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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / my vintage brooch wedding bouquet on: October 23, 2012 07:04:40 PM
I've always found floral arrangements a little depressing, they are beautiful for such a short period of time, then they die and you have to throw away what is often a fairly sentimental piece. So for my wedding instead of spending hundreds of dollars on bouquets i decided to make a vintage brooch bouquet, I've seen them here on Craftster and on Pintrest and figured it would be a untraditional, personal piece I could make and keep forever Smiley it was quite time consuming and less cost effective than i though it might be but in the end i was very happy with the results

I found most of my brooches at local thrift store. but found i could easily incorporate pieces with sentimental value as well. i wrapped a necklace that used to belong to my grandmother around the stems and I borrowed one brooch that used to belong to my husband's grandmother to incorporate (temporarily) into the arrangement. it was very special to have pieces of these important people with me as i walked down the aisle. One of the most heartwarming moments was when my husband's blind grandfather found his late wife's brooch in my bouquet. it nearly brought him tears as he leaned down to kiss it. he was thrilled to know that a part of her was there with us that day

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Disney pin groomsmen boutonnieres (with tutorial) on: September 26, 2012 02:36:15 PM
My wedding is coming up in less than a month, and I've been busy busy crafting many different unique personalized elements to make the big day beautiful. my latest project is the boutonnieres for the groomsmen. we have no floral elements in the wedding My wedding bouquet is made of antique brooches (pictures to come) and my bridesmaids are caring handbags not flowers. so it did'nt make much sense to have floral boutonnieres for the groomsmen, so i decided I would have to make them. they needed to be untraditional yet still elegant, I found the perfect solution.

When he proposed my Fiance surprised me with a two week trip to Disney World. While we were there one of our favorite activities was pin trading (http://disney.go.com/eventservices/whatispintrading.html) we managed to collect almost two entire sets of these beautiful character silhouette pins. we decided these pins would be a great way subtly incorporate our mutual love of Disney and our engagement trip into our wedding. each of our wedding party was assigned a character from the set and their boutonnieres were designed around the pin (the bridesmaids will have fascinators made in the same style)

I am really happy with the way they've turned out and wanted to share the process with all of you.

here is a list of supplies that you will need

first you will want to assemble all the pieces you are going to need to build the boutonniere

1. Cut a rough leaf shape from the page of an old book

2. Hot glue a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long) to the bottom of the "leaf" and curl/crumple the "leaf" to give it some texture

3. Next wrap a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long) around your contrasting feathers, use needle-nose plyers and squeeze the wire tight to ensure the feathers wont fall out. make two of these

4. to Create a branch of beads begin by stringing one bead onto a length of thin jewelry wire (roughly 16ish inches long) leave about 3-4 inches on one side for the "stem"

5. Use the remaining wire to twist around the bead to form "branches" continue to add more branches until you are happy with the shape of your bead branch.

6. Create a bead stick by stringing a small bead onto the top of a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long). use your needle nose plyers to bend the top end of the wire (roughly .5 inches) over the bead and back down to meet the rest of the wire stick (this secures the small bead) then thread a larger bead onto the wire. push it up against the small bead so the hole in the bead goes over both the original stick and the top end you've just bent down, if you have small tail from the top end you've bent down, use your needle nose plyers to bend it up over the big bead a little bit to ensure the big bead doesn't fall off. (sorry sounds complicated it really isn't)

7. next wrap the stem of the bead branch around the stem of the bead stick to form one unit

8. now onto the pin (or whatever centerpiece you choose to use) hot glue a small part of the lace to the top back of the pin

9. Give the lace a small "dart" or "pucker" to allow it to bend around the pin, hot glue it into place on one side

10. Continue dart/puckering and gluing to each edge until you've wrapped the lace all the way around the pin. Trim the edges of the lace and glue any loose ends into place, try to make the two edges blend as seamlessly as possible

11. glue the decorative metal piece to the back of the finished lace pin

12. arrange the elements. start by arranging the bead branches and the book leaf tap the stems together

13. then add the feather sticks and tap them into place

14. arrange your group of stemmed elements on top of the feather, hot glue the feather in place on the back of the stemmed elements

15. hot glue your laced pin in the center of the boutonniere

16. lay your boutonniere over the fluffy feather so just the tips of the fluff peek out at one side. (ignore the fluff at the bottom it will get covered in the next steps

17. tape the fluffy feather in place

18. use the wire snips to cut the stems down to the desired length

19. hot glue one edge of the ribbon to the back of the boutonniere stem, wrap the ribbon several times around the stem

20. to finish the ribbon twist it and wrap it once more around the stem

21. bring the twisted end around to the back of the stem and hot glue into place.

