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51  Extreme Burton-ish bathroom makeover (lots'o'pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: June 11, 2011 03:13:06 PM
My bathroom has sorely needed a makeover for a long time. It took me forever to
start, because I seriously dislike painting walls white.... Roll Eyes
When I finally got started 3 months ago, there was one obstacle after the other. Plaster falling from the walls, broken plumbing, the impossibility to find any decent-priced lamps, the necessity to take breaks and do other fun things... well... it certainly took its time, but as of yesterday I am finally done! Yay!
So here it is- my re-done bathroom:

To give you an idea of what it looked like before, here's a progress-shot: Angry

After: Grin

The process ( in case you're interested):

Paint was applied freely and according to free-hand pencil-outlines. The waterpipes were covered with tape.
As to the details:
Firstly mirrors. I bought a bunch of cheap Ikea mirrors, painted them and stuck some fake flowers and such on them. My dad helped with the one above the sink: I simply took 3 small mirrors, build a frame around them ( from picture frames) and combined them with hinges, so now I can move both sides and it all fits, even if there's not a lot of room.
Secondly, the lamp-issue. I really, really like those funky new energy-saving lightbulbs and since there was no way to acquire any purple lampshades inside the budget, I decided to make some myself. As usual, I stuck to papermache, wire, plastic tubing and paint-  plus supercheap lampwiring.  After a couple of days I had the flower shaped things I wanted. Because these special lightbulbs don't get hot, there's no fire-hazard. As for the lamp above the mirror- I am especially proud of that. Even with my nonexistent skills with anything electric, I managed to fit everything so it hides the wiring behind it and combined it in such a way that you can switch the lamps on independently. On the sides warm light to make you look pretty and in the middle cold light (for those days when you're brave enough to see everything). Grin

On to the best part - decoration:
The curtain is made from all kinds of leftover materials and is reversible, the flowerpot on the windowsill got decorated, so it would match the colors of the bathroom. The picture on the wall was inspired by "bitchy embroidery".

Of course, I had to make a matching toiletpaper animal and toiletbrush. I originally
crocheted the toiletseat cover for my first version of the purple bathroom, but it fits in nicely.

The plushie got finished yesterday and added the final touch. I really didn't know what else to do about that awful water heater....

And last, but not least, according to my latest addiction to playing with beads, of course there's a matching window-charm....

Hoping you didn't give up after the second picture, I'd really like your input on this! Any comments or critique would make me very happy.
Thank you for looking.
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52  Plumato, the cheshire gargoyle in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: June 11, 2011 02:01:56 PM
Meet Plumato- the cheshire gargoyle! He moved in with me yesterday...

Cheshire gargoyles are strange fluffy creatures, very quiet and shy. Plumato here  tells me that while they have no evaporating skills, the do however have excellent lurking skills and are a unique protection for hearth and home , because their genetically imprinted smile turns bad visitors into smiling, friendly people who will feel the instant urge to go feed ducks. They do have wings, but I gathered that they are not overly talented when it comes to flying. Most of them have two colors and range in appearance from mouse to cat or raccoon. When asked about his strange name and the general origins of cheshire gargoyles, Plumato blushed in a very pleasant green and admitted to "being from the wrong side of the blanket". Apparently, whenever two different fruit fall in love and conceive a child, it will be a cheshire gargoyle. That, of course, happens very rarely. The child is then named after a combination of both parent's families, so it didn't take all that long to figure out his mom and dad must have been a plum and a tomato. He gave me leave to talk about this in public, because he'd really like people to be more tolerant towards beings that are fruityly challenged....

