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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Key Ring Plaque with 3 emblems (4 pics) on: November 03, 2011 06:56:29 PM
I have created this Key Ring Plaque, but it is not complete.  As usual, I am not saavy with a camera and could not get a good picture.  I have not put the hardware for the keys on yet.  Also, I'm not sure how to finish the edging.  Right now, it is just the plain wood.  I was thinking of painting the edging white. 

Any opinions, good or bad would be appreciated. 

Thank you!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fishing Boat Tile Coasters (3 pics) on: November 02, 2011 07:17:56 PM
Here is another set of coasters that I have free hand painted.  I am having a hard time getting a good picture that shows the richness in the color, but hopefully you get the idea.  They look much brighter/better in person. 

Any good or bad advice would be advisable.  I am going to sell these for approximately $25/set.  They are one of a kind and hand painted, so I am hoping the price seems justified.  Please give me your feedback, good or bad. 

Thank you

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Night Time Camping Tile Coasters (5 pics) on: November 02, 2011 07:06:06 PM
I painted these 4 tiles for my company I have started.  I would love any feedback, good or bad.  I of course think they look nice, but your opinions matter most when it comes to selling them. 

I am doing both freestyle painted as well as decoupage and other mediums. 

Thank you for looking.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Ceramic Tile Coasters - SEALANT HELP! on: October 27, 2011 06:03:35 AM
Calling all crafters, I need help, big time! 

I am trying to find a way to seal Ceramic Tile Coasters that I have made.  I am not using the STAZON Ink to color them in, but I know those are pretty much self sealing when baked. 

I am decoupaging fabric and papers, as well as freehand acrylic painting.  I cannot seem to find any decent directions that provide any information for sealing.  The few directions that do have sealants listed, must have had a really thick coffee mug, because they do not work.  I have 2 different types of coffee mugs myself that I use for testing the sealants.  The first one I try, doesn't even heat the tile when boiling water is added.  The second one instantly melts the sealants, mod podge, etc. 

I will be testing Rustoleum High Heat Clear sealant tonight, which will be 24 hours after 3 coats.  As of this morning, it still smells like spray paint, and when I use my fingernail to see if it dents, it does.  So I'm not sure that this is a long term fix. 

I really enjoy making these and I don't want to find out that all I can use them for is hanging on the wall. 

Any help would be more than appreciated.

Thank you so much.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Help Please! Need Bead Ideas... on: August 11, 2009 09:29:47 AM
Hi All,  I don't normally post, but absolutely admire all of your projects.  But now I need your help.  I am getting ready to start a Weight Loss Competition Club/Business.  I wanted to give something to the person that has lost some weight, at the weekly weigh-ins, so I came up with an idea.  At first, I thought of making shields out of pillows, and the shields represent your strengh/Confidence/Self Esteem/Etc.  I would give out one bead per pound lost each week, that they could/would sew onto their pillows.  The more "bling bling" the Self Esteem Shield has, the stronger you are becoming. 

Great idea, but my closest friend and my sister totally vetoed the shield.  So they came up with Tote Bags.  That way they can carry their weightloss journals and folders, and still be showing their beads. 

So as usual, I headed over to the OrientalTrading Cite, and fell in love with the Lampwork and glass beads.  So I have decided to use those, that way multiple kinds can be purchased, and everybody can personalize their collage of beads. 

Now my question to you.  Can you come up with something, similar to the shield and the canvas tote bags, that we could display these beads onto? 


They must be easy to transport.
They must be easy to display - not requiring anything special
They shouldn't be corny, like the shield.  (not my words).  ha ha

Thank you all for your help. 

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / UnderWater Arrangements Bridal Shower on: August 01, 2008 09:10:14 PM
Here is the jist of the evening from my other post:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260859.0

I didn't have money for any flowers or anything, so I thought outside the box.  I already had some glass vases, the bride's mom gave me some, and I only purchased a couple of them.  I then collected all kinds of weeds, flowers, sticks, etc. and created nature themed underwater arrangements. 

