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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Five minute craft! Glittered tealight holders! on: December 19, 2012 10:04:20 PM
Thanks everyone! I actually found some more matte candle holders at the thrift store. Since I'm on a glitter kick lately, I think I'm going to decompress with them after the holidays. Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Five minute craft! Glittered tealight holders! on: December 06, 2012 12:07:21 AM
Yeah, yeah, I know, they're nothing too wild and crazy, but I figured I'd post each of 'em up anyway!

I got really lucky and found some brand new Ikea tealight holders at the thrift store, so of course I just /had/ to bring them home and glitter them!

Simple process: glitter some matte finished glass tealight holders, cover them in glitter, shake it off, spray 'em with clear coat, photograph on Instagram, and use! Smiley If you're really that interested, I have more details (and more pics) posted here: http://www.gonzotimes.com/2012/11/thursday-quickie-glittered-tealight-candle-holders/
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Three quickie scarves on: December 05, 2012 11:50:44 PM
My favorite thrift store has some free bins filled with things they weren't able to sell. One day, I lucked out and scored a purple Knifty Knitter loom!

To break it in, I decided to make a few scarves with some leftover thick n' quick. First, I did a basic figure 8 scarf in a taupe. This bad boy wound up being about 7' or so when I was done. Can't wait till it starts getting really cold for this one! Smiley (Used this tute: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-make-a-knifty-knitter-scarf-using-the-figure-8-wrap)

Then I followed up with a skinny-ish honeycomb scarf in one skein of green. I've already used this one a few times. I have a black & white wool coat, and this goes along nicely with it. (Used this tute: http://www.squidoo.com/making-the-honeycomb-stitch-on-the-knifty-knitter-loom)

I'm also working on a third scarf. It's super skinny because I'm using up the end of some thinner black wool yarn and some eyelash yarn. Every time I've tried to knit a scarf with just eyelash yarn, I haven't been happy with the results, so I figured that doubling it up couldn't be any worse, lol! This is just a simple garter stitch that uses two colors at once. Gotta start working on that again. Can't wait to get it done!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / A few block prints I've recently completed! on: December 05, 2012 11:33:24 PM

A little owl, some basic whales, floating Ron Paul, and "Anarchy is for Lovers"

They're all pretty basic block prints. I've been wanting to do some prints for awhile and just finally got around to it in the past few weeks. I used water soluble ink from Dick Blick & both block printing paper and watercolor paper.

I'm thinking about carving some more animals and possibly another head, but I'm not sure exactly what I want to do next.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Ceramic Tile Valentines on: January 16, 2011 09:50:54 PM
Awesome.  I have a box of old white tiles and was trying to think of something I can do with them.  I'll file this idea in the back of my head for February 11th (when I'm going through my inevitable "WHAT I AM GOING TO MAKE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY?!?!?!??!?!" panic, lol).
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: January 02, 2011 08:44:01 PM
By far, my biggest bad sewing habit is never using a damn pattern or mapping out exactly how I'm going to do my project.  Too often, I'll get it into my head that I can just wing it, and then I'm frazzled 20 minutes later because nothing is going right at all.  I've destroyed several t-shirt recons this way.  Sad 

Luckily, the majority of the things I sew don't need really specific directions (tote bags, throw pillows, scarves), but you'd think I'd still take the time to do things right.  Gaaahhhhh!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: January 02, 2011 04:17:28 PM
After spending many stolen minutes sketching today, I've been doing ModPodge silk screens all night.  I've done 4 in 3 hours!  (although, they only count towards one and a half items.)

ModPodge silk screening?!?! Wha?!

Here's the tutorial:

Astormorray, that is awesome.  I may try Mod Podge silkscreening for my first go since I've already got half of the supplies in my stash.  Thanks for posting the tute!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Buyer Turn Offs on: January 02, 2011 01:54:33 AM
Look at me, bumping an old thread and all!  Wink

A seller with only one or two items and no seller history. I know we all have to start somewhere, but it looks more professional if you at least have a decent stock on hand.

I completely agree on this point, Hamira.  I had intended to get my Etsy store up and running around November, but due to some poor time management on my part, I didn't even get my kickoff piece finished until around Halloween or so.  I have plans to do some inexpensive block prints, but won't be opening my store until I have 10 different items or so of stock and then I intend on making as much back stock as I can, so I can just list non-seasonal things at my leisure.  As much as I want to get sales, I wouldn't want to run the risk of depleting my stock and then having to rush on making pieces just to keep my store active.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: January 01, 2011 11:31:31 PM
Sorry for the tl;dr-ness of this post.  I present to you my sorta organized, sorta totally disorganized list.  I've listed items that have a definite deadline date, ones that have a preferred deadline date, and ones that can be anytime throughout the year.  Projects with preferred deadlines are in red.

