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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pennies are so cool 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.







Thanks for looking!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wood Slices to the Rescue 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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13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shell Flower Mirror (picture crazy) 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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14  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!
15  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.



16  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)








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17  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.
18  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.











19  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!
20  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



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