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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / remember the MOST AMAZING ADVENT CALENDAR?? well, i'm back again! (pics/tute) on: December 14, 2009 06:45:17 PM
hi there,

As mentioned in the title, I made this -->https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132553.0 post a few years ago. Well, I thought it was time for a new advent calendar this year when I found a big CUBE of foam!! Now, I don't this one is QUITE as fancy as the one from before, and that's because I literally decided to start this project 5 days before it needed to be done (these five days were during finals as well. lol)

So I learned a few things while doing this such as:
1) it will look a lot better if you have more than a week
2) my recently acquired dremel tool made cutting the foam ten million times easier (on my first calendar, i was in a dorm room and literally only had a dull pumpkin carving knife)
3) dremel tool + foam block = confetti!

note: I only made 16 box places on this advent calendar because my bf and I are only spending that much of december before christmas together.

now on to pics!

-I made these little boxes. I made my own box pattern because I hated all the ones online. each box is approx 1.5 x 1.5in

- then put them in their little cubbies!

- top view

now a couple of process photos:

-first, draw on your boxes. if duplicating this on a cube it is IMPORTANT to leave a margin slightly larger than the depth of your boxes. otherwise your openings will cut into each other.

- then use your dremel tool (or knife or whatever) to excavate the cubby holes

-(which then creates green confetti!!)

-finally, cover your cube faces with paper and cut out your windows [or cover however you want]

after that, i painted the inside of the boxes so they would be dark, but you could do whatever.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentines card for my boyfriend! (couple of pics) on: February 11, 2008 08:52:41 PM
I know it's been ages since i've posted one of my obsessive creations for my boyfriend...don't think i stopped creating...i just normally get too excited and give things to him before i can take pics. haha.

anyway...here's the v-day card i made him... the heart on the front is in a tiny vinyl pocket i made and you can pull the heart out.

here's the inside...i decided to try that cool pop up heart thing that everyone has been doing, only i made a different "face" for mine because plain was boring

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / christmas crafting for my new little hedgehog!! on: December 04, 2007 08:56:47 PM
well i thought i'd share with you my little arts and crafts binge for my hedgie..

the pic is sideways...sorry, i couldnt get it to save upright for some reason. and i had just woken him up before the picture that's why he's all bundled up

anyway, i made his little santa hat, and i didn't MAKE his tree/decorations....but putting them altogether is still crafting!

- a little UT longhorn themed fleece snuggle bag (sleeping bag)
- perhaps a tiny knitted beanie? and MITTENS! AWW
- i'm also going to be making him his own wheel, you know the ones that little pets run on? but i'm in the process of gathering the supplies

any other ideas for my cute little guy?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / an amazing sweater....but how do I make it?! on: November 16, 2007 05:16:35 PM
I saw this sweater in a UO magazine about a year ago and thought to myself that i did not want to spend $50 bucks on it, when i'm sure i could make it. well i just found the magazine a couple days ago, and i want to make it!

the problem is, i have NO idea what stitch they used. and the shape looks prety straight forward but i've never made a sweater before, does anyone know of any similar shaped sweater patterns that i could use?

also, does anyone know of any yarn that looks like this? it looks like it's sock-weight thin with little specks of color in it, i didnt see anything like it at my lys.


stitch detail:

sleeve detail:
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / $1,000.00 for a dress??? I don't think so! I need some help though... on: November 16, 2007 05:10:44 PM
So, I saw this GORGEOUS dress on the cover of a magazine, and flipped inside to see how much it was, because i thought it'd be PERFECT for my two year anniversary with my boyfriend...

here's a closer shot for detail

My problem is, I can not find lace/mesh like that anywhere. the dress is basically pink silk(i dont know why it came out so orange in the pics) with black lace/mesh over it.

the silk is easy to find, but can someone PLEASE direct me to a store/website that sells something like that lace? thank you!

