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11  Dollar Store Pendant Light in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: May 13, 2013 06:43:31 AM
I recently moved into the darkest house that you can imagine....well at least the living room is horribly dark with only one window.  I decided that an overhead light was just the thing to make my living room livable but I had to work around the lack of electrical in our ceilings.  I thought and thought about what kind of light I wanted and then I saw a string pendant light on pintreat.  I decided to take the idea and make it my own.  I made a trip to the dollar store found the pendant lighting electrical thingy (not sure what it is called), 3 different types of string (thin hemp string, thicker hemp and twine) and a beach ball.  I dug out some glue from my stash, filled a big bowl with watered down glue and soaked the string/rope for a minute.  I then started wrapping the string around the ball.  I repeated the same thing with the two other sizes of string/rope.  I think that different types of string give the light a great texture. 

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12  Pennies are so cool in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by yzzilnoaj on: May 10, 2013 06:51:49 AM
I was on pintrest (where I spend way too much time  Smiley )and saw the most fabulous kitchen floor made of pennies.  I decided then and there I had to have a coffee table covered in pennies and luckily I had just the coffee table to do it to.  My boyfriends sister had just closed her offices and gave us a marble top coffee table.  The marble was so beautiful I decided it had to be the top of the kitchen island leaving me with a base to a fancy coffee table.  I got the boyfriend to build a simple wood top that fit the coffee table and I went to work sanding and painting.  I then super glued $18 worth of pennies to the top of the table.  I then had the boyfriend pour thick poly over all of the pennies.  I LOVE how it turned out.  Unfortunately it does not photograph well.

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13  Wood Slices to the Rescue in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: May 10, 2013 06:29:24 AM
I live with a man that feels it necessary to have a dart board in our living room.  When I moved in with him he had the UGLIEST dart board set up and I just couldn't allow that to continue.  I told him that if he allowed me to change the backing for the dart board then it could stay.  After much contemplation and research I decided that I would make a board covered in slices of wood.  I got Art (the man I live with and am about to marry) to start cutting 1 inch thick wood slices.  I had no idea I was taking on a massive project.  I thought maybe 100 slices of wood would be enough...not even close Art ended up cutting 523 slices.  Along the way we ran out of wood so I asked art to cut down a tree (a small one) in our yard, he came back with a tree that was shaped like a heart...totally awesome and wonderfully romantic. Any who as Art cut I stained.  I decided that I wanted to have some depth to the board so I chose 4 different stains.  Once the slices were dry I started the huge task of making them all fit.  It was the hardest puzzle I have ever done!  That being said it was COMPLETELY worth it because I love how it turned out!

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14  Shell Flower Mirror (picture crazy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: April 12, 2013 04:17:29 PM
I recently went to Florida on vacation.  In the house we rented I saw flowers that were made from seashells.  How had I never seen something like this before?  I fell in love with the idea (which I now know is a common idea) and combed the beach every morning for shells.  I couldn't find any shells like the one I saw in the rental but I found thousands of other shells that I thought I might be able to make into flowers.  My boyfriend and his family all thought I was crazy because I literally brought back 10 pounds of shells.  I really got into all shell crafts but the best of the bunch is the shell mirror.  It turns out the shells I collected make awesome flowers.

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15  Shoerack and left overs in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: April 12, 2013 03:40:37 PM
I saw a shoe rack on pintrest (sorry I don't have the link) and decided my closet had to have my own version of it.  I dragged the boyfriend to Lowes (through do you really have to ever drag a guy to a place where they sell tools?) for some 6 inch pvc. He is far better with power tools than I am so I then had him cut the pvc in 12 inch long section.  As he cut, I glued the pieces together with normal pvc glue.  I glued each row then glued one row on top of another.  The final step was to attached a piece of wood on top to hold the boots. 

I love how it turned out...

I had some leftovers and decided my awesome shoe rack required a closet makeover.  I have a scarf obsession and never had a good way to store them.  I thought that if I could cut the pvc in 1 inch slices, tie them together and then hang it from the wall somehow I could then put the scarves through the pvc.  I was right, it is so useful and holds every one of my million scarves.  I recently saw a similar idea on pintrest...I thought I was unique but its still cool  Smiley

yay for closet makeovers!
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16  Yay keys (slight picture overload) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: April 12, 2013 02:54:21 PM
I am a property manager by trade and we have serious key issues.  I am not kidding when I say that we have to change the locks on rental units every week.  Either the tenants are locked out, a lock "breaks" (someone kicked it in), a tenant moves out...etc. It seems like every time we really need to find keys suddenly all copies of the needed key mysteriously disappears.  I say "mysteriously" because for real it seems like there is a key stealing monster out there. Needless to say keys are the bane of my existence. About 3 months ago I decided that something cool needed to be made from all the extra useless keys.  I came up with the idea for a lampshade/lamp for my office.  I then decided that the keys needed to be blingified because I am the boss to a bunch of hardworking men and they would be horrified/amused by it.  I have a fantastic supply of bling thanks to my sister working at Michael's and a huge jar of whimsies that I have collected for half my life.  I finished decorating 20 keys before I found the correct lampshade to attach my keys to...a purple shiny material perfect for horrifying the guys. 

Final product

Keys up close

Thanks for taking a look.

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17  Re: 4x6 Art Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yzzilnoaj on: June 20, 2012 03:26:07 PM
I received this WONDERFULLY creative piece of art.  I am really into multi media art and I love all the different mediums used...very inspiring.  I am not sure where this picture will end up going because I am about to move, but it will be going up somewhere! I really love it!
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18  Christmas Cards that Sparkle in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by yzzilnoaj on: December 05, 2011 07:38:39 PM
A few weeks ago I got busy designing a tree on my computer.  I was inspired by some mandalas that my sister was coloring.  Once I finally decided on the design for my tree I got busy hand coloring each one differently.  Once the coloring was done it was time for the fun part...to make them sparkle.  I got out my massive amounts of bling and went to town.  I really like the way they turned out.

These are just a few (I made a total of 35)

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19  I lay eggs in CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES by yzzilnoaj on: December 05, 2011 07:14:14 PM
With a great deal of help from my niece (she taught me how to make these and they are her pattern).  I think they turned out really awesome.

This one has one egg that hatches and three that are just eggs.  The head also turns 360 degrees.

The button is holding closed where the eggs come out of.

Here is the turtle, it too has one egg that hatches and three that are just eggs. 

The back of the turtle

And the hen

A  better look at the hen

The back side

This really was a joint effort with my niece Johanna.  She is the true talent behind these.

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20  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yzzilnoaj on: December 05, 2011 02:36:31 PM
I received the most wonderful package from fluffypants today, prepare for the jealousy to begin...

I LOVE this stocking.  She really nailed my taste and the quality of her sewing is truly amazing

A massive amount of Canadian goodies...already half gone

A wonderful bounty of craft supplies and extras.  I am a paper craft girl that loves sparkles. I have to say the book mark that mocks tv is totally my thing too.  Fluffypants really did taylor fit this package to me.

Beautiful necklaces/pendants....the one on the left will be going on permanent loan to my best friend because it is SOOO her!

Some super cute earrings

And the AWESOMEST apron ever.  I love it!!! (dont mind the ridiculous picture of me)

Thank you fluffypants for the wonderful package!

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