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1  * Funky hippie bedroom with stenciled daisy cement floor * in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Bighalofro on: March 05, 2009 01:42:33 AM
This was a project that I completed over 3 years ago but I'm really proud of the results so I thought I'd share.  When I got out of the Navy I moved back into my parents house in order to go to college.  The one thing I hated was my grimy gray rug and boring white walls.  So I begged my parents to allow me to do this...

I really love the contrast between my bright yellow bathroom and the teal bedroom walls!  It was funny because when I explained what I planned on doing, my father made a face and said, "It sounds like a five dollar whore house."  Once it was all done I was so proud and thought I had turned him around with my execution so I asked him.  He replied, "Yup.  I was right--Looks like a five dollar whore house!"   Tongue  Oh well, I love it and that's what matters!

All the lime green diamonds were hand painted and the daisies were created using a stencil that my sister made for me.  I think this might have been the only time in my life that I've been sad to have such a large bedroom (16x25ft) considering that the floor took two weeks alone and my knees suffered the painful consequences Cry

Here's a close up of the floor (inspired by the store OOP!)...

I also repainted my entire bedroom set which my father bought me at a yard sale and is original vintage 70's and I absolutely LOVE!  I actually regret using ultra white paint, however, since it seems to get dirty really easily.  My kickass blue velvet couch and popart self portrait (that I created at photofiddle.com) fit right in my "five dollar whore house" Wink  I was super psyched since it turned up exactly as I had imagined and even after 3 years I'm still infatuated with it.  I'm even sad that I'll have to part with it at the end of this year when I get married!

These photos were taken before all of the decorating was completed which explains why none of the pictures are hung on the walls yet.  The black lump on the bed is my 115 lb cow of a Labrador Sadie.  Notice my eyeglass stand in front of the window.  It's usually a crowd pleaser and my nieces have a blast with it almost every time they visit Cheesy  I had purchased it when Gadzooks had gone out of business for $20 and an excuse to buy more sunglasses!  My mother was always telling not to buy any more since I "had no where to put them".  Problem solved Grin

Here's a picture of my rarely organized closet.  I think you can tell that I have a clothing addiction.  This is only a small fraction of my wardrobe...

And a picture of before for good measure with my friend Brenna.  Booor-ring!

I'd love to know what people think!  I figure you'll either love it or hate it, which seems to be the case most of the time. 
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2  Decorative candles and candle globe in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Bighalofro on: February 26, 2009 03:07:42 PM
I had made these candles for my mother along as part of her Christmas gift this past year.  I melted the wax in a double boiler, added a yellow crayon for color, and then poured the wax into soda cans with the tops cut off.  I placed the drying candles into the fridge for a few minutes, dipped two strips of twine into the wax and allowed them to dry straight.  Once a thin film had developed across the top of the candles, I poked a hole in the center of each and inserted the stiffened twine wicks.  The hardened top layer kept the wick from shifting during the remaining dry time.  I realize that this isn't the common method for wick insertion but I didn't have a wick holder and the few things I attempted to create one didn't seem to stay put so...*shrug* This worked pretty well though so I was pleased.  Finally, I finished them off by inserting these star rivets into the sides, which was really quick and easy (I'm lazy Tongue).

 I had seen this candle globe idea a while back on another website (the name of which eludes me but I'll be sure to post it when I remember) and have wanted to try it ever since.  I basically just melted the wax in a double boiler, filled a balloon half full with water, dipped the balloon into the wax repeatedly (being mindful not to submerge it pass the water line!) allowing drying time between dips, popped the balloon once the wax reached a suitable thickness, and dripped colored wax across the overturned globe so it ran down the sides (towards the top).  Once that was complete I simply dripped a bit of wax in the center where I secured a sphere shaped candle to illuminate the globe and hot glued the gold rhinestone to the side for extra pop.  All and all it was super easy but messy and time consuming (all the dry time in between coats).

Let me know what you think!  And I'm new to candle making so constructive criticism more than welcome!
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3  Knock-off "diamond" necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Bighalofro on: February 19, 2009 05:21:54 PM
This was my first project working with polymer clay and I'm pretty satisfied with how it came out even though it's not perfect.  I made this pink diamond shaped necklace for my niece, who had seen it on dirtyaddiction.com (http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/3225/mg7965jg1.jpg).

I used pink glitter instead of crystals and I really like the way it shimmers.  Plus the price tag of less than $5 is much better than $45 Grin 
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4  Scrabble serving tray and coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Bighalofro on: February 09, 2009 11:49:54 AM
I had been wanting to make these coasters ever since I saw them in this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222282.0 last year.  So when my best friend said she wanted some I decided to make them for her for christmas.  I didn't want to throw away the board because it seemed so wasteful so I converted it into a matching serving tray.

 I'm really lazy so I just reconstructed some of the same match ups as jessfun23 (hope she doesn't mind! Embarrassed) and only changed some, including the addition of the native RI beverage Del's frozen lemonade (anyone who hasn't had the pleasure, you're missing out!).  I was upset that I accidentally used ale twice but I touched it up later and made one into ade.

I lined the sides of the coasters (and the edge of the board) with bright blue ric rac.

