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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Kitchen Bridal Shower - Apron Theme on: September 20, 2012 11:18:55 PM
I hosted a bridal shower for my niece, this past weekend.  I love all the paper pom poms, and garlands, I've seen lately.  So, I thought I'd put my spin on some for the shower.  The first was a cupcake line garland.  I wanted to do something just a little different with the cupcake liners:]

It's really as easy as it looks: red regular-sized liners (folded in half); white mini-size (folded in half); a white card stock "bodice" hotglued between the two liners; a small piece of white ribbon for the top tie, 2 scraps of checked card stock for pockets, and checkered ribbon glued at the waist to string the aprons out for the garland.  Super Simple!

For my niece's name garland, I wanted something slightly larger.  So, I decided to use paper napkins, and a doily, with letters I printed on Cardstock:

I simply made paper fans from the dark red, and gingham checked napkins, used the same white cardstock bodices and ribbons as the cupcake garland, and cut a paper doily in half.  I used white satin ribbon at the waist to string the aprons together:
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrift Store to Craft Room: Gift Wrapping Cabinet on: October 24, 2011 11:27:43 AM
I wanted someplace to store all my gift-wrapping supplies.  I try to keep an assortment of basic colors, and brown mailing, wrap on-hand.  With a little embellishment of ribbon, or accessories, you have a beautifully wrapped gift for any occassion.  But, there was also the issue of tape, scissors, tissue paper, etc...Keeping all the supplies in one spot was the goal.  Here is a picture of the finished project:

I started with this cabinet that I purchased from the Thrift Store, cost $15.00

I removed the top drawer and the front door.  Then, I painted the entire cabinet, inside and out, white.

I had a "lazy susan" spinning mechanism in my stash, that had never gotten used.  I wanted to be able to put several rolls of paper in the cabinet.  So, I mounted the lazy susan to a wooden circle that I cut out of plywood.  I made spools for the rolls of paper, out of dowel rods, and scrap curtain rod materials.  I also wanted to be able to slide the lazy susan out of the cabinet, so that I could see the rolls, as well as, remove them from the cabinet.  I mounted the lazy susan to a slide-out piece of wood.  I used the drawer hardware from the original cabinet to make the slide-out:

I attached small tea cup hooks to the inside of the door, and placed a dowel rod across, to hold different tissue papers.  I put a couple of hooks in the door to hang bags of filler.  I stapled a couple of strips of elastic to the door; to hold scissors and tape.

I think it fits perfectly, both in size and functionality, in the craft room!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ironing Board Cover from a Goodwill Dress and Hat on: October 03, 2011 11:08:18 AM
I do not like to see an ironing board standing in the corner.  And the "built-in" wall units are so very expensive!  I wanted something to hide the ironing board, fit in a budget, and MOST importantly fit in with the theme of my craft room.  So, I decided to do something totally different...a Victorian dress to cover the ironing board:

I purchased a dress and hat at the local Goodwill store, for less than $10.00.  Then, I re-purposed, recycled, re-did them into something that would hide my ironing board. Very little sewing, very low cost... I wish I had taken pictures of the before/after dress.  It was a throwback "party", or maybe even a bridesmaid dress, that had a straight bodice, gathered shoulder-to-tapered long sleeves; 3 ruffles at the bottom of the slightly above-the-knee hemline.  I added the lace,waistband, sleeve bands, and pearl buttons,  gathered the ruffles into a "bustle", poofed the sleeves, and Voila! 
Here are the pictures:

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Boy: Traditional Pastel Blue and White Sock Wreath on: September 02, 2011 12:33:38 PM
Traditional baby blue/white sock wreath. The sock "rosebuds" were mixed with white baby's breath silk floral and pastel blue silk roses. An antique cut crystal cake pedestal was placed inside the wreath, with a honeycomb baby bear shower centerpiece placed on top. The honeycomb bear matched the baby bear invitations, and diaper cake topper.

And a close-up of the sock "rosebuds":
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Boy: Traditional Pastel Blue and White Diaper Cake on: September 02, 2011 12:25:57 PM
Traditional pastel blue Diaper Cake. This was the first Diaper Cake I ever made. The cake topper was a 3-D crib, with baby bear, that was actually an unused Shower Invitation.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Girl: Zebra and Hot Pink Diaper Cake on: September 02, 2011 12:21:12 PM
Created for the same shower as my "Pastel Pink and White" Diaper Cake...the nursery theme for this sweetheart was "Zebra/Hot Pink".  So, I wanted to do something different, and more in line with the modern theme.  Here's what I came up with:
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Girl: Traditional pastel Pink and White Diaper Cake on: September 02, 2011 12:06:56 PM
I LOVE traditional pastel pink and white colors for a new baby girl!  This diaper cake was created with pink ribbon, miniature silk rosebuds, hand-pleated white ribbon base, and soft white tulle surround.  The topper was actually a small metal Christmas ornament "Gift-Box".  I painted the ornament white and pink, then over-sprayed with glitter.  I then placed another Christmas ornament of a small pink/white rocking horse in the box.

I only have one picture of this cake....unfortunately.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Safari Diaper Cake on: August 15, 2011 10:53:35 AM
I made this diaper cake, this passed weekend, for a very dear friend of my daughter.  She has a "Safari" themed nursery.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: The Barn: Craft Room UPDATE on: March 31, 2011 09:19:27 PM
I hope I did this Update correctly.  I just modified my original post.  I didn't know whether to start a whole new thread, or not.  Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: stainless steel angel on: May 28, 2010 02:05:05 PM
This is sooo pretty! I love it!  I crochet a few different things, here and there.  But, I've never thought about crocheting with wire...what a GREAT idea!
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