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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / mockingjay pin and a few other shrinks on: March 24, 2012 12:03:33 PM
We're going to see Hunger Games in IMAX for my friend's birthday today.  So in addition to a cool party tray I got her, I decided to make her a mockingjay pin.

This picture doesn't have the backing on it as the glue is drying as a I type.

I don't think it's perfect but it's fun.

Since I had the oven on, I also made these with a Martha Stewart Fleur De Lis paper punch.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Birdcages & Spray Paint on: July 10, 2011 02:53:31 PM
I saw a picture of birdcages with flowers in them in Fresh Home's Spring magazine and new I wanted some. And after I looked all over these vintage stores, Goodwill, and expensive antique shops, I finally found some at Ross.  I wanted a nice bright color to make this dark corner in my living room to be a little happier so I chose "colonial red."

The final project:

Before shots:

Priming and painting:

Now I'm debating whether or not to put in some silk flowers or remote controlled flame-less candles.

BTW--I learned that when it comes to spray paint--less is more. I had a few dripping issues.
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Want to etch--afraid of ruining the sink! on: February 21, 2011 11:13:02 AM
I really want to etch--and Kittykill's video makes it look so easy!  Here's my question though:  I don't have a utility sink.  Where's the best place to rinse your etched glass when it's time?  I'm afraid of ruining our stainless steel kitchen sink or new powder room sink.  Suggestions?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Breaking Needle Threaders on: October 06, 2009 09:05:52 PM
I'm not normally one to break stuff but I just went through three needle threaders.  Am I doing something wrong?  I'm using 3 strands of DMC floss from a new skein in a needle from a pack marked "embroidery."  Two threaders I had never used.  A new needle and the one I had been using. 

They usually work for about half a project for me then just die.  With old floss and old needles.  I knew that one time a whole six strand was pushing it but three?   Angry

Could it be the Thread Heaven?

At least a three pack is under $2. 

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Kitteh theme tote ~~ 2 pics on: January 25, 2009 03:03:39 PM
Haven't tried inkjet iron-on in a while.  Here's my practice run. 

A close up.  You can see I made the edges all gooey by not waiting for the transfer to cool on the top left.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Sukie Iron on Transfer -- T-shirt and mirror frames on: January 18, 2009 06:27:41 PM
Technically these aren't inkjet transfers, but I think this is the closest category.  I found this book of Sukie Iron-On transfers at my local bookstore and decided to give them a try. 

Here's some pics:

I also read and watched on youtube how people were ironing on wood.  Here's my attempt (cat inspecting):

Here's one close up so you can see how it was a little uneven.

I think the problem with using wood is that this is just ink.  Had I used inkjet I think it would have bonded better.  I'm ok with how it turned out but hoped for something a little cooler.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupage Plates -- Quite a few pics on: November 11, 2008 07:10:54 PM
So I really wanted to use this Lazertran stuff but the budget called for some simple decoupage!  I used color copies from a bargain book at Half Price Books.  The plates are from Fred Meyer (it's kinda like Wal-Mart only prettier).  Then I spray painted the back.  Ok, well really, only the two little singing guys are spray painted so far due to weather conditions but you can pretend they are spray painted because they're on white tissue paper.   Wink

close up of my only spray painted one

whole thing:

Plate 2:

Plate three:
close up:

whole thing
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I finally finished a knitting project! on: October 20, 2008 07:07:38 PM
I can knit and purl like nobody's business but I could never finish a project.  I've started slippers and coasters but never liked them.  So here it is, my first finished project. 

The pattern is from Speed Knitting: 24 Quick and Easy Projects.  I used Paton's Melody Quick and Cozy in Fun 'n' Games with size 17 needles. 

I wish I had used more natural yarn instead of acrylic.  Ah well. 

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Buttons to jewelry ideas on: October 13, 2008 07:22:39 PM
I got these buttons at the thrift store and was thinking of filling the center with something.  I see a lot of threads on resin.  Any other ideas?

I have pics of the buttons in my gallery but am not allowed to post pics until I've been on the site longer. Wink

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