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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Trying to recreate this gorgeous Vera Wang $800 neckalce. Please help! :) on: December 02, 2010 09:35:20 AM
I am so lusting after this Vera Wang necklace....but its $800!!! And look at the description...it's PLASTIC pearl beads on black wool felt, with regular old brass chains!! Seems easy enough, right? Or at least inexpensive comparatively! I am determined to make this, even though I've never made my own jewelry before. What a way to jump right in, right? And if it works, I know someone who would go gaga over this for a Christmas present!!
So my question is...anyone know how to make flowers like this out of teardrop beads? And are they using headpins that have teeny pearls on them? Or are those separate beads? Like I said, I'm brand spankin new to beading, but am determined. So please, if you have any tutorials or tips or advice on doing this, or on how to do the chain like that, etc....I would LOVE LOVE LOVE you forever!  Thanks a bunch everyone!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pants made from a sweater! on: November 21, 2010 06:24:09 PM
I'm so excited about these. They're my first sewing project, my first clothing project...lots of firsts!  
I saw some really cute baby sweater pants on etsy, and thought...I really need to learn how to knit! So I went and got a ball of yarn, knitting needles, and a book. I can now do a knit stitch! Still having trouble with that elusive purl stitch though! Anyway, I was a LONG way away from sweater pants, so I did some looking around and found several tutorials for making adult sweaters into baby pants! This seemed a lot more managable!

Went to the thrift store, picked out this sweater, was a juniors size medium, and came home. The tut was how to make pants out of the sleeves....but the sleeves were too short, being a juniors size medium and all....so I basically used the body of the sweater to cut the pattern pieces for a pair of pants, and made these babies! It is still the look I was after, so its all good!  I love the crazy colors...and they're pretty cozy too! (I have another fine merino wool sweater to make another pair, which will be even cozier! Smiley) but these are just cotton/acrylic blend.

Here he is, modeling his new pantalones.

perfect for just lounging, playing the xylophone...

standing up shot...

boring product shot.

Thanks for looking!

3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Giving one boy and one girl Christmas this year. on: November 10, 2010 08:08:11 AM

I work with a group through NAM (Northwest Assistance Ministries), who do a number of projects daily, weekly, annually, etc. for those less fortunate in the Houston, TX area.

We are hoping to provide Christmas gifts to children who would not otherwise receive anything, and I personally have 2 bags to fill. One for a girl aged 8-10, and one for a boy age 4-5.

I thought I'd post here in case anyone does a craft that would fall into one of these categories, and if you want to make something that would go to a needful and grateful recipient, I would love for you to send it to me to put in the bag for them!

Please PM me for my address if you'd like to participate, or if you have any questions.

I need to have them in my hand by the first of December, so send accordingly. Thanks a million!

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Have you ever printed your digital scrapbook? on: July 10, 2010 08:45:01 PM
I know many people publish their digi scrapbook pages to the web...but I'm wondering, for those of you who have printed them out, how did they look? I know many of the elements are meant to look 3-D, so I was wondering how it translated. The reason I ask, is that I just finished typing and scanning my mother's old journals and photos (she passed away almost 10 years ago) and now I want to put parts of her stuff together to make a book I can give to all my siblings. I was thinking of going the digi scrapbook route (never done this, but willing to learn!) but I want to print and bind it all into a book, and I just don't want it to look cheezy. That's my biggest worry! So I have to decide if I want to use heavy(ish) embellishment, or if I should just stick to a minimalist look....any thoughts on this?

Also, any inspiration sites to look through? I don't want it to be a traditional scrap-booky looking thing, more streamlined but pretty, classy, etc. This is really special to me, and I want it to be treasured by my family... thanks for the input!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Johnny Depp for Mother's Day? Yes please! on: May 07, 2010 06:10:46 PM
I am giving this to my Mother In Law for Mother's Day. She loves Johnny Depp!

Painted on a 16x20 canvas with acrylic paint.

The finished product:

The original photo from Google Images:


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