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11  My Spring-y Splice-y Tank-Top-y Vintage-y Dress :) (Whoa now an action shot!!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: November 15, 2011 02:45:48 PM
**Edit...action shot, because I found a belt. And yes, I make weird faces in pictures. And I lost my camera, so I had to use my phone.

The back...I'm kinda hunching a bit, but just for reference Smiley

So this idea is not originally mine by any means; its your basic pre-made tank top attached to a skirt to make a dress concept, but I had always wanted to try it so here is my take Smiley

The tank top I started out with was this one. I (one day, while snooping through the trash, like usual) fished it out of an old bag of clothing that was destined for a probably dismal fate. (Actually, to be honest, it wasn't this tank top exactly; it was one EXACTLY like it, only blue. But I didn't take a picture of it before I cut it up because I didn't think this would actually work ^.^)

I liked the detail over the yoke/collar a ton. The shirt, however, was gigantic on me, and the front had a habit of hanging dangerously low when I moved about.

I took in the sides but the top was still too low in the front for my tastes. SO I got to thinking, 'Hey, the back of the shirt is equally awesome...LETS TURN IT AROUND!'

So I did!

The skirt fabric was a jewel. It is a silk blend that was half-off at Jo-Ann's, plus I had a coupon, PLUS it was the last of the bolt so I got another percentage off! I got about 3 yards of it for like $5! I LOVE bright patterns!

I also like how it has a sort of vintage vibe. Or maybe that is just me, hehe. I am on the prowl for a belt to wear with it, to kinda break up the piece a little bit.

The back.
It is kinda difficult to tell on the mannequin, but the button and keyhole add a cute addition the the back neckline. It falls in just the right place and is kind of unexpected!

Again, thank you all for your interest and support! It means so much to me!

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12  My Belt Hanger is a Rake. Seriously :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: September 27, 2011 01:13:18 PM
I had seen somewhere along the interwebs that someone had used an old rake as a necklace hanger, and when I stumbled across this one at a yard sale, I figured it could also be used as a belt rack! All I did was clean it up, and attach some old jewelry pieces I wasn't using anymore for some bling-age Smiley

The original...

Thanks you guys, like always!
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13  Sewing Table Slipcover From Curtains! ($3 curtains, I might add ^.^) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: September 06, 2011 09:59:33 PM
I would firstly like to apologize for spamming up everyone's Craftster feed for the past few days, and I assure you that this is the last installment of my bedroom makeover. I PROMISE. Smiley

SO! My grandmother gave me her old sewing machine/table!

And I really wanted it (a) in my room and (b) to match my room without (c) tearing it up or painting it. So I snatched up these curtains at the thrift store for $3...

...along with some sew and stick velcro and a piece of HDF I had laying in the garage, and...

I like big grommetted things and didn't want to just throw them away, so I tacked them along the edge. Its not crooked, I promise, I just couldn't find the iron to iron it before I took pictures Smiley

Thank you so much you guys!
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14  My New Blue'n'Yeller Bedyroom! (You will die from picture intoxication) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: September 05, 2011 09:15:34 PM
***Best of 2011!?!?!? THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!! I am so flattered and overwhelmed! THANK YOU!

As an almost out of my teens young adult person, it was time to give the bedroom I have had since I was ten a facelift. So after only 4 MONTHS (due to procrastination and life), I'm finally finished. BRING ON THE PICTURES!

Firstly, the glorious before...

I have an innane mount of stuff. No lie, its ridiculous. As a self respecting Craftster, I throw away NOTHING. This contributed in part to the length of time it took me to do this.

Some progress....

I was completely unaware of how long it would take me to spackle my walls. 10 years of nailing anything and everything up that you can will take its toll lol Wink

Anddd after... Smiley

My tufted headboard...I stumbled across this fabric the other...month...and it was the basis for my color scheme Smiley

The glorious yellow closet doors!

Everything you see here I made or re-did! Cheesy The dressers I redid (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386672.msg4573992#msg4573992 and https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=389455.msg4610284#msg4610284), the suitcase table (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386684.msg4574157#msg4574157), the window (found on the side of the road! hehe yay for side of the road hunting!), the bedspread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390116.msg4618480#msg4618480), the curtains, and the headboard.

Thanks so much you guys!
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15  Knocked off Anthropologie Bedspread...with only T-shirts, D'oh! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: September 05, 2011 09:00:25 PM
Sooooooo I love everything in Anthropologie. Because, you know, its easy to love. Just not to own. Cause I don't have that much money. I especially loved this bedspread...

I would drool over it every time I went to the store. Its made out of JERSEY AND ITH THO SOFFTTT.

Andddd its $3045083408934.


