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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record cabinet to paper cart on: May 07, 2011 06:55:48 PM
I've been wanting something to store my scrapbook paper in, but those big fancy plastic-drawer-thingies are expensive!! So... I made this:

It started it's life as an old cabinet for storing records in the 70s. Yeah... it's not real wood... and this picture was taken AFTER I scrubbed the whole thing out with Clorox... because there was something living in there...

Because it wasn't real wood, I couldn't get any paint to stick to it and look nice... so I picked out some paper that matched my craft room and decoupaged the sides of the cart. (the dark area in the middle is part of the paper design- it just photographed weird).

Then I made a new knob out of Fimo and a cushion for the top (partly to hide where I tried to paint it).

Why a cushion for the top? That's two less cats who are trying to sleep on my desk while I work.

I really love the way it turned out and since records are slightly larger then 12x12 paper, everything fits really well. There were enough shelves that I could organize my paper by color and theme. Smiley

Best part- the whole thing cost under 10$... which is a whole lot less then the store bough storage units.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Glee - Pavarotti - embroidery on: April 26, 2011 12:06:04 PM
Okay... so I'm a total Gleek and really wanted to stitch something up while I was waiting on tonight's new episode. But I didn't want to do anything that SCREAMED 'Glee'. So I stitched up this little good-bye to Pavarotti... because 'Original Songs' was an AMAZING episode. Smiley

The bird/cage image I found for free online and free-handed it on the fabric. I watched two movies while I was stitching, so it didn't take long to do. The flash made the yellow super-bright... it's actually a little more subtle. Smiley

As always- constructive criticism is always welcome... I'm still learning here. Smiley

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Always" Harry Potter hoopla on: April 21, 2011 04:41:43 PM
Okay... so I got some of that fancy pearly thread and I've been wanting to do a HP themed hoop for ages now... So, here is my Snape's Patronus hoopla. The doe itself is in a subtlety variegated blue, the "magic-y" bits are all in a slightly lighter pearl blue. I'm guessing it took around 15 hours over three days. The colors look a little faded in the picture- they're really pretty close to the colors from the movies... It's not perfect, but I'm still rather geeked about it. Also- if I ever decide to use so much pearl/metallic again, someone should slap me. Total PITA.  Cheesy

Two pictures, because I can't decide which one is better... neither are great. lol.

Oh- the design is based on a tattoo I saw somewhere.

CC is always welcome. Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Travel needlework case on: February 12, 2011 03:41:54 PM
So... I found a travel needlework case at a craft supply swap last weekend. It was really practical but also VERY ugly (and smelly). So, I tore it apart and used the basic shape as my pattern. This is what I came up with:

It's made out of pre-quilted fabric, has straps for carrying, one outside pocket, and a full zipper closure. (the sides actually line up really well- I don't know why they look wonky in the picture.)

Here's a close-up of how I did the zipper. Since the pre-quilted fabric had a different finished design on both sides, I didn't need a lining. This posed a problem when it came to putting in the zipper. I finally decided on using bias tape to hide the raw edge.

Inside there are several zip pockets and an open pocket. The vinyl thing in the middle is  binder pages for holding embroidery floss. I put a measuring tape next to it, so you could get an idea of the size.

Here's a close up of one side- you can see there is one large zippered pocked for holding tools, as well as an open pocket for whatever.

The other side just has one giant pocket. It can hold a few embroidery hoops in it. There is also a vinyl scissors holder on this side. Using the scrap fabric, I made myself a matching needle book.

I really LOVE this thing. I'm so SO proud of how it turned out. The zipper doesn't lay perfectly, but it's my first try doing anything like this, and I made up most of the the pattern... My husband and I are going on vacation next weekend and I'm so excited to be able to take my projects in such a cute case.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Ceramic pendants on: November 05, 2010 09:28:00 AM

I make a ton of pendants and charms in my ceramics class, but never thought to post them. The other day someone on another bored asked to see some of them, so... here they are. Smiley

And here are some close-ups:

This is a special one I made for Sevsonlygirl for the latest Harry Potter swap. Ravenclaw colors.

Most of the pendants are glazed. I use a variety of glazes and often mix them for unique effects. A few of them are painted bisque and accented with rub-ons, glitter, and a variety of other things... sealed with a glossy sealer to make them appear glazed.

Some of the designs are from a mold (much easier to make perfect circles that way), but other are hand formed, or carved, or whatever else I felt like doing at the moment.

Thanks for looking!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Metal Harry Potter Wand on: November 01, 2010 02:07:08 PM
I hope this is the right board to put this in... I almost put it in jewelry/trinkets, but wasn't sure.

I am a huge huge HUGE Harry Potter fan, so obviously I'm going to the midnight premier of the 'Deathly Hallows' movie. While trying to decide what to wear that night, I realized I didn't actually have my own wand. I looked around online and decided to make one... Well, my husband didn't like the rolled paper wand was planning on making, so he went off and made me this:

It's metal. And shiny. And really REALLY cool! So cool, in fact, that I had to share it here on Craftster.

