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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Crafty wall decals :D on: February 19, 2012 05:59:56 AM
I live in a standard, cheap one bedroom apartment with my little boy. We're pretty restricted on what we can do with the place (we're not even allowed to have fish!!). My little guy's toys used to be all in the living room, including his thousands of collars in Legos . . one day I got totally sick of all of it, moved EVERYTHING into his own room and decided to make my living room more adult-like. I've always admired the beautiful wall decals on etsy (which I will be ordering when I finally buy a house), but until then, I decided to make my own:

coming from someone who is scared to put even a nail in the wall, I think this it came out pretty awesome!!!!
supplies - clear shelf liner and cheap acrylic paint. I made a whole bunch of circles in 'Paint' and went to town Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / scale candle "skirts" on: May 10, 2011 05:20:46 PM
I bought the tutorial from theringlord.com . . .  and they turned out quite impressive and oh so stunning! If you know helm/parallel chain you would have no problem making your own!!!
Note that they are the BIGGEST pain though to actually get in the skirts the way you want them :S . . . they look great closed in the lotus position or opened!


more of a closed view:

unfortunately, the black ones are not anodized on the inside

I love 'em!!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / from washers & tackle to cell phones & ipod . . . major modge podge! on: February 06, 2011 09:42:05 AM
My used ipod was scratched and the glass on the front of my kinda cheap cell was accidentally cracked by my little guy and it looked awwwwwwful. since making a ton of washer and zipper pulls with modge podge & dimensional magic (modge podge's equivalent to glossy accents), I became addicted to it, and decided to cover my phone & ipod . . . heck, even if it didn't turn out/i wrecked them somehow, I would have bought new ones anyway eventually . . . they're not perfect, but it's something that takes practice i think!! it's definitely an improvement for both of them:

I'm not too happy with the cut around the ipod wheel, but otherwise i think they turned out pretty good!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / modge-podged washers . . . and fishing lures??? - excellent zipper pulls! on: January 15, 2011 10:51:38 AM
after seeing the fabulous ones done by other craftsters, i tried my hand at it with the modge-podge equivalent of glossy accents (which just totally blows my mind!!) I was running out of washers, so i turned my attention to anything else I could possibly make into something (because it is VERY addictive) and noticed my little silver fishing lure things from the dollar store that i have had for so very long .. . worked perfect!!! used scrap-booking paper, magazine cuts outs, pages from my battered copy of Gone with the Wind, and nail jewels!

(LOVE the print ones)

and for my son, i made some lego-themed ones . . . they make totally awesome zipper pulls!!!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / my first foray into freezer paper stencils . . oh how i love it!! on: December 29, 2010 02:32:55 PM
this is the back - - - posting first so it shows up in the thumbnail

My kind-hearted, wonderful, wouldn't-hurt-a-fly brother was stabbed last year at his university. He got cut on the back of the neck, his lung, and kidney all over some horrible girl; he almost died Sad . . . . anyway, he had mentioned wanting a shirt using iron-ons (which i have been having to WORSE luck with) with this saying b/c him and my family have a weird sense of humour . . poor kid had waited 3 years to go to university and this ruined his year completely. . . . anyway, I made this for an xmas gift for him and he LOVED IT!!!

the front:

it actually ended up being a bit too small so I'm making another one with exact-placed stab wounds.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / clothing? ya, well, I guess it is! first post here - maille shirt on: August 31, 2010 06:52:57 PM
hi everyone! i just have to say first that all of the things you all make are so amazingly beautiful!!! I sure wish I could sew :/  ...  i finally finished this the other day . . took about two months slowly on & off - made of bright & anodized aluminum as well as rubber rings for straps.

grrr, sorry for blurry pictures, but i apparently have a shaking problem!! had to take some without flash to show the sort of drape the maille has, scroll down for pics with flash)

with flash on = less blurry

and on white:

yay! so happy to have finally finished it!
7  COOKING / Dessert / lego cake on: June 05, 2010 01:51:42 PM
I made this for my lego-obsessed four year old . . . very simple. unfortunatly I didn't have the right sized cake pans so i just made one sheet cake and cut it up. My first time crumb coating .  wow, what a difference that makes!!

just making sure marshmallows + icing is not poisonous, mom

(on a side note for this pic- yes, my dad's fridge does indeed have diamond plate and leather covering it)

and with the guys from all the lego sets he got for his birthday (snuck them out of the boxes before wrapping)

what a happy boy! the only thing i would do different would be to get gel colouring . . it took like the whole container of regular food colouring for each colour and they were still way lighter than i wanted
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / for my four-year old - lego themed on: April 30, 2010 10:45:28 PM

these are my latest transfers for my lego-crazed child:

the star wars one has the star wars logo on the back of it as well.

They all turned out so awesome and PERFECT . . ..
at first . . .
washed them and all the colours faded completely, the miner one peeled like crazy and the skeleton one ripped. It's not like i haven't done this before . . . I had some OLD avery papers from like 6 years ago, made him a storm trooper shirt a few months back, threw it in the wash AND dryer, paying no heed to temperature and the thing is still in good shape.
This last batch was made with brand new papers and I am thinking they changed the way they make them. I was very disappointed Sad
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / viva LEGO pinata! editted for in-action pics on: April 30, 2010 09:36:28 PM
2 weeks of on-and-off work, savings of 25$, and a pinata you can actually smash . . . not a pull string one

just started with a toaster box, covered in plastic wrap to use as a form, paper mache'ed a ton of layers, cut up kool-aid singles tube for the dots, removed box, painted, and glued on tissue paper . . looks awesome!

smashy smashy!!!

pics of my awesome pinata getting the candy beat out of it . . .

k, you can stop! i think it's dead now . .
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lots of new, colourful maille-bracelets, necklaces, earrings on: February 07, 2010 12:51:45 PM
It's been a WHILE . . i just got a new order of rings with a lot of different sizes, and I haven't stopped since (except to take pics)

first time scale bracelets . . they look super awesome (and no, they don't get caught on everything) . . and if you thought gypsy bracelets sounded cool, you have got to hear these!!

a new ring weave for me b/c I finally got the right sizes . . . half persian 3 in 1

right sizes for japanese 12 in 2 too:

a mini captive inverted round bracelet:

and experimenting with earrings and scales

thanks for looking!
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