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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glam-as-all Get out Earring Holder from a Cereal box!? on: July 26, 2005 11:44:05 AM

Hi Crafting buddies! Its been FOREVER since i posted a project, but I'm all moved into my new apt & have my things here and organized, so project 1 was this fun new EARRING CADDY!  It was probably one of the easiest things I've ever made, and it came out as one of the more professional projects I've done.

1. Cut a piece of cardstock to the size that you'd like.  (i used a cereal box) Make sure its not too thick, or you won't be able to poke holes into it. Too thin, and it won't support the weight of the earrings.
2. cut fabric leaving about 1/2-1" around all corners
3. Pull the fabric tight around the cardboard & Staple as close to the edge as you can. (i also used a bit of white glue before stapling to help hold it evenly.)
4. Cut off any excess fabric at the corners or edges
5. Cut some decorative ribbon (I used thick ribbon with gold threading and black to pull out the fabric colors I used)
6. Hot glue ribbon around the edges, wrapping around the back to hide the ends(this will also add thickness at the corners and keep it off of the wall) Glue the Hanger the same way
7. Note: most earrings are not sturdy enough to poke through, so I took a Push pin and made my holes in the cardboard. Insert earrings & Hang.

You'll never waste time looking for a pair again, and it will look great on your wall too!

You might want to use some plain cardstock, possibly a folder or something similar, obviously, I don't want anyone to see the back of mine! hahah. You could also spraypaint it, but i wan't feeling that ambitious since I'm the only one who will see the back. Smiley


2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / GODZILLA STOCKING DESTROY TOKYO! MERRY XMAS! photos inside! :) on: November 29, 2004 03:16:35 PM
Nothing says Christmas like the destruction of Tokyo!

For all of you who are having trouble with holiday crafts for boys, I just made something that has gotten  every boy i know to drool with jealousy. I made this one for my boyfriend, but it looks like i'll be making a few more this holiday season too!

1 stocking
green, red, and yellow felt
hot glue


3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Rasterbater! (its not dirty!) make small pictures into HUGE murals so easy&fun ! on: June 28, 2004 11:16:19 PM

Check out this site. you can turn any image into a HUGE mural like these:
(these are not my photos they are directly from the Rasturbator gallery)

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / i need creative bathroom storage ideas. on: June 20, 2004 02:46:56 PM
in about a month, i'm moving out of my apartment with the big huge awesome bathroom all to myself, into a smaller bathroom, shared with 2 boys. UH OH. i've gotten really spoiled about leaving girly things all over the counter & sink area, but there is really nowhere to spread out there. there is a small closet, and i have a shelf for some of my things, but i have tons of jewelery, accessories, lotions, makeup, etc that will need a home.  does anyone have creative ideas of what i can do to keep it all organized, but accessible?

i will try to post a picture of the bathroom soon, but i'm not living there yet, so it might not be for awhile.  Smiley
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / more "recent posts" ? on: April 12, 2004 10:00:47 PM

How difficult would it be to allow users to view "30 most recent" "60 most recent" "100 most recent" etc? I find myself missing a lot of great stuff if i am not here for a few days. would it be possible to create links for more than the last 30 entries? Just some feedback. Smiley thanks
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Calendar Girl Clock With Tutorial & photos! on: April 10, 2004 08:30:53 PM
I am loving this project. Basically its an old boring (white clock black font) clock that i reconstructed to make into something a little more interesting. The beauty of this project is that you can use any Calendar to complete it!

Calendar Picture
Numbers (i used stickers, you can cut out or draw anything)
Clock Mechanism (I had to break mine to get the original apart, so i got a more 'retro' looking one to go with the picture i was using)-available at all craft stores/ hardware stores.
Mod Podge
Exacto Knife

Step 1: Open up the clock and remove any of the Existing Mechanism. Cut out a Calendar Page to fit the face of the clock

Mod podge the surface so that it is sealed and will not come off of the clock.

Step 2: Find some numbers or pictures to use for the Hours. I got some clear vinyl numbers and placed them right on the picture. I Mod podged over them for consistancy and to make sure they didn't peel off

Step 3: Begin putting the Mechanism together.

