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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Orchid Flower Table on: December 21, 2007 08:37:36 AM
Cheesy  I am very pleased with how this turned out especially since I'm such an amatuer at painting! I proudly present my orchid table:


It was all unfinished wood so I painted the entire thing. The tabletop and gold are art quality acrylic paint while the green is a craft acrylic.

It is for my aunt, who is a horticultural engineer. Try saying that one three times fast! She works with plants and truly enjoys them, so I thought this would make a good birthday gift. She can use it as a plant stand or as a little side table. Her birthday isn't until March, but since I'm making a trip out there for Christmas, she's getting an early suprise. Smiley

I do have one question though: How/What should I varnish with?
I need to give it some kind of coating to keep it weather and waterproof. What can I use that will not harm the acrylic paint? I need something that is relatively non-toxic as well because I've got a handful of pets.

If you could help me out by listing different coating products (and names you've used and trust) I would be grateful.

Thank you for taking a look!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 1 Cent Stamp Envelopes (or bookmark!) on: February 22, 2006 05:05:20 PM
I made this today for some people who have birthdays this month. Smiley

The envelope is my own style and it is made out of parcel paper. I'm sure you could use grocery paper bags or lunch sacks for this too.

From there I border the envelope with dashes. Then I draw it sender/reciever lines.

The stamp is drawn with marker on a little color wood square that you can get in a package along with other shapes and colors. It's only 1-2 bucks a package for 135 pc.

If you add a tassle it makes a quaint bookmark too!

Comments or questions appreciated!!!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Marble purse on: February 13, 2006 02:50:55 PM
This purse was super easy to make. But I didn't really make the purse itself, I decorated it.

I know these pics aren't the greatest quality, but purse looks really neat close up.
The clutch was from target from their dollar section. The neat part is the decorating. Basically, I bought a bag of the half-flat marbles. Then, I got a half-inch circle punch and punched out really neat patterns I found in magazines. I stuck those to the marbles with elmers glue. Then, I used super glue to place them on the purse. From there, I got out glitter glue and placed dobbles of it along the top, then coated it with clear nail polish. The handle is strung buttons.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Simple projects for fabric squares (fat quarters)? on: August 11, 2005 04:55:11 PM
I have quite a few fabric squares that were given to me. They're often called fat quarters or quilter squares. I don't quilt, and I don't have much experience in sewing, but I'd like some project ideas!

Feel free to post past projects if you've done something neat with them. I'm always up for inspiration. Smiley

Thanks in advance!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help! Plastic BB's! on: April 22, 2005 09:00:44 PM
 Huh What can I make out of plastic BB's? (They're small little balls of plastic used in airsoft guns)

Basically, my friend Andrew spilt a bunch at my house, and once they're dirty you can't use them so I've got a bunch of white plastic balls I'd like to be crafty with. I'd make a really neat bead necklace, but I wouldn't know how to drill holes in it. (They're not hollow) And I dunno how to wire wrap either. Any other ideas? Or tips?

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A taste of my art-Image Heavy on: March 28, 2005 08:56:01 PM
I just wanted to show you guys some of my art. Critiquing welcome and muchly appreciated. Especially for my face one. I'm trying to do better with expressions and proportions. I apologize ahead of time for some of the fuzziness. My scanner's pretty old.


Orchids (Acrylic)


Collage for my friend's Band

I hope it inspires and that I'll get feedback! Thanks!
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