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1  From Junk to Jewelry! =) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: July 23, 2010 09:46:45 AM
So I made some new necklaces and earrings because I was in a crafty mood, and I like how they turned out so much. I made them mostly from recycled pieces from old necklaces, watches, and bracelets I had lying around as well as from friends. I did use a few store-bought charms but overall everything is at least half, if not more, made from recycled parts. Please tell me what you think! Do you like them? Hate them? Think they're overdone? Thanks for looking! =)

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2  Re: Super Mario Bros. Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: May 10, 2010 11:31:59 AM
This gallery looks AMAZING so far! And I'm quite excited to add to it because my incredible partner Candase (crazycandy999) sent me the best stuff! My brother is a major fan of anything Nintendo and wanted at least half the stuff she gave me. My dad was pretty interested in the gummies...which didn't make it long enough to the final group picture....

Candase made this awesome stuffed mushroom, which my brother said would make a great pin cushion:

Then the king of all awesome, jaw-dropping jewelry:

My brother tried to take this because he thought it was so awesome (who can blame him?). Next, a zipper pouch for my extra whatnots, which will be proudly taken and displayed at my school's gaming group to inspire envy and jealousy Grin

It has such a cute bob-omb!! And finally, the amazing kick-butt hanging wall organizer she made me to go with my new craft room! No action shot because i have to buy a rod to hang it from the wall, so my brother was coerced volunteered to hold the work of art up for me:

Close ups!:

And the group shot (minus the aforementioned gummies):

Thanks so much, Candase! This was a wonderful swap experience and I absolutely adore everything you sent to me! I hope you like your goods just as much. Cheesy
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3  Re: small room makeover advice needed in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: March 15, 2010 07:09:53 AM
I think you're uber lucky to have so many shelves!! But I'll start with this: they need serious organizing! I recommend you take a day to go through your things. The things you want to keep go in one pile, things you think you may keep in another, and things to get rid of in a third and final pile. Once you've gotten all your crafting and normal clothing/book items separated, tackle the "maybe" pile and separate into the "keep" and "toss" piles. For books, if you haven't read them and don't really plan to anytime soon, I suggest you donate them to a library. Clothing should be donated to thrift stores or to churches (probably churches first).

When you've gotten rid of (or at least moved) all your "toss" items, make more piles of your "keep" items. Fabric goes in one piles, yarn in another, books in another, etc, etc. Once you've finished separating again, look at which items are biggest and fit them into the biggest space available. Fabric I'm assuming takes up the most space, so put all your fabric in one area. Follow with the next largest item, perhaps books, and put all the books in one area. This will help you stay organized in the future because you won't have to search for which shelf has a particular book--they'll all be right in one area. Need a certain fabric? Color organize--follow the rainbow, so organize by green fabrics here next to blue fabrics next to purple fabrics next to pink fabrics next to red fabrics...you get the idea.

Once you've completed your organization and storage, I say got for the "hang curtains in front of all your shelves" approach. Make sure to pick color, though, to open up the space. You already have white walls, so unless you plan to paint them, I'd suggest jewel tones like burgundy and emerald green and rich blues. Curtain rods aren't too expensive, to see how far you can get your fabric to go and cut it so you can easily move it aside to find something rather than have to lift the entire curtain and go digging for something you need.

If you can drill holes in your walls, I'd recommend you invest in some daylight bulbs. They're very inexpensive and provide an immense amount of light, perfect for your room. You can thrift some really great lamps or buy them.

Here's a look at the HGTV transformation and light inspiration: http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/before-and-after-moroccan-living-room-redesign/index.html

Here's another interesting lighting option:

I hope this helps!
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4  Help With Craft Room! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: March 14, 2010 06:20:26 PM
I'm moving the crafting portion of my bedroom from sharing the room to having it's own space in the basement (YES! Grin) and I need some help because the color scheme is similar to my bedroom, and I don't want it to be. I need help with the furniture layout of the room (room layout pic further down), creating storage space, ideas for wall murals I can paint, and picking a complimentary color to the following color scheme:

I was thinking something like this:

The walls are the blue, floors are the grey, trim is the black, and I believe the ceiling is white. I'd use that accent color to paint the mural on the wall(s), and I was thinking I'd do a big tree silhouette (I know, how original!) in the accent color with grey or black heart-shaped leaves. Any ideas? I'm a big movie fan, too!

Here's the room layout:

No measurements but it's the accurate shape of the room, all socket and door locations accurate as well.

My furniture includes two bookcases (one short and wide black, one tall and thin white), a long rectangular table (roughly as large as the space between the right of the door and and the right wall), a small square table (could almost fit between left of door and left wall), a small sewing table with attached machine (could fit between left of door and left wall), a stool that can slide under the sewing table, a regular straight-backed chair, and a tri-pod.

