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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Latest Creations: Shells and Knit on: January 21, 2010 08:52:04 AM
I was watching Project Runway last week and saw one of the competitors wearing this cute black stretch headband about 4 inches wide with a button and a bow on the side. I decided I'd try my luck at making one and learned the hard way that the bias is extremely important if I want it to fit. I cut it the wrong way so the fabric barely stretches, then made a loop and sewed on the button. This was my first time sewing knit fabric, and luckily I had a ball point needle, which is still very sharp, so I don't see how it could be called a ball point. Huh

I can also put it around my neck like a collar with the button at an angle, and it looks SO COOL. Hence why it's in the "jewelry" section. I see the knit collars all the time, and while I had it around my neck to push over my face, I realized how pretty it looked with my black shirt and Siamese Twin necklace.

Then for Christmas I bought myself this awesome dress in the clearance section at Target. It had a checkered bottom with an elastic waist and a gray sleeveless top portion, and I bought magenta tights and earrings to go with it. Then I got home and realized I owned no pink or purple jewelry, and I didn't want to overload on the black and grey. I remembered I bought shell pieces at the bead store and got to work. It turned out very well, and everyone asked me where I bought it. I love DIY. Cheesy

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What Could I Make Using These Pieces? on: January 19, 2010 08:45:03 AM
I always get gift cards for crafting stores every year for the holidays and I almost never spend them, but this year I swore I would, so I went shopping with my grandmother and found some of these pieces in the jewelry section of Michael's:

I'm really at a loss. I bought them thinking I'd create something super cool, but as soon as I sat down with my beads, I hit a negative 100 on the inspiration scale. I have a terrible bead collection, a mediocre button collection of which the good buttons are going to a different project, and a nice scrap fabric collection I could potentially use but is otherwise also going to another project.

What kinds of beads or pendants could I make/buy to put together with them? Would it be interesting if I mixed these tarnished pieces with clean pristine silver pieces? Or would that look too awkward? Is it possible to use fabric strips?

Any thoughts are welcome. Any colors that would look good, or shapes or images, would be appreciated. Tips or pictures of jewelry including any of the pieces would be fantastic, too. Thank you! Cheesy

Oh, and I bought the owl pendant and the moon pendant from the Natural Elegance line they're selling, but everything is listed under the Blue Moon company, I believe. The moon-shaped piece is from Blue Moon, the big square from Forged, and the circles piece is from Treasure Chest, in case that helps.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Christmas Presents: Alice in Wonderland! on: December 23, 2009 01:08:53 PM
Some more Christmas presents, but aimed for my pen pals. One is in Arizona, and she's the one obsessed with anything Alice in Wonderland. I made her AIW earrings a few months back, and this is the really cute Cheshire Cat button bracelet I made for her:

The buttons are supposed to be the stripes, and I hot glued two orange eyes onto random buttons.

Complete with an adorable heart clasp:

And I love how it looks on the part that's supposed to press against the wrist:

I'm hoping she likes it, too! This sucker needed a big box to wrap, and I had to send it through the post office in this big envelope in order to fit the bracelet box, the inch-thick letter, and the Christmas card.

Now that I know how to make this sort of bracelet, I think I'll make more. Thanks to my mom for modeling the bracelet (she has super skinny wrists, as you can see, so this didn't fit too well on her).

And this set of earrings is going to my friend in Japan for Christmas:

Does anyone know what the circles are called? They're like glass or ceramic or shells or something, but I haven't got a clue what they're really called.

Here's the back of them:

They were very easy to make, but look adorable! I'm definitely making a ton more of these! Before I wrapped them up:

These were easy to ship to Japan, too. Surprisingly cheap, too. I thought I'd be shelling out 20 dollars but the lady at the post office charged me 2 dollars for shipping and 1.09 for the medium envelope I sent the earrings and a card in.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Experimental Boy's Hemp Bracelet: Square and Backstitch With Beads on: December 16, 2009 05:09:29 PM
This gift is for a friend of mine who doesn't wear jewelry but he loves hemp stuff and will wear that (no mind to the fact that this is my second time attempting hemp-wear). This is his Christmas present.

It's a light normal color I tried to dye a darker brown with tea, but it didn't work. I used the square stitch to begin, then tried what I believe is called a backhand stitch, but not before sliding on those tiny little red beads (his favorite color, and I couldn't get red hemp from the store because the lady wouldn't cut it for me Angry).

