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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I am a Dork. My Mirror of Erised. (lotsa pictures) on: August 26, 2010 11:37:11 PM
Yep. I am a giant geek lord. Lesser geeks bow before me. I am posting here, because my base was an IKEA mirror that is so plain it isn't really "reconstructing" anything. I knew I was going to do something with my RAM mirror, just wasn't sure what. As I lay staring at it one night, it hit me...the ultimate dork bedroom status piece: my own Mirror of Erised, from the first Harry Potter book/movie.

The design was not the same as the original in the book or film. Call this MoE Lite if you will. This was the cheap knockoff you can buy at the discount store.

I started with an IKEA mirror:

Then I grabbed a random board and placed my large cardboard letters (scrapbooking and paper craft embellishment). The second "E" is actually an F with a tacked on L leg. Glued them on:

Then I mixed up some plaster of paris and built it up around the letters with a paintbrush, giving it a bit of a bevelled edge:

Added some corner moulding to the bottom corners:

For a little textural interest, I placed some washers along the frame of the mirror. The whole thing was then painted a base coat of non-metallic bronze, covered in a drybrushing of two shades of metallic gold. Here are the washers:

I painted the topper plaque the same way, and put both drybrushed black and a stronger amount of the light yellow gold to make the letters stand out more:

The finished topper, which also features a scrollwood piece, braced from behind with an old rubber stamp block:

And the finished mirror. Woohoo! Yay me!:

When I look in it, I see myself in a vat of nacho cheese. My heart's desires are simple.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Lacing on French beaded flowers on: October 25, 2009 11:05:38 PM
I have just started this craft (grr, like I needed another one) and have had pretty good results with my first project, a full blooming rose. My question has to do with "lacing". I have seen this mentioned online when I search for techniques to make my flower less "wobbly", but no one actually explains what it is. Can someone help?Huh
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New scarf as part of a series on: October 19, 2009 06:47:16 PM
I am making a series of scarves called The Florida Scarf as they are lightweight and slightly openworked. Each one is named for a Florida landmark, place, or association. This is Ybor Tobacco, named for Ybor City-the part of Tampa where the cigar business has been around for over a century.

Done with wattle stitch in brown and variegated Super Saver yarns.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / *UPDATE!!!! Did more stuff;More pics*Dirty, nasty Lampshade to bordello chic! on: October 17, 2009 04:54:42 AM
***Update: I added fringe to the shade...found the perfect stuff in my stash recently retrieved from storage. Also added the much requested and giggled over pictures with the lamp on. See below previous post for additions. ****

I forgot, in my haste to make this lampshade go away, to take a before pic, but picture this shade in a colour best described as "greite" (nasty grey and white...little cream thrown in) and you have it. Several small pieces of fabric swatches later:

(Please ignore laundry.)

All the swatches were just attched with glue and then at joins and seams, I randomly placed copper and gold brads of two sizes, here and there putting them through copper, gold, or red flower sequins for a little contrast.

And now!:

On (not my head):

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Dichroic glass focal necklaces on: September 22, 2009 11:50:08 PM
The dichroic glass piece wasn't made by me, but I like buying the premade pieces and stringing a pretty strand to match the colours. 

On this one I added the swirly bit to the pendant. I like doing something to make it my own since I didn't make the glass:

This one had the "beautiful" tag added on, again to make it more my own:
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nifty leafy paint chips to cover wall ick. on: September 22, 2009 11:08:05 PM
I had to have my thermostat switched out recently and living in a "budget" apartment there was little concern for covering the resulting nail holes and unpainted wall bits, since the therms were different sizes. I picked up a bunch of paint chips recently from The Home Depot, including some very pretty leaf shaped ones from Behr. This what I came up with.

HA! My thermostat is an installation piece!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Countess of Cloissone necklace on: September 22, 2009 11:02:17 PM
I made the focal on this piece out of a lovely enameled earring. The beads are dyed pearl, cherry quartz, and coppertone seed beads with accents of black and gold tone enameled beads. The shorter piece is a choker with a standard length necklace beneath. Not modeled on me for my neck is plump and generous.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / IKEA Mirrors+great idea from fellow craftster=pretty entryway! (Lotta pics) on: September 18, 2009 09:45:30 PM
Inspired by this beautiful project...
...I decided to use those great Malma mirrors from IKEA to make a little artsy piece for near my front door. I can't add too much more to the description than Nuraeariel did in her amazing original project, except to say that I simply decoupaged mine with Mod Podge, since they didn't have to be outdoors, and my pictures were taken almost exclusively (appropriately enough) from the 2010 IKEA catalogue. What a treasure trove of images as they do those lovely spreads with all kinds of "real life" pictures. I found everything from coloured tile to a doggy. I didn't orient the pictures any on e direction, so there's no real "this end up" per se. I took pictures with and without flash to see the difference between the close up detail and the pretty colours that appear from a distance. My living room is in primarily shades of browns, reds, golds, and greens, so I did one of each.

Hope you like!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Junky dining table...not anymore on: August 06, 2009 10:06:05 PM
I loves me some dumpster diving, and needed a dining table. Cue cute table with awesome lines and sturdy joints in the alley behind my house:

I painted it yellow to start:

Decided it needed something more and painted the top copper, with a black trim. I also needed chairs and found two sturdy, nicely made blacks ones next to a bin:

I accented the chairs with a little copper paint to bring it all together:

The finished product. The rug was in the same pile as the chairs, and just needed a good pressure washing to clear some ick. The candle holders are from a yard sale. On the wall, you can see my inspiration piece, a poster I bought in Cedar Key years ago:

Hope you like. This is my first post of a finished project, and the most involved project I have ever done. Total cost was about 10-12 dollars for paint and polyurethane to finish the top.

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