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91  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Multi Strand Eclectic Purple Necklace and Earrings on: October 01, 2006 02:15:48 PM
I thought I would post a few pics of the kind of jewelry I like to make...it's chunky, eclectic, funky, and colorful (kind of like ME!)...

Anyhoo...this is a purple set.  3 strand necklace and tiered earrings.
Scanned pic:

And Action shot:

My general plan is not to be too matchy or symmetrical.  I  use a variety of materials and quality of beads...glass, plastic, seed beads, etc.  with misc. beads scattered throughout.

It's my style.  Smiley
92  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Pirates on the Beach cake! on: September 29, 2006 10:32:10 AM
Now with Alligator!  Tongue

My sister's 14th b-day party is tonight, and she decided last night she wanted me to make her a 'pirates on the beach with an alligator' cake.  Randomness. 

I grabbed 4 toy pirates, and a little boat with a sail, and my daughter's 'Little People' Alligator.  I made a paper pirate flag and glued that over the plastic one, and made a palm tree (taped 3 wooden chopsticks together and made leaves from fun foam.

I baked the cake in 2 pans, making one large one for the water, and a lopsided circle for the beach:

(I actually propped the cake up in the oven so it wouldn't settle, it would stay good and lopsided....)

I frosted the 'water' with a little blue food colored frosting, with some blue sugar sprinkled in for good measure.  I made a tan-ish yellow for the beach, and stirred in some chopped chocolate for texture.  I like how the lopsided edge really looks like it is rising out of the ocean!

With the gator and palm tree... (the leaves ARE green, they just look blue cause my camera sucks)

I used some green frosting to make a few 'plants' around.  I made a little treasure chest out of a chunk of that cheap-o 'almond bark' melting chocolate...just cut a square into 2 pieces (base and lid), chopped up some butterscotch and jolly rancher candies for 'gold and gems' and added some of those silver non paril balls too for all the loot!  I just used frosting to hold it all together.
Added the toys around, and voila!

Hopefully she'll dig it.  She had BETTER!  Just kidding.
Anyhooo, a very simple but fun cake.
93  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Goodwill Dresser receives some character and a new life! on: September 27, 2006 02:24:27 PM
Well, I found this little 3 drawer dresser at our goodwill for $20 a while back.  Since it was the perfect size for the entry way, I snatched it up.
It started life as this:

With 2 broken handles and a boring pale oaky finish.

I painted 2 coats of a nice chocolately brown on the outside, top and front.  Then, after removing the broken handles, I used my little sander and took the poly off the drawer fronts so they would take some staining.  They had nice wood graining, and DH LOVES natural wood, so I thought this was a good compromise.  I rubbed the drawers with some red craft paint, and put them back into the dresser.

At this point, they seemed too light, so I rubbed on some of the chocolate paint with a rag to age/darken it a bit more.
I also made handles from some wire I had, and some large random brown beads.  I just strung the beads on, put them through the holes, and twisted the wire tightly together in the back to hold it firm.  I taped the wire ends to the back of the wood so you wouldn't scratch yourself when you reach in the drawer.  I'm not sure what gauge of wire it is, I bought it ages ago at HomeDepot to make topiary frames! 
ANYhoo, this is the finished result.


In the sunshine to see it clear-er:

Whole shabang:

I think it has much more pizzazz now!  I think it's DIY Crafteriffic!What do you think?
94  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The PEZhead Swap Gallery on: September 26, 2006 07:04:31 AM
Post your bountiful PEZ goodies here!
Original Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=116920.0



Please PM me when you send and recieve!  Thanks!
95  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 2 Mini Paintings (with Scriptures) on: September 07, 2006 10:07:23 PM
These are 2 little (5x7" each) paintings I did for a church women's event...They each have Scriptures as their theme.

That is 'The Prosperous Tree"
It says "for he is like a tree, planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither...whatever he does prospers"

This one is "Hope and a Future"

I used different themes/scriptures since they would go to 2 different people, but wanted to use simple, encouraging themes for both.  I also wanted to paint in colors and styles that would be pretty universal to fit in most decor themes...I know they won't mix with ultra-modern or funky decor...but my target group is age 28-40 married Christian Texan housewives...so, I hope to be on the right track.

What do you think?
96  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / PEZheads Swap! Sign-ups CLOSED, send 9/25 on: August 25, 2006 09:10:55 PM
Swap name: PEZheads Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: OriginalYouth
Sign-up date range: August 25th-September 6th
Date to send item by: September 25th

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): yes, 25
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
18+ only, please. This is negotiable...PM me if under 18 and you want to join.  I will allow teenagers with outstanding posts/feedback.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed at least one swap before signing up for more: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:-This is a call for all lovers of PEZ, from those of us with collections in the 100's, to just casual admirers, to unite together for a delightful PEZ themed Swap! 

Here are a few fun PEZ crafting ideas to get you fired up:
-wrappers for decoupaging ANYTHING
-pop art or other lovely wall decor
-PEZ display shelves
-PEZ stuffies!
-cards, we could all use PEZ stationary!
-USB drives or tampon holders or...whatever else could be stuffed inside.
-tees and hats and jammies and aprons and purses...
-PEZ jewelry, oooh!
-and of course, actual PEZ!

The requirement for this swap will be:
-1 large craft
-2 small crafts
-and 1-3 PEZ!

