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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birthday Cake Hat on: July 16, 2011 09:17:36 AM
For my birthday, I decided on a "Crazy Hat" theme. As the birthday girl, I thought my perfect hat would be a birthday cake. Smiley

I love how it turned out. So funny!

The "cake" is a round paper box from Joann's. The "frosting" is paper that I glazed with Elmer's glue to give it a little texture. The "icing" that I wrote with is puff paint and the trim is just fabric. The "cake" you can see in the cut-out bit is a kitchen sponge. The "plate" is the lid for the box that I covered in foil. I cut an oval hole in the middle of the id, so that hat would sit on my head a bit easier. After I had a few drinks, it became hilarious to find small objects (lip gloss, cupcake, ink pens, car keys) and hide them in my hat.

Action shots:

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper Flowers from Old Books on: April 10, 2011 07:07:00 PM
One of my favorite people is graduating with her Ph.D in English Lit in a few weeks, so I wanted to make something special for her. I was flipping through my new Do It Yourself magazine and saw a basic tutorial for turning old book pages into paper flowers and I decided I'd give it a shot. There are lots of little steps, so it's time-consuming, but really fun (and the results are great)!

I'm planning to make her a dozen or so, but here's what I've got done to start.

A couple of the first flowers I made:

I found another tutorial for tiny flowers. I'm thinking about making a few more of the little ones to mix into the bouquet, since they are so cute:

Here they are with some greenery added:

And here's one completely finished:

I'll update this post as I get more done!

If you have any tips for making paper flowers, or links to tutorials for other types of paper flowers, please share! I'd love to make a mixed bouquet!

Thanks for looking, and for your feedback! Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Shell Wreath for my Florida Christmas on: December 05, 2010 05:39:39 AM
I wanted to make something "Floridian" this year, as it feels too weird to put up my snow-themed decorations when its 65* outside- ha! I started with a cheap wreath from Michael's. I hot-glued wire to the back of the shells to attach them to the wreath. It was a quick and fun project, and I think it turned out cute.

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Lady Gaga for the Monster Ball on: September 12, 2010 01:58:56 AM
EyeofMazikeen & I went to Lady Gaga's Monster Ball and wanted to dress as Gaga for the show. It was such fun!  Grin Here are a few pics of our outfits:

My sunglasses. Bling bling. (Made by EyeOfMazikeen)

My top hat (made of felt, by EyeOfMazikeen).

EyeOfMazikeen scored these shoes for me at a thrift store. I Gaga-ed up the straps a bit. The best part about these shoes: the heels have motion-sensitive LED's, so they light up light rainbows when I walk. LOL! My favorite part of my look, for sure.

My full look! My vest was a plain brown leather vest I scored at a thrift store. We used chrome spray paint topped with clearcoat (to seal) to make it shine. The triangles are fabric-covered cardboard and the squares are mirror tiles.

Her Chainmail Sunglasses

Her Blingin' Shoes

Rings. The blocks are children's ABC blocks covered in bling.

She made the waistband out of soda tabs woven together with feather yarn. The skirt is bubble wrap.

Waistband closeup.

Her "birdcage veil" is a tiny cage stuffed with tissue paper. She put two small LED's in the cage to light it and tied tulle around the edges.

Her head-to-toe look. Awesome, right?

I'd love to see other Gaga-inspired looks!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bib Scarf for my Pre-Teen Sister on: April 25, 2010 03:26:14 PM
I found this pattern in Crochet Today (Sept/Oct 2009), but ended up making it somewhat smaller and with a shell trim, instead of the edging from the pattern. I think it's cute, and that my little sis will rock it out (she's WAY into scarves these days!).

detail (I sewed on a button for closure)

Modeling the scarf before shipping it off.  Cheesy

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / my first decoupage box on: May 12, 2006 09:02:27 AM
just finished my first little decoupaged box, which i made w/ one of my craftster buddies. i found a lot of cool lace and other patterns along with some flowers i loved.  Grin

tell me what you think!

top of box:


side views:





7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / first grocery bag purse attempt on: April 16, 2006 04:39:22 PM
after all of the hype i've seen about crocheting w/ grocery bags, i decided i'd better check it out. of course, i didn't pay attention to the advice to use a larger hook and made this little bag with an I hook. Please, for the sake of your shoulders, don't do that!  Tongue my next grocery bag project will be attempted with a much larger hook! i just used the fabric that the bag is lined with to make a little ribbon. i think it turned out pretty well.

i also reverse-lined the bag with red, but it doesn't show through very much.


8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / cold shoulders shrug - happy hooker on: April 14, 2006 03:27:28 PM
i just finished this and i'm soo happy with it! since i'm short (5'2"), i shortened it by one row of shells, fyi.

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