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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Total Living Room Re-decoration! Bird-themed wall art on: September 08, 2011 06:13:26 PM
Hi everyone!

The boyfriend left for three whole weeks Sad But it gave me a great excuse to redecorate as a surprise to him. He will be returning tomorrow and I just barely finished *whew*

The first came from http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/2010/08/pretty-bird-wall-art.html
It's a fairly simple project, glue pages from an old book/newspaper then stencil and sharpie a tree design over it. I chose, however, to use photo paper and print out realistic birds Smiley

ps. Word of caution: DO NOT cheap out and get posterboard. The glue/water mix will WARP it up GOOD

Alright, so the next project was my idea and was a big hit with my friends. I simply went to a thrift store and took all the gold frames they had. I then went to a fancy stationary store and bought postcards and folders with birds. Cut and frame and voila! Suddenly, you have framed (cheap) art!

Sorry for the blurry, but here's a nicer close-up of a folder I cut out and framed

Okay, next is the craftster rite of passage: the revamped corkboard

I got a thrift store pillowcase and cut/glue/tacked it to the board. From an art store, I bought some nice gold stationary paper to frame it and cut out birds from the folder as well as put up postcards from friends that were with the theme. Could be neater, but I'm quite pleased Smiley

Here is a piece I designed on my own. It was a pain but I love how its 3-D and large, which adds a lot of character/color to the wall. For this, I purchased from the thrift store a set of 6 cardboard gift boxes. Taping the insides of the boxes so that they would stand stiff, I punched holes through them and strung them together (this is the part that nearly drove me nuts). The picture doesn't show it, but the strings lead to the top row and beyond by about a foot. I attached the string to thumbtacks so when fully attached, it looked like I had a gift box marionette XD.

Once fully stringed, I pasted layers of paper that I had already colored blue. Once laid down, added cloud shapes and whanot.

After that, I got black yarn and made a crisscrossing scene of "telephone wires". My dear friend mailed me these awesome construction paper birds to sit and fly around the scene. I love my crafty friends Smiley

Close up of some love birds heehee

Here are two quick crafts courtesy of Goodwill. The first is two jars (one I found free on the street!) filled with things that were in the color theme of red and gold (potpourri and some random gems).

The other I found by digging in a big bin o' stuff at Goodwill. A paper flower garland! (The treasures you find...)

Last is a little something I drew (pastels).

So ALL of this plus some red curtains I sewed (fabric from thrift store, of course) and an Ikea table I painted red. This whole project may seem a little zany and bipolar, but I am no longer blinded by the white walls of death.

Thank you for looking!!!

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Heart Thong! :) on: October 24, 2010 05:22:55 PM
Hi there,

After crocheting some projects for others, I thought it was time to do a little "me" crafting and this is what happened! A cute and sexy heart thong  Grin

I got the heart pattern from

and then went around that in white yarn (sc)

After I made the heart, I improvised the rest.

For the side strings, I did the ch row from the right side of the heart to the center of my behind. Ch 1 then sc all the way back to the right side of the heart. Repeat for the left side. (This will require a lot of fittings for the perfect fit!) Where the two side strings meet, that's where I sewed a little button on (facing outward) to keep them together and to help button the third string

For the third/crotch string, I did a ch row from the bottom of the heart to the button in the back. Ch 1 and hdc all the way back. (Again, I tried on this project many times for the right fit)

And there you go! The button should be able to go through any part of the crotch string for a good fit.

a lovely "over the pants" shot

Thanks for looking!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink and Blue Baby Sweater on: September 21, 2010 11:25:23 AM

My friend is expecting soon (10/10/10!!) and I really wanted to make her something. This is my first time crocheting something other than scarves but I am super proud with how it came out.

I found the pattern at

I didn't have a whole lot of pink yarn so I thought I'd accent it with some of my soft blue yarn. Ooh and bonus points for taking an old shirt and using the buttons Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Happy Christmas Harry! *VERY image heavy* on: December 25, 2009 08:08:44 PM
Hi Guys

For Christmas, I thought I would make my friend, who is a huge Harry Potter fan, a HP Christmas extravaganza present! I've been wanting to do something like this because I am a BIG Harry Potter nerd and I finally got my chance Smiley

First I made a Ravenclaw scarf, which is her favorite house, I did a pattern of 9 db ch blue, 3 sc bronze, 1 db ch blue, then 3 sc bronze, I was crocheting the whole bus ride home from college XD

the full length- about five feet long (40 ch wide)

detail shot (love the two colors together!)

model shot, it's so flippin wide that you only need to wrap it around once haha

then I packaged it from SPEW Smiley

Next, I made the Hogwarts trunk as both a present box and a storage container

the front- I painted it to look old then took a hammer to it and made random marks and banged up the edges for a more authentic effect

the top-hammered bronze tacks in to look more like a trunk

the handles were shining gold but I painted them black then scraped some off

And the coup de grace! Inside on every wall is a different house initial with the background in their respective colors

Roar! Roar! Gryffindor!

