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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tabletop Zen Garden on: June 18, 2010 05:21:05 PM
I had a small wooden tray that i didn't know what to do with, so here's what I finally did!

I painted it with a crackle finish that i don't really like all that much.  I love the rest of it so much though that it's going to stay.  It turned out really cool, just not right for this project.  I did it using Elmer's glue.

I even made a tiny rake!! The teeth are from a bamboo skewer and the handle is a round chopstick!

More details of how I made it and what I used can be found on my blog.

Thanks for checking it out, I had a lot of fun making it!!!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Grad picture cards on: June 11, 2010 04:42:49 PM

I just received my order of grad pictures, and had to make cards to put them in to give to my friends and family.

You know those black folders that they put your pictures in? I used those as the cards and just decorated the fronts! Then for the few that didn't come with them, I created my own because it was such a good idea!

I've spent the last 6 years in university - 1 year in arts & science and the last 5 in engineering.

I had a bunch of fun doing these!!

I used the same layout for these cards because nobody will see anyone else's and they're for the small pictures, and honestly, I'd been making cards for hours and hours, so I was starting to run out of juice and wanted something simple to finish with!

Thanks for looking!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first doll!! on: May 28, 2010 12:31:12 PM
I started making a doll for a little girl I know who's turning 2 soon, but it wasn't really a 2 year old type doll... and I fell in love with her, so she's mine now. lol

She's about 9.5 inches tall, and I looked at a basic rag doll pattern, but it wasn't too helpful.  lol 

I forgot to take a pic of her hair, but I threaded through a heck of a lot of yarn!!!

I apologize for her crappy dress.  I threw it together really quick so that I couldn't be charged will doll-porn!!!  I plan to make her lovely things in the future!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plarn Bag on: May 28, 2010 11:59:04 AM
I know this isn't anything new or exciting, but this is my first plarn bag and first time working with plarn. 

I made it based loosely on this pattern: http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/12/02/recycled-grocery-tote-bag/

Thanks for looking. Smiley
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Sugar Lip Scrub *with tutorial* on: May 26, 2010 03:14:42 PM
Alright, so I wasn't all that interested in lip scrubs until I had a conversation with my sister. As usual, we were discussing Lush products (we both used to work there at different stores in different cities!) and the topic of lip scrubs came up. They sell these: http://www.lush.ca/shop/products/face/lip-balms-and-scrubs/mint-julip

I wouldn't pay $9 for them, but I'm cheap like that. Not to mention the idea of scrubbing my lips isn't that high on my priority list!

But after talking about it with my sister so much, I thought I'd give it a try. It turned out pretty well!

If you want to try your hand at it, here's what I did:

white sugar
apricot kernel oil
pure vanilla extract
peppermint essential oil

You could always make substitutions, this is just what I did.  If you'd rather use olive oil, try it.  If you don't have peppermint oil, try another essential oil.  Use what you have.  That's what I did. Smiley

Alright, now here are my extremely precise measurements and directions (har har har):

1. Put about 1/8 - 1/4 of a cup of sugar in a small bowl

2. Add a "squirt" or "drizzle" of honey

3. Add ~3 drops of peppermint oil

4. Pour in some oil... I probably used about 2 tsp.

5. Splash a little bit of vanilla in6. Mix it up really well!!

To use:Wet lips with water and rub a pea sized amount on lip. Rub rub rub!! (gently!) The longer you scrub the smoother your lips will be. Don't press too hard though.

I like to finish up with my Rocky Mountain Soap Company peppermint lip butter!

And because I know you're probably curious, it didn't taste half bad either!!

If you find that the sugar is too rough for your lips, there's two things you can do.

 1) with some water, rub your scrub between your fingers before putting in your lips. This will dissolve the sugar a bit and smooth out the edges. This works for commercial scrubs (salt and sugar) too.

2) Next time you make the scrub, through your sugar in the blender or food processor first to make it finer.

I'll have to see how well this keeps, honey is a natural preservative, so we'll see how it goes!!

I think next time I'm going to try cinnamon and clove with maybe a hint of orange! Or maybe a citrus blend of lime, lemon, and orange... oh the possibilities!!!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Make Up Remover pads on: May 25, 2010 08:14:28 PM
I was so inspired by these here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=347256.0   so I had to try and make some of my own.

I use one of these pads every day.  Even though they're fair trade organic cotton they still create waste!

Mine aren't quite as cute and uniform, but i just used up the scraps from the doll rag quilt I made a while ago.

Thanks for looking!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Market Bags on: May 24, 2010 04:50:40 PM
I dragged this out of my WIP box.  It had gone in here in the first place because I couldn't figure out how to line up the cows so they turned out being the right side up and then I didn't want to rip it all apart, so in the box it went. lol

I figured it out on the second try so here they are:

My favorite!!

Here's a close up of the cow on the handle:

And a cat bag!

Close up of the kitty on the bed:

This was all fabric that was given to me.  I had no clue what to do with it, but I really like how it turned out!

In total I now have 3 cow bags and 2 cat bags (you know you're addicted to yoga when.... lol)

Thanks for looking! C&C appreciated!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mini Shelf Decor on: May 14, 2010 11:14:42 AM
 I'm in the process of decorating my room, and I had this little picture frame and shelf set that I didn't know what to do with the shelves. I made mini decor!!!

I started out with this white butcher twine, and didn't like the color.

So I dyed it with a coffee and tea mixture. I love how it turned out because the color wasn't even but BEAUTIFUL!!

I used a hot glue gun to glue it to a Caltrate bottle to make a mini vase. I threw some green stuff in there from my craft stash, and I love love love it!

I also made some mini decorative balls by gluing twine to tiny styrofoam balls! They're in my hand so that you get an idea of the size!

Here's the total effect. I might still try to find something for the balls to go in, right now they're on a small candle holder.

And for size and effect, a shot of them with the centre picture frame. The picture of my sister and me is an 8x10.

Thanks for looking, I had fun! C&C welcome! 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffle Jammies!!! on: May 10, 2010 03:36:08 PM
Alright, after writing "jammies" I thought about Raj from one episode of Big Bang Theory where he says something about his "jammy" and Leonard is like "What??"


I had a fairly successful day of sewing today! Yay! (sometimes days of sew = days of frustration!)

I made cute pajamas! See, look:

They're actually made out of an old jersey bed sheet... so it's semi reconstructed! Smiley

Okay, so when I actually wear it, it kinda looks like a bubble gum bathing suit. Whoops. Smiley

The top is super cute, and maybe I'll wear it as an actual tank under a cardi or something...

I just love the cuteness factor of the bottoms... however they don't actually fit that well (so I kinda gave up on them. I didn't bother finishing the leg-holes...)

I love how cute the ruffles are. Even if I never wear them, I'll enjoy how cute they look in the drawer!


Thanks for looking!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tacky old frame to cute dry erase board on: May 09, 2010 01:05:00 PM
I had an ugly old 8x10 picture frame which I didn't know what to do with.  I'm generally of the opinion that an 8x10 picture is larger than most people want to be in reproduced form. Tongue

I turned it into a cute dry erase board!

Here's the before of the frame:

A close up so you can really understand the tackiness:

And here's a close up of the flower doo-dad

I made the flower using my Fantastic Flowers thingy from when I was little.  If you don't know what Fantastic Flowers is, or if you remember it fondly and want to read more about it, check it out on my blog (in my signature).

Thanks for looking! I *heart* comments!
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