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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Lamp from Boring to "Exciting"! on: July 15, 2009 08:30:00 AM
We have a guest room, which is made up of a lot of family heirlooms.  It has a tendency to look a little "country," so I have done a few things in the room to try to change this.  One of which is that I made this white boring lamp shade into a decoupaged arrangement.  It still looks a little country to me, but the other stuff adds to it.  I will keep working on it!  Any ways, hope you enjoy the idea!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Burnt Orange Headboard on: June 08, 2009 10:59:49 AM
My husband & I created this headboard to go in our master bedroom.  It is made out of plywood, quilt batting and upholstery fabric.  It was easy to do; however, it is definitely a two person job! 

Go to bleudazicreates.deadlypenguin.com to see the tutorial!   
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Art Deco Nightstands on: April 04, 2009 11:43:51 AM
My husband & I needed matching night stands and we could never find some that we liked or that we could afford.  Finally we found some on craiglist.  They just needed to be repainted and to have hardware attached.  Let me know what you think. 

I did add a little strip or stripe of "Cabin Red" to give it some color.  Eventually all of our bedroom furniture will be black and I wanted to spice it up a bit. 

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1950's Dresser Redone on: April 04, 2009 11:40:54 AM
When I moved out of my parents house and got married, I asked my parents if I could take a dresser they were planning on giving away.  Come to find out, it was the dresser that my maternal grandparents bought for their bedroom in the 1950s.  It was part of a set, which I only have the chest of drawers and the dresser.  The chest of drawers is too damaged to fix.  Any ways at the time, I did not realize all of this nor that it was once stained.  Once I did, I began to work on it.  Below are the before and after pictures of it! 

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1 Hr. Apron on: April 03, 2009 01:25:06 PM
I found a "pattern" online & made this apron!  Let me know what you think.  It is only my second independent sewing project and did not take me, but an hour to do! 

I made it for my sister.  She will be flying from her house to mine, across the country, to help me with my new house and I wanted to make her a "basket" full of goodies.  This is only one part of the basket. Smiley
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Long Dangly Necklace on: March 06, 2009 11:49:43 PM
I have noticed these necklaces have really came in style recently.  I could never find one I liked or one I liked and in my price range, so I took it upon myself to make my own.  I am still learning how to make jewelry and am teaching myself.

Tell me what you think! Smiley 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bleaching Old Shirt to Make New Shirt on: February 27, 2009 03:06:11 PM
Earlier in the week, I saw something on TV and I wanted to replicate it, just to see if it was as easy as they said it was.  So I took an old shirt that was 100% cotton, you want to make sure it is 100% natural fibers, that I was going to give away to Goodwill and made this! 
It is my first try and I could definitely do better next time, but hey I'm proud of it. Smiley 

I definitely think that the back came out a whole lot better than the front.  I will also have a better tutorial on my blog than I could find on the internet; however, it might take me a few days! Smiley 
8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Pear Tea Towels on: February 09, 2009 02:50:25 PM
Hey Everyone!

This was my first embroidered anything.  I used a pattern from Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart.  Let me know what you think! Smiley

Here are the towels together. Please ignore the earrings.  I made both of these for my sister for her birthday and I wanted a picture of them both with the earrings that I made her. Smiley 

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / August Night Wedding HEAVY PICTURE FILES! on: December 22, 2008 02:58:57 PM
My wedding was in 2007, but I was completely inspired by the postings, I decided to post also.  We did not do nearly as much as DIY as most of the weddings on here.  We did do a fair bit though.  Our wedding was completely done by family friends or friends of friends, not necessarily me.  

My best friend's sister did my hair. My older sister did my make up.  I made the veil.

Centerpieces were completed by me and a little last minute help from my younger sister. 

Alter table.  The flowers were done by the florist.  The candle holders I added finishing touches to bring the "theme" together.

Close up of the candles.

Sorry for the horrible picture. I had to crop one alot to get this.  I lined the basket with white satin & attached small blue berry-like stems to the outside of the basket.

Reception Tables, outside.  The bamboo was cut by my dad to allow the lights to be placed into the bamboo sticks.  On each table, several business cards are placed telling our guest that we donated money to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in Memory & Honor of three influential people in my husband & I's lives.  The card were designed by my husband.

Us cutting the cake.  My bolero was made by my mother in law.  The cake was made by one of my mother in law's best friend. Cake Topper made by my father in law.

I hope you guys enjoy! 
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mario Brothers Christmas Ornaments on: December 22, 2008 05:45:04 AM
This year my husband & I wanted to do something a little different for his co-workers.  So, we made Christmas ornaments for everyone.  (Yes, all of them celebrate Christmas, we checked.)  So we made objects that you would find in a Mario Brothers game, ie. fire flower, the box, turtle shell, etc. 

Here are pictures: 

This is what the end product looked like (Generally everyone just brings cookies, candy, or baked good in for everyone.)

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