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1  Fireworks sequined pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by koombalai on: August 13, 2013 05:33:53 PM
Craftster means sharing our common (or uncommon) interests with lovely, supportive, crafty people all over the world. What I like the most about craftster is that I can make something with ridiculously flashy gold sequins, as shown below, and someone here will love the gold sequins as much as I do. Thank you craftster for introducing me to this person, however far away they may be.

This was a fabulously furry but sadly stained cream pillow that I used to keep in my car. I felt it deserved a second shot at being worthy of the living room couch so I rounded up some gold sequins and gold metallic thread and stitched on a fireworks scene. It reminds me of my previous big city living and makes me smile.
I also made sure to leave room in the middle to avoid sequin-face if I fall asleep on it. Very important.

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2  "Hello! My name is" cross-stitch nametag in Needlework: Completed Projects by koombalai on: August 12, 2013 08:10:25 PM
Hello my fellow craftsters.
Craftster to me means an opportunity to be myself. I work in a very conservative profession, which definitely stifles my flair. When I try to bring up crafts, most people just don't understand why I would do it. Apparently, "because it's awesome" isn't a good reason and I should be taking up golf or racquetball or ...something. Somehow, using my hands to make great things that bring joy to myself (and sometimes others, but mostly myself) is not an appropriate use of my time.
Well, here's the thing: I stink at golf and the idea of chasing a little white ball all over ridiculously manicured grass is not something I find amusing. Also, racquetball scares me a little.
The facts: I love making stuff. Any kind of stuff. I like to use needles and thread most for sewing, costuming, and embroidery but I also like to draw, make greeting cards, and refinish furniture.
Other things I love? Female superheroes/villains that aren't wimpy knock-offs of male superheroes/villains. The chronicles of Narnia. Tacky 80s rom-coms. Baking my own bread.  Star trek. The Muppets. Relaxing with a moderately warm cup of tea. Shakespeare. Bubbles. Playing saxophone. Things that look like robots. Monty Python. Making wookie sounds. Tiny dogs. Jane Austen. Singing in the shower. Sidewalk chalk. Jackie Chan movies. Pixar animation. Jumping in puddles. Peanut M&Ms.
I don't need to make excuses for any of these things on craftster. So I love it, too.

Hello, my name is Koombalai. Nice to meet you. Smiley
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3  Shoebox-turned-classy gift basket :) in CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES by koombalai on: February 10, 2013 01:34:23 PM
Hello hello!
This is a very elegant picnic gift basket I made for a special guest at my school.

So... Can you tell it was a shoebox?
For the record, this is the shoebox. It had my new winter boots in it.

1. Cut a large circle out of the bottom of the box. Cut long strips from the sides of the box. If the strips are not long enough to meet the circumference of the circle, attach the strips length to length in order to make three strips equal in length to the circumference of the circular base. Connect the ends of each strip to create three circles.
2. Hot glue the circular base to the first circular length of cardboard.
3. Using platypus or other brand decorative duct tape, cover the outside of each circular strip. I used a wood grain patterned tape. Using the duct tape again, weave between the circular layers to create a basket weave and connect the three circular strips to the base.

4. Cover the base similarly in the duct tape. 
5. Line with pretty tissue paper, tie a nice bow, and fill with goodies!
As an example, I filled the basket with flavoured tunas, a jar of roasted red peppers, gouda cheese, canape crackers, sparkling juice, and chocolate filled crepe cookies. Yum! I also added some faux flowers to pretty up the place.
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4  Lego-style storage box in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by koombalai on: August 12, 2012 12:08:29 PM
Howdy folks!
Last night, I was going through my bookmarks and saw this adorable polymer clay storage box: http://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-Polymer-Clay-Box/
I was inspired but there were two problems:
1. The box is too small.
2. I don't have any polymer clay.
Looking around at what I did have, I picked up a shoe box, 8 empty tea light cups (the metal container that's left over after you burn the candle), a paper towel tube, and red hockey tape.
The finished product:

In progress:

I cut the tube into slices and hot glued them to the inside of the containers to give more stability. I hot glued the containers upside down to the top of the box then taped the whole darn thing!
The hockey tape gives it much more texture than an actual lego would have with almost a velvety feeling. I think I would actually prefer it this way because it balances the sleek style of my other living room accessories and I know it'll never slip out of my hands!
C&C welcome.
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5  Decorative bird cage in CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES by koombalai on: April 05, 2012 09:35:29 AM
Hello everyone!
This is my first craftster posting of my own project (rejoice!), but I haven't posted enough yet for my pictures to work (boo!). So I apologize in advance for making you click the links.
Almost everything I used for this project is reused, but only a few items came from drawers and they are structural and supporting features rather than focal points of the piece. Hopefully, this still qualifies for the challenge but I would be more than happy to repost elsewhere if it doesn't. I'm so proud of what I made that I just have to show it to everyone!

Anyway, here goes...
The items I had in drawers were: an old holey jersey sheet, some hemp string and some marbles.
My other materials consisted of: a cardboard box which formerly held juiceboxes, metal strips from a collapsible laundry bag that had too many holes to use without losing socks and underwear en route to the laundromat, a bird ornament that I was given as a gift over the winter, a burlap tree wrapping, leftover poster paper, a tealight candle holder, some ribbons that I had recently torn off a thrift store dress, and a twig perch from my late pet lovebird (RIP Zippy).

1. Cut two large circles out of cardboard and poke a hole through the center of each. Secure bird perch into first circle.
2. Form a bridge between the twigs by braiding string and tying to perch.

Make sure it's sturdy or the ornament will fall. Clip ornament to bridge.
3. Form the nest by braiding lengths of sheet with lengths of burlap. For a messier nest, use two burlap and one jersey. For a cleaner nest, use two jersey and one burlap or forget the burlap altogether. Use a large needle and hemp string to stitch the braid to itself and tie the nest to the perch.

4. Cut the metal strips to a length long enough to be secured at one side of the cardboard circle, reach over the bird, and enter the other side of the circle. Poke the strips through each side, bend to a 90 degree angle at the ends, and secure to cardboard temporarily with tape.

Lash the tops of each arc with ribbon as you add the strips to hold the appropriate shapes.

-I used 4 strips to make 8 cage bars. To be more realistic, use more strips. I kinda liked the theoretical idea of the bird being able to escape through the bars should she please. Zippy was a free spirit and frequently escaped Tongue
5. Unscrew the bottom of the perch and hot glue the second cardboard circle to the underside of the first, hiding the ends of the metal strips. Reattach nut to secure perch. Assembly complete!

6. Decorate! I used plain white poster paper and modge podge to cover up the brown cardboard. I painted the edges of the circle and all the metal strips gold.

I glued a gold ribbon to the circle edge to hide the ugly cardboard. I painted the tealight holder gold and filled it with birdseed, then I glued a few beige pearlescent marbles to the bottom of the cage as "eggs." Zippy wasn't always very good at making nests and a few eggs would always end up on the bottom of the cage.

7. Hang the cage by the ribbons at the top and enjoy Smiley  
Thanks for looking!
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