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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tattooed Jewelry Box w/pics! on: January 19, 2008 05:59:01 PM
thar she blows, my new snake lady design on an otherwise old-n-ugly jewelry box (even though I'll admit I love that pukey green, mmmmm, pea soup...)

here's the side of the box

I got this box for 2.95 at a thrift store, worth it!

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fantastic Plastic!! retro resin & acrylic goodness NEW PICS! on: January 19, 2008 01:06:16 PM
I love big vintage resin rings. I drool over them, I dream about shopping and wake up wishing I owned the ones I purchased in my sleep.
so I think I've finally figured out how to do it, and I could probably keep every single one for myself (which I can't do, boo hoo  Cry )

I also made this wicked necklace from some found objects & shrinky-dink, an you tell I love big, gaudy stuff yet?

the ultimate irony: my mom has owned a jewelry store since I was a baby, and I never wanted anything to do with it, now I'm making jewelry til the wee hours in the morning after I get home from work. Go figure, right?

p.s. I think I need to buy a new camera, for reals.
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / meet Gary the Hippo! *pics!* on: January 19, 2008 12:09:09 PM
you'll have to ask my boyfriend why he's called Gary, but I made one for my nephew for Christmas and now I'm hooked (pardon the pun) on crocheting hippos

I can't get over the instant gratification of crocheting!
I shortened his snout & made some other tweaks to her original, but the body in her blog is much rounder than mine, which is more tube-y or bean-y, how does she get so much roundness from her pattern?
here's her blog: http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2007/03/12/hungry-hungry-hippo/

24  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Tattooed Wedges: ugly to awesome! on: December 07, 2007 10:13:27 PM
I wish I had a before picture to enter in this month's craft challenge!
these used to be some very ugly, uncomfortable denim platforms that pinched my toes, but I love how tall they were so I kept them.
Finally one day I decided to spruce them up & here's the result, et voila!

I cut the straps to give my toes a little more room & re-sewed them with some tough thread, the lettering is Latin for "She Flies On Her Own Wings"
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / engineering needle storage (pic fiesta- ole!) EDIT:W/TUTORIAL on: June 08, 2007 02:46:14 PM
for many moons I kept all my knitting needles in a bag that hung on a doorknob with no rhyme or reason, not knowing what on earth I had or what I needed for which project. I collect lots of crafting artifacts from thrift stores-
translation: lord only knows what I've got where & when & why

I've never wanted a storebought needle organizer because they either have too much storage, or not enough, or they're expensive, or they've got engineering flaws I would end up having to fix anyway, and they're made of that awful backpack material & they look awful

My solution: I made my own!

Vintage Fabric Needle Roll

Canadian Physics Textbook turned into DPN/Circular/Crochet Hook storage

they work great, and now I know what I have!

(say that five times fast)

1.find a cool book and tear it to pieces (there were some great illustrations that I had to save, recycle the rest!)

2. take your new empty book cover, lay it flat on your fabric & cut your rectangle with about 1 inch seam allowance

3. sew the edges of your rectangle (you won't use your book cover again until you've got everything sewn together)

4. Now you'll start placing your needles, I started with my smaller needles on the right side. To establish a base from which to work, I sewed ribbon on the far edge (pick something STRETCHY! I had to tear the ribbon off and start over with nylon hem tape)

5. stack your needles (I put them in numerical order), I pinned them under the ribbon, and used some skinny green elastic to hold them in a few inches up from the ribbon, use your best judgement.
I found that pinning with the elastic loosely UNDER the needles still ensured enough stretch to keep them secure


6. sew the sides of your hem tape down.

7. sew down the elastic and hem tape where you put your pins (I foudn I didn't need to sew around every single needle, you'll probably find the same thing while you're pinning, my DPNs needed the most control and support-- like a bra, think of your project as a needle bra!)

when you're done it look-a like this:

8. repeat the process on the other side for bigger, taller needles

9. the fun part: Super 77!
I used spray glue to carefully secure my frankenstein fabric to the book cover

and used tacky glue to make sure the edges were double-plus-sticky
(careful not to un-do your beautiful spray-glue job)


10. add the ribbon closure with tacky glue, make sure to clamp it down

11. the least fun part: squish your project between the heaviest books you can find and let the glue set up overnight12. ALTHOUGH I AM RABIDLY OPPOSED TO HOT GLUE ON FABRIC (and you should be too!), I added a piece of the same ribbon with hot glue to the top of the left side for all my circulars

***I also reinforced the needle-catching hem tape on the bottom with a few dabs of hot glue,*** but not in any place that would be under pressure or weight! hot glue will betray you my sisters, don't be fooled by instant gratification...

