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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cupcake toppers turned cute hair accessories on: June 16, 2013 11:52:18 PM
 A while back a friend got some cupcakes with these really cute flowers on them, so I asked him to save all the toppers because I knew I could do something with them. Finally. Today I figured out a way to make them into hair clips. I figured I can't be the only weird person who saves these, so here's a tutorial for you! By the way, please excuse the horrible pics and my dirty fingers. Had to use my ipad to take the pics as my phone camera is broken and I dyed my hair yesterday and it stained my hands. And I really don't have a Jay Leno chin, it's just the incredibly awkward angle. >_<

First, you will need:
-cupcake toppers
-a work surface, like a cutting board
-scotch tape
-wire cutters
-monkey wrench or small vise grips
-a razor blade, paint scraper, or box cutter
-clear nail polish
-bobby pins
-scrap of sandpaper

First, using the wire cutters, cut off as much of the part that sticks into the cupcake as possible.

Second, place the topper into the vise grips or wrench to stabilize it, and use the razor blade to (carefully!) cut off the remaining stump.

Third, use the scrap of sandpaper to sand the part you just cut smooth(ish).

Fourth, use the razor blade to cut a groove about n the width of a bobby pin in the back of the topper. You'll want to sand this, too.

Next, place a small piece of tape in between the legs of a bobby pin sticky side up. (The top of a bobby pin is the wavy side)

Then, use the nail polish to paint the groove and the approximate area where the tape will be. Place the bobby pin into the groove and press the tape down on all edges. Then paint over the edges of the tape.

Now wait a bit and make sure everything is dry, and voila! Cute new hair accessories!

Questions, comments welcome! Thanks for looking!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / iPhone Jogging Armband on: September 05, 2012 09:18:08 PM
So I haven't been on Craftster in FOREVER because I haven't had a sewing machine or any crafting materials because I've been moving from place to place. I finally just moved into a somewhat permanent residence! Yay! Anyway, I recently started jogging, and all my music is on my iPhone, which is kind of largish and ungainly for jogging, especially when you don't have pockets. Plus, I wanted it to be moisture resistant as sweat + expensive electronics do not mix. I'm going to test it out and see how it does as is, but if necessary I'll seal the seams and corners to make it more sweatproof. (Gross, right?!)

I've seen things like this before, but I figured I could make it for free with stuff I already had. I have about 5 wide black elastic belts, so I took one that I didn't like that much, some random clear vinyl I'd picked up a while back out of the remnant bin at Joann's, and some leftover velcro from an old project, and viola!

The original belt was wide black elastic with two black pleather rectangles with some pyramid studs in a few rows on them that hooked together with a very simple hook and grommet closure. I cut the band to a comfortable length, leaving one pleather rectangle attached, and removed all the studs except the two that covered the hooks (am probably going to remove those eventually and sew on a strip of reflective material). I took a my phone and the vinyl, laid the phone on a corner of the vinyl and cut out a rectangle large enough to overlap on all sides of the phone, and then cut it out in a sort of modified plus shape, like the picture below, and then sewed on velcro to  the appropriate places, sewed the vinyl to the pleather, and then sewed each corner up about 1/2 an inch to keep the phone from sliding out when I ran. Then I marked where the headphones would go and cut out a small cirlce. There's also a small pocket created from where the pleather and vinyl meet that has a velcro closure that is the perfect size for holding a housekey, a few dollars, or holding the extra cord from my headphones. (Apologies for the terrible pics, had to use the aforementioned iPhone, so that's a calculator standing in for illustration purposes. Tongue ) I've included a basic template of the vinyl piece, if anyone ones more detailed instructions I'd be happy to provide, but it's pretty easy to figure out. You could do the same thing for any kind of phone or mp3 player. Thanks for looking!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Blah white to colorful and charming kitchen (picosaurus) on: March 11, 2012 12:53:16 PM
I recently moved into a new apartment and while I loved to setup of my kitchen, I hated the fact that it was floor to ceiling white. Unfortunately, it's an apartment so there are a limited number of things I could do to rectify this. Using a few things I already had I picked up a few other things and made some curtains, and I think it's now 100% better. It's definitely my favorite part of the house... although that may be because it's the only room in the house that's finished. (Seriously. I don't even own any furniture. I sleep on an air mattress and I eat all my meals standing up or sitting on the counter. >_< but at least it's mine!) Without further ado, here's a shot of the (mostly) finished kitchen. (I posted here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405034.0 about the hideous cabinets, which I still intend to something about.)

(why yes, that is a printer on top of the fridge. Why, where do you keep yours?)

and here's what it looked  like before:

Panning from left to right as if you were standing in the center of the kitchen:

And the rug I got for $5 at Walmart that inspired all the other colors in the kitchen (also, a random child ^_~):

