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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1 plate +1 martini glass = cake stand on: April 06, 2010 11:45:05 AM
I took a solid clear dinner plate, a martini glass, some glass stones  ( from the Dollar Tree) and some really strong goop adhesive, put that all together and came up with this.

I made a cake stand for my friends birthday!
I glued the glass stone inside the martini glass.
I took a picture and cut it out the same size as the glass opening and sealed it in between the glass and the plate.
Sealing the plate to the glass with a tight seal of goop adhesive.
 I'm learning to glass etch with a dremmel tool so I etched their names around the picture.

I painted some trim around the picture and also the rim of the plate. (boy I need to practice the steady hand more!)
I'll throw this one in too....

It's still a work in progress. All the writting is etched glass. The 50th anniversary is the golden one so I sponge painted gold around the plate. I'm gonna go back and make it into more of a Mable effect.The writting appears to look silver but it's not. I placed in on a dark background so that you could see the etching. The plate is clear and the etch is frosted in real life.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First attempt at Quilling on: March 29, 2010 06:40:11 PM
This is my first quilling item. I just learned of this paper craft from a wonderful friend and thought I would give it a "twirl".
I don't have all the fancy tools, just paper I cut into strips, good ol' school glue, and I used a bobby pin to roll the paper strips. The bobby pin worked well because It "holds" the beginning of the paper roll and then I slid it off and continued to roll freehand.

Since I'm  new to the craft any tips, tricks or suggestions would greatly be appreciated!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / casserole carrier on: March 27, 2010 06:29:48 PM
I posted this in the occasions and holiday section  for Mother's Day because I made this for my Mom for a mother's day gift. Thought you might would like to see it in this section to.
This link is for a round/oblong carrier, with tute.
I also made one to fit a 9x13 cake pan.

This one is made from recycled sheets, a bath towel for liner and there is wooden dowel across the long sides under the handle so that it supports and holds shape.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / a casserole carrier for my Mommy (with TUtE...image heavy) on: March 27, 2010 06:13:51 PM
This is what I made for my mom for mother's day this year.
A lined casserole carrier.

I used some on hand stash fabrics, an old bath towel for liner, a small rope and ribbon. Love to recycle my on hand supplies before buying new. Feeding the crafting addicting without spending any extra cash Cheesy
First make a circle pattern with the diameter of 17 1/2 inches  out of tissue paper.

Fold tissue pattern in 1/2, cut on fold of fabric. You will need 2 for outside fabric, 2 lining,( use batting or I recycled and old towel) 2 inner fabric total of 6.

"sandwich the layers" and sew together...you will have 2 sets

I traced the inner circle and slit and zig zag stitched before cutting so that the layers stayed in place.
Take the top piece and cut a 6 in diameter circle out of the center,(doughnut) slit one side.

use bias tape to create a casing around the inner circle opening. This will be use to thread a drawstring through. I just used a strip of satin fabric I had on hand.

Sew the top to the bottom with the right sides together. The turn right side out.
Cut out 2 handles ( 18inches x 3 inches)

Thread your drawstring through the casing

 I use a cotton rope from an old pair of pants but a shoestring works well too!
Attach handles on the outside where desired.
There  ya go...this fits the round or oblong casserole dishes.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Little Things Donations on: March 25, 2010 12:08:04 PM
Here are a few of the baby things that I made for a wonderful cause.



I had begun to crochet these back in the fall but had little luck at finding a donation place so I put the baby things on the back burner and started another project. I came across this link here on craftster in the crafting for good and not evil board.Precious Awakening , Liana is just AWESOME!
Some sets in the group photo are sewn blankets and bonnets. I was thinning down my stash  Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 70's formal meets 21st centry on: March 01, 2010 04:32:52 PM
During a vintage thrift store shopping spree my daughter found this formal dress with jacket. It looks like something that Carol Bernett would have worn on the opening of her comedy show back in the day.
It as a bit too long and a tad too loose one her.

I cut off the bottom to make it  above the knee in  length and also added a few darts to tighten up the bodice for her. So this 70's dream dress got revamped to a more moden dress.

The jacket was already awesome so I didn't do anything to it.

I took the excess from the bottom of the black dress with some left over fabric from a former recon to make another dress.
I just made a casing for wide elastic to go around the top. My machine hates double stretch fabrics and gives me fits when I try to do the gathering (I discovered the best trick ever.......using elastic thread). So I ran a round the bottom bodice with the elastic thread and also the top of the skirt to gather it then sewed the two together.

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Storage for Hair Extensions on: February 26, 2010 12:07:15 PM
I wasn't sure where to post this so not sure if it's in the right area or not.
I needed a way to store some human hair extensions so that they didn't get destroyed and this is what I came up with.
So far it does the job. I took some vinyl from my stash and cut it to a couple inches longer than the extensions. Trimmed it with some wide ribbon around the edges. I made 2 rolls with 3 strips each with the ribbon on the inside attaching with hot glue and velcro. The first roll  is to clip the extension to and the second roll goes over top of the hair to hold is secure. I made a little flap at the bottom to go over the hair as well before rolling the case so that if any slip off the strap they don't fall out the bottom . I attached 2 straps of ribbon on the outside for the case closure.  Flip up the flap and roll (or fold) it over twice and voila........
It was my first attempt, what do you think? Those things are a little $$ so I didn't want them to become a tangled wadded up mess when not in use!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Leapord print shorts + heart breaker T = 1 Awesome Dress on: February 26, 2010 11:49:06 AM
shorts+ T = Dress
I cut the body of the dress from the center of the shirt in a tank shape. By doing this you can keep the existing shoulder and neckline.
I did separate at the waist to sew in the contrast fabric from the shorts then sewed the sides together.
I used the legs of the shorts to make the collar and the bottom ruffle. The collar is an off the shoulder option that is removable. The dress without the collar is a v neckline as it was in the orgional T shirt.
I was pleased with the finished product and wanted to post it. Sorry I forgot to turn the dress photo in the proper position. I will get my daughter to model and will edit with a correct action shot later.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Ugly dress to Retro Mini on: February 23, 2010 09:50:40 PM
My daughter found this huge ugly dress at our local thrift store. She loved the bright retro pattern but the dress was roughly a size 20-22. She wears a size 2. I told her that I would give it the old upcycle effort to try to redo it to a fraction of the size so that she might could wear it. I used one of her current mini dresses to give me a rough pattern and sizing. I used the center of the dress so that I could still use the current neckline and back zipper closure, cutting all the excess from the sides. I made new shorter sleeves. She seems to be pleased with the outcome. She loves "one of a kind designs" and loves vintage clothes therefore, we do a lot of thrift shopping! So what do you think of our $2 new retro mini? I might go back and add some large black buttons or a belt for a little added decor.

10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Ideas needed for hair extension storage on: February 05, 2010 10:58:26 PM
I have some hair extensions that were kinda $$ and I need a way to store them when not in use so that they don't get tangled. Any ideas on how to make a storage? They are 18-20 inches long and do have clips on the top.
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