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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Who says Formica isn't fashionable? on: September 15, 2009 08:03:51 AM
Sometimes dreams don't come true.  Take, for instance, the dream of helping to create wonderful dishes in the kitchen...being an integral part of some chef's wildest dreams...Well, that may have been a dream for these pieces of Formica...but no more! They have realized their place in the world going from one man's trash to my treasures.  
These little samples are the perfect size for a pendant.

For a friend for her birthday.  She and I hated one another when we first met...come to find out it was because we were cut from the same cloth! Neither of us minces words...so, I thought this was appropriate for her.

This one has a ghost image of a girl on it...did some stamp work on it.

I like the way this one looks in person...you can really see the wood grain on the Formica.

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Faux Pillowcase Dresses on: September 06, 2009 05:06:30 PM
I've just started sewing and have made a few things...bags...purses...a skirt for myself, but I'm really enjoying how relaxing it is to sew.  I understand now why my grandma used to spend hours in her sewing room.

My JoAnn's is having a sale this weekend (I'm sure they all are). 50% off of all red-tag fabric. I found the pink flowered fabric and fell in love with it. It was $6.00 regularly, $3.00/yd on sale. I bought a yard and used 1/2 of it...viola! $1.50 dress. The little slip underneath is a white blouse that I re-purposed. It has some flower embroidery on it...very cute. I remember my grandma making us pillowcase dresses and so, I looked up the pattern...and to my surprise, it was pretty easy!

This dress was made from 4, $1.00 fat quarters from Wal-Mart. The little flower is not handmade, I bought a package of 5 of them from IKEA last time I was there...I wish I would have bought more, they are adorable.

Here's the lining of the dress...so sweet...I love this one.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / Fancy Five Dollar Fabric Pinecones on: September 02, 2009 09:31:44 PM
This is my first posting on craftster and my first challenge. A long...long...long time ago I saw this idea in a Christmas ornament. I made a few hundred for friends and family out of plaid taffeta, straight pins, and foam eggs. They were gorgeous. I hadn't thought about them in 20 years, but while in the kitchen aisle at 99cent Only store, I was inspired by these beautiful pillow covers. If you are at all crafty (which, if you're here, I'm supposing you are!), I think you can figure out how I made them without me posting step-by-step instructions. It's just a lot of triangles of fabric, the "egg" form, made from measuring cups in this case, and hot glue. Oh, and many, many hot glue burns, of course.

My 99cent Only Shopping list: Four pillow slip covers (I only used 3 though), 2 sets of measuring cups, and two rolls of raffia.

Cut off the handles of the measuring cups, glue together like an egg. Cut fabric into rectangles about 2 x 3", fold into triangles. Start at what will be the bottom of the pinecone and glue around, layering as you move toward the top. Finish the top with some ribbon to hang.

Close up of the big daddy...this one is two 1 cup measuring cups put together.

The green one looks sort of like an artichoke...a shiny, sequined artichoke.

Not bad for about $7.00!
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