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1  Tut: Make your own library-style magazine storage boxes (and save $$$)! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Lava means love. on: June 17, 2007 05:16:29 PM

I recently made some magazine storage boxes (like the ones at the library and at Target, which are overpriced  Angry)...

Here's one:

Looks like wood, eh?  Look a little closer...

Nope, not wood.  They're made from some leftover cardboard boxes, construction paper, markers, and, of course, Mod Podge.  Want to make your own?  Gather three small cardboard boxes (book it to your local dumpster or supermarket).  Trace one of your largest magazines on a piece of cardboard.  Then, you can make designs which will embellish your box.  Then, cut out the side of the storage box, and then use this cut-out side as a template to trace and cut another piece of cardboard (to create another side to the storage box).  Next, decide how deep you'd like your storage to be (mine are about four inches deep), and cut three strips with that width to correspond to the height of the side pieces, width of the side pieces, and length of the front of the side pieces.  Then, assemble your box with tape (I use clear packing tape-it's strong!).  If you'd like to decorate your box like mine, here's how:

Take out a few pieces of brown construction paper, two or three brown markers, and a yellow marker.  Draw diagonal stripes along the papers with the markers until you get a darkness of the grain of your liking.  Do this with all of the pieces of construction paper you have (mine required three pieces of construction paper, and is large enough to accommodate a Blueprint magazine).  Then, you will cut the paper into strips, first cut lengthwise a strip, then turn the sheet and cut widthwise with the remainder.  Keep repeating this until you have cut up all of your paper, with various size strips; this will give you two different grains, allowing you to make a wood-like grain.

Now, whip out your Mod Podge and a makeup sponge (the triangular kind), and apply the strips to your box, so that it resembles this:

When you're done, let the glue dry, and then coat with a layer of Mod Podge (the glossy kind makes it look like real wood), and chock it full of magazines!

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2  Yeah, I make my own wall art! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Lava means love. on: June 15, 2007 03:15:48 PM

I thought I'd show off some wall art I made over the past few evenings!  Tell me what you think!

A lamp!

A branch!

A neck!

I thought I'd try out the Eric Carle sort of method, so I took a few manilla folders, and created patterns with markers (scented ones, which made it even more entertaining) all over the folders.  Then, I cut out shapes from the patterned manillas (I drew them out on the back of the folders to make sure they were just right), and assembled them like puzzles onto a piece of cardstock; I then popped them into frames, and ta-daa!

Edit:I recently did another image: the back of the neck! Cheesy

Here's how I placed the neck front and neck back (the smaller image was an "I love you" image I cut from a Martha Stewart mag.)...


I always thought it would be amusing to have a nun image on the wall (I apologize if this offends anyone)...

I call her Clarence, AKA the "Super Nun."  Here's Charence's closeup...

New Stuff!

I realize it wasn't made quite like the others, but I didn't want to start up an entirely new thread for one picture; it's made with gouache paint.

Here's an action shot; I apologize for the poor picture quality.

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3  Can YOU identify this apron? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Lava means love. on: June 07, 2007 12:02:09 PM
     I've been looking for this all over the internet sporadically for months now, and...nada.  I'm trying to find a pattern or at least a name for a specific type of apron.  It's a 1930's-ish type of apron, and it resembles a wrap dress, has no sleeves, and extends to the knee.  Can anyone please enlighten me with the name of this type of apron, before I lose all hope with search engines? Grin
Thanks a bunch!

EDIT: here's a picture of what I'm trying to describe:

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4  Re: Zucchini!!! in Vegetarian / Vegan by Lava means love. on: May 30, 2007 01:33:35 PM
Hi!  This is a recipe for "Zucchini Pasta," I make it quite often, it isn't vegan, but is meat free.  It contains cheese, so you may wish to omit the cheese or substitute with vegan cheese.

Before beginning the sauce, boil sufficient water in a large pot. You will prepare a 1 lb. bag/box of a tube-type pasta.

1. Saute 1 chopped, large green bell pepper, 1 chopped large yellow onion in about 1 T. olive oil on high heat. Let these veggies brown well, but don't burn them to the point where they're charred.

2. Now, add 2 roughly chopped, large zucchini to the pan, as well as about 2 T. dried basil flakes, and a few pinches of salt and pepper (to taste). Stir, cover, and allow to saute (on high) until the zucchini is soft and disintegrating into the mix.

3. Now, add about 3 c. red pepper marinara (recipe at http://lavameanslove.blogspot.com/search?q=honey) or bottled pasta sauce (not as good, in my opinion) to the pan, stir, and bring to simmer (still on high heat). When the sauce is bubbling, remove from the stove, and combine the pasta and sauce in a large, deep pan. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese shreds (or slices, if you have fresh), and shredded Parmesan cheese (optional) over the mixture.

4. Broil the casserole in dish in an oven, and watch closely (the cheese browns quickly). When the cheese is brown, the dish is done!

