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31  Skeleton key shadowbox in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 05:30:20 PM

I got this frame from goodwill for 99 cents, then hotglued some of my favorite keys from my skeleton key collection to show off in my art-nouveau themed bathroom.

Aren't keys neato?!?
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32  Skeleton Key necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 05:26:27 PM
I love skeleton keys. I have a collection which I hoarde and guard jealously in a tin. I decided though that the world should see my sweet collection. So I made them into necklaces and I sell some of them with pretty good success. I hope to list them on my website here in a week or two.

It is also a good chance for me to use all the cool beads and charms that I have left over from other projects or broken jewelry.

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33  Devil Duckie hairsticks in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 05:23:01 PM

I got the cool devil duckie pencil caps from www.archiemcphee.com and glued them on some hairsticks I made from sanded dowel rods. I posted a tutorial on those last year sometime, should be around!

Hope you like 'em,

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34  Inexpensive/Last-minute craft fair display ideas in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 05:13:08 PM
Vertical displays are so much more eye-catching than laying your stuff on the table. They bring people over to look at your stuff and also give a professional appearence. Several people asked if I had a store of my own, which I do not (maybe some day!). Anyway if you are like me you'd rather keep your profits or buy more crafting stuff than spend a ton on elaborate, overpriced premade displays.

I made this for a craft fair I participated in recently. It cost me about 3-4 bucks in supplies, which can easily be acquired from your local craft store. It's perfect for displaying things like handbags or headbands or tons of other stuff. On the top, you can place a folded card with info or prices on it.

Tools you need: a drill (best to have one but if you don't you can still make it), screws, a screwdriver, wood glue


* 1- oval wood base (or any shape you like)
* 1- 1" diameter dowel rod
* several 12" long 1/2" diameter dowel rods (they come precut or you can do it yourself to customize)
* dowel caps (there are lots of fun shapes of these as well)
* 1- small circle for the top of your stand

*GENERAL TIP* use a drill to make holes before you put screws in to prevent the dowels from splitting. If you don't you can still do it, but it might be a pain in the @ss.

First, attach the 1" dowel to the base by putting a screw through the bottom of the base and through the dowel. Use a dab of wood glue to help hold it tight.

Then, mark off where you want the arms to be. I placed mine to allow for purses to be hung (i.e. lots of dangling space) but you can do it however you want. Put a screw though as in the pic below and then screw the dowel piece onto it.

You could also make the dowels removeable for easier transport and storage when you're not using it.

Finish with caps. You can of course paint or finish it however you want.

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This next one is a solution I came up with for displaying barettes and pins. All it is: willow branches from the floral section and some river rocks in a vase. Cost? 5-6 bucks.

Well, hope those tips help! Thanks to you all for providing your advice to me, thought I'd try to give back :-)

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35  Tshirt designs for SnB (tattoo & "knitting is the balls!") in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by RachOfTheJungle on: November 16, 2005 07:55:29 AM
Hey guys-

I thought y'all might appreciate the tshirt designs I came up with for our local SnB (the school makes us call it Stitch n Snitch, b/c Bitch is a bad word.... ooooo.... lol) We are voting to see which one makes it as our design:

Well, here they are:

This is our mascot, Bruce. He is a hardass. He beats up anyone that disses knitting. My friend Genna and I collaborated on this one.

This is the tattoo one: (if we pick Bruce it'll go on the back)

This is one of my more favorite brainchildren: (I can so see it on a 70s ringer or jersey sleeve!)

I am going to post the last one on www.threadless.com, I think! It might not be our club tshirt but I want one anyway!

PS Mad props to Kate for finding the perfect fonts!
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36  ford mustang fleece blanket quasi-quilt (but easier!) in Quilting: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: October 29, 2005 12:38:15 AM
My friend Evan totally loves american cars, so I made him this blanket with some mustang-themed fleece. the stripes are to echo the mustang logo. the front pieces were sorta quilted together, and the reverse is black anti-pill fleece.

it is very soft and fuzzy!
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37  Luna Moth Costume/Wings in Halloween Costumes by RachOfTheJungle on: October 29, 2005 12:30:29 AM
My boss asked me to help her make an outdoorsy halloween costume (we work at an outdoor ed center). She wanted to be a luna moth and asked my help in making the costume. This is a pic of a luna moth, if you've never seen one:


I made wireframe wings and stretched sheer mint-green fabric between the wires and painted the details on. The top part of the wings is fuzzy brown fur-esque fleece stuff:

I don;t have a pic of this yet but for antennae I made a headband with antennae made with white pipe cleaners. I'll post pics after she gives me them of her in costume.
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38  Via Colori- Chalk Drawing Festival in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RachOfTheJungle on: October 15, 2005 10:52:00 AM

This is a chalk drawing I did for a cool festival they have every year here in Columbus. It is inspired by fall leaves: I really think ginko leaves look like fish tails! So I made a fish out of maple, ginko, and aspen leaves. It has a real buckeye for an eye.
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39  Kimono-inspired cell phone covers in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: October 15, 2005 10:46:47 AM
Well, they are what you see!

I love how Japanese obi sashes are so colorful, so I decided to play dress-up with my phone.

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40  Bonsai applique Laptop Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: October 15, 2005 10:44:11 AM
Hey guys-

I just finished a laptop bag. I thought you might like to see it. I am not a very good sewer. In fact, the most complex thing I have made up until this point would be the kimono cell phone covers I will be posting shortly. For this one I just looked at basic messenger bags that I liked and tried to figure out how to assemble one myself. I tried drawing out a pattern but in the end I just sorta winged it.


The front has an abstracted bonsai tree applique. My friend helped me design in and I tweaked it and translated it to fabric!

With Stuff:

The best part about making your own stuff is you don't have to say "I wish I had a pocket for this" or "I'd rather have that here than there"! I made this bag so that my ipod can ride along with a notebook, some pens, my keys, and of course my laptop and charger! That's what inspired me to make one in the first place: I get my way! lol You can't see but on the side is a pocket for my cell phone.


The hardest part was constructing it so that the seams didn't show! It hurt my brain, lol. I also have never put a zipper in anything.

I figured out some cool tips if anyone wants to make a laptop bag. My bag is quasai-waterproof because in addition to the tough cotton duck outside, it has a lining of thin-gague vinyl (including in the flap), along with some quilt padding and of course a cute liner! I had this awesome cherry blossom fabric around for months and I finally found a use for it! I put the vinyl as the outermost layer (besides the black duck fabric) so that the padding and lining won't get watterlogged if I'm stuck in the rain or get splashed by a puddle.

The bag is pretty sturdy. I used a really wide strap so that the bag wouldn't hurt. My laptop is tiny (12" monitor, 1" thick, 3 lbs) but when I carry the charger along with all my other little junk it gets heavy. I might put some velcro to hold the flap down, but maybe not. It seems to be working fine without it.

Let me know of your laptop bag experiences! If I make another I'd love suggestions about aesthetics and/or function!

I was thinking of making another lined with the kevlar envelopes from the post office... just a thought.
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