I used the same fabric that covers our kitchen bulletin board,

go vintage or go home!  Grin everything you see in this post was bought for next to nothing at thrift stores, including the majority of my needles and crochet hooks. A little patience & a limited budget goes a long way.
26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / my first crochet FO! amigurumi best bunny---> on: June 08, 2007 02:20:00 PM
So here he is, from the free Lion Brand pattern 'Best Bunny'
not very exciting for seasoned crocheters, but it's the first thing I've ever crocheted! I'm a little excited...

for now he lives on our tv

in this picture you can see his tail (possibly my favorite part)

I've got to fastidiously reshape them...

I've been a knitter for a few years, but I think I may convert to the life of the happy hooker (instant gratification, baby!). I tried to learn to crochet once and all I could make was a nipple (don't ask), but I've figured it out and I really had a good time with this
many more cute things to come! let me know what you think
27  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Messenger Bags from Used 5lb Coffee Bags on: April 14, 2007 01:32:28 PM
Alright, I've started collecting materials for a project that is so far only manifested in my mind, but I KNOW(!!!) that I can make this work, if only I can figure it out.

I work at a coffee shop/roaster, and we re-use all our old 5lb coffee bags for retail about 4 weeks and then toss them and start afresh with a new bag. These tossed bags are still in pretty good shape, just creased and wrinkled, but they're this great super-Warhol-shiny silver. I can salvage about 18x25in. blocks of surface area, and I just found out today they can be cleaned up to sparkling new with a little dish soap (they're for whole beans only so there are no stains or foul smells to speak of).

Now, I'd like to quilt/sew them together to make strong, weather-proof fabric to make bike messenger bags (to begin with, anyway) because there's NOWHERE in St. Louis that you can get a good messenger bag, definitely not a recycled one.

A friend of mine has been making coin purses from juice pouches for years, and I know she could help me get these together into some kind of strong fabric (with thread tension and whatnot).

BUT! here's where you guys come in:
any advice would be MUCH appreciated, I'm tracking down a working sewing machine (in fact I had a dream about a new industrial sewing machine last night) as is mine is currently broken.
I'd like to make this kind of my summer project/good samaritan recycle earth-friendly invention of the month. My creativity makes up where my sewing skills lack (unfortunately)-
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / convert School Bus to Mobile Living Space on: January 13, 2006 03:23:04 PM
we (my friend Chris and I) have made a long term (1 year+) goal:

we are going to hop in a vehicle and traverse the continent, while selling art, playing gigs, going to craft fairs, and we're going to make a documentary about the whole thing. I'm a 2-D and 3-D visual artist as well as an avid crafter, my friend Chris is a filmmaker, and Joe is a martial arts philosopher guy.

We plan on leaving February 20th, 2007

THUS, we need transportation. This plan is in it's preliminary stages, and after a lengthy talk with my dad (the smartest scientist in the world), we thought a school bus would be the most reliable, have alot of room to be converted into living space, be easier to fix/maintain, and be more efficient. Once/If we get a school bus, you bet I will post all my progress! we lost our apartment and I lost my job 2 days after Christmas, we see this more as an opportunity than an obstacle & the coming year will be an exciting and challenging one.

Now here's where you come in! there are questions I have:
  • what is used to insulate an RV? is there an even better material?
  • do you have any experience with RV vs. Bus?
  • how could I put any kind of plumbing (namely, a primitive shower) in the bus?
  • we're planning on looking into bio-desiel, any advice or previous experience? (there is a bio-deisel club in St. Louis we plan on joining)
  • have you ever bought and used a school bus for anything before? where is the best place to find one?

that's all I've got so far, ANY advice would be greatly aappreciated. And keep it coming because this is going to be an ongoing project. I've already been on plenty of road trips so I've got that under my belt, I'm more concerned about converting the bus to a living space specifically.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your time and attention, wish me luck!
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