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1  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by supercrafty on: May 19, 2006 09:04:21 AM
We got married 8.20.05 in Malibu, CA at Calamigos Ranch (highly recommended!) I crafted a few things for the wedding: placecards, my veil, centerpieces and programs. It was so much work I just picked and chose a few things to make and outsourced or bought the rest.

After seeing the prices on veils ($150-300) I decided to make my own veil and comb.  I used a metal comb and did wire wrapping with swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls from some broken necklaces I had lying around. The tulle was 70 cents per yard and I just sewed it on. Very easy! Total cost: $13.

The 100 vanilla and coconut dusted cupcakes were made by our local family bakery and we placed them on Martha Stewart cake stands. (Cost: $130 delivered!)

The centerpiece flowers are small potted rose plants we bought at the LA Flower market for $3 each and put in baskets from Michaels. My mom helped with gluing some fake ivy and moss around them. The total cost each was $12.  We bought bags of rose petals for $3 each and spread them around on the runner and also the cupcake and program table.

The table cards I had help assembling, but I made all the pieces ahead of time and had my family help put them together 2 days before the wedding. The ribbon is wired, which helped keep it stiff and made it easy to tie the bows ahead of time. Names were printed on green vellum and attached to folded cardstock.  Most of this stuff I had in my craft stash, so the cost was negligible - maybe $15 for everything?

Here are a few photos, including the lace detail of my dress, by Paloma Blanca.

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2  Feria Urbana Craft Show in San Francisco 6/26 in California: Central by supercrafty on: June 19, 2004 10:04:54 AM

Saturday, June 26 from 12-5, Happy Home Designs will be at Feria Urbana at the Canvas Gallery in San Francisco. We have recently discovered the joys of urban gardening and BBQ'ing in our new backyard patio, so we have some new items that are great for these summer activities:
  • BBQ Aprons with vintage 70's iron ons
  • Garden planters made from vintage finds
  • Windchimes constructed of unexpected elements

Admission is FREE! Following is information on the event. Craftsters in the Bay Area, please come by and pass the word on to your Bay Area friends.  Thank you for supporting small business and for buying handmade.

Saturday, June 26, 12-5pm
The Canvas Cafe & Gallery
1200 9th Ave at Lincoln, San Francisco
(415) 504-0060
Happy Home Designs
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3  Re:craft group in LA in California: South by supercrafty on: April 28, 2004 07:44:54 AM
Sandy thanks again for having us over, and for everyone for the 2muchglue/supercrafty! business support.

Mari, very cute bag!

I finished my sea-life table topper, but I think I may do more on it!

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4  Re:craft group in LA in California: South by supercrafty on: April 19, 2004 08:43:13 AM
Hi everyone - sorry I've been MIA, but I'm on vacation this week (CRAFTATHON!) so I'll be on craftster.

For embroidery, we'll need an iron and ironing board to transfer the patterns, but that's pretty much it.  Did we decide who is hosting the next one?

OK, so for embroidery, it's pretty easy to get started, and shouldn't cost you more than $15 for everything you need (that's if you go crazy in the floss aisle!) All supplies are available in the cross-stitch/embroidery aisle at Joanns/Michaels or your local needlepoint shop.  Since I'm not the master embroiderer, I'll teach 1 or 2 stitches, because for most basic patterns, that's really all you need.

Supplies to bring:
*One plastic embroidery hoop (6-8" diameter is good to start.)
*Embroidery floss for your design (one skein per color is fine for most small projects). I have lots of colors, so if you're missing something, you're welcome to tap into my stash.
*To begin it's easiest to use something non-stretchy to embroider on: cotton or linen towel, plain piece of fabric, baby bib, pillow front, etc.
*Embroidery needle
*Pattern/Transfer - If you would like the Sublime Stitching patterns, I will bring those w/me. They're $3 or 2 for $5 Smiley If you want to check them out ahead of time to plan your colors,
click here. Of course, you can bring your own, or even design your own patterns. Any line art that is printed on regular paper can be transferred to fabric with carbon paper and a tracing wheel (I will bring those too!) ReadyMade #9 had some cool lineart drawings of turntables and DJ headphones on p. 79 with instructions on how to transfer them to fabric.

I will have a few extras of supplies to borrow if you can't get to the store this week or if anyone forgets something. I also have about 10 of the linen towels like this one if you want one, PM me...

For some inspiration...


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5  Painted Dr. Scholls - Tutorial in Shoes: Completed Projects by supercrafty on: April 12, 2004 11:00:05 AM
Here are some cute painted Dr. Scholls shoes I saw for $165:

And here's my version of them:

Cost: $34.99 for the shoes + supplies I already had around: masking tape, plastic bags, scissors, an X-acto knife, sandpaper, small paintbrushes, wood primer, regular wall paint, Polycrylic to seal.  You need a few days to make them, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to allow paint and sealant to dry. Otherwise it will be clumpy.

Here's how to make them:
1. Lightly sand wood surface of shoes to prep for primer. Clean dust with a slightly damp cloth.
2. Cover the leather strap entirely (inside and out) with plastic and masking tape. Tuck the masking tape  and plastic ends under the leather strap edges to protect it from getting painted.
3. Line the side of the sole of the shoes (the white part that shows on the side) with masking tape. Take some time to do this exactly along the line around the base of the shoes.
4. Prime the wood shoe base and let dry overnight.
5. Paint 2 coats of base color (depending on color and desired opacity.) Allow to dry at least 4 hours in between coats, and then overnight before you paint design.
6. To make polka dots, I traced a nickel and made a stencil, cutting it using an X-Acto knife. It's a little tricky to apply the paint, but a stencil made from a flexible vinyl can bend over the corners of the shoe, and if you lightly apply the paint, you have a template of where you will be painting the dots. Allow the paint to dry about 2 hours.
7. Using a small, firm brush and sweeping strokes (makes the edge smoother), paint the dots.  You may need to paint a few coats to make them opaque. Be sure to wait an hour or 2 in between coats. (Otherwise the paint will be clumpy.) Allow to dry overnight.
8. Paint 2-3 coats of Polycrylic semi gloss sealer, allowing coats to dry at least 3-4 hours in between coats.
9. Now you're ready to remove the plastic and tape. Run the X-Acto knife carefully around the edge of the masking tape along the edge of the sole's side to create a cut in the paint and sealant. This will keep the paint from peeling off the shoe when you remove the masking tape. Do this along the edges of the strap that may have paint on them. Also, be sure to separate the strap along the inside of the shoe. Using the X-Acto knife, trim any stray varnish and paint that may have dripped down between the strap and the shoe base's side - this will ensure that the strap lies flat along the shoe base.
10. Carefully and slowly peel the masking tape off around the shoe base, and remove the plastic and tape on the strap.
11. Press down any paint that may be peeling up along the edges, then paint 2 more layers of Polycrylic along the sole, where the paint ends. Do this also where the strap meets the shoe base along the inside.  This will seal the paint edges in and hopefully keep it from peeling. It's OK to get the Polycrylic on the sole.
12. Allow to dry completely overnight before wearing.

If you do make them or do other designs, please post them here - I'd love to see what everyone does!
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6  Re:Band T-shirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by supercrafty on: April 07, 2004 11:12:57 PM
my newest crafty product, I made this using a stencil I got at stencil library's site.  In case you can't tell, it's Elvis!  It's flocked iron on, which I cut from a sheet of solid flocked iron on paper.

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