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21  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: April 26, 2010 03:46:50 PM
dannispring I know what you mean about having no crafting buddies. I keep hoping though! Grin
Wow doing a 12 hr craftalong would be so fun! I don't even know if I could get enough supplies together to keep myself going!! And with having to get the kiddo off to school...I think I would have to do something like that on the weekend. I will definitely try at least a 6hr crafting spree at sometime!

Well here is my diaper cake. Sorry about the bad pic! I took it in the drivers seat of my car before dropping it off at the shower.

The top "flower" is a hand towel
The smaller "flowers" on the bottom tier are little rolled hats.

Another project checked off the list! WooHoo!  Grin
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22  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: April 20, 2010 10:06:37 PM
Yarnorfabric, thanks! I love how my balloons turned out. I looked at the dollar store today for some more balloons with no luck. Our store doesn't have much of a selection of anything though. lol. I will try at another dollar store out of town next time I'm up that way.

LydiaHarper, Thanks alot. I loved the bike the best too. It was the only one that was a bit of a challenge. It was hard making the wheels stay. I love your dotees! So cute!

Alwaysinmyroom, thanks! I felt like I was working a birthday party I made so many! lol. My MIL says she's going to rent me out for parties! lol!! I was shocked about the kitty ears too. Everyone who walked by commented on how cute they were, but no takers. I think they would do better at the county fair or craft fairs. I will keep trying! I'm actually kind of glad they didn't sell though. I started having problems with the ear part coming off of the barrettes. I guess I need a better glue. I used tacky glue. Any suggestions?? I was thinking super glue...lol. But that would get expensive. The barrettes aren't just metal. They have a soft plastic type coating on them. Any help finding better glue would be appreciated.  Grin

lvagrovegirl, I'd love to see pics of your dress.

envirocraft, I love your earrings! And I'm so jealous that you got new goodies! Have fun!!

yofi, thanks! It was so fun! Sorry about the problems with your machine. Cry  It's a bummer when tools don't work properly.

That1girl, I'm lovin' the booties and hat! The color is fab! Great job!

Today I decided to make a loaded charm bracelet. I was going to join the loaded charm bracelet swap but decided not to since I had never made one before. But I'm ready for the next round I think! I love how it turned out. Is it "loaded" enough? I wasn't sure what else to add. Oh, and it was made completely from stash! Yay!

Well that's two days in a row I've tried two different projects. I'm on a roll! Who knows what tomorrow will bring!

Happy crafting to all!!

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23  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: April 19, 2010 11:12:45 PM
Hello all! Well to update what has been going on, my daughter's school yard sale went really well. As you may have seen a few pages back, I posted my kitty cat ear barrettes to sell at said yard sale. To my great surprise I didn't sell one single pair! BUT.....I did sell two of three of my mini top-hats, three beaded necklaces, and a small beaded purse. I made $60! WooHoo! I'm really excited since it was my first time selling my crafts. It inspired me to do some craft fairs this year, and improve my inventory and displays.
I didn't get pics of everything but I did get some of two of my beaded pouches. Sorry for the bad pics. They are about 3"x2".

Today I got a surprise in the mail! My wonderful hubby ordered me a Klutz book on making balloon animals...well balloon things, like a sword and a hat. I spent all afternoon pumping up balloons and twisting away. It was alot of fun and my kiddos just think I'm awesome now. lol.

A hat and sword for the Daughter. Son got one of each too but he wouldn't hold still for pics.

A wand

A cute snake

A braided hat

Flower bracelet

And the piece de resistance...The bike! That doubles as a hat!

I had alot of fun with these balloons today and I would definitely reccommend Klutz products. The directions were so simple.
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24  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: April 13, 2010 10:46:26 PM
Welcome to all of our new list posters! You have some great stuff on your lists! Best of luck on reaching your personal goals.

Yay Ariethine! Glad you're staying with us! We'd be lonely without you too! You definitely should get yourself an embroidery machine! They're loads of fun. Mine hooks up to my computer so you can customize what you want on the program. Then you hook it up with a USB cable, push a button, and watch it embroider!