Steps 4&5: Put the glass back on and Hang it up. You're DONE!

Stuff to watch out for:
Make sure the piece you get isn't too long for the inside of the clock you are using (if it has a glass cover) Mine was, and i had to use mounting tape to keep it further from the back of the clock

watch the numbers, once mine were stuck, they were stuck for good. Start with the 12, 3, 6, and 9 and work around those.be careful

lastly, Trace out the face FIRST. I made the terrible mistake of cutting it freehand, and you can see where i was a little off near the 3. woops. Smiley all in all an easy as pie project that you could do in an afternoon.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Broken Glass and Resin uh..Sculpture sure let's go with that. on: March 16, 2004 09:12:46 AM
ok, this was discovered at my mom's house. I didn't make it, but i could, and so could you. Its so cool. My mom picked this thing up at a yard sale for 50 cents. Everyone in the house hates it but me. now i know why we get along so well!

ok, what it looks like is various colors of broken glass (start drinking crazy beverages now or rummaging through the neighbors recycling!  Then BREAK IT ***BE CAREFUL! WEAR GLOVES!***(maybe put it in some paper bags and go hit it w/ a hammer outside. Smiley

Looks like someone poured resin (or polyurethane) into a shallow pan and arranged the broken glass artistically.

once it dried, they drilled (or poked) small holes for thin wire to connect the 4 pieces.-you could easily do more than 4 or less

she has it in the window sill of her sun room and it looks really cool when the sun comes through it.

You could probably also put some images in there if you wanted to make one really crazy. i've been meaning to do this, but just don't have the supplies here yet.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Just too cute office decorations! on: November 30, 2003 07:34:46 AM
Hey Guys, with the holiday season coming up, I took the opportunity to decorate my workspace with some super easy, non-denominational decorations. Remember those little paper chain garland strands that you made as a kid? They look good as an adult too!

Its a simple (free) way to spruce up (no pun intended) your workspace for the holiday season. I made 2 strands to go around each of the 2 windows that are outside of my desk. I made them out of red & white so they have a candy cane look to them! On each edge, i Cut little red ribbons out of paper and taped it to hide the tape.

Then I cut a tree out of green paper and cut litle paper garland for it. I cut a star out of a yellow post-it and put it on top. once it was done i put it on my bulletin board and put little map tacks all over it as "ornaments' !!!

its all very cute and took me about 45 minutes, and the best part was, it was all made from office supplies and was *FREE!*

i'll try to get a picture for you guys soon! Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cardboard Mail Divider on: November 22, 2003 06:20:05 PM

This one is just made from an old box, some yarn, stencils and colored pencils (the bottle cap things are the same as in my bottle cap magnet thread here:

All i did was measure 3 equal sizes of cardboard, and fold it to make a pocket. I hot glued these on a larger piece of cardboard (the backing)

after gluing them down, i folded the seam up to meet the top, leaving the top open (for mail) i punched 4 holes through each side of the pocket.

once the holes were punched, i could "sew" yarn through the holes and tie it at the top. This could be done loosley to make them more adjustable (for all of those catalogs!)

i did this 3 times (one fore each roommate) and punched 2 more holes at the top for a hanging string.

after it was all put together i took stencils and put our initials on it. each one would be for the people who live in my house. Erica, Missy and Shawn. I made little bottle caps for each person. Erica got a little lesbian bike messenger girl, I got Space Ghost, and Shawn got Morrisey. Smiley

ta da, hang on the wall near the door and no more clutter.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tin Can Pencil Cup. on: November 22, 2003 06:12:46 PM

This one is so easy you could have your kids make it. Still, its fun.

Take your run  of the mill soup can, cover it in black paper--or any solid color you like (i used a large magazine ad) glue it together tightly.

find a picture that strikes your fancy (what could be more striking than pam grier?)

glue down. I then covered the whole thing in clear packing tape to seal it. I"m sure there are better ways to deal with this last step. I made this awhile ago, and am not 100% happy with it but its still a good place to store my talking darth vader pen. Smiley
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