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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pimp My Barbie Ride - Oh Yeah! (Warning - pict heavy) on: November 02, 2009 10:33:58 PM
Hi there,

Just wanted to share my latest craft project which was a gift to my younger sis.

You see, we had many Barbies when we were kids and had some good memories. So, as an early b-day gift to my sis who happens to be 30 years old, I decided to gift her with a refurbished Barbie car we had that was in sad, sad shape after so many years in storage.

Original pict of Barbie corvette (missing windowshield):

Barbie car disassembled:

Barbie car discoloration after more than +20 years. You can still see the original pink in some areas where the rest faded into some wierd orange flesh color.

Barbie car parts spraypainted a metallic chrome:

Shot of Barbie car with new spraypainted body along with octopus stencil from Stencilry using a paint marker pen.

Interior shot of Barbie car. Tied black elastic to replace seat belt straps. Also glued piece of Google map where a radio sticker used to be to bring the car up to the 21st century (new GPS system). Also glued an old Barbie plastic radio and 80s cell phone to pass as a satellite phone. Steering wheel was replaced by a model car rim tire bought at a hobby shop.

Stuck on red rhinestone stickers to replace stickers for backlights. I decided to leave the Barbie sticker license plate because, well, it's still a Barbie car, right?

Barbies ready to ride their pimped out car. I put an old plastic hairdryer onto 1 Barbie's hand to make it look as though she's carrying a sidearm like a Mattel version of a Charlie's Angel but my husband told me that it still looks like a hairdryer!

I had a lot of fun doing this project despite the fumes of spraypainting outside. My sis loves it and promptly took it home after I showed it to her.

Please enjoy looking and should you have a project similar to this one, I would love to see it!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Where to donate cards? on: December 10, 2007 12:37:06 PM

I'm interested to find out if anyone knows where I can donate cards. I've been on the receiving end of snippy comments from volunteers at local Goodwills and other thrift/charity stores in the DC area that they are no longer accepting cards of any kind as well as office/desk supplies such as magazine holders and the like because they can't 'sell' those. Never mind that they're more than willing to set up counters of unsold merchandise from retail stores such as Target..(sorry, just a pet peeve of mine)...

In any case, I have printed cards (not crafted) that I know I will never use. Does anyone know of any organization willing to accept these? I will gladly pay postage to get rid of them.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 'Hit and Miss' quilt for IKEA couch (7 picts) on: October 30, 2007 08:16:42 PM
As a rookie to quilting, I decided to take the plunge and use the orange color of my IKEA couch as a source of inspiration.

As the weather is dropping, thought I could use a throw while watching TV. So, decided to finally use 4 cushion covers I bought at a thrift as a backing. Thought the orange ring in the bullseye matched my couch perfectly.

Then, proceeded to rip out all seams of the covers and sew them as panels.

Bought twin-sized batting (although the panels were considerably shorter and thinner than the standard-sized quilt), sewed it to the cushion cover panels, and then bought some fabric for the top.

Then, started to quilt through all layers by following the screen-printed bias pattern on the front fabric. Makes it easy to follow when you're new at this and don't have to worry about being completely off.

After being pleased with the initial results, thought it could use some binding. Didn't like the standard blanket satin binding and did not have the patience to make my own so I bought 6.5 yards of 2" ribbon.

Made the rookie mistake of completely panicking at the end of trying to miter the last corner and ended up cutting the ribbon short right at the corner. Luckily I had just enough to make a patch.

Quilted back:

Quilted front on couch:

Both sides seen together:

Future notes to self:
1. have more patience in learning how to miter corners and sewing on binding for blankets;
2. contrast stitching is not for the faint of heart. (Excuse: I did not want to invest in finding coordinating thread for the blanket binding because I have too much thread already. Similar colored-thread would have been less noticeable when sewing close to edge of ribbon).
3. Learn to live with crafting mistakes.

Despite the trial and error, the project was more or less quick (1 weekend plus an evening) and I'm happy with it despite the binding patch.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wall organizer from Lotta Jansdotter's "Simple Sewing" on: October 25, 2007 10:03:36 AM
My version made from brown canvas. Thought it was too plain once I made it so I bought a couple of stencils and a white paint marker and started placing them randomly.

With some stuff in it.

Close-up of stencilled patterns. Tried to create some visual interest by breaking up the patterns over the pocket areas.

I think I would use these stencils again and if there was a different one available with smaller pinecones, the overall effect would have been different as I don't think the large pinecones nestle quite well.

In any case, I'm pleased with how it came out as I'm not a very good sewer.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / NYTimes: Where the Crafts Babes and D.I.Y. Dudes Are on: June 25, 2007 10:47:43 AM
Don't know if anyone has posted a link to this article yet but here goes:

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WashPost article: "Where It's Knit, Knit, Knit At the Old Ballgame" on: May 16, 2007 07:28:04 AM
Found here for those interested:

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / NYTimes Article: interesting article on 3-D printers on: May 07, 2007 08:30:51 AM
Can be found here:

For potential craft projects in the future when you're missing that doodad thingie? Better wait till those prices come way down....
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / WashingtonPost article: AFOLs: (Adult Friends of Legos) on: November 26, 2006 07:15:47 AM
For those interested, article titled "Age 35, and Something Went Snap: With Legos, Grown-Ups Reclaim a Piece of the Past"

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / WashingtonPost article about DIY sewing on: September 21, 2006 06:52:23 AM
Located here for those interested:

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Anyone familiar with www.bakespace.com? on: August 25, 2006 08:31:22 AM
Anyone a member? I'm curious. Saw this mentioned in the WashingtonPost Express.

I know it's a cooking community where one can download or upload recipes. Is it a different spin on MySpace or Friendster for the culinary-inclined?
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