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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Leather Rings with Vintage Buttons 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.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stacked Stones Pendant 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.

3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Wreath 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!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Game Components Jewelry Box 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!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Yarn wreaths on: December 30, 2012 09:15:17 PM
I've been seeing lots of yarn wreaths lately, so I decided to make some for some of my relatives for Christmas this year. I used recycled sweaters, vintage buttons, selvage edges of upholstery fabric, and lots of other tidbits from my craft stash.

They were fun to do; I'm going to have to make one for my own house, too!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Social media throw pillows on: December 30, 2012 09:06:30 PM
Whipped these up as Christmas gifts for my son. They are flannel (except for the lettering, which is felt.)

He liked them, and they were quick to do!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bisquick Box Ephemera Purse on: August 12, 2012 12:27:08 AM
I just finished this and I am so excited about it!

I made a purse from a cardboard Bisquick box and decorated it with postcards, book pages, playing cards, etc. The strap is a garage sale belt.

This took a lot longer than I anticipated, but was lots of fun!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dot Hack Chim Chim Plushie on: August 09, 2012 11:56:45 PM
I recently got a request to make a plushie depicting a chim chim from the manga/TV show/video game .hack.

It was a quick one to make!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Disney themed crochet hook case on: July 07, 2012 03:11:08 PM
Recently, I did a swap with someone who adores crocheting... and adores Ariel and other Disney gals. I used this great tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=221514.0 to make her a crochet hook wallet, since there were a few crochet hook cases in her wist.

And I added appliques of a couple of Disney ladies -- Tinkerbell as well as Ariel.

On the outside, Tink says, "Did someone say HOOK?"

And on the inside, the Little Mermaid studies a crochet hook and says, "What is this thingamabob?"

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled upholstery sample purse on: January 24, 2012 02:49:11 PM
I have been meaning to do this project for over a year, but never got around to it...

Then I started participating in the 2012 DeStash-Along, and that inspired me to do it!

The purse is made from 5 upholstery samples and two drapery remnants. Everything was from my stash except the clasps that are attached to the straps. The strap length is adjustable, depending upon whether you attach 4 lengths of chain.

One of the inside pockets is just the right size for my I-phone!  Cheesy
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