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1  Texas / Texas: Coastal / Harlingen - craft junkie needs her fix on: August 06, 2010 09:08:31 AM
Just moved to Harlingen and am desperately looking for crafting resources, thrift stores, shows and all the things this junkie needs to get her fix.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Vintage help! on: September 18, 2007 09:21:17 AM
I've been searching the net for good clear vintage images of advertisements, signs, product labels and all I've been able to find are actual pictures of products, not just of the artwork.  Does anyone know of any good websites that have the artwork from products from the 40's and/or 50's?    I'm interested in any and all types of products.   

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Melted bead windchime/suncatcher Texas style y'all! on: July 21, 2006 07:58:08 AM
I've been playing with the melted beads like so many others and in my experiments, I came up with this.  The windchime/suncatcher was inspired by another crafter, but the design was all mine.

To make shapes more crisp and angular (which is very hard to do with round beads I used metal cookie cutters to melt the beads in.  I just put foil across the bottom and sort of molded it to the sides so it wouldn't let any melty bead goo to ooze out.

For something different I also smashed some colored beads with a hammer to get smaller pieces that I sprinkled on the top of the beads in the cutters.

Heat 500 degrees for 20 minutes.  Let cool for about 20 minutes (or until the popping stops) then remove foil and spread gently at sides of cookie cutter to unmold finished shapes.

I sanded the edges to get them a little less sharp, with a Dremel and drilled holes in the tops of the shapes.  I had an old Christmas cookie tin lid that I painted and drilled holes in and then I strung up the shapes to form the final product.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Faux stained glass mirror on: July 20, 2006 12:04:02 PM
I had some stained glass paints and a mirror, so I just went to it.  With the mirror being so long the hardest thing was keeping the liquid leading in a straight line, but as you can tell, my lines are not straight.  It's ok though, it's craft not art and I like it.

Sorry the pic is a little dark.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Etched mirror magnets on: July 20, 2006 11:58:13 AM
I got some different shaped small mirrors and covered them with blue painters tape.  I drew my design on and cut it out with an exacto knife, applied etching cream and left it on as per instruction.  After it was done etching, I washed it off, removed the tape and let them dry.  I used silver tape that is used on stained glass and covered the edges, then hot glued a small magnet to the back and Tadaa!!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easy Peasy Napkin Valances on: July 20, 2006 11:41:58 AM
Pretty simple.  I used cloth napkins that I had found on clearance, sewed a trough across the top of them and strung them up on a tension rod.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Magnetetic Valance?! on: July 20, 2006 11:32:23 AM
I have a metal door with a set of windows on it, in my rental house.   The door is great, I love the style, but sometimes, I just don't want so much light pouring in, and well it just doesn't look finished.  The previous tenants had put holes in it to screw in a curtain rod holder, but it just looks tacky, so I decided to make a magnetic valance that would just attach to the door, so I wouldn't have to drill any new holes or try to figure out what kind of hangar they used before.

So anyway, I had some fabric and I just sewed it up around the edges (yes, I know it's not straight, it's the price I pay for not measuring, but I'm ok with it) along the top hem I folded it over and sewed straight along the top, sewed closed one side put in about 5 round magnets, and sewed them each into their own little section.  The final product:

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Funky abstract placemat on: July 20, 2006 11:14:34 AM
Last fall when Halloween placemats went on clearance I grabbed a couple, because you never know when you might need a placemat for something.  Anyway, I painted the whole thing in flat white acrylic paint, then took a pencil and a ruler and made a bunch of abstract shapes in the border.  After I finished drawing the shapes, I used several different colors to fill them in, and after several coats after everything was dry, I used several sharpies to make the bold black borders.  To finish it off I used about 5 coats of clear acrylic paint (the cheapy kind) and voila!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sparkly lamp and shade on: July 20, 2006 11:08:00 AM
I had a plain white lamp that bored me to tears, so I jazzed it up.

I painted the body, and added some starry sparkly do-dads I had found at WalMart.  

To pep the shade up, I used a stencil and with a paint brush painted the shade with glue and then carefully removed the stencil and dusted the are with the glue with white pearly glitter.  After it was completely dry I used a dry paint brush and dusted off the excess.  

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Hubcap bird feeders on: July 20, 2006 09:07:04 AM
Feeling crafty my son and I decided to add some color to our yard and offer sustinance to our feathered friends.  

We took these old rounded hubcaps, primed them and then painted them with different designs, just whatever we felt like at the time.  I drilled three holes in the sides of each hubcap and with some zinc plated screwes attached the chains to the hubcaps then chained them to an S hook and hung them from a sheppards hook in our back yard.  

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