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1  How to beautify a safety rail in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by mingus107 on: September 27, 2012 02:02:49 PM
Hey Craftsters! I am an intermediate sewer and I need some suggestions! I recently re-decorated my daughters "big girl" room- nothing was overlooked! Since she was moving into a twin bed from a crib and a larger room, I tried to make the room as desirable as possible, to ease the transition. Well, I overlooked her need for a safety rail. The one I own is bright blue and completely standing out (in a bad way). I considered slip covering it, but was afraid to cover the breathable mesh part. How can I intergrate this necessary eye sore? This is a stock photo of what I'm working with. Her room is fushia, teal, and yellow. I have fabrics I could use, but I dont know how to go about it. Any ideas from this talented group would be greatly appreciated!
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2  Day of the Dead Shrine in Completed Projects by mingus107 on: September 25, 2011 12:25:38 PM
This shrine was inspired by Hellzapopper. She posted an amazing painted Day of the Dead Holy Family and I was smitten. When I approached Teachart about a personal swap, this is what I made for her.

It started with a little Virgin Mary statue from the thrift shop and a little box made to hold car keys.

The statue was painted and the door to the box was removed & cut into 2, so it could open from the center. After several coats of paint and paper, I added Mary, lots of vintage jewelry and candles. Cut paper banners hang in the back. The 2 ovals on the inside of the doors are meant for pictures of loves ones who have past away. I left them blank so Teachart could personalize it.

I had a difficult time parting with her, but you should see what I got in return! But that's another post. I love making shrines and hope to start a collection, so anyone who's interested in a personal swap, please PM me.

Thanks for looking!
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3  GRRRRR! Leopard Print Dining Room Stencil in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mingus107 on: July 13, 2011 05:45:29 PM
I am a decorative painter by trade- so this is how I earn my living. But have you ever heard the saying, "The cobbler has holes in his shoes"? I normally never take the time or energy to execute a paint finish in my own home, like I would do for a client.  Being the leopard print lovin' girl that I am, our dining room got stenciled- I don't know what got into me!

The entire dining room got stenciled below the chair rail. I am horrible with the camera, so you'll just have to trust me when I say it looks really chic. (In my humble opinion Wink)

A close up where you can see the banding in the background.

A detail shot showing the outlet.

The first stencil layer.

The second layer.

If anyone is interested in a tutorial, please let me know. While tedious, this is a very easy treatment (when you know all the tricks!). There are no gross wall paper seams, it's almost free if you own the basics and you can just paint right over it when you get tired of it. Everyone who sees it is amazed that it's not wall paper.

Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Ongoing Chunky Book Page Swap Gallery. in The Swap Gallery by mingus107 on: July 13, 2011 05:17:37 PM
WOW! This gallery is amazing! I also hope for another CBPS so I can have another go at it. I feel like I could have done better, after seeing all of the lovely pages being posted.

Today I received from MXER145!!! All the way from Canada!

She's a lovely art deco ad (as MXER145 noted on the back) and I adore her! I had to take the pic at a strange angle because she has a wonderful glossy sheen. Her hair ornament is a beautiful ribbon flower with pearl accent. Thank you soooo mucg MXER145! Well worth the wait!
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5  Scrabble Tiles on Steriods! Now Installed! in Completed Projects by mingus107 on: July 08, 2011 02:07:07 PM
I know this is not a particularly new idea, but I am really happy with the results. Extra large scrabble tiles made from recycled scrap wood. The boards were cut out of old stair treads (9 1/4 by 10") and sanded smooth with the edges slightly rounded.
I painted the letters and values on with black craft paint and sealed with clear coat. I made one for each member of our family and will post another pic after they're installed.

Thanks for looking!

Daddy & Daughter doing the installation, making sure no vacant wall space in our home goes unadorned! None, I say!

Done! I ended up painting a moss green retangle for the tile to sit inside. Without it, they just blended into the wall color!
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6  Re: Ongoing Chunky Book Page Swap Gallery. in The Swap Gallery by mingus107 on: June 28, 2011 10:44:36 AM
Look at my gorgeous vintage themed card from Smmarrt! So lovely- so me!

And the back is as beautiful as the front! And it looks like an actual vintage pattern was used!

Thank you so much, Susan! And I'm sorry it took me so long to post pictures! I also apologize in advance that the back of my pages pale in comparison to others in this gallery. I now know better!  Embarrassed

Everyone's work is fabulous!

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7  Magical, Harry Potter, Alchemy Matchbox! in Completed Projects by mingus107 on: June 16, 2011 10:48:42 AM
I made this matchbox for the very patient, Tapestrymlp. She got flaked on in the "matchbox Round 5 Swap" (booooo!), so I stepped in the angel for her. The matchbox swap was my first ever swap- and first time making a matchbox. I had such a great swap experience (check out the octopus matchbox that I received from Theaquacreature) and I urge anyone who hasn't swapped yet to give it a try!

After reading up on my partners interests, this is what I came up with. A magic/Harry Potter/alchemy book.

A leather bound matchbox

Holding secret treasures!

A book of spells and a candle to read it by

A crystal ball, scroll with secret message and amulet with protective powers!

I wanted to add a miniature potion bottle- until I saw the bottles that Tapestry makes! They are so incredible, I refused to embarass myself! I hope Tapestry likes her box and thanks for looking!
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8  My angel baby immortalized in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mingus107 on: June 13, 2011 04:47:20 PM
Our first daughter passed away after only being on this earth for 2 weeks. After years of heartache and pain, we were blessed with a second little girl. To make sure that our daughter grows up knowing she has a sister, I made this collage/painting. This is what I envision she looks like now. It hangs above her crib and says, "Your big sister is an Angel". Her face is painted with cut paper for her dress and wings. The wings are vintage dictionary pages with the definitions of the words sister and angel. The entire painting was then coated in beeswax. Little gems adorn her crown. Thanks for looking.

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9  Octopus Matchbox in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by mingus107 on: May 23, 2011 11:48:43 AM
I made this for the amazing "theaquacreature" for the matchbox swap round 5. The octopus is made from Sculpy and painted with several layers of metallic pigment.

If you have been thinking of joining a swap, but haven't done it yet- GO FOR IT! I had a wonderful first time swap experience. Giving and receiving free art? Yes, please!

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10  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mingus107 on: April 23, 2011 07:57:24 PM
OK everybody.... prepare for the amazingness that is Theaquacreature. This is what you call true serendipity. Aqua already posted the octo box I made for her- we actually received our boxes on the same day. We never got into many specifics when communicating about our boxes, but this is what we ended up with.....

Can you believe it???!!! An amazing octopus matchbox!!!!! Look at the detail. All hand stitched! A treasure chest with seed bead handles! Really?! Suction cups made from book pages, sequins & beads! Seriously?!

Rear view. Immaculate- even the inside of the box sleeve is decorated! What?! The chest is jeweled with woodgrained hindges and a sprinkle of glitter!

As if the box itself wasn't enough, it was packed with goodies!!!

Look at the teapot earrings!!! Is that a cameo?! Shells & beads with my name! Teeny, tiny oragami stars.

A quote from Jane Austen. My favorite author. And I adore the expression on his face- Fierce!
I know this post is gonna be crazy long, but I can't help myself. I was too impatient & I tore into the beautifully packed box without taking pictures. Layers of lovely paper and a handmade note card. This is my very first swap and I'm amazed at how it worked out. When I opened Aqua's box, I started squealing and hitting my husband in the arm- repeatedly. It was too crazy, too awesome. Pretty magical. Thank you, Aqua! You are truly amazing! 
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