I've been busy crafting away. I finished 26 pairs of kitty cat ear barrettes that I'm going to sell at my daughter's school yard sale on Saturday. This is the pair I sent to my swap partner in the Alice swap. So imagine these times 26 in all different colors! These ears I used a satiny ribbon for the center. I had trouble with it fraying so for this time around I used felt instead.

And for fun this is my little girl modelling them for me.

Please let me know what you think of my little ears! I've never sold any of my handmade stuff before. Do you think they'll sell? And how much should I charge. It's a yard sale so I don't want to charge too much, but not too little either. I was thinking $2 or $3??
I've also finished one (out of four) mini top hats that I'll be selling as well. Only a few days left and I have so many more things to make....Wish me luck!
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25  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: April 09, 2010 05:03:34 PM
Ok, here we go! As promised, pics of my little terrarium. I made it with a vase, flamingo figurine, and pebbles from the dollar store. The turtle I've had since I was little, and the moss I got from my yard. I included a few different shots to show the fluffiness of some of the moss.

And here are the ornaments I made by melting plastic beads in cookie cutters. Inspired by MELTED BEADS+COOKIE CUTTERS+HOT GLUE=EASTER TREE!

They aren't finished yet as I still have to drill holes and hang them from some pretty ribbon, but I couldn't wat to share! Hope you like! I'm really happy with how both projects turned out!
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26  Re: Alice in Craftster-land 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SharLaMarz on: April 05, 2010 03:58:44 PM
I got my package from Porgecreations! She is an amazing artist! Get your wist buttons ready!
First off the beautiful box that all my lovelies arrived in.

This is what I found upon opening the box. Everything wrapped so beautifully.

Everything laid out. Including little packages of candies for my kids. So thoughtful.

The first thing I opened was this awesome Mad Hatter tea cup ring! And it has tea in it!

Next I found this wonderful doorknob cellphone charm. It has a great metallic sheen to it. I put it on my phone right away!

I actually had her Alice robots wisted and I got the Queen of Hearts!

I love this necklace so much! It has such beautiful colors. And check it out! They're half cups!

Next I got these Amazing barrettes. This girl has mad polymer clay skills! My 5yo daughter wants these so bad!

I love the croquet scene so she made me this great flamingo pen. I love this!

Here are the painting the roses red earrings that she made from polymer clay. She is just amazing

These are the White Queen earrings. The colors are beautiful and represent the white queen perfectly.

She also sent me this lovely cookbook. How cute is this? And all hand written.

Here is the tea pot cookie cutter, some cupcake cups, and handmade soap shaped like a cupcake that smells delish.

Last but certainly not least is a little package of mushrooms. I thought they were real mushrooms at first, but they are yummy chocolate!They are so darn cute and realistic.

Porge and I also included pictures that we took around our hometowns. She included some wonderful pictures of London, Buckingham palace and the location of the Red carpet premeire of Alice in Wonderland! Amazing shots dear! Thanks so much.
This was a first swap for Porge and myself and she went above and beyond! I couldn't be more thrilled with everything. Thank you so much Porge for being such a wonderful swap partner and just being your sweet self. I treasure it all!
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27  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: April 05, 2010 11:25:36 AM
Sorry to hear about your grandmother and your sewing machine. I hope everything works out for you. I agree with Alwaysinmyroom, tell your aunt how much you use the machine. If she does return it to your grandmother then do what Yarn or Fabric suggested, definitely try craigslist.

Purple_girl, I love the enthusiasm! I think we should all declare April a productive month!!

rottenlittleboys, I hope your family does better this month, and good luck on completing your list for this month.

I haven't made much progress this last week. I've had two sick kiddos.  Sad  They are slowly getting better, so hopefully I will get some stuff accomplished this week besides napping during the day to make up for lost sleep at night.  Grin
I did make another plastic egg wreath, a smaller one this time. It was an easter gift for my MIL. She loved it so much she hung it right away.