Then I repeated the square stitch, red beads, and backhand stitch, then the square stitch, followed by that nice black bead (his third favorite color, following navy blue which was the original bead color but they were too girly for him) and then the entire square-bead-backhand all over again.

I had to hot glue the end of the knot to make it stay. Square knots don't work too well on hemp, apparently.

All I have left in terms of Christmas gifts are a wallet for my mother, a purse organizer for my grandmother, and a body pillow cover for my brother. I have no idea what to make for my father. Huh

EDIT: He received his present and went outside while it was raining, and most of the red on the red beads washed off! I was so embarrassed but surprisingly it looked really good. I wish I'd taken a picture, but I was too busy feeling like a cheap friend.
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabric & Bright Colors Daily Planner/Organizer on: December 14, 2009 08:04:56 AM
When I began college this semester, I had just returned into a crafting state of mind after two years of a craft inspiration drought. My muse wasn't helping either, so none of my artistic outputs were really working. I went into the college bookstore and saw these dinky little planners for upwards of 20 dollars. I'm all for blowing money on things, but 20 dollars for a little palm-sized monthly planner? I don't think so!

So I went to Target, but no luck. They were ugly and didn't fit my needs. As my dad and I trudged out, we passed through the journal and stationary aisle, and what did my eyes look upon? A really ugly black cover with spiral binding and multi-colored lined pages. But it was the color that did it for me. I urged my dad to buy it (on sale for 5 dollars) and as soon as we got home, I used a purple lightning bolt fabric quarter from Michael's to cover the plain black (by use of a hot glue gun) and searched through my box of ribbons until I found a lime green one and a white one with velcro on one end. I lined the inside with pink and purple felt and made a pocket for my extra papers and reference numbers. One super giant neon blue button later....

I hand-wrote all the days and dates, listed my schedule on the days I had school, added a "To Do" list section at the bottom of each page, and included all my contact information for my professors in the back. About two-thirds of the way through the semester, I realized I could use a clip to keep all my old pages clumped together when I needed to get to the current date.

The sad thing is I don't have a use for it anymore. Not exactly, anyway. My dad got a free planner from some conference and it's PERFECT for the Spring semester. I think I'll tear out the pages I used this semester and just use the "organizer" as a writing journal to make sure I write or draw every day. I only labeled up to the end of December, so I'll have plenty of pages remaining to do something with (only 300 or so).

Thanks for looking!
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cute Earrings as Presents for Friends on: December 14, 2009 07:49:37 AM
I made three sets of earrings which were supposed to be presents for friends, but one wasn't too pleased with the second set I made her. So I took them instead! Grin The first pair are Alice in Wonderland. I made them for my penpal in Arizona who is obsessed with anything AIW. I used the 'A' and 'W' pieces from Scrabble, used a drill to make holes for the connector rings, painted everything around the letters white including the numbers, and then printed a picture of Alice and the Cheshire Cat on regular printing paper. After decoupaging them to the back of the Scrabble pieces (Alice with 'A', Cheshire Cat with 'W'), I painted the sides corresponding colors. Alice was blue, the cat was pink.

I have a pack of mini cards and I sent the earrings to her with the hooks poked through the queen of hearts card. These were my favorite earrings to make, and I didn't want to let them go.

My other friend is part Native American and she loves dream catchers and feathers. She's been complaining recently how her dream catcher was broken, so I decided to make her a set of earrings where one was a dream catcher and the other a feather.

The feather half:

And the dream catcher half:

And both together:

Finally comes the straw earrings. I had big, clear with red stripes straws, and small neon with white stripes straws. It was pretty easy. I saw people wearing straw bracelets and necklaces and belts, and I thought, "Oh, all the accessories but not the most important?" Well, earrings in my opinion are the most important accessory.

And again, Caitlin, my brother's friend's girlfriend, modeled these for me. Many thanks for looking!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Plaid Fabric Corset on: December 14, 2009 07:32:56 AM
My first ever pattern-based creation! I had a bunch of patterns from my grandmother and she bought me some at JoAnn's, and this was the first one I used. The tissue paper was sooo thin, though, and it kept tearing when I tried to unfold it and pin it. My mother said she didn't remember the patterns being so thin and figured they expected it to rip so the buyer would have to go and buy another one.

After many hours of me screaming at my carbon tracing paper for not working, I got it right. Or I just got lucky because I couldn't tell which side of this particular fabric was right or wrong. And after several more hours of pricking my fingers and screaming at my machine for not pinning my fabric correctly (yes, it was the machine's fault), I finally finished sewing this thing. And then came the stringing of the corset. Jeez...

