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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brush Storage/Organizing Roll on: July 27, 2012 10:25:19 AM
Thanks for the info!  Cheesy
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brush Storage/Organizing Roll on: July 27, 2012 07:08:54 AM
Really cool!  This totally inspires me to make one as a gift for a friend.  I know it is so satisfying to see all your supplies organized and in one place.   Smiley

Quick question-- how did you gauge how big/far apart to make the elastic loops?  Is it uniform or did you vary things based on your individual brush collection? Thanks!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rabbit and Cheshire Cat for Baby Alice! on: March 23, 2012 06:31:13 AM
Thanks for all the kind words!   Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kurt Cobain shrine on: March 01, 2012 09:58:25 AM
A while back I turned to Craftster for decor ideas for a 30th birthday party---- a 1990's Alt/Grunge party, that is! (Even all this time later, I still can't get over how random that sounds  Cheesyhttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387052.msg4579171#msg4579171

I received a ton of really awesome suggestions.  Somewhere in all that inspiration, the need to create a Kurt Cobain shrine became imminent.  Had to do it really. 

I got the shadowbox from Goodwill and couldn't wait to get home and tear it apart.  I made sure to keep all the paper flowers for later use.

So, I printed a Kurt pic from online and tea stained a sheet with the lyrics to 'Come as you are'.  The paper flowers I kept were stained red with watered-down acrylic paint.  I also covered the sides with a textured paper and added worn gold accents, but sadly isn't visible in the cruddy cell phone photo.  The tealight holder was formerly a can of Red Bull (ah, sweet elixir of life).

It actually ended up pretty perfect because the birthday girl came dressed as Courtney Love (smeared makeup and slip dresses and all).  Such an awesome coincidence! 

Thanks for looking!  Comments and Critiques welcome!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rabbit and Cheshire Cat for Baby Alice! on: March 01, 2012 08:39:56 AM
Last year, a couple of friends broke the awesome news that they were expecting their first baby.  When they mentioned that they were naming the baby Alice and her nursery would be vintage Alice in Wonderland themed, I absolutely could not resist!

My contributions to the nursery: White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat embroideries. 

Both were made with fleece, felt and beads.  I know the color choice on the Cheshire Cat is unusual, but my friend found the cutest Japanese Alice in Wonderland fabric on Etsy for the curtains.  I decided to focus on coordinating with the colors in the fabric. 

For the Cheshire Cat, it was my very first time couching with beads.  Definitely makes things go a lot more quickly!  As a side note, I was really worried that the cat could come off creepy/scary to the baby--- I hope I did a good enough job making him look friendly.  Definitely don't want to be to blame for baby nightmares!   Undecided

The rabbit was a lot of fun too.  I used seed beads on the nose and ears.  The ruff is simply a strip of felt that I blanket stitched down one side.  I attached it to the embroidery hoop with hot glue. 

Another fun feature was adding whiskers.  Simply fishing line knotted into the fleece. 

Hope everyone likes them.  I get so much inspiration from you all every day, so I want to start giving back and posting more often.  Comments and Critiques are definitely welcomed! 

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Ideas needed for 90's party decorations on: July 29, 2011 08:52:40 PM
Oooh, this is really good!  I was thinking about flannel for costumes, but it didn't occur to me to use it as decor in the room.  Sweet!  I will be hightailing it to the thrift store tomorrow to get as many shirts as I can find.  Plus, it'll be fun seeing the weird looks I get with a cart full of flannel shirts in 95 degree weather.  Cheesy  Thanks Dragonflower and Feast Your Eyes! 

...print out cd covers from some of the top bands, maybe glue them to cardstock and punch holes in the top and bottom, tie them together, and hang them from the ceiling.

This is great.  In a box somewhere I have all the covers/liners from CDs I've purchased (random, I know).  For some reason I just couldn't throw them away.  Looks like they're about to be cut up for a good cause! 
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Ideas needed for 90's party decorations on: July 29, 2011 09:02:55 AM
jo-mama: I totally hear you.  I loved the movie Clueless!!  I was amped to get some knee socks and a babydoll dress from the thrift store, yet the majority spoke and alt/grunge it is.  Cheesy

missmlissa: Beyond brilliant!!! I absolutely love it!   Grin

Keep the amazing ideas coming!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Ideas needed for 90's party decorations on: July 29, 2011 08:10:16 AM
Hello, lovely Craftsters!  I am a little stuck for ideas and I thought I would appeal to the most creative folks I know.  Grin

I am in the process of helping a friend throw a birthday party for his wife.  The theme is 90s alternative/grunge with a dose of Dawsons Creek angst thrown in for good measure.  Plans so far include costumes (of course!), faux goatee/temporary tattoo party favors, music, trivia and tons of food.  Since his wife is vegan, we've planned appetizers that play off 90s band namesGreen Daiya Mac n Cheese Bites, Stone Tempeh Pilots, Soundgarden Burger Sliders, etc.  The signs for the dishes are doodled on chipboard, drawing-on-your-notebook-in-class style.  

Sadly, that's where my decorating ideas officially run out.  We don't have any band posters (which are surprising expensive on eBay).  I don't want to make things too dark and gloomy since this is her 30th Birthday.  Decorations can definitely be handmade.  Does anyone have any ideas?  Thanks in advance for your help!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: pinocchio tutorial on: May 11, 2011 04:44:23 PM
I had to log in just to tell you how wonderful this is.  I have really enjoyed the work you've posted and think your set-by-step photos are fascinating.  Totally rocks!   Grin
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Seussical Stitching on: January 17, 2011 08:18:59 AM
That rocks so very very hard!!!!!
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