22. trim any remaining ribbon and tweek the elements to your liking

and TADA! a beautiful unique personalized boutonniere

please let me know what you think. Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. If you find this tutorial helpful in making your own boutonnieres please post pictures i'd love to see your creations as well! 

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sexiest prom dress EVER! on: December 17, 2008 09:17:56 PM
ok so this isnt mine it's my sister's but she doesn't have an account on craftster so being the gracious sister that i am offered to post them for her. it's afantastic piece of work and needed to be shown off! Smiley

she worked from a pattern for the top but it was altered considerably. the bottom is a circle skirt and the "crinoline"  is a tutu she made for everday wear some years back. she worked on it for quite some time as she is a novice sewer and she had to undo nearly as many seams as she made but i think it turned out really well! you can't really see in the pictures but the edge of the skirt and puff sleaves are scalloped and the extra fabric was cut by hand because she hadn't learned to use her serger yet. anyway enough story more pictures!

the front (the top hat was stolen from a friend part way through the night)

the back

the cute couple! and another basic full dress view!

hope you like it. i know she's looking forward to reading all your comments. feeback both positive and *gasp* even negative, is greatly appreciated! thanks! Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / awesome new paper lamps for college design classroom on: August 20, 2008 09:08:15 PM
 i am a second year graphic design student. in my program we are assigned a computer in one classroom and that becomes our home we NEVER leave. anyway it has become a tradition for alot of students to try to get the coolest lamp possible for the desk space, i however am quite messy, my creativity always vomits all over my desk, and the floor around it and basicly any other free desk nearby (im sure my fellow craftsters all understand) so i didn't want to take up the precious desk space with a lamp so i figured a hanging lamp would be perfect and then i found this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231484.0 and just had to have one. i decided i wanted it more colourful and fun than the white ones i've seen so i decided scrapbook paper would be awesome, very colourful and great patterns and great for a design room. i also made one for my 13 year old sister to match the bright colours in her room she loves it and i'm really excited to get back to school to show mine off.

anyway enough words on with the pictures

my lamp

Lit Up

My Sister's lamp

Lit Up

*EDIT* i didn't take any scale photos but they are about 14 inches across and the lightbulb inside is the energy efficient kind that wont produce much heat so fire hazards are significantly reduced.

anyway i'm super excited with how these turned out and am already planning on making many more i LOVE them and they give off a surprising amount of light (alot more than the pictures let on) so what do you think? comments?
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Alice In Wonderland Photoshoot (more photos added upon request) total of 9 image on: March 23, 2008 07:55:13 PM
these are a series of pictures taken for a self portrait style photography project at school. i was rather happy with the way they turned out so i figured id share with you and would love to hear your comments and dare i suggest, negative critisisms on the shots. i created all the props and the house itself, i was running short on time so my mom sewed the white apron and a classmate lit and took the photo for me (sadly it's difficult to be in front of and behind the camera at the same time) thanks in advance for any feedback Smiley

here are some more photos from the shoot added upon request from several members

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / sew awesome! macro photographs on: April 20, 2007 04:47:38 PM
i thought you guys would appreciate this. these are my first macro photographs ever. various sewing things. i think they turned out rather well! what do you guys think? comments? critisism? which one is your favourite?




7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / and another book purse. my newest one on: December 28, 2006 06:58:21 PM
here is my newest book purse! this one was made for my family's christmas gift war and i'm proud to say it was the most popular gift there!! Smiley even after a minor mishap with the iron (i burned the freakin side bits) it still turned out looking pretty nifty if i do say so myself! anyways what do you wonderfuly crafty ladies (and gentelmen) think of it?





8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / new book purse on: December 28, 2006 06:52:26 PM
here is another one of my book purses. i think i'm getting pretty good at this game, i really love the way these are turning out! anyways here are some pictures let me know what you guys think! (it's an aristotle book called On man in the universe. just incase the pictures are unclear)

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: my newest book purse! on: December 21, 2006 08:06:39 PM

Photo via gopoundsand

hi guys i've just finished two more book purses....but my camera batteries died so i only got pictures up for one of them but here it is and i'l be sure to post the other one later