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5  Cactus Pin Cushion in Completed Projects by Bighalofro on: November 20, 2008 10:47:50 PM

Here is the cactus pin cushion that I made for my niece for Christmas this year:

The white pom pom on top is actually only secured with a white tipped pin.  Underneath I stitched a cute little asterisk-like center (which I forgot to take a picture of) in red thread but couldn't decide which looked cuter so I figured I'd leave the choice up to her!

I like it so much I'm sad to give it away!   Cry
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6  Alligator felt sewing kit in Completed Projects by Bighalofro on: November 15, 2008 11:14:56 AM
My fourteen year old niece recently took up sewing and plans on becoming a fashion designer when she's older.  She's an amazing artist and although she's still new to sewing, she just took a introductory summer class at RISD and really excelled.  So for Christams I decided to put together a bunch on sewing related gifts, since I thought it would be nice for her to have her own materials, rather than to have to continue borrowing my sisters.  Here is a small travel sized sewing kit I made for her out of felt:

This is where I found the idea http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10010
I did make a few alterations, however, like putting the eyes to the side rather than front facing (my niece used to love National Geographic cards and is particular about correct anatomy Cheesy), using jewels for the nose instead of sequins (which are straight despite how crooked they appear in the photo), making it larger than the template since I wanted to include more than just needles and thread, and I also used lime green felt since my niece has a allergy to dark green dye.  Here is a picture of the inside:

I also glued the red and white felt layers together so that it would have more rigidity.  I didn't glue the green down because I thought it would make it more difficult for her to take things in and out if i did.
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7  Stained glass mirror in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Bighalofro on: November 09, 2008 05:46:24 PM
For my mother's birthday I decided to make her a stain glass mirror for her bathroom since she's always admired them in stores.  I found a tutorial in a Better Home and Gardens catalog and it seemed easy enough, but the mirror featured was simply flanked in squares and I wanted the design to be more artistic than that.  So I followed the instructions regarding the technique and came up with this pattern myself.  I had the mirror specially cut since it called for an un-beveled edge, which seemed hard to find.  It measures 18x24 inches and here it is half way completed:

I actually really liked it this way and was tempted to leave it alone but I knew my mom's wouldn't so I finished it off by painting in the design in maroon and green glass paints to match the bathroom.  There are actually two shades of green paint that I alternated around the mirror but it's hard to distinguish between the two in this picture.

I wasn't crazy about it at first and even thought it was kind of ugly but she really fell in love with it (which is what's really important) and now it's grown on me.  I tend to be really critical of my own work so maybe that had something to do with my initial disappointment, since it didn't turn out the way I expected Undecided
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8  Swedish Love Knot in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Bighalofro on: October 31, 2008 06:15:28 PM
My fiance's grandparent amazingly just offered him and me his great grandmother's engagement ring and even suggested that I have it reset if I wanted (which I'm hesitant to do since it's a family heirloom...).  I say amazingly because they have only met me on one occasion, which was over 6 years ago, well before him and I even became a couple!  Anyway, I really wanted to get them something wonderful for Christmas as a way to show my appreciation.  Since I know so little about them, however, I decided to make them something related to their Swedish heritage.  I tried to find some traditional dessert recipes and in the process stumbled across the Swedish Love Knot http://www.geocities.com/heartland/5658/swedish.html, and given the situation, I thought it was perfect!

I also knew that they both graduated from the University of Wisconsin  (where they live now) so that is why I decorated the knot with red and white flowers (the university's colors).  Let me know what you think!  Do you think they'll like it??
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9  Stella the draft stopping snake! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Bighalofro on: October 17, 2008 03:25:08 PM
I saw this craft project on http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11565 and just had to make it for my mom and sister for Christmas!  So cute Smiley  It's a draft stopper, which, in case you've never heard of one, is placed across the bottom of a door to stop air transfer/heat loss from a room.  So it's basically a form of insulation to block the gap between the door and floor.  The tute called for a pair of opaque women's thighs but I couldn't find one in any patterns/colors I liked, plus they all seemed so thin in comparison to kids thighs so..I used kids  Cheesy Grin

I dubbed her Stella!  It seemed to fit and I'm a dork so...yeah.

She came out kinda fat so for the other leg I think I'll sew her thinner before filling her with rice Undecided
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10  Lemon scented soda can tart melts in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Bighalofro on: October 15, 2008 01:41:53 PM
Since I'm not currently working (doing the whole college thing) I've been searching for ways to make most of my Xmas gifts for as cheaply as possible without looking like I skimped.  Here are some tart melts that I just made for my mother, the candle freak, as part of her gift.

I melted the wax in a metal bowl placed in a pot of boiling water.  I scented the wax by adding lemon extract (I didn't measure just went by smell) and added a yellow crayon for color.  Then used a ladle to pour the wax into the hollow of an upside down soda can.  I had to pull the tabs off in order for them to stand straight.

When they're dry they slip out with a little pressure, but if you're afraid of scratching them, they will pop out nicely if you slip a butter knife into the can opening and press against the bottom.  I was really proud of this even though it's so simple.  Hope you like 'em!  Better yet, I hope she does...
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