We've become very good friends overnight, so now he's happily lurking in my bathroom: Grin

What do you think?
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53  purple version of "bitchy embroidery" in Completed Projects by BirdBones on: June 11, 2011 01:32:41 PM
This is obviously inspired by "Bitchy embroidery":

I love this quote so much, I had to incorporate it into my life, more specific, my bathroom.
Of course, this is not really embroidery.  Roll Eyes It's made from mini-bats, -skulls and -handcuffs (which are sewn on), canvas, watercolor, laquer, fake fur, old hair pins, glittery things and pompoms. Grin

some detail:

What do you think? Too fat?  Wink
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54  fairy in the city ;) in Completed Projects by BirdBones on: June 11, 2011 01:14:39 PM
I love fairies. I really do. And since I live in a city, I figured party-going-city-fairies might appreciate an overnight abode, so they can rest their wings before fluttering home. And you never know, one might actually move in with me.... So, I made flower-pot-fairie-houses  Roll Eyes

 - This , of course, was inspired by the beautiful creations of microjivvy and others -
The ferns, bark, twigs and moss I gathered in the woods, added some "furniture",flowerpots, decostuff and a couple of tiny mirror fragments and here`s what I got:

and version 2:

What do you think? Will I have a permanent house guest from now on? Grin
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55  It's all in your head(s) .... with progress pics in Completed Projects by BirdBones on: May 16, 2011 07:46:59 PM
I couldn't find the right place to put this, so I guess it belongs here... (if not , please move it)

This was the motivation: While cleaning up my closet/craftroom on Saturday, I noticed that I have a lot of wigs that don't have a head they can reside on. I really didn't want to buy any more of those Styrofoam ones, so I figured I'd make my own creepy ones. Grin
This is what happened:

I started with a plastic bottle filled with sand. Most of my wigs are a little longer or heavier, so it's good to give their perch a little weight to prevent tipping-over-messes. Then I proceeded to wrap tin foil around it and tape it together with papertape. I kind of liked the mummy-look, but well...

I had a nice big empty bottle of... ehm... stuff lying around, filled it with pebbles, sticks and some felt leaves and used that for a base for the second one.

Then I paper mached the heads with newspaper, some pages of national geographic, stickers, a little gold paint and some of those paper doilies for cakes.

So this is the finished (drag queen) result: Marilyn and Norbert  Grin

with hair

Thank you for looking and I'm really interested in any comment or critique you might have!
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56  At long last - a crochet jacket! in Crochet: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: May 16, 2011 07:16:26 PM
All the beautiful and work-intense projects here on Craftster inspired me to take out one of my "bags of doom"- a crochet jacket I started over a year ago when I was home sick. Needless to say, I'm not really good at crocheting (is it called that?) and I am easily distracted, often by something shiny Grin But at long last, I finally finished this jacket a couple of days ago!  Grin
It has a ton of mistakes in it, nevertheless I feel like I'm jumping up and down on the finish-line (being the last one to finish) , so I thought, I'd post it Grin

I used 11 different kinds of yarn from different colored merino, all kinds of fuzzy yarn to the really cheap kind for 1 dollar. And of course, I had to put mismatched black buttons on it.

And with the weather being rather temperamental, I actually got to wear it right away Roll Eyes

Thank you for looking and I'm really interested in any comments or critique you might have. Grin
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57  playing-with-beads-madness (pic heavy) in Beads: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: May 16, 2011 06:53:17 PM
After making some of those lovely tree of life pendants and turning them into lightcatchers, I made some more... Roll Eyes
I think, I've contracted a severe case of playing-with-beads-madness. I just can't seem to stop. I hope there's a patch to fix this Grin


and just to make myself feel less mentally unstable, here's a necklace Grin

Well... I seriously hope it'll be someones birthday soon, otherwise I'll end up with a lightcatcher door..... Maybe I can make them into some sort of curtain.. hmm..

