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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 'Laputa': Jewelry Shrine on: March 22, 2008 12:36:47 PM
I have an old wine crate I've been using as a bookshelf for a while, when it struck me that I never read those books and I needed a new jewelry display (all of my jewelry had been lumped into a suitcase under my bed).

So with a hammer, clear thumbtacks, and some wrapping paper, I turned it into this:

Shot of it sittin' pretty in my closet:

And the mandatory close-up to show off my jewelry  Grin:

I call it 'Laputa' because the clear tacks make it look like everything's floating in midair... when not illuminated by flash, anyway  Roll Eyes.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Poetry in Motion! on: March 22, 2008 12:27:44 PM
I'm a poet at heart, and I wanted to combine my love of writing with crafting in some way... so I came up with this!

Writing the poem in fabric paint out took four hours. I aligned the printed-out poem under the top layer, traced each letter, and painted.

The title, on the back ('The Velveteen Seraphim'):

Poem close-up:

I wore it to school and everyone thought it was original, though it got a bit annoying for people to keep squinting at my chest and read it aloud.

Feedback? I love this shirt and I'm trying to decide whether wearing it out would be too dorky.
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Red Pocket Cranes! on: March 22, 2008 12:18:03 PM
I hope I'm not too late! To all those Chinese craftstsers out there who have a plethora of red packets left over from Lunar New Year, as such:

I've been cutting mine into squares and making cranes out of them. An easy, firm alternative to origami paper! There's no grain direction and they look SO pretty when done, I've been giving mine away so no pictures. If you have ones like the fish one in the middle (photo) it works really well because the squares are already defined.


Here's a quick example of a completed one.
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Notecard Box > Chain-Handle Clutch on: March 22, 2008 12:09:24 PM
A while ago I bought a really cute set of notecards on clearance at Indigo. After I finished using the cards I was obviously left with an emprty box that was wayyy too pretty to trash. So I punched holes in the sides and strung a chain through and voila!

Action shot!

With the second one I made (I went back and bought more notecard sets JUST so I could make these. The cards are burning a hole in my bedside table drawer.)
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Love: A Hand Study on: March 21, 2008 09:59:40 AM
Work in progress for art class. To be shaded in pencil crayon (nooo! what about my precious charcoals?).

26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 'Lola Converse': Tote Bag! on: March 21, 2008 09:56:59 AM
Birthday present for a friend who nickname is Lola Converse, because she a) LOves LAughing, b) wears Converse (duh) and c) talks a lot. Thank you, Stencilry!

4 hours of work and crazy hand cramps.

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 'Ivadell': Fishnets! on: March 21, 2008 09:52:25 AM
Behind every clothing recon is a mildly interesting story.

Two years ago I attended the opening night of the theatrical Lord of the Rings in Toronto, which you could totally tell had taken $2.7 mil to produce. It was fantastic. And included in that fantasticness was... free gift bags for all! One of the items in there was a pair of knee-high fishnet stockings, which I believe I'm a bit too young for. So a quick snip later, I had myself... fingerless gloves!

I looove them and fully intend to wear them back to school Tuesday. Armwarmer gloves are somewhat of a trend among my friends and of course homemade always takes home base.

They look mildly Victorian and for no reason whatsoever I'm naming them 'Ivadell'.

Easiest, sexiest recon ever!
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ma Petite Princesse S'en va au Bal on: March 21, 2008 09:39:17 AM
I had a pocket-sized Canson sketchbook lying around. Deciding its plainness would hardly help inspiration strike, I covered the front with wrapping paper and a paper dress I made. Simple and classy.

29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fly Away With Me w/tute & pics! on: March 21, 2008 09:17:39 AM
Pop-up butterfly kirigami cards! I also stamped the butterfly pattern onto the paper. They're so fun and easy to make. I'll make a tutorial upon request!

And a tutorial just for Uluru  Grin

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw roughly a butterfly:

Cut along the lines on the butterfly but do not cut it completely out. Open the card slightly and push the shape in, valley-folding along the bottom wing on each side.


30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 8-Card Overload: 'Lyra's Oxford Scowlers', 'Snowdrift', 'Dream Big'... on: March 11, 2008 07:57:42 AM
So in the past few days I've been clearing out a corner of my vaguely octagonal room to make way for a card-making station. While setting up, I dragged out some of the cards I've been making in my spare time over the past few months. Sorry for the major linkage - I blame the spambots out there.


Made this one when I woke up and looked outside today, actually. Who doesn't love a good Canadian winter promising tons of unofficial snow days? Too bad it's March break anyway.

'Your Favourite Knitwits'

The remake of a card a friend and I did for our teacher, which read, "Hope you and your family are tightly-knit this Christmas. From your favourite knitwits, {me} and {her}."

'Lyra's Oxford Scowlers'

Tentatively reserved for a friend who has read and loves both The Golden Compass and Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: Here There Be Dragons. If you haven't read them yet, go now!

'Dream Big'

Text is a graphic from Shabby Princess (much <3). The kanji is Chinese and Japanese for 'dream'.

'Joy to Me'

Again, text from Shabby Princess. Wax-paper image from a Canada Post stamp envelope, and yes that's a glow-in-the-dark star in the corner.


Went slightly overboard with my love for Canada Post, who delivered my letters faithfully across town about twice a week for two years. Stamp envelope image, used stamp, air mail sticker, and purchase receipt. (The brother and I are also stamp collectors.)

'Belle 7'

Named after the corner text (magazine clipping). Work in progress, may end up being the birthday card of my friend of the same name (if I fineline 'ISA' in front of it), whose party is coming up this weekend.

'In My Stomach'
Update: has its own topic at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235085.0
Yay wordplay! Butterflies! Angle shots for extra coolness factor.

That's all for now! Feedback, anyone? I'm a first-time cardmaker, pretty much. I'll probably be on a crafting frenzy over break, as eighth grade homework is pretty much going to take over my life once I get back to school.
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