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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Backyard Climbing wall done! on: August 01, 2013 11:29:32 AM
I always thought it would be fun to have a climbing wall in the backyard Wink we used 4 sheets of pressure treated plywood and 2x4's , kept the height under 7 feet so there wasn't an issue with height/falling. Painted the wall and sealed it then we used the company atomic climbing holds for screw on holds and then used exterior grade screws for putting them on the wall Smiley

details to build the wall are here http://www.impatientlycrafty.com/2013/05/07/diy-backyard-climbing-wall/but just wanted to share my finished pictures as the tutorial is stupid long LOL! (oh the painting we did based off of just a silhouette of our city.. Seattle!)

if you do decide to build happy to answer any questions ;
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Goodwill shoes turned into glitter shoes.. and what NOT to do! on: November 30, 2012 01:10:38 PM
ok I saw the tutorials for glitter shoes on pinterest, and I jumped right in, except there are somethings I found out the hard way .. um.. #craftfail! that I thought i'd pass on  when making these shoes..
the end result I love, but I'd definitely do some different things the next time!

I have the tutorial and my craft fail info Smiley on my blog at - http://www.impatientlycrafty.com/2012/11/30/how-to-make-your-own-sassy-glitter-shoes-on-the-cheap-and-what-not-to-do/

would love to see if anyone else has done these and what tips/tricks or issues you may have run into.. anyone have an update on how these wear?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / vinyl record and Old desk lamp into a ROCKIN' Desklamp on: November 30, 2012 01:06:09 PM
ok.. this is one of my most favorite projects, mostly because it was like 30 minutes from end to end for the reward of a completed project.

I got the desk lamp at goodwill for $3.50 (blue label day so it was 50% off!) and the record for $.99 at goodwill.. and turned it into:


I have a full tutorial at my blog.. but I'm already working on a crazy floor lamp with 5 record shades and a glitter base... Smiley teheheheh..

whatcha think? also.. wondering what the shade would look like spray painted.. hmmmm
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / image transfer with mod podge and clear top coat.. on: October 06, 2012 09:57:20 AM
I think i own every book I could find on image transfer Wink for some reason I've always loved the idea of putting images on a variety of mediums...

I also love doing handmade/thoughtful gifts and when I saw those marble coasters with images on them for nearly $40 at a local boutique store, I knew I could make them.

I wont bore you with the detailed tutorial as i have that on my blog here.. but I wanted to share.. I love how they turned out Wink


but I used Mod podge as the transfer medium, lazer copied (toner lazer) images, then a krylon matte finish clear coat on top of botticino marble tiles.. i've given 4 sets of these now for gifts (with a variety of images). and each person just loves them!

here's some pics:

what do you think? anyone else do these? any other methods you've tried? I was thinking of using acetone next to see how that turns out. Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Refinished Laminate counters to look like Granite for $28 on: October 05, 2012 07:07:22 PM
so I did this treatment on my sailboat galley, but it's just the same for a kitchen or bath counter. (I'm doing this in my bathroom counter as well Smiley)

basically, cover your hideous laminate with contact paper (yes, contact paper) granite look, then cover it with epoxy Wink

Detailed Tutorial on my blog Smiley but wanted to share the pic! I love, it, now I want to epoxy everything Wink


6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old sail into new fun beach bag :) on: October 05, 2012 01:52:13 PM
I have been seeing the awesome sail totes around and just couldn't justify spending over $100 for a bag when I can go to a local used marine store and buy a sail for a$45 and make 2-3 bags out of it.

this one I made using an old Yellow sail, used the sail name for the pocket and the $1.49.

I have a tutorial on my blog but here's the pic!

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Kids Art Keepsake Ornament (art encased in glass) Tutorial ;) on: August 28, 2011 03:07:31 PM

This is my first tutorial on Craftster.. let me know any tips on posting better tutorials Wink

My kiddos just turned 3 and since day 1 of finger painting and art, Ive kept nearly everything. I use it for wrapping paper (family loves this) and keep trying to come up with creative ways to use the art theyve made.  I have to say, this is one of my favorites. A keepsake ornament or you could even use it in your rear view mirror in the car.

I took a tried and true art method of Soldering 2 pieces of glass together, and just modified it to use my kiddos art! Ill be doing this one every year for the holidays as they are definitely a beautiful addition to any christmas tree!

First step: Learn how to solder There are LOTS of tutorials here on craftster about soldering pendants/jewelry and it's the same method for the ornaments.


- Simply Soldered Soldering Kit (has everything you need to solder) - Or if you dont want the kit, youll need: Lead - free solder, Copper tape, flux, soldering iron, glass for encasing (see below for microsope glass), Jump rings,
- Microscope slides (I get mine on Ebay, they usually come in a box of 50, which makes 25 ornaments)
- ribbon for hanging ornament
- Kiddos fingerpaint or painting artwork (DONT use Tempura paint, it will melt/run, we use the crayola fingerpaint or brush paint)
- scissors
- pencil or pen
- Metal polish to finish off the solder/glass for that final shine (stained glass stores, or other online stores, just look for metal polish or stained glass polish)


- take the microsocope glass and lay it over the artwork to find the 2 areas that look best under the glass
- trace around the glass for both pieces of artwork (You need 2 for each slide so that you have a piece of art showing through both sides)
 - cut on the INSIDE of your tracing lines so that it fits inside the glass.
 - clean the glass so you dont have fingerprint smudges (windex is fab for this)
 - sandwitch the artwork so that the backsides are back to back and the art is showing through the front and back of the glass. Make sure there is no paper sticking out as the copper foil wont stick to the paper well and it will look messy.
- tape the copper foil
 - flux and solder
 - Flux and solder the jump ring perpendicular on one of the skinny/smaller sides of the ornament
 - polish the solder and glass
 - add ribbon to the jump ring
 - Wrap it up in a pretty box and give it for a great holiday gift! Family LOVES these and you can make it a great holiday tradition!
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