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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Puppy Pop Art on: March 11, 2008 02:27:03 PM
I have been needing some artwork for my guest bedroom when I was inspired by an article in Martha Stewart's magazine about her show. A fabric designer, whose name unfortunately escapes me, covered a canvas in fabric and then painted a bird over it in acrylic paint. I really liked the color combinations and decided to try it using one of my favorite subjects, my dog.

The project was very easy, the only problem I experienced was a shedding foam brush pooping on the canvas as I covered it with layers of decoupage glue.

Here are my two pieces:

the bubbles are not as bad as this picture implies

and together

I really enjoyed making these and look forward to doing some more. Any questions, let me know!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / If I knew how crafty I would be, I'd a sent him away long ago! on: June 26, 2007 07:09:18 PM
I don't know if any of you other crafty people have ever experienced this, but I have been on a super crafty kick ever since my husband left on his motorcycle for Toronto (we live outside of Austin, TX). He left on Saturday and since then I have reclaimed the yarn from 2 thrift store sweaters, made 2 necklaces, done the majority of a revamp on a suitcase, made a pair of earrings, and begun a passport holder/wallet for myself. Oh and I have been working the past two days, gone out for my birthday last night, and to the roller derby on Saturday. If I am not working, going out, or sleeping, I am making something.

I am having a lot of fun, the only problem is he took the camera with him, so I have a lot to share, but no way to share it! The only major thing that will slow me down is my flight to Toronto. But then, I can always create a craft travel kit between  now and then. Grin
3  CANADA / Ontario / A few hours to spend in Toronto on: June 16, 2007 06:30:33 PM
Hi All,

I will be in Toronto for a few days very soon. I will be extremely busy most of the time but may have an hour or two to shop while there. I love to knit and make jewelry, what stores should I try to visit while in Toronto?

I am not even sure I will have much time to shop at all, but if I do I want to be prepared.

Thank you all!

I guess I should mention I am looking for stores in downtown Toronto or near Pearson Airport
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What am I thinking? de-beading a wedding gown?! on: January 30, 2007 02:12:53 PM
Last night, a random thought about my wedding gown popped into my head. I was married in 2005 and the dress is just hanging in my closet. I never open the garment bag and look at it, reminiscing about my wedding day, I have my husband and my photos to use for that.

So I was thinking, there are a lot of crystals and a some pearls on there. Why not use them? I could clear some space in my closet and have sparklies to use in jewelry. I have plenty of beads and such already, but I was thinking these crystals would be great to use in special jewelry or bookmarks (or other ideas) for my mom and MIL, grandmoms, etc. This way I can make the ladies who made my special day (and nearly every other day too) filled with such love and joy a reminder of that day. All the women in my family love sparklies too, so I think this is a great idea. What do you guys think?

A little background, my honey and I aren't planning on having children and so no need for the gown to stay for my daughter. I have thought about donating the gown, but there are some serious tar stains on the gown that won't come out. I guess I could also keep the good portions of the material and use them for my sewing projects.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I feel lucky!: with better pictures (but no sun) on: January 23, 2007 06:27:43 PM
slowly, I am working on my jewelry making skills. My latest projects are ones I am very happy about.

I call the first one "Lady Luck" since I combined pearls and dice. Clever? Maybe  Wink


the next is called "Neapolitan Dream" since it has the classic combination of pink, white and brown. The necklace is a single strand that can easily be wrapped around a neck twice. Sorry for the picture quality, mother nature has not been cooperative.


finally, "Rockabilly Games" combines the classic cherries with dice. I need to redo one of the earrings when I can afford to go out and buy more headpins. Anyway, I hope you like them!


I changed the size of the pictures to make them easier to see. I just wish the sun would stay up long enough to get better shots.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bohemian Wrapsody & they like me, they really like me! on: January 16, 2007 09:21:58 AM
Recently, my husband and I moved to Austin Texas. Aside from the snow/freezing rain right now, we love it. One of the greatest things about the move is that I am so close to such incredible creativity and crafty business people such as the ladies of the Austin Craft Mafia.

I belong to the Austin SnB, although work has kept me from attending a meeting, and as such received a great offer in my email in box. Vickie Howell of Knitty Gritty and Stylelicious and several books has a new yarn collection coming out and needed people to knit sample items for her collection. I jumped at the chance and as a result can now say, "I have worked for yarn." Vickie is working with SouthWest Trading Company and has some incredible colors of yarn coming out.

I knit one of Vickie's patterns using her "Rock" yarn. It is a really cool shade of green and is very soft and easy to work with. Please know that I am not getting anything by endorsing the yarn. I just wanted to share the work I did as it was my first  attempt with a lace pattern and it came out well. And I am excited about the opportunity I got to take advantage of.

Enough with the talk, here are some pictures. . .

the wrap is just over 5 feet long and 2 feet wide. Even though it is a lace pattern, it will definitely keep you warm. The color of the yarn is closest to the picture where it is folded and in the window.

I just wanted to add some cool news. I sent the wrap and as in the agreement, I was asked to pick out the yarn I wanted to receive as payment. Best yet, they offered me the chance to do another small project for them. This is so cool. I am expanding my skills and getting free yarn for it. This just goes to show, join your local SnB, you never know the opportunities that will come from it.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I love turtles! a necklace on: January 01, 2007 07:12:14 PM
Last summer my husband and I took a road trip up the coast of California with my parents starting in our then home of Los Angeles and ending in Napa Valley. Along the way, we stopped in Santa Cruz and I found a turtle glass bead and fell in love with it. My honey bought it for me as a birthday present on the trip back home. I finally made a necklace with it a few days ago, and absolutely love it.

the amber color beads match the "shell" of the turtle. I am working on my photography skills so I hope to have a better picture soon.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sweater to hat and mittens on: December 31, 2006 08:44:30 AM
I hope you all like this, I bought a sweater for a few bucks from Goodwill and shrunk it a bit in the washer and dryer. I wouldn't say it was a full felting/fulling as I didn't want to lose the stitch definition.  The hat is lined with white fleece as I wanted it to be extra warm and cozy.


9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My own bra pin cushion on: December 31, 2006 08:38:31 AM
Well, this is my first post involving my work, I have been a member for some time, but never posted other then to compliment others.

I made this pin cushion last night, it is a prototype, so it is a little ratty looking, but I will make some more and fix the problems.

I wanted a pin cushion I could wear, but would be fun too. It is (hopefully obviously) a bra complete with "boulders" I hope you like

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