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11  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: October 21, 2010 03:43:15 PM
v3nu5 - I want those clay magnets, especially the frog...is his name Keroppi or am I nuts? lol.

Okay, I have been busy but I have not been becoming a good photographer, so these pictures are seriously awful.  I'm sorry!  I am enlisting my youngest sister to be my photographer from here on out but she is busy today so you guys just have to pretend you like these, lol...

This is a really quick project that I did.  It's a reusable to do list for my desk.  Whenever I am on the computer, I am always thinking about things I need to get done, so this is where I write them out.  It's a simple glass 8x10 picture frame with a sheet of mulberry paper as a background, and a scrapbook tag and some green paper sticker tape along the bottom so I can write notes there and tear them off when I need to take them with me.  I use a dry erase marker to write everything down and wipe it away when I'm done.  Quick, easy, and efficient, I like it!

This is a piece of art I did for my living room wall.  It's a favorite scripture of mine that I use whenever I need to be in a better, nicer mood, so the living room is a great place for it, it's always visible!  I know the picture is sideways but photobucket isn't letting me edit it for some reason, sorry...

This is another piece of art for the living room, which I am redecorating right now.  I found the bird online and traced him onto scrapbook paper which I then adhered to a canvas I spray painted black.  I really love him and I got the inspiration from an art piece online so I get really happy whenever I see my little bird.

Also, the bird is sitting on another project I did - a quilted cushion for the top of my book case to dress it up.  Love it!

This is the worst set of pictures out of the whole bunch, I'm sorry you guys...anyway, this is a message board I made to hang next to my front door for quick notes.  We have a lot of people who live here so it's nice to have a convenient place to leave messages about where we're going and stuff.  Again, it's a photo frame with a dry erase marker to write with, and scrapbook paper inside.  I love how it looks and it has been working perfectly, definitely worth the few minutes it took to make it.

 Okay, so we rent and our kitchen is crazy.  There are only five useable cabinets and three usuable drawers so storage space is really limited.  I decided to hang up all of my utensils and pots and pans, and didn't want to spend any money making what I needed.  I found some wood in the garage, some coat hooks left over from another project, and a bunch of nails, and went to work. These are the two hanging racks i came up with.

It helps the kitchen stay more organized and no one loses the potato peeler now so I am pleased!

That's 7 more posted projects for me, I have two pieces of bedroom furniture to take pictures of and post and a few more little things done as well...I am slowly working my way to the 50!
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12  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: September 20, 2010 10:27:05 PM
I got another one finished!  It's a machine embroidery piece.  Posted it here - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360067.0.

And then I managed to take some pictures of some other things I have made lately but have not posted here yet.  Here they are:
A lampshade for my end table in the living room:

A thread and scissor organizer for my kitchen wall.  I made it out of an old picture frame, eye hooks and cup hooks.  Love it so much!

And the pictures of the embroidery, just so you don't have to go look at that link unless you wanna:

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13  Free Motion Embroidery piece in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by BethieB on: September 20, 2010 10:19:49 PM
I finally made something recognizable!  lol.  I made this as part of a messenger bag I'm planning, but now that I have finished it, I am loving it so much that I may end up making a quilt out of a bunch of these squares.  Wanna see?

Once I got the hang of this, it was a LOT of fun.  Things I learned:

1 - For me, the hoop was a big help - in the beginning.  I outlined the project with it and then took it out of the hoop to add in some more lines.  

2 - Use a thick, sturdy fabric, or really good stabilizer.  I used some upholstery fabric and backed it with flannel because I was out of both stabilizer and interfacing.  The fabric was strong enough to hold up well but my earlier attempts on thinner fabric were not quite so pretty.

3 - relax and have fun.  Once you get a feeling for what's going to happen things go smoother.  

4 - Make sure you're putting your darning foot on the right way (mine was upside down and things just don't work out right that way) and that you remember to put your presser foot switch thing down.  It will be easy to forget since you aren't using your regular presser foot, but do it anyway.  Unless you like thread tangles and jammed up bobbins, anyway.

