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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The best thrift store find EVER! on: February 26, 2009 08:03:07 PM
First, a preview! =P

My Mom and I hit the local wal-mart sized (ok... maybe it's not that big, but it's a pretty giant sized thrift store) at least once a week. We typically never find anything that great, but one day we walked in and found the best table ever! As soon as I spotted it, I stood next to it to guard it until my Mom could find someone to bring it to the register.

Problem was, it was pretty beat up. See:

But I saw the potential immediately! I opened up MS Paint and drew out what I wanted to do to the table.

Then... I set to work. It took a few days, but I think it turned out really nice.


A view of the top. I cut up painters tape and made a stencil for the spiffy zebra stripes.

More angles.

By the way... I have no idea how to play that guitar. I got it for my 20th birthday 3 years ago... and never got around to trying to learn how to play it. =/ But it makes me look all cool and talented so I leave it in the corner. Ssshhhh, don't tell. 

So anyway.... this may be my favorite project I've ever done. I love it... and with all of the drawers, it's perfect for the massive amount of jewelry I own. Wink


Edit! A lot of you commented on my clarinet lamp, and I just wanted to let you know I also have it posted on here. =) Here's the link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294322.0

Thanks so much for the awesome comments. =]
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / This one time at band camp... (Clarinet lamp!) on: February 26, 2009 07:39:58 PM
... I dropped my Clarinet and broke it. =[ Ok, well it wasn't technically at band camp... but it was a good title.  Grin

I played Clarinet from 5th-7th grade until I dropped it and put a crack through it that wasn't repairable. It's been sitting in the closet for, oh... 10 years. I've had the idea to turn it into a lamp for a very long time and I finally got around to it!

I had to remove the keys from the cracked peice and re-paint it to cover up the yellow super glue my Dad used to try and fix it. The color matched perfectly and you can't even tell. =)

So... here is the finished result!

(Please ignore the wrinkled curtains, which my boyfriend ever so kindly pointed out to me. Whoops. =X)

The lamp base, which I made from two cheapo wood things I got at Michael's, some paint, and a peice of fabric which I decoupaged on.

Another angle.

Oh wow, my wall looks dirty. =/

I painted it to match my spiffy bedside table which I re-finished from a thrift store find. =)

I hope you like it! I'm so proud.
33  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Is that.... a Delorean?!?! on: February 15, 2009 02:46:52 AM
Ok... I totally do not belong in this section of Craftster because this painting pales in comparison to everything else here. But I figured I'd post it anyway, as I'm rather proud.  Grin

My boyfriend owns a Delorean. Yes, you heard me right! Sadly, it doesn't run quite yet as he's restoring it... but it's still pretty sweet.

So, for Vday I wanted to make him something special. I can paint a little... not great... but decently. So I decided to paint him a Delorean. I was SO careful to get it to look as close to the car as possible, and he says I did an awesome job.

I'm sorry for the cruddy pictures. I took them right before I had to package it and send it to Wisconsin to it's new home. (Yeah... he lives that far away.  Cry ) It was already framed so you can see reflections on the plexi glass. Oh well.

Weird angle shot.

The hello kitty tent in the background is sort of an inside joke. Also, I wrote "A <3's D" on the tree trunk... which you can't quite see.

So anyway, it isn't spectacular... but he did love it, and that's what counts, right? He even posted a picture of it on the Delorean forum he frequents. He was that proud.

I am so lucky.  Cheesy
34  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / My super spiffy 6 page Vday card! Picture chunky! on: February 15, 2009 02:36:47 AM
I wanted to make my boyfriend a special Valentine card this year because he loves when I make his gifts. I'm so lucky!

I wanted to include pictures of myself (not those kinds of pictures!) to make him smile. They aren't the best, but I procrastinated and waited until the last minute to take them. Oops.  Lips sealed

Anyway, on to the card!

First page:

and then...

The following page:

Last page. (I distorted the letter because I don't really want just anyone to read it.)  Wink

And..... the very back.

Yes, I really kissed that. The darn red lipstick wouldn't come off and I looked like a dweeb for a bit because it's not something I usually wear.  Tongue

Anyways, I hope you like it. =) He did.
35  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / The bajillionth 52 Reasons book! Pic gigantic! on: February 15, 2009 02:22:34 AM
Ok.... So I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and make my boyfriend a 52 Reasons book for Vday! It turned out so awesome that I really wanted to share it.  Grin

The front page (nothing too spectacular):

The first page:

And now on to my favorite pages. Some might be offensive, I'm not sure. If so, I apologize. Dan and I have a weird sense of humor.  Lips sealed

(Hehehehe... get it?)

Ok... the following one is a JOKE! I swear!!   Undecided

And the very back page.

I promise that there were sweet reasons, too. I just seem to have loaded all the funny ones to my photobucket.  Roll Eyes

I also decorated a little tin to put it in.

