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11  Arizona / Arizona: South / Re: tucson? on: May 29, 2008 12:28:35 PM
Hi there-
I just moved here from Minneapolis, MN and am really excited to get crafting again.  I sold off all my furniture and left all my craft materials behind, since I flew down here and shipped only my life essentials (10 boxes containing shoes and all my clothes *sigh*).

I was in a craft club called "The Crafty Bitches" and I hosted a weekly ladies craft night in Minneapolis.  I love sewing, revamping furniture and general craftiness.

If anyone has any tips on acquiring cheap old furniture to revamp or some great craft supplies stores, that would be great.  Once I get settled into my permanent home (which will be in August) I would love to meet some other Tucson craftsters/possibly host a craft evening. 

So, let me know if anyone would be interested!

12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fashionista Art on: February 25, 2008 10:15:29 AM
So, taking this insanely fuzzy picture made me realize that:

1) I need to learn how to hook up my scanner
2) I have massive amounts of respect for photography, as I cannot even      photograph a still object.

Anyway, I have been making these little 8X10 gore/glamour paintings lately.  They are mostly acrylic w/ some charcoal and marker.

I like them because they look cool and take me about an hour, just the perfect amount of time for a craft/art project.  

And they make great gifts.

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Red/Black Revamped Chairs on: February 25, 2008 09:09:49 AM
I got a set of 4 old wooden chairs for $8.00 at a garage sale.

Here is a picture of two-there are two more just like these.

I used vinyl to reupholster them-at first I thought that would be too cheesy...but I was very please with the end result. 

I really like the idea of having the alternating colors to.  They make for dining room chairs that are interesting, but not too wild.

Long live my staple gun!

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Chair on: February 25, 2008 09:04:06 AM
For the life of me I have no idea what transfer paper we used, except that we got it from office max.  We started the quilt in 2000, and I made the chair in 2002...my memory of it has faded!

It is actually quite water proof-I can easily wipe it down to clean it.

And kudos have to go to my ex, who did all the ironing.  I am lucky, I would have never had the patience to quilt the material to make this chair.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Chair on: February 25, 2008 08:53:10 AM
I revamped this chair about 5 years ago.  It has kind of a torrid history.

The fabric is actually part of a quilt I had started with my ex-boyfriend.  We made the material by ironing hundreds of transfers that we made from scans off the computer.  My ex had to hand iron them all onto fabric.  It was super tedious.  On top of that, we were new to quilting and were trying to make this crazy funky design, and kept screwing it up.

Finally, we were fighting so bad, I yelled F*ck it!  We are NOT breaking up over a quilt.  So, I shoved it into a closet and didnt give it another thought.

After our eventual, non-quilt related break up, I felt like it would be a shame to waste the material, but I didnt want to have a bedspread associated with my ex.  I had found this chair in the garbage while out for a run one day (I am a SHAMLESS dumpster diver).  I painted the frame, padded the cushioning and re-upholstered it.

It actually felt really good to cut through the material and turn it into something new and different!

16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Fashionista/Gore 8x10 Painting on: February 21, 2008 01:29:59 PM
There ya go, I was a new member...so I couldn't add pics to posts right away.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decoupaged/Painted Cherry Blossom Cabinet on: February 21, 2008 10:48:56 AM
You know what?  It is actually super fun getting rid of ALL my stuff, except my clothes and photographs.  Kind of freeing!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Some old T-shirt Reconstructions on: February 20, 2008 09:46:33 AM
These aren't terribly original, but I these were in my pictures archives, so I thought I would post them.  Both of these t-shirt mods were from Large or XL shirts.  The one shoulder top literally only takes 5 minutes to cut and sew. 


19  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Heart and Crossbone/Heart and Bat Wing Cookies on: February 19, 2008 01:46:46 PM

Once they were dry I packed them up in freezer bags into a decorated box, filled with bright tissue paper.  If you stack them in tight, they don't break.  I sent them to Wisconsin from Minnesota, no problems!
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fashionista/Gore 8x10 Painting on: February 19, 2008 01:12:53 PM
I painted this for my sis as a gift.  Sage advice from her older sister.  I think I need a serious tutorial on photographing art. (the pic is super fuzzy!)  I will have to dig through the archives!

It's mostly acrylic on paper, with some marker, charcoal and gore makeup thrown in for good measure.



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