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161  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Experimental Wire-Wrapping Spiral pendants on: December 30, 2008 08:50:55 PM
I've been playing with wire lately. (And yes, more than just my Tree of Life pendants I've kinda become addicted to making these last months! Wink ) And I've been experimenting with some other ideas like shaped pendants with very loose, very free-form wrapping.

I came up with this one last night and I thought I'd get some feedback on it.

The spiral is made from heavy gauge blue coated wire, then I used a variety of random glass beads, gemstone chips, and gemstone beads with copper wire accents.

I kinda like it. But it's really....odd for me. I don't really do this kind of thing so it's hard for me to judge. Is it too weird? Or is it that kind of weird that makes it something people might like? I honestly can't say.

A few months ago, I made something alone similar lines with glass pearl:

...and while I like the idea, I MUCH prefer the wire-wrapping variation I used in last night's blue/copper experiment.  Still though, I'm really looking for honest crit/feedback on the concept and would like to know if people like this kind of style of pendant or not. Is it something I should keep trying and playing around with or no, it's just too out there?
162  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Yarn ball Christmas Tree ornament on: December 30, 2008 06:58:15 PM
Borrowing from this featured topic, I tried my hand at a yarn ball ornament.

I found this neat green twisted yarn and I really liked it because it reminded me of a green candy cane. I just used a small, plain, glass ball I already had and some bamboo  for the needles. Clearly, my wrapping is kinda messy but seeing as I'm actually not a knitter, I hope that's not some big faux pas or something to knitters. Wink

A friend of mine owns a Yarn and Fiber store in Gainesville and I'm sending it to her as a belated Christmas gift. I hope she likes it.

Thoughts welcome! Grin
163  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Turn an old entertainment center into an end-of-the-bed bench on: December 03, 2008 09:38:28 PM
Whoo hoo! This was my first time doing a "recon" on furniture and I'm terribly proud of how it came out. About a year and a half ago (maybe even two years now), we bought a new entertainment center. Our old one didn't fit our tv anymore (we got a newer one that was slightly larger when the old died on us) and we had to make a ghetto modification to it and take out the shelves and glass door just to fit the tv. It made the whole thing unstable and rather ugly. So the new furniture came in - nice, espresso colored set - and the old one went out on our balcony. We're in an apartment on the 3rd floor and originally put the old piece out there "just until we got it downstairs." Shocked Yeah, well, like I said, a year and a half or more now it's been sitting out there.

So I had an idea. Why not cut the top off, make a cushion for it and turn it into a bench for the end of the bed - like a foot board bench. This way, Love can put his shoes on in the morning and have a place to sit.

So here's the before:

Oh yes. Sad state. Like I said - at least a year and a half it's been sitting out there collecting dust, holding our dead plant pots and any other junk we'd tossed out on the balcony for "the time being." (One of my cats, Mika, was very interested in "helping" us clear it off and prep it for cutting as evidenced by her tail in the shot.)

This is my friend cutting off one of the sides with the circular saw. I was hiding inside the apartment, safely behind the glass for this cut. Of course, for the second, he needed me to come out and actually HOLD the other side so it would be stable as he cut it. Eep! Scary. (Ok, I mean not really. It was just because hello? Flesh cuts easier than particle board but I was a good two feet away from the saw blade.)

Meanwhile...a couple weeks ago, I went to Joann's and bought 1.5 yards of fabric and 1.5 yards of a foam material designed for outdoor furniture cushions. I didn't need it to be the outdoor stuff specifically but it was on sale for $8.99/yd instead of the green foam which was like $30/yd. Made huge sense to me to use it instead. Wink

So I sewed a basic "pillow case" cushion for it. (Which, let me tell you, I was very proud. I'm such a newbie sewer, this was the biggest project I've made so far.)

And here it is with the foam. I had to cut the foam down in width and I had to do it with dull house scissors because it was all I had on hand. I HIGHLY recommend that one NOT use dull house scissors when cutting foam as it's really, really hard. A box cutter would have been ideal but I was impatient after sewing the cover to make it work.

Here is my other cat, Gracie, "helping" me stuff the cushion. Thanks a lot for your help! Roll Eyes Cheesy

I used hook-and-loop (velcro) to close the one end so it's removable in case I need to clean or change the cover. Stuffed it in, moved the newly cleaned now bench into the bedroom and voila! I've got a foot board bench!

Love put his shoes on the center shelves for easy access. This also means they won't just be sitting on the floor next to the bed for me to trip over in the middle of the night.

The old "cubbies" are holding spare throw pillows at the moment and a blanket.

All-in-all, while a simple recon, I'm damned proud of how it came out. And I'm proud that I took a piece of furniture that otherwise would have been trash and turned it into something useful. For about $25 in fabric and foam, a friend's borrowed saw, a quickie sewing project and about an hour in elbow grease, I think we did pretty good. Grin
164  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Christmasy/Holiday Bamboo Pendants for Necklaces (My first!) on: December 01, 2008 03:23:13 PM
These are my first time making bamboo tile pendants. They're a lot of fun! For this set I made Christmasy/Holiday themed ones on a dark mahogany/chocolately brown bamboo.

Christmas Angel / Snowman and Animals / Winter Fairies
Santa Claus / Cardinal Birds / Angel of Grace

They have a dimensional, high-gloss finish.

And a non Christmas one, a Snowy Owl:

(It makes me think of Hedwig from Harry Potter!)