also, i'm PRETTY sure i saw a tute on crafster for making a dress of this style, does anyone know of it? i usually don't use patterns for clothing but since i'llbe working with such nice material, i dont want to buy extra for the trial and error part of figuring out my own pattern. lol.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I made my own bed and headboard...and i am very VERY pleased on: August 20, 2007 06:12:34 PM
background story: i saw this bed that i liked and it was like 1,600 dollars for basically a piece of wood one four legs...so i thought to myself..."hey i can make that for MUCH CHEAPER" so i started planning...THEN i thought to myself...i need a headboard...i should design a cool one. so i did. so without further ado...
here's a closeup of the bed frame...it really is a peice of wood on four legs (slightly more complicated but we'll leave it at that) so this is really the only pic necessary

here's my amazing headboard that I am so proud of...this was so tedious and a pain in the a$$ but...VERY worth it!

here's a general view...it kinda sucks because my pillows cover up a lot of my head board...i may eventually take it off the bed and attach it to the wall for a floating headboard...

{other items featured in the picture are as follows in case anyone is wondering}
- tree printed duvet cover and matching sham: crate & barrel
- wall decals: www.whatisblik.com
- globe lamp (that really doesnt match my room lol): delias
- white accent pillow: ikea
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / finally finished v-day presents!! (lots of pics) on: February 13, 2007 02:38:39 PM
so yah, i still haven't wrapped everything....and that's one of my favorite parts, but i thought i'd show you all what i bought/made for my boyfriend!

first off...the card...i know all of you have been fans of my cards. except don't freak out too much on this one because, thought the paper and stuff is completely different, i copied this idea from a magazine.


okay, now this next present is the "main" gift. i spent so much time on this....i wrote out 121 reasons why i loved my boyfriend on strips of paper and rolled them up and tied them with ribbons...VERY tedious. and put them in a box i decorated

reasons (he's gonna have fun opening all of these! haha!:

the rest of the gifts were just things i purchased

UT t-shirt, cuz that's where i go to school (hook 'em!):

then a variety of stuff: a valentines mr. potato head, a little box that i filled with candy, a little "clean" spin-the-bottle game (by clean i mean, it's not perverted lol), and then not so "clean" dice...although, i might make my own dice if i have time...and just use those for inspiration:
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my "finished" skirt on: February 11, 2007 08:30:15 PM
so...i was making a skirt for valentines day, cuz my boyfriend and I are going out to dinner....so today I made this. (*see pic below*)
however, it's insanely boring. it looks like something i would wear to church, not out to dinner with my boyfriend. haha. so....i was wondering is anyone had any suggestions?? maybe?

I have a yard of that dark red fabric seen in the tiny stripe on the skirt...i also have a yard or so of beige-ish fabric that is the same color as the background of the floral material. i also have just about every other material imagineable. haha.

so far, the only idea i have come up with is...i was thinking of maybe doing some random stitching around the top part...just un-straight lines and stuff...to give it a bit of demension...but i don't know WHAT to do with the bottom. all i know is that SOMEthing needs to be done.

also...instead of making a normal hemline...i just thought i'd zigzag stitch over the bottom and let it look a little "rough"... but i just havent done that yet

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / age appropriate valentines crafts for a 7 and 9 year old? on: February 08, 2007 10:24:22 AM
as the title suggest, i'm looking for some age appropriate crafts to do with the girls i babysit. the monday before v-day, i'm gonna bring stuff to make cookies and they can decorate them for all their friends...but i thought i might bring something more crafty too...like maybe that they could make for their BEST friends...or for their parents or something.

any ideas would be great! thanks!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / apple-themed kitchen decor? on: February 07, 2007 11:30:30 AM
see, i have this small obsession with apples. they are just too cute. well i'm wanting to re-do my kitchen with an apple theme...and i'm wondering if anyone can help me find things to make/buy.

i want cutesy apples, not realistic ones.

here is a site with examples of things i do NOT like. except the message board thing is cute. but everything else looks too realistic...

i already plan to embroider some apples onto dish towels and things...but other than that, i'm stuck.

keep in mind that i'm 19 years old...so i'm trying to avoid the country,old-lady looking apple approach.
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