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1  Leather Rings with Vintage Buttons in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by endymion on: October 13, 2013 01:22:55 PM
The straps for these rings are made from the leather belt loops from discarded belts. I'd been looking for something to do with my vintage buttons, and finally found it!

I'll have to wait and see how long they hold up. They are just sewn together with thick embroidery thread.
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2  Stacked Stones Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by endymion on: October 05, 2013 04:19:27 PM
I got some cool rocks at my local recycled art and craft materials store. Put them together with epoxy and wire to make a pendant. It's not fancy or meticulously done, but I love it! I'm wearing it a lot because the colors go great with my fall wardrobe.

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3  Halloween Wreath in Halloween Decor and Parties by endymion on: October 05, 2013 02:57:10 PM
Just a quick post to share my Halloween Wreath!

It is wrapped with Martha Stewart "Mambo" yarn. Love the Edward-Gorey-esque sketchy appearance it gives the background of the wreath!

Other components include:
  • Lace flowers
    Flowers made from recycled, felted wool sweaters
    Covered buttons
    Bits of broken/recycled jewelry
    Salvaged trims
    Trim samples from my local recycled art materials shop
    ...and other embellishments.

Can't wait to put it on my office door on Monday!
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4  Re: MOH- April Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by endymion on: April 09, 2013 12:41:01 PM
I received a cool, fun package from gala_apples today!

For Spring Astronomy Day, a writstband with stars all over it. I'm thinking this is a leather stamping technique, right? I immediately put it on as soon as it emerged from the bubble mailer. (My son also may steal it if I'm not careful!)

Next, in honor of Tweed Day, a really cool necklace. I love the parallelogram shape of it! There is a subtle tweedy design on it. Feels like it is made of wood. The picture doesn't do it justice!

Last, some cheery submarine notecards. I'll have to write all my friends, to tell them about Submarine Day!  Cheesy

Thanks so much, gala_apples! Hope my package for you arrives soon, and that you like mine as much as I like yours!
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5  Re: MOH- March Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by endymion on: March 05, 2013 04:36:26 PM
I slogged home through sloppy snow and discovered to my delight ... a great, cheery package from mom2em!

First, in honor of "Berries and Cherries" month... A half dozen handmade cards, all decorated with berries and cherries!

The notecards came tied up with a ribbon, along with a pretty butterfly bookmark (in honor of March Into Literacy Month):

There was also a large letter "P" (my first initial), painted a happy shade of yellow and decorated with a daisy. I'm thinking it is meant to represent "Celebrate Your Name Week".

Last, there was a cobalt blue vial of lavender oil, which smells lovely! I'm not sure what holiday it goes with -- maybe just a much-appreciated extra!

Thank you, mom2em! You really made my day!  Smiley
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by endymion on: February 28, 2013 03:16:20 PM
I like Pi Day and making something from something received from a fellow Craftster. All the Spring ones sound nice, too.

My partner in the March Odd Holidays Swap received her goodies, so I can post them here as more completed projects.

In celebration of INCREDIBLE KID DAY, "Chair aprons" to hold school supplies:

In celebration of GREAT AMERICAN MEATOUT DAY, a book safe that LOOKS like a vegetarian cookbook:

And last, in celebration of NAPPING DAY, another one of those recycled-papers notepads/journals I've been making. The cover is an antique postcard.

Here's another one of the recycled-papers notepads/journals. The cover of this one is cut from a 1950's record album sleeve.
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by endymion on: February 10, 2013 11:35:43 AM
Man, when I look at everyone else's projects, it makes me want to lengthen my own list... for example, I'm thinking maybe I also need a thread catcher and a repainted-frame pin cushion. So cool!

For the past couple of weeks I've been making journals/notepads out of record album covers (and the leftover scrap from the game boards I used to decorate my shoebox project, and Girl Scout cookie boxes...) I've made nine of them!

For the inside pages, I used fun and interesting papers that had at least one page with "writable area". It keeps to the recycled/repurposed theme, and also makes flipping through it a little adventure of discovery! It has been great to finally find a worthy purpose for a lot of the content of my paper stash.

I may have to try to sell these at craft fairs, because at this point I can't stop making them, but I already have way too many of them for me to use personally...

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8  Game Components Jewelry Box in CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES by endymion on: February 04, 2013 04:55:11 PM
I decorated a shoebox with parts and pieces from old games, and turned it into a jewelry box!

This is the bottom of it, which has Scrabble letter trays attached for legs.

Inside, there are some trays to hold the jewelry.

One of them is from a game box, designed to hold some of the pieces. The other is a stationery box, with game pieces attached as legs.

Here is what the box looked like beforehand:

I didn't take hardly any in-progress photos, but here is one, at least. It shows how I cut a hole in the side of the lid, for the drawer.

A lot of times, my crafts do not live up to the "vision" I have in my head, but this one was an exception -- I really like how it turned out!
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by endymion on: January 22, 2013 07:07:12 PM
I want a yarn ball gum machine! So cool.

So I guess I'll go ahead and post my shoe box project here, and hope it still qualifies for the Craftster Challenge as well. I made a jewelry box out of a shoe box and old games!

This is the bottom of it.

Inside, there are trays for jewelry.

Whee! I'm so excited about how this project turned out!
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10  Re: Completely Ghastly Edward Gorey Swap (SU Feb 22 - SEND April 15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by endymion on: January 19, 2013 01:51:49 AM
Oh, wow! I promised myself I wasn't going to swap this year (I get too obsessive about it), but I am sorely tempted to make an exception.

Edward Gorey was a favorite of mine many years ago. I had a writer friend and sent him "The Unstrung Harp: Or Mr. Earbrass Writes a Novel" in installments (a page or two at a time) over the course of a year.

And then one Halloween, made a cake inspired by his work:

Trying... to... resist... swap...
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