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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Mexican Star Lamps on: January 12, 2012 06:31:08 PM
Hello fellow craftsters. I have had a massive crush on these lamps ever since I first laid eyes on them, but unfortunately have not been able to afford them on a college kid's salary. Then also, there's the glass... and my inevitable nature to hurt myself in magnificent ways... so yes, I was hoping to recreate the look of these lamps by reconstructing them out of cheaper less dangerous mediums.
I figure white tissue paper and painted cardboard for this one:

And maybe cardboard with die cuts followed by a silver spray paint for this one:

Now, my only issue is basically I know that with a few tries I could easily figure out a pattern to make this, geometric shapes and all, but my issue lies in the fact that I would like to light these suckers.
I have no idea how to go about that.
I love the idea of white Christmas lights, but worry about the weight, and don't like the idea of a good chunk of the lights trailing down out of the lamp. And the other idea is to incorporate L.E.D.s, but I know nothing of wiring and the amount of heat and bulb emits. So ideas?  Huh
My last resort could be those really nice battery powered tea-light/votives (fake candles). But then I won't be able to shut them off with much each as these will be suspended higher than my short self could reach. And if I have to start installing pulley systems, things maybe get too difficult. haha  Grin
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 Bracelets and 1 Headband (img chunky!) on: June 25, 2011 01:57:39 AM
So nice to be back on craftster! I've missed you guys ♥  Grin
Using my summer to finally get rid of my stash of odds and ends.  Wink

Spiffy new bracelet I made this afternoon : ) ♥ followed this tute with some alterations: http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2010/08/diy-braided-chain-bracelet.html?showComment=1308883403339#c8914995365290019192
Close up:

Totally cut my thumb while making this :p

Made a nice headband out of some lime colored yarn, and matching elastic from an old dollar store hair-tie.

Totally gonna make one in a cream and rust color  Smiley Maybe I'll dye some yarn?

Jet-setting bracelet! Smiley Made this one from the other half of the gold chain from the first bracelet, braided some blue suede strands, worked the charms from a set of dollar store old wine glass ring markers into the weave pattern and finished it with some sewn-in glass beads. I added the little blue bow button at the end because it reminded me of Hello Kitty : ) ♥
I have a tiny passport charm I want to add, but it's have no way to be attached. I'll have to glue it to something. so this is not yet complete.

lol this one is an old bracelet from my days when I thought I could actually braid friendship bracelets. I cannot. So this was a sad attempt at the bottom of my box for a few months. Decided to finish it and do some loose braids with a button closure. This may or may not see the light of day depending on how ridiculous I decide it looks  Tongue

haha although blurry, you can see my near effort at the beginning and lack thereof everywhere else.

And if anyone's curious, the "wallpaper" in the back is actually a poster that I painted to relieve some stress back in high school. I highly reccommend painting to everyone! Smiley thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Turquoise Homecoming Dress on: December 08, 2008 08:25:53 PM
So once again I decided to make my homecoming dress. This time my mom and dad helped me sew it on the machine and I sewed up some parts, such as the lace neck and zipper bottom by hand. This was SUCH a challenge. We started three nights before the dance and worked only during the nights. I went to the dance with an hour of sleep left.

Front and Back:

My date and I:

(I had to make his tie fifteen minutes before he came to pick me up due to a huge misunderstanding lol. And for the first time making a tie, it turned out great. He kept saying how I MADE his outfit so cool and he called me Ashley Armani. lol And everywhere I went at the dance everyone kept complimenting me on how I made my date's tie. He had gone off boasting to everyone he saw xD he's so cute.)

Here you can see the lace neck a bit clearer:

An action shot of the circle-skirt. (lol I'm known for my large bow belts and circle skirts around the school dances)

Our group:

And my date's best friend won a spot in the Homecoming court Cheesy

Thanks for looking!  Wink
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Art Gallery ideas needed. on: July 17, 2008 06:02:26 AM
Last year I was volunteered by a teacher of mine to work as a caricature artist in our last art gallery/jazz festival event at school. The problem was that only about 20 people showed up, 13 or which were staff. So needless to say I didn't quite ahve much work to do (i.e. none what-so-ever). So I spoke to my teacher and demanded that I be in charge of organizing next year's art gallery/jazz festival event. So I have been doodling some layout ideas and such and have hit a bit of a block. I wanted to make this event really spectacular, being that it is the only classy event we have in our school. I wanted to make it a real black tie and LBD event. So any ideas?

