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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Baseball card frame on: February 12, 2010 08:36:55 PM

Today while doing some spring cleaning in the basement I discovered this frame stashed in a drawer. The creative lightbulb went off shortly after and I grabbed a box of baseball cards and headed to the craft room.

A little Mod Podge later and I have a new Twins frame. Now to go through last summer's Twins game pictures to put in the frame!
I'm interested to see what my husband's reaction will be. He will probably freak out. But really, do we need thousands upon thousands of worthless cards? Anyway, these cards came from my collection. Now a thrift store trip is in my immediate future to find more frames  Grin
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Glass containers with chalkboard writing space on: January 25, 2010 09:52:04 AM
Over the holidays I saw drinking glasses at Pier 1 with a chalkboard square on them so people could put their names on their glasses. I was going to make some on my own, but this idea came about before I got to it. I was thinking of getting some glass containers for leftovers and getting rid of my tons of plastic containers and all the different lids that go with them. So I thought why not put a space on the glass containers to label what was inside and also date them. (We are always wondering if the leftovers in the fridge are still good).

My husband suggested I scuff up the glass with sandpaper since I wasn't sure if the chalkboard spray would hold. The spray I got also suggested the same thing with 220 grit sandpaper so I did scuff the area first.

Since doing these I've seen that red chalkboard paint is now available, which I think would have looked great on these. Plus my kitchen is decked out in cherries. Oh well, just another excuse for more crafting!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Super easy advent calendar on: December 15, 2009 12:58:25 PM
I saw this in a magazine last year, but can't recall which one. Not only was this super easy, but it was cheap too. I found the small gift bags at a thrift store for a quarter each. Then I made the stickers using Microsoft clipart online and some printable sticker paper. I tied each bag to a piece of cord which I tied onto a curtain rod in our dining room.

My son who loves the advent calendar. All he wants for Christmas is his two front teeth!

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Movie quote pillows on: December 05, 2009 09:35:53 PM
My sister is a big movie fan and I wanted to add something handmade to her movie themed Christmas present. After much thought, I decided to put a couple of movie quotes on pillow cases.

From Tommy Boy:

and a closeup:

And from the Odd Couple: (This one is at the top center of the pillow case).
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas felt pennants on: December 01, 2009 08:45:52 PM
I've had this idea in my head for a couple of years, but just got around to it this year. I have a lot of vintage sports memorabilia in my house and was inspired by the felt pennants I have hanging on the walls.

This one is just short of a yard long. I want to do some more in this style that say Bedford Falls or Whoville.

I whipped this one up fairly quickly using premade letters and tree decoration. It's about a foot long. I added the tassels to this one too after I took the picture.

I made one for Thanksgiving too. The pilgrim was bought premade, but I cut out the letters. It's about a foot long too. I really like how it turned out although it was a pain cutting out such small letters.

I haven't worked with felt much before so I was really pleased how they turned out. Everything was bonded with felt glue, which I just absolutely love.
6  UNITED STATES / North Dakota / Good website to find local craft fairs/events on: March 02, 2008 08:48:45 PM
I'm in Bismarck and a really popular website here is: http://www.bismanonline.com I looked under local events the other day and found a couple of events looking for craft vendors. They have just recently added other cities in the state (scroll down on the main page to find listing for other cities) so it's a good place to go to if you want to find out about upcoming craft fairs. I think I will be setting up at the two events I found listed there so hopefully it pays off.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / The Pride of Dakota on: March 02, 2008 08:14:07 PM
If you would have asked me 10 years ago where I would be living I would have said anywhere but my hometown. Fast forward to today and here I am. Back in my lovely hometown of Bismarck North Dakota. It took moving away to see how great this place is.

I decided to make a shirt for each of my children for this challenge. They are the reason I wanted to move back home. This is a wonderful place for families. I am so proud to be a North Dakotan and proud my children can say the same.

The logo on the shirt is the Pride of Dakota logo. Pride of Dakota is an organization that promotes North Dakota business. Every December they have a showcase for these businesses. It's a huge event. A lot of the businesses make food products and they give free samples. I go every year and try all the food and end up spending a lot. Anyway, I borrowed their logo and printed it on some iron on paper and put it on a onesie for the baby and shirts for the boys. They are my North Dakota pride.

My three kids. Sorry this is the best picture I could get of all three.

The logo I used. I love that it says North Dakota orginals. My kids are one of a kind, made right here in North Dakota  Wink
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Baseball wall art on: February 22, 2008 07:58:50 PM
I have a lot of vintage sports stuff in my living room so when I saw this fabric I had to have it. I had it for a couple of months before I finally remembered that I've always wanted to cover art canvases with some cool fabric. We don't have much on our walls because our house was built in 1926 and we have plaster walls. This was the perfect solution since each canvas is light enough to be held up with some sticky strips of velcro.

From the picture it looks kind of sloppy, but it doesn't look like that at all in person. There are some slight imperfections, but you don't notice them looking at it in person.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wreath for a hunter on: December 12, 2007 08:24:21 PM
I made this wreath for my husband. I drilled holes into empty shotgun shells and hung them with string. Then filled the wreath in with some of the pheasant feathers he has kept.

10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / ABC kids paper on: November 20, 2007 11:15:57 AM
My sister bought me two sheets of this paper, but I'm not sure what to do with it. The only thing I have come up with is to find an old dresser and decoupage the images on the drawers. They are pretty large sheets of paper. Any other ideas are welcome. Thanks!

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