For scale/size:

These were fun and pretty addictive. I see myself making more in the future. Thoughts welcome!
165  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Miniature Christmas "Elf Hutch" (Dollhouse sized mini) Lots of pics! on: December 01, 2008 01:59:00 PM
This is my second year making dollhouse sized miniatures. (Or "fairy" sized as I like to call them.) This one has been themed with a holiday kind of style like something you might see in Santa's workshop. The hutch is hand painted in three colors; a beautiful green, a bright red and a pearl white interior. Additionally, the knobs are painted gold. After painting, I go to town creating all sorts of unique items to fill the shelves. It's very particular, precise work and it takes many, many hours to complete a single hutch.

This is the second festive, seasonal holiday hutch I've made and I call it an "Elf Hutch" for fun.

The top shelf features a Santa hat wearing Teddy Bear, potion bottles, and a bear driving a miniature train. The second shelf has some books (perhaps one of them is a telling of "The Night Before Christmas?"), some potion bottles, some brightly foil-wrapped presents and there's even a candy cane hiding away on top of the books.

The bottom shelf has a rocking horse reindeer toy and some more bottles in beautiful tones of blue, silver and white.

For size comparison, the Elf Hutch is shown next to a standard 12oz. can of soda.

I've been making my Faerie Hutches - and well, Elf Hutches too! - for a couple years now. I just love them. They take an absurd amount of time and attention but they're just so darn cute when they're done, I can't help but keep doing them. Grin
166  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Holy Jewelry Overload, Batman! (Earrings, Tree of Life, Bird Nest, More!) on: November 20, 2008 02:17:18 PM
So I got ALL KINDS of beady lately and I thought I'd show off some of the newest. Be prepared for jewelry overload! Grin

Bird Nests
I've had so much fun making bird nest items. I had one person contact me and ask for a pair of earrings (which was a great idea I thought) and I also made a charm bracelet with one.



Tree of Life Pendants
So...everyone probably knows I'm kinda famous (infamous?) for my Tree of Life pendants. Well, I decided to make a Seasonal Collection. I've already shown off my Autumn Tree and my Summer Tree but here's the Spring and Winter:



And Earrings!

Glass Pearl Dangle Earrings with Genuine Swarovski Crystal in Jet with Gold Accents

Glass Pearl and Genuine Swarovski Crystal Earrings in Mocha, Sand Opal, and Erinite

Holiday Earrings Featuring Swarovski Crystal in Siam and Emerald, Glass Pearl and Gold Accents

As always, thoughts welcome! Cheesy
167  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / NINE pumpkins of carved goodness on: November 01, 2008 07:02:02 PM
Have I mentioned carving pumpkins has become a tradition?

Back row L-R: Dracula holding woman with bat (carved by Love), Witch stirring pot (carved by our friend Rand), Headless Horseman (carved by Rand), Captain Jack (carved by Love's bro), skull (carved by Rand), Mickey Trick-or-Treating (carved by moi)

Front row L-R: Black cat (carved by moi), traditional Jack-o-Lantern (carved by Rand), Dracula Mickey (carved by moi.)

168  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Halloween Swap 2008 - 1 angel FOUND! on: October 20, 2008 07:30:46 AM
Original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265915.0

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270077.0

We need ONE angel for the Halloween Swap 2008. The crafting requirements are two mediums and two smalls. This was supposed to be a fun, stress-free swap of all things Halloween.

fashion09 is the one who needs the angel. She's located in the USA. Here's a little of her swap survey:

What types crafts would you like to receive? anything cute

What are your favorite Halloween images? (pumpkins, bats, full moons, witches, etc.)? pumpkins, witches, anything really

What style/theme of Halloween items do you prefer? (spooky/cute/horror/kitschy/vintage/etc.)? cute please nothing gorry

What are your favorite Halloween colors? (standard orange & black, or Autumn colors, or neon colors, etc.)? I like orange and black, but also autumny colors.

What type of things would you NOT like to receive? nothing bloody, scary etc

She also mentioned she loves all things candy corn.

Time is a little against us here so I'd really love it if someone could angel and craft within the next few days so she'll have time to enjoy her Halloween goodies before Halloween is over.

Any takers? Please pm me. Thanks!

Thank you ehinders for being an angel to fashion09!

There sadly may be a second one needed, so please check back at the end of the week if you're still interested in potentially being an angel.
169  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Help? (swap package contained no crafted items) on: October 16, 2008 10:42:45 AM
So I apparently have a bit of a problem. One of my participants sent our her package (late but it did make it) and apparently the receiver just pm'ed me because it's all store bought. She didn't craft anything.

How do I proceed? Do I ask her to send another box out of crafted stuff? Do I get a swap angel for the receiver? I mean, she did get a box but....

So help?
170  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Halloween Witch's Hutch (Doll House 1:12 scale size) on: October 10, 2008 08:19:18 AM
I had a lovely lady email me about recreating a duplicate of the Halloween Hutch I made and sold last year for her Granddaughter. They share a love of dollhouses and the Grandmother wanted to decorate the dollhouse up for Halloween with her Granddaughter. Which I thought was just sweet.

So I made a second one for her. It measures around 6" in height at it's tallest point, 4" width and about 1.25" in width. I should have posed it with a soda can or such for scale but trust me, it's petite.

I started by hand painting the entire thing (which is a time-consuming process!) in two tones of orange and black. Then I used an assortment of items from glass bottles to pre-made dollhouse miniature accessories to fill and decorate the piece.

Some details include a snake, a rat, a cast iron cauldron, a broom, a crystal ball, scrolls and more. It's a labor of love working in dollhouse miniature but it's just so great when it's done.

I hope they enjoyed the addition to their dollhouse and that it brings them many years of shared fun. Grin
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