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11  Oasis: Because the trees are taking too long to bloom in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: May 05, 2011 09:13:51 PM
Hey there! I bring to the table a new shoe, inspired by the blossoming of spring. Actually that isn't 100% true. My dad was clearing sticks in his yard and I thought: "I HAVE GOT TO USE STICKS IN A DESIGN." And so these were born.

All sticks, stones and moss are real and from the earth. The flowers are silk. Smiley

[I also entered these in the current craftster challenge so if the double post isn't cool, just let me know and I apologize for it]

You can imagine what everyone thought of me picking up sticks, examining them with satisfaction, then stuffing them in my purse =P

Thanks for looking, everyone! Cheesy
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12  Oasis in CHALLENGE 62 ENTRIES by frenchonion on: May 05, 2011 08:53:14 PM
Hello there! here's my contest entry; shoes inspired by the (finally) blossoming spring! Enjoy!

The stones, moss and twigs are real, the flowers are silk Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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13  Candy Coated [updated-- I wore them somewhere!] in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: April 09, 2011 08:07:22 PM
A couple months back, I had the idea to cover an entire pair of shoes in rainbow nonpareils. It took me some time to find the perfect pair of shoes to use (no joke, I spent an hour in the clearance section of Burlington Coat factory trying to find the matching left to the right I managed to find) and an equally long time to find a canister of rainbow nonpareils big enough for the job. turns out, I didn't actually use that many. I wish I had a camera aside from my phone to catch the glossiness of the shoes and the really sharp contrast between the colours and the black of the heels.

Tada! I added the lace detail to rid my feet of toe cleavage. I hate toe cleavage.

Here is a before and in progress shot:

I really loved these shoes on their own. They just so happen to be BCBG (a brand I would never imagine myself seeking out), they're cute, and they are COMFORTABLE. I might go back and get another pair (if I can find another pair at all, never mind in my size) to keep black.

The much requested ACTION SHOT

After Halloween, I picked up quite a few jars of black and orange nonpareils for about $0.60ea and I plan to make these shoes again: Halloween edition

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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14  Re: Make a Purse & Fill It Swap (Round 6) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by frenchonion on: March 02, 2011 01:19:11 PM
I received my package from Rock Cave Mom today! I was super spoiled! Ahhh! Here are the goods PHOTO OBESE:

Upon opening the box. At first I thought the purse was a dress because of the pleats and how big it is haha

HOW MUCH DO I LOVE THIS LINING? I love the pattern and the blues. Since the bag is so big, it's going to be a great help locating things. There's even a key holder so my keys don't drop to the bottom! (Which is great since I just bought a new car  Wink)

The fillers! A hold/cold rice (I believe) pack. (How did you know I needed one of these?), A blue notepad, a white notepad, a personalized address book, a monthly planner, and pens that ALL MATCH. They are so beautiful! Tissues and (scented!) toddler wipes (which are great now that Nikolai started eating baby food and makes a mess), a crayon roll from my wist, and probably my favourite: a hand carved fox toy for Nikolai!

I love the subtle detail work!

Even the pages are personalized!

Crayon roll-- Classic Pooh fabric to match his nursery!

I am such a sucker for paisley patterns too!

I can't wait to show this to my parents!

Action shot!


ACTION SHOT. This bag is such a great size for us. I'm so tired of hauling around a purse AND a diaper bag. Now I just need one!

Thank you so much, Rock Cave Mom! I love everything!

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15  Drawstring Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by frenchonion on: January 21, 2011 08:34:50 PM
Inspired by a purse I had seen (and wisted!) on etsy. Can be seen here

I've never made a bag before and I figured this wouldn't be too difficult to figure out. It wasn't, but mine also doesn't look as awesome. I'm happy with the result though. Smiley

The lining is a twin bedsheet I used to have. I feel like I use it in every project and I STILL have some left.

It comes complete with Eric Carle's very hungry caterpillar and some stacking cups!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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16  Plain shoe and ugly jewelry? No longer! in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: January 20, 2011 06:52:45 PM
I had recently bought a pair of what I thought were super adorable shoes. That was, until I brought them home and realized they were really plain. So there they sat until I could find suitable adornments. Who would have thought they would have been $2.99 pieces of jewelry!

I can't wait to wear these!

They were sort of cute on their own, but on my feet, looked pretty bland.

Terribly made cheap scenester jewels in a color that doesn't flatter me, but goes great with plum!

Toe view

Outside view

Back view. Hey bird, what's up? Hope you don't fall off.

Inside view. I really liked the key charm, but had NO idea where to put it, so I put it in a secret place?

Thanks so much for looking! Smiley
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17  Happy Sushi mini plushies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: January 19, 2011 07:57:04 PM
A woman I used to work with asked me if I could make her mini sushi plushies. I've never done so myself, and not being all that familiar with sushi, I took inspiration from all different plushies/actual sushi and went to town. I think these little guys are cute; I hope she is happy with them!

They took about three days to complete, as they are 100% hand sewn (I'm not good at working on small scales so I didn't dare use my machine) and I have a 5 month old baby that occupies quite a bit of my time.

Please don't mind the computer; my crafting table is black and they sort of... blended in  Tongue

Their happy little faces Smiley

The tops (and bottoms!) Doesn't look very edible, does it? Tongue

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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18  Ultrasound Wall Art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: January 11, 2011 12:37:14 PM
This project was inspired by a photo frame that I had seen at Babies 'R' Us and a piece of Wall Art that I had seen at Target. Both pieces were out of my budget for design and decorating, so I took the liberty of making my own. Smiley

I made it back in March while I was still pregnant and nearly a year later I finally got around to taking pictures of it. (please excuse the glue smear!)

Hanging up in the Living Room -- I didn't realized how crooked it was until I took pictures haha

You can't tell much from this photo, but the black part comes out about two inches from the printed board. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of that.

Just stickers on cardstock on cardstock on cardstock

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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19  Grown ups need piggy banks too in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by frenchonion on: January 07, 2011 02:05:38 PM
My girlfriends and I paint ceramics (for me that's a break from other crafting haha) and I had recently just painted a piggy bank for my 4 month old son. As I was painting I was thinking about how nice it would be to get pedicures this spring and summer. Then I thought about how I should recon a jar of some sorts of save money in. Since we put all our spare change in his bank, I decided to save all my singles and I would need something that could (hopefully) hold a lot!

At first I was thinking a yankee candle jar since I have a few candles near the end of their time, and then I came across a spaghetti container my mom had given me and I was inspired!

I'm pretty sure this is older than I am.

I took some fun fabric scraps, yarn (to make the bottom soft), glue, and acrylic paint..

And boom. Mommy has her own piggy bank! (and a nice piece of decor) The whole project took maybe 20 minutes. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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