1. Pull all the pages out of the book EXCEPT the two closest to the front and back covers (so leave four pages in total), then go through the pages and choose two pictures, or text pages that you want to use as the side pannels (i also like to keep all the illustrations or pictures to be used on other projects) then you can RECYCLE (not throw away please) the extra pages.
2. lay the book open flat on a peice of cardboard and trace around it. cut that rectangle out and trim it so it's no longer the size of the cover but the size of the pages you've left in (usualy you have to remove about a cm and a half) then fold the cardboard so it has a "spine" and fits exactly inside the book and use a glue gun to secure it to the spine and to one page on each side
3. Now it's time for the lining. spread your book flat and trace around it onto your chosen fabric and cut it out. now comes the bit that's a little tricky.....ugh math. ok to make the side pannels you will need to use the Pythagorean Therum (sp?) come on your remember that from elementary school right? c2=a2+b2 ok here's a quick paint diagram i drew up
the side is two upsidedown right angle triangales with a rectangle the width of the spine in the middle you can use a ruler to find the measurements for the spine and the length of the cover's edge (that's the short one attached to the spine not the long one across from it) then the amount you want it to open (we'l call it X) is a variable that is up to you, decide on a mesurement, then subtract the width of the spine from that number and divide it by 2 to find the length of (A). then plug the (A) number and the length of the cover edge (C) into the pythagorean formula and solve for B to find the height. then draw the figure out twice onto your fabric and cut them out to form the two sides (remember to leave sewing room on all the fabric you cut out) this would also be a good time to cut out any pockets or anything you might want. then sew all the peices together.
4.the peices you've just cut and sewin will be slightly too large to fit in the book frame but don't worry it will help to glue things in cleanly. put hot glue along the spine of the book and place the spine of your lining onto the glue. then put glue on the BACK of the cardboard along the top and pull the extra fabric around so it's tight against the frame (this will also fold the extra fabric on the triangular side peices down, you will want to iron that once you've finished gluing to get a nice clean crease). do the same to the other side. now go around the edges of the back of the cardboard and pull the side bits tight around too.
5.next is the paper side pannels, these obviously arn't needed as they really serve no structural purpose. i just like them because it cleans up my messy edge (the part that's folded and ironed down on the side can look kinnda messy) and i think the pages add a nice touch...reminds you that it's an actual book) take those pages that you saved from the book (or print off pages from the internet or whatever....but make sure to use a laser printer...inkjet will run if they get caught in the rain for even half a second) then using the same measurements you made for the fabric lining draw a side pannel near the center of the paper. cut along the top and cut along the bottom leaving a small "tail" about the width of the spine and tapering off near the end. LEAVE the peices along the diagonal lines. depending on the overall look of the book i like to stain my pages so they look more antique or whatever, i like to use tea or coffee and then put it in the oven for a couple minutes....if anyone wants a more detailed description of that just let me know. if the pages start to crinckle up from the staining don't be afraid to iron them flat again. and (this is very important) you MUST seal the back of the pages. i like to use clear packing tape, just cover the back of the pannels (don't just stop at the folds though, be sure to tape over the folds because that's where it's likely to rip) tape it as evenly and as flatly as possible. this prevents the pages from tearing when the pures is opened and closed multiple times.
6. next make your handles and clasp (this is a good tutorial for handles that inspired mine https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=103482.0 ) to glue them in i used ribbon loops and then sealed them between the last piece of loose paper
7. now you have two plain "pages" (the back cover and the sandwiched pages with all your other gluing) this is important when gluing in your paper side pannels. gluing them in is pretty self explanitory, take your hot glue gun and put glue on the sandwich of pages, line up the diagonal line with the edge of your book and stick it down, and do the same on the other side (leave the little tail at the bottom haning out). then glue the cover down to complete the book sandwich.
8. last thing to do is add the little touches that make it look complete and very neat. time to get rid of the tail. there are two ways to bind a book most old books ae bound with string and alot of more cheaply made new ones are bound with glue if it all possible it's better to use a string bound book simply because you are able to finish off the side pannels much nicer than with a glue bound book (if yours is glue bound then just cut the tail off) if it was a string bound book then there will be two layers of spine, the first is what the pages were attached to and the second is the outer shell of the cover usualy there is nothing sealing the two layers together so simply tuck the tail in between the layers. and the very last thing to do it to finish off the inside edges of the book. i like to use decorative cord, just fill the gap between the cover and the sandwich of pages with hot glue and press a nice cord into the glue, leave about an inch extra on each side and then tuck that neatly between the fabric lining and the paper side pannel just along the point where they meet along the book's edge and glue it in place
and then TADA a beautiful book purse of your very own YAY!!!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / yet another book purse (with picture side pannels) on: November 03, 2006 02:34:33 PM
a few weeks ago when i was carrying a book purse i made for myself a woman asked me out of the blue to make and sell one to her. of course i agreed and i just wanted to share the results with all of you lovely ladies (and gentlemen) what do you think of the final product? anything else i should fix? comments are greatly appreciated!!

i didn't get a good shot of the spine of the book but the title is "All Horses Go To Heaven" and it is written in beautiful gold letters with beautiful gold detailing and a gold image of a horse.
the front and back covers have 5 horses embossed on them but it was really hard to get a picture of that too. anyway without further adue here are the pictures

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