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1  Bubble Chamber in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by delilah_bird on: February 14, 2009 09:53:13 AM
I painted this for my boyfriend for Valentines day. It's based off of the image in my avatar which is from a bubble chamber experiment (for more info: http://teachers.web.cern.ch/teachers/archiv/HST2005/bubble_chambers/BCwebsite/index.htm). It's watercolor and ink. I guess it's not your typical Valentines day gift (since it's not pink and covered in hearts, although it has a good amount of swirls Wink) but I think he liked it (we're both science loving geeks).

It's in a 3" x 5" mat so I measured the paper to fit the frame and then measured out the mat space (that, combined with my lack of time, is why the whole sheet isn't painted--although I think I kind of like it better that way). There's also a blurry pic of it all framed so you can get the idea.

Let me know what you think!

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2  Re: Quick and Easy Patio Furniture Cushions in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by delilah_bird on: July 15, 2008 05:27:23 AM
Hey everyone. Thanks for the lovely comments! They've been getting quite a bit of use these last few days since it's been fairly nice out (not too hot). Even the kitty had been enjoying them Smiley.

Those look great! Did you waterproof the fabric though? You can get some at Wal-Mart I think and it'll make your efforts last longer without molding.

I didn't waterproof them but they fabric is a pretty tight weave and the porch keeps them fairly dry. Also since they're removable hopefully I can catch any mold before it starts when I wash them Smiley.
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3  Quick and Easy Patio Furniture Cushions in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by delilah_bird on: July 13, 2008 09:42:35 AM
Hey all!

   My parents had a set of wrought iron lawn furniture that they no longer wanted so they offered it to me. Unfortunately, I could only take a few of the pieces since we didn't have room for everything. But the pieces I took found a nice new home on my front porch.

The mesh grating however, made seating somewhat uncomfortable at times. So I decided they needed some cushions. After looking at some in the store (way overpriced!) I decided I would just make my own. My boyfriend had an old thick mattress pad that he donated to the cause and I picked up some cheap fabric and buttons (total cost for the whole project was somewhere around $6) and went to work. Here is the end result:

The cushions are held onto the chair and love seat with two ties on the back and a few buttons that attach the fabric that folds over the top.

close up of tie

close up of button

And one of my favorite parts: both cushion covers are removable so I can throw them into the wash if/when they get dirty (the cushion slides right out of the top).

They were super easy to make and I think they turned out pretty nice. I'd love to know what you all think! Now I'm off to go sit out there with my iced-tea!
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4  Sympathy gift for pet death. Help! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by delilah_bird on: July 02, 2008 07:00:03 PM
Hi everyone,
   Recently my bf's family had to put another one of their dogs to sleep. She was quite old and very dear to the family. Last year they also had to put another of the family dogs to sleep (again she was also old and dear).  I wanted to make something for them then but somehow I never got around to it. So after hearing about the recent passing I came up with this window/sun charm thing (the pictures aren't really that blurry in real-life):

Unfortunately I'm not really sure if I like it. What do you guys think? Should I give it to them or should I scrap it and just give them the card? Thanks for the feedback!

 Thanks for the feedback everyone! I decided to leave the spiral but I made it more compact so it looked much better. I also gave the family a small potted Japanese Maple tree which I hung the charm from. I told them they could to whatever they wanted with it and I think in the end it was hung up as a window charm Smiley. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the modified charm but here's the tree all potted and sitting on the deck:

They really loved everything, thanks again for the comments!
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5  Gift cards to Gift tags in Completed Projects by delilah_bird on: January 12, 2008 10:23:12 AM
Hey all!

  I had some $0 balance gift cards laying around from Christmas that I couldn't bring myself to throw away. Not only because they seem too cute to just dispose of but mainly because, honestly do we really need more plastic going to the landfill? So I got out some scissors, a hole puncher, and matte sticker sheets and went to work.
  I double layered two sticker sheets and stuck the cards onto it; then I cut the cards out (basically so as to remove any store logos present). Finally I put a hole in the corner of each. Voila.. finished!



The backs are plain white for decoration and the holes make it easy to attach or hang with some ribbon. They can also be reused yearly (just put a new sticker backing on). Or they can be hung from various locations to decorate for the holidays Smiley. Thanks for looking!

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6  Owl Mask! in Halloween Costumes by delilah_bird on: November 13, 2007 08:07:54 PM
Hey everyone! It's been a really long time since I've posted anything but I have still been checking out everyone else's awesome creations and I've finally motivated myself to post something!

