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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Re: Everything reused "Bright" Idea for a Hat - lampshades on: February 11, 2014 07:31:48 AM
Thanks.  I luv the bug too.  How can you not luv a bug?  lol  I might have to borrow back on occasion.  Although I am already hunting supplies for my next one.  Soon I will have to start inventing new occasions to wear hats.  So many hats, so little time...

Have fun crafting!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Everything reused "Bright" Idea for a Hat - lampshades on: February 05, 2014 06:47:35 PM

Sorry about the length of the post, but I had to explain why I would choose to wear a lampshade in public... (Also this is my fist post so I hope the pictures work)

I am in a wedding party of a close friend.  Like me, she is crafty and came up with an idea for a very tame bachelorette party.  HAT MAKING!  In typical bridezilla fashion there was a twist…  

They had to be made out of lampshades.

I dove in to the challenge, determined to make something in a wearable vintage fashion.  An out of town flower girl also recruited my services for a bug themed topper.  I was also determined to make it through a bachelorette party without yet another picture of me sporting a giant lampshade on my head.  Hence the size of the shades selected.  

These can be made to suit any style, but here is how I managed it.  

MATERIALS: (EVERYTHING REUSED I scrounged from my house and a trip to the thrift store)
Vintage – lampshade
   -three doilies
   -flower hair clip

Bug   -lampshade
   -flower picks
   -wood ladybug decal

I also used my travel sewing kit and glue gun.  

Although fairly self explanatory in photos, I will explain the two separately two give two examples of how to approach this.  

Vintage: (easiest)
•   Position the doilies so they cover the shade.  I created a draped blusher by dropping one over the brim.  Attach with small stitches.
•   Bunch up one doily to make a flower and attach to hat with hair clip. 
•   Stitch headband to crossbar on the inside.

•   Sew small pieces of ribbon inside the shade to hold the headband in the position you want it.  
•   Cover the shade in the red felt.  Since it is sloped I found it easier to cut the felt into strips that matched the panels in the shade.
•   Attach black felt circles or various sizes.
•   Cover seams with ribbon.  
•   Attach decal and antennas.  
•   Slip headband through loops.  

You can either cover the top opening with fabric or leave it open.  The Vintage is covered in doilies but the Bug is left open.  

Have fun with this.  It is a chance to show off your personal flair!

P.S. No, I am not wearing mine to the wedding but the maids plan on sporting them at the rehearsal dinner and the morning after breakfast.  
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red, White and Gold Kanzashi - IMAGE HEAVY! on: February 05, 2014 05:54:15 PM
Wonderful details.  I can imagine many uses for such pretty flowers. 
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Buttoneers on: February 05, 2014 05:49:28 PM
Great work.  Suits my style perfect.  I love your mixing materials. 
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My Glasses Pouch from Drink Pouch on: February 05, 2014 05:45:51 PM
I need one of these.  People will stop mistakenly walking away with my extra pairs. 
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Miniature Easter basket on: February 05, 2014 05:43:55 PM
Fantastic!  I would not even try to fool myself into believing I have the eyes or patience to tackle this. 
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Pendant Necklace on: February 05, 2014 05:35:03 PM
So many of the kids I teach are wearing pop tab jewellery.  This is one that I would be proud to wear. 
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: For the Love of Story Stones on: February 05, 2014 05:32:51 PM
Two suggestions:
-get into schools, daycares or group programs.  I work with primary special needs kids.  Many have fine motor problems and the clones would be perfect to handle. 

-get a Kickstarter.com project going to set up a base business.  I would buy!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Green ceramic bowl with "crazy clear" on: February 05, 2014 05:28:35 PM
My suggestion is to buy up as much of this "crazy" clear you can find. 
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: iPod Valentines on: February 05, 2014 05:24:01 PM
Great idea.  I teach at a school that is implementing using technology such as IPods in the classroom.  I have seen so many purchased Valentines over the years and try to make something special for the kiddies.  These are a must for me. 
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