If you want to participate, send this info to the organizer: OriginalYouth  (I know it's a bit long, but it is my best attempt to match you up with compatible swap partners!)  Wink

Name of swap: PEZheads Swap!
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:

-Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?:
Wrist size:
T-Shirt/Tank Size:
Shoe Size:

-How many PEZ are in your collection?:
-What are a few current/common PEZ that are in stores now that you would like to have?
-What are a few of your 'dream' PEZ that you would LOVE to have?
-What are your favorite dispensers?
-What are some fun PEZ crafts you would love to be given?
-What would be the BEST fantasy dispenser anyone could make/re-paint/re-make/re-design/re-craft for you? (list a few for ideas)
-Do you have any pics of your collection/websites, etc. that could be helpful?
-Anything else you think would be helpful?

Feel free to chat on this thread about your ideas and excitement though!
WE <3 PEZ!

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


Signed up:


Had to break us up a bit, since we are an odd numbered group!
Now, get to PEZ-zy crafting!  Wink
97  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first Clay necklace! on: August 22, 2006 10:56:15 AM
I just got started on polymer clay (yes, it IS addicting!) and made this necklace last week...along with  bunch of other things...

stamped necklace, with silver powder brushed over the top...

I have matching earrings, and also made some faux turquoise beads and hairsticks too, as well as covered 3 altoid tins...I'm on a roll!

I think I need to go to Jo-Ann's and buy their pasta machine this week...on sale for $15!

So, what do you guys think?

98  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Does this look like a box to you? (Need neckline advice, please :) ) on: August 20, 2006 05:31:00 AM
So, does it look boxy?  Is it cute (I think it is, but I dont know if I should be the judge!)? 

I dig it, but my husband says it looks boxy...anyone have any tips on how to change the neckline a bit?  I thought about just making one 2 inch cut straight down in the center, but I need HEEEEELP! 
I also wish I had a big red sash or something, but I don't have any fabric!

I followed (a bit loosely) the: Ridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress (with tutorial!)  by applejuicemoose, here:

ALSO, I used fusible webbing (stitch witchery) on it (no-sew!!!) cause I don't have a sewing machine.  And, I didn't follow her measurements per se, but laid a similar snug/stretchy shirt over the top and cut around it, kind of in an hour glass shape (not totally square) so it would be kind to my mommy-body-curves.

Any tips for the neckline?  Is it good to go as is? Is it cute? 

99  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / PEZheads unite to SWAP! on: August 18, 2006 03:44:25 PM
PEZ, ahhhh, PEZ.
Those delightful little heads on a stick, with the added bonus of candy, stacked precisely in their little necks.  How can you NOT love 'em?

Well, I SURE DO!

This is a call for all lovers of PEZ, from those of us with collections in the 100's, to just casual admirers, to unite together for a delightful PEZ themed Swap!  From what I can tell, this would be the first PEZ themed swap on these boards!
Let's join to make history together!

Here are a few PEZ craft ideas:
-wrappers for decoupaging ANYTHING
-pop art
-PEZ display shelves
-PEZ stuffies!
-USB drives or tampon holders or...whatever else could be stuffed inside.
-tees and hats and...
-and of course, actual PEZ!

Here is a tiny sample of a few little ideas:
This fantasy PEZ is from: www.CarmelaJay.etsy.com:

And this clock is from: www.orbitgeorge.etsy.com

I'm thinking to swap:
-1 large craft
-2 small crafts
-and a PEZ!  Smiley

I am planning on sign-ups in September, with send-outs in early October...a few weeks to craft and find that perfect PEZ to add to your partner's collection.  If you need anymore inspiration, check out the PEZ museums (3 in the states) and Ebay for more crafts and info!

Who is with me on this one?  I know we have PEZheads lurking all about... come on out and craft!
100  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ART Swap: 1 Week, 1 sheet of paper... on: August 16, 2006 10:39:17 PM
This swap would be a quick turnaround, MAIL ART swap!

The basic idea, is to use one standard sized (8 1/2 by 11") sheet of watercolor paper to create a 2-D work of art!  (You could use matboard, foamcore, quality cardboard, masonite, etc...just something at LEAST as sturdy as '140 lb'---like watercolor paper)

It can be watercolors, acrylics, stamps, ink, pastel, collage, whatever your little artistic heart desires!

Ideally, this one would only be a week turnaround...Say, partner are posted on a Sunday am, and you have 9 days to make your project, and mail it the next Monday!  That-a-ways, no one can get too concerned about overthinking it...you just create and mail!

Cheap materials, cheap postage, and quick feedback!  How can you go wrong with that?  It's basically just a GIANT ATC, right?  Smiley

-You could submit-
-Desired colors or theme (to encourage your partner to create something FOR you, not to just send a prior work)
-favorite types of art (themes, color schemes, artist's work, mediums) for your partner to have a guide to craft by
-BEST kind of art you create (landscapes, portraits, abstract, collage...etc.)
-Years experience (as a 2-D artist) so you could be paired with someone of comparable skill level

and the mod could pair you up with an artist with similar tastes.


P.S.  Here is an example.  I did this painting last week (2 sheets of watercolor paper) for a swap.  She loved trees, Labyrinths (the mazes and the movie) and green/earthy tones.  I came up with this:

See the little goblin castle and labyrinths on the top Left?  I made it a bit subtle, so she can keep it with her decor for years to come.  We wouldn't have to do things quite that custom, but you could if you wanted to!

NOTE: this is just an idea I have, I can't host it yet...anyone else interested in organizing???
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