As you can tell, I'm inordinately proud of it. I made the curtains out of a $5 flat sheet with some pretty ribbon for detail, I already had the star hook, the polka dot coasters that are used as a trivet, the green dry erase board, the tiny jar with cayenne pepper on it, the flowers(they're hair flowers, I just stapled them to the wall), the red vase and necklace it's wearing, the rock, the blue glass telegraph insulator, the little green clock, the green ceramic bowl, and the wind chime. Everything else I got at Walmart for like $40. I love happy sayings, so I wrote various inspirational statements around the kitchen on nonporous surfaces with dry erase marker so I can change them whenever I feel like it. And I drew the flowers on the toaster because it was too blah. I even used the little bag the sheet came in to store my dry erase markers so they're easy to get to (it's hanging from one of the drawer pulls). I'm very proud of myself, this is the first kitchen I've ever had that was really decorated how I liked it. What do you think?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / What to do with the world's most hideous cabinets? on: March 04, 2012 08:22:16 AM
So I just moved into a new apartment. I love the kitchen, especially the brand new appliances, but it has the most hideous cabinets I have ever seen in my life. To make matters worse, they're not a flat surface so I can't just cover them with something like chalkboard vinyl decals (which is what I had wanted to do originally). It has to be removable or easily changed back to the way it is, since its a rental. The kitchen is white on white with a dash of white, and all the appliances and all my small appliances are white as well. >_< I'm a big fan of bright, cheerful colors. My current obsessions are red and aqua and red/pink/orange/yellow combinations. It's probably got something to do with being sick of winter. ^_~ Also, I have a pretty small budget, about $100. Any ideas?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / "Scoutie Girl" dress... or why being a seamstress is awesome. on: July 22, 2011 12:22:11 PM
This year, my "niece" needed some new school clothes. She had these two cute dresses called "Twirly Girl" dresses that her mamaw found in a boutique, so she went online to find them because she wanted to get a few more. Well, cute had a pretty hefty price tag, so I took a look and was like, I can't believe they're charging that much for that!!! So I was like, "pshaw, I can make those." And I did! This is the first one I did, the skirt a full circle skirt, made from purple polyester 4-way stretch knit, and the top is basically a tank top with flutter sleeves. It was once a fairly hideous button up 2-way stretch rayon XL women's blouse we found in a thrift store. The buttons are also from the blouse. It took about 2 1/2 hours to make, and cost a grand total of $6.26. I hope you like it! ^_^

(the neckline isn't wonky, the dress just slipped down her shoulder a little bit. Smiley )

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / In the heart of every terrifying predator is a cuddly critter on: February 01, 2011 03:07:27 PM
I generally draw people or various doodles, as I'm not very good at animals, but earlier I was doodling on a dry erase board and drew a flaming heart. When I showed it to my boyfriend, he turned it sideways and said, cute octopus. I was like, that is NOT an octopus! So I drew an octopus to show him the difference.

An octopus (sharpie, ink, colored pencil on paper):

NOT an octopus (sharpie, dry erase marker on a dry erase board):

C&C appreciated and thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make the most amazing wedding dress ever? on: October 10, 2010 05:18:47 PM
So, I'm not getting married anytime soon, but I sometimes like to window shop, and I found this incredible dress a while back. I know absolutely that whenever I do get married, it's going to be in *this* dress. It is so perfectly me it's not even funny. I would love to buy it, but the likelihood of it being around when I do get around to getting married is pretty slim, so just in case, I'd like to know how to make it. I'm a fairly accomplished seamstress with plenty of formalwear experience, I've been making bridesmaids dresses, formal dance dresses, and cocktail dresses since I was in high school, and I'm pretty sure that if I figured out the technique, I could make a darn good copycat of this dress. It's a strapless sheath dress with a shrug (easy peasy) but the draping kind of stumps me. How would one go about this?

here's the link:

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Short Autumn Scarf, featuring world's single most idiotic action shot EVAR! on: July 13, 2010 03:11:01 PM
I just randomly started crocheting yesterday, with no particular plan as to what I was going to do with it.Then I thought it'd make a nice capelet-like shawl for my mom, but after a few rows I decided I didn't like how it would look after all, but I liked the pattern too much to frog the whole thing. Plus, this was at least 1 movie worth of work (yes, I measure crafting time by movies and/ or CDs. I know. I'm a dork.). So I finished the row I was on and decided it would be potentially wearable. So here it is. Please excuse the crappy pics, I have no camera available except my webcam, and I had to post the action shot so others could laugh at my idiotic-ness. Enjoy!

(side note, I swear I don't normally look like a female John Candy. This is the combination of no makeup, and the most awkward showcase pose ever.)

detail (ignore the lime green, it was the only solid color item I had available. >_<)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Denim Fairytale (rather verbose) on: January 31, 2010 02:43:47 PM
Once upon a time there was a lovely pair of jeans. They were cute and comfy. They looked great with tshirts and flip flops, looked great with dress shirts and heels. They were the perfect jeans. They went on many adventures with the girl who loved them. They were the kind of tush hugging jeans that make boyfriends drool. In short, they were the best jeans ever.

That is, until one day, the girl, while wearing her beloved jeans, went to sit down on the couch. Alas, the jeans, which had survived several years of being worn quite often, suddenly tore open in a rather compromising area. This was not the sort of tear that added character to your jeans, unless of course the sort of character you are looking for involves skimpy mesh tops and knee high hooker boots. No, this was the sort of tear than ends a beautiful relationship.

The girl sadly changed into another, less awesome pair of jeans and tossed her old friend into the recon bin. Then one day, she had a brilliant idea. She would turn her  beloved jeans into a skirt! So she begged the almost-boyfriend to take her to the store to get some supplies, and then set to work. Within an hour or two, the sad old jeans became a lovely new skirt!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Plethora of Plaid Playshorts (Pic Pernicious) on: June 29, 2009 06:15:42 PM
I seem to have gotten carried away with all those 'P's >_<

My son (the Beast) seems to go through clothes much faster than I can wash them, (argh at apartments without in-unit washers and dryers!), and we have the added problem of not having air conditioning, so it is very hot and so we wear the bare minimum of clothing around the house anyway. So I solved the problem by digging out the remnants of an old sheet that had previously been used to make PJ's for my dad, and made a bunch of play/ PJ shorts for the Beast. And because I couldn't just have 7 pairs of identical shorts laying around, I drew stuff on them with a sharpie. ^_^ And because I'm a nerd I had to include the Alliance and Horde insignias from World of Warcraft. Yes, I know. I need help.

All together:

Close ups of my favorites:

And the beast in all his short and short-tastic glory:

These were very simple to make and overall it took me about 2.5 to 3 hours to make them all from start to finish. I hope you enjoyed!
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