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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Burlesque accessories! on: January 20, 2011 10:26:23 PM
I love these! It kinda inspires me to wear some sassy pasties under my work shirt and feel secretly amazing  Cheesy Great job!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ursula-Inspired Necklace on: January 20, 2011 10:24:31 PM
Thanks! Cheesy An octopus loving friend of mine keeps trying to catch me at work so she can see it! Maybe I should make matching tentacle earrings?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ursula-Inspired Necklace on: January 18, 2011 03:49:02 PM
I really like doing nautical themed jewelry (my last project on here was a fish necklace https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244682.msg2704712#msg2704712)

It's been a while but my latest undersea piece is an Ursula inspired necklace. I was imagining wearing precious stones from the ocean floor while a jealous creature tries to steal them away.

Here's a close-up of the main tentacle:

The beads are a variety of semi-precious stones like lapis and apatite, with some swarovski crystals, pearls, and dyed jade mixed in. The tentacles I made from polymer clay. The hardest part was attaching the darn things to the necklace! The clasp is a silver leaf that I thought matched the seaweed-y feel of the whole thing.
What do you think?
I wore it to work and people would do double-takes as they realized there were tentacles in there  Grin
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I love fish! New Necklace on: May 11, 2008 05:39:54 PM
Oh I forgot to answer- no the fish was not the kind to use as a finger puppet or a pencil topper. I had to poke a hole through his solid little body! Poor fishy  Tongue
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I love fish! New Necklace on: May 07, 2008 11:41:49 PM
Thanks for all the compliments! Good to know other craftsters have a wacky sense of fun when it comes to jewelry too.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I love fish! New Necklace on: May 07, 2008 10:35:59 AM
I love fish, they represent good luck for me. And I've been experimenting with crazy new jewelry, as well as shopping at Archie McPhee's, and I came up with this!:

It's made of coral, freshwater pearls, swarovskis, seed beads, bits of tulle, and of course the lovely plastic fish!
What do you think, too crazy? It's so much fun to wear!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ikea Desk >> Bar! *Pic heavy on: March 24, 2008 04:41:19 PM
that's so fun! and now you can save money because you don't have to go out to the bar...you're already there!! 

I know Cheesy This weekend I am hosting a party and making fancy cocktails, I can't wait! The bar is also a really good area for crafting during the day!
8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Tragedy and Recovery on: March 21, 2008 11:05:16 AM

A friend of mine has had a terrible tragedy and needs a bit of help. Please check out this thread:
and consider helping out if you can. If you feel super generous, would you consider donating items for the auction we are running on the 12th of April? All proceeds are going to the memorial fund and it would be a great help. Thanks guys!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ikea Desk >> Bar! *Pic heavy on: March 18, 2008 01:06:13 PM
Thanks for the compliments all!  Grin
Batgirl I will definitely submit it there! Thanks for the link.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ikea Desk >> Bar! *Pic heavy on: March 18, 2008 12:08:48 PM
 Smiley So my boyfriend decided to ditch his relatively new ikea desk in favor of a smaller one to save space in the bedroom. He was going to toss it or give it away but I said no! We could use it for something. We have some extra space in our dining room since it is attached to the living room and we use a teeny table. The convenient L shape of the desk inspired me to create...a bar! Grin We like to entertain our friends with good cooking and good cocktails.
Here is what the desk looked like before hand:

I took the top shelving part off in one piece to form the bar structure. Then I added other pieces of the desk as shelves and added 3 shelves onto the wall behind it.

The top I covered in origami triangles and varnished them with several layers of non toxic varnish stuff. They took forever to cut, whew!

Inside and underneath the top I added glass racks to hold martini, margarita, and champagne glasses and lined the shelves with glasses. I also made a coaster holder and a bunch of groovy coasters and set them on the top.
I also took a metal piece from the desk and with some plastic wire holders created a cocktail stirrer holster that runs down the edge.

The pics don't show it but I also added a little shelf for shot glasses and a sliding mini cutting board that pulls out from under the bar top.
Here are the wall shelves, full of liquor and mixers, as well as wine holders along the walls. For the wall next to the bar I painted a piece of the desk with chalkboard paint and my friend Melyssa drew out some drink specials, you can see that on the far right of this pic.

The outside bottom parts of the bar I collaged with images from Juxtapoz magazine, craphound magazine, pic of old architecture, and pop art images.

Lastly I got some stools free at a garage sale (awesome find) and covered them in some nifty asian fabric to match. Here is the pic of the bar altogether:

Thanks for looking! This project was a lot of work but so much fun!  Cheesy
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