Green and Silver for cunning Slytherin

H for loyal Hufflepuff

And, of course, a side for clever Ravenclaw

Moving on, I made a parchment letter from Hogwarts that I painted then burned the edges of (first attempt nearly burned my kitchen down but that's another story)

the entire thing

the top is the letterhead that includes Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Dumbledore's full title and the message says

"We are pleased to inform you that your kind donation to the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare supported the efforts of Ms. Granger and have been noted. After the holiday season, your house, Ravenclaw, will be awarded ten points. For your support please accept this scarf, hand-made by the members of SPEW.
              Wishing you a happy holiday
               Yours Sincerely,
               Minerva McGonagall
               Deputy Headmistress
P.S. As a note "Holidays with Hags" is no longer required

And a close up

And "Dementor First Aid" which is a bar of chocolate Smiley (the back side of the label says 'from Moony' for an extra nerdy touch)

And I thought I would stick in a candy cane with a Honeyduke's label

And the whole shebang in the trunk

Thanks for looking and sorry about all the pics!

Happy Holidays! Smiley

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "No one's gonna take me alive!"...a Knights of Cydonia shirt on: August 19, 2009 07:40:51 PM

I really wanted to make a Muse shirt because I adore them and I found this picture that was art for their song Knights of Cydonia (one of my favorites  Smiley )

and turned it into a shirt! It took around six hours but I'm very pleased with it Smiley

and a close up (the painting took an ungodly amount of time)

and a really bad model shot (the front image looks HUGE when I put it on  Cheesy)

thanks for looking! Smiley
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Twilight shirt, Gorillaz Shirt, Drumline bag, and more! *IMG HEAVY* on: January 01, 2009 04:49:18 PM
Hey! I've been a member forever but this is my first completed projects post! I fell in love with stenciling and I hope you enjoy

First, let's start with a Gorillaz shirt I made over summer break
here's the front

and at the bottom on the back here's this

I'm in marching band, and my band director thought to name our show "The Japanese Show" however, when he wanted to get some band shirts made, the shirt making people refused to print them because it was offensive. Cuz duh. It is OBSCENELY racist and that he believed that to be an appropriate title of a show (which was a nightmare of cultural appropriation but let's not get too distracted here with my rage) was nothing short of disturbing and embarrassing. I love band, but my director has a lot of privilege to let stuff like this happen.

So. Me and my best friend thought it was super hilarious so I made two shirts, one for me and one for her, we wore it every time we performed (secretly under our bibs)
the front

and along the bottom of the back is a quote from our genius director (he was trying to describe the show but he just kept on using the word 'ceremonial')

I hope the shirt isn't seen as offensive in any way, it's supposed to be funny

I'm also in drumline, and one of my guy friends wanted a new shoe bag

And last but not least, my Twilight shirt, I used one of my favorite quotes, it's from Eclipse
"Sleep, my Bella. Dream happy dreams. You are the only one who has ever touched my
heart. It will always be yours. Sleep, my only love."
I also liked that it's not the average Twilight shirt quote, if you didn't read the book you wouldn't even know it's from Twilight (I'm trying to keep my obsession undercover XD ) I found the Twilight font on the internet, I can't remember where but it was super easy to find, and if you want it, it's not that hard to find
close up of the words (hopefully the fade from the sides are noticeable)

and a full shot, the heart at the bottom with the rainbow is from another quote from Eclipse
"I examined it cautiously. On the opposite side of the chain from the wolf, there now hung a
brilliant heart-shaped crystal..."But I thought it was a good representation," he continued. "It's hard and cold." He laughed.
"And it throws rainbows in the sunlight."

and a lil close up of the heart- I used a TON of sparkle glaze but, alas, it hardly shows up

thank you for looking! Happy New Year!

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I found a little kimono style dress on: October 01, 2006 10:36:01 AM
A few months back I found this CUTE kimono style dress at Goodwill but until recently had no clue what to do with it
but now Halloween's coming up.........
Any tips about what the heck to do would be greatly appreciated Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / really cool bead watches! on: August 12, 2005 05:17:31 PM

Hi there im fairly new to craftster but I absolutely LOVE IT! Smiley

so I'm the kind of person that sees something thats way too expensive and says to herself "Heck, I could make that" so just recently I went to http://www.monjiusa.com/ where they have these awesome watches that looked like they used safety pins or something. I really wanna make a safety pin watch now but I don't know where to look. I would greatly appreciate ANY links to something helpful.  Grin

thanks a bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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