Here's what I was thinking of so far:
-creating large white walls for flat art dispaly purposes (no idea how to yet)
-draping black fabric to cover the cafeteria walls
-having an art auction right outside the event (along with an overhead projector for optimal viewing)
-creating a standing eating area with raised tables for drinks and treats.
-selling books with photographs of all of the art pieces along with artist's comments.

And that's really all I have so far. Help  Sad Please ♥
5  COOKING / Dessert / Sea salt ice cream KH2 on: May 17, 2008 05:16:42 PM
So I was tired of not being able to find a good recipe for sea salt ice cream that WASN'T extremely fattenting, so I made my own. Smiley

Fans of Kingdom Hearts and tasty sweets, this one's for you.
Now for this recipe you need:
~Two sandwhich bags.
~Some ice. (Best: a mixture of part cubed and part crushed)
~3 table spoons of table salt.
~A sea salt bottle and grinder duo. (This is a bottle with sea salt chunks inside and has a grinder tip. Cheapest way to go.~) (Note: if you need to know the brand name, I'll be more than happy to post it.)
~1/2 a tablespoon of sugar.
~1/8 a teaspoon of vanilla extract. (Found usually in baking or seasoning aisles)
~1/4 cup of milk.
~A bottle of blue food coloring.

-Open the first bag and place in the milk, sugar, vanilla.
-Next add one drop of blue food coloring. If you feel it is too light add another drop. No more, or the color will be TOO dark, and untrue to it's model.
-Next you'll grind in about 2 to 4 full grinds of sea salt.
NOTE: 2 grinds will result in a reversed sea salt ice cream, where the taste is first sweet and then salty. (Better IMO~) 3-4 grinds will give you true sea salt ice cream where in the salty taste comes before the sweet one.
-Now you seal the bag and be sure to let out air as much as possible!
-Next you take your other baggy and fill it half with ice.
-Add the three tablespoons of table salt to the ice bag.
-Now place the bag with the ice cream mixture inside of your salt bag.
-Seal the ice bag allowing air inside.
-Shake the bag for 4-5 minutes, until you see the blue mixture begin to harden.
-Open the ice bag and remove your ice cream baggy.
-Open your ice cream baggy and enjoy! You have just made sea salt ice cream!

Yeilds: one serving. For two servings: Double all EXCEPT sea salt, and food coloring. Sea salt is always measured to taste, and food coloring should be done by eye.

Tips: By now you'll discover that shaking a freaking cold, FREEZING bag isn't fun XD So here are some things you can do!
* Wear an oven mitt when shaking the bag.
* Wrap a towel over the bag and then shake.
* Replace the second bag instead with a large coffe tin. Fill it half filled with ice, and depending on how large your tin is, alter the salt by a table spoon or two. Place the ice cream mixture bag inside and the close the tin with it's plastic cap. (Just to be sure, place some duct tape in an X shape over the cap, for a secure sealing.) Rather than just shaking, now you have the option of rolling the tin. So invite some friends, sit on the floor and roll the tin to each other. :3~


For an image aided tute check out the one I submitted to deviantart: http://kitsue43.deviantart.com/art/Sea-Salt-Ice-Cream-Recipe-59140820
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black Vest from a hideous little girl dress. on: May 14, 2008 12:15:24 AM
Apparently I, in what I can only figure was a druken state, purchased two of these hideous little girl dresses. The inner shirt and skirt are fused to the hooded outerwear. Blech.
So last Sunday I took apart my black and red dress and salvaged the hooded torso piece and 2 inch waistband.
(No before shot for the black dress. Sorry!)

Here's the finished product:

Here's a close up of the button, which was an extra from a jacket I bought long ago.

