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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / You can never have enough rainbows, right? on: January 07, 2011 12:40:48 PM
I LOVE rainbows.  I'm not sure why, but they just make me happy somehow whenever I see them!  And you can never have too much happiness, right?!

A few weeks ago I inherited a Dremel; I also succeeded in getting my hubby to show my how to work the scroll saw.  This is the first finished project from my new love of wood working!  (There is also a horse with a skinny neck, but he is just too...ugly...to be shared.  Sorry.  Grin)

A frontal view:

From the side:

You can stack it:

And, of course, you can knock it down and laugh like crazy:

You can even share it with the kids if you absolutely have to:

But my favorite thing to with it is stare at it happily on my messy bookshelf:

The orange is really a lot more orange in person, and I didn't notice the yellow paint on the bottom of the orange piece until just now when I was previewing this...but that's okay, I still love it!!  What do you guys think?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old car part thingy into an initial necklace on: November 19, 2010 09:24:59 PM
Both my first name and my last start with a B.  When I went with my husband to the wrecking yard last weekend, I was wandering around being a little (okay, who am I kidding, kind of a LOT) bored when I saw an emblem on a car that had a really pretty cursive B in it.  (I'd tell you what the name of the car was, but we couldn't pronounce it...maybe Bizratti? I can't remember now...) Anyway, I found some other cool things - I wasn't bored after I started looking around, lol - and the wrecking yard guy only charged me $3 for all my little treasures.  I was pretty happy!  This is the only thing I've had time to work on so I thought I'd post it.  It took a while to scrape all the dried up glue and stuff off the back of the B, but it was worth it.  Wanna see?

And, a really junky one of me wearing it in my bathroom mirror, so not only is the flash going crazy but the B is also reversed, lol...but you can kind of see how long I made the necklace.  It's just one of those bead chains but I really love it.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Simple but pretty necklace, bracelet and matching earrings on: November 19, 2010 09:13:08 PM
This is my first try at real jewelry.  For my first attempts, I really like how they turned out, and even my husband really likes them, which is saying something!  Anyway, on to the pictures...

As you can tell, I added a charm to the bracelet.  It's a spool of thread that I painted with glittery clear nail polish so it would sparkle.  I thought that was my favorite part, but the earrings are actually my favorite...I took apart a pair of old ones that I hated, so it was great to reuse some findings I already had and make them into something I really like!

And here's one more shot of me actually wearing the stuff...I hadn't added the charm yet but everything else is there!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Free Motion Embroidery piece 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!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Practicing my zipper skills 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
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / a Charming bag 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.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cereal box notebook, old book into new padfolio thingy 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!
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Really simple scarf 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
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Bunch of ideas for machine embroidery with a regular sewing machine on: August 24, 2010 07:28:47 PM
Okay, so I'm in the craftalong where we are trying to post to every completed board on Craftster.  Only, I don't own a fancy embroidery sewing machine, so I've been really researching all the different ways you can achieve this same thing with a regular machine.  Another craftster posted this amazing site and I thought I'd share because it is so inspiring! http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm She has all kinds of ideas on free motion quilting with tons of great fillers and teaching lots of techniques to do this, with videos too.  I've been cruising around over there a lot today and am thinking I could actually do this!! lol. Anyway, hope it helps someone else, if for no more than ideas.  Enjoy!
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Super Simple Switch Up on: August 02, 2010 08:28:00 PM
My dad (of all people, lol) bought me these really adorable pink Dollhouse heels a few years ago.  The thing is, though, I don't really wear pink...ever...and although I loved the shape and style of the shoes, I never wore them out.  Then, while I was trying to scrounge up some money to buy some new shoes, I came to the conclusion that they just weren't in the budget, so I started looking for ways to revamp something I already owned. 

I was really unsure about painting these in the beginning, because they had some shiny coating on them and are almost a vinyl material.  Then it dawned on me: Krylon for plastic!  One quick trip the store, a couple bucks and a hour later, this is what I had:

For some reason my camera ate the rest of the pics I had of these so as soon as the sun comes up tomorrow I'll get some pics of both of them painted and you can see the full effect.  But for now, you get the idea right? 

I love them so much more now, I have worn them non stop and the paint hasn't cracked or chipped or anything else that I was half expecting it to do.  They are my new favorite item in my closet, and the best part is when people ask me where I got them and I tell them the spray paint story...no one really believes me, but every one loves them anyway!   Grin
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