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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fun Cutting Boards on: April 05, 2018 08:52:32 AM
I recently had two family members with birthdays and decided to try wood burning.  I have to say that while wood burning is fun it is not as easy as it looks.  The places I burned are not real even Angry After I did the designs I sanded and sealed them so they could be used as cutting boards. 

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Driftwood and Pinecone Spring Wreath on: March 27, 2018 01:11:28 PM
I collected driftwood for about a year for this wreath.  There are 152 piece of wood (I of course didn't take a picture of the wreath before I turned it spring like) and I just layered them and attached them with small finishing nails.  The flowers are pine cones since every thing I do right now involves pine cones lol.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pine Cone Flowers on: March 19, 2018 04:42:13 PM
So I had such fun making the succulent garden that I decided to do a flower one. I used fake moss from the dollar store around the inner edge. 

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pine Cone Succulent Garden on: March 12, 2018 08:51:30 AM
A couple of weeks ago I saw a pintrest post about a pine cone floral wall art and then I saw one about a pine cone succulent wreath (sorry I dont have the links) and decided to combine the two ideas.  

I collected a ton of pine cones from my neighbors yard (probably 25 to 30) and then went about cutting them in half with large clippers (used for cuttings metal).  After I cut them im half I took needle nose clippers and shaped them.  I used both end of the pine cone.  I then painted them and repainted them and then repainted them again before I was happy with the way they looked.  I really wanted them to have some depth and to look as closely to a real succulents as I could.  I am pretty please with how it turned out.  I enjoyed the project so much that I am going to make a flower one soon.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / On The Go Race Track on: January 10, 2018 11:19:17 AM
I was tasked with coming up with a travel game for a boy age 5 whom loves cars.  The roads are made of felt and the carrier is wood.  I have a feeling I'll be making this again.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Matchbox Games on: January 03, 2018 06:57:05 PM
I was tasked with coming up with Christmas gifts for a family that loves camping.  I saw paper dominoes, paper build a castle and paper trangram on pintrest and it kind of bloomed from there. 

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hurricane Fence Fish on: December 25, 2017 06:50:16 PM
I live in an area of Florida hit by Hurricane Irma.  There were piles of downed trees, brush and fencing everywhere you looked.  I wanted to make something beautiful out of the destruction to give my loved ones who came through the storm with us.  We (my husband and I) collected different size fencing planks from around our neighborhood, I drew the shape, my husband cut them (I am not allowed near power tools that cut things lol), I painted them and he sealed them.  I love them all and had a hard time parting with them lol

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Can you stain a couch? Why yes you can! on: September 24, 2015 03:49:56 PM
Due to a horrific flea infestation I had to get rid of our couch.  It was a tough blow because money is never in abundance in our house.  So I started looking on craigslist hoping someone needed to get rid of their nice couch.  I happened upon a couch for $20 that came from a pet free and smoke free home.  It was ugly beyond belief (see 2nd picture) but I figured that with pintrest's help I'd find a way to make it beautiful. I loaded up the hubby and went to get it.  The couch turn out to be a florida couch (very low to the ground and small).  I convinced the hubby to pay the $20 and off we went.  When we got it in the house the fabric was even worse than I thought.  The low to the ground part was not working for me either.  I lived with it for exactly 19 hours before I had to change it.  I had recently bought some weathered grey wood stain for a table redo.  I thought why can't I stain the couch instead of painting it? I went on Pintrest and found a few examples that look like they worked so the stain came out and the paint clothes went on. 

The final product. I was pleasantly surprised when the pattern came through in a purple/red color.

The original couch

After I finished the very messy stain job I got the hubby to add some legs.  Thankfully I had taken some off a table I saw on the side of the road.

The fabric turned out feeling like outdoor furniture fabric which works well for our messy house...easy cleaning.  It is still very comfortable to lay on. 

I would recommend this project if you need a cheap way to redo a piece of furniture. 
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / From Trash to Fantastic Chandelier on: February 06, 2014 04:40:52 PM
When I read the challenge I immediately wanted to do something with newspaper yarn...I am in love with the stuff.  As I was pondering what I could do my mom asked me if I wanted a basket/trashcan that had seen better days.  I immediately thought it would make a great shape for a light/chandelier plus the light would shine through it in a cool way.  Here is the end product

Here is what I started with

The first step was to make a ton of yarn

Then I hot glued and weaved my way around the basket

At last the basket is covered

I then took the parts out of a broken lampshade

I decided the lamp needed more so I broke out the "crystal" (plastic all the way) I stole from the cheezy lamp ever years ago.

I really like how it turned out.  The pictures do not do the lamp justice in the dark

Thanks for looking

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / For the Love of Story Stones on: February 05, 2014 09:38:30 AM
I recently (last July so I guess not too recently) decided to try selling my crafts at fairs, any bit of money helps right? Life circumstances are such that an crafts I made had to be made with very little out of pocket expenses.  With this in mind I went to Pintrest and looked for rock crafts.  I am a rock girl through and through so I have a ton of rocks on hand.  I found story stones almost immediately and fell in love with the idea. What a wonderful tool to encourage creativity in children.  These are what I came up with...

Family Time

Fishing Trip

Day at the Beach

Family Vacation

Camping Trip


Fairy Tale

I made a pouch for each set and attached directions

Thanks for looking
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