I have a light box that could fit on the small table, a camera for the tri-pod, a serger, utensil mug, button jars, and thread spool organizer. I was thinking I could have my first ever inspiration board. Any ideas how to go about creating one? Or links to interesting ones? How about yours?

I need a sort of filing or storage system to keep my business information organized and easily accessible (I currently have big yellow envelopes with invoices, supplies lists, and an assortment of receipts from past purchases).

I have a small budget, so any ways to recycle or upcycle would be wonderful, and any inexpensive store links would be great, too. I also do personal swaps if you have an item I could use and would like to swap for it. I can make holes in the walls and I can paint them but I don't want to blow the money on paint.

What I need storage for are my:
idea jar
inspirational manga
fabric paint
acrylic paint
a treasure chest with other old inspirations
button jars
embroidery floss jars
Bolex (film camera)
film supply
the movies in DVD cases Ive made
thumb tack jars
knitting needles
crochet hooks
index cards
sewing pins
hand-sewing needles
sewing machine needles
massive amount of old clothing I wont/cant wear anymore which will become something else
jewelry-making items
yo-yo manufacturing supplies (pre-cut circles and bag for finished yo-yos)
fat quarters
paint brushes
composition notebook idea journals
sketching pencils
sketching erasers
scrapbook/scrap paper
Thanks so much! Cheesy
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5  DNA Storage Containers in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: March 10, 2010 06:31:01 PM
I have these containers I got for free, measuring 1"H x 2"L x 4"W, and it wasn't specified what type of containers they were. When I picked them up, I saw they looked like this:

They haven't been used, but they're supposed to collect saliva samples for DNA testing. Now I have a box of about 100 of these and absolutely nothing to do with them. I thought I'd move my beads into them, but these are kind of hard to open and I don't want to have beads exploding everywhere whenever I decide I need some for a project. I suppose I could use these as molding trays, or to store small bits of ribbon that don't fit on a spool, or actual empty thread and ribbon spools.

Please help!! Any ideas of crafts I could do with these or storage ideas?
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6  How to Describe Items on Etsy? in Crafty Business Discussion by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: March 05, 2010 06:29:04 AM
I just got out of the hospital and am now way behind on my schedule to open an Etsy shop. I'm trying to write descriptions of my items, but everything sounds so superficial and like it doesn't have enough information or enough oomph! to get someone to want to keep reading.

I know to include the size, materials, type of home it came from, any special qualities like hidden pockets, if it comes with a free gift, my offer for gift-wrapping, how it will be packaged, and the disclaimer that some parts may be upcycled/recycled.

It's the describing the actual product in an appealing way that is so hard, and I sometimes don't know what my materials are as some are upcycled. Here's an example of what I'm talking about (please ignore the poor picture quality--I'm building a new lightbox over the weekend):

Earth tones bring out the natural beauty in every woman. Release yours with this hand-woven pendant on a raw-hide rope. Tie it tight to show off your collarbone or let it hang loose with a comfy tank top. You'll catch the light with the sparkling green and blue beads that make up the pendant's outer design.

The diameter is roughly two inches and the raw-hide rope is fifty inches long. This product comes from a smoke-free home.

You will receive this item packaged in a recycled green jewelry box with a hand-written thank you note and a few other surprises inside a vintage button bag.

Please remember that because this item is handmade from some upcycled materials, there may be some irregularities. Thank you for your support!

Spend more than $45.00 and receive a special gift of the month.
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7  Re: Labyrinth Swap Round Three Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: February 24, 2010 09:15:13 AM
Oh my God did I get spoiled!!! Nessy you are absolutely freakin' amazing!

So after cutting all the tape off, I open the package to be greeted by an envelope reading "Open After!", which I did.

A mess of things greeted me underneath it, full of colors and soft textures and overwhelming squeals on my part that scared my mother into leaving the room....

Beginning with the incredibly awesome Ludo hat:

And matching scarf:

Followed by these totally sweet note cards:

Then some hand and cuticle cream (which I desperately needed--you're a lifesaver!):

And yummy looking chocolate bars (which every good girl deserves ^^):

As we come to the end...hand-spun and -dyed yarn for me to use to make something with (inspired by Toby):

It's really that neon looking. It's super bright red!

A copy of The Labyrinth on lovely cardstock (a picture of my favorite part):

And my absolute favorite item because it's just so beautiful, looks great with my skin, and because I've always wanted one but could never make one, a cowl, complete with the cutest buttons:

Those colors are gorgeous, and the detail is such a wonderful addition! Did I mention that she also hand-spun and -dyed this?