I was offered a side job within a week (a year away though) and asked to start my own business so that I can do this more often.  The owner of the property I rented (his wife too) couldn't stop talking about them. 

I have surprised myself so much with this bridal shower.  Before the shower, I was the one that admired and dreamed of doing the things that people do on this website.  I can't believe I have something I feel is worth sharing. 

Thanks for looking


7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Succulent Bridal Shower Party Favors on: August 01, 2008 08:41:42 PM
I hosted a bridal shower for my friend a few weeks ago.  The party was a wine tasting party, in a very old house/bed & breakfast historical farm on the water.  It was an amazing setting.  The party favors that I came up with was to give out succulent plants, mini terrariums if you will in a wine glass.  I figured they are the easiest plants to take care of, as long as you give them good dirt.  So after consulting stormthecastle.com (just found it via google search and emailed the guy), I was able to get the right layers of medium to plant the succulents in.  He now has directions and links to my photos on his site. 

I also had left over plants and planted them in my sea shells with the same "dirt". 

I then used an oil marker to write the names of the bride and groom, with a heart in the middle of them.  I then painted the heart red with glass paint.  It looks very good.  I have never done anything like this before, and quite frankly i have completely set myself aback.  I am gaining a lot more confidence that I can do anything I set myself up for! 

I also did these water arrangements, but I will post those on another link.  I'll just say, I am starting a side business and may possibly be doing a wedding in the next year already. 

I figured this was so easy, and such a great hit, I knew it would be nice of me to share the idea. 

Thanks for looking


8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Remember that Gift! Great Way to save those thoughts... on: July 21, 2008 08:50:56 AM
I came up with a good way to remember gifts for people whenever that time comes.  My fiancee laughed at me when I told him what I did, so I figured that meant it was worth sharing, lol. 

I created a Word file on my computer.  I do not need to password protect mine, but it may be an option if it is a shared computer. 
Whenever somebody says, "Man, wish I could have one of those", i either write it down immediately, or do my hardest to remember it, so that I can add it to my word file.  I have everybody's names in alphabetical order in  Bold, then I start a bulleted paragraph under each one. 

Come Christmas time, or birthday time, etc., I just choose a gift from the list.  In order to keep track of previous items purchased (no duplicate gift giving), you can change the font of the one item to "StrikeThrough".  You can even use "DoubleStrikeThrough" to show that the same gift was given twice. 

I like making frustrating things easier to handle, and my memory is one of them.  It has helped me a lot, and I think its about time I shared my neat little tricks. 

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Newbie with Ideas... on: January 08, 2008 02:05:02 PM
Okay, being a newbie (to not only just Craftster, but crafting altogether), and knowing there are many others on this site, I think we need a swap where we feel most comfortable.  Well, here is my idea...

Pair up Long Timer with a new person.  Long Timer could give newbie something inspirational like directions, tutorials, books, etc. even craft kits, or misc. supplies.  Something that they know nothing about, but by the end of the swap would give them all the tools they need to complete the craft.  And in return, the newbie could give thanks to their new teacher.  THis could include crafts or trinkets or whatever.  I'm sure somebody else could come up with better ideas than me for this side of things.  Maybe even give the newbie created item back, somehow.  I don't know, lots of ideas, but like I said before, I'm sooo new to this site.

Thank you for reading

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Coat Rack Painting - 1st Craft Post - on: January 07, 2008 08:46:28 AM
I want to thank everyone on this site.  It has been years since I have used my artistic talents in any way.  Thank you for your inspiration.  This website has saved my soul.

Moving right along...

I had a 6" wide x 36" (+/-) long furniture grade pine (?) board.  I had coat hooks.  I needed a coat rack somewhat bad.  Living in a split foyer, storage is of the essence. 

Ta Dah!  In Da Country! Coat rack

Enjoy, and please don't be afraid to give me advice.  I am not a good painter. 


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