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1  Bread tray grids: a picture is worth 1,000 words! in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Lolailo on: April 15, 2011 02:44:02 PM
I make cork boards using old frames and trays I find at thrift stores.  Every once in a while I ran into a bread cutting tray.  These trays have a detachable grid on top.  That's where you cut your bread.  The crumbs fall underneath, into the tray, and allow for easy cleanup.  I use the tray part for the cork board, and I am accumulating the grids.  What can I do with them?

Here's a photo!

And another, so that you can see underneath:

Thank you so much!


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2  Re: Newbie Swap Round 13 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Lolailo on: August 03, 2010 03:09:38 PM
Just a couple more pictures of the faux buttons frame, that shows the buttons in some detail.  I used the Crayola Model Magic Fusion putty.  It is super easy to model, although it dries slowly.

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3  Re: Newbie Swap Round 13 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Lolailo on: July 26, 2010 01:10:05 AM
I got the package from Heather (Nicegoing) on Friday, as I was frantically trying to finish the last project.  Worry not, I plan to mail everything tomorrow!

I toyed with the idea of not opening the box till my own package was safely en route, but that lasted about 1.2 seconds.  So I got the cutter and this is what I first saw:

Adorable!  I don't know if you coordinated the tissue paper with the postcard colors, but i love how they work together.  Great job packing!  Sadly, don't expect the same packaging quality from me... Wink

I unpacked the loot:

Where to start???

OK, here:

I was so awed when I saw these ornaments.  They are called Kusudama Balls, and Heather said that she had been wanting to make them for a long time.

I especially love the sensitivity that Heather showed when deciding what to make for me.  I can see how she spent some time looking at my Craftster posts, my Etsy shop, my Wists, to get an idea of what I liked.  These balls, for example, are a perfect example of using a medium I love (paper) and materials I love (upcycled).  She used an old map, pages from an old novel, and magazines.

I had some trouble choosing how to display them for the photo, and I ended up busting out the socks dryer-hanger thingie.  It did the job.  Love them love them love them. 

On to package #2:

I am amazed at the professional way this cosmetic bag has been put together.  I took so many photos to show how perfect the corners are.  The way the zipper is set, with the tiny triangles on each end, is amazing.  I love the careful detail, and the contrast of the yellow lining.  How did you know I'm makeup-crazy?

This cosmetic bag was an extra, because Heather said she wasn't terribly happy with this other item:

I am also jewelry-crazy, and on my Wists I have several Anthropologie necklaces with frayed flowers.  I truly love this.  Anthropologie has nothing on you!  What's even better is that I don't have any necklaces with this color combination.  This will be perfect for those days when I feel like dressing in black, because it will introduce a pop of color.

Finally I opened the last package:

This purse is repurposed from an old pillowcase.  Once again, I'm amazed at the very professional way this purse is put together.  I love the geometric pattern of the fabric. 

Kudos to Lapoli, for matching me with someone as fabulous as Heather, and of course many, many thanks to Heather for a swap that went beyond the call of duty.  THANK YOU!!!
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4  Re: MORE Garden gazing balls from bowling balls! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Lolailo on: April 24, 2010 12:34:04 AM
I finished one more gazing ball:

I really like the smaller glass beads.  The ball was blue, the beads were blue, and i think the combination works really well.  For the stand I used a candleholder that I found at the Goodwill store.
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5  Re: MORE Garden gazing balls from bowling balls! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Lolailo on: April 17, 2010 12:06:52 AM
I finished my second gazing ball.  This one will be a Xmas present for a dear friend.  I think it came out really good.  The glass beads used are the same kind for each ball, but the background color really affects how they look.

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6  Fortune cookie mirrors in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Lolailo on: April 10, 2010 12:13:57 AM
For years I had been saving the fortunes from fortune cookies in a jar, with no project in mind.

Three years ago a friend was having a baby.  I thought it would be a good idea to cover a mirror with the fortune cookies.  Some of the fortunes were pink or in pink font, which was perfect, because she was having a girl. 

I ran out of pink fortunes midway through the mirror, but I found some templates on the web.  I printed them on pink paper, and kept going.

I thought this would make an auspicious gift for a baby, as the fortunes are always very positive.  One of these cracked me up:

Maybe the uncomfortable situation was a dirty diaper?   Cheesy

Then I was left with a whole bunch of white fortunes, so I made another mirror:

Hope you like them!
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7  Napkin tablecloth in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Lolailo on: April 08, 2010 11:56:19 PM
I think they multiplied when we weren't looking, because all of a sudden I had a drawer full of cloth napkins.  I took the most boring ones and put them together to create this tablecloth.  I added a couple of tie-dye samples that I did years ago.  Not too shabby for a quick afternoon project.

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8  Re: MORE Garden gazing balls from bowling balls! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Lolailo on: April 07, 2010 02:10:01 PM
I finished my gazing bowling ball today.  It took a lot of glass beads!  I cleaned up the supply at my local Dollar Tree  Smiley

I found the stand at the Goodwill.  It was part of a copper warming dish.  

I have two more bowling balls to do.  This will make a wonderful gift to gardening lovers.

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9  Bulletin boards using wine corks in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Lolailo on: April 07, 2010 12:28:51 AM
I love to make bulletin boards using wine corks.  I chose winemaking as my career, and therefore had access to many corks.  This is a simple way to use them.  I look for frames with good depth at thrift stores, which makes me feel good because it is like putting them to good use again.  

I use regular carpenter's glue for the corks, because they are wood, after all.  I also use synthetic corks, and for those I switch to a stronger glue, something like E6000 or similar.  I tend to pack the corks tightly, so I let the glue dry with heavy books on top, to prevent the corks from popping out.

If you don't work in the wine industry, don't despair!  It is easy to get a hold of corks.  Apart from the obvious (drink one glass of wine with dinner every night, and you'd be amazed as to how fast those corks gather), you can befriend the waiters at your favorite restaurant and ask that they save you the corks.  Do the same with your friends.  Or email wine cork companies or wineries and see if they'd be willing to send you some samples!  

I have made tons of boards over the years, as they make great gifts.  Here are a few photos.  These ones are from my private collection.

I took a class called "Wines of the World", and every week I faithfully saved the corks from the wines tasted. They ended up on this board, the first one I ever made. This is also the board by my desk. I cleaned it up to take the photo, but here is where I hang all my bills to pay, stamps, etc.  Corks are soft enough that you can pierce them easily with a thumbtack.

This frame was deep enough that allowed for the corks to be placed vertically. I love how they start all aligned, and chaos soon ensues.  I don't consider this a functional frame, so I use it as a decorative piece only.

I made this board for my husband when we were just dating. I nailed some beer caps around the frame and glued some tokens, as a way to conceal that it wasn't in very good shape. I rather liked the effect, and have repeated the beer edge a few times.  If I find a frame wide enough, I tend to decorate it with stickers.  I made a board as a farewell gift for my old boss.  I chose wine, grapes, golf, French, and frog stickers in his honor.  I kick myself for not having taken a photo before I gave it to him!

This frame was an odd find at the thrift store. The back side is felted, with the days of the week. I thought it would look better in landscape. This is another one of those organic boards where the cork pattern turns chaotic after a couple of rows.  I had this board in my work office, and the fact that it is so long was super-useful.
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