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231  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Lattice cuff on: October 04, 2011 09:32:20 PM
Made this for the bead soup swap recently.  It is a cuff made with two rows of cube beads in peyote stitch with a lattice netting in between.  The cube beads have a metallic iridescent finish to them, with colours ranging from copper to blue/purple.  The lattice is made from size 11 or 13 charlottes that are an iridescent gray/purple, and very sparkly.

232  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Under a crescent moon on: October 04, 2011 09:27:28 PM

I made this recently for another craftster, using 18 ga silver wire, woven with 24 ga wire, and some whitish seedbeads, all on a chunky silver chain.  I quite liked how it turned out.

233  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Snoopy is my sweetheart! First item for my craft room wall... on: August 07, 2011 09:31:26 AM
I don't even have my craft room yet, but I have the paint colours chosen, and the furniture etc chosen.  I am loving all the hoops in the hoopla swaps and that has motivated me to try making some of my own, having not done any cross stitch or embroidery in years.  I whipped this up yesterday while DH was drywalling.  I love Snoopy and plan on having him look up (with love) to two of my favourite framed pics of my current canine loves, Toby and Ginger.

He's a little rough, but I love him anyways.

What do you think?
234  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Why buy it when you can DIY it? on: July 30, 2011 12:47:13 PM

We all do it don't we?  We see something, a necklace, curtains, a cute piece of wall art, decorative throw, decorated plate, earrings, a t-shirt, what have you, and we all think, "Hey, I like that."  Take one look at the price and go into sticker shock - heck sometimes pure sticker-circling-the-drain-COMA.  Then we think, "Heck, why the heck would I pay $$$$ for that - I can make that myself."

But let's face it - most if not all of us Craftsters already have a long list of projects we are doing, want to do, promised to do (not to mention the real world intruding with work, family, friends, new season of television, etc).  This ends up being one more item that, no matter how much we lust for it, ends up being put on the back burner.

Anyone interested in swapping?
235  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wood burned cedar coasters on: July 03, 2011 05:24:27 AM
DH had some leftover cedar from this project we did together; Grandmom's box.  So I asked if he could cut it and rout the edges, making them into coasters for me.  He made about a dozen and I used some of them for a couple of swaps.

I turned 5 of them into Metalocalypse coasters based on the image from one of their posters, for the Spring is for Metal swap.

I also burned a single one for the MAF swap, with a quote from one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett.

I finished all the top and outer surfaces with 3 coats of clear coat, and the bottom with one or two.  Then added felt to the bottoms to protect the table surface.
236  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Grandmom's box on: July 03, 2011 05:12:26 AM
DH's grandmom passed away this Spring.  It was exceptionally sad because she was our generation's last grandparent, and it felt like losing all of my grandparents all over again, even though it has been years.  Especially as his grandfather and grandmother reminded me so much of my paternal grandparents.

Anyways, she did not want a flashy funeral, or coffin or the whole shebang her husband had.  They were very much opposites.  He had the big church ceremony, and a huge wood coffin, with viewings at the funeral home.  She wanted to be cremated and a quiet ceremony with family and friends.

Jim's dad asked him to build her a nice box and if I could decorate it with a Claddagh heart because she was Irish, and loved everything it stands for, letting love and friendship reign.  I think all the girls in the family have a ring, including myself, even though I am Chinese.

This is what we built for her - our final gift.  A lot of love went into this box.  DH built it out of the prettiest clear cedar he could find, which was bought by the SO of his sister, who also helped him.  They finished it to the smoothest finish I have ever felt, finishing with an emery paper of fine fine grit.  I found a Claddagh pattern I felt suited her personality the best, transferred and burned that on.  I left a bit of space at the bottom in case they decided that they wanted to add a message.  Jim's dad and his sister decided they wanted her name on it.  Not her formal name, but what everyone called her; Vilma (she is formally Wilhemina, but no one ever called her that).

After the burning, DH finished it with several coats of clear coat, so carefully that it was like satin when he was done.

The kids wanted her wedding ring to stay with her, and were just going to crazy glue it onto the box, which I felt was just wrong.  I had a Victorian style cameo setting, so with everyone's permission, I took the ring, and made it into a cameo with clear resin.

They were going to put the box into a marble box they bought from the funeral home, but in the end, her kids all decided they liked it so much, that they would not cover it.  We had a graveside service just last month, so she could be buried when the flowers are blooming.  What surprised me was how many people took pictures of the box, and so many people complimented us and cried about it.
237  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Tell me I am not wrong! on: June 19, 2011 11:04:41 PM
We are in the midst of renovation hell, and have been for years, as we are doing this ourselves (DH is a contractor, but you know what they say about the shoemaker's children - same thing with the contractor's spouse  Angry ).

Anyways.  We have added a second story to the house, which was a pre-WW2 bungalow.  The main floor was livingroom/diningroom/kitchen, and a hallway to two bedrooms and a bathroom.  Walls were torn down and it is now open kitchen to living room, and our bedroom will be going to the second floor, which will have an ensuite.  It will be one huge bedroom and bathroom up there as it is just the two of us.  The smaller of the two bedrooms will be an office, and the larger will be the spare room/my craft room (YAY!).  The main floor bath will still be a full bath (toilet, sink, bathtub/shower).

That hallway is rather dark, and I want all the doors to be changed to french-style doors to allow light through and either etch the glass, or use translucent fabric to make panels for privacy.  DH is arguing that is not enough privacy - but really, it will only be us.  I could make something a bit thicker for the bathroom, but I would like light to be able to pass through from the large bedrooms when the doors are shut.

What do you think?

I would show pics, but really, our place is a hovel right now, and he's taking a cement saw to the basement to change to support beams tomorrow.
238  CANADA / Ontario / John Bead Outlet store re-opening - in Scarborough on: February 18, 2011 08:25:39 PM
For those looking for beads, and general crafting goods, they have reopened their outlet store to the public this week. 

I went and found a good supply of  glass beads, Preciosa crystals, semi precious stones, some findings, fabric flowers, and various other crafting goods (glitter, pom poms, styrofoam forms, doll parts etc) for decent prices.

239  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Playing around with resin on: January 14, 2011 07:34:25 PM
I recently took a workshop with Lisa Pavelka, using her  Magic Glos UV set resin.  I loved it, and got my local bead store to stock it.  I have been collecting some watch parts too, and had some pendant and broach forms, so I have been playing around lately.  I really love that product.  I used the brooch as the button for a little purse I made today.

240  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first purse - for me :D (pic intense) on: January 14, 2011 07:18:43 PM
It was my new years resolution to improve my sewing skills, and to craft more for myself.  I even joined the Fake Swapping Craftalong, with my fake swap being the Make A Purse swap.

I saw the Noriko purse pattern from Lazy Girl's Designs (http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=1920) and just loved it.  I made it with some fabric I had left over from making a bagsket and hook roll for DH's mom for Christmas, and I am pretty happy with it.  It makes a cute little evening purse, and I may make a few more for gift bags/gifts for Christmas/birthdays.  It is a cute size for a small gift.

I may try making a few more bags/totes, before trying to tackle clothing.  I picked up a pattern for scrub tops for myself.

Instead of a button, I used a resin brooch I made recently.  I am super proud that ALL MY SEAMS ARE ALIGNED!!!!  Woohoo!!!

Now what to fill it with.....
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