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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Brown Newsboy Hat on: October 13, 2008 11:54:35 AM
So I've been seeing these newsboy hats pop up & I wanted one. So I made it. I found this tutorial online: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=93&d_id=22&lang=us

I tweeked it a little to fit my head, and according to the yarn & hook I used.

But here's the end result. I've never really made a hat I love, and I love this one. I'm just not so sure I love hats. I always buy, make them & think I look like a herb. Let me know what you think about the hat & well, if I look like a herb, before I go out in public Smiley

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Leftover Makit Bakit Crystals = Funky new bowls *with tute* on: September 26, 2008 07:35:41 AM

My Best Friend's Aunt was moving out of her house & gave her a ton of art supplies for her little sister. She looked at it & thought "this is just crap" but thought to call me (taker of all things deemed, "crap") so I went over & looked at what she had there was 8 tons of pony beads. And 4 tons of makit bakit crystals amongst other "Kid craft" items. She thought I would just help her bring it to the garbage I think. Instead I made her sit down & organize & go through with me. And I brought home 99.9% of the stuff. (not crap for a craftster- future projects!!!!)
My first thought with the Makit Bakit Crystals (hereby referred to as M.B.C.) was that I would browse through the craft stores & websites to see if you can buy the metal frames for the suncatchers by themselves. You can not. But I did happen to see that there was a "kit" for making M.B.C. bowls. Thankfully, they put pictures on those boxes, and being quite crafty- I thought- E.A.S.Y. but easy is not fun. So of course I had to keep looking. I looked at craftster obv. And I googled it. I came up with this website: http://www.sagersoft.net/electricalparade/MakitBakit/Instructions/BowlInstructions.htm
Now that looked challenging.
To make a long story short. I spent about 3 nights doing these. I just took my time I imagine you could do it in less time though. First I found 2 different cookie cutters I liked. A pig & a pumpkin. Made 3 M.B.C. shapes of each. Bake at 375 for 15 min.(1st night) Then I lined a glass pie dish with foil (you could use disposable, but that's what I had) and placed the pig & pumpkin pieces in the bottom of the pie dish & poured in the M.B.C. all around, carefully picking off any crystals that got onto the pre-made shapes. This is where my concept differs from the website. She poured them all over. I didn't want the colors to mix & get muddy... I made sure the crystals came all the way up to the top of the shapes (I wish I took pics) Bake at 375 for 1/2 hour. (2nd night) When I was done I had a "plate". Next I took a clean, empty tin can & placed it in the middle of the cookie sheet & put tin foil over it. Laid the M.B.C. plate over it & stuck it in the oven. This is the pink & brown bowl. The pink in this bowl was formerly pigs. I obviously melted it too much. Too long, too high temp.(go figure, my mom likes this one best!) So when I did the second bowl, the pumpkin bowl, I baked it at 350 for 5 minutes & it came out much better with shapes in tact. I suggest that temperature, but you really should just watch it.
I think the possibilities are endless, and it was really fun! It does require a little patience. I know I read a lot on here about melting beads & such, so if this was similar to your idea & I didn't credit you, my apologies. I searched Makit Bakit before I posted this, & saw nothing of the like... I hope you all enjoy!!!! I shall continue on giving disregarded 80s craft supplies new life!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Help for my Low Rise Jeans!!! on: August 25, 2008 09:57:34 AM
I have a pair of low-rise jeans. They're actually called something else... they are higher in the back but lower in the front. When I bought them they were looking nice. I don't know if its an extra 5 lbs. I can't shake since I bought them, or if its the way they were worn in, or if I didn't mind the style when I first got them. But I love these jeans... everywhere else except the waist line. The way they sit on me, not only do they give me like, "muffin top syndrome" but they make me look disproportioned. I'd like to do something to fix the top part... any suggestions?? Any tutorials I haven't found, that you might be able to link me to? I thought I'd ask before I start cutting Wink and experimenting... Thanks everyone (in advance!)
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Go Green Lunch Bag! on: August 19, 2008 07:47:34 AM
I found my inspiration from this thread : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260476.0
The original poster was stefmsu, she included a tutorial in her posting
URL: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/lunch-sack-gift-bags_1.html
Which is what I used. I made an original one for my mom... and I liked it only I felt like I could tweak it a little. So I decided not to do the bottom as instructed in the tute... b/c it was the basic idea that I had learned before, and the way I learned before was less complicated & gave me more freedom as to how wide I wanted the bottom to be.
(if you are interested in the easier method... its in this bag tutorial: http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html
I also decided that I needed to add a strap or a handle. Both my mom & I leave our home ladden with bags, etc. like donkeys! lol. So anything I can not attach to my body as I run out the door in the morning is not so efficient (for me) So... here is my version of the Go Green Lunch Bag :

