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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Very Harry Birthday (Image Binge!) on: July 08, 2009 07:24:42 AM
One of my good friends turned 27 on the 1st, and I've been feverishly working on her birthday present since... ummm... the 30th. Smiley  But it's OK; I won't see her until next week so I'm not actually late.  Anyway, I was inspired by a bunch of posts here to create a trunk of Harry Potter stuff for her, so here is the result:

And a closer look:

The wand was just made from that HP wand-out-of-paper-and-hot-glue tutorial (http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/)that has been floating around. Then I had some clear beads with gold and red swirls in them that I just threw in the box to make it seem extra special Smiley I wrapped the box with old Christmas wrapping paper and customized a label I found online.

This is the inside of the book, which I got at Hobby Lobby for half off. I carved the "Advanced Potions" into the front and filled it with silver paint... technically it should have been "Advanced Potion-Making" but my hand was tired, so I added an "S" and called it good Smiley I attempted a calligraphy-like font for the inside but it didn't work out so well.

Here's the back of the trunk with a SPEW sticker.  The other stickers (which you may or may not be able to see) include an Irish National Quidditch Team sticker and a "Weasley is our King" sticker on the front.

Here's one side of the trunk, which was hand-drawn in a joint effort between my husband and me. Smiley  I did the crest, the badger and the snake and decided that I couldn't do the raven and the lion properly, so he did those. 

Other things from the box:
-An "Amorentia" potion bottle, bought at Hobby Lobby for $2, then I applied a label I photoshopped.
-A Marauder's Map, which you can download here... along with TONS of other HP craft and party ideas!: http://www.britta.com/hogwarts/Year6/prep/map/index.html
-A Howler, which is her birthday card.  Inside is a piece of parchment that looks like this:

I kind of want to keep it for myself! Oh, I'm also going to make her a cake bon bon (a little ball of cake dipped in chocolate) that looks like a snitch - I bought gold glittery sprinkles to coat the ball in and then I'm going to draw wings out of white chocolate and stick them in the sides.  But I won't make that until right before I give it to her.  I might update later when I make that.

So, that's it!  Oh, the trunk is just that cardboardy stuff you can buy at Hobby Lobby for super cheap.  I keep trying to "age" it to look more like wood but I don't think I've been entirely successful. Oh well!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Killers swap? on: May 14, 2009 08:29:49 AM
Maybe this is way too specific, but would anyone else be interested in a Killers (the band) swap?  I'm mildly obsessed and I think channeling my obsessiveness into crafts would be a good thing.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Need help with a gift idea for dad on: September 29, 2008 01:37:18 PM
My dad's birthday was, well, about 20 days ago.  I suck.  I called him on his birthday and I sent him a card, and I told him that the next time he is in town (we live a few hours apart) I would take him to dinner.  My mom wanted me to get him a bug deflector for his truck, but I don't know... I'm just not feeling that gift.  The problem is that I haven't seen him since his birthday so I haven't been able to take him to dinner.  And now I'm hearing from my mom that he's a little hurt that I haven't gotten him anything yet.

So, basically I suck and I feel REALLY bad and I want to do something special for him to make up for the fact that I haven't done anything yet.  He really does like when I make him things - I made him a quilt out of his old work jeans and some fabric that reflects his interests.  He *loved* that. 

However... he's a hard one to nail down.  Like some of the other Craftster's dads on here, he's a redneck (Love him!!!  But he's a redneck).  He's very into NASCAR, Tony Stewart, craps and Jimmy Buffett.  He works on the railroad, so anything involving mousepads or trinkets for his desk or a tie wouldn't work.  Not even for home; he's completely computer illiterate.  Doesn't even e-mail. He's also trying to lose weight, so food gifts are out - in the past, I have made him fancy cheesecake and packaged it up nicely (it's his favorite).

I don't know what do!!  Help, Craftster Goddesses!!! 

Since he works on his railroad, he is in his truck a LOT.  Sometimes with nothing to do - sometimes they are just sitting there waiting for a load of something to come in, sometimes they are waiting for the weather to clear up so they can do whatever to the tracks, etc.  So I'm thinking about, "Dad's Amusement Kit" and I could include Sudoku and crosswords and stuff like that, because he's really into that stuff.

But what else could I throw in there??

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Embroidered onesies for baby Sullivan! on: May 27, 2008 08:50:06 AM
I didn't read up before doing these, so I didn't use any stabilizer... pretty worried that they will pucker when I wash them =P  Anyway, here are the pre-washing pictures, so I can say, "They were pretty... once..."

Sullivan's parents have a boxer at home named Nelson, so this is my rendition of Nelson.



This one is sort of a long story, but it's for Sullivan's great-grandma.  I suppose I should have put "i heart great-grandma grunt" Smiley

Don't worry, I have since cleaned up the errant threads you can see through the onesie on the backside. 