This one is about 18" and took 57 eggs and my larger 22" one took 81 eggs.

For the next couple of weeks I will be strictly focused on doing a variety of projects to sell at my daughter's school yard sale. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to make yet but I will post pics as I finish them.

Hope everyone has a productive week...including me! Haha!
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28  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: April 01, 2010 03:52:58 PM
Thanks Always! I love the bright colors too. I love to decorate for every holiday so I love seasonal projects. My hubby and I actually put x-mas lights on our house for every holiday. Seriously...no joke. haha. We do red and clear for valentine's day, green and clear for st. pat's, and right now we have a mixture of pink, green, clear and amber for easter. It looks very festive, and since we are in the country where it gets very very dark at night it lights up SO bright.
A wreath for every season would be so fun! Maybe I will add that to my list!

Yeah the dollhouse is a big one to tackle. I want to electrify it too and have no idea how to do it so it will definitely be a learning process! I also want to try to make as much of the furniture and accessories myself to cut down on cost. Halloween is my favorite holiday! Yes, please bug me about getting it done! I need all of the encouragement I can get!

I like spending time out in my yard but it needs some pizazz! This is where the art stuff comes in. I have a few ideas swirling around in my head but nothing set in stone yet. Speaking of stone...this is one piece that is inspiring my need for art outside.

I can't remember where I found this pic but wow is it gorgeous. I could never paint like this but maybe I will try something similar.
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29  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: April 01, 2010 03:21:56 PM
lilmissdangerous, I can't wait to see that John Deere toddler bed. I'm sure it will look great! Can't go wrong with yellow and green.

dannispring240, all of your things are fabulous! I love the Tutu. Your little sister is adorable and a great model.  Cheesy

Well I haven't posted on here for a looong time. I got all caught up on reading previous posts...alot of posts. lol. Everyone seems to be moving right along. I've been busy with my first swap (Alice in Craftsterland 2). My partner should be receiving soon and then I can post pics. I know some of you don't count swap items, but I am going to count them or I will never get to 50. I'm giving myself a big pat on the back for every finished project since I almost never completely finish anything. lol.

Ok, here is my most recent project. It wasn't on my original list but I just had to add it.
My easter egg wreath. Thanks to foxyblue for posting this tutorial:http://debbie-doodlings.blogspot.com/2010/03/at-it-again-more-easter-egg-wreaths.html

So I'm adopting the idea to post a mini list every month to help keep me motivated.
List for April 2010:

1.Make Easter ornaments from melted plastic pony beads. Inspired by:MELTED BEADS+COOKIE CUTTERS+HOT GLUE=EASTER TREE!

2.Work on building up a bit of inventory for selling at my dd's school yard sale. It's in about three weeks and as far as I know I'm the only one to be selling crafts.

3. Try making bath products like bath scrubs, salts, etc. to put together a basket of goodies for my mom and MIL for mother's day. I've never attempted anything like this so if anyone has any suggestions or recipes I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance. Grin

4.Create outdoor art for around my pond and garden.

5.Work on my Haunted dollhouse. It's pretty big and I'd like to work on it little by little every month so I can have it finished by October. Here's a pic of what it looks like so far.

On the balcony is my little musical Halloween carousel. It's not part of the house.

Well, that's all I have planned for now. I know it's not alot but I'm sure I will be adding things as the month goes on.
Thanks for reading through my ranting...or for just looking at the pics. lol
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30  Plastic egg wreath in Easter by SharLaMarz on: March 31, 2010 02:20:19 PM
Thanks FoxyBlue for posting this tutorial  

I saw FoxyBlue's awesome wreath and decided I needed to make one. It was so so easy. I made my wreath quite a bit bigger than FoxyBlue's and the one on the tutorial. Mine is 22".

I got the 3" wired ribbon from the dollar store. Sweet score! The eggs on the bottom layer are the standard 2" size and the larger ones on the top are about 3". I loved this project and will definitely be making more.
Thanks for looking!
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