So anyway, I took myself down to our local Dirt Cheap store (seriously, check them out if you have one, I LOVE IT) and picked up 50 white t-shirts for $30. A week later and some dead brain cells later...

(Sorry for the shoddy cell phone pics! o.O)

I really like how it turned out. Its not as bunchy as the original, but, it keeps me nice'n'toasty just fine Smiley

In progress...

Taking over the living room hahaha

Thanks for looking!
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16  Decoupaged Yellow Dresser! (I like yellow furniture :)) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: August 28, 2011 05:22:06 PM
My bedroom renovation has been a saga of epic proportions, seeing as my parents wanted to buy my new furniture and be done, whereas I wanted to redo all of said furniture and drag it out for as long as possible Smiley So I took my 45-year-old chest of drawers dresser thing, and gave it a facelift!

I had always wanted to try decoupaging fabric onto furniture, but never had a good excuse to do so until now!

A before...

I used about 6 or 7 layers of ModPodge Hard Coat for the drawer fronts, sanding with 400grit between every two coats, and then a ModPodge clear matte sealer to finish it off. The body of the dresser is a combo of white primer, spray paint, and wall paint, as I 1. Ran out of my original spray paint, 2. DROPPED the sander onto the top of the dresser and gouged a chunk out, and 3. Did this all outside in the horrendous winds lol!

Some in progress shots...

More details on mah bloggy Smiley

Thanks so much for looking!
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17  Suitcase Table of Yellowness! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: July 24, 2011 07:11:26 PM
I've been totally redo-ing my bedroom, and I have a fondness for anything that looks old and slightly weird. Eclectic and stuff! I had originally seen a suitcase chair that I drooled over for about 6 months that I wanted to make, but when I tried, I didn't like how it came out, so I made me a table instead!

We had had this table for forever and a day (as in, it was a wedding gift for my parents). Don't worry, I asked before I chopped it up Smiley

Then I stalked every thrift store in a 50 mile radius and found this lovely yellow thing...

Took it home, cleaned it up, attacked the table with about twelve layers of spray paint, (because these SILLY MOTHS kept LANDING ON MY WET PAINT AND FLOPPING AROUND) and voila! Suitcase table!

I'm not done with it yet; I still have to find some duper super cute fabric to cover the little glass insert in the middle with, but until then. I just was so excited about it so I posted it Smiley

Andddd here it is all finished up!

Thanks you guys!
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18  Dressed up Dresser...or...'What to do with tiny picture frames' :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: July 24, 2011 04:36:49 PM
My grandmother passed away recently, and left behind a mind-numbing amount of stuff. Literally, mind numbing. Living alone in a huge house for 20 years with a fondness for furniture will do that. Wink SO. I absolutely love things with lots of drawers; I always have, so she left me this dresser.

I have always liked it, but I'm redo-ing my room with predominantly white furniture. A lot of sanding, wood-puttying, and paint fumes to the brain later...

I love it, I really do. You can't really tell in the pictures, but I sanded down all the edges so the brown comes through to make it look old. And the handles? Picture frames! I got them all for under $10 and hit them with some paint. I like how they are all different and kinda off kilter. Some of them have a different pattern on the top vs the bottom, as they were all vertical frames, and I like that too Smiley

The round one is my favorite Smiley I haven't decided if I will go back and put actual knobs on them or not. The drawers pretty much slide open by themselves, so I (hopefulllyy! haha) wont have too much of a problem. Cute > functional, right??

Thanks guys!
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19  Re: $4.95 Swap AKA Fill a SMALL Flat Rate Box R3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Chocolate_Jo on: March 25, 2011 11:53:56 AM
Hello all! NikoleLily's had hectic-ness going down and asked me to post pictures of her stuff!

Some old/vintage-y buttons...

There is actually about seven different fabrics here, I just didn't think to spread them out too well.


She said she loved silk most of all, and old scarves, and this one was both!

Some little keys/locks charms.

Old lace ^.^

This was a necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/43391747/snow-whites-poison-apple-necklace-kitsch from her wist...I didn't get a picture of the earrings I made to match =/


I hope you liked it NikoleLily!

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20  Re: $4.95 Swap AKA Fill a SMALL Flat Rate Box R3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Chocolate_Jo on: March 18, 2011 03:10:56 PM
SO I was like, stalking major the USPS tracking site during class today...and low and behold it said it was at my house, and I did a little dance, and proceeded to drive very dangerously all the way home and assault the mail box Wink

NotKnit sent me the coolest stuff!!

Swirly blue fabric! Love!

Le loot!

I can't even explain how much I love these seedbeads. For reals. And I loved the names! Like 'Butterscotch' and 'Limeaid' Smiley

Way-cool glass beads!

I LOVED these!

And these!

Thank you so much NotKnit!

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