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1  Rainbows after dark - upsized pants with rainbow goodness in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kstaron on: October 16, 2012 10:27:06 AM
My daughter is growing at a fantastic rate. So after putting her in her jeans and finding out they looked like highwaters, I had to do something.

Enter the rainbow. She is all about the rainbow lately and I had some extra purple and rainbow fabrics after making her birthday dress.

So I added the rainbow fabric to the cuffs for length then added a purple ruffle, just cause it's girly. But to make sure it didn't look "homemade" and instead looked "handmade" I added a rainbow belt (that attached with velcro so we don't have to worry about potty emergencies) and a hand stitched a heart patch on one of the rear pockets.

And I got this:

Close up of the pocket:

And here is what they looked like before, plain jeans, well as plain as black glitter jeans can be anyway.
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by kstaron on: September 22, 2012 03:41:05 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: alchemy
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: Golden toes
Brief Description: So I had these ratty brown shoes, you know the one that have a comfortus spell included that become your favorite. The toes were all scraped up. I promised my husband I'd throw them out after I got new shoes, but I couldn't. Too comfy. But they looked awful. So I practiced some alchemy on them and painted the toes golden to hide the scratches.
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: flying
Project Name: Flying ladybug quilt

Brief Description: My dear daughter needed a quilt to let her dream fly. The entire thing is done from gifted scrap fabric that was passed from a friend of mine that culled her stash of fabric. I made it in a day using a strip piecing technique, then quilted it in a random spiral based pattern to mimic ladybug flight.
Project Picture:

back: used the rest of the scraps plus  red we found after I made the front.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle studies
House:raven claw
Project Name: flying ladybug comfort pillow

Brief Description: This pillow was designed to go with my daughters quilt I did for flying class. She loved taking pillows with her and cuddling up to look at books. So I thought it would be comforting to her. I used scrap bits from the quilt and hand made three red yo-yos and stitched them to look like ladybugs.
Project Picture:
front with the ladybugs

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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by kstaron on: September 07, 2012 10:25:19 AM
I wanted to show everyone the treadle machine and what I'm starting with.  I've already gone over it with some wood protector and cleaner and done a couple of hours works getting the grime off.

The cabinet:

The wood is really dry, the veneer is loose and in some places broken. The wood on the fliptop part may have already been replaced, and there's a big black spot on it too.

Close up of where some of the veneer is missing

The machine herself: Based on the serial number she's from 1910

The back of the machine, close up of the flower detail. This is the section I spent over an hour getting off grime yesterday.

I'm trying to figure out what type of the wood veneer the cabinet has. Looks vaguely like tiger oak.

So far I've taken the machine out and reset the screws so the cabinet can open allowing the machine out. It was stuck when I bought it. I've dusted everything off, applied liberal amounts of wood cleaner and "liquid gold" to moisturize the wood and gone over most of the the outer portions of the sewing machine (parts without the gold decals) with kerosene to clean her up and get rid of the rust.
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by kstaron on: September 04, 2012 12:27:04 PM
I've just read over the letter and am ready to join up for my first year at Hogwarts.

I think I've already got a few ideas simmering for Flying, muggle studies and arithmancy.
Off to diagon alley to get my books!

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5  Digital Art Collage - Bottled Memories in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kstaron on: September 20, 2011 06:26:40 PM
Just completed a new digital art piece. More about the how-to at my blog, http://makedocraft.com/2011/09/digital-collage-art/.

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6  Doodle Art Notebook (with tutorial link) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kstaron on: September 12, 2011 12:07:29 PM
The other day I combined my love of doodling and my need for a portable notebook and in less than half an hour, ended up with this;

I've posted a tutorial on my blog makedocraft.com. (Recently re-launched after a hack destroyed everything) Sad
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7  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by kstaron on: May 18, 2011 11:52:17 AM
Finished three swaps:

OTT world of warcraft:

Murloc ornament.  I love this, really I do.  Hope DH likes it, stocking up for the winter holiday!

cuff bracelet:

how bizarre, I swore i took a picture of this...   It's all pink and black goodness with corset ribbons, lace and flowers.  Hmmm, will have to put this pic up later.   Undecided  I really like it and it feels comfortable to wear, which is what I was hoping for.

and jar of whimsies:

The jar is a fairy urban rescue habitat jar. You may scoop up a fairy inside the jar.  The top is filled with synthetic foliage including a soft place for recovering fairies to sit.  Beaded ants and dragonflies should make a fairy feel at home.  If the fairy decides to stay the jar may be used for all her trinkets.  It also comes with a guardian miniature unicorn.