My model, Caitlin, was actually too small for this corset, but it still looked halfway decent for the first piece of clothing I've ever sewn.

This specific style called for a zipper, but I didn't have a zipper foot and I didn't have a zipper, either.

Credits go to Caitlin (again), my lovely model. She's my brother's friend's girlfriend and did this for me when she modeled the Straw earrings and Elvis Jailhouse Rock Reversible Sling Bag.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First-Time Wallets on: December 14, 2009 07:17:02 AM
I've never sewn a wallet before, and for Christmas presents I thought I might try. I don't have a zipper foot so I had to sew the zippers on using the foot the machine came with. It wasn't too hard the second time, but it took me a while to realize pins wouldn't work and I had to sew reaaaallly slowly.

So this first wallet was made with this adorable candy swirl fabric quarter and matching neon yellow fabric quarter from Michael's. It was my first time using interfacing as well. I now abhor interfacing. I followed all the directions with the iron and the fabric stayed at first, nice and flat and neat, then began to peel. And when I went back to iron it again it suddenly caused the material and interfacing to shrink or something, and left me with a whole bunch of creases right in the center of the fabric where the fold would have been. Both my mother and grandmother don't know what happened.

I used ShannyAnn's tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328873.0 for the wallet, and here's how it looks (please pardon the bad lighting):

My mom wants that for Christmas, but I told her it's too poorly made and I'd make her a different one. She didn't particularly care. She said she loves it because I made it. Kiss

Onto the Elvis Jailhouse Rock coin purse (which sort of matches the Elvis Jailhouse Rock Reversible Sling Bag I made). My friend asked for specific colors for her Christmas present: teal, grey, black, and white. The blue used was the closest to teal I had. I used scraps from the sling bag, parts of an old shirt, and leftover bindings from my other friend's skirt. First attempt at sewing without a zipper foot.

And finally, I've seen these adorable monster purses and pouches all over Craftster, and I had to make one! Made from an old faux fur pillow cover I bought and never used, a big roll of polka dot cloth from my grandma's friend, and some leftover felt from my mother's high school project (all this stuff is old!!! But cute!). No zippers this time, but sewing faux fur is a pain in the butt! It kept getting caught in the bobbin and the thread tension got really loopy. But it was worth it, because it. Is. So. Cute!!!

First he sits down like a good boy.

And then he gets hungry...

...so I have to feed him some moolah. But I'm broke. So he goes into sparkly-eye-pleading mode...

God he's too cute! I'm going to make a bunch more, and even though this guy is purple on the inside, it's definitely a boy pouch. I considered making a tail for him, but I'd start crying because he's just too cute as it is. Does that happen to anyone else? I get teary when I see super cute animals and stuff. But anyway, I'll make him a sister or a girl friend and I'll give her a bow or something. Thank you for looking! Cheesy
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Evlis Jailhouse Rock Reversible Sling Bag on: December 14, 2009 06:48:48 AM
I originally bought the Elvis Jailhouse Rock fabric and the pink blotch fabric at Walmart, intending to hand-sew a blanket. But a lack of patience left the pieces stowed away in my closet until I got my beautiful sewing machine.

2 years after I bought the fabric.

So I kept seeing this rad sling purses at Target but they were all the same size. I wanted to make a purse that went over the shoulders, but was adjustable, and was comfy. Voila! This Elvis baby was born, baring its sinful screen printed hips to the world!


So the Elvis side has 2 pink splotch pockets, one square and one triangle. The pink splotch side has 2 Elvis pockets, one square and one triangle. There are 2 straps that you can untie to make it more loose or tighter. This specific purse is more on the medium side, but any I make in the future will be much bigger and better.

Also, this was my first ever machine-sewn purse! Even though the stitching is messy, I love it!

The Jailhouse Rock Side:

The Pink Splotch Side:

The Straps:

Credits go to Caitlin, my lovely model. She's my brother's friend's girlfriend and did this randomly for me. I gave her lots of thanks because models aren't easy to come by and because she agreed without knowing what I was making her wear. Cheesy
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help Turning My Bedroom Into Craft Room with Bed (IMG Heavy) on: September 03, 2009 07:41:16 PM
So I have a LOT going on with my room and I need a lot of opinions and assistance.

1. Organization of Crafting Supplies: Since I just got a sewing machine a few weeks ago, I've been wanting to do a lot of things, but without an adequate working area, I really can't do much.

