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1  Ring Display in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Lillianpearl on: July 17, 2012 03:14:49 PM
Recently the DollarStoreCrafts.com site hosted a $5 challenge, I made this Ring Display using a picture frame + towels + pencils + string for a total of $4 (although I had everything at home so it could have been free!)

Stores tons of rings, and sits up on its own so it displays everything without being in the way! I simply wrapped the string around the frame using hot glue to secure it. Then rolled the towel around the pencil to create and keep the shape, using hot glue again to keep it together, and attached to the back of the frame!

Full tutorial with pictures here: http://dearwallet.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-project-ring-display.html

EDIT// I was trying to post this in the jewelry board, but I accidentally posted it here (switched with another project I was posting) so if a moderator could delete/move this I would appreciate it sorry! =(
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2  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 29, 2011 02:26:55 PM
So earlier this week I made a batch of Chalkboard Paint

So that I could make these:

Chalkboard bunting flags. Basically reusable post-it notes in a cute flag form. (Horrible picture, and it was before it was finished so I need to find my other pictures of it)

As always, tutorial in my blog (signature)
Oh, and the paint is black. not that ugly green color.
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3  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 24, 2011 03:24:00 PM
So my coconut drop spindle has been fixed. And I did a 'drop' test to make sure its durable.
[As in dropped it on hard wood floor 3 times. Wink]

It passed. =)

The revised tutorial is on my blog, which is in my signature.

Edit//why is my thumbnail the wrong picture?!
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4  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 22, 2011 05:32:58 PM
I posted this over at the destash craftalong thread, I was going to keep from posting here until it was finished. But now I need help.
I made a drop spindle out of a chopstick, coconut and clay. But I left it sitting on my bed, came back 10 minutes later and an unknown force [IE: big cat or small dog] decided to use it as a soccer ball on hardwood and cracked the clay holding the pieces together.

[Totally counts towards March themes! Trying two new things: drop spindle and newspaper yarn!]

Anyone have an idea to attach the two pieces that is less fragile? I've got some ideas, but figured I'd post the projects before I forgot completely and missed the March theme!
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5  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 22, 2011 01:59:13 PM
Can I declare myself a destash master? No? Oh well.
I made a drop spindle (ahem, a ghetto one) from items around my house. No really, I used a coconut.  Roll Eyes
And I made newspaper yarn with it.

If anyone is curious how I made it, check my blog (in my sig) I posted the tutorial.  Grin

Now I need to decorate it. Dear sun, please come out for 5 minutes so I can spray paint this coconut. Thanks.
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6  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 19, 2011 01:21:44 PM
really cute scarf, perfect for stash busting teensy scraps of fabric. I can see a Teesha Moore version of this. Then again, I can pretty much see a Teesha Moore version of anything Cheesy.

I love that scarf, another item added to my list...haha

And a total destash item I made on Thursday
Wall Mail Organizer

I posted a tutorial here if anyone is interested: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375869.msg4433686#new
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7  Mail Organizer from old frame (With Tutorial!) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Lillianpearl on: March 18, 2011 06:52:13 PM
The original tutorial is posted on my blog (in my signature), but by popular demand it is now on Craftster as well Wink

I'm sure I'm not the only one with piles of mail sitting in various positions throughout the [house]. I needed to be [semi] organized. Important mail HERE. Other mail HERE. Simple right? Well desk filing systems were out of the question, I don't have 3 inches of flat space ANYWHERE. The only way I could go, was up.

I spent a half a day surfing for inspiration. And the rest of it scrounging through boxes looking for something I could use. And thus I found this:

[AKA UGLY old frame, note its falling apart and lacking glass]
The first step is to lightly sand it, it had some weird varnish on it (not to mention its the fake wood laminate stuff) and you want it to soak in the paint. Then using new nails and wood glue, I put the frame back together. I took off the existing hook (since it was hung for a vertical picture) and reattached it to the side (because I wanted it to hang horizontal).
Paint (I chose white to match the room it was going in) + Frame + Hooks=Awesome. (The frame will need multiple coats and lots of drying time in between)

While that's drying, start on the inside. First measure the opening of the frame and cut a piece of cardboard or mat board**slightly** smaller. I used spray photomount to cover it with a piece of scrapbook paper. You could also use fabric instead!

Using the rest of the cardboard/mat board, I cut it down to make two pieces of identical size (specifically 3.5"x9", but it depends on your frame) You can eyeball it to see what sizes would look best in your frame. I spray mounted these cardboard pieces onto some left over scraps from quarters. (Cover both sizes, leaving about an inch on the bottom of leftover fabric, and on the sides.

When the pieces are dry you can start assembling. First measure out on the mat board, where you want the files to go. Since my pieces were 3.5" high, I set the top one at about 3" from the bottom so it would be slightly inside the pocket. Using hot glue, I attached the 1" of left over fabric to the board above the line (so the bottom of the piece was laying on the line). The bottom piece will attach on the very bottom of the bigger board, with the 1" of fabric glued all the way around to the back. (See pictures).

Once the pieces are assembled, (and dry!) place it inside of your frame. Carefully pull the files out of the frame until they are where you want them. Cut the fabric down in the back, and glue into place. Close the back of your frame up and attach to the wall!

Now comes the fun part. Decorating! I haven't decided what I want to do with mine yet, but you could attach ribbon, or frames or buttons to label which section is for which.

Total cost (for me) $0 [had everything on hand!]
Have a question? Let me know! I'd be happy to answer it!
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8  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 18, 2011 01:38:14 PM
It's difficult trying to get 'bigger' crafts done when the weather can't make up its mind if it wants to be Spring, Summer or Winter every other HOUR. Not that i have any room to complain of course. Bless their hearts, anyone in Japan.

I did manage to get a project done yesterday that required me to be outside. I love it, it's exactly what I needed AND it's entirely from stash so I paid nothing additional for it's awesomeness.

Anyway I made a wall mail organizer with hooks for keys =)

I posted a tutorial on my blog, if anyone is interested I can post the tutorial on craftster as well. It's super quick, 30 minutes MAYBE, not counting drying time.

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9  Plastic connectors.. in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Lillianpearl on: March 16, 2011 02:00:51 PM
So I was putting together a shelving unit with poles, and the poles were connected together in the box with these little plastic things:

(They aren't one giant piece, they are piled together to show the front side and back sides) There are four total, 5.5" long, and each circle is .5"
They look so cool, I'd hate to throw them out! But I have no idea what to do with them! If anyone can help it's craftster! =)
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10  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 14, 2011 02:29:24 PM
I always forget to post pictures here. I purchased a bag of yarn [4 skeins] at the Goodwill for a $1, I didn't like this color brown and I didn't have any projects for it so I made this quick newborn prop blanket (for photos) 15"x20"

Not my favorite piece but it's a perfect prop. And definitely not bad for only costing .25 cents during a marathon of Bewitched episodes.
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