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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Grow as an artist? on: November 09, 2014 05:43:26 PM
Hi there. I was wondering if anyone on Craftster More Art board has any ideas or a place to get ideas about how to grow as an artist. I live in a small community that has some art-movement, but not much. I want to see growth in this movement in my community, and also for me personally. I appreciate any ideas and comments. Thanks.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cute but too-small top upcycled into a bag on: August 20, 2013 06:24:56 AM
I had this really cute top I found at a thrift store, but it was really too small for me to wear. I loved the print on it though, so I bought it anyway.

One day, I decided that I needed a "new" bag to carry around stuff, so I decided to recycle that top with the cute print.

This is the lining and the outer part of the bag. The pocket in the lining is made from the sleeve of the top.

I combined the lining and outer part, made a strap with the scraps, and added an old zipper from my stash:

And this is the finished product:

Another picture of the finished bag:

Comments welcome Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Sample of Backyard Produce 2013 on: August 20, 2013 06:08:17 AM
This is a sample of some of what I grew this year in my very small yard.
The corn is a mini-hybrid called Blue Jade that one can grow in a container. It was pretty good.
There are English Peas, Cherokee Beans, Pole Beans, Onions, Apples...
Later I will have Tomatoes, and Butternut Squash.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas/Yule presents for some furry friends:) on: July 28, 2013 09:57:52 AM
I decided to make some stockings with goodies for a few of my furry friends -2 dogs and 1 cat - last Christmas/Yule season and just got the chance to post them:)

They are home made from fabric scraps I had laying around the house.The stockings are lined with the names sewn on the front.

The leopard print is for a kitty cat friend:)

A close up of the embroidered name:

The Doggies and Kitty loved their presents and treats, and gave me 3 paws up:)
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / First attempt at melted wax egg dying:) on: July 28, 2013 09:49:00 AM
Hi there. I found a tut here on using the melted wax for dying eggs for Easter and thought I would try it last Easter (Yes, I know it is now July, but I was busy...)

So, here is the finished product:

and this:

and a few more. These are supposed to be a flower and a bunny:)

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Upcycled Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, and Juice containers to little garden planters. on: July 28, 2013 09:40:51 AM
I had quite a few plastic Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, and Frozen Juice containers that I wanted to do something with instead of adding to the landfill. So, I thought, why not plant a mini-garden on my steps using them as planters!!?Huh

This is what I did:

Poked drain holes in the bottom:

Sanded the plastic to give the paint something to grab onto:

Then painted them with some enamel I had hanging around the basement then let it dry really well:

Then Bingo! A little micro garden on my steps which cost me almost nothing to do:)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Closet Holder for Knitting and Crochet Needles on: November 06, 2012 06:09:49 PM
Hi There!
Not sure if this belongs here, but feel free to move if you have too.

I needed something to hold all my knitting and crochet needles and accessories to keep them organized and handy to use at the same time. Some of them are quite long and did not fit into any box or anything that I had.
And since I am pretty much a cheap skate, I decided to make something.

This is a picture of what I came up with:

It is made out of an old duvet cover and scrap fabric and a regular plastic hanger. This way I can hang it up in my bedroom closet and just grab what I need and put it away just as easily.

It has 2 sides of little pockets to put needles in. There are also "ties" to tie on circular needles.

Here is a close up...sorry for the picture quality. It is dark blue fabric.

And here is a picture of it hanging in my dark scary messy closet!

What do you guys think? Comments welcome:)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Old cardboard box into new nifty storage box. on: November 06, 2012 05:19:55 PM
Hi there.
I wanted to make a new storage box for my living room. I have a pile of extension cords, some heating pads, and different things that need a place out of the way. So, I wanted a storage box but didn't want to spend any money to buy one.
So I took what I had around the house.

I started with an old carboard box I found down in my basement. Some Mod Podge I had from a project a long time ago. And some various sheets of scrapbook paper I had given to me. I didn't have the same pattern, but the colors matched pretty close.

I cut the sheets of paper in strips about 3 inches wide and used Mod Podge to attach to the sides of the box. Then coated the top with Mod Podge.

The finished product with stuff in it:

This is a picture of the storage box in place and looking much more organized!

What do you think? Please comment:)
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Van Gogh Pillows Part II on: February 05, 2012 04:41:15 PM
Hi There. I posted a home made pillow a few weeks back. It was inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers made out of old t-shirts.
Recently, I finished 2 more. They are inspired by Starry Night, and Irises.
Sorry if the pictures are blurry Tongue
This is the Iris Pillow:

And this is the Starry Night Pillow:

Again, I used fabric from old t-shirts. Hope you like.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My take on Van Gogh's Sunflowers in Pillow Form on: January 08, 2012 03:44:13 PM
Hi. I wanted to share what I have been doing to combat some winter boredom.
It is a sunflower pillow.....

I was shooting for Van Gogh's Sunflowers but this is how it turned out. Some of it was machine sewn and some hand sewn applique.
I pretty much recyled an old pillow that was falling apart by taking it apart and using the stuffing. I made the "pillow" part from some fabric from an old duvet cover that we dont use anymore. The flower part is actually a pillow cover so I can take it off and wash it.
T-shirt knit fabric is great. It doesn't unravel and it is really easy to work with. It was also free as I have a ton of old t-shirts to use. I am in the process of another pillow and will keep you posted.
Hope you all like it.
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