What do you think?
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58  ...an evening of beady eyes...(pic heavy) in Beads: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: April 30, 2011 06:34:08 AM
The last two days I spent wracking my brains for a present to make for a dear friend, who is utterly difficult to make things for. Last year I had a bunch of great ideas, so he got a huge package of different homemade things. He was happy, but he commented: "Now I have twice as many things as before." So you can see- it's hard to come up with something, that is nothing. Grin
Utterly avoiding the "make-a-nothing-exercise", this happened: Rummaging through my stash of "things-I'll-definetly-need-someday-for-something-yet-to-be-discovered" I stumbled across some beads and wire yesterday and having seen these beautiful tree-of-life-designs here on Craftster...... Roll Eyes:

So, now I have two problems Embarrassed: I still don't have a gift for my friend AND what am I going to do with all these pendants?
Any ideas?
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59  Re: Medieval orient and russian inspired costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: April 29, 2011 06:59:26 AM
OMG, that would be so amazing if you did!
Hey that site is in german... Oh ich vermisse die mittelalter maerkte mit echten schloessern.
//I miss mideaval markets with real castles. I just went to my first ren faire here in texas, it was a blast, but nothing compared to a good ol' weekend only event.

Weekend events are really great, I agree! But I do love the American version of Ren Fair, because people are so open to all kinds of medieval and fantasy styles. I had a lot of fun visiting those many years ago. The german version is usually very food-intense Tongue. But if you're interested, the best kind of medieval event I've been to so far is the one on Gotland- every year in the first week of August:
It's a whole week of medieval everything, plus you have the amazing ambiance of the medieval town of Visby (and a bunch of very festive swedish people Roll Eyes )

So, here we go!  Grin I am completely self-taught, so please excuse the messiness of the pattern. The pattern is made for someone with waist measurements of around 38"-40",leg length about 45", but that can be easily changed. I hope it helps you to make your own! =) And please post a pic when you're done, I'm really curious to see  Shocked

( If the picture of the pattern is too fuzzy, pm me and I'll send you a bigger version)
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60  Medieval orient and russian inspired costume (now with pattern) in Costumes: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: April 26, 2011 03:45:03 PM
So it was Easter weekend again and as such time to go to the medieval market in the area and eat until we are sick - and my boyfriend still lacking a decent costume! What to do? I only had a week and pretty much no money to buy any supplies, so here's what I came up with:

A medieval orient-russian wealthy merchant outfit , complete with hat and boots! =)

It really was my own fault that I had so little time to make it- I put off making medieval things for such a long time, because I really don't enjoy trying to make a pattern for something really big on the floor of my tiny apartment..
But a deadline always helps Roll Eyes

I started with a shirt he already had and made a knee-length tunic with 3/4 sleeves out of two and a half scarfs to go over it. Still being ambitious and hearing the wise words of re-enactors in the back of my mind, I included a lot of handstitching, so this garment is reversible ( the inside being a darker version of the pattern).  Grin

Next I made some oriental pants out of a curtain. Making the pattern for them was rather simple, because I got to alter an old oriental pants pattern I used to love a lot when I was much, much younger. Atypically, these pants have pockets ( 'cause boys always need them) and the waistband can be changed according to amount of food consumed.  Tongue

Then came the hardest part- the inevitable cloak. Every medieval outfit simply needs one and I had a really hard time adjusting the pattern to match the amount of fabric I had. In the end I decided on a shoulder fitted half circle cloak. (way less of that hard-to-manage-material to be crammed into a corner when stitching it together) I've found that shoulder fitted cloaks are the most comfortable to wear, because they don't end up choking you, even if they don't have the typical Lord-of-the-rings-look. I made extra covers for the shoulders from fur I rescued from the garbage to make it look a little more interesting.

Of course, there needed to be a belt and a hat ( made from a pair of old pants and left over fur) to go with the whole thing:

And last, but not least, I'm a sucker for all-things-that-match: I made some fake boots  Grin I didn't have either the time or material to make some real boots, so I just made covers for his shoes, held in place by elastic band under the sole. They made me giggle like crazy when they were done. I'd never thought, they would turn out so funny!

It made me quietly repeat "We have stubbornness issues" for myself. Roll Eyes

So when being presented with his new outfit, BF gracefully admitted liking it and agreed to having his picture posted. Thank you! Kiss

What do you think? Any comments or critique welcome!
Thank you for looking! Grin
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