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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Red Balloon Cabinet (Pic Heavy) on: May 12, 2011 12:02:07 PM
This is my first big decoupage project, and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Here are some pics of the base materials, which were a children's book I picked up at the thriftstore, and a small, unfinished cabinet purchased at Michael's.

And the fun begins!  I painted the inside of the cabinet, its hinges, and the doorknob with red, oil-based paint.

Then it was onto the exterior.  All I used for this part were the pages from the book, some scissors, and lots of Mod Podge. 

Here's my favorite part, the top of the cabinet. 

Hope y'all like it.  Any comments welcome!
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Deep South Tornado Victims on: April 29, 2011 06:57:36 AM
Hello everyone. I'm a resident of the state of Alabama, where just 48 hours ago a terrible line of tornados destroyed thousands of homes and cost almost 200 people their lives.  Right now, people are working around the clock to get food, water, and shelter to those in need.  Some major cities and countless small communities are predicted to go without electrical service and water for weeks.  The rebuilding effort is going to take years.

I really want to do something for the victims of these storms.  Anyone out there have any ideas?  I have never done any non-profit organizing in my life, but I think those of us on Craftster can make a positive impact somehow.  Most people's immediate needs are being met, but I have feeling that as the weeks continue this mess will gradually disappear from people's thoughts.  All the small towns affected will probably be forgotten even sooner.  This makes me especially sad, because I grew up in just such a community named Cordova.   It was virtually destroyed Wednesday, leaving six people dead.  Thankfully my family was spared. 

I'm pretty sure ya'll feel the same way as I do about crafty, homemade things.  They make us feel better, and can make an ordinary and/or temporary place feel like home.  Something which these displaced folks could appreciate.  I am asking for help for these people.  I just don't know how to get things started.  Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrift store finds revamp into a cool new bags on: August 31, 2010 05:05:29 AM
This is my first post.  Hope I'm doing this right. =)
I love thrift stores and secondhand shops.  Good fabric can always be found there, as well as super cheap materials with which to do my experiments.

Here are the two neckties and the curtain valance that I bought for a grand total of four bucks.

After a little creative crafting, here is the finished result.

My sister loved it so much that I had to give it to her.  It's ok.  I bought the entire set of curtains, for a measly two bucks a piece.  So, I can make me another.

Here is another bag I made from curtain material, also found at my local thrift store. Sorry, but I didn't take any before pictures.  This was my first project in a really long time.

Thanks for looking! And thanks to all you craftsters who inspired me to start being crafty again.
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