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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / *Now with Pictures!* faux-wood flooring samples turned woodland coaster set on: September 10, 2012 05:16:25 AM
*Edit* It would help if there were pictures, huh? My bad...

I actually work at Home Depot, so don't tell my boss this is what I was doing with all those stolen free samples. I saw them one day and immediately knew I had to draw an owl on them! Although I like how the raccoon turned out the best, I think. It's just gesso, sharpie, and a resin spray, and then I glued some felt to the bottom. It was a great easy craft and a way to get myself back into crafting. I have been awful at getting myself to do it since I got this job.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Recycled material dreamcatcher on: March 21, 2012 10:08:03 PM
This was made from an old bangle and bits of broken earrings, along with some various beads and a wire circle for the middle. I'm actually really happy with it, especially since it's reclaimed materials!

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The culmination of my drawing 2 class on: March 21, 2012 10:01:47 PM
Origami butterflies (pastel). This was a HUGE pain, but it was the first 100% I got!

Skeleton still life (pastel)

Reproduction (pastel)

Hanging drapery (charcoal)

Reproduction (pastel)

Reproduction (pastel)

Reproduction (charcoal)

Self portrait (Black and white colored pencil). This is just the face that requires no muscle effort, so I knew I wouldn't change my expression as I drew  Grin
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Glass peace sign vintage book necklace on: March 21, 2012 09:50:54 PM

I found 3 of these circular pieces of glass in some light fixtures we were trashing, and they were too cool to let go to waste. Then I found this old french book page at a local antique store and I just thought it was perfect. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. My boyfriend was even so sweet as to say it looked "professional," which honestly isn't saying much from him  Roll Eyes But as long as he (and I) liked it, that's good enough for me!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Steampunk Nutcracker on: December 31, 2011 12:44:47 AM
I had been getting pretty cranky with making all the Christmas gifts, so in my spare time (AKA the time while gifts were drying) I made something fun for myself. I think he turned out pretty cute. Much better than the plain nutcracker he was when my mom picked him up at the Goodwill. The only problem is I didn't sand him down first and he had a glossy coat so the paint scratches off easily. I'm going to need to spray him with a coat of something or other!






6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / So many bracelets! on: September 25, 2011 12:27:19 AM
I felt like I was in a crafty slump today, so I made a few bracelets that I knew would turn out. Well actually, the first one was a TOTAL experiment, but the rest were sort of similar to bracelets I've made in the past so I knew they would be good ones to get me out of my rut.

So first my experiment. It's actually made out of a tape tube thing that I wrapped in fabric and then in lace.

Then there's this bunny loaded bracelet I made for a friend of mine for her birthday. She likes bunnys, and I happened to get a ton of little charms today including about 10 of these guys. Now I don't know what to do with the rest! This has 2 chains; one gold, one bronze (the beads are on the bronze chain)

Next is this Christmas-inspired bracelet. It's pretty self explanatory :]

And finally another loaded bracelet. It's a simple and light one, which is sort of nice. I got really excited about the square beads; they're frosted or matte hematite, which I've never really seen before.

Nights like these are why I have SO much jewelry!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Today's creations: Two necklaces and a bracelet on: August 29, 2011 01:42:47 AM
I went to a craft party today and these were the results!

First Friendly Plastic attempt. I wanted to keep it suuuuper simple in case I messed it up, but I actually am really happy with the end result.

A bracelet that I had actually already made but the string wasn't very sturdy, so all I did today was just restring it on beading wire

And a repurposed earring turned necklace. I changed a few of the stones and then did the chain parts. It was tedious, but i'm happy with it.

Craft parties are awesome for getting your butt in gear!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie song book on: August 27, 2011 02:38:30 PM
I've never really done inchies before, but my mom and I had a night where we chose a few random craft supplies for each other to use in our crafting, and one of mine was this little hinge. And little hinge=little book! Also, my sister had some leftover sheet music from orchestra, so it just sort of fell together. The covers are chip boards and the pages are folded accordion style.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Repurposed mask on: August 27, 2011 02:27:51 PM

My mom found an old mask at Goodwill, and I took it upon myself to revamp it a bit. I spray painted it black, added some red to one side and some white to the other, and painted the inside red as well. Then I added some glitter swirls on the side and some glitter above the left eye (can't really see it here, but it is!). And to finish it off (and so I can hang it) I added some ribbons (some of which have pretty red beads at the bottom. Voila!

Here's the original mask

The paint job

The glitter

Super happy with how this turned out :]
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mason Jar Lamps on: August 26, 2011 09:40:01 PM
So I've been wanting to make these forever (meaning a few months) and while cleaning the garage I found the perfect jars for it! I used this (http://blog.freepeople.com/2011/03/wednes-diy-63/) as inspiration, but added some little twists. I didn't paint the inside like the tutorial suggests because the solar lights I used were really weak and I didn't want to diffuse the light too much. However, I did feel like it needed something to even out the glow throughout the jar so I added a bunch of marbles and glass bits at the bottom. Plus it added some color, which I am always fond of. I also added the little bee because... well... cute doesn't need a reason! XD Well, also, the jar reminded me of a beehive. So there you have it!

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