Here's a picture of the dish:

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5  Is anyone up for another color along? in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Lava means love. on: May 25, 2007 07:26:01 PM

I've been inspired by OriginalYouth's color-along, and decided that I'd like to contribute to the color-along idea, and drew up a coloring sheet of my own.  It was really relaxing to draw it.  If you would like to participate (which would absolutely make my day!  Cheesy), here's the coloring sheet:

The image looks a little bumpy or rough here (Photobucket does this to me for some reason), but if you save the image, and/or you import it into a Microsoft Word document, the illustration is smooth.  You can print it up, or Photoshop it (or whatever other imaging programs are out there)- if you do color it, post it in this thread so that I can see what you did with it; I think it's cool to see how many people interpret a drawing and decide how to color it! Smiley

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6  Re: Little girl in a random forest, doodle of boredom, for a coloring-a-long! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Lava means love. on: May 25, 2007 07:06:58 PM
Thanks for the idea-it was relaxing to color for a change (I haven't done that in years).

(Note the Hermes box in there).  I hope you don't mind, but I was so pleased with coloring that I gave the coloring sheet thing a go here.  If anyone would be interested, it's here (just for your info.-I'm not trying to distract anyone from this great thread):

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7  DIY "Nose Bidet"/Neti Pot!!! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Lava means love. on: May 22, 2007 06:04:40 PM

Yesterday I watched one of the awesome Oprah episodes with Dr. Oz, and he demonstrated how to use a Neti Pot (aka "Nose Bidet"), which is supposed to help with alot of sinus and allergy problems.  I really wanted to try this, since I am cursed with horrible sinus headaches and infections, but I didn't have a neti pot of my own (and I didn't feel like traveling thirty minutes to look for one, and probably not find it  Cry), so I decided I would make my own.

After about five minutes and two pop bottles later, I had my own neti pot!  I made it from a standard, individual sized soda bottle; I washed the bottle out well, cut a 1 inch hole in the area of the bottle where the label had been, placed some warm, salted water (8 oz water, 1/4 t. salt) into the bottle, placed the neck (opening) of the bottle against one of my nostrils, carefully poured the saline solution into my nose, and waited anxiously for the water to pour out of the other nostril.  And BAM!, it did!!!  Here's a depiction of what I made:

I am so excited about this; my head feels lighter already, after two uses! 

Apparently, other people around here are also interested in neti pots; for example, on this board:

Here's the Oprah page explaining the uses of neti pots:

If anyone else tries using a DIY neti pot, how did it turn out?
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8  Look what I made with a potato! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Lava means love. on: May 21, 2007 03:38:07 PM
I've never posted on this board before, but I think of this image more as art than craft, so I thought I'd share!

Wow, oh, sorry; I didn't really give much info. about the image.  I actually made it with a potato, which I carved like a stamp.  I never really plan anything when I start something artsy or crafty, so I didn't have anything particular in mind; but when it started to take shape, I thought it looked kind of mountain-ey, with the green and blue being mountain rock, and the red being sunlight.  But on the other hand, the discs look somewhat like fancy poker chips!  I like it for the colors and balance.  What do you all think?
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9  Re: "You say potato..." Prints and Tut Link- IMG Heavy!!! Now with more prints! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Lava means love. on: May 21, 2007 01:04:53 PM
How'd you do the swirly red print?

I cut the stamp like this:

I just stamped the print by lining the stamped images up vertically on the paper.

Thanks for asking!
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10  "You say potato..." Prints and Tut Link- IMG Heavy!!! Now with more prints! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Lava means love. on: May 18, 2007 03:04:46 PM
I don't know what made me think of doing this, but I made some potato stamps yesterday, pulled out some poster paints, and made these:

Strange colored citrus (my absolute favorite)

Lemons, limes, and oranges

Fern leaf motif (one of my favorites)

Fern leaf star

Lemons and an orange

Black and white lemons

Here are the potato stamps I used, plus a couple extra that I made today (I'll put up their prints ASAP)

Some green chairs (imagine brown too, I also made brown chair prints)

A red print, framed, also made today

I hung some prints too!

To make your own potato print:

1. Cut a medium sized potato in half (I prefer length-wise; it gives you more surface area for a larger pattern)

2. Think of an image you want to make into a stamp. Circular images and images containing straight lines are easier to cut into the potato, I think.

3. While holding a paring knife like a pencil (please be careful), lightly and slowly trace your desired image into the potato flesh. If you make errors, you can correct them now if you haven't traced too deeply into the potato. Once you have the image you want traced lightly, trace it again with the knife, making deep cuts into the potato flesh.

4. Now you will remove pieces of potato from the image to reveal your stamp. You will need to figure out how to scoop the pieces out without disturbing the image. I like to use the tip of my knife to pry the pieces out of the smaller areas, and I cut parallel to the flat surface of the potato, prying away larger sections when I am sure this will not cut away important parts of the stamp. I suppose you could use other objects to cut away unwanted potato, like pencil tips, wire (from a paper clip, perhaps), etc. Presto! You have a potato stamp!

5. When you're satisfied with your finished potato stamp, get out some paint (I use poster paint from the dollar store, nothing fancy, but you could use any type of thicker paint easily), and use either one of those hard paint rollers, a foam brush, or your finger (I used my finger), to cover the stamp in paint. Press the stamp onto paper or your desired surface firmly, and reveal your image!

Sorry about the wrinkles in the paper Grin.  I'm not really sure what to do with these prints now; I was thinking maybe framing them and putting them on a wall or something.  What else do you think I could do with these?

Thanks for looking!
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