So this is my owl mask. Technically I made it for Halloween but it didn't get much use (Tongue):

(**please excuse the messy hair and pjs**)

What do you all think?
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7  Re: tiny wallet that fits everything! **Now with pic heavy tutorial on page 2*** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by delilah_bird on: June 09, 2007 07:51:26 AM
1.) Pick out the fabric and assemble all the materials including:
- 4 Pieces of Outer Fabric (~5.5 x 4.5)
- 4 Pieces of Liner Fabric (~5.5 x 4.5)
- 1 Zipper (~4-4.5)
- 1 Piece of Clear Plastic or Vinyl (not shown in the picture) (~5.5 x 4)

2.) Assembling the ID Pocket:

First you need to measure the size of the ID that you are going to be showing in this pocket. These measurements will serve as a sizing for the rest of the wallet. I did a simple guess by laying down the ID in the center of the fabric and marking around the corners as shown in the pic:

Once you measure out and mark those spots the next step is to cut out the piece of fabric between them and then cut the corners at an angle as shown in the next 2 pics:

Next, iron down all the little flaps of fabric so they lay flat:

You then want to measure out the plastic/vinyl so that it sits half to a quarter of an inch over the flaps. Then take the top length portion of the fabric and fold it over the vinyl. Sew that and then all 4 ironed flaps to the vinyl:

Back view of all 4 flaps and top portion sewn:

Front view of all portions sewn:

Now you need to sew one of the liner fabrics to one of the outer fabrics. This will serve as the liner behind the ID pocket. Measure how far down you want the ID pocket to go on the outer fabric, then sew the liner piece on, flip it over and iron it as shown in the next 2 pics:


Iron (note how the liner fabric is sewed on lower than the outer fabric):

To temporarily finish off the ID pocket, set the straight stitch on your sewing machine to a long length, line up what you just sewed with the outer fabric and vinyl portion of the ID pocket, and put in a quick stitch at the width end of the fabric:

3.) Assembling the back card pocket:

You need 1 piece of outer fabric and 1 piece of liner fabric. Face the good sides together and then sew around the outside:

Turn it right side out and iron it flat:

*** This is where things get a little tricky and I hope that the pictures help show what I'm talking about, but if not let me know and I can try to explain it better ***

4.) Sewing on the zipper:

For reference (and perhaps a better explanation), the way I attached the zipper  and finished off the rest of the wallet is very similar to the steps in this excellent tutorial:

Take the ID pocket and a piece of liner fabric, lay them on the zipper with the good sides facing in, make sure you arrange the zipper so that it lines up evenly with the ID pocket.

Then sew it down:

Turn the 2 pieces of fabric over, iron them, and do the same thing to the other side of the zipper (this time with just a plain piece of outer fabric and a liner piece)

After ironing, this is what it should look like from the side:

You then want to pin on the piece you have set aside for the card pocket as shown in this picture (arrow):

5.) Sewing it all together:

This is the biggest and most crucial step, I highly recommend the previously posted link for perhaps a better explanation of what to do, but again, if you have any questions I will try to answer them as best I can.

What you need to do now is to unzip the zipper halfway. Then, take the two liner pieces and lay them on top of one another good sides facing in. Do the same for the outer fabric. Take out your ID or a credit card and double check your preferred length and width for the wallet, make sure you make it slightly larger than the actual size of the card (since you're going to need a little give when you put your money in the zippered pocket and cram in 5 or 6 cards into the pocket). double check that the zipper is lined up properly with your dimensions. If you prefer to pin things then you can pin everything in place. After it is all lined up and assemble sew it as shown in the picture (arrows) but make sure you leave the bottom portion of the liner fabrics unsewn:

After you've sewn it all the way around, trim off any excess fabric. Open up the zipper as far as you can (which is somewhat difficult as it should be completely inside out at this point). Looking into the open liner bottom, you want to turn the entire thing right-side-out:

Finally, fold the remaining open section of the liner inside of itself and sew across the bottom:

Tuck the liner into the wallet, add little embellishments -optional- (I added a little flower bead to the zipper) and you're FINISHED!!!!!....(almost)

6.) Show off your finished wallet!

If you make one I would love to see it so please post pictures! Also, again if you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them and I will try to respond to them as best as I can. Happy Crafting!

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8  tiny wallet that fits everything! **now with pic heavy tutorial on pg 2** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by delilah_bird on: June 03, 2007 07:53:49 AM
Here's what I came up with after deciding I wanted a small compact wallet to fit all my cash and cards in:

it's 3.75" x 3" x 0.5"

ID pocket

card pocket (fits 6 cards)

a fully lined zipper pocket

that holds both cash and coins

I had a lot of fun making this and I plan on putting together some more. On the next one I will probably use different plastic for the ID pocket and try not to sew the edging around it into the main seam  Undecided.... otherwise I really like it, what do you think?

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9  digital and colored pencil hummingbird in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by delilah_bird on: January 24, 2007 06:45:39 PM
Hey all!
So I think that my boyfriend and I have a good artistic system going on. He takes lovely digital pictures, like this gorgeous hummingbird:

and then I take his image and draw it in colored pencil:

here are some close ups...

Digital Picture:

Colored Pencil drawing:

and here they are side by side for a comparison:

I love the photo he took and I think that the drawing came out nicely (it's much brighter in person). What do you think?

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