I've got other crafting supplies for beading, knitting, crocheting, painting, scrapbooking, photography, film-making, writing, etc., and no place to put it but in shopping bags and wilting shoe boxes.


I have more supplies coming in, too, so I'm really stuck.


I want a nice look that's not expensive. I've checked in on shoe organizers (the solid kind) and they're either outrageously priced or they're only available online, which means shipping costs will equal the high prices in the stores. My brother just gave me a blue-black medium sized bookcase, which matches my other furniture partly, so bookshelves aren't so much a big deal anymore. I've been buying jars from the Dollar Store and Amvets to put my small things in when the time comes(beads, buttons, wire, ribbons, safety pins, etc.) and even though they aren't uniform, I don't really mind. They're quite cute, actually.


I also partly followed a tutorial on CO+K on how to make fabric lined and covered shoe boxes, but I lined my only and then decoupaged the outsides with color-coded magazine out outs, so you can see the four boxes I made http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/drawer_organizer_box_2_2_2/versions/22 if you want. I haven't got a clue what to use them for, though. Storing what?

2. Zen Bed: I'm not exactly sure what they're called, but I've always called them zen beds. It's a big piece of wood the exact size of your mattress, held up a few inches by 2 planks of wood. It looks like either of these,


though mainly the second one is what I'm looking at. I'll paint it black or white to match the other furniture in my room. My dad and I are planning to build it ourselves, but my mother insists we make a Captains bed, not a Zen bed. She says a captains bed has drawers on the sides and has a two inch frame that comes up to hold the mattress in place, and then I can flip it over and use the other side as a desk because it has extra pegs on the corners as well. Something like this,


The only good thing about that bed design is the drawer idea, but that would take a lot of time to do. When I try and put the two designs together, this is what I see,


I found an article saying just to buy a shelf, flip it sideways, and build a bed around it, but that's a waste of money to me. Any suggestions on how I can create this bed? It doesn't have to have drawers (it could have empty slots instead, or none at all) but something cheap and durable is what I'm looking for.
My dad and I had more time when we first began discussing the makeover of my room (last month) and now he wants to take my existing bedframe, saw of the top of the head- and foot-boards, then sand, slap on a piece of wood, and call it a day. It sounds easy enough, but it looks terrible in my head. It would be too high off the ground still, and I wouldn't trust it as is.

3. Jewelry: I have a TON of it.


And that's not even all of it, only what I could reach in my drawer. I would invest in a jewelry box or make one of those mesh picture frame jewelry displays, but I dont like it when my bracelets and necklaces and earrings touch. It bothers me, but I cant really explain why since Im such a messy person. I guess it just is different when it comes to my jewelry. My plan was to install thick metal wire (the steel kind, I think) into the walls, from one wall to the other. I think its called Drek or Dirk wire, but its used to hold up curtains and drapes. I can line 2 pieces on my side wall, 6 or so inches apart, and put my earrings on the top wire and my bracelets and necklaces on the bottom. This will prevent any touching of pieces. I told my dad about it and he's not interested because it will probably mess up the walls and add more holes. I really like this wire idea, so are there any ways I could still use it? Like wiring several frames and hanging them like paintings? Are there any suggestions for jewelry holding methods that hang from the ceiling? Im on the lookout for a mannequin, too, so I can pop off a hand or two and stack my rings on (those I dont mind touching). Does anyone know where I can buy some of this wire? Or how to make it? Or where to buy a mannequin? Or just a hand?

4. Make-Up: Like my jewelry, I have a ton of it.


And yes, they are all organized for you: eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, oil blotting papers, blush, foundation, lip gloss, nail polish, and application brushes. I really should go through and just toss the stuff I dont use anymore (like the vast majority), but Im a pack rat. And I always think, Hey, Ill just save that and use it on one of my models. But then I feel a little guilty because some people are 100 percent against sharing anything that touches skin Anyways, aside from the obvious make-up bag (which I have and hate because there are no organizational qualities), are there ways to store my make-up? DIY or otherwise? Or to somehow use the make-up I haven't used?

5. Paint:
I started taking pictures after I'd already cleaned up my room, rolled up the carpet, and shoved everything I could move into my closet. The futon mattress is lying on my bed, and my shelves are all cleared. When you first walk in, you'll see ahead of you,


to your right,


to your left,


and into the closet,


then out again and above you,


and finally the place you came in from.


