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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Record shelf revamped with backstage passes on: August 05, 2011 11:27:45 AM
Thanks for the comments, and the storage tip! Luckily I didn't have them stacked that way for long- it only took one day of being frustrated that I couldn't easily flip through them that I pulled them out and started using it to store my cassettes/tape player, cd books, and my old ticket stub covered laptop. I think it's a great way of organizing the rest of my music media- but wasn't sure what to do about my records and player...

current set-up:

close-up of laptop lid:

...until I was walking my dog past the school across the street this morning and they had this shelving unit next to the dumpster! Woo! It's completely perfect for storing my whole collection of records (not just the portion that I could fit in the shelf before) with them stacked vertically! Can't wait to get it refinished and find a spot for it.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record shelf revamped with backstage passes (*updated, now pic heavy) on: July 31, 2011 04:54:33 PM

I found this old beat up bookshelf with a drawer at Goodwill for a few bucks and have been trying to figure out what to do with it for a while. My fiancee just moved in a beautiful vintage bubbler jukebox into our living room and I thought my retro looking vinyl/cd player would fit beautifully next to it and it needed a stand.
Here's what I started with:

I wish the shelf part was just slightly taller so the albums could be stacked vertically and flipped through more easily, but they fit just right stacked on top of each other. I usually make a lot of things using my own ticket stub collection but since the vinyl was mostly great old albums that my dad gave me, I decided to decoupage the drawer with backstage passes from his collection.
I made color reproductions of his passes, shrunk a few of them down to fill the space better, and used mod podge sealed with a few coats of polyurethane.

I love how it turned out and think it looks perfect in our little music corner!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Buckeye birthday tray on: May 22, 2011 08:59:06 AM
My fiancee is a huge OSU fan and I wanted to put something buckeye-themed together for his birthday. I found lots of great ideas online for cakes but in the end decided I didn't want to use fondant or try to make icing red using tons of dye. This is what I ended up with- buckeye candies on a plate with strawberry blossoms arranged to look like the "O".
We celebrated his birthday at a concert a bar, so these were the perfect non-messy, easy to pass out treats to share with friends. It was also nice to have the strawberry blossoms as a lighter option over the super-sweet (but crazydelicious) buckeyes.

Here are the links for the buckeyes and strawberries that I used:

The only thing I'd add is for the buckeyes- it seemed to give me smoother, better shaped buckeyes when I would freeze them for a bit and re-roll them before inserting the toothpicks and refreezing. With the strawberries, the only problem I had to watch for was cutting too far down to the base so they'd tear when I'd pull the petals open to fill it with creme. All in all they were both easy to make and looked great together!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The new and improved green version. on: November 19, 2009 01:47:40 PM
i pretty much super want that!

Yep.  Almost enough to try and make one myself, but I know it won't turn out nearly as cute as yours!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Scratchboard portraits on: April 29, 2009 11:27:04 AM
Stunning.  What amazing talent you have!  Shocked

And the zombie for your swap partner is fantastic, I'd feel so lucky to have something like that!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: chocolate purse / first post (yay) on: April 28, 2009 08:19:31 PM
Nice work!  It looks beautiful.

And delicious.  Wink
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Concert Ticket wedges on: April 26, 2009 10:02:19 PM
I recognized the band...you wouldn't be from West Michigan, would ya?  Wink
Yep!  Grew up in West MI and started seeing Umphrey's McGee out there, but have since moved to Ohio and I'm missing Lake Michigan like crazy! 

Thanks for the comments and advice, you guys have restored my hope in being able to wear these out sometime soon!  The inserts sound like a great idea, I'll definitely give them a try! 
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Concert Ticket wedges on: April 25, 2009 01:38:02 PM
I make a lot of things with ticket stubs, and have wanted to make a pair of shoes using them for a while.  The only problem was finding a pair of shoes that had substantial surface area to decoupage without working on the top of the shoes, which I'm afraid would crack and peel after a few wears.
Then, like a gift from the gods I found this pair at Goodwill new for $4 in my size!  Cheesy

Unfortunately, after making them and falling in love with them, I tried to wear them out and realized that they're about a 1/2 size too big and I can't even walk in them without my feet falling out!
I'll have to figure out a way to add an extra strap to keep my feet in, any suggestions would be much appreciated!  Otherwise I'll have to sadly pass them on to a friend with bigger feet.  Undecided

Also, does anyone have any experience with Hard Coat Mod Podge vs. Outdoor Mod Podge?
It would make sense to use the Outdoor version for these, but the Hard Coat also said it was water resistant and I thought I'd get more use out of a jar of the Hard Coat, so that's what I opted for.  I'll probably top it off with a coat of polyurethane, anyway.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Dynamite Danger on: April 25, 2009 01:02:11 PM
This is, without a doubt, the most entertaining post I've read on this forum.

Not only is your project stunning and crafted beautifully, but the photographic story is also very well crafted!

And I agree with this:
If an expert can't be found, a beginner crocheter will have to do.

You can stop calling yourself a beginner . . . at this point you're at least a Level 10 Chaotic Good Crocheter.  Grin
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Earring Holder Made From Board Game on: April 25, 2009 11:24:38 AM
What a fabulous idea!
loved the cartoons on it (still do  Tongue)
Me too.  I especially love that you have Doug and Rocco's Modern Life on there!
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