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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / loofah/bath pouf/shower poof/scrubbie on: October 31, 2011 02:49:00 PM
Whatever your name for it is, that's what I was!  This is not new, it's been going around the internet for at least a couple years, but as soon as I saw it I knew one day I would do it!  (I'm pretty sure I even saw it on here, but I can't find it now.)  And MAN, people LOVE the poof!  Everyone would get so excited and happy when they saw me, and then they'd touch me.  It was so much fun!  

I made a simple tube dress out of turquoise jersey material and put 1 inch elastic around the top to give it a more secure fit.  This took about 33 yards of tulle.  All hand sewn to the dress.  I know other people made theirs just bunching and safety pinning, but I didn't want cold metal safety pins touching me.  Or, with my luck, opening and stabbing me!  I wanted it to be nice and thick and squishy!  Then I got 2 little rubber duckies and glued them to some snap barrettes and stuck them on my shoes.  

Hope you like it!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Date ALL the Boys!!! hahaha on: October 27, 2011 08:25:45 AM
I wasn't really sure where to put this.  I definitely don't consider it art, but it was fun to do!  So there's a backstory to this ridiculousness:  So first, I fell in love with this blogpost http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-is-why-ill-never-be-adult.html  then I fell in love with this hoop https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384091.0.  Well, while I was showing that hoop to my friend and laughing at its awesomeness, he was making fun of me for being on an internet dating site and he said that if I did something it should say Date all the boys!

Fast forward a month or so, my friends and I decide to have a painting party.  There's this trend here in Houston with these places called Pinot's Palette where it's a BYOB painting class.  So we decided to have our own at home.  So we drank margaritas and painted and had a blast!  None of us had ever painted before, but we can not wait to do it again!

So I made this for one of my friends who was also there, who had also just joined a dating site, and who really really loves her wine.  The best part is, there's actually a picture of her on her facebook that looks kind of like this.

Also, she's been using Latisse, so her eyelashes are super long now, so I glued some falsies to the painting.  Just because I thought it was funny.

It made everyone at the party smile and I hope you enjoy it, too!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / 60's or 70's girl's desk gets a new life! on: August 09, 2011 10:59:32 PM
First off, let me say thank you so much to I Sew Cute for the inspiration: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376847.0

Here's the end product:
You can see the spots where I messed up, but they're not noticeable in person.

So, I forgot to take before pictures, but here is the hideous brown that it has been for the last 30 years or more (it was my mom's when she was a kid):

When I stripped that off, lo and behold, there was a pretty blue underneath!  Now who in their right mind painted it brown?!  (probably my mother)

Stripping furniture is awful and I will never do it again!  I got about this far and just said screw it! and started priming it.

After a coat of primer and 2 coats of robin's egg blue paint, I sprinkled pastel blue glitter and a little white glitter and started on the resin top.  It was my very first time working with something like that, and it was pretty difficult, and I made some mistakes, but I am so in love!  It sat in my friends garage for 3 days curing and this is the pic I snapped before I loaded it up:

That is the reflection of the sky that day!
And here's a better pic from my iphone that picked up the glitter better:

And closeups of the knobs I bought at Cost Plus World Market.  They were only about $3-5 each.  (if you don't know about that store, look it up, it's amazing)

I really liked the square knobs because they had the same blue, and I think they will go well with my desk chair I'm in the process of recovering.  Hopefully, I'll finish it before Fall Semester starts!

C&C welcome and appreciated!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled: Bulk sized aluminum cans into....pendant lamps??? on: August 09, 2011 05:40:39 PM
I live in an apartment with absolutely no overhead lighting or ceiling fan in the living room.  I have a light switch connected to an outlet that you can plug a lamp into, but it's on the wrong side of the room!  Naturally.  And I hate floor lamps.  And table lamps.  They take up space.  So I decided I wanted pendant lamps but of course, couldn't find anything I liked.  I decided to get the pendant light kits from Ikea and the plug in dimmer switches (I love dimmer switches!) and decided SOMETHING would come to me. 
Then I saw this:  http://www.shelterness.com/diy-pendant-lights-of-tin-cans/
And this: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/03/how-to_punched_can_luminary.html

I knew I needed to do something more along the lines of the punched tin look, because I needed as much light from them as possible.  I'm not really into the modern aesthetic, and I wanted them to go with my sugar skull bull rider painting.  I went to home depot and had them cut me a chunk off a 2x6 that barely fit into the can.  I printed the images I liked, taped the paper to the cans, and started hammering!  I kept rotating the block of wood and hammering each section at a time.  I have a feeling this was probably easier than the ice method used on craftzine.

Then I found this package of two stainless rings at home depot that I guessed would catch the lip of the lightbulb socket.  I punched 3 holes, not too close to the top, so you can just barely see the top of the socket.  Then I secured 3 lengths of picture hanging wire around the circles, and tightened them through the holes in the can.  This part would have been much easier with an extra pair of hands!  I estimated, and it was good enough for me!

I bleed for my art!

The first can I only did 2 images on, then realized I could easily fit 3 on the second one.  They are a Texas (born and raised!), a "B" (my first and last initial), a sugar skull, classic Dutch tulip motif, and a weeping willow tree:

After they were all finished, I simply screwed a hook in the ceiling and hung them.  I tacked the cords along the ceiling and walls, and then used 3M wall mount tape to mount the dimmer switches on the walls.

