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1  prettified magnets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lilymaid7 on: March 27, 2009 04:43:48 PM
I made these using ugly advertising refrigerator magnets, bits of old calendars, a bit of paint and a scrap of pretty paper.  When I was a child my brother used to make this sort of thing with newspaper clippings he thought were cool.  I just make mine girlier.

It's a good way to make use of stuff one might otherwise throw away.  It's also handy if you have lots of art from nieces and nephews you need to attach to your refrigerator.
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2  pretty springy flowers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lilymaid7 on: March 24, 2009 05:05:05 PM
I sort adore anything milk glass and have recently begun making florals in various milk glass containers as a way to justify acquiring more.  I thought this was pretty and springy and made a similar one for my mother to use on her Easter table this year.

I covered the flowers in glue I'd diluted a little for the purpose and glittered them.  It was kind of difficult figuring out how to dry them without them sticking to anything. Smiley

I had some iridescent tulle left over from making my little niece a tutu and it struck me it might look pretty with the glittered flowers.
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3  Little Silhouette in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lilymaid7 on: November 18, 2008 09:36:26 PM
I made a paper cut and placed it over lovely, flocked scrapbooking paper and I think it looks rather adorable on my shelf.  I took the glass out of the frame and glued her on to foam board to make it more dimensional.

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4  beaded pipe in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lilymaid7 on: February 26, 2008 08:25:38 PM
I lived in a little house that was a converted farm outbuilding.  Most of it looked sufficiently cozy and housey, however, I still had an unfortunate exposed pipe right next to my front door.  Removing it meant I had no source of water for my flowers outside, so I decided to pretty it up a bit.

I think that shiny copper is incredibly pretty, so I brushed it with steal wool until it was bright and clean.  I affixed beads my aunt found for me at a garage sale, and bits of a bracelet a former beaus mother once gave me to it with wire.  I finished the top by hot gluing a pretty length of ribbon around it, gluing the wire in place underneath.  I attached small brass bells to the bottom.  They jingled when I turned the knob.

(By the by, I really wasn't dead sure where to post a beaded pipe. *chuckles* )
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5  switchplate and outlet cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lilymaid7 on: February 26, 2008 07:24:20 PM
This is an outlet cover I made for my bathroom.  I took the outlet covers and the switchplates, glued paper doilies on them and painted them to look sort of like dirty pewter, using a few shades of paint.

The switch on this one apparently needed scrubbing when I photographed it.  It's covered in tissue paper and painted copper.  I darkened the copper paint around the edges to make it look like it had oxidized a bit.  I glued on a gold skeletonized leaf I bought in the scrapbooking section of a craft store.

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