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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Up-cycle for Christmas on: December 22, 2008 11:26:21 AM
Ive been tryin to get my mom to start becoming more 'green'. So for Christmas we made a few ornaments. We tried to use anything we had laying around. Here's what I came up with:

These first 4 are from old blown light bulbs. (we recently converted to energy efficient ones!)

For the snowman, we used white acrylic paint with glitter for the base. Then just a few different colors for the face. One has a toboggan and scarf made of yarn and one has a scarf of felt and fabric paint. The other two have painted hats. I used beads for their ear muffs and to attach there stings for hanging. Their arms are lil twigs from different shrubs.

The reindeer is some lil bulb that was in a lamp. He has lil twigs for antlers.

This lil frosty is made from the round things in a push-up ice cream. I used the same white/glitter paint, a lil button nose, and felt hat.

This one if one of my faves! We found some small pine cones in the yard and some small wooden balls and this is what came outta our heads. His head is hot-glued one. We used a special 'snow' paint that is fluffy and has a cool texture. Add a lil plaid fabric for a hat and scarf. His nose was a tip of a tooth pic. I cut it off and painted it orange, but it fell off and I've not had time to fix him yet, but soon.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Easy Laptop Sleeve... Tutorial!!! on: December 11, 2008 09:13:52 PM
We've all saw the prices of cute laptop sleeve and I personally couldn't bring myself to pay that much for something I could make in the fabrics I liked. So I sat down to do this, took my time watching Grey's and viola a handy dandy sleeve to protect my laptop and my wallet.

1. First off, this is my first 'Tutorial' so if there are any questions feel free to ask. Pick out a couple of fabrics you like. One preferably fleece or flannel or something of the sorts that's soft and will offer a lil bit of padding. You can always add quilting or a heavy interfacing I guess.

2. Measure, Measure, Measure. The best way that worked for me for adding in the height was to lay my laptop on the edge of the fabric and wrap the fabric over and mark it leaving about a cm or so for seams. This will include the height and width. Then you can determine the length you need depending on how much extra fabric you wan at the opening.

3. Cut each piece of your fabric. I used one piece of each fabric so there were only 2 sided to sew up.

4. Put the 'bad' sides together, fold the outer fabric over the fleece about a cm where the top opening is gonna be. Sew to get rid of frazzled edges and have a clean finished look.

5. Now fold like a tube with the 'good' sides together. Pin and sew. Don't sew the bottom together yet; you may have to make changes.

6. Slide your laptop in to your tube to make sure its fitting snugly. If it's the fit you want, pin and sew the bottom. If not, go back and re-sew so it fits the way you want.

7. Flip right side out and viola... a fast, easy protective cover for your laptop.

8. If you want to add a pocket for you power cord or anything else I suggest doing it between 4 and 5.

Again, if there are any questions or somethings not clear, I'll try to do my best to clear it up. Here's the one I did tonite. Its zebra outer fabric with pink fleece on the inside. All the fabric were remnants on sale so all the fabric for this (and a yard more of fleece) came to about $4.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / 'manly' necklace on: July 10, 2008 09:25:40 PM
my boyfriend loves to wear necklaces, but he is extremely pickly because he says everything looks too girly. well, i wanna make him one thats 'manly' enough for him but i have no clue. all the jewelry ive made has been uber girly with beads and flowers. whats a  'manly' idea that i could use???
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Oh the horrors of the wheel.... on: July 10, 2008 09:15:42 PM
Before i started my first pottery class i was in love with it. then i started. slab work bores me, coil work drives me crazy, and the wheel, well its slowly becoming my friend. After my first art class i began working for the art professor at my college(mainly because i could use all the clay i wanted and learn on my own). I now have a love hate relationship with the wheel; depending on the day and our moods. lol. but here are a few things from the past year.

this was one of my last pieces. its my mini mug for my mini hands.

the next two pics are of my very first coil pot. i loved it and my prof. loved it. he called it my little beehive so i sculpted a bee and topped it with it.


these 2pics are of a fat short goblet of sorts. it was glazed in white an i stained 2 stripes around and sponged stain between the two lines and the entire inside to give it a very cool textured look and a lil something special.

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / mosaic paper poster on: July 09, 2008 04:24:12 PM
I'm not really sure if this is the right spot for this, but it sounds kinda right. this was something that i had to do i one of my college art classes. it is still one of my favorite art pieces. i started with the original image (which i cant seem to find a photo of) of a abstract painting my martina shapiro. i traced the outline using a projector. then i painstakingly cut each individual piece of card stock to fit like a puzzle.  it took way toooooo many hours, but one day I'm gonna do another.

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