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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Recycled Milk Jug GHOST decorations with Mini-Tutorial on: October 20, 2008 10:29:16 AM
I made these cute little spooky guys in about 20 minutes if you include paint-drying time. =) They look GREAT and glow like crazy but of course, my cell phone camera didn't capture the amazing glowness.

*These aren't my idea, I saw something like this on a blog a long time ago and don't have a link for it*

How to make them

1. Collect a few milk jugs, I used gallon sized ones but I'm sure skinny ghosts from the half-gallon jugs would look great too. If you can't drink that much milk before Halloween, do what I did and ask friends/family!

2. I painted the caps black because I had no white paint, but I think they'd blend in more if they were white. But definitely paint them because mine were a mix of blue and red and that's SO not Halloweeny

3. Alignt them up so that all the sides with the label are facing the back. Using black acrylic paint (I bet a sharpie would work too), paint some ghoulish faces.. I made mine up as I went along.

4. I used a razor and cut out a hole in the  back, using the sticker label as a guide.

5. Then I divided a strand of 100 orange Halloween lights ($3.50 at Walmart) into 4 parts and shoved them inside.. I think clear lights would look better because Ghosts are white and not orange.. but its all I could find.

Then plug them in and enjoy!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / scrapbook papered Harry Potter inspired shelf on: August 04, 2008 08:24:36 PM
So I was putting together this shelf all by myself, and was pretty proud of it untill I realized that the top shelf was UPSIDE DOWN! How do I DO this stuff??? ANyhow, the shelf was bought and meant to host several of my Potter items, so I whipped out my most potterish looking scrapbook paper, and mod podged it on. Now it looks as though I meant to do this =)

Thanks for looking!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Monster Energy drink Pillowcase for little sis! on: August 04, 2008 08:21:47 PM
My little sister is a motocross racer and a HUGE Monster drink addict. So for her birthday I made her a pillowcase with the logo appliqued on it. I found the coolest black sparkly fabric that was amazingly SOFT and not at all itchy or stiff, and also the perfect green fabric for the M.

For reference, here's the actual logo:

And her pillowcase:

She may not look happy here, but she LOVED it, I assure you =)

4  COOKING / Dessert / Guitar shaped Cupcake cake (hannah montana-inspired) on: August 04, 2008 07:45:31 AM
My daughter had a Hannah Montana party for her 4th birthday and wanted a guitar cake. I knew I'd never be able to shape an actual cake into a guitar so I used cupcakes instead. I was a little rushed so I didn't get to look at an actual guitar, I just fudged them together till they looked right. I'd say its a mix between the body of an acoustic and the pickups of an electric. Plus it only has 4 strings, LOL, but she didn't mind.

The Happy Birthday words look AWFUL but I have bad arthritis, so I blame that =)

I put it on a piece of foam board that was covered in wrapping paper and star confetti.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL - Easy Peasey way to Set Snaps on a Wallet on: April 19, 2008 01:43:08 PM
I've wanted to make this tutorial ever since I posted my Easy peasy snap wallets, and that was a gazzillion years ago.. I'm just now getting around to it! I'm demonstrating on my sister's new princess wallet since she got the first one I made her FILTHY and gross. This isn't a standard way of setting snaps, but its the way I taught myself after trial and error, and its way cheaper than buying a fancy tool. All you need is a hammer!

FYI - There are FOUR parts to a snap, I don't know what they are called, so just go by the pictures to see what part I'm talking about in each step =)

Put the top part of the snap where you want it. Flip over the fabric and press the prongs through. I use a retracted pen to push down the layers of fabric, it works really well.

Line up the next piece on top of the prongs, it'll kinda fit into place easily and won't slide around.

HAMMER! 5 or 6 hammers will do if you're a wimp like me who doesn't know how to hold a hammer..

Fold over the flap and use your pen (or just eyeball it if you're a smarty pants) where the snap should be.

Slide the pronged part under and line it up with the dot, push the prongs through again.

Line up the next piece on top of the prongs.

DO NOT HAMMER THIS!!!!! It will flatten the knob and make your snap NOT snap closed.

Instead, close the snap, very carefully since the bottom two pieces aren't hammered down yet, and carefully flip it over.

Hammer the back of the fabric on top of the snap several times. (fewer times if you aren't a wuss)

And you're done!!

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Twilight book Swap? on: March 25, 2008 08:08:52 AM
Is anyone else a fan of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series? We've done several Harry potter swaps on here, so I thought i'd suggest a Twilight one. I can always do with a little more Edward cullen in my life. =)

However, I woudln't want to organize it, maybe someone else wants to?

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pin Up Girls Pillowcase and Pillow on: December 24, 2007 08:17:21 AM
This is a gift for my pin-up girl loving best friend. I used Alexander Henry fabric which was very hard to find since its sold out everywhere.. The pillowcase is a standard size with the 'no seam' method for the band.

The square pillow is a covered pillow with some batting on the front side and the main girl is outlined in stitches. My friend's name (felicia) is machine-embroidered on one of the hearts.

I loved the way this turned out and I know she will love it.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dress up Ballerina TuTu - with tutorial - Many Pictures! on: December 20, 2007 05:03:38 PM
Hobby Lobby had tulle half off so I bought some on a whim and made my kiddo a princess tutu!

Here's a how-to since I took pictures as I made it.

First - sew together a piece of elastic the size of your kid (or yourself).
Then cut equal strips from your roll of half-off tulle. I used up the whole 25 yards, but I think mine would look better with even more. If your waist size is going to be bigger than a 3 year old, get two rolls
Then you tie each strip to the elastic in the way I pictured.. I hope the pictures show you how because I'm not sure how to explain it<p>
Continue around untill you've got a pretty tutu!

It'd also be cool to add several colors or ribbons.. but I was lazy tonight and wanted instant satisfaction so I whipped this up in 15 mins.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Deconstructing hoodie and adding satin to make a Pink Ladies Jacket.. feasible?? on: September 10, 2007 08:26:38 AM
I promised my bf's sister that I'd help her make a pink ladies jacket for spirit week at her high school.. I'm experienced in sewing, so hopefully this won't be hard. Here's my idea on what I WANT to do, I'm hoping to get my fellow craftster's opinions on if this will actually work before I try it tonight..

Because the outside is pink satin fabric, that would look crappy as a 'one fabric layered' jacket, and that stuff doesn't sew very well, I wanted to take a black hoodie, cut it apart at all the seams, discard the hood part.. then cut out pink satin slightly bigger than all the hoodie parts, overlap them, then sew it back together...  to where the pink and black aren't 'quilted' together or anything, just layered, and then the black hoodie becomes the lining of the fabric.. the pink will be kind of poofy..

then I can add the black arm band parts to the ends of the arms, and a black band all around the bottom and top edges, and then cut off the zipper part and add black snaps like the original jacket is..

Having never done this before it sounds pretty darn good to me.. plus she only needs it for one day so it doesn't have to be very durable I guess..

Does this sound okay to ya'll? Any tips before I begin? I'll post pictures tomorrow!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink polka dot Purse worthy of showing off on: August 05, 2007 08:33:22 AM
I made this last night for my boyfriend's 17 year old sister. She loves all things pink and I'm sure she'll love this. I know the lining doesn't quite match, but it sort of works.

It was so much fun I want to make tons more, but right now i've got to force myself to take a shower instead..

(my 3 year old took the picture of me holding it, lol!)

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