He loved it. It's so awesome to have a boyfriend who appreciates my craftiness! I am so lucky!  Cheesy

36  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first (and probably last) quilt! Picture chubby! on: December 25, 2008 06:20:22 PM
I was trying to figure out what I could make my boyfriend for Christmas. He lives in Wisconsin and is always talking about how cold he is, so I decided I'd make him a quilt since I can't warm him up myself.  Wink

I am a decent sewer so I figured it would be a peice of cake. And it was pretty easy... it just took FOREVER! (Ok... two weeks. But I like crafts that I can finish pretty quickly, otherwise I just get frustrated, hehe.  Undecided) I also procrastinated and didn't start until the first week of this month.

I went to Joann's and looked for fabrics that reminded me of him and some that would remind him of me. A lot of them have to do with little inside jokes which nobody else will even understand so I won't bother explaining, hehe.  Tongue

So... here is the finished project. =) I apologize for the crummy photos. It was cloudy and windy outside so I had to take them in my dark house. I was also in a hurry because I had to get it packed up! =D

It's pretty large. It's maybe about full size. My nephews are holding it up and they're both over 6 foot.

The back! (We have an inside joke about cupcakes... and when I found this flannel cupcake fabric I was so excited!)

Close-up of some of the squares. The heart is in very center.

He likes Star Wars and I like Hello Kitty.  Grin

And lastly, me holding it. I was so happy to be finished!

So, overall I am very proud. He loved it. It isn't perfect. I had a hell of a time sewing all three layers together. I tied it because I was terrified I'd screw it up if I quilted it on my machine. I panicked at one point because I thought I had completely ruined it. I don't know if I'll ever have the motivation to make one of these ever again, haha.
37  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Spiffy gingerbread man ornaments on: December 17, 2008 07:35:02 PM
I wanted to make my boyfriend's mother a gift this year, but since I don't know her I wanted it to be something small and simple. He told me that their cats have knocked down all of the ornaments on their Christmas tree, so I figured she could use an ornament.  Tongue

So, voila!

I was really happy with it. I hope she likes it.

While I was at it, I also made two for our tree.

38  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mr. Wiggles... the super awesome pug! on: November 20, 2008 03:24:25 PM
My boyfriend lives in Wisconsin... and I'm all the way over in Southern California. To make the distance suck a little less, I like to send him dorky things that I've made for him. Lately he's been mentioning that he wants a pug... so I decided to make him one!  Cheesy

I now present to you... Mr. Wiggles (and my dog, Lilly with a "WTF?" look on her face)!

I went to PetsMart and had a gold bone engraved with his name. Instead of using a collar, I used thick gold chain so it would look like bling, haha.  Grin

Here is Mr. Wiggles with Mrs. Wiggles. She was my first attempt and I wasn't completely happy with her. So she is mine. =)

Side view (they are three parts glued together):

And here he is at his new home... making some delicious Ramen.

I used a pattern for him because I had no idea how to make the head look right on my own. It was McCall's M5258. Smiley
39  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Hello Kitty costume... for an adult! Hehe. =D on: October 31, 2008 08:47:03 PM
I love dressing up as something different and funny for Halloween because I love making people laugh.  Grin I was trying to think of something to be when Hello Kitty came to mind. Then I had to figure out how the heck I was going to pull it off.

First I began to work on the head. I didn't want a complete mask because I feel way too uncomfortable in those. So I made sort of a hoodie/big giant stuffed kitty head. She's made out of a soft white fabric and felt.... and a LOT of stuffing!

I bought a red jumper off of Ebay, but it was hideous and I had to alter it a lot. I had to unstitch below the bust and completely re-sew it. Then I shortened it about three inches. I made yellow buttons out of polymer clay. Throw in a blue t-shirt, white tights and gloves... and voila! Hello Kitty!

My nephew and I. I put his costume together with thrift store finds. I had to dye the pants and vest. I did his hair and makeup as well.

We both got a lot of attention for our costumes.  Grin Also... even though I'm 23, I was able to trick or treat because I guess I look younger, and people appreciated that I made my own costume. I wasn't planning on trick or treating, but my other nephew refused to dress up, and people wouldn't give him candy... so I took his bag and did it myself. Tongue

I could hear people on the other end of the street saying "Oh my gosh, look! It's Hello Kitty!" People opening their doors would burst into laughter when they saw me standing there with my huge kitty head, lol. One lady apologized because she was laughing hysterically.

Mission accomplished!  Wink
40  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dog and Beth.... and Leland, too! on: October 29, 2008 03:44:30 PM
I wanted to share the costumes my sister, nephew, and I wore on Halloween of '06.  Grin

My sister... yes, I said SISTER, haha!

We wore the costumes to the grocery store that evening. We blared the Dog The Bounty Hunter theme song with the windows rolled down in the car, haha.  Tongue My sister kept calling everyone "bra"... it was priceless.

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