The basics of it is that he made a frame with metal coat hanger, wrapped the whole thing in foil tape and then soldered it. But he did it so that there were bumps and ridges and things that made it look really organic. Then, somehow, he had the whole thing taper out at the base and set a red stone thing in it. The stone looks black until the light catches it- then it turns bright red.

Here's a close up of the handle area:

He didn't polish is afterward to remove the left-over flux, which gives it the goldish colored highlights. I love the way they look.

He also went online to find measurements for the wands in the book, so that mine was the right size. Here's a crappy action shot for size comparison:

I really love it. I'm so pleased that he did something crafty and that he's embracing my geekiness. <3
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Saint Anthony Shrine on: April 11, 2010 05:20:02 PM

I made this shrine for fabricfriend in the Mexican Kitsch swap. It was my first time making a shrine, but I'm REALLY pleased with how it came out. I used a wooden Lowes first aid box and ripped the dividers out. The whole outside is covered in the red/blue brocade paper with a small gold cross on the front.

When it opens, this is what you see:

I use a coordinating water-looking paper for the base and added little fish, because the story is that Saint Anthony went to preach to the people, but they wouldn't listen, so he went to the water and preached to the fish. When the fish flocked around the shore to listen, the people decided they should as well.

I used the polka-dot paper as a backdrop inside and added a great picture of Saint Anthony. I used a couple metallic stars for sparkle. Then I made 3-D looking flowers to stand in front of the picture. Of course they're the sacred flowers of the Saint. Smiley

I was surprised at how long this project took... but it was worth it. fabricfriend loved it and I got to make something I've never made before. I foresee many more shrines in my future!

Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome. Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Travel embroidery case (now with tutorial) on: April 07, 2010 06:23:47 PM
I made this case for nostephot in the Once You Pop- Spring swap. Everything we made was supposed to fit in a Pringles can, but I couldn't resist adding something extra. Smiley She has a travel embroidery case on her Wists, so I took that design and made it my own. I really don't do any needlework, so I wasn't entirely sure what types of storage she'd need.

This is the inside of the case. I put a loop for holding her hoops, a loop for scissors, a pincushion, a needlebook, slots for a seem ripper and pencil... and I left the empty room at the bottom so that she could add to it if she wanted.

This is the outside fabric. The front has a velcro closure, the back has a large pocket with a velcro flap- perfect for holding patterns, WiP, or thread.

I'm really happy with hos this came out. I've never made anything like this, and I drew up the pattern myself. I think I'm going to make a similar one for my mom for mother's day. Smiley


Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Day of the Dead bag on: April 07, 2010 06:15:21 PM

I made this bag for fabricfriend in the Mexican Kitsch swap. While stalking for the swap I found out that she's a music teacher, so I wanted to incorporate that into the bag. I didn't use a pattern for this- just sort of figured it out as I went along. It's slightly larger then your average tote- perfect for carrying music books and such.

I used quite a few different fabrics. The two panels of calveras were cut in one piece. Everything else was put on the bag individually. Yes, I cut, bonded, and attached every single one of those flowers. It took FOREVER. I added a maragold ribbon to the handle, some fun fringe on the bottom, and lined the whole thing with green cotton.

Here's a close up of the design.

And I added a few little details to the back- just for fun.

The colors are much more bold- these pictures aren't great. Here's a link to the picture fabricfriend took- the colors are a lot closer in her picture.

I love this so much I made sure to get extra fabric so I can make myself one!

Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Random charm bracelet post! (image heavy) on: April 07, 2010 06:02:01 PM
Here are a few charm bracelets I've made for people over the last few months. Smiley

This Victorian fashion Steampunky charm bracelet was made for ex_gratia in the Loaded CHarm Bracelet swap. I tried to do something unique with the band by threading beaded strands through a larger chain. I also made her a long pendant necklace with a teapot charm on it.

This is a Shakespeare bracelet I made for JennieIngram in the Loaded Charm Bracelet swap. We're both use Shakespeare fans, so it was SUPER-FUN to do. Each charm relates to a different play (and a specific quote). I made a simple necklace out of the same beads to match.

I made this simple charm bracelet for Minusx13lindfold in the Luck of the Irish swap. Simple four leaf clover charms and all green beads.

I made this bracelet for my friend Teela after she gave me a garbage bag full of clothes she could do longer wear. Her favorite color scheme is orange, purple and black... but I couldn't bring myself to make something so Halloweeny. So, I muted down the colors and added a bunch of star charms (she's obsessed with stars).

This bracelet was made for Goodmorningstarshine in a personal swap. She loves owls, so I used the owl and feather charms as well as beads and buttons and things. I based it loosely off of something on her Wists- was going for light and whimsical.

Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome.
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