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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: bits, bobs and alot of jumprings = anthropologie inspired necklace on: February 08, 2011 03:27:36 PM
Thank you. I knew I was saving all those bits for something.
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / bits, bobs and alot of jumprings = anthropologie inspired necklace 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?
43  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / 1940's lame lamp to steampunk stylin' source of light 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.
44  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Barbie as the Empress Josephine - two months in the making on: December 25, 2010 03:48:47 PM
lovely,  I bet your mom loved it.
45  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Stocking stuffers 2010 on: November 17, 2010 09:01:04 AM
Stocking stuffer ideas:
Ornaments, preferably based on interests of theirs. I'm hoping my girls will have a tree full of ornaments that are special to them by the time they leave the house. 
Homemade baked goodies and candy,
 hair clips and earrings,
 Handmade soap and bath salts,
 stationary sets made with handmade paper or from magazines,
 brag books of the grandkids
mini calendars 
office supplies, decorated (i swear my family is addicted to this stuff)
46  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Oh dear god, it's almost here! Christmas list help. on: November 17, 2010 08:51:54 AM
Ok here are my ideas:

1. Boyfriend:final fantasy amiguri

2. Roommate: zombie amiguri, zombie defense station, cthulu stuffie  I

3. Gal pal: Colorful tote to fit her comics, a craft kit of something she would like to try .

4. Friend/Coworker: Poly clay penguin that looks like he's trying to talk to his fish?, or penguin dressed as his occupation

also remember everyone loves food, so candied pecans (my FIL requests this every year now, takes 20 minutes), cookies, hot cocoa/tea gift sets with decorated mug...

If money's tight look at what you have in the craft stash to see what would best suit your giftee's tastes. Set aside some quality time each day/week to get 'er done so you can do it well and not stress. Make it with love not cuss words!  good luck. I've got a ton of crafting left to do myself.
47  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: handmade holiday on: November 17, 2010 08:41:58 AM
I try to give every person on the list at least one thing homemade.  My husband and his dad are the hardest to do that for.
48  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: my kid-safe critter-covered Christmas tree on: November 17, 2010 08:39:10 AM
It's lovely
49  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: A Very Kitschy Christmas - PLANNING on: November 17, 2010 08:37:45 AM
how about a peppermint martini, some retro decorations and vintage looking christmas cards?
a few sites for inspiration
http://www.retroplanet.com/CTGY/Christmas_Decor - lots of vintage style decor
http://www.retro-housewife.com/retro-christmas-cards.html - vintage looking cards
apron that looks like a christmas ornament
I googled images retro christmas and got lots of interesting pictures of patterns for giftwrap and table cloths, images that could be used for place cards and such.

sound like fun. good luck
50  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Stocking Stuffer Ideas on: November 05, 2010 08:03:55 PM
My daughter doesn't yet realize that toys come with happy meals. I take the toys and save them for her stocking.  Craft wise she will be getting a rubber ducky soap and heart soaps with butterfly erasers embedded in them (got a soap making kit in a swap and have made lots of use out of it), crayon disks from her old crayons, and some doll clothes.

herbal soaps all around for the adults, not sure what else yet.

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