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21  Bleach Pen "Courage" Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by maize on: October 02, 2005 04:09:18 PM

I first created the Rock Star Mehndi Bleach Pen Jeans.  Now the Courage shirt.  I saw some of these on a website and in one of those celebrity magazines selling for $60.  I went to Old Navy and purchased a men's thermal shirt for $10 (they're on sale this week).  With a bleach pen I wrote "courage."  Then after one hour, I rinsed it and took it out to the garage, laid it on some plastic and used liquid bleach with a paint brush to get the splatter effect.  Liquid bleach works faster than the bleach pen so stay to watch it so it doesn't eat the fabric.  Also make sure you've got something between the top and bottom layer so it doesn't bleed through--unless of course you want it to!

Have fun!

Can also be seen at: http://www.maizehutton.com/courageshirt.html
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22  ROCKSTAR MEHNDI BLEACH PEN JEANS! WITH TUTORIAL!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by maize on: July 19, 2005 12:20:08 PM

I was inspired by my friend Deborah Merlo's mehndi tube top (http://www.deborahmerlo.com/diy/archives/000168.html) to create these rockin jeans!  You can find free patterns at http://www.hennapage.com.

What you'll need:

One pair of jeans, cardboard (I used postoffice envelopes because they were the perfect size), Clorox bleach pen (I used almost two) and a design.  You can find bleach pens in the detergent aisle.  

With the bleach pen, trace your design on the jeans.  Let sit for about 20 minutes then rinse.  Finish the other leg--or don't!  I predict I'll be seeing a lot of bleach pen designs in the future!  This is such an easy project and the final product is awesome!


The finished project above just rinsed.

Can also be viewed on my DIY project page located at http://www.maizehutton.com/rockstarjeans.html
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23  Confetti Shawl in Knitting: Completed Projects by maize on: May 09, 2005 11:48:44 AM

I'm really proud with how this turned out.  It's not a hard pattern but the yarn I used was challenging.  I used two strands of loopy yarn by Yarn Artist from Canada.  I hand felted the beads for the fringe from wool roving.

Pattern is:
c/o 3
Row 1:  k1, yo to increase one stitch, knit to end of row
Remaining row, repeat row one until you reach the desired size.
Bind off.
Add fringe.
I used size 6 needles.

Can also be seen at:  http://www.maizehutton.com/confettishawl.html
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24  Teeny Weenys! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by maize on: February 20, 2005 01:04:25 PM

These are my current fave.  Teeny weeny initials with a heart in the middle.  They hang on an 18" box chain necklace. 

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25  DIY Foam Mousepad in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by maize on: January 17, 2005 02:43:40 PM

I saved all last year to purchase a new Mac G5 and I'm welcoming her with a mousepad I created myself!  I'm having a Viking funeral for my PC!  Woo Hoo!

Simply cut foam sheets in the desired shape. I cut two then sewed them together for a bit more thickness.  Then I purchased foam flower shapes and sewed the circle in the middle and glued it to the mousepad.  On the back I put little pads so it won't slide around.

It works great!  Make one for your special Valentine!

Can also be viewed on my website at: http://www.maizehutton.com/foammousepad.html


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26  Vintage Watch Picture Frame Bracelets DIY! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by maize on: January 09, 2005 11:48:01 AM

If you have an old vintage watch that doesn't work any longer in your jewelry box (or maybe your mom's jewelry box) turn it into a cute little picture frame bracelet.

I printed off a picture of myself and my husband when we were little and cut them to fit some vintage watches I had.  If you don't have any watches you can also buy them on Ebay.

The back of the watches pop off easily.  Simply cut the picture to fit and replace the back.  You can change the pictures often if you wish.  Wear just one or two or three on your wrist.  Use pictures of your kids or pets!


More pictures and DIY on my website at:  http://www.maizehutton.com/vintagepictureframebracelet.html
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27  Last Minute Gift Card Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by maize on: December 17, 2004 11:46:05 AM

Here's a last minute Christmas project!

My daughter's boyfriend is hard to buy for and she suggested gift cards.  I really didn't like the cardboard cases they came in so in keeping with my Handmade Christmas I decided to make a felt wallet for them.

Simply cut a piece of felt a bit wider and twice as long as the card.  Fold it over and stitch up the sides.  Embellish the front as you wish and cut with pinking shears on the edges.  If you don't sew, you can use a fabric glue such as Fabri Tac by Beacon Adhesives found at Walmart.  It dries fast and clear.  You can also hand stitch if you wish.

You can even use brown kraft paper like the business card holders I created now located in the archives.

I think it makes the gift a bit more personal.

Can also be viewed at the DIY section on my website at:  http://www.maizehutton.com/giftcardwallet.html

Happy Holidays!

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28  Maize's Christmas Card 2004 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by maize on: December 05, 2004 04:00:24 PM

I purchased kraft card stock in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets from a local scrapbook store and cut it in 1/4.  I stitched the ornament with pink yarn.  The french knots are a light green crochet thread.  Then I drew out a circle in glue with the tip of a glue bottle.  I poured fine pink glitter over the glue and then placed the sequins on the glue circle.  I then cut a piece of kraft brown paper and glued it to the back to cover up the stitching.  It also gave me an area for a personal message.  I took some fancy scissors and cut around the edges.  The envelope flap is also cut along the bottom with the same edge.  I'm using vellum envelopes and placed the ornament side in the front so you can see it.

I hand lettered the front with "May Your Days Be Merry!"

I like the fact that I didn't use a computer this year and did it entirely by hand.

Can also be viewed at http://www.maizehutton.com/handmadechristmascard.html
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29  Easy Christmas Gift Wrap in Winter Holidays by maize on: November 28, 2004 12:43:51 PM

It's well known in my family that I like to use rolls and rolls of kraft brown paper as my gift wrap every Christmas, I like the look of creating my own and you can't see through it!  This year I found a cute reindeer stamp at Walmart and some big silver bells with snowflake cutouts at the Dollar Tree store (9 for $1).  I used acrylic paint on the stamp and glued on googly eyes for fun!  Add an inital stencil drawn with a sharpie, some hemp twine and it's a wrap!

Can also be viewed at www.maizehutton.com/easygiftwrap.html
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30  Maize's Homemade Coco Nut Balls in Dessert by maize on: November 28, 2004 12:40:38 PM

There are going to be some lucky people this year who will receive my homemade coco nut balls this holiday season!  The most labor intensive portion of the recipe is dipping the balls in chocolate.  Otherwise, it's super simple! 

I found these little take out containers at The Paper Zone and printed off labels on matte white label paper.  I then spray painted them with a clear gloss and sprinkled fine pink glitter over the top. 

The inside is lined with parchment paper and wax paper.  These little containers fit about 3-4 coco nut balls. 

Here's the recipe.  Enjoy!

2 cups coconut

3 cups finely chopped nuts

1/2 pound butter (2 sticks)

2 pounds powdered sugar (1 bag)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle)

Chocolate Almond Bark

Mix:  2 cups coconut, 3 cups nuts and 1/2 pound of butter.

Add:  2 pounds powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.

Roll into balls the size of small walnuts and chill overnight.  Melt almond bark, dip balls in, remove with toothpicks, place on paper till cool.  Can be frozen. 

Can also be viewed at:  http://www.maizehutton.com/coconutballs.html
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