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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Grumpy Cat Shrink Plastic Chandelier Earrings on: March 02, 2014 01:05:13 PM
I love this!  
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Bangles baby! (+sorta tute) on: April 05, 2012 04:57:08 PM
Outstanding tutorial and bracelets!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Monster - J Monster Baskin on: October 19, 2011 05:30:20 PM
Thanks.  I was going for the Gossamer look from the Bugs Bunny cartoon, but Taz must have taken over the scissors.  - Martha
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felted Monster - J Monster Baskin on: October 18, 2011 01:00:10 PM
I made J. Monster Baskin for my 2 year old Step Potato who was recently joined in the family by a little brother.  Since Step Potato would not be the only child anymore,  he needed a scary monster to guard him when his parents were tending to little brother.   

J. Monster Baskin is made from a sweater I machine felted.  I cut out the pattern after drawing  guidelines on a piece of plastic. (Can you tell I love Looney Tunes?) I sewed J. Monster up and turned him inside out.  After he stopped crying,  I stuffed him with fiber fill and sewed him up.  I also sewed the hands to look like there were three fingers plus a thumb.  He held back his tears this time and was very brave.  I needle felted in bloodshot eyes and scowling eyebrows, the hallmark of the Clan Baskin.  J Monster had been through a lot at this point so I took a circle of the sweater fabric and fashioned a nose that looked like it had been broken, stuffed it with fiber fill and sewed it on.

J. Monster was eager to meet his young charge and they are getting along quite well well.   

Martha Aleo

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stained Glass Pendants on: February 20, 2011 07:47:40 PM

I did a demonstration on how to make stained glass collage jewelry for my local polymer clay guild  and here are some examples.

I passed out a handout with basic how-to information, suppliers I like (I am not connected to any of them) and some tips that I am happy to share.  If you would like the pdf version with clickable links you can download it at  http://ornamento.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/collage_jewelry.pdf

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felted Beacelets and Beads on: December 24, 2010 06:41:14 PM
Thanks.  It's not difficult.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: polymer clay bangles plus tutorial post 7 on: December 24, 2010 06:38:01 PM
The bangles are stunning!!!!!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sterling Silver USB Necklace on: December 24, 2010 06:33:39 PM
What a great idea!  It looks great too.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felted Beacelets and Beads on: December 23, 2010 05:19:29 PM
I've been away from Craftster for a while (family stuff) and am rejoining the land of the living.  I decided to put these items here because they are jewelry and one bracelet also includes my lamp worked  and polymer clay beads. (It was a holiday present for my boss.)  I have tried wet felting and  I like needle felting better, although I tend to go ape******* when I get into something and I realized that I need to give my hands a rest and then learn a smarter way of working.  I already made some polymer clay holders for the felting needles and that helps.  I was felting a few hours every night for almost a month.   I also made lots of Christmas ornaments and other beads.

But here are a couple of pictures.  I worked my way through the Polymer Clay Color Inspirations book this year and posted all the work on my blog (the links are gathered on a permanent page).  I think this really helped my color sense in general and it certainly did with the felting.

                                                                                                                             Martha Aleo
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Green (read: cheap) Bathroom Redo on: July 09, 2010 09:42:08 AM
My tiny bathroom was ready for an update.  It was cluttered with toiletries and cleaning supplies.  The paint was 20 years old and the sink had a crummy chrome faucet that flaked and I never could get it clean.  The toilet and tub were an ugly mustard yellow.  (The toilet was white because we had to replace it a year ago.)  

The thought of a full bathroom redo made me ill-the disruption, the cost.  

I was in a home Depot in October 2009 and bought the paint on a whim.  Now I was committed (in my mind, anyway).  I just finished it at the end of June.  I did all my shopping on line and at house sales.  The total came in at a tad under $1,000 (not counting the toilet).  That includes the plumber and electrician.

The wire basket was $3 at a flea market. I made the tiles for the back splash long ago. They're terra cotta in a tessellation design. We replaced the crummy yellow sink and chrome fixtures with a generic white sink and brushed nickel faucet. I got the light fixture on sale and hired an electrician to install it. We had an ugly plastic medicine chest with orb lights. The mirror cost $5 at a sidewalk sale and I hung it myself.  I painted the vanity chocolate brown and decided to continue the color up the wall.  Instead of buying metal knobs for the vanity doors (not in picture) I spray painted wood knobs silver.  This is a cheap way to get the look of metal for less money.

The rug was free. I found it in a free bin at a local thrift store. It was filthy. I cleaned it in my laundry tub by soaking it in a solution of water and dish washing powder. The water turned dark gray and the rug looks almost new.
Rather than buy a new trash can and toilet paper holder. I spray painted the ones I had to go with the nickel fixtures. (I also did this with a towel rack and a light switch). I got the toilet paper holder at a sidewalk sale years ago. It had a holder for one roll. I sawed that off and now it holds three rolls.

 I got the hanging cabinet/medicine chest is from Ebay for $50. It's solid cherry and I was  able to hang it myself. The cabinet below is from IKEA.

 I chose green with brown accents for the walls because I think it is relaxing. The wall hanging belonged to a family member.

I got the shower caddy at K Mart for $20.00 (I had to cut it to fit) and the shower curtain was $6. The shower curtain rings were $1 at a house sale. The frame above the toilet holds tiles from the backsplash that I couldn't use. I made the frame by cutting down a bugger frame.

We saved money by having the tub reglazed instead of replacing it. It was an ugly mustard yellow and now it's white. The tile we had was in good shape and not replacing the tub allowed us to keep the tile.  It's warranted for five years.  They recommend you wipe out the tub after every use-something I have been trying to get my DH to do for years.  Now he does it religiously.

Cheap/green bathroom redo-less than $1,000.  Husband who wipes out the tub after he showers-Priceless.

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