I used a fat quarter & some heavy canvas. The first one I did as instructed with the (omg can't think of the word!!!) that stuff... to like keep the form of your bag... I would suggest using the regular fabric & that stuff? (lol) b/c the heavy canvas did not iron down well... and was a tad thick. I now know I can make these AND a coffee cup cozy from 2 fat quarters. I'm totally stoked & I hope my family & friends really dig 'em b/c they're probably going to find these little sets under the tree this year Wink I hope you all like them too- any feedback is always appreciated!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky Dink Madness!!! Keychains Galore *img heavy!* on: August 19, 2008 07:30:09 AM
So I bought some shrinky dink... and I decided to make myself a keychain... a Dave Matthews Band Firedancer of course!!!!

(I took this pic on my crappy cell camera, forgive me)
And my best friend, also a big DMB fan liked it so much... I made her one & sent it all the way from NY to FL

(this was with my fantastic in '04 camera, not so fantastic in '08 camera)
Then... my boyfriend wanted a keychain... He doesn't like DMB...so he got...

Darth Vader!!!! (another crappy cell pic)
Then.. it was my other BFF's Bday... and she's not a DMB fan either... but she is a HUGE Keller Williams Fan... so she got...

(the pic above & from here on are from my awesome in '08 new camera Cheesy )
Someone my friend Sarah knew in FL loved her keychain soooo much, so commissioned me to make one for her & her boyfriend, both DMB fans. So I did!
This is the one for her boyfriend

and this is the FIRST one I made for her. I wasn't so happy how it turned out. The black ink ran? when I put the clear coat on. And when it shrunk it shrunk all crooked (advice in this area would be appreciated Cheesy )

& since she sent me more $ than I had asked... I felt I should remake it. And this is the final keychain for her. (Which I love more than the first)

The keychains I made on "commission" had some specifications. The Lyrics, the colors, etc. They were all very fun to make. I found it a little nerve wracking to create for a stranger.
I hope you all like them & any feedback is appreciated. (PS- I may have posted the earlier keychains before here, I just can't remember! Sorry if its duplicated!) Smiley
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Batik Style Shoulder Bag on: August 08, 2008 08:47:12 AM
I made this bag for my friend Amy's birthday! I bought the batik style fabric & I used a tutorial I found here : http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html
The directions were really good except, I'm not the most advanced sewer, so I had to rip out & redo the handles, that part was tricky for me. But over all I'm quite pleased! I'm about to give it to her so I hope she is too!

The inside is the green you see on the handles, and I also made a pocket using the outside fabric!
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cherry Blossom Faerie Painting on: July 04, 2008 07:55:24 AM
I made this for my sister's 12th birthday, last month. Much to my delight she has gotten into faeries. This opens up a word of possibilities as to what I will make her in the future! I hope you enjoy! I'll appreciate any feedback!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lil' Black & Purple Hippie Purse on: July 04, 2008 07:48:27 AM
I made this for my friend Deena's birthday coming up this week. I made up the pattern myself. Its not perfect, but either are my sewing skills. I think I learned some from this project. As far as which order to sew. I used 1 fat quarter & a couple pieces from 2 other fat quarters. Not much fabric, well its not a big bag. I intended for her to use it as a small bag for going out or for a small lunch bag. Anyway, I hope you like it & any feedback is appreciated! Thanks! Smiley

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hideous 70s wicker bag to FAB Mod Summer Tote! on: May 18, 2008 06:12:07 PM
So I loved this wicker bag & it was ugly. Had a dirty linen lining & was put together rather cheaply. My Mom loved it to- so for her birthday I gave it an ultimate makeover. Let me know what you think  Roll Eyes

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Spray Paint on Wicker???? on: May 12, 2008 12:50:06 PM
I'm doing a recon. of a old wicker handbag for my mom's birthday which is on the 18th (this sunday!)

I want to paint it- it is a natural wicker color right now. I think the best way to do this- is to spray paint it.

Does anyone have a good suggestion as to what type of spray paint & can anyone help foreshadow any problems with this spray paint idea? ie: running paint if it should get wet in rain?Huh

I'm also very up for any suggestions as to how to paint it (besides spray paint!) thanks everyone!
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