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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to beautify a safety rail 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!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Day of the Dead Shrine 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!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / GRRRRR! Leopard Print Dining Room Stencil 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!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Scrabble Tiles on Steriods! Now Installed! 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!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Magical, Harry Potter, Alchemy Matchbox! 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!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My angel baby immortalized 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.

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Octopus Matchbox 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!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Altered Shrine Swap, Anyone? on: May 17, 2011 05:48:24 PM
I am a huge fan of the altered shrines I've seen on Craftser. There are some true masterpieces out there! I just completed my first swap (matchbox round 5) and it was amazing! Anyone up for a shrine swap?
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Peacock Mosaic on: April 19, 2011 11:09:33 AM
Here is a large mosaic I made out of mostly recycled stained glass materials. I scored and broke the glass into small tiles and used a wet saw to make the feather shapes. It didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped, but practice makes perfect! It now hangs outside on our patio. Thanks for looking
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Girls dress from vintage house coat on: April 15, 2011 02:35:31 PM
I am not a person who sews very well, really not at all. But I am very proud of myself! I recently won a box of vintage clothing at an auction. Among all the goodies were a few stained house coats. So, in order to reduce, reuse and recycle, I made a dress for my tiny monkey out of a vintage house coat. The fabric was a lovely quality and it deserved to live on. It's definitely not perfect, but good enough for me. Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism welcome.
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