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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dawn of the Dead tote on: November 26, 2006 08:51:49 PM
So I did a personal swap with inle_rah awhile back and we went for straight up zombie love. I handpainted this for her with the Dawn of the Dead logo. It was very hard to give up since it is my favorite movie of all time. This was a rough one because the red took forever! Hope you all like.  Smiley

62  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Human Heart and Devil Child Shrinky Dinks! on: November 26, 2006 06:46:09 PM
So, I've been working like a machine lately, but somehow I am managing to get in a few minutes of craft time here and there. Here are my latest shrinky dinks. I did them with sharpie, acrylic paint, and a whole lot of clearcoat. Hope you like them!!

63  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / More bunny slip-ons on: September 18, 2006 10:47:09 AM
So I am totally in love with the first pair I painted so I figured what the hell, let me paint another pair. After finishing them, I realized it looks like I was drunk when I did them. I don' think I did such a good job on this pair and the colors in the rainbow came out WAY darker than I expected. Boo! Anyway, I'll stop complaining and show you already. Hope someone likes them. haha

64  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / The little bunny slip-ons and some skull & star ones too! Yay Target! on: September 15, 2006 05:30:37 AM
So it's been raining which sucks, but it allows me to put my focus back on painting with acrylic rather than sitting outside inhaling resin and spraypaint(eewww). I went to Target and bought 5 of these pairs of shoes on clearance for $3.98. They also came in white/navy and navy/pink...those are in the making though. I absolutely love these shoes and I'm kinda thinking I might keep them for myself. This is only my second pair of shoes. Please let me know what you think and if anybody has any ideas of what I should charge for something similar, please let me know. I was thinking $25 maybe?? Anyway, here they are(plus the first pair I made. Just found a picture!!)

All that's left is some clearcoat when the stupid rain finally lets up. Thanks so much for looking!  Grin
65  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first try....and not so bad. on: September 13, 2006 08:34:48 PM
So I can't sleep EVER and I decided I had a bunch of crap to make soap so I gave it a whirl. My boyfriend insisted he wanted bugs so the blue is lavender and the red is apple. Boring, but cute. The two on top smell amazing and I worked really hard to get it right. It is eucalyptus mint with fresh eucalyptus. I made about 8 bars of that, but the 2 in the photos were the only ones that looked normal. Haha. Hope you like!

66  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lots & Lots of pendants. Yay! on: September 13, 2006 08:32:05 PM
So, I've been crafting like a fiend lately and conveniently my friend owns a bar 3 blocks from my house. He's been stocking up the bottle caps for me and I'm finally putting them to use. Also, I finally was able to hunt down some shrinky dink paper. I'm having a lot of fun making all of these. Let me know what you think!!

Thanks for looking!!
67  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My newest and by far favorite on: September 13, 2006 08:29:30 PM
So my computer has been down and I had to drive an hour to Mom's and commandeer a laptop. FINALLY, my tower is up and running again so I could fiddle with my camera. I made a few more bags and the little birdie by far is my new favorite. I was thinking of charging $40 for this one at my upcoming show only because it is not canvas like the others. Is that too much? Comments are always appreciated!!

Thanks for looking!!
68  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decopauge Dominos (NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!) Img crazy! on: August 12, 2006 04:50:19 PM
Alright, so cyndiq asked me for a tutorial yesterday and I'm ready to give it a whirl. Please excuse any blurry photos. It's hard to craft and take pictures at the same time. Haha. I will be as descriptive as possible. If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact me. Hope you all enjoy!!

Supplies you will need:
Paper plate
Decoupage (I use Royal Coat)
Foam brush (20 for $1.00 at AC Moore)
Drill and 5/64 bit
Piece of wood to drill on
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters
22g floral wire
Magazine or image


1. Select a domino you would like to use. Any size works as long as it fits the image you would like to use. Once you have selected both, lay your domino on the image.

2. Pick up the paper from underneath and fold all four side of the image up around the sides of the domino. You don't have to go crazy because you will be able to see the creases.

3. Take a pair of scissors and cut around the creases. Doesn't have to be exact because extra space is always better. If you want your image to lay perfect on the domino, your best bet is to continues with scissors. I personally like to take the image and tear away the excess for a rough edge type of look.

4. Lay your domino on the paper plate and dip your foam brush in the decoupage. Put a thin coat (you don't want it to be goopy) on your domino and place your image where you would like it. Take your scraper and gently pull it across the length of the domino to remove any air bubbles.

5. Once you have removed the air bubbles, put another coat over the image to seal it. I like to put 3-4 coats just to make sure it's sealed. However many you choose to do, your best bet is to let the final coat dry overnight.

6. After your decoupage is dry, you may notice that you have had some excess drip down the sides. Take your sandpaper and GENTLY(I can't stress this part enough) rub the excess off. You don't want to go too close to the top though as it will unseal the image from your domino.

7. After you are done sanding, place your domino on the piece of wood and get your drill ready. Hold the domino with one hand and place the drill in the center most part of the domino(if you are doing a horizontal image like this domino, you can actually turn it over and use the line for your center point). Apply pressure and drill your hole. You don't have to push too hard as most dominos these days are plastic.

8. Grab your floral wire and using your cutters, cut a piece approximately 7 inches long. A little more or a little less is ok.

9. Take your piece of wire and push about 2 inches through the opening.

10. Wrap the shorter piece of wire around the longer piece. Using your needle nose pliers, squeeze the edge of the wire so it does not remain sharp.

11. Make a loop with remaining piece of wire and wrap it around just as you did the first piece. Squeeze the edge like you did the first time and make sure no sharp pieces are sticking out.

12. You're done! This is what you should have(minus the camera glare) haha

ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Hi everybody! I've been a crafting fiend lately and I tried some decoupage dominos. I hope you like them. All comments are always appreciated!  Smiley

69  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Awesome shaker boxes on: August 12, 2006 08:39:58 AM
Hi everyone! My mom is a regular Martha Stewart who makes very traditional country crafts. Recently, she's been trying new things and aside from wire wrapped pendats(which are awesome and posted under jewelry), she has been doing some shaker boxes. These happen to be my favorite and if she continues to refuse me on purchasing the fall one, I will have to sneak into her house one night, leave money, snatch it, and run!! Haha. What do you guys think? She is doing some shows in the fall and although this isn't THAT kind of board, everyone seems cool about different genres. Thanks for looking!!

70  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped pendants(img heavy) on: August 12, 2006 08:33:54 AM
Hi everyone! I'm posting these on behalf of my mom. She does very traditional country crafts, but recently she tried her hand at something else. She's doing some craft shows this fall and I think these are awesome, but she has her doubts. We were thinking of charging $8 for the pendant and a piece of nylon cord for the necklace. What do you guys think? There are far too many to show so I will put a few of my favorites!! Thanks for looking and any comments would be greatly apprecaited!  Grin

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