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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Spare time=New Earrings! on: December 16, 2005 11:00:56 PM
I haven't had much to do since finals were over, so I re-discovered the magic of shrinky dinks and decided to make some earrings  for christmas presents.

Here's some of my latest ones:

For Donnie Darko Fans:


Because my friend is a HUGE Hanson fan:

And because everyone knows that robots have hearts:

But yeah, that's about all. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Christmas Present Paintings on: December 05, 2005 10:41:38 PM
My dad's been wanting a portrait of me for awhile, so I decided to paint him one for christmas being the broke art student that I am!

It's a modified version of my avatar done in acrylic on three mini canvases. The larger one is 4"x4" and the others are I think 3"x3".

And I must have something going on for broken up artwork, because I did a painting for my grandfather on 6 floor tiles.

He likes a lot of colorful stuff, like every room in his house is a different color, so I thought that he might like that.

I normally don't do much painting, but I think I might continue it, b/c painting's pretty fun!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Guitar Tote Bag! on: December 04, 2005 08:57:51 PM
I was starting my etsy shop the other day, and I was busy making things to put in it, and I decided to make a tote bag in the shape of a guitar. I had made one of these before for my swap partner in the Band T-Shirt/Tote bag swap a couple of months ago, but for that one I just used canvas, and I decided to try a different fabric this time. Here's what I came up with:

The front:

The Back:

And an action shot:

Sorry the pictures are so huge! Any comments would be greatly appreciated! I listed this for $15, but I think I might've priced it too high...any suggestions?
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Iron-on Paint? on: August 30, 2005 07:47:57 PM
Hey, random question...Does anyone know if you can put an iron-on over acrylic paint? Has anyone ever tried it? Just wondering...
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My attempt at Graphic Design on: August 23, 2005 04:18:22 PM
I found some iron-on transfer crayons at the store today, and I was really itching to use them, so I got on my computer and started designing. I came up with this:

You would not believe how long it took me to try to make those notes look like a tree. But it was worth it. I'm pretty proud of my little musical tree. Now I've got to find something to put it on! Yay for not having a job and being bored!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yay for finding uses for leftover slides! on: August 17, 2005 05:58:16 PM
I took AP studio art this past year, and as a result, I had about a million slides leftover at the end of the course and awhile ago, I read in readymade magazine they had a tutorial on how to make lampshades out of slides. So I decided to give it a go, and here's what I came up with: a cute little reading lamp for my nightstand. I'm definitely taking this to my dorm room!

Here's with the lamp turned off:

Here's one with it on:

And here's just a closeup of the slides with the lamp on:

This was a pretty easy project. I just rescued a lamp base from my local salvation army store, then got a lampshade and tore off the paper covering to leave only the circle and the part that goes around the bulb. Then I figured out how many slides I would need, and how long I wanted my columns to be, then drilled holes in each slide with a "1/16 drill bit (this was the most tedious part) and attached them all with jump rings.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fun with totebags! (Aka: When boredom strikes) on: August 17, 2005 02:30:52 PM
I was really mega bored one night and decided to try and be crafty and make myself a goofy tote bag, since I didn't feel like buying one. So I went up to Wal-mart ($1 fabrics and remnants rock my socks!) and came home with a yard of canvas-esqe material and a lot of cool remnants (butterflies, dinosaurs, magician costumes...)  and some iron-on glitter letters. So I sort of created a super-simple pattern after a tote bag I had seen in a store. This project was so incredibly easy, and it only took like 2 hours max! You just make a lining (optional, I just wanted one so I could have an inside pocket to hold my money) and then you just sew pretty much one big long piece of fabric and then stick some straps on it and go to town decorating!

Here's the front, after my buttons and glitter letters had taken over:

And here's the kinda plain back of the bag:

There used to be aliens and a spaceship on the back, but I guess they flew away.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bottlecaps+pictures and resin=FUN JEWELERY (Image heavy) on: August 07, 2005 11:20:30 AM
Awhile ago I started experimenting with resin, and I got addicted. I started collecting bottlecaps from all my friends and have amassed quite a collection now. But anyways, I started making necklaces and earrings with them using some pictures I've taken, little rhinestones and trinkets, and then pouring resin to seal them. Now, whenever I wear them out someone notices and I've decided to try to sell them. Any imput at all would be greatly appreciated. Like which ones would be most popular? and How much should I sell them for?

here's earrings I made from my Hairspray programs

and a necklace made with a charm that says "create"

and some random ones I've made.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Roadside Chair turned glam on: September 22, 2004 06:36:30 PM
This is my first post and I'd just like to let everyone know how marvelous the stuff on this site is. Everyone is so crafty and it makes my heart smile!
But back to the point: I found this chair on the side of the road, and after thouroughly testing it to see if it was usable (you know, the old "let's sit on this chair" method), I decided to bring it home and revamp it for my room.
This was how the chair looked when I first got it and sanded the top:
and then I mod-podged the seat with collaged pictures and magazine clippings to get the final product:
and here's a closer view of the seat:
It really wasn't hard to do this, just a little mod podge, painters tape and spray paint and voila!
And I guess this is kinda interesting, but a week after I finished this, I went to a yard sale and these people were selling manniquin parts, so I bought a leg, cut off a few inches and hung it on my wall to make an impromptu necklace holder, so here it is:
and here's a close-up of just the leg:
sorry for the blurriness, I didn't have much light.
But that's about it, thanks for looking at my stuff!
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