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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring IKEA drawers into zingy craft storage! on: November 30, 2008 10:30:53 AM
4am one morning I decided to smarten up my IKEA drawers which I had been given with a load of craft stuff in it from a lovely lady on Freecycle. I promptly went back to bed after finding out that the paper I had chosen to cover it in wasn't big enough and forgot all about it!

Three months later I remembered and set to work with my wallpaper stash which I had accumulated from the likes of Freecycle and 'Reduced Price' sales etc.

I discarded the Winnie the Pooh paper and the purple stripes and went for a lovely zingy green and blue look and just happened to have several rolls of green wall paper all of which matched so I chose the blue / green stripe for the front and the plain green for the body of the box.

The transfers you can see ware something I put on when I first got it to brighten it up but really, a flowers and hearts girl I am definitely now so...

I set too painting all the wood that was going to be exposed with white acrylic and then stuck the wallpaper on the other bits and trimmed it all down using a very sharp scalpel.

It still needs a couple of things doing to it, I want to cover the bottom of the drawers and the bottom of the box with felt so my pencils won't get damaged in the drawers and the box won't scratch anything I put it on should I decide to ever remove it from the top of the speaker in the front room Grin

Anyway... here's the photos:

... and no... the pencils and pens are never usually that tidy! Grin

I LOVE LOVE LOVE IKEA stuff as I can decorate it and make it my own rather than trying to find things to fit into my decorating schemes. Now I just need an trucks worth more storage like that and I might actually start to get organized!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Recommendations please! on: October 18, 2007 07:28:54 AM
Ok I'm looking for a die cutting machine but one that I can either make or have blades specifically made for me or one of those digital machines where I can design what I want and get it to cut it out.

I know about Sizzix machines but they only come with pre-made dies... don't they?

If anyone has any recommendations for machines I would be very grateful as I need to cut some teeny envelopes for cards for my wedding and I'm getting desperate!

Please help a wedding planning gal in distress!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Wholesale lists on: September 25, 2007 01:39:29 PM
I'm not entirely sure where this should go if here at all but I was wondering if anyone here had used any of the wholesale lists available on the internet for 3 odd a month (UK only for now) and if they would recommend any over another.

I'm really struggling to find wholesalers for jewellery components, beads and what not and don't want to get ripped off paying money for lists that are useless...

Any input would be appreciated ads I'm starting to hit brick walls and going insane and I've been trying to find decent wholesalers for over a year now and I have found precisely zip, nothing, nada!

I'm looking for wholesalers of Seed Beads, beads in general and jewellery findings of all kinds and I really desperately need help Sad
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Lariat Ends on: September 11, 2007 02:22:49 PM
I have got some lovely 1mm thong that would make great mobile / cell phone lariats and have been looking and looking and looking for the little metal endings that they have and I cannot find them anywhere.

The metal bit I'm talking about is like on the end of this picture...

I have seen some once and didn't know what they were for at the time and now I cannot find them... would like bulk ordering if possible and from a UK source.

Also while I'm on the subject, is there a UK equivalent of Fire Mountain Gems at all as I love the stuff they have there and can't find anywhere like that over in the UK  Cry

Many thanks
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / HELP! on: July 23, 2007 10:46:42 AM
My Mom has asked me to make her some earrings similar to the ones in the below picture for her birthday and I have no idea how to wire wrap something round with no centre hole... I don't even know where to start...


I have looked on the net and anything I have found has been for flat-ish stones and mine are small, round marbles.

The main thing I am panicking about is finishing off of the wrapped piece... what on earth do I do with all of those ends?!

My Moms birthday is in 1 months time and I'm desperate for help... please, I cannot afford some of the DVD's I've seen advertised and definitely no time to wait for them to come from the US.

There must be a free tutorial for ROUND beads somewhere...

puhlease  Huh Smiley
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Fried Marbles, can you do it with glass beads? on: July 15, 2007 03:07:44 PM

I've been wondering about the whole fried marbles thing, can it be done with drilled glass beads to make those pretty crackle glass beads that are quite popular at the moment?

I'd love to be able to make them myself as I'm more of a self sufficient kind of crafter and like making things from scratch if I can Smiley

Thanks in advance!

PS I'm about to make my first ever batch of Fried Marbles tomorrow Shocked
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What on earth are these?? on: June 07, 2007 02:19:45 PM
I was given a massive box full of craft items from my wonderful and generous crafty Mother-in-Law which she got from a lady who used to run a craft business before she sadly passed away.

In said box was a small box (pictured below) with lots of small metal triangles with prongs... I can't for the life of me work out what they are... has anyone of you wonderful crafty people got any idea at all?

They are from Austria is about all I can discern (where the crafty lady who passed away got alot of her things from)...

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stitch Markers question on: May 20, 2007 03:30:37 AM
I want to make some stitch markers for a friend and wondered if the ring has to be split in any way?

I have some 13mm rings with no split or join in them and wondered if I could use them?

... I'm not entirely sure how these things work but she asked me if I could make some so...

Many thanks

One confused crafter  Grin
9  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Looking for? on: April 04, 2007 04:22:36 AM
As fabric seems pretty much covered in another thread I would just like to ask if anyone knows and decently priced bead shops in London or the surrounding area. I live in Plumstead but have only been here a few months and know nothing about the area and my b/f who I moved in with hasn't really been the crafty time to have noticed bead shops lol.

I could also do with knowing anywhere that sells UV / black light beads (preferably wholesale) but not Pony beads, I already know about them and they're not what I'm after  Huh

Any wholesalers in the UK would be handy to know of as I am coming up with a complete blank apart from Manchester Minerals which only do Jewellery findings and not pretty beads and what not...

Is this mission impossible?  Grin
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cards, cards, cards on: March 28, 2007 03:43:58 PM
There was a rash of birthdays in our family recently and also Mothers day so these are the cards I came up with using limited sources... hopefully to their best use  Grin

Birthday Cards

Mothers Day Cards

Not the best photos in the world but you get the general idea  Smiley
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