5 - You can use regular old printer paper with your design printed on it as a template.  I put mine right in the hoop with the fabric and sewed right through it.  The only thing is, when I took the paper off, I wasn't careful enough and ripped a few stitches out.  In my case, that was no biggie, since I was intending to go over everything a few more times anyway to give it that 'sketched' look.  Also, I forgot to brush off a scrap of paper under the tree.  It's really annoying in those pictures, but I swear, it's off now and looks much better!

And I think that's it as far as tips and what I learned.  I really did have a lot of fun and am already looking around for my next idea!

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14  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: September 17, 2010 06:41:52 PM
Hey guys!  I have a new page to show you!  (Yeah, I'm a few days early by my own standards, but this is so cute I couldn't wait.)  It's a drawing that my daughter (who's 8 ) and I did together just a few minutes ago.  I've scanned it so that I can resize it and print it for my Sketchbook, as it's too big as is, and plus I want a copy for my art journal so I'm glad I have a scanner. 

PS - I was not wild about the bloody tooth but she insisted, so you know...trying to encourage her to be the artist she wants to be, not the one I'd like to force her to be, lol...
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15  Practicing my zipper skills in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BethieB on: September 12, 2010 12:07:11 AM
After I made my daughter's new bag (if you want to read about it it's here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359234.0 ) I had a few charm squares left over.  Okay, the truth is, I kept my very favorites out of her bag, because I just loved them so much. It was only 4, I didn't deprive her, I swear!  (lol).  Anyway, I really needed a new wallet.  But instead of using a regular wallet, I always use a zippered pouch, like a make up bag.  Since I really wanted to work on my zipper skills I decided to make a new wallet pouch out of the four charm squares I had left. Here is the result.

Did you say you wanted to see that fabric a little closer?  I thought so...

The whole thing is  quilted, fully lined, and the zipper works perfectly.  I feel so proud every time I use it.  So far my mom and my best friend have both tried to sneak off with it (even with my ID and cards and money in it!) so I think that means it's a success.

I also needed a slightly bigger zippered bag to use for my make up and such.  It's not quite padded enough for that, but I have been using it to store my markers and things in, so it's still a project that I really love.  It's made out of two pieces of two fat quarters.

And that's about it for my zipper practicing, it is still not easy or fun but at least I know I can do it if I absolutely have to!!   Grin
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16  a Charming bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BethieB on: September 11, 2010 11:58:07 PM
A while ago, the amazingly awesome Craftster craftylittlemonkey was kind enough to send me a box full of great crafting supplies.  In the box, among other wonderful treasures too wonderful for me to share, was a pile of charm squares just beggint o be turned into awesome things.  

My daughter needed a new bag for school and other important 8 year old girl type things.  She was roaming through my fabrics looking for something for me to use for her bag when she came across the charm squares. We started laying them out on the table and it took her about ten seconds to decide that she wanted a bag out of them.  An hour later this is what she was carrying around proudly:

And some more, which show the back and inside too:

Did you happen to notice the cheesy, very obviously not professional denim strip serving as a strap?  This happened because she a) wanted to make the strap herself and b) was too impatient to get to use her bag to wait for me to make a proper strap.  She found the denim and tied it on the key rings that I'd already attached to the bag and announced that she was now a bag designer.  I couldn't talk her out of the strap, and now, two weeks later, she has still not put the thing down for more than a few minutes at a time, so I can't complain!! (Also, try to ignore the big loose threads hanging all over.  I'm on my way to clip them off as soon as I hit Post.)

Oh, and I don't know if it's obvious in the pics, but this bag is super simple - no zips, no snaps, no nothin'.  It's also slouchier than I wanted it to be, but again, this is because the kiddo didn't want 'a stiff yucky feeling bag'.  She wanted it to feel just like a blanket, and it does, although it's blanket with no stuffing or batting, lol.
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17  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by BethieB on: September 11, 2010 11:43:57 PM
I was a little bored with the Sketchbook project, and also with my regular art journal. When I went to look on my book shelf for a new book to read, I I found a hard bound book I had picked up last year at the thrift store.  It's really big, about 14" tall, and I realized the reason it was only a dime at the store - a lot of the information in it was way out of date.  So I decided I didn't really want to read, I wanted to paint, I couldn't feel too badly about making this big outdated book into an awesomely fun art journal. 

