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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / whatever it was, it's now a cherished earring display :) on: June 19, 2011 06:37:00 PM
oh how I wish I'd gotten before pictures!  But I'll do my best to paint a before picture <queue dream sequence>

wOooooOwoOOo WooowoowooOOOOoo..................

I have been getting more and more into earrings and have been getting sicker and sicker of of digging through my wee little drawer of earrings to find the right pair each morning.  So, I went to the thrift store in search of something with an area to attach some mesh for displaying my pretty ear trinkets. 
I searched and searched and in the second thrifty store I found the most perfect, disgustingly painted... thing.  Don't know if it once held a picture or a mirror or if it simply framed nothingness, but it had an under-the-sea theme complete with little 3-D fish glued on and a few dings here and there.  I gladly paid the $4.50 asking price and merrily brought it home to show hubby my find!

I chiseled off the fishes, sanded down the destruction they left behind (along with whatever else I could smooth out), primed it up [hurry up and dry] painted it a few coats of a relaxing shade of NEON PINK [hurry up and dry dry dry] and then I spent many blissful hours doodling my favorite things all over it.  Then I sealed it [take your time drying, I'm taking my tired butt to bed] and the next morning I hot glued some plastic canvas stuff to the back (yay, green!  now it's my fave color combo!), where the picture or mirror would have nestled in, glued a strip of cork along the bottom of the back of the canvas for studs to poke into and VOILA!  My earring display! 

I love love love it!  just need more earrings to dangle from it Smiley    ahem... hint hint future swap partners  Wink

Oh!  and Frost Yourself is from "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days".  I always thought it was cute and it popped in my head as an appropriate way to start the doodling for my jewelry.  Plus, it game me a reason to make lots and lots of snowflakes!  Smiley  Yay, snow!  Grin

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Another Con, Another Costume on: March 30, 2011 02:28:54 PM
We went to MegaCon last weekend and my guys (husband and friend/roommate) wore the same costumes from the Star Wars Con, except I made them some robes to add on with and I made myself an all new costume- Barriss Offee.  I was overwhelmed with the response, I couldn't believe how many people knew who I was (being a lesser known Jedi).  Anyway, I spent many many MANY hours just engineering the construction of my cloak and my skirt & shirt were done with very strategically chosen patterns that I think worked out perfectly.  I did my belt buckle with fimo & paint.  Eye liner for my diamonds and though the photos don't show it, I used green eye shadow to tinge all visible skin.  Oh!  and the cloak... I couldn't find the right print for it so I bought something nice in the right color and hand drew the design on... all... 60 inches wide... by 7... yards... length...  Tongue  I'm glad I went for it though, I think it made all the difference.  Ok, enough rambling:

Here's a pic showing a comparison between me (left) and the movie Barriss & her buckle (right)

and here's the 3 of us getting photographed by multiple people, but it shows my friend's costume pretty good (the Sith Warrior).  Hubby was Obi.

It was a great con, we had a blast! 
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / pretty earrings on: December 19, 2010 02:08:15 PM
just some earrings I crocheted for Beeker for the first gift in the Mini 12 days of Christmas swap

I really love how they came out.  Crocheting jewelry is awesome!  Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bugga baby on: December 19, 2010 02:00:23 PM
Made this for my nephew, before he was born.  I could never imagine he would be SO darn cute in it!   Cheesy

I waited for what seemed like forever for this pattern to be available for purchase, I've never stalked a pattern before like that.  It's Bugga Baby Bunting from Spud & Chloe.

here it is before the baby arrived
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Sewed my butt off and it was worth it :) on: August 16, 2010 01:24:45 PM
We attended our first con this past weekend, the Star Wars Convention in Orlando.  I made costumes for me, dh, and our best bud.  I made everything for our costumes except the boots (though mine were black and I painted them brown) and the light saber hilts that the guys had (best bud made those though!) and the cloak, for time's sake.

I was Padme, DH was Obi Wan, and best bud was kind of up for debate, lol.  It started off being Ani, then he said he'd be Darth Maul, but then decided against that so kind of back to Ani he went, though there's no leather, so he is whatever you want him to be when you look at him Smiley  

I was absolutely IN SHOCK when we actually had people stopping us asking for our pictures.  Can we say "glowing murbeck"?!  lol  Grin

Anyway, pictures...

all of us together

a totally goofy pic that shows best bud's costume really well (plus a bonus shot of some sweet Obi Ass!)

closeup of my medallions I made

Yoda clutch, made from Obi's left over pant material, using a Keyka Lou pattern...

and even lanyards for the tickets Smiley

I hope you guys approve, I feel that ya'll are the hardest to impress (not because you're mean, but because of the abundance of talent here!!!!)

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / for my little rock star niece on: July 30, 2010 08:46:54 AM
After my niece picked out not only chucks (such a great taste) but neon green & orange chucks, I was inspired to make her some really hot fingerless gloves for Christmas this year.  I already wanted to make these gloves for her, but these colors really make me happy  Smiley  I hope she loves them!

I used the Stripe It Up Fingerless Gloves pattern on ravelry.  Free!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / raven art on: July 09, 2010 06:02:14 AM
I do believe that this is my first posted paper crafted item!   Smiley  I'm starting to get around!  Wink

Anyway, this was for the Woodland Creature Swap.  My partner listed Ravens as one of her favorite woodland creatures.  I took a pretty raven-in-a-tree sillhouette and took an exacto knife to it.  Then I put it against the glass in a frame that has depth and put a dark green sheet of cardstock in the back (where the photo would go) for contrast and voila!  I am quite happy with the results and am considering doing something like this for my own wall  Smiley

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crocheted deer bowl on: July 09, 2010 05:45:41 AM
Made this for the Woodland Creatures Swap.  It's crocheted with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn, 1 blue + 1 green.  Then I cut out a deer from felt and stitched it onto the bowl.  I LOVE how it came out!  The deer didn't photograph well, but it's in sort of a prancing position and I swear it looks cute in real life  Wink

thanks for looking!

P.S. if you want to try and make one (so easy) then it's the Adirondack Bowl on ravelry.

9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Making my black boots brown.... on: June 24, 2010 09:15:32 AM
So I have these boots that I bought on ebay to wear under my MOH dress in a recent wedding.  As it turns out, I do not like them with anything else.  Now, I am making a Padme costume for an upcoming Star Wars convention and I need brown boots, but do not want to spend a bunch of money on boots, since the rest of the costume is adding up.  My MOH boots would be PERFECT... IF they were brown.  Below is a picture of similar boots.  Mine are a bit shiny, leading me to believe they are sealed.  I read on another topic, to use acitone before painting, and someone else said Krylon spray paint (I think...).  Any new suggestions for my boots?  My biggest concern is using the wrong paint and
1. dying my pants brown while wearing them together (the boots will be worn OVER the pants though)


2. the paint cracking throughout the day due to the floppiness of the leather.

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ribbit Ribbit on: June 07, 2010 01:32:10 PM
My lil sis is prego.  Sis loves frogs.  Saw this and knew that I had to do it.  It was so easy and I'm really excited about how it came out!!!!  I did the toddler size, using slightly smaller needles and used cotton so that hopefully it will be perfect for Spring time (she's due right before Thanksgiving) in Tennessee.

laid out flat (I will have that tail weaved in before I give it Wink ):

And poor Pixie modeling for me:

if you are interested, it's a free pattern on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-frog-hat
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