The obligatory group shot:

And that's the end! Thank you so much Nessy, you are the best! I couldn't have asked for a better partner, especially for our first swap. You are phenomenal and have such incredible talent. I hope we keep in touch after this and that your soon-to-be-true Etsy shop will be successful. Cheesy Thank you again!!!
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8  Re: Labyrinth Swap Round Three Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: February 22, 2010 11:26:20 AM
My partner has been too busy to take pictures of the package I sent her so I offered to post some for her.

The "Love" Note from Jareth:

The Messenger Bag, Displaying Owl Jareth, The Worm, and the Door Knockers (Harlequin and Purple roses=Semi-Gothic Masquerade):

Ludo Pouch:

The Labyrinth Jewelry Box (Based on the book):

Inside the box is A Gothic Bracelet with Bubble Beads:

And a Mini Keychain Notebook with my partner's favorite quotes, gold-lined pages, and Ludo-footprint ribbon:

And last but not least, Jareth the Doll:

I'm glad she liked everything. Cheesy Soon I'm hoping the post office will actually deliver her package to me. They've been holding it for over a week now. Huh
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9  Re: Business Name thread - Get opinions and ideas about names for your business! in Crafty Business Discussion by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: February 16, 2010 05:37:50 PM
And now I think it's my turn. I had a name for my future business, "Jar of Dreams", but found out it's the name of at least one popular book (which I'd obviously never heard of Embarrassed) and I don't know if I want to use it anymore. Then I thought of "Dream Speak" which is the title of many dream interpretation websites. I'd go with "Demos Oneiron" (Greek Land of Dreams) but that's not a name people remember and the spelling may be off (I've researched for weeks and found many variations, and none have proof of being correct). So basically, I need help coming up with a new name (why else would I be here, right?) and hopefully I'll be organized enough to get someone's attention.

What I'll sell: Hoodies of a messy nature (such as strips of different solid fabrics to create patterns, plain hoodies with lots of embellishments, patterned or band hoodies with convertible/unconventional qualities), hand-painted shirts (mainly tank tops carrying a dream-like/surrealist appearance), purses (unusual fabrics and designs, hidden/extra compartments for storage, my original patterns only, always reversible), jewelry (following the dream-like/surrealist theme, incorporates soft and hard with feminine and edgy, ribbon/chain, scrabble tile pendants/earrings, fiber art form jewelry, fabric scrap items), journals (multipurpose--to include mixed materials such as old paper, handmade paper, fabric, etc.), dolls (stuffed animals/creatures representing a theme, could be custom-made)
~~All goods will have at least one part that is eco-friendly by means of recycling/thrifting/repurposing. My items will mostly be unusual, not 100% surrealist but surrealism plays a grand part in my products, as well as trees (to me they mean dreams) and the actual dreaming elements (clouds, flow, secret compartments, etc.). Sort of a striking meets edgy meets futuristic.~~

What I'll include: I want to make the people who bought from me feel like I'm truly grateful for their purchase and will create hand-written thank you notes inside vintage button bags with a small card that says something kind or thoughtful on it. I was thinking I'd include a free gift of their choice for every X amount of money they spend (could be free shipping, small jewelry, craft supplies, a picture).

For further help, here are some pictures of things I've created so far (no hoodies, journals, or dolls I'm willing to sell yet):

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10  Re: Labyrinth Swap Round Three (Sign ups CLOSED) (Sendouts 2/8/10 ) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Sparkle Motion Dreamer on: February 07, 2010 09:23:27 PM
It only took me four hours, but I've finished wrapping my package and it's ready to be shipped in the Monday AM.

Nessy, this package is quite deceptive. It's covered in tree-print contact paper with movie quotes and my horrendous attempts at artwork scribbled in black marker on the sides. And once you open it...well now is a good time to let you know there's no possible way anything inside the box could get wet. Tongue

And when I say deceptive, I really mean I have no freakin' clue how I managed to fit all your stuff in such a little box. But that's beside the point. The point is (rather, the points are) 1, the post office may make me repackage the box because it may not be approved to be sent internationally (they are SO weird about international shipping!), so just know you'll get your package one way or another, and eventually you'll find it wrapped in tree-print contact paper and bad Ludo sketches. Wink

Now for point 2, stop beating yourself up!! I'm going to love what you send me, regardless of whether it took an extra day or two to send out or having to scrap and restart projects. It's our first swap and I know that you've put in so much more effort than anyone is expecting from a first-timer. You'll blow us away, and I'll proudly display what you give me whether you like the way it looks or not. Cheer up! You're totally worthy to be in the swap, and I'm so incredibly lucky to have been partnered up with you! Cheesy

So maybe this will help put a smile on your face? I know in some swaps people have posted hint collages of what they're sending, so I'm posting this one for you to tide you over until my package makes its way to you. And if it isn't allowed? I'll take it down. If it is? Enjoy guessing! Grin

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