The top of the jar is a pincushion with hand made pins

The crafted goodies (wrapped in the doily next to the jar, cause I changed containers and the crafted things wouldn't fit. )  A round container with a screw top lid in poly clay with the Game of Thrones house Stark motto "Winter is Coming" and a direwolf on the top.  And two hair clip holders, one for each dear daughter to match their rooms.  Also came with doily and vintage handkerchief.

All the other non crafted whimsies: vintage jewelry, steampunk bits, dominoes, cat stamps, champagne tops, bunny applique, and those plastic things for attaching kids toys, lace, beads, stick on rhinestones, antique spoons, a small oil can, rulers, a jack-o-lantern spreader, and a needle threader.   The awesome part of this was that I got most of it for free.  It coincided with my Mom's yard sale, so at the end I was encouraged to take whatever I could/might be able to use. The next weekend was the schools relay for life sale and everything is always priced good, so even with buying a good chunk, I still only spent maybe $1.50.  I love how the jar turned out and I think I collected enough stuff to fill 3 or 4 jars.  Yay i have lots of whimsies now! 
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8  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by kstaron on: April 25, 2011 07:23:53 PM
I am finished with not one but two (fake) swaps!

first my found object windchime/mobile swap:

I made it out of a CD, bits from an old kitchen faucet, an old belt buckle,  a diary key, some awesome chandelier crystals i've been hoarding for over 20 years, an old watch, a whole bunch of sterling silver wire and random beads leftover from other projects.  It's delicate, so my partners putting it in her sunroom so strong winds won't break the crystals. But it makes the most fabulous tinkling sounds ever and glints in the afternoon sunlight!

Second my small steampunk swap:

Ok uh we went a little overboard here.  It was supposed to be a three point swap but i think it turned into a 5 pointer.
First up are the steampunk area pictures printed on dictionary pages and framed with antique lace.

detail of the lace matting:

Then there is the madam of the sewing room.  A swimsuit form covered in pattern paper and then dressed in a velvet corset, leather waist cincer, and silk skirt. added bits and bobbles to the cincher. topped off with a velvet and lace choker. 

detail of the baubles

All of this is now hanging in her craft room above her desk. 

And then as a extra I got a "fancy" ala the gibbous shop.  This a patchwork of fabric scraps scrunched and sewn onto a velvet backing. Added a glorious amount of embellishments and it can secure in her hair with two clips.  It turned out more victorian gibbous than steampunk, but it's wonderful! she tells me she wears it everywhere!   Tongue

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9  bits, bobs and alot of jumprings = anthropologie inspired necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kstaron on: February 07, 2011 11:47:27 AM

When I saw the anthropologie statement necklace swap i thought it was a cook idea, but i'm trying to save money and not do as many swaps. additionally, I'm trying to work as much as I can from stash.

The inspiration necklace was the collage charm necklace here: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20020442&catId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES-STATEMENTS&pushId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES-STATEMENTS&popId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES&navAction=middle&navCount=90&color=000&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&templateTy

So I dug through my jewelry stash and pulled out some chain from a broken necklace or two, a couple of packages of jump rings my mom left here and a whole bunch of beads, charms and doodads that hold some meaning for me and this is the results:

I used earring I had from childhood, lampwork beads from my first lampworking class, buttons from my grand mom's stash, pendants from old necklaces that I loved.  Everything from E.T., to belly dance coins, to elephant rides are represented.  I still need to solder the jump rings so they won't fall apart and my fingers still hurt from trying to position the jump rings, but I really like how it turned out.

A couple of obligatory detail shots:

What do you think?
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10  1940's lame lamp to steampunk stylin' source of light in CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES by kstaron on: February 07, 2011 11:35:01 AM
I found an old lamp for $6.95 and a bronze braided belt for $2.  A bit of paint and the bits off of a pair of dollar earrings later, and I have steakpunk inspired lamp for my craft room. Finally, light over my sewing machine!

first, the cool detail shot of after. this is the box on the cord. No one but me will ever see this.  

ok, the before:  Boring 1940's looking office desk lamp. The lines were good but it looked blah.

and after:
I did several metallic, brown and black washes over the leather base and top to bring out the cracked texture.  I unwove the bronze belt and wond it around the poles to look like copper coils, giving it a tesla coil vibe.  

the base:

The square filigree things were earring bits I dismantled and painted copper. Then bent them and glued them to the base, top and the cord box.

the top: painted the endcaps copper and the adjustment poles in an aged bronze.

thanks for looking, and don't forget to vote.
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