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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My closet isn't big enough! on: April 28, 2014 10:38:07 AM
No seriously! It's tiny! Look, photographic evidence -->

(I need a haircut. lol)

I had to move in January. I went from a normal sized closet to this tiny 'coat' closet...  Undecided I tried just putting one season of clothes in it and even got rid of some, but that didn't really help much. Solution...? A clothing rack!!  Grin I found these really nice ones on Etsy (here) but who has that kind of money?

Besides I'm a Crafter! So of course, I made my own!  Wink

I love it, love it, love it!!  Cheesy

It took me 3 weeks to get all the pieces and cost about $75. I used 3/4" black iron plumber's pipe. As soon as I had it all together I hung up every piece of clean clothing I could find. lol (I still need to switch out my winter clothes for my summer ones.) I may add a wood shelf and casters to the bottom eventually as I get the money for them. They're not really necessary though.

And that tiny closet? It will soon become crafty storage space. Yay!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Once Upon A Time Collaged Book (Pic Fat) on: September 24, 2012 01:12:48 PM
I just finished the Once Upon A Time Swap so I thought I'd post what I made for my partner. In the show Henry's book of fairy tales is an important part of the story and my partner is a big book lover. And to that my latest obsession with making books and it was just a natural step over to making Henry's book. My partner's favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast and her favorite characters from the show are Rumpelstiltskin and Belle so I made the whole book about them. Wink

First I made the book. The lettering on the front was stenciled with freezer paper.

Then I altered it... It got fat  Grin (Please forgive the crap in the background. We were at Starbucks.  Tongue)

I used the words to Tale As Old As Time to tell the first part of the story.

I included some fun stuff in the second half of the story. Like a pop-up teacup!

Pull out posters...

A card game...

And a pull out booklet of the original Beauty and the Beast story.

I also made some stickers but didn't get a pic of them. I had a ton of fun making this! You can see a few more pics on the OUaT Swap board --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414145.0 Thanks Anubisheart for being my partner!  Cheesy

C&C welcome!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Native American Grass Dance Regalia & a Jingle Dress on: June 25, 2012 02:04:05 PM
So I was commissioned by a friend to make some regalia for a fundraiser-Powwow. I'm not Native American and had no idea what I was making at first. Google was my friend in helping get all the pieces made.  Wink These were made very, very simple as they were my first and I only had a week to make them. So there isn't any beadwork or ribbonwork on them. I've still got some small adjustments to make and may add a few more pieces too.

Grass Dance Regalia. He was so excited to wear this. lol He kept spreading out his arms so the wind would blow the ribbon around.  Cheesy

I went through tons of ribbon for this regalia. It's 12 inches long and goes all around the yoke and both the front and back breechcloths. There is also some on his side tabs and cuffs. If we could have afforded it I would've put on more.

A pic of all the empty ribbon spools. lol

I also made a Jingle dress, but didn't quite get it finished.  Sad In this pic it wasn't hemmed and the sleeves aren't finished. I also have about 40 more jingles to put on it. I've since got it hemmed but I need more bias tape for the rest of the jingles.

I combined a couple different patterns to get the underdress as I didn't really like the one I was given...

It will have 100 jingles when I'm finished. Which is really on the low end. These dresses usually have at least 250 jingles. BTW, jingles are made from snuff can lids! They aren't bells.  Wink

Here's a pic of them in their Regalia dancing an Inter-tribal dance.  Cheesy

Thanks for looking! C&C are appreciated.  Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Passport wallet for a friend ^_^ on: March 04, 2012 09:26:59 AM
I have a friend who is going to be traveling through Asia, Africa and eastern Europe for the next year. That's right, she'll be gone for an entire year! I'm going to miss her so much!  Cry ...Ok back on topic! Since she will be going through several different countries I thought a passport wallet would come in really handy. I also personalized it with a little embroidery of her!  Cheesy Yay!

