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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2013 Winter Holiday Craft List - What are you making? on: July 29, 2013 10:15:11 AM
There seems to be a thread here every year about what people are making for loved ones.  Since it's heading toward autumn and I haven't seen one, I figured I'd start.  What are you making this year for winter holiday crafts/presents?

For neighbors and the girls' teachers:
Amish Cinnamon Bread
Apple Butter
Guinness BBQ Sauce

For husband:
Homemade muscle rub
Hot/cold socks (socks with pockets in the ankles for heat/cold packs
Pomade or Bay Rum Aftershave

For adults in the house:
Screenprint t-shirts
Screenprint Pokemon Tote
Chocolate covered pretzels

For the girls (2 and 4 at Christmas-time) and the baby boy (due around Halloween):
Large set of wooden blocks
baby hats
hoodie towel

For the girls' bio-mom and her family
Calendar with pictures
Personalized Goodies (mugs, pens, etc)
Handprint art (to be made with the girls)

For the girls' Grandmother and Great-Grandmother:
Handprint ornaments with salt-dough
Handmade cards (to make with the girls)

I'll edit to add other things as they get added to my craft list. Smiley  Let's see what you guys are making for your loved ones!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I've been busy! on: September 01, 2010 11:20:15 PM
I've been busy making more pretty things.

Butterfly style earrings

Pride bracelet

Macro of the weave on bracelet above

Blue cluster earrings
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hanging organizer with instructions (picture heavy) on: August 29, 2010 02:17:43 PM
I had a yen to use my Mod Podge today.  I also had to buy a new power strip.  Then I realized that my Golden Compass DVD got lost in a recent move, but I still have the case.  Eureka!

Ok, here's what I did.

Materials and Tools:
Golden Compass DVD cover
Toilet paper roll
Packaging from new power strip
Mod Podge (i accidentally got the puzzle saver kind, which will work for this, but you might consider getting the matte kind)
Duct Tape

Cut a piece off your toilet paper roll as wide as the bottom of the power strip package.  Use duct tape to secure it inside to make a bottom for your organizer.

Remove DVD cover and insert and cut them up.  I got enough out of this one for a second project at some point.

Line up the bottom of the cover with the front of your power strip package.  Cut exactly around the cover, so the top piece that you cut off can be used as a backing.  Paint Mod Podge on the back of the piece and stick it to the front of your organizer.  Put a coat of Mod Podge on top of it.

Use a little piece of extra graphic to put on the back of the inside to cover the cardboard.  Mod Podge it on.  Use the leftover top piece from your DVD cover.  Position it so that when you look directly at the organizer, the lettering and graphics are lined up between the top and bottom of the DVD cover.  Form in along the back and then stick it on with Mod Podge.  Put a coat of podge over the whole product to seal and allow to dry.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Jewelry on: August 29, 2010 12:21:38 PM
I've finished some more jewelry.

Chainmaille caged gemstone

Three cluster pendants (red and clear, purple and clear, and fall colors)

Shaggy Rainbow Earrings
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More jewelry on: August 24, 2010 08:23:57 PM
Some more jewelry I made (and a few repeats since the picture has them all together).

From left to right:

Rainbow earrings
Box weave chainmaille earrings with glass bead pendant.
Rainbow chainmaille bracelet
Wire wrapped quartz pendant
Wire wrapped amethyst pendant
Wire wrapped aventurine (sp?) pendant
Wire wrapped pendant (unknown gemstone)
Rainbow chainmaille pendant

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Necklace stand with brief tutorial on: August 24, 2010 08:16:52 PM
I made this necklace stand in about 10 minutes tonight to display some of my new jewelry.


Needle Nose Pliars
Wire Cutters
Duct Tape
Wire Hanger
Padded Velvet (from a torn up old Christmas stocking in my case)

Step 1:  Clip off about 7 inches off the bottom of the hanger, and shape hanger by pending back the hook to make a stand.  Then bend the rest into a circle.  Duct tape the ends together and bend the circle back a little to create a stand frame.

Step 2:  Cut your velvet (or other padded cloth) so that you have a piece a couple inches wider than the circle made by your hanger.  Wrap the fabric tightly around the back and duct tape.  Don't skimp on the tape, it gives the stand a bit of strength for heavier pendants.  Take a small strip of the left over velvet and wrap around part of the exposed wire for a cleaner look.

Display your jewelry!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gay Pride Earrings on: August 18, 2010 06:32:37 PM
A pair of rainbow earrings I made tonight.  Just got some supplies in so I wanted to go ahead and put something together.

They are twisty when they hang straight down, but I couldn't get the camera to focus in on them that way.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped gemstones on: August 18, 2010 05:39:39 PM
I wrapped some of the gemstones I ordered to use as pendants.  I'll be making a lot of jewelry coming up for a craft event in October, so be prepare for the onslaught of threads with pictures.

Stones are wrapped with silver plated steel using needle nosed pliers.  I was impressed with the wire.  My pliers aren't plastic tipped and I didnt scratch the wire up much at all.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry Displays on: August 17, 2010 08:11:25 PM
I was shopping for jewelry displays since I have a booth in the upcoming Festival of Cultures in Nashville.  All of them were so expensive!  Being the frugal freak I am that doesn't throw anything away, I made my own.

1. Burgundy bracelet pillow.  Toilet paper roll wrapped in velvet and padding taken from a reclaimed Christmas stocking.  I wrapped it and tucked in the ends, stuffed in some fast food napkins, pinched the ends together and tacked them shut with needle and thread.

2. Earring holder.  Discarded wire hanger from the cleaners twisted with pliers and wrapped in discarded white ribbon.

3. A shoe I got at goodwill (I wore the pair to an 80's themed party).  I filled the bottom of the shoe with two walmart bags, put a piece of cardboard (cut from a soda box) on top of them with some duct tape rolled sticky side out.  Then I lined up packing peanuts and stuck them down.  It will hold rings, earrings, broaches, and other small jewelry.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Gothic Coffin Sunglasses Case on: August 17, 2010 08:00:54 PM
I found a pattern for this on a craft blog and just had to make my own!

I haven't posted 10 times yet, so only a link.  I used two cardboard coffin shapes (cut from a discarded soda box), discarded velvet, discarded pink cotton (inside lining), white and red glitter nailpolish, duct tape, and super glue.
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