Even though my hands were killing me, I absolutely love them!  I even have a friend who went to design school ask if I would make her some!  The thing I like most about them is they'll be so easy to take down when I'm sick of them.  Then I just have to figure out what kind of "shade" to make next!

C&C welcome.  Thanks so much for looking!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first - and last - quilt: upcycled picnic blanket from old sheets and pjs on: July 26, 2011 10:21:01 PM
First, let me say, I have always had a ton of respect for quilters.  I don't have to have experience to know how much work goes into something.  But let me tell you, this shit is not for me!  I started this thing last year when my friends and I were having a picnic practically every week at this awesome park here in Houston.  I moved to a different apartment and it got put away, and I finally pulled it out and decided to finish it.  It's just basic squares, no fancy stitching, but Jeebus H Cripes! it was tedious and annoying.  I'm glad I didn't finish it last year though, because this spring at Target, I picked up this badass picnic wine set.  It included 4 cup holder spikes and one large wine bottle holder spike and I had a brilllllliant idea!  I put loops in the corners of the blanket, to put the spikes through to hold the blanket down!  Frackin' fantastic!

dog on blanket shot:

So this is made from one king sized orange sheet, a couple of crib sheets, a couple of pillow cases, and 2 or 3 pairs of pajama pants, all found on 1 shopping trip to Goodwill.  Except the green bicycle fabric.  Those were scraps from my late grandma's stash.  She taught me how to sew <3


pocket from one of the pants:

I kept the little detail on the top of the king size sheet that I used for the back:

In action at Lake Somerville last weekend!  See how the cupholders are different colors so you know which is yours?  I love it!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patio furniture should be happy furniture! on: July 26, 2011 08:47:17 PM
I bought some cheapo plastic chairs at walmart awhile back.  But part of the reason why they were so cheap is because they were booooring beeeeige.  And I bought a teeny tiny plastic side table. For cocktails and whatnot.  Then one day while wasting hours oooohing and aaaaahing on here or some design blog I read about Fusion spray paint.  And suddenly NEEDED to paint my chairs and table.  I thought they should be beach-y.  And I love blue.  And I love contrasting colors.  I thought they turned out pretty awesome.  My brother says it just looks like the CEO of Ikea lives here.  Argh.  Well, now that you mention it, they DO look like Ikea threw up all over them.  Shit.  Screw it.  I don't feel like taping and painting them again just yet.  Thoughts?  Are they completely hideous?  (Sorry, crappy iphone pic.)
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / antique picture frame - hideous picture = awesome earring display! on: July 26, 2011 08:34:12 PM
Yep.. Another earring holder.  Because we all apparently own way too many earrings!  I searched "antique frames" and vintage frames" on ebay, then bid on a few.  This is the only one I could afford, the rest went too high!  (Apparently the ones with the domed glass are rare and worth a pretty penny.  Whatev.  I threw that ugly shit away.)  I went to Ace Hardware and had some screen cut.  Used E600 to adhere it.  (My first attempt was with Liquid Nails, which my brother suggested.  HORRIBLE.  I remembered reading E600 on here a bunch, so I found that.  LOVE!)  I'm super pleased with how this turned out and am planning on making another one because I have way more earrings to hang!  One day I might paint the frame, but for now I like the antique brass look.  C&C please!

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby star blanket, and regular granny square one too on: July 26, 2011 08:09:34 PM
Hey ladies and gents!  I haven't posted anything in over a year.  Time to purge.  I mean, share. 
So, everyone I know has been having babies and I really wanted to make the starghans I had been seeing on here.  I tried to make the hole-less one using the magic circle start, but I just could not figure it out!  Finally gave up and just did it the regular ol' way.  Still cute, so humph!  The square blanket I made for a friend who didn't want to know the sex of their baby, so I went the non-gender specific route.  And now I'm taking a nice long break from crochet!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / how i turned a dress into a coat rack on: February 02, 2010 05:28:06 PM
Seeing as how we've actually needed to wear our coats this year, I decided we needed a coat rack.  I got really tired of hats and jackets being on the couch, the backs of chairs, on the floor, etc.  Living with a messy guy really brings out the clean freak in me.

Also, I was looking around on the web and stumbled across this site:
and I figured if she could do that with paper, surely I could use up some of my fabric stash. 

My old roommate tried to donate this summer dress to goodwill 4 years ago, but I made her give it to me.  I knew I'd never be small enough to wear it, but I had to use that print for something!

So, I bought the wood and spray adhesive at Michael's.  Cut out the front panel of the dress, sprayed the wood and stuck the fabric to it making sure to press it down into the beveled edges.  Then I flipped it over and used the staple gun to secure the edges.

I got a mirror hanging kit from Home Depot, because it says it holds up to 100 pounds and I was worried our crappy apartment walls wouldn't hold a bunch of coats.

you can see it comes with  a tiny little level.  cute AND functional!

I got the hooks at Target, but then I also had to get a set of screws because the screws that came with the hooks were too long and would have gone all the way through the wood.

And one final pic of it doing it's job!

I'm very proud of it!  C&C welcome!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first knit purse! only 8 months in the making..... on: January 16, 2010 09:47:33 PM
i started this last summer and then life happened.  and i forgot about it.  but then christmas vacation happened and i remembered!  the yarn is wool, i can't remember what exactly....something on clearance at joanns.  the lining was a men's shirt from the 70's with a giant pointy collar.  i think it looks better inside a purse.

i just knit it in stockinette and then sewed the sides together almost all the way, and then pleated the tops in the center to make them as wide as the handles.  i like it! let me know what you think.

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