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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / other photography options on: April 06, 2009 12:08:27 PM
I was wondering if anyone could advise me about photographing things.  People seem to either use some sort of light box thing or natural sunlight from what I've read.  I'm not sure either's a horribly viable option for me.

I have limited space (Pretty much room to put a tiny little folding end table in).  I also don't think natural light is a reasonable option because the hours in which I can work are rather constrained most of the time and the weather has a tendency to vary horribly.

I was wondering if there were any other ways this issue could be addressed and what other people do about it.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / prettified magnets 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.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pretty springy flowers 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.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Little Silhouette 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.

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Crafty uses for old fishnets on: October 24, 2008 11:18:56 PM
I wear fishnets almost every day and was wondering if anyone had clever ideas for using them once they get damaged.

So far, I've made a hat stand with them.  I took a styrofoam wig stand, papermached over it to make it smooth, painted it purple and covered it in a fishnet.  I then made a choker for it out of a velvet ribbon and a silk pansy.

Anyone else have any more ideas on good uses for dead fishnets?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / beaded pipe 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* )
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / switchplate and outlet cover 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.

8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / gorey-esque all hallows eve party on: September 27, 2006 07:29:21 PM
I am having a Halloween party at my house.  (It is the first time a lot of our friends have seen our house since I moved in and threw all the dorky things in boxes and tried to decorate with some sort of theme.)

I want it Gorey-esquely black and white.  (A central decoration will be my Gashlycrumb poster.  Smiley )  I have black lace to swag around the house and intend to use flower garlands painted black as well.  Martha Stewart also gave me the notion to paint some of the pumpkins black.  Of course, it being Halloween, something must be done with my husband's skull collection, as well.  I have yet to figure out what.

I had thought  it would be cool to do lacy black cut paper patterns to cover the windows and mirrors, but I am afraid the local teacher's supply has closed.  Has anyone got an idea where I could get plain black paper by the yard fairly cheaply?

Any other suggestions for a Gorey-influenced, mildly neo-Victorian Halloween party would be very welcome.  (We're sort of neo-Victorian ourselves, so the party will be, whether we want it to or not.  I say we might as well work with it.)

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