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131  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / turtle box! on: January 30, 2004 05:50:31 PM
Got this cool box at the thrift store that looks like a book.  Painted it.  Put on a great postcard of sea turtles.  Decoupaged it.  Glued on a bunch of beads, sea glass, a few rusted bottlecaps, and then grouted the whole thing!  It was fun!  

132  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Big Frida Heart with Copper on: January 30, 2004 05:46:50 PM
Okay, another Frida project!  For this one, I bought this weird old "country"-ish heart shelf at the thrift store, painted it, put on a Frida postcard, decoupaged it, and then added copper accents.  Copper sheets are really easy to cut out and then you can use a little mini-torch (I got mine at Volcano Book Arts  http://www.volcanobookarts.com/  ) to color and darken the copper.  (You can get metal sheets there or big tubes that are cheaper at Dick Blick's).  Glued the copper on, added some copper paint, and there it is!  I like it.  

133  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Frida casita on: January 30, 2004 10:49:41 AM
I want one of those wood cabinets!  Tell me where else to get one, I don't have a Michaels!

VoodooToaster: I'd try any place that might have dollhouse furniture...like even maybe a toy store that has lotso dollhouse furniture.  That's my best guess!
134  Washington / Washington: West / Re:Seattle area on: January 29, 2004 11:49:16 AM
Just popped in to say "hey" to fellow washingtonian craftsters!  I'm thrilled to know
this forum exists.  I am just a wee bit north
of Seattle in Shoreline.  Curious...does anyone belong to/go to "the Church of Craft" gatherings in the westlake area (I believe?!) of Seattle?  How about any of the local "SNB" groups (there seems to be several break-off groups)?  I'm so intrigued.

Hey craftymodster!  I went to Church of Craft at ReBar (which is downtown) on Sunday.  It was fun...Betsey was really nice, and I embroidered, and others knitted.  ReBar is a bar, so it was a bit dark, but the next one is supposed to be at consolidated works, and I think that will be a better space--not this Sunday, but next.  Hope you can come...I think it will be fun!  I'm also considering checking out the Snb group.  Let me know if you want to go some time!  -Slick
135  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Frida casita on: January 28, 2004 08:03:29 PM
Slick, I love all your projects that I've seen, but this one takes top prize. Awesome job.

Q: I wonder if it's possible to undo decoupage that hasn't been sealed (not sealed with anything other than modgepodge, that is)... I used a frida image on a giant wooden crate top that I was going to turn into a table (about, oh, 7 freakin' years ago), along with a whole lot of other great pix. They could all be so much better utilized.


Thanks so much for the compliment!   (And thanks to firefly as well--it is a glass marble up there!) Smiley  I love how supportive everybody is on Crafster.  Crafty people just seem to be awfully nice without all the competitive stuff that "artists" have!  

I wish I knew the answer to your question...I imagine you could get the images off the crate somehow, maybe with careful use of an exacto, but I haven't tried it, so I don't know...maybe someone else will know...I wonder if heat would work or only make it worse....
136  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Frida box on: January 28, 2004 04:33:26 PM
I like to get old boxes at the thrift store, that have these cheesey designs (but a good indent to grout in!) (just an example, not the same one I use below):

And then  I paint the box, put in picture marbles that  I made with stamp images (see https://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=14;action=display;threadid=360 and some beads...

And then grout it!  Make sure to cover the images with modge podge (or some decopuage stuff), so that the water from the grout doesn't ruin them:

137  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Frida plate on: January 28, 2004 04:28:11 PM
Well, I like to find these old hang-able plates at the thrift stores and do different stuff with them.  For this one, I made a bunch of marble pictures,(see https://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=14;action=display;threadid=360)
including a big one of Frida.  Then I put other marbles (colored ones from Michaels) around her and filled the rest in with grout!  That's it!  

Here she is:

138  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Frida casita on: January 28, 2004 04:21:55 PM
I got this idea from craftychica http://www.craftychica.homestead.com/intro.html

I love Frida!  So, I bought a little wood dollhouse cabinet for 99 cents at Michaels.  Then I painted it with acrylics, put heart milagros on the outside, made a Frida bottlecap for the top, and put a picture of Frida within.  I added little flowers and a piece of beach glass, and voila!

Here it is with the doors closed:

And here with the doors open:

139  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'n Bitch Projects on: January 24, 2004 08:22:21 AM
ok...so I'm STILL trying to figure the whole knitting thing out...no matter what size needles I use, EVERYTHING comes out way too tight and my hand ALWAYS end up hurting after just a couple of rows...what am I doing wrong??  I wanna knit a sweater too...HELP??!!

You're not doing anything "wrong"; all new knitters knit too tight.   Smiley  The good news is that you're not alone.  The bad news is you have to just work through it over time.  That happened to me at first too.  The only thing you can do is keep knitting.  Put it down when you have to, and try holding on looser.  As your hands get used to the motion, you will stop feeling the need to hold on so tight, and you will stop hurting.  I promise!  It just takes time.  Knitting is all about the patience, which is really hard for me, but also good for me!   And hopefully, you too!   Undecided
140  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:cardigan hoodie on: January 15, 2004 04:20:55 PM
That sweater rocks.  There's not enough orange in the world today, if you ask me.
Seriously, you did a lovely job.

Thanks, Katxena!  I LOVE orange too!  It's hard not to make everything orange, but if I did, I might not love it as much!   Wink
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