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91  My dog ate my purse. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by malmow on: April 26, 2009 07:27:45 PM
Well, he chewed through the straps anyway.

I tried to fix it, but I still don't really like it. The problem is, I can't sew. So how do I fix my purse and make it look cool without having to sew anything? Any ideas are appreciated.
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92  Marble and foam stamps in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by malmow on: April 26, 2009 07:14:57 PM
I was inspired by this post:
I started on my own stamps pretty much immediately after I read that one. I made the alphabet (can you tell which letter I forgot?) and then some simple designs. I used Aleene's glue to glue the foam to the marbles, and an Xacto knife for most of the cutting. It was a little tricky to work with such small pieces of foam. And my fingernail kept denting the stamps, so my tree has funny lines on it. Good thing its pretty easy to make a new one!

I mounted one stamp on a bottle cap to see if it would hold up because it was too big for my marbles. (I didn't carve it, I used a punch, actually.) It seemed to work okay. Then I went to the dollar store and got bigger stones.

In the top right corner you can see where I made a "sushi" stamp. If you color it in right and stamp it six times you can make a whole roll!
I don't know if its good for the stamp but I just stamped onto a damp paper towel to clean them. The paper towel was pretty when I was done.
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93  Matchbox Twenty in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by malmow on: April 26, 2009 06:58:34 PM
I was driving home the other day listening to Matchbox Twenty when I got an awesome idea for a craft in my head...and it went from there. I have a whole list of things I'm going to make that are Matchbox Twenty themed.
This is the smallest and least significant, and maybe just a little too predictable, but its a start.

I looked around for awhile trying to figure out where matchboxes go, and I couldn't find any. I covered this one in paper, so I decided that it's a paper craft.
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94  Re: Inchies Exchange R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by malmow on: April 23, 2009 06:48:22 PM
Here are the inchies I kept for myself:
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95  Re: Inchies Exchange R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by malmow on: April 18, 2009 07:32:06 PM
I received from Katara today! I'm so excited since this is my first swap and my first experience with inchies.

I really like the hearts, and how the flower is the perfect size, and how it looks like the little girl is saying "sup." And the black and white one is great too because I was thinking today about framing just red, white and black inchies to go in my living room. Thanks Katara!
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96  Sushi charm bracelet: edited to add some better pix in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by malmow on: March 22, 2009 11:00:11 PM
When I was searching for shrinky dink ideas I saw something about a sushi charm bracelet that someone made for a swap. I was inspired! I wanted to make a birthday present for a 14 year old girl and all the charms I thought of ended up looking silly. But she likes sushi! I practiced sketching today and then used a recycled cookie container to make the charms. I love how they turned out, and I have a new found confidence in my drawing abilities. Now I want to keep this bracelet for myself.


Post shrink:

Being modeled by yours truly:

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97  Plarn loom knitted shopping bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by malmow on: March 12, 2009 03:14:15 PM
I was inspired when I first heard about plarn and decided to try to use it on my knifty knitters, because I'm not very good at knitting with needles yet. I decided to make a reusable grocery bag without using a pattern. On my first try I was wrapping way too tight...I kept tearing the plastic. I knitted two panels and then two handles and then mattress stitched it all together. I used a LOT of plastic bags, which made me feel good about recycling. My poor husband put up with me rustling and cutting and wrapping while we watched tv every night. He actually thinks the whole idea is cool. I haven't had a chance to see how much weight it will hold but I'm excited to take it to the store next time!

This project taught me that I have a lot to learn about knitting!
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98  Western Themed Marble Thumb Tacks / Push Pins in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by malmow on: March 11, 2009 10:22:51 PM
I stumbled upon this idea on not martha, but its been done over and over I know. I used E6000 glue and marbles I got from the dollar store. I already had the thumbtacks.
I made some for my sister for Christmas, and then made some for my mom. So far only one has fallen apart. I used old magazines and an Invitations by Dawn catalog which had perfectly sized pictures.
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99  Water Wallets in What the heck can I do with THIS? by malmow on: February 28, 2009 11:28:53 AM
I tried to make sure there wasn't already a post about these somewhere, but I'm not sure what to call them. I won about 8 of these water wallets on a Royal Caribbean cruise, and its safe to say that I will never use them for their intended purpose. So what can I do with them?

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100  Freezer Paper Stencil Tshirt text in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by malmow on: February 23, 2009 11:44:05 AM
I decided to make my husband a shirt for Valentine's Day using the freezer paper technique. I had never done it before, and now I can't wait to try it again. It was so easy! I did forget to put something between the layers of the shirt though, so some paint bled through to the back. I printed my words in giant letters onto copy paper, then traced them onto the freezer paper. I used to xacto knife to cut the words out, then I ironed the paper to the shirt. I used plain ole 97 cent acrylic paint. It bled a little around the edges, but I like the messy look. I also chose not to put the cutouts back in the letters like the o's and p's.

I also played around with some spray paint. I didn't iron the stencil on, just laid it overtop an old tank top. I like the way this one came out too.

I first saw this idea here: http://www.neitherhipnorfunky.com/?p=106
I'm definitely going to try a picture next!
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