys it! I would love to hear any comments or suggestions for future projects. Thank you for looking!

***  On the day of her birthday (yeah, I work well under pressure) I embroidered "billets glacs" on the pocket, it looked just like it does on her blog. She loved it! Unfortunately I didn't think to take a new picture...

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5  Rock'n pin necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by alphabits on: July 24, 2009 12:27:19 PM
This is how I spent my son's nap time this afternoon. Made with safety pins, jump rings and little green chip beads. Inspired by Tom Binns' safety pin jewellery...

Comments and criticism always welcome and appreciated  Smiley
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6  Jewellery frame in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by alphabits on: February 22, 2009 05:35:16 AM
I had been wishing to make one for a while... and now, it proudly hangs on my bedroom wall! Woohooo!
On the closeup you can see the paper I used for the background... I might add some more eyelet hooks to hang more earrings too.

So... what do you think?

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7  Extreme makeover - Hotel reception room edition in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by alphabits on: December 14, 2008 07:09:51 AM
Pheew! After a year of planning, my department's Christmas party is finally over... We were 3 to organize it, and had to overcome a lot of obstacles... but we made it! All the stressing out and loosing sleep over details was well worth it. I wanted to cry when we got done decorating! HAHA

When we got there, there was nothing but a Christmas tree in a corner of the room (you can't see it in these pictures)

So... we turned this ugly hotel reception room:

Into this awesome (if I do say so myself) lounge bar!!!

We had rented LED spotlights that changed color throughout the evening... it looked GREAT!!!

We hung a couple hundred snowflakes from the ceiling, and the mural we hung in the back shows a snowy forest...

The "drapes" we hung are actually plastic table cover rolls...

It turned out great... now I need a break!!
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8  Macro photo challenge: Cry me a river in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alphabits on: April 23, 2008 04:14:08 PM
This is my entry!

A while back I really got into imagining being teeny tiny and what the world around me would look like... So I decided to take pictures of things really close up, to give the impression of being in wide spaces... kinda like if I was a gnome or what have you (I don't really know the tiny people terminology) Hum... thank god this isn't an "express your ideas clearly challenge!" haha

Anyways, can't you just imagine yourself sitting by the side of the river, on the rocks on the left, and looking up at the beautiful mountains surrounding you? I wish I could...

Unfortunately, this is only a little puddle of water (just a few inches wide) on the bank of a river near where I live...

I would post a picture of a wider angle so you could see what it actually looks like but I read we can only submit one photo... would that screw up my entry??

Also if you notice... it looks like the shadows in the water are forming some sort of stenciled face... I thought that was pretty neat!

Well, hope you all think it's kinda cool   Smiley
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9  Super feminine military style bolero in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alphabits on: April 07, 2008 02:25:07 PM
I was inspired by stopthefacades post called I don't know what it's called, BUT I MADE IT ! (Sorry, I don't know how to post the link...)

I had this shirt that I used to love, because of the collar and details on it, but I didn't wear it anymore (euhm yeah, I forgot I owned it...)

But NOW!!! I love it! All it took were a few snips and a bit of lace around the bottom and on the shoulders and woohoo! Brand new piece of clothing! I love it!

Here's how it looked before:

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10  I wish groceries just APPEARED in our pantry... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by alphabits on: December 27, 2007 06:54:27 AM
But, since grocery shopping is a necessary evil, and my sister is getting her own appartment in January and will have to face the realities of being a true adult, I made her 4 reusable grocery / shopping bags. I painted 2 different designs with fabric paint and made 2 of each. My favorite part of the bags is the tags I made out of shrinky dink. Each bag has a tag with a different "quote" on it. I think they look pretty cool!  Cheesy

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