And to meet with bandwagon demands, here is a myspace shot:  Smiley

And it's all hand-sewn!  Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Homecoming dress. on: March 02, 2008 11:38:46 AM
Yes, yes. A bit late but I digress~

A few months ago, I searched many stores for hours and could not find a dress for homecoming. Then I decided I could test my sewing skills that I have been developing since I was 5. Well Being that I had tons of fabrics and old clothes I drew up some designs and got very excited. I was going to make a white dress. Unfourtunately I didn't have nearly enough white fabric. Also I found out that satin was something that was basically appropriate for homecoming. Being that I had purchased some sativ baby-doll ill-fitting tops for around 3 dollars some time ago, I figured I would work them into the plan. Still I had little to no white fabric. So I took apart an old bed skirt that luckily for me, despite the black skirted part, the fabric which falls under the mattress was white! So with that barely being enough, and one maternity shirt, and finally a white t-shirt I made my dress.

The baby-doll top had a shirred upper area of which I turned into my dress's waist. Then the remaining fabric was tied with no sewing but clean cuts into a nice green satin bow. The bed skirt was cut into my twirly skirt and the white t-shirt provided the bodice. and voila!


No pose, but my friend snagged some action shots.


Man, I was sewing that thing compeltely last minute. I worked on it when I got home from school, at school in the library during my lunch break and right up until the very last minute before I left. I remember I had my mother sew up a few stitches right before I got into the car to leave. Whew. What a week. Still, at least everyone loved it and was raving about it. Smiley
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Making a figurine? on: July 20, 2007 02:02:32 PM
Okay, basically I want to make my own custom Kingdom Hearts figurine. The company hasn't made a Namine one, and I hope to make one for a friend of mine. However, the problem is that I don't really know how to go about with the method I plan to use. Once my uncle tried to duplicate an action figure by making a mold of it, and then using the mold to make more figurines. It didn't work because he was trying to make bend-friendly figurines, but I digress. Anywho, the mold idea I like, however I am wonder what is the best thing to scuplt the doll for the mold? The porportions are a bit strange, and I want to make her out of something a bit less soft than clay. I tried to use clay to make a concept but I ended up making the clay to soft while mixing colors and my figerprints ended up all over the doll body. So I would much rather paint on the colors to the finished doll after using the mold. Anywho, any ideas on how to go about making this?

Here is an example of the dolls made by the company:
and here is one of the girls they made:

Any help is appreciated!  Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Kingdom Hearts decorated room. on: June 25, 2007 08:20:38 PM
I need some ideas to make my room more like my fascination.
I love the Kingdom Hearts franchise.
Be it KH1, KH: COM, or KH2.
However my room doesn't refelct on this. So I wanted to sew up, paint, and redecorate my room with unique pieces to show off this love that I have.  Smiley
I had some ideas already:
A life-sized keyblade replica to hang on my wall,
I have a paint scheme for the walls,
and I have a paopu plush and a star pillow.
I have a few odds and ends, but I need big time ideas.
Like a bead spread, pillows, drawer pulls, and curtains and such.
Any ideas?
The stranger the better Smiley
Oh! And bookends! I need ideas for book ends!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Classy necklace for formal events. (slightly IMG heavy.) on: June 07, 2007 10:37:25 PM
I was looking through my old collection of odds and ends, and I came across my collection of old plastic spools. And lo, a project was born.

For this you need a few same-sized, same-colored spools, a hot glue gun, a good amount of beads, (the smaller the better; I used a 5/0 size.), and a ribbon of your choice.

Heat up the hot glue gun until it is a good temperature where the glue doesn't dry so quickly. Then apply the glu generously to one side of the spool

Then roll the spool in a bunch of beads and using your fingers, carefully spread the attached beads to cover the glue. Allow the glue to dry.
Repeat this until all sides of the spool is complete, and then manually fill in empty spots.
Repeat for desired number of spools.
Attach any ribbon of your choice: (Note: displayed is the bottle the beads came in. these bottles almost always have the right sized beads for this project.)

Then with the ribbon strong through the spools, roll it on a pillow or fluffy blanket to remove excess flimsy beads.
If too many beads fell off, then take this time to fill up the spaces again, and repeat the roll test to be sure the beads hold.

Then show off your fancy necklace!

(Note: I chose a longer ribbon so I could tie a bow in the back of my neck, which gives the necklace a softer touch.)

For your other spools, re-use them for your ribbons.~  Smiley
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