Anytime throughout the year:

1- Jewelry
2- Learn to crochet
3- Make a monster faced cover for our ugly, stained, but fully functional ottoman (I'm thinkin' purple fake fur and maybe some appliqud felt facial features)
4- Learn silkscreening
5- More t-shirt recons; want to use up my stash of battered and ill-fitting shirts this year.
6- Bottlecap magnets
7- More photos of my boyfriend and me; sadly, we just hit our 2 year mark in October, and I think we have three photos of us together.
8- Play with polymer clay!  I haven't done that in forever.
9- Jean recon on a pair of my bf's beat up, torn, but relatively usable jeans he donated to my stash about 2 months ago.
10- Blog more about crafty stuff, maybe I'll even piece together an intelligent sounding tutorial!
11- Candy making in general; I'm pretty competent in the kitchen and my cooking skills have improved a million fold since 2008, but I'm not gonna lie, candy making intimidates the crap outta me.
12- Knit something a bit more complex than stockinette or garter stitch
13- Learn how to do cake/cookie decorating that is more extensive than a swirl or a stick figure
14- Customize some Barbies (btdubs? If you're reading this, Craftster member who put up the Tobias Funke doll, marry me!)
15- Felt animals
16- Small curtain for bedroom window
17- Make marshmallows!
18- Improve my Gimp skills significantly
19- Project with posters?!? 

Jan 1 - Feb 28:

20- Block printing (supplies ordered from Dick Blick on Thursday)
21- Hanging jewelry organizer (similar to this - supplies purchased Thursday)

22- Valentine's gift for BF
23- Birthday gift for BF (22nd)
24- Cake for BF's birthday - I'm thinking something classic rock, but I could always amuse myself and go with Star Trek.
25- 3 or 4 cross-stitch pieces....
26- .....and then I can finally get my Etsy store up and running; in a similar vein, network with the people I know who are always looking for new ways to promote their organizations

27- Plan out 2011's herb garden
28- Fix my eyelash yarn scarf.  Started it last year, cast way too many stitches when I started it, and then tossed it into my knitting bag to be forgotten about for the rest of my life.

Mar 1 - April 30:

29- Water pipe cozy (gift for a friend)
30- Organize my crafting pseudo-room
31- Birthday gift for Mom (11th)
32- Birthday gift for Dad (20th)
33- Anniversary gift for parents (5th)

May 1 - June 30:

34- Origami 
35- Learn canning

July 1 - August 31:

36- Halloween decorations (start around mid-August)

September 1 - October 31:

37- Christmas gifts for adult cousins, my aunt & uncle (4 couples)
38- Christmas gift for my baby cousin (will have just turned 4)
39- Christmas gifts for parents
40- More Christmas ornaments

November 1 - December 31:

41- Fleur de sel caramels for Christmas gifts.
42- Perfect my cut-out cookie skills for Hanukkah.  Tracked down a set of Hanukkah cutters sometime around 12.2; needless to say, I did not get the chance to use them.
43- Latke recipes.  Boyfriend gave me permission to tinker with his beloved classic latkes.  WIN!  This year, I had fully intended on making sweet potato latkes with a little bit of heat as well as potato/leek latkes, but didn't get the chance to make more until last week.  Sad  I want to get it all figured out before Hanukkah 2011 (which I just learned will start on 12.21.11; SCORE!)

I'm going to stop here with definite projects.  Here are some potentials that have a less than 50-50 shot of panning out.  I know that other projects will come up over the course of the year, so I'll leave myself the 7 project buffer.  I'm already convinced that a minimum of four couples we know will have kids or announce their engagements this year because I'm heading into the new year fairly organized.  We can just consider those 7 missing projects as "emergency embroidery project #1, #2, etc."  lol

Potential projects:

Lemon verbena jelly (depends on whether or not we grow verbena this year)
T-shirt blanket (depends on how easily I can get my boyfriend to brave thrift shops with me - I certainly don't have enough t-shirts in my stash to make a blanket)
Something for my boyfriend's parents.  They've just been really awesome to us over the past two years and I want to try to figure out something very "me" that they would appreciate it.
Get a monthly craft night together.  I don't know how feasible this will be; everyone I know who I think would be interested is a bit spread out, not everyone has cars, and we're all relying on changing schedules (mainly retail & EMS).
Halloween costumes. I'm not running myself ragged with this one, but I'm hoping we'll be able to get out to a Halloween party this coming year.
A queen or king sized quickie fleece blanket (one of the no-sew jawns) and fleece PJ/lounging pants.  This one is going to depend on how cheap I can find fleece.
Refinishing a piece of furniture.  We've been talking about reworking our second bedroom and putting in an area for me to use my Wii (and Wii Fit).  My boyfriend has been arguing that we won't need another piece of furniture and I just don't see how it will be possible for us to get the room setup the way we want it without spending cash on furniture.  I've been trying to gently nudge him towards looking in Goodwill to see if we can find a $15 piece that will fit and I can just refinish it myself.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Warm & Cozy Yellow Craft Room (Many Pictures! And now a VIDEO!) on: December 28, 2010 01:48:55 AM
Wow.  The previous tenants' paint job was dreadful.  Congrats on improving the room X1000!  Smiley
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