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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stamp Tag Mirror Recon (pic overload!) 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.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Extreme Plastic Bag Makeover (Img Heavy!!!) 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.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dollar Store Tack Board Upgrade on: July 19, 2007 03:17:50 PM
Just a little something for my home office space.

Thanks for looking!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Zip it good! Fabric Art Panel 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!!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Our State Fair - Bead and Charms Pendant 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!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Men Knit Online Digital Magazine on: February 04, 2006 01:58:21 PM
Many of you may already know this but I am posting it anyway


This is a digtal (PDF) men's knitting magazine.

"Man enough to knit, Strong enough to purl"

"What? You thought you were the only guy who knits?

No way.
There are thousands of us around the world.
Men knitting isn't as strange as some would think.
Men have been knitting since the beginning of the craft."

So enjoy!

Lots of free designs, think Knitty for men!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "I make stuff up!" A Boy Tee in my style! on: December 23, 2005 08:37:53 PM
So I love slogan tees! I am silly and so are they! The best tees i have found are boy tees, which are bigger and not fitting! So I cut them up usually. This one was such a cute phraise but stiff cotton and not a color that is flattering to me. So I cute the words out and zig-zag stitched them on to a softer tee that fits my girly curves!

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Home Row Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (with Pattern) on: December 23, 2005 06:44:54 PM
Home Row Crocheted Fingerless Gloves

I saw this pattern http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/riika/riika.html and I wanted to make some for my sister for Christmas, but alas we have big hands and this thing was too small. So I decided to make a keyhole type opening in them, then I added some decorative stitches. I hope that she likes them! Let me know what you think too! Thank you!

*Note* I have big hands  Wink, so this pattern could be adjusted to fit a smaller or bigger hand just decrease or increase the chain base to fit around your hand, then make the chain for the Thumb hole smaller or larger. To fit!

Materials: 1 skein of yarn (About 80 yards)
J crochet hook

Stitches used:
CH   Chain
SC   Single Crochet
DC   Double Crochet
SL ST   Slip Stitch

Left Hand Glove:
Start: CH about 18-22 times (Enough to fit around the largest part of your hand).

Row-1: CH 1, turn, work SC in each CH.
Row-2 & #: Repeat Row-1 (2 times)
Row-4: CH 2, turn (PIC1), skip 1 SC and DC in next SC (PIC2), go back and DC in the skipped SC (PIC3 & 4), Repeat across.(PIC5)
*If needed add one DC to the end.* This is a crossing DC pattern looks like Xs.
Row-5:  CH 1, turn, SC in each stitch across.
Row-6 & 7: Repeat Row-5 (2 times), at end of row 7 SL ST to the chain to connect
Row-8: CH 1, SC in each SC, SL ST into CH
Row-9: Repeat Row-8
Row-10: CH 1, SC, (Thumb hole section) Chain 7, skip 6 SC, and SC in next stitch, SC across, SL ST into CH
Row-11: CH 1, Sc in each stitch or chain space. (You may want to consider decreasing the number of stitches to make the glove more fitting!) SL ST in to CH. (Repeat until long enough to cover hand. Finish with a SL ST.

Right Hand Glove: Replace Row-10 with alternate row
Alternate Row-10: CH 1, SC across until 7 stitches are left in the row, (Thumb hole section) Chain 7, skip 6 SC, and SC in next stitch, SL ST into CH

Weave yarn into glove.
Turn inside out.
Sew (or tie) a button to one side of the bottom of the cuff.
Weave in yarn.
Use opposite side of cuff as the buttonhole.

For more help about the crossing DC see this blog http://bythehook.blogdrive.com/archive/134.html






Jaime Hamilton Dec. 2005
9  California / California: South / LA: Preview the New Knit One at Unwind in Burbank on: October 17, 2005 09:37:49 PM
So I just got a new newsletter from Unwind in burbank, and I am so sad that I can't go to this so I though I would let you all know about it. I would never make it to burbank in time after school.

They also have some good sales right now...

here is there addy and link

818 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505


BIG NEWS here at Unwind this week!

For those of you who enjoy each issue of Vogue Knitting and Knit One
magazines, I am THRILLED to offer you this special invitation...

Please join us for a live, in person, preview of the upcoming issue of

Knit One Magazine

Fashion Director of Vogue Knitting
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

See fashions from the next issue due out next month, chat with Adina
about what goes into creating these magazines, and hear about the hot
styles for next Spring!  Those in attendance receive 10% off purchases
that evening.  Space is extremely limited for this great event and
sale.  Call Unwind at 818/840-0800 to secure your spot at the event.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More Tape Measure Fun w/ small spring tape [with quick tutorial] on: June 10, 2005 12:36:44 AM
I have been inspired by the other projects using tape measures

The Bow Broach by Skirt

The Belt and Pin by Stargirl52

But I wanted to make something smaller and lighter but still colorful and fun for summer. So I used my small 1/4inch wide spring tape measure that I got from the Dollar tree. (I got a Spring and a regular one for $1.00)

1 1/4inch wide spring roll tape measure (or any tape measure)
1 1/16inch hole punch
1 small brad closure
1 quilt/binding/hem clip (looks like a hair clip but it has a whole in the end)

colored sharpie

1. To make it colorful. Well my tape measure is white...so I used my Mini Sharpe and colored that thing up!!! I would test colors first to see what is bright but doesn't cover the tape measure's innate design.

2. Then I overlapped the loops to look like a bow. I cut the tails to match.

This was a test of the design but it shows you from the back what it should look like!

3. I marked where I wanted to make holes in each of the three layers.

4. Then I used the small hole punch to punch all the layers (you could use a pin to make the holes, it would be harder to do though)

5. Then I inserted the brad through al the layers of the tape bow and the clip.

6. Fold the ends of the brad back

7. Put the clip in your hair and smile! The end!

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