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151  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / switchplate covers, ect ect-and a fun idea on: November 03, 2006 08:53:50 PM
I've always done crafty stuff at home, but now I'm so desperately broke, I'm toying with the idea of making stuff to sell. I'm going to ease into it with simpler stuff. I love decoupaged light switch covers. We sell small books by Taschen of retro ads from different decades where I work. If I cut out a page to decorate a light switch, maybe glam it up a little more with collage, will I be violating copywrite if I sell it? What if I scanned the picture and used my copy instead of the original page from the book? We've got employee appreciation coming up soon, so I will get a better than normal discount.
Someday I'm making record crafts-I rescued a stack of maybe 50 from a neighbor's junk pile. And I lucked into some old circuit board to play with-drool. I Love how it looks!
I won't copy anyone's designs from craftster. I get inspired with ideas here-for example, I never knew you could do anything with records except play them, before I found this place.But I think I'm okay taking a concept-for example record purses-and putting my own spin on it, especially stuff it seems tons of people are making.
Anyway, back to the switchplates-I'd feel pretty safe using old magazines/books from Goodwill, but the new book of ad collections is so cool.Any advice is deeply appreciated.
Oh, the fun idea-I've made the most fun wreath, and it's a concept I'd like to share. I found a great toy dinosaur in shades of orange and yellow-it just looked like fall. And I thought of a wreath using various objects in red, orange, and yellow.The dino is prominitely at the center, and some of the other bits are a red tiny tot stapler, a orange birthday noisemaker, a red foiled wrapped teabag, barrettes, a few silk fall leaves, a red brown green beaded necklace wrapped around the whole thing before I glued/wired bits on, and much more-god, I wish I could post a picture. It's in my kitchen-I like it too much to put it away.
I want to do an xmas one with red and green stuff, but no holiday materials. No bows, ornaments, ect, just quirky things in those colors, but who knows if I'll actually get to it or not. It's a good way to clear the odds and ends out of your stash that you've been keeping with no idea what to do with them! Plus it's fun.
Thanks again!
152  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / coffee candles on: November 01, 2006 07:02:11 PM
Hope this is in the right thread. I want to make some candles using coffee mugs. I figure since they are fairly thick sided, and made to pour boiling water in, they'd be good for candles. But I'd like them to smell like coffee, too. Any ideas? Could you use instant coffee? Also, I saw somewhere on craftster someone using old teacups for candles. They used a birthday candle for a wick, said it stayed nice and straight, also I suppose a good way to use what you have. Has anyone done that? Did it burn well? Any ideas gladly appreciated-thanks!
153  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / earring reconstruction for sad daughter on: October 25, 2006 06:32:48 PM
My 10 year old daughter had her ears pierced almost a year ago and became an earring junkie like her mom. Well it seems she's developed metal allergies-some of her earrings even make her ears bleed. I've told her this means nothing but hypoallergenic from now on, and hey, it's not all bad-it means you can only wear the good stuff! Right now she's pretty bummed. But I'd like to reconstruct some of the old favs for her. Lots of tiny earrings, and lots of long outlandish dangling ones-her favorites. I thought of snipping off the posts and adding jump rings to some to use as pendants for necklaces.Does anyone have any other bright ideas? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
154  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / if you plant in big containers you'll thank me W on: October 15, 2006 09:39:06 AM
Well, a little late now, but a good idea. Flowerpots full of dirt weigh a TON. So you fill your pot at least half full of styrofoam packing peanuts! Cuts the weight in half, so you don't get a hernia moving the darn things.. Plus it's excellent drainage material.Have to thank my brother in law for that one. Wish he'd told me a few months ago, whenI did a big planter for my parents. It was their 60th anniversary, and I had so little money, plus they're trying to winnow down belongings. I planted it with 60 flowering bulbs, about 4 different kinds. It was a hit. But boy, was it hard to move!  This is my first post, I kept hearing about crafster in books-alternacrafts, Tease(a tshirt book, that!). Yes. Leah, I will get your book when I can afford to buy instead of borrow! Been lurking awhile, I'm in awe of all the crafty genius. Looking forward to warm weather again, so many ideas on this thread to try.
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