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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Rainbows after dark - upsized pants with rainbow goodness 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.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Digital Art Collage - Bottled Memories 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/.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Doodle Art Notebook (with tutorial link) 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
4  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?
5  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.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / transforming ikea desk to steampunk goodness: any ideas? on: April 06, 2010 07:06:35 AM
I'm hoping to redo my craft room after we move and I'm angling for a victorianesque, steampunk vibe. 

Of course with a major move it looks like we may be a bit cash poor for a while, since we will need to get some furniture for the areas that everyone uses, not just me. Enter the huge IKEA desk.

I've had this huge desk from IKEA for the better part of 20 years.  It's solid as a rock and has a great big flat surface for cutting fabric, arranging designs for jewelry or scrap booking.  It actually can fit my sewing machine, the 18x24 cutting mat and still have space for a couple of storage spots behind the sewing machine.  The thing is huge, maybe 30"x60"+. All in all it's a great functional piece, BUT...

It's that melamine shiny white, very modern looking, very IKEA looking design.  I'm having issues deciding how to redo the desk to fit in with the new look, since it takes up so much space. What can I do to make this fit in, ideally be something awesome and not just OK?  I also have the requirement of needing the flat surface to be used, abused and highly functional.  (It looks kinda of like the front peice of this desk, http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20116071 but without the cubes on the other side, just 2 solid leg panels holding up a huge flat surface.)

My desk chair is already done: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320546.0

My thoughts so far are:
  • contact paper: woodgrain on legs and copper on top with copper tape to cover the annoying silver stripe on the legs.  The only issues here are that I suck at applying contact paper and the legs are very narrow visually when looking straight on at the piece. May look funny.
  • contact paper and dark wood flooring:  Copper paper for top and wood flooring (or wood look laminate) strips to go around the legs and create a wooden slipcover, this would be more expensive and I'll be needing  to use power tools without waking the kiddos, plus my poor contact paper application skills
  • paint: could wood grain look paint with copper accents, but it's melamine and the horizontal surface is going to be used hard, worried it might rub/flake off
  • upholstery sides and glass top:  figure out a way to upholster the sides with tufted padding and put fabric down on the flat surface with a glass top to cover it.  This could get expensive with the sheer yardage it might require and I'm not real sure how I would be able to affix the fabric so it's secure without ruining the piece.

Any other ideas to make the desk cool, or tips on how to do one the ideas above without pulling my hair out or breaking the bank?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sad office chair to steampunk goodness on: September 09, 2009 03:30:22 PM

I had a sad little office chair and needed to integrate it into my guest room/craft room. since I've gotten into steampunk of late I went with that and the finished product is here:


I used an old velvet shirt to cover the chair and then painted the overly shiny chrome an antique gold with acrylics.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / LED nightmare on: August 18, 2009 11:57:35 AM
Decided to attempt the dollar store challenge this month and got my supplies and went to work...

I found 3 cool lightup hair extentions using fiber optics. I was going to put them in a cool little spray bottle body and top it with a fluer -de-lis bottle stopper and use it as a might light in my daughters room. 

I have never done LEDs before. I have never done any wiring before.

I took apart the light up hair, by this I mean I popped out the hair and fiber optic bundle and then tried to pop out the LED.  Then I got a screwdriver and tried tot pop it out or even break the plastic, eventually I had to throw away the whole thing because I trashed the LED trying to get it out.

So back to the dollar store and O got a nifty LED push light with 3 LED's, perfect to pair with the three fiber optic bits I have, so I dismantle that and after alot of figuring I managed to get the the LED's to light up, only the basic circuit board won't fit in the bottle.  So Now I have to get out power tools. The only round out bit I have is too small. And the bottle bottom is made of really thick plastic, no way it's getting cut with anything I have other than the drill. So I have to hold it cause I've no vice or surface and kept thinking I'll be posting this on craft injuries for sure. So its still too small, but I tried to make it work, it looked just big enough for the LEDs to go in if I left the circuit board outside....

In my fanagaling to try to get the LED parts to fit up into the bottle the wires come dismantled from the board.  The electrical tape doesn't work to get it going again and my soldering iron is somewhere in the nether regions of the garage, not that I have a good work surface for it at this point, or that I have ever soldered anything to a circuit board before. But I realized that I didn't have tools needed to either secure the wire to board better or make sure the board was in a more secure space where it wouldn't get rattled around and separate again.  I threw the whole mess in the trash.

I spent hours on this. It was going to be a simple project. It ended up making my morning off being completely wasted.  It was going to be so pretty all purple and pink and glowy.  What really gets me is that it wasn't really the actual electronics that threw me off, It was basic how do you get something in a bottle that's too big for it dilemma. ARG!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fairy Poppet, with Mushroom trinket box (with tutorial link) on: March 13, 2009 05:50:51 PM
I made a poppet and accessories for the poppet swap not long ago and thought I should post them.

I used recycled cashmere for the poppet and the Elenore pattern. I also attached purple poseable wings on the back.

I also made a flower wand with felt scraps and ribbon and a mushroom trinket box for the fairy to put all her goodies in.

If you are interested how I made the mushroom I wrote a tutorial on my blog:

I made two petal dresses and two robes: here are a couple of pics of the clothes.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Pastel Egg Wreath on: March 07, 2009 12:59:08 PM
Inspired by a wreath with a tree shape in the center  saw on the tree swap gallery  I grabbed some willow brances and decided to make my own...Only I didn't have twine so I grabbed the verigated pastel novelty yarn I had on my desk and started working. The more I worked, the less it looked like a tree and more like a big decorated egg, so I went with it and ended up with this.

Happy Spring!
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