I have more, but this is all I have taken pictures of so far Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Erm... slightly early, but a LOST IS BACK! Party on: August 24, 2007 12:34:49 PM
So I know I have until February, but I am a pretty busy girl who works full time and is also in grad school, so I need to start slowly doing things here and there when I have time (er... and money...).

So far I am going to borrow some ideas from here:

I LOVE the cupcakes and the fish biscuits.  And I'm sure I'll end up doing fish of some sort... food I think I can handle.  What about decor?  I am thinking about doing Lost trivia on commercials or before the show starts, but I need something to give out as prizes (a jar of peanut butter crosses my mind). 

I know I can fall back on palm trees and stuff like that, but these people are really hardcore Lost fans (as am I!) so I'd like to have lots of extra little touches.  Any help would be much appreciated! =)

It's also entirely possible that I won't be able to wait until February and will just end up having a Lost viewing party at some point.  Grin

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Adventurer-themed room - need ideas! on: April 01, 2007 12:44:02 PM
We're redoing our three-seasons porch and I want to do it in sort of an Adventurer's/Jungle Cruise/old-timey theme.  Without drawing elephants and giraffes on the wall  Smiley  Maybe I'll do a little lizard over the window or something, but that's about the extent of the animal theme. All I can think of so far is lots of plants and a palm frond-y ceiling fan. Maybe some old-fashioned looking trunks in a corner that can serve as magazine storage. oh, and hubby has an old african mask from his dad's travels he got when he was little, so I will probably throw that up somewhere.

Ideas?  There's not a ton of wall space - since it's a porch it's mostly windows.  I thought about framing an old map, but there's really no where to hang it.

Thanks for your help!  I've been trying to research online a bit, but "adventurer themed room" isn't turning up a whole lot  Roll Eyes
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Turquoise and chocolate pleated clutch and another clutch - first attempts! on: March 04, 2007 11:33:08 AM
These are my first two attempts at purses. They have their little problems, but for the first try I am pretty pleased!  The first one is from the Laurasaurus tut that I saw someone else just recently tried.  I had a pretty turquoise button for it, but managed to lose it and stuck a random pink one on instead.  It needs stiffer interfacing, I think, and I made the front band too short so you can see the lining on the back part.

And the lining, which I should have done with turquoise thread  Roll Eyes

I learned from my mistakes on attempt number two, which is pretty much just a variation on the jordy.  Isn't everything a variation on the jordy?  Cheesy The flash washed it out a bit - the part that looks white is really kind of a mint green.


And here's the lining, where my big mistake is pretty obvious - I cut my zipper hole too big!  But it's the first time I've ever done a zipper.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crappy old folding chair to girly chair of DEATH!!! on: February 19, 2007 06:35:47 AM
I went to Joann's this weekend just to see if any fabric would inspire me to do something with it and of course it did.  In fact, I am going back to buy more... matching curtains maybe?

Anyway, I ripped apart a hunter green folding chair - and forgot to take pictures of it before I ripped it apart, so here's the various components:


Then I reupholstered with my pretty new fabric.  Kind of looks like nice pink toile or something from afar, huh?


But it's NOT pretty pink toile!!  It's pink SKULLS OF DEATH!!!  http://photos-357.ak.facebook.com/ip002/v67/167/90/16924374/n16924374_33070357_1505.jpg

I love it, and it causes my husband to say things like, "See, this is why I love you."  Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Ugly bathroom built-in gets a glamorous makeover with a Jack Skellington cameo on: January 25, 2007 10:11:54 AM

The white cabinet on the left is what the brown and green cabinet on the right used to look like!  And although the wall looks kind of yellow-greenish on the right side, it's actually the same color of green that is inside the cabinet.

We took the cabinet totally out of the wall and were left staring at a lovely plaster and lathe hole for... umm... a lot longer than it should have taken.  We stripped off the 12 coats of white paint and stained it, but it turns out it wasn't very pretty wood, so it got a fresh coat of chocolate brown paint.  We decided to leave the door off and be minimalists when it came to what to put on the shelves.

The Jack Skellington cameo - that silver knob is one of four and each one is Jack with a different expression on his face!  I tried to get a close up but my picture is not so good:

I'm pretty pleased with it and can't wait to finish up the rest of the bathroom.  It's pretty small and terrible. =)
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cabinets with tin panels! on: January 08, 2007 06:13:33 AM
I wrote last week asking for help with my incredibly dull cabinets.  OriginalYouth suggested tin or punched tin which sounded like a fabulous idea to me, so here is what we came up with.


It's tin flashing for your roof... really easy to cut with tin snips.  I just cut them to size and glued them up on the cabinets!  The cabinets are old and wasn't worried about gluing on them because we do plan to replace them in the next year or two.  Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with them.  

Lowe's also had copper flashing which was really cool and a lot more expensive =)  

While we're talking crafts... I made those curtains and painted everything.  The walls were all white and there was this hideous, peeling, yellowed country wallpaper underneath the cabinets with girls in bonnets printed all over it.  
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