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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Horseshoe Nail Necklace and Earrings Reconstructed on: March 30, 2010 05:44:25 PM

I have acquired many jewelry parts over the years at local thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets.  I always intend to make things out of the parts, but most never see the light of day outside my craft room for many years.  But, recently I found a retro horseshoe nail pendant (probably from the 70's) at the flea market for less than $1 and remembered I had some parts from a broken necklace or bracelet that I hadn't used for anything in over 10+ years.  Well, now they have a use!  I reconstructed the whole group with some wood beads into a new and improved necklace and matching earrings.  I had to reshape and wrap a few nails together to match the pendant.

There is more info and pics on my blog.  Thanks for looking!  Comments are welcome and appreciated.
22  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tribal Bellydance Skirt Reconstruction #2 WIP on: March 30, 2010 02:22:43 PM

After my first attempt at reconstructing ordinary skirts into dance skirts for tribal, I started making one for my mom.  It's a bright one!  Sorta rodeo-clownish. 

I started with a flannel patchwork skirt and spliced in some tablecloth to increase the circumference.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It is indeed an tablecloth I happened upon in my fabric stash.  Smiley

It's still not 100% finished.  I need to add a ruffle to the bottom edge.  I had also planned to make a hip scarf out of the leftover triangular remnant piece.  For more pics and construction info, see my blog at:


Thanks for looking!  Comments are welcome and appreciated!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Holiday Stocking Made of Can Tabs on: December 13, 2009 04:33:52 PM
I've been collecting the colored energy drink can pull tabs since we started making "tabistry" in '07.  Never seem to have enough to make anything.  Guess it would help if I could actually drink the stuff.  Smiley  Anyway, I managed to get a bunch of the green ones and a handful of red from friends, so I wanted to make something for Christmas this year.  I decided on a full-size tabistry holiday stocking.

It's a bit heavier than the average stocking, but it's roomy enough inside being stretchy.  Sorry, I don't have many pics of it.  But, you can read more about it or see pics of other tabistry projects on my tabistry blog:


I've entered it in a couple holiday contests.  One is on Greenwala here ending on January 15th.  If you've got the time, I'd love the votes.  I've been informed you're allowed to vote once per day.  Thanks for looking!

24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tribal-inspired "Beer-belly" Dancer on: November 02, 2009 04:08:41 PM
Hi, I'm Tiffany.  Most on the forums know me as Mieljolie.  I created my costume, like most of my ren faire garb, out of tabistry (soda and beer can pull tabs) and other found and recycled materials.

The gloves are cut off socks, hair is acrylic yarn, and 99.9% of my accessories, including the "evil eye" headband which used to be a belt, all came from thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales.

I also made a matching mask that I have posted previously:

And, a cloak here:

Thanks for looking.  Hope you had an awesome Halloween!

Sorry about the pics not showing.  Darn bandwidth exceeded!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Unity Scarf - Loom Knit on: October 17, 2009 05:52:51 PM
I'm so happy!  I just finished the Unity Scarf I loom knit for my mom!  She hasn't seen it, yet.  She's house sitting for my sis.  Can't wait 'til she gets back!  I started it almost a year ago being inspired by the scarf Neville Longbottom and other students wore in the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" movie.  I really liked the colors of this scarf.  But, put it down in the spring/summer to work on other projects.  Because it's starting to feel like fall, I dug it back out to finish it.

I knitted it on my homemade loom/board, which I think gave me a much better gauge for my single strand worsted weight yarn then a KK loom.  I've posted more details and progress pics on my loom knitting blog.

Thanks for looking!
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / *UPDATED* "Monster" Mask made of Can tabs (with feather decoration) on: September 25, 2009 08:47:41 AM

Just made a tabistry masquerade mask out of colored can tabs from energy drinks.

**** UPDATE  ****

Just added some feathery stuff to the mask.  

Hope it gives it a little something.  The colorful fluff is frayed poly rope I happened to have leftover from a whip I plaited with it.  (The rope came in 75ft bundles for $1.  I got the idea from the "cracker" at the end that was all fuzzy from cracking the whip.)  The spikey black/white stuff is plastic shopping bag.

**** END UPDATE ****

There are more pics and info on my blog.  Stop by here:

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Retro Tabistry Bucket Hat and Handbag made of Can Tabs on: September 13, 2009 07:44:13 PM

Just finished this hat and purse set while working on a Tabistry hat tutorial and had a bit of fun with the pics.  The hat was made to show progress pics for the tutorial.  I made the purse to use up the remaining scraps.  It took many many tabs to make both and just about all of 3 different colored t-shirts.  I have the three neckbands and a small scrap of blue left.  The purse has two styles of strap and bottlecap closure buttons.  Not sure which handle I prefer.  Probably the shoulder strap.

To see more pics (in color) and to hear more about these items, see check out my blog here.  I'd love to hear comments.  Thanks for looking.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / NEW Tabistry Project - Oversized Sun Hat made of Can Tab on: August 03, 2009 07:50:20 PM
Just throwing up some pics of the latest Tabistry sun hat made for someone in the Red Hat Society.  It's made from can tabs that most likely came off Arizona or large beer cans.

Thanks for looking.  Smiley

For more pics/info or to see other projects see my Tabistry blog
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Turkey Bone Necklace on: July 24, 2009 07:06:21 AM
Hey, fellow craftsters!  I was playing around with some turkey bones I saved from last Thanksgiving and came up with this:

Closeups of the skull pendant:

I'm lovin' the spine bones.  But, I'm wondering what would be a good stain to make the bone look older and less white.  Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks for looking.  I'll be posting some more experiments with these bones on my blog in the future.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / UPDATED Corset made of Pop Tabs (with straps) on: April 16, 2009 05:05:06 PM
I finished a new corset just in time for spring!  It is made entirely from used soda and beer can tabs and remnant fabric strips.  This time it is more curvier and farther over the hips than the last one.  Can't wait to try it out at faire in about a week!

*****************UPDATE 3/03/2010******************

Just recently added straps to the corset:

If you like this corset, you may want to take a peek at my older projects here.  You can also see more pics on my blog.  I also have basic instructions and some patterns on my tabistry blog, as well as some patterns and tutorial available at tabistry.blogspot.com.[/color]

Thanks for looking!
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