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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / A nursery for our baby girl! on: April 05, 2010 07:38:26 AM

So I finally almost finished it! I need to put some scrapbook paper over the bins that are under the changing table and recover the bottom cushion of the glider...but I feel like I've tackled a lot in here Smiley It used to be cloud wallpaper with Spiderman stickers ALL OVER. We had to put textured paint-able wallpaper over that icky stuff.

My dad cut the letters out for me using a font I found online and I stained them mahogany to match the furniture. All of the pictures on the wall are sea creatures that I drew with Prismacolor pencils and micron pens.

Hope you like it! Comments/criticisms?

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Modified Amy Butler Diaper bag take 2! on: March 18, 2010 04:56:07 PM
So I made one of these previously in a different fabric (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337929.msg3910202#msg3910202) and a friend liked it enough to want one as a baby shower gift.

We went to Hobby Lobby together and she picked out the fabrics- this is what I ended up with. I feel like I learned a lot from the first bag and the finished product here is a lot more "finished" than with mine. But hey, I'm gonna be the one carrying mine so it doesn't matter as much, right? Tongue

I used a stiffer interfacing than I did with my other bag and I think it really helped the look of the bag. Plus, this one has shorter straps (a total accident, but these actually stand on their own and don't just flop down when you sit the bag down) and stands a bit better on its own. I also added a cell phone pocket to the inside since she requested it (made me a little nervous...but I did alright, don't you think?)

Bag Front (that's actually a brown fabric yo-yo on there but I couldn't get the lighting to cooperate at all. Just use your imagination  Wink )

Cell phone pocket (and it's not actually sideways..I just forgot to rotate the picture Tongue )


3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Molly the crippled octopus on: February 13, 2010 11:22:29 PM
So I drew this to maybe go in our baby girl's nursery. I'm still completely on the fence about everything in there- the only thing I know is that I have to make pretty much everything that will go in the room due to money issues.

I used cheap acrylic paint on a cotton ball with water to do the background. Molly and the bubbles are cut out of a separate sheet of paper and I used foam tape to kind of give a 3d effect. Of course you can't see that with crappy photobooth photos...but I'll add some after I put it in a frame Smiley

Done in acrylic paint, prismacolor pencils, prismacolor markers and micron pens.

...and she's missing a leg Wink

This is the first thing I've done like this...I'd love some comments/criticism!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Modified Amy Butler Modern Diaper Bag on: February 12, 2010 05:42:25 PM
So I FINALLY finished this today...I haven't done a lot of work with patterns and this one had like 25 steps, each step having 4 or 5 bullets underneath. I'm really happy with how it turned out and hope to get a lot of use out of it when our baby girl arrives (in early May! I can't waiiitttt!!!)

This bag would have been HUGE if I hadn't used the adjustments here:

On to the pictures!

Close up of the front closure (the pattern called for a magnetic snap, but I had velcro on hand so I improvised. It closes really easily and I added the button for decoration)

With flash

Without flash

Interior without flash. There are 2 bottle pockets and 4 bigger pockets.

Inside with flash

And my crazy but sweet husband modeling the bag for me (and you!) Grin

Comments and constructive criticism totally appreciated!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My crafty kitchen in orange! on: February 11, 2010 02:01:07 PM
So we bought our house in September and the kitchen was HORRID. I mean, plastic ivy everywhere, hideous floral wallpaper and random dusty birdhouses sitting around?! C'mon people.

So I decided it needed to be my favorite color- ORANGE! I put up a kind of paintable textured wallpaper (you can't really tell in the pictures though) because underneath that hideous floral wallpaper was some hideous brown wood paneling. I just didn't trust myself to pick off all the wallpaper just to have to look at the dark paneling. I think the orange really brightened it up and now I'm happy to be in the kitchen for more than a few minutes at a time Cheesy My dad helped cut and put up the chair rail, I thought it would add a little something to the room.

If you've ever swapped with me, you're likely to see something you made me in here Smiley And if it's not here, it's in the craft room that I'll be posting whenever I finally get the finishing touches up. I love my swap partners!

This is the only "full" wall in the kitchen, the rest are covered in cabinets and closets and refrigerators Tongue I painted the matching paintings because I didn't think I could find anything else I would like as much in stores. And money is really tight, after all. The teacup curtains were found at Salvation Army for a few bucks and I couldn't pass them up. Too cute! I eventually want to get some small tables to put on either side of the window so that wall doesn't look so empty.

Close up of the paintings

This is our little coat rack. The previous owner left it, but it had wallpaper (yeah...ick...) as the background and was just plain ugly. So I attacked it with paint and some of my favorite fabric from my stash.

I made a plastic bag holder out of the same fabric. Those things really come in handy!

A view of one of the long sides of the kitchen. I REALLY want to replace the cabinet hardware but it just isn't in the budget right now. In a few years we'll probably replace the dingy floors and the countertops (they're actually in good shape, but I'm just not a fan of hunter green in my orange kitchen)

The stove.

Microwave and pantry and a sneak peek of the dining room (mustard yellow and black! it's not quite done though.) We've always lacked counter space and cabinet space in previous places (apartment and rental home) so this kitchen is pretty much what sold us on this house.

The other side of the kitchen. I really want to paint those canisters but have no idea how to go about it...they're ceramic and have already been glazed. Ideas?

Our little bar and the closet that the washer and dryer are in. Note the amazing art quilt!

Sorry for being so long-winded, but I really <3 my kitchen now!

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft in my favorite color swap on: January 19, 2010 09:17:15 PM
Would anyone be interested in one of these? I'm not sure if there have been previous rounds, but it's definitely something I'd be into!
7  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Coraline Rd 2- 1 angel needed Angel Found on: November 07, 2009 05:12:24 PM
We had a couple flakers in this swap, now we need to get new partners for these lovely ladies!

Swap Name: Coraline Rd 2
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316933.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321906.0
# of Flakers: 2

These ladies need angels:

Ekioart- ANGEL FOUND! Thanks, noxluff!
Likes: Aqua and green, Coraline's "other" room, black cat, circus scene, Coraline's garden
Dislikes: Not big on dangly earrings
Country: USA

Likes: the garden, emerald green, button box, coraline dealing with her parents
Dislikes: Cat hair allergy, nickel allergy, crocheted stuff, mr bobinski
Country: UK

If you're interested just PM me (Melvinator) asap!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Coraline Rd 2 Gallery on: September 21, 2009 02:11:20 PM
Post your beautiful goodies here!

Swap thread:
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Magic the Gathering swap? on: August 30, 2009 12:04:31 AM
Would anyone be interested? I just started playing again after at least a 4 year absence and would love some handmade goodies! I also noticed that a few people mentioned it in the friends of craftster off topic chit-chat section, that they used to play, etc. Even if you don't play, it'd be cool to get some handmade stuff for people you know! I'm just so tired of seeing all the generic images/art on the playmats and deck boxes and life counters. I want something unique! Do you?

10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOUND- Shrinky Dink Swap- 1 angel FOUND on: August 25, 2009 10:27:31 AM
Swap Name: Shrinky Dink Swap
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304961.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311270.0
# of Flakers: 1

Needs angel:

Melvinator (that's me Smiley )
Likes: boston terriers, antique/vintage looking stuff, the color orange
Dislikes: The color purple, black w/ neon colors, earrings

Please PM me if you're interested in being an angel for this swap.
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