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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shoerack and left overs 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!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Yay keys (slight picture overload) 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.

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Cards that Sparkle 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)

Thanks for looking.
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES / I lay eggs 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.

Thanks for looking.
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Magazine Art on: November 13, 2011 05:56:32 PM
I made these for an art show I was in a few weeks ago.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / $2 Branch Art on: July 07, 2011 07:09:21 AM
I made these for a dollar store swap I took place in recently and thought I'd share.  I used dollar store frames, two branches from my back yard, papermache, and paint.

I hope you like them!
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunk Altered Puzzle on: May 30, 2011 04:22:23 PM
I made this for my partner in a the dollar store swap.  I couldn't wait to share until after the swap was complete so hopefully she wouldn't see this  Wink 

Anyways, she is into steampunk and I am obsessed with altering puzzles so it was natural for me to find a puzzle in the dollar store and jazz it up.  I got super lucky and found a wooden 12 piece puzzle at the AWESOME dollar store by my house.  Needless to say I bought them out  Smiley

A few of my favorites

The rest...

Thanks for looking
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunk Mail/key holder on: May 13, 2011 02:26:42 PM
So I made this mail/key holder for the recycle/reuse craft swap I just finished.  The holder itself is made from an old cigar box I found and everything else is from my stash. I didn't even know steampunk existed before this swap and now I am having the time of my life making things.

This is not the best picture but you can get the idea. For some reason the black "leather" (duct tape) looks bunchy but it isn't in real life.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 62 ENTRIES / Earth Mobile on: May 04, 2011 03:48:31 PM
As soon as I saw this month's challenge (or rather April's) I decided to make a mobile.  I started by googling earth mobiles and to my surprise nothing came up...a first for me.  So I settled in and thought about what celebrating earth day is really about to me and I decided on love.  We must respect and love the earth and each other. 

 I decided that everything used for the project had to be stash items or free.  I have way too much felt so it seemed the best choice.  Trying to get felt to lay flat on a round surface is not easy...at least not for me and then to add glittering to the mix...it was almost too much for me.  I reworked the earth part of this project a few times.  Embarrassed  Then came the people.  I had a lot of fun with all the different colors and since I went with love as a sort of theme I decided each person needed a heart. As it is all about earth day I decided to used a branch from my back yard at the mobile mechanism. 

What I did not take into consideration when making this project was the difficulty of trying to capture it with a camera. 

My continents are not perfect but I did really try to get the general shape. 

Getting all the people to be at the same length was difficult because the branch I used was not even at all.

20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Self Portrait Altered Puzzle on: April 10, 2011 11:45:31 AM
SO I decided to take the altered puzzle idea and turn it into a self portrait of sorts since I can't paint or draw.  I found a 24 piece puzzle and sat down to think of 24 words that I thoughts best describe who I am.  I work on the list for a couple of weeks because I really wanted to be honest about all the good and bad things that make up who I am.  Once I came up with my list I prepared my puzzle pieces and threw them all into a bag.  One by one I randomly pick a piece for each of the words and tried to express the chosen word through little pieces of art.  I did not assemble any of the puzzle until I was done...here is the final product.

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