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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 100% free chair re-vamp. on: May 13, 2007 07:28:21 PM
I found the chair in the alley behind my house, and the paint was in my basement storage area from the former owner of the house.
I plan on sealing the chair at some point, but for the most part I only use it to drape jeans over so that I can pretend I am neat and tidy (it's better than the floor, right?) so I am not hugely concerned.

still not without its own special charm, before:

and after!:

I had to paint over the studs and binding(?) as they were rusty and stained and altogether unattractive. The paint is alot more matte than it looks here, as the flash on my camera is crazy intense.

I fully expect that the paint will not be permanently adhered to the vinyl, and I think it will be likely only a matter of time before it starts cracking and peeling. but until then, I now have a super funny purple chair! boss!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / world's easiest ipod cover. on: May 13, 2007 07:17:09 PM
...well, I suppose a sock would be easier, but then your ipod would be neither stylish nor fresh-smelling, and no one wants that.

(I know you've all seen it a million times before, but I've just gotten my first 'real' ipod and I'm excited about it!)

craft foam, elastic and about ten minutes...

the colours aren't true to life, it's more of a cherry red than a reddish orange.

(if this is in the wrong area, I am super sorry!)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / ipod shuffle cozies! on: September 18, 2005 11:22:17 PM
yeah, I know, been there, done that.
but they're new to me, and I am excited (just got the shuffle today - free for changing my bank, of all things!) so please bear with me...

I didn't have the actual shuffle on hand while I was making these, so I made a cardboard mock-up using dimensions that I found on the internet. while the mock-up fits snugly into the cozies, the actual shuffle itself is a little loose. fortunately, the flaps hold it in more than adequately.

craft foam + super glue + a spare hour




money shot:

we'll see how the super glue holds up, but so far it is worlds better than the hot glue I used initially. (and all it cost me was the skin of my thumbs and my favourite pair of gauchos. drat.)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / formerly: "tapered, high-waisted sweet black 80s jeans" on: August 11, 2005 11:36:57 PM
I while back, I found a link to a website (which website exactly escapes me now) that had a few different jeans to skirt recons that I found really interesting.
when I found a hilarious and utterly unwearable old pair of black jeans, I decided to give it the ol' college try.

equipped with a needle and some thread (why couldn't I find my THIMBLE?!) I managed to end up with this:

in cutting off the waistband, I accidentally ruined the zipper. I ended up ripping the zip out of another, less-successful reincarnation of some blue jeans and sewing it haphazardly onto the front. it's functional, and somewhat funky, so I'm not overly upset about the mistake.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / mixed musical media madness! on: July 04, 2005 10:48:40 PM
I initially wanted to make a case for this mixtape entirely out of an old 45, but after careful consideration (and by that I mean laziness) I figured it would be best to glue it onto the original tape case.

I planned to use two records in the beginning, when I was still ambitious enough to try making the non-tape-case-case, but I figured covering 5/6 sides was good enough. after I marked out the dimensions of the case on the record, I verrry verrry slowly and carefully cut the vinyl into the pieces I needed. unfortunately, two of the thinner pieces cracked in half while I did this, but once they're glued onto the case you can barely tell.

I filled the hole with a piece of the paper sleeve the record came in (which I also used to cover the 6th side) and a small heart I cut out of a scrap of the leftover vinyl.

after sanding all the sharp bits, I glued them onto the case (making sure everything still functions normally), let it all dry, then filled in the edges with black glossy fabric paint. after that, I glued the pieces of paper I set aside onto the remaining side of the case.

for the tape itself, I used the rest of the paper sleeve, cut into the shape of the standard tape inserts.

unfortunately, the music on the tape doesn't really fit with the whole sort of retro-esque theme. I'm thinking I may redo it with more of a silly 80s/80s revival feel.

(don't worry, I would never bring harm to a pat benetar record that was still in good playing condition - how would I practice my karaoke skills at home?! I bought this one at value village and it was extrememly warped!)

PLEASE DISREGARD THE "CRAFTY CARPET". I had just finished making a skirt. I do vaccuum once in a blue moon, I swear.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vitamins are go! on: January 30, 2005 03:19:03 PM
long time lurker, first time poster - I'm effin' addicted to craftster, and now I feel I must share the fruits of this afternoon's labour... (neither labour-intensive, nor overly difficult, but it's totally sweet!)

letters and kid's t-shirt from michaels, sub-par webcam from grand & toy. I added the B and the II (there were no numbers in the letter set I purchased) afterwards, and they're slightly off-centre. it makes my boobs look kind of lopsided, and is therefore hilarious! the arc was formed by placing the letters around the rim of a plate.

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