So as you can see, my room is a not-so-nice blend of obnoxious colors in even more obnoxious patterns, all courtesy of my impressionable just-turned-14 mind. Now that Im a month away from 18 (and regrettably not living in a loving studio style dorm 9 hours away in Chicago) Im sick of seeing all these colors and feeling like I walked into somebodys acid trip. What Ive decided is Ill keep the dark pink trim around the room and the black around the window trim. All my furniture is black or white, and what isn't (computer desk and TV stand) matches the light wood flooring. However, as I began painting on Kilz to white wash the room, I spilled a good amount on both, so it's a new TV stand and probably a fully painted computer desk on the way. I'm going with Valspar paint, and the color I chose (from 50) is Orchid Ash. For my ceiling I chose this white shade that's got this weird blue undertone that doesn't really show up unless it's in direct sunlight.

My furniture is white and black, and with the dark pink trim I thought it looked good on the tab Lowe's gave me. I spackled the screw holes, touched up the trim, and began to paint. As soon as the first coat of Orchid Ash went on, the color changed! To this,


The Orchid Ash came out purple. Like, there's-no-way-to-deny-it purple! It was grey when I tested it, grey when I bought it, and now it's purple! The pictures don't depict the color well at all, but I hoped that it was only that color because it was wet, and that once it dried, it would turn grey again. I don't have current pictures right now of layer 2 of Orchid Ash, but trust me, it's definitely NOT grey!

But I still am going to have to paint my ceiling myself (not like I didn't do it before) and for the life of me I can't freaking figure out how the heck I did it before, and I used 2 colors then! My bed hasn't been started yet and I don't have any picture frames or wire to start my jewelry-hanging project.

I'm stuck. Hardcore. Just my luck!

At least I have this nice bedset coming in from Target,


so all those nice blues are my "other" accent colors. It will take 2 to 4 weeks for the new order to come in because they sold out, but it's worth the wait. I really like this set SO much, so please tell me what you think I can do to make the Peacock bed set work with the rest of my room. Target is also selling Light Pink and Aqua Blue Paisley sheets, but I think that might clash severely with this comforter print. I may have seen some solid pink sheets, though, but I'm not sure. Maybe I could paint some picture frames aqua to store my jewelry? Check out Michael's and see what kind of paint they have for wood? Paint the edges of my furniture blue? Does anyone have any other suggestions to really make the blue work in the room?

6. Furniture/Storage/Lamps: Basically I just want to know some furniture layouts for the room. My furniture includes a bed (Twin)(3'2" W, 6'2 1/2" L, 10" H), TV stand (it has storage space but Ill be getting rid of it soon because its really old)(1'4" L, 3' W, 3'2 1/4" H), futon (Full)(6'5" W, 2'7" D, 2'6 1/2" H), small bookcase (for books)(2'7" W, 2'8" H, 9 1/4" D), medium bookcase (for art supplies)(3'11 1/2" H, 2'1 1/4" W, 9 1/2" D), small table (think bedside)(2'9" L, 1'6 3/4" W), computer desk (3'11" W, 1'11 3/4" L, 2'5 1/2" H), small chair, padded hand chair (2'11" W, 2'3 1/2" H. 1'5" D), a big lamp, a coat hanger, a big dresser, my sewing machine (its a Singer from the 50s so its attached to a table and unfolds), and a work desk along with the new bookcase my brother gave me (less than 3" both ways, I'm sure). My room measures, front to back, 14'1/2", and side to side, 12'10". On the farthest wall (the wall you see when you first walk in), the window measures 10'3 1/4" W by 4'3 1/2" H. The radiator is 2'11 1/2" H and 3'7 1/2" W. This wall has a radiator just sitting there (in lime green) and it can't be moved, but it is exactly in the center of the wall, so both spaces to either side of it are equal (4'9"). Also, my closet is big enough to put a bed in (but I don't want my bed in there because the bed would leave no room to move), so I do have the option of storing the things I don't put into the actual room. If you have an idea for a layout, don't feel you need to put ALLLLL my furniture in the actual room.

Here's the layout of my room, as you walk in,


That corner between the entrance and closet door is too small for anything important, so no worries about putting anything in there unless it's meant to be seen at night (I close both doors when I go to sleep). Also, the closet door has a mirror on it in case you didn't see in the photos. It's built into the door, so no covering it or removing it.

I was thinking I could put my computer desk on one side of the radiator and my sewing machine on the other side, but I'm at a loss with everything else. I have 3 2-plug sockets; one by the entrance to the room and one on each wall on either side of the radiator.

I would appreciate whatever help I can get. =] Thanks for taking the time to read all of this! I know it's lengthy!
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