Here's some pics, to show you the size of the book and also my first spread, with some detailed shots of my favorite parts:

My arm, for reference.  Smiley

So far, I have been really enjoying working on such a big surface.  It's cool to know that you have more than enough room for anything you'd ever want to put on it, lol.  I don't know if I'll do any more one color spreads but I had a lot of fun with this one...or have so far anyway, it doesn't feel finished yet...but anyway, I totally recommend finding a really big book and turning it into a new art journal, it's very cool!
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18  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: September 11, 2010 11:34:10 PM
I love the killer squid!  Also, Shelina, your sketched husband has gorgeous eyes, at least on paper, lol.  Great job, eyes are so hard for me!

Here's my weekend update.  The wolf is water colored, the owl is a tracing I did, and the tree was inspired by a tree I saw online and had to make.  I had a lot of fun with these ones!

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19  Cereal box notebook, old book into new padfolio thingy in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BethieB on: September 11, 2010 11:27:42 PM
First, a picture of both projects together...

So I needed a three ring notebook to fit a bunch of papers and stuff that are a bit smaller than normal paper but too big for the smaller 6 ring binders.  I decided to take matters into my own hands and make something myself when the stack got so high it fell across the living room floor and the hubster glared at me. I didn't want to spend any money either.  Here's what I came up with:

I did take in-progress pics, but they disappeared somewhere and I can't find them, so sorry about that!  What I did though was take a cereal box and cut the front and back of it to an inch bigger all around than the papers I wanted to store.  Then I took the side panel of the cereal box, trimmed it down to the same length but left it pretty wide so that my binding rings would fit through there.  (I think they are 1" rings.  I needed enough space for them.)  I covered the cereal box panels with scrapbook paper to hold them all together, overlapping the papers for added strength along the spine.  Next, I figured out where I wanted my three holes to be on the papers.  I marked the spine (the side panel of the cereal box that was now covered with my pretty papers) and punched two holes at each measurement for the binding rings to fit through.  And then, I was done!  You'd never know this started life as a cereal box.  Makes me happy.

I know my directions are terrible.  If anyone wants any details please feel free to ask questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability.  I am better at answering direct questions than at writing tutorials!!   Cheesy

Okay, the second project is a lot easier to explain.  I wanted something that I could carry around in my car and bag, so it had to be sturdy enough to survive being bounced around.  I also wanted a really simple way to add in and take out papers and I have a ton of those little bull dog (I think that's what they are called?) clips that were just taking up space in my desk.  So, I stripped an old hard cover book and recovered it, inside and outside, in more scrapbook paper.  My daughter picked out the covers, I was not in love with them and still am not, but flowers are okay.  The inside is the part I look at the most when I'm drawing and stuff so I'm happy enough.  More pics:

The back side.  The front is the fruit blossom page in that first picture, I just realized that's the only decent picture of the front that I got.

In action

The naked inside!

Comments, questions, whatever you have to say is always appreciated!
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20  Really simple scarf in Weaving: Completed Projects by BethieB on: September 11, 2010 01:43:52 AM
Tonight I was looking for a quick project to make and I came across this video on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPpYivXfZWA and decided I could make one of these!  But, I wanted a shorter and thinner scarf than the one she made.  I live in Northern California and it doesn't get very cold here, just chilly enough that I want a little extra around my neck above my collar, you know?  Anyway, here's the result of a scrap piece of wood, eight screws, and a lot of time spend ripping and weaving.  I pretty much love it!

I will probably add a button to one side so I can keep it closed around my neck but other than that I am done and in love, can't wait for the weather to get colder so I can wear it  Grin
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