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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Craft storage on: November 24, 2010 11:51:48 AM
(I am not sure if this is "reconstructed" or not. It is . . . embellished I suppose)

For my day job, I work at a school, and this past weekend they wanted to clean out the storage sheds full of old classroom furniture, so they sent an email to the faculty and staff that if you wanted anything just come and get it for FREE!  So of course I was all on that. Boyfriend and I borrowed his dad's truck and we got some file cabinets, a few tables, some other boring stuff, and this awesome cubby organizer! With THIRTY cubbies! And then Hobby Lobby was having a sale on craft storage boxes, and Michaels had a pack of Amy Butler scrapbook paper I really liked. I cut the paper for the fronts and attached it with photo corners, just in case I one day decide to change the color scheme (which I probably will, knowing me)

Right now the only place for it is next to my desk and blocking the window, but the only person who ever uses that window is my cat and he's fine with sitting on top of the cubbies. Now I have storage for all my Etsy store inventory and supplies, and even a few empty boxes just waiting for me to make more stuff! Yay!

Should I feel guilty that I'm more excited about this piece of furniture than I was when my nephew was born?
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gift wrap flower thingy on: November 06, 2010 11:52:21 AM
So, my friend had her baby shower today, and she's gonna do the baby's room in a jungle theme. I got her the jungle border that she registered for, and here's how I wrapped it:

I made the flower out of the tissue paper (obviously) and a sparkly brad, then I just stuck it on with double stick tape. She really liked how it looked, even though everyone else's presents were all in typical baby boy themed wrapping paper. Another friend said I should make a bunch of these flowers and sell them but I said no way people would buy them because they're so easy to make!

You just cut a square of tissue paper about the size you want your flower, then fold in half, half again, then half the triangle way, then cut a petal shape and unfold. Do a bunch, layer them, stick a brad through, crinkle it up, then fluff it out. Easy peasey.
13  COOKING / Dessert / Candy sushi! on: September 19, 2010 07:56:33 AM
One of my friends is pregnant and really missing being able to eat sushi, so when my boyfriend and I went over for game night, I brought this:

Like many candy sushi recipes I saw on the internet, I used Rice Crispy treats as the rice, gummy worms and Twizzlers inside, Swedish fish as, well, fish, and green fruit roll-ups as the nori. It was totally my own idea to use orange sugar (from a pack of sugars in Halloween colors) as roe though.  The only hard part really was finding the green fruit roll-ups, but I found some Kroger brand "Alien" ones that unfortunately have white speckles, but eh, close enough.

I brought chop sticks to eat them with, and they were a hit! Totally fun to make, not too difficult, and pretty tasty!
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] Take swaps out of "hot new projects" on: March 03, 2010 04:56:08 PM
I just want to say, it is kind of disappointing when I see a cool thumbnail on the "Hot New Projects" scroll on the front page, and I think "wow I wonder what THAT is?!" and I click it and oh, it's just a thumbnail for another swap, not actually a project at all.

I know a lot of people love swaps, but perhaps they could be separated out of that scroll on the front page, and featured somewhere else instead?
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More cardboard cuffs, better design! on: December 29, 2009 05:21:20 PM
I've been making lots of these cuff bracelets from cardboard tubes and scrapbook paper: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328753.msg3795437#msg3795437

They're the tubes that yarn comes on, and my boyfriend's mom gives them to me.  It finally occurred to me (duh) that I could make them easier to get on and off if I split them first! I decided they also look better if I don't wrap the paper around, which means I also had to paint the edges, and of course I had to custom mix colors to match the papers, because I am apparently crazy.  Anyway, on to the pics!  (I just love these papers, from the pack called Lime Rickey by Basic Grey)

Thanks for looking!  Comments and critiques welcome!
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Diorama - How to Make a Friend on: December 25, 2009 08:42:37 AM
Here is my latest diorama!  I am so proud of this one.

How I made

Bricks: Mixed sand and red paint, painted a piece of cardstock, let it dry.  Then I cut out and glued down each individual brick (because I am crazy) and when that was dry I washed it all with watered down black paint to age it.

Robot: cut pieces of copper pipe, filled with hot glue (tried clay at first, didn't work) stuck in the spring neck and legs, let dry, painted the hot glue.  The hands and feet are jewelery findings, and I glued the arms on with E6000 and painted the glue when it was dry.  I probably should have used JB Kwik, which i did use for the other metal bits, but I didn't have it at the time.

Floor, crates, cabinet, window frame, door frame, shelves: popsicle sticks. Crates are filled with hot glue and the metal odds and ends stuck in.  Metal bits on shelves and screws on the cabinet are glued down with JB Kwik.

Peg board: cardboard with holes burned in with my heat tool.  Tools: purchased from dollhouse section of craft store.

Door: used to be the lid to a box.  

I bought a lot of the random metal bits from here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagesupplyco

Comments and critiques welcome!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My new awesome diorama! Pic heavy on: December 10, 2009 08:52:35 PM
This project ate my life for the last couple of weeks.  It's titled "Don't Ask Don't Tell."  

Comments and critiques welcome!

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Woodland whimsy coasters! on: November 21, 2009 07:21:11 PM
Yes, it is even more ceramic tile coasters, but we can always use more coasters, right?  These are with scrapbook paper from a pack I think was called Friendly Forest or something like that, that I got on clearance.  Yay clearance!  

The colors got a bit washed out in the first pic, they're more true to life in this one:

I've been using Mod Podge to glue the paper, then sealing with Mod Podge, and with Triple Thick Glaze, then spray acrylic sealer, but I'm going to try some with varnish or something else instead of Triple Thick because it's kind of expensive. I apply everything with a sponge roller, which gives a subtle texture that I really like.  Oh, and I've got adhesive cork on the back to protect surfaces.  

I've made several sets of these, it's a great way to use up my scrapbook paper so I can make room . . . to buy more scrapbook paper, lol!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cardboard cuff bracelet on: November 21, 2009 05:47:48 PM
I posted a while back about getting all these short cardboard tubes from my boyfriend's mom. They held yarn, and when she uses up the yarn, she gives me the tubes.  Thanks to a suggestion from here, I've been making lots of cuff bracelets out of them by covering them with scrapbook paper, coating with Mod Podge and Triple Thick Glaze, then sealing with acrylic sealant.  I think they've been turning out nice!  Here's a couple of pics of my favorite one:

Oh, I also made that paper hand to display them for photos, pretty simple really, just traced my own hand. 
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Shipping for dummies? on: October 30, 2009 07:41:17 AM
Still doing my prep before opening my shop. I have never shipped anything, ever, in my life. So confused. I'm imagining the steps I'll need to take if I ever do make a sale.

I'm in the U.S.  So, ok, I guess I buy boxes for my stuff?  Where is a good place to get them?  Oh, I'd need bubble wrap too I suppose, to keep stuff from breaking.  So, ok, I wrap it, tape it up, print an address label I guess?  Take it . . . to the post office? UPS store? And they will sell me postage I guess?

Apparently there are all sorts of ways to ship something, and I have no idea how much any of them will cost and which one is the right one to use.

How do you determine your shipping cost ahead of time if you don't know how much the post office will charge until you get there?

Do y'all buy your shipping materials in bulk or wait until you've made a sale before getting the boxes and stuff?
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