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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas nails for my mom! on: December 19, 2014 05:43:12 PM
That is amazing!!! So so so adorable. Tell your mom she better protect her hands for the next month!! No chipping!

Did you use nail polish or other paints?

The background color is nail polish, but for the images, I always use regular acrylic craft paint. Then everything gets a clear topcoat!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Christmas nails for my mom! on: December 19, 2014 05:03:00 PM
I just did this Christmas manicure for my mom... ho ho ho!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Scary Toys for Girls and Boys (lots o'pics!) on: January 20, 2014 02:29:31 PM
These are probably one of my favorite things you've ever made. The Arm-y Man is my favorite  Cheesy
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered bee ribbon rosette on: January 06, 2014 01:35:06 PM
Hellooo! I had seen some really cool ribbon rosettes online, so I thought I'd try my hand at making one! I made a bee ribbon, just in time for Sherlock Holmes's birthday!  Cheesy After retiring from being a detective, Holmes started beekeeping instead... hopefully, this is only the first of many weird little Holmes references that I can wear all at once.

I tried some super-novicey stumpwork... I wasn't able to find too many tutorials online, so I sort of made it up as I went along. Thanks for having a look!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: little girls' christmas dress to lolita skirt on: October 28, 2013 07:21:26 PM
You already know I'm super jealous of this. What a delicious thrift find! I'm also in the process of making ridiculous bows out of part of a thrift-outfit to further lolify the rest of said outfit. Not sure where to put them...
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bug Cross Stitch on: August 13, 2013 02:34:59 PM
Wow, this is awesome! I absolutely love goliath beetles, and you totally did them justice. The pins are the perfect touch! I just started looking at the needlework board recently, and I'm blown away by the talent here!  Shocked
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sweet'n'Scary Jam Jars! on: August 13, 2013 01:46:33 PM
All righty! To me, Craftster is all about trying new things and new media, so for this challenge, I decided to go completely out of my comfort zone and do two totally new crafts for me: canning and embroidery! My sister and I bought a ton of strawberries at the farmers' market and made some delicious strawberry jam, and then I embroidered/sewed two covers for the jam jars.

I've never embroidered before, so for the first one, I decided to freehand it instead of trying to make a pattern:

I found that I really really enjoyed embroidery; I never would have expected it. I don't usually take to crafts like knitting, crochet, etc. but I found embroidery to be the perfect mix of drawing and repetitive motion for me. I'm sure my work is pretty sloppy and that there are tons of new stitches and techniques for me to learn, but hey, that's what Craftser is for, right?  Cheesy

After I made the strawberry one, I thought, "you know, I'm totally going to lose my metal cred over this frilly jam cover." And so I made a second one, and officially named our jam batch: "ETERNAL JAMNATION." I tried to make a tracing-paper pattern for this one, but it didn't really end up working out, so I ended up freehanding this one as well after making a few guideline-stitches. Maybe next time!

The odd couple:

According to my profile, I joined Craftster in February of 2005... I can't believe it! I've learned so many new things from this site... I can only imagine what I'll make for the 20th anniversary!  Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My first attempt at restoring a book from the late 1800s on: June 22, 2013 12:25:35 PM
Wow, thanks so much, everybody! I can't believe this was a featured project!  Cheesy

Wow, that is amazing. And inspiring. I wonder if there is a way to fix mildew stains? I have some stuff from the 1800's that are beautiful like this, but sadly they are damp-damaged. They don't smell bad, but there's no removing the stains is there?

Have you had anyone give you an estimate of the worth of the book now that it's restored? I know collectors like unrestored items, but that poor book couldn't get much worse, could it? It's nice that you so lovingly restored it. I will never have a kindle, I tell ya!

Regarding mildew stains, it is entirely possible, but sadly, a ridiculously exact science. This article might give you some idea of the finickiness of foxing and mildew. You're best off taking your books to a professional restorer or conservator.

I haven't had anyone give me an estimate of its worth, but I imagine it isn't worth much of anything. I got it on ebay for around 20 bucks, and I'm guessing that now that it's been altered like this (as opposed to conserving its original parts, etc.) any value it may have had as an antique is gone. That's fine by me, though, as I'm just trying to build up a nice turn-of-the-19th-century library, and don't intend to get rid of it. Paper books are amazing; in fact, I'd say they are one of my favorite things in the world; but I gotta say, nothing travels like a kindle!  Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My first attempt at restoring a book from the late 1800s on: June 03, 2013 05:38:28 PM
Thanks, guys!

A fabulous job!
There are a couple of good articles at the Golden site (acrylic paints I like very much) about varnish. They have one that is good with uv and also flexible, so might be good for all the handling books get.
It's also removable, so if your book gets grimy, you can remove the old grungy varnish and apply a new coat.
here is the link;


Oooh, I'll have to check that out! I wonder if it's at my local craft store. Luckily, I have some crappy thrift store books I can test it out on first  Cheesy Thanks for the suggestion!

I was lucky enough to watch much of this work in progress. The book looks wonderful!

So, BananaAmbush, how many hours do you estimate it took you from start to finish?  

Aww, thankya. I have no idea how long it took, but I've probably been working on it for 4-5 hours a day for the last week. Yowza!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My first attempt at restoring a book from the late 1800s on: June 03, 2013 03:40:08 PM
I love books from the late 1800s and early 1900s, so I decided to teach myself how to repair and restore them! I definitely have a lot to learn, but I'm fairly satisfied with my first attempt.

Here's the book in the condition in which it arrived. As you can see, it needs a lot of TLC.

Here are the detached covers:

The original endbands attempt to escape the horror that is the text block. The block itself was in great condition, though; score!

All four corners were busted like this:

The bottom of the spine was super raggedy, and the spine itself was almost detached from the covers in many places.

Very cool inscriptions on the first page. The oldest one is from 1900; the newest one is from 1909.

So after hours of work, here is the finished product:

I ended up repainting everything because the cover illustrations were so faded:

A quarter for size comparison. I tried to remain as faithful as possible to the original illustration, which was hard when the printed marks were so tiny!

Sometimes it was impossible to stick to the original. The bottom of the spine was so faded that I had to make a lot of this up.

The new inside, bound nice and tight!

Don't worry; I kept the inscriptions:

The new headbands are black and blue instead of white and blue. This is the only area where you can see my new spine showing through. I'll have to cover it up better next time.

All finished; tight binding and lovely text/illustrations!

I didn't take any in-progress shots (I'll have to do it next time!) but if you'd like to do something similar to a book of your own, I'd highly highly recommend http://www.indiana.edu/~libpres/manual/mantoc.html and http://www.youtube.com/user/DIYbookrepair.

Now, I have some questions for the good people of craftster: I used regular acrylic paint to repaint this; is there a better choice? And is there some sort of sealant or lacquer that I could use to seal the covers so the paint doesn't chip or get damaged? Thanks so much!
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