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1  Stamp Tag Mirror Recon (pic overload!) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jmesdiylounge on: January 25, 2008 10:52:25 AM
My bestie has had this mirror since she was a little girl and it wasn't working in our crazy collection apartment.
She was going to pitch it, but I said NO! I will turn it into something awesome.

Since I have started working at my 'real job' as a receptionist (yippee! all those years to get my BA and now I answer phones!) any way I have been collecting the cancelled postage stamps from the mail.

I have a lot of them saved up. I am also a huge ModgePodge Freak! SO *Lightbulb* I will decopauge the mirror frame with stamps and turn it on its side to make it look like a tag.

So here are some of the WIP pics.

And here is the final project, which we love! I glued one a felt ring and some chunky red yarn using Tacky Glue.

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2  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by jmesdiylounge on: November 02, 2007 03:46:44 PM
I decided last Halloween that I was going to go all out and make a real costume.

My cousin-BFF's family goes to Mickey's Halloween Treat at Disney's California Adventure every year. And every year the family has a new theme. We picked Wizard of Oz this year. All the costumes were made using the Wizard of Oz branded patterns from Simplicity.

So I got to make my own Wicked Witch/Elphaba Costume.
But after sewing a bridesmaids dress this summer, I nixed the dress and wore a black dress that I had. The corset/belt and hat were not as fancy in the pattern but I can never leave things alone!

I love Wicked, so I would say that my costume is more Elphie then 'Wicked Witch'. It was so fun to dress up. It was also fun to drive to the park and have people stare!

Make up!

I used this really gross green cream as a base, but it sucked. Thank goodness I bought every kind of green make up that I could find!

The final makeup was crushed green eyeshadow and green eye liner.

The Hat

I made this hat using the Wizard of Oz pattern from Simplicity. Then since I wanted to be cool, I added a lot of decorations!

The whole gang

As you can see the Tin Man is trying to wack me. Dorthy was born to be a model. The Scarecrow is super cute. The Cowardly Lion didn't want to wear his costume, but a bribe of $20, a new toy, a day of of school (which he was going to have anyway!), and a Pepsi sealed the deal!

Thanks for looking!
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3  Re: Extreme Plastic Bag Makeover (Img Heavy!!!) in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by jmesdiylounge on: August 06, 2007 12:16:42 PM
Thanks everyone for looking and commenting! I had so much fun making this bag.

I am going to make loads more of these bags. They are really durable!

here is another action shot!!

See how strong this baby is!!

Any way, thanks and keep on crafting!
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4  Re: Extreme Plastic Bag Makeover (Img Heavy!!!) in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by jmesdiylounge on: August 02, 2007 04:25:55 PM
That's totally awesome!!  You make it look so easy, too!  I especially liked the Joann's bag on the inside...  Grin

Also, dumb question, but do you have a pattern that you used?  I like how it stays up by itself...it's less of a hassle for the folks at the grocery store, too!

Thank you. I also make square bottom bags and totes.

This is how you can do it too.

I found this tute from About.com and it makes alot of sense.

Let me know if this helps!

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5  Extreme Plastic Bag Makeover (Img Heavy!!!) in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by jmesdiylounge on: August 02, 2007 12:19:06 PM
Hello all!

I have been Reading the CRAFT Magazine http://craftzine.com/blog/ blog for a while now. (There is so much good stuff there!!!) The have posted so many shopping bags. But a bag by Betz White http://blog.betzwhite.com/2007/07/bag-this.html got me inspired to fuse my own plastic shopping bags.

Here are the links that helped me learn about fusing plastic bags:
Etsy Labs: http://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-overdue-fusing-plastic-bag.html
MAKE Magazine: http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/06/make_a_messenger_bag_out_1.html
Whip Up: http://whipup.net/2007/06/26/fusing-plastic-bags/

So here is my Fused Plastic Bag - Extreme Makover!!!!

Here are the steps:
1. Supplies
2. How to trim Bags:
                       1. Lay bag out flat.
                       2. Trim on dotted lines.
                       3. open bag & turn inside out (so the ink doesn't bleed or mess up the design).
                       4. You can leave double thickness or cut open to make one large sheet.
3. Make the Designs:
4. Note: Make sure to lay parchemt paper behind the design. Make a layer of about 6-8 thickness of plastic bags.  Also make sure no printed areas face the sides.
5. Cover the whole thing with parchment paper and start to press at a med-high temp.
6. Make sure that the bags fuse and don't leave bubble holes.
7. All fused up
8. Different types of plastic react differently to being fused.
9. It should have a bumpy or wrinkled texture.

Bag details:
I sewed the bag together in a boxed bottom style.
Finished Front
I added recycled shoe lace renforcing trim and handles. (the shoe laces say that they used to be a soda bottle!)
Plastic bag uses from Target
Action Shot!

Please let me know what you think!
Thank you for looking.
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6  Dollar Store Tack Board Upgrade in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jmesdiylounge on: July 19, 2007 03:17:50 PM
Just a little something for my home office space.

Thanks for looking!
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7  Zip it good! Fabric Art Panel in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jmesdiylounge on: July 19, 2007 03:15:27 PM

I saw something similar to this in a store and thought "I could do that!"

So months later I headed to Home Depot and purchased two pieces of inexpensive wood that were about 1" x 1/2" and then I cut and nailed together the frame (make sure all your sides are even!) and stapled the fabric (staple once on each side in the middle sections first then work your way to the middle) and ribbon to the inside of the frame.

Voila - Instant Art!!
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8  Our State Fair - Bead and Charms Pendant in Beads: Completed Projects by jmesdiylounge on: July 19, 2007 03:07:59 PM
The Orange County Fair is here and I am dying to go. I love looking at all the project and submissions. Plus the food is SO good!

So in anticipation of going to the fair I made a pendant to wear!

Now I just have to go!
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9  Re: Help me customize my VW Beetle! in Discussion and Questions by jmesdiylounge on: July 18, 2007 08:54:11 AM
(By the way, sorry for the crappy cell phone picture.)

HA HA HA I feel you on the crappy cell phone pics.

Great Idea... I would totally do that to my car!
I think it my work on my baby, 'Blue' as in 'You're my boy, Blue' from Old School.

Thanks for the idea!
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10  Re: Cupcake Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jmesdiylounge on: September 01, 2006 12:28:42 PM
My Swap Mate SugarDucky Got her package so I am going to post pics of the goodies for her!

A Cupcake Charm Pendant

Some pins that I am currently obsessed with making.

An origami folder with cupcake ideas and recipes

And the Item that took me so long to finish.
A Crocheted Cupcake skirt (Base off the Jolly Rancher skirt from Crochetme.com)


I had so much fun seeing how everyone intrepted the concept and what they came up with!

Yippee for CUPCAKES!!!!!
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