A closer look at the front. The lettering came out a little wonky as I'm still a bit of a noob at embroidery...  Grin

The caricature was drawn by a mutual friend for something else. I copied it for this. Both of them were quite impressed at finding it embroidered here.  Wink
And "Woop Woop!" is something my friend says in answer to everything. It's kinda like I put her own personal logo on this. lol

The inside...

The inside with my stuff in it for reference.

I probably could have put the pen holder a little lower... There were a couple of things that I'll know to do differently next time but overall I'm pretty satisfied with how it came out. And the look on my friend's face when she opened it was priceless! There were a lot of "OMG!"s and I was laughing so much my face hurt. Cheesy

C&C welcome!
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Glittery Red Takeout Box? on: February 04, 2012 03:11:13 PM

Any ideas for what I could do with this? It makes me think of the Wizard of Oz, but that's as far as I got with it.  Huh

My roommate gave it to me in exchange for some blank note cards...
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / More Christmas cards! ...and 2 Hanukkah cards (pic heavy) on: December 14, 2011 03:35:01 PM
I used cardstock, scrapbook paper, magazine cutouts and stickers to make my family Christmas cards this year.  Cheesy My favorites are the gingerbread boys, stockings, snow dog and the Nativity cards.

These 2 have snowflake stickers on them but they don't really show in the pic...

This one is a papercut...

...and 2 Hanukkah cards!  Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Ninja netbook sleeve. Can you see it? ^_^ on: October 08, 2011 08:34:18 PM
So my friend asked me to make her a netbook sleeve. She wanted it black with a ninja theme. Black seems to be her favorite color and she calls her netbook the Mini Ninja. So here is what I came up with for her. I hope she likes it. She's kinda hard to please sometimes. lol

A closer look at the logo. Not my best but...yeah...it's ok.

The inside has Sashiko inspired quilting. I thought this pattern looked a little like ninja throwing stars. ^_^

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome ^_^
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What kind of fabric to use? on: September 10, 2011 07:57:50 PM
So I've got a commission for a laptop sleeve. She has asked for a black one. This girl is rough on her stuff so I need something that's going to be durable. (Not that I would want anything flimsy for a laptop sleeve anyway.) But I know this thing is going to be on the floor and everything so it's going to get dirty fast. Being black it might not show general dirt but I've found black fabric tends to show off everything that sticks to it, dust, pet hair, random fuzzies. So anyone know what kind of fabric I can use that will be sturdy enough but won't attract every little piece of dust off the floor?  Huh
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Keeping track of time? on: August 10, 2011 05:11:05 PM
I know that some crafters include an hourly wage of sorts when pricing their items. My question is: How do you keep track of time spent on your business/crafted items?

I'm trying to figure out a pricing scheme that works for me. But I've never been good at 'telling time'. Yes I can read a clock. What I mean is that I'm not very aware of when I start something or how much time passes when I'm working on a project. But for the purpose of figuring out a good pricing strategy that works for me I need an easy way of keeping track of my time. I tried a timecard thing (MS doc) on my computer but I always forget to use it. Oh and I don't have a printer so I can't, like, tape it to the wall by my PC or anything either.

Any advice please? Undecided
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with your old CDs on: August 07, 2011 02:34:41 PM

'wastelandscape', an installation by elise morin and clémence eliard

created by french artist elise morin and architect clémence eliard, 'wastelandscape' overtakes the 'halle d'aubervilliers'
of paris's centquatre with an undulating landscape composed of 65,000 old CDs, sorted and hand-sewn together
into a 500-square meter surface. the piece is on exhibition at the centquatre now through september 10th.

in the artists' words:
'made of petroleum, this reflecting slick of CDs forms a still sea of metallic dunes;
the artwork's monumental scale reveals the precious aspect of a small daily object.'

'wastelandscape' is planned for exhibition in multiple locations, transforming each time,
before eventually being completely recycled into polycarbonate.

It looks like dragon scales to me. Cheesy
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