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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: collaged record wall hanging on: November 13, 2011 10:22:19 AM
This is totally cool - I marked it as THIS ROCKS.  I've always loved LP-art but have never thought about modgepodging something on to one.  Veeeery cool.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: holda hoopla on: November 09, 2011 12:43:43 PM
Love it!  So much more beautiful than the ones you find in the hobby/arts and crafts store.  Awesome!
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Family Dia De Los Muertos Altar (Picture Heavy) on: November 04, 2011 12:39:02 PM
I'm hoping this is the right section to post this - I did a search beforehand and I saw a few others posted in here so I figured this would be the correct choice...

...anyway, el dia de los muertos is something that I have been inspired by time and time again, mostly due to living so culturally close to Mexico.  This year, I wanted to go very large - in the past, I've built altars out of boxes, nooks, etc. - so I opted for a large display.

Anyway, just about everything I used was either crafted by me or thrift-store'd.  The cross in the middle was a simple wood-piece I picked up from Hobby Lobby, painted black, and glued religious bottle-cap pieces to it.  All of the lace was from the Dollar Store (the best buy of the entire project: a "Last Supper" lace table-cloth...killer!) and I used various other fabrics from around the house to adjust the length, depth of the entire piece.  Almost all of the frames I used have been altered in some way, like the one that I spent an hour just dotting with a tiny paint bottle to get the dotted-type effect I wanted.  It's very characteristic of Mexican art. 

I made sure all of the pets were included on the top shelf above the altar.

I had fun painting the skulls and tried varying up the colors to add interest.  I didn't get to finish all of the skeletons (i.e. the two at the very top) but I did paint up one of the ones sitting behind the shaver/towel stack.  I didn't get to really include everything I had originally planned to do - time and money got away from me (I'm an English graduate student - money isn't exactly flooding in at this point).  Like I wanted to include the traditional marigold flowers - sadly, I wasn't able to pick some up in time.  And I would've liked to have had a loaf of bread or some kind of additional food product - the candy is just kind of lacking.

I really had a lot of fun/enjoyment doing this - I would definitely encourage anyone to try this as it is a great memory-making experience for all involved.  And it's an amazing way to showcase the lives of people you love so dearly but have lost through the years.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Love on: October 17, 2011 06:41:15 AM
Absolutely beautiful.  Way to go!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Very simple desk re-do (picture heavy?) on: October 17, 2011 06:34:26 AM
Thank you so much for the kind comments.  I'm sorry I posted the original thread in the wrong forum - I guess I mistakenly chose the wrong section to post this information.

I really had a blast re-doing this desk and greatly encourage anyone (even if they haven't done it before - like me!) to try it.  Its so rewarding to take a piece of furniture headed for the dump and reinvent it into something you not only think is cute but that you want to use all the time.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Very simple desk re-do (picture heavy?) on: October 14, 2011 01:31:35 PM
I had this old desk that used to be my sister's from way back - I wanted to clean it up so I could use it in my craft-room and have it be functional enough to still be used if I needed to study or write a paper.  The biggest problem was the sanding - I'm just a very impatient person and it took me about 3-4+ hours of sanding, with an electric sander and sand paper, to get it to the point where it was ready to be painted.

I'm really happy with it - I wanted to keep it simple, so I used a high quality white for the outside, and using a bright yellow on the interior drawers.  I finished it off with some simple metal knobs - nothing flashy, but its certainly usable!

Original desk - it had been sitting outside in a hot garage for several years and it was pretty gross.

Detail of desktop - note coffee stains and questionable stains.

Finished (maybe?) product.  I was thinking about adding some different, more interesting knobs, but for now I definitely like it.

Interior of the bottom drawer.  All of the drawer interiors are painted in this really great, bright yellow.

This is actually my very first furniture re-do...with the paint and hardware and lots and lots of sandpaper, it probably ran me close to $45.  I'm really happy with it and think it fits in the space perfectly.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Hemp Bracelet on: October 14, 2011 07:38:48 AM
Good job!  Working with hemp is very rewarding...you'll find that you learn which beads go best with what width of cord, etc. 
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mystical Nature Shrine on: October 14, 2011 07:32:56 AM
I am in absolute awe.  I could only hope to make a shrine like that.  I have to ask - where did you get/find that cupboard?  I am always on the look out for objects that could be converted into a shrine and I am in love with the shape/style of your cupboard!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Neil Young Record Bag on: October 07, 2011 07:19:27 AM
This project definitely ROCKS.  I had to hit the THIS ROCKS button as soon as I realized what it was.  I've always wanted to do something similar as I go shopping for records fairly often and having a groovy bag like this to carry them around in would be divine.

Way to go on this project!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dumpster dived shelf turned cookie making organizer. on: September 22, 2011 08:43:40 AM
This is what I love about Craftster.  People finding random, thrown-away objects and renovating them into something beautiful and useful.  Way to go!
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