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1  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
2  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!
3  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!
4  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
5  Washington / Washington: West / Eastside Crafters? Redmond/Kirkland/Bothell area? on: February 09, 2008 09:43:09 PM
Anyone here from the east side of Lake Washington? I'm new to the area and would like to meet some fellow crafty people!  Cheesy
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My New Years Masterpiece on: January 01, 2007 09:40:53 PM
I'm so proud of it...but I'm selling it. However before it goes I wanted to show y'all- it's made of black onyx, sterling silver beads, and siam swarovski crystals. I might just keep it for myself, if I can think of anywhere to wear it to Wink
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower pendant necklace on: December 31, 2006 03:24:24 PM
I made this necklace as one of my first jewelry making experiments since I now work in a jewelry store. I don't really like it but my boss and others have said it's cute, so I figured I'd show it here Smiley
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / How important is the Etsy shop banner in getting sales? on: June 07, 2006 07:20:44 PM
Hello crafters! I just started putting inventory in my etsy shop a few days ago (link is in my siggy) and a friend offered to design me a better banner and some business cards for free! Grin She's a professional art/photo person so I was delighted and said yes, but I was wondering what you all think about the banners..are they super important to the look of the store? Does a sloppily made one get less views/sales? Mine is pretty basic right now, and I was wondering if the new one would make a difference.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pirate Girl Shirt on: June 07, 2006 10:09:54 AM
I had two stretchy tops I bought but didn't really like the look of. So I put them together in a sort of sailor-esque look, with the sleeves riveted and laced on, and added a bottom piece that had rivets and laces. To top it off I drew a pirate girl stencil on cardboard and used it to make the design on the front. Arrr! Action shot!

and a close up so you can see the stencil:

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Clothing Post-Image Hvy- Redone tops and Dress on: June 06, 2006 07:04:12 PM
I've been busy redoing/making a lot of clothes and accessories these past few weeks, so I have decided to come out of hiding and share. Thoughts?

This top was made from 3 other shirts, the center is a rock star shirt. I added sleeves, cuffs, and a hood.

This top was simply a scarf that I thought had a neat design, so I tucked the top corner down, snipped the other 3 sides and hemmed them, added holes, and strung ties from another shirt to make a lace-up back.

This dress was an outfit I bought from an Indian clothing tent at the fair a year ago. I never wore it because the pants were too small and looked odd on me. I turned the set into a dress with a halter top and a short white undershirt. The underskirt shows in front (i had to double the fabric so it wasn't see-thru) with the longer sides and back fan out at the bottom of the leg.
*note that it looks a bit crooked in these pics since i accidentally had it pinned crookedly to my dress form


Bottom Drape (needs ironing!  Shocked) :

Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks for looking!
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