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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Customized Geek Tray on: May 31, 2010 12:24:20 AM
Well now that my partner in the IT Crowd swap has received I can post this tray that I made for her, which I am super proud of. Smiley I bought a round, plastic serving tray at Target on clearance for cheap, sanded it lightly, painted it with gray acrylic paint, designed the image of the IT Crowd gang on my computer, mod podge'd it onto the center and then finished with three coats of acrylic varnish! I hope it will hold up to spills and such, I didn't dare test it. ^_^

If you want to make one of your own, Target always has a tray in this style available, and if you wait you can snag one for 75% off. Here's what it originally looked like, except mine had starfish on the bottom:

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yellow Patchwork Desk w/ Mod Podge mayhem! on: March 28, 2010 08:49:34 PM
My niece is doing awesome in her kindergarten classes through e-school and I thought that warranted a place to work. Smiley So after hunting for a good deal on a new one, I saw this white, dirty desk on craigslist that I just knew had tons of potential and I snagged it for $20! She picked out paint, knobs and paper to decoupage the top with and I got to work sanding, priming and cleaning.

After a few days of work painting the entire thing in KILLZ I brought it over to my sister's place and we made our first attempt with Mod Podge. I was covered in the stuff by the time we were done and it was definitely a learning experience. We layered different sized squares of paper all over the desktop and smothered them with Mod Podge, which I ended up smushing around with my hands because our sponge handle broke. X) There were plenty of lumps, wrinkles and bubbles but after another coat of Mod Podge and a coat of acrylic sealant I think it's a pretty tough surface. Anyway, my niece loves it and it's really inspired her to write and draw more than she did before. Smiley

One of the knobs is missing because I lost one of the screws, this has since been remedied.

Her tastes are all over the place, from robots and skeletons to flowers to butterflies!

She likes it more than this photo lets on!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dinosaurs and animals drinking tea and practicing good dental hygiene! on: February 03, 2010 10:09:01 AM
Sometimes when my sister and I hang out at her place we end up painting. This series was dictated by my six-year-old niece, who said she wanted a werewolf brushing his teeth and a bat drinking tea. So her mom did those two and I did the accompanying pieces which have dinosaurs instead. I love having a niece who likes werewolves and dinosaurs. Cheesy

We used acrylics and some wood boards I got at the hardware store.


And here are two others that I did in the same format.

"Robbie" + "Fireflies"
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm addicted to DPNs, I need a long glove pattern! on: January 19, 2009 01:32:33 AM
Alright alright, I was once a self-proclaimed circular knitting hater. I'd had moderate success knitting hats and things flat so I thought who the heck needs all those extra needles?! Well, I bought a pair of DPNs just for shits and giggles and dang it all, I love them! Thinking about knitting a hat flat makes me sick, at least for now, it's really fun not having to seam, since my seams always looked like something off of Frankenstein's Monster.

Anyway, I've made one hat so far and I would love to make my sister some long-ish fingerless gloves, all in the round. But so far I haven't found a pattern that I like, I don't want to mess with lacing or buttons and a lot seem to start flat and only go to DPNs for the thumb gusset. Something plain that I can embellish myself would be awesome, please please help me out! Cheesy
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Prepare for trouble and make it double! on: November 01, 2008 07:04:33 PM
I'm very proud of my sister because she's successfully passed on our love of Pokemon to my four-year-old niece and she decided she wanted to go as Meowth for Halloween! Our little nerdling. Cheesy

I'd never made a full body suit before but this pattern (Butterick B3238) was really quite easy. I opted to make my own hood and attach it rather than go for their separate coif thing and since we'd be trick-or-treating at the mall I also decided to leave off the mittens. She really enjoyed it and her mom dressed up as James, in a Team Rocket grunt outfit she pieced together.  Grin

Anyway, it's nothing too fancy but I had fun making it and I thought it was a success since she refused to take it off except to go to the bathroom. X)
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Share Your Favorite Book Swap! on: August 31, 2008 08:09:59 PM
I was thinking it'd be fun to do another book related swap, but rather than trying to figure out what type of book your partner would like to read you could just send them a copy of your favorite piece of literature. Smiley I'd obviously try to match people with similar tastes, but who had hopefully not already read their partner's pick. And you could include a letter explaining just why you love it so much and a couple crafted doo-dads like a custom book cover, book bag or bookmark.

Anyway, I'd love to have this be my first organized swap, do let me know if anyone would be interested in taking part. Smiley 

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / My Giant Head Dillemma on: April 28, 2008 09:54:42 PM
Hey guys, I've got a super weird question and I wasn't sure where else it could go.

I'm planning a large costume for an upcoming Anime Festival of a character called Yubaba who has an enormous head, which I was planning to construct out of papier mache, foam and fleece. I'm just not sure if the papier mache will be strong enough to hold up. Hopefully it should be fairly light since I plan on using foam, batting and fleece for the rest of the head but I don't want to have anything unfortunate happen just the same.

My question, is there any way I can make extra strong papier mache? Glue or something? What are the best materials to use? And about how many layers do you reckon I should do? Will too many make it weaker or stronger?

Here's a link to a picture of the aforementioned character:


My general plan for making the giant head is to mold the papier mache around a very large beach ball, deflate and remove the ball once papier mache dries, cut and attach protruding features (pretty much her whole face) out of stiff foam, use spray adhesive to attach fleece "skin", use fiberfill to make hair "pillow" that will wrap around top of the head and be covered with grey fleece strips sewn or glued on, shade using various materials and attach a harness to the neck opening that will go under my dress to help stabilize the whole operation.

As you can see, I am most definitely insane.

Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated, I need all the help I can get.  Grin Thank you kindly!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent Calendar made of teeny tiny boxes! on: December 03, 2007 04:34:49 PM
I love advent calendars and after a spurt of inspiration when I remembered a crapload of tiny boxes that my dad brought home from work and are otherwise useless, I whipped one up! It's two days late, so my niece will have to catch up and eat three candies in one day, the poor thing. Grin

I'm not sure where you could find any regularly, he's a copier technician and has a sortof fetish for office supplies so he's always bringing stuff home.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / I know you guys are tired of me... on: March 27, 2007 12:34:54 AM
But be kind!  Wink I'm going to be attending a wedding pretty soon, the first I've been to, and I've got the perfect dress all planned out in my head. It's pretty much The Elegent Lady's Closet dress from Sense and Sensibility with the elbow-length sleeves, but I plan on having it be knee-length. But on the website it says that I have to wear the special under-pinnings for it to look right, and I honestly can't afford to buy two patterns, one for the dress and another for the pinnings. Do you think I could pull it off with a good bra?

Thank you!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Bermuda Shorts? on: March 14, 2007 12:32:15 PM
Hey guys, I've got a question to ask you knowledgeable craftsters.  Smiley

I'd like to make the shorts pictured in the bottom left corner of this picture:


I'd really like to have a couple different pairs of bermuda-type shorts for the summer, and I thought this pattern would work well until I saw that the waistband is elastic. So now I'm picturing like a gathered, icky unflattering waist on them and I'm having second thoughts. Do you guys think this will be a problem or would they still look cute? I won't be tucking shirts into them or anything, I mostly wear tees.

I'm posting this in the curvacious area because I'm wondering if they'll look good on a bigger gal. I know this length is flattering, but I'm worried the elastic waistband will give me lumps where I don't actually have any.

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