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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vanity to a bar! on: July 07, 2013 07:06:17 PM
I picked up this old vanity from an estate dealer.... It was a mess! The handles were broken, it was beyond filthy, and gouged.
I stripped it, filled in the holes, sanded it, stained it, added legs and lights. Also I redid the broken celluloid handle parts with some polymer clay
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Action Figures Upcycled into....something useful! on: January 10, 2013 08:36:02 PM
So I'll openly admit that I'm kind of a nerd-girl.... When I saw these action figures shoved in the closet of my teens room my first reaction was "Mine!" He wasn't going to argue with the women helping him clean the disaster in his room.

Here's the link so you can raid your kids room and make your own!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Making a Suitcase Into a Portable Necklace Display- Video tut on: December 12, 2012 04:41:17 PM
So I needed to up my game at craft shows with a new necklace display.....and it had to be travel friendly......and it had to be big enough

Here is a pic at the show....I still have a ways to go as far as improving my tables

Here's the video for how to do it.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Video tutorial For Making Jewelry Displays from Dollar Store Items on: December 01, 2012 07:06:28 PM
I'm in desperate need of new displays and I wanted to find an inexpensive way to do it..... So I hit up the Dollar Store!


The video tut:
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 79 ENTRIES / From Old Beat Up Lamp to Ooo La La Lamp on: October 07, 2012 12:31:00 PM
Many many years ago when I was a child(In the 70's) my older sister had a collection of beautiful "Boudoir" dolls that I was never allowed to play with....when anybody was looking. They had beautiful gowns and hair with long curls that were very tempting to me. I got busted once and they were put out of reach Sad
I found this lamp at my local thrift for $2 and I saw the potential immediately! The women at checkout said "Wow, she's in rough shape. I'll sell her to you for $.50" Even better!
What was left of the clothing disintegrated in my hands....That made it awful to remove.
Next came the hair.
Once she was stripped of everything that was damaged I took a good long look at her. Her head, torso, arms, and legs were 4 different skin colors. Which left me with a small challenge.
-The hair was an easy fix, I trimmed off some of the head, fit on a Liv doll wig I got on clearance for $2, glued, styled, done!
-Dress was some fabric/tulle/lace scraps I had. I used a small scrap of tulle to hide the chest and hide mismatched skin 1
-I painted the arms to make gloves, and hide mismatched skin 2
-I painted the legs to make boots, and hide mismatched skin 3. I sewed fake laces on them. The trim top looks uneven, but that's because her legs are placed one in front of the other.
-I touched up her makeup a bit
-The white base looked odd so I painted that and added a decorative plastic trim thingie I had on hand.
-The lamp shade....I wanted to paint it. I still might. But for now I use it and need the light from it! So I added the last of my lace trim to bring it together.
All together it cost me $2.50! plus some scraps I had. And I love love love her.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Scrap Yarn Wrist Cuff and Watchband with Video Tut on: September 16, 2012 05:48:18 PM
Wow....I edited this video to the bone. If you have any questions please ask. 15 minute limit killed me!

Here's the tut!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Dragon the was once a Wolf on: September 02, 2012 04:00:29 PM
I'm not going to lie....he was supposed to be a wolf.
When I drew him....out he was a wolf, when I started sculpting him..... he was a wolf, when I finished him......all I could see was dragon. What do you see?.
He's all hand done with polymer clay in different sizes on a wood plaque. The eyes however are glass..
There is a glaze on the dragon but I left the background with a more muted steampunk type coloring/tone
The wood plaque is 20" high and a little over 11" wide
The dragon is 11 1/2"

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ipad book case .....AKA My nightmare for the last 24 hrs... on: August 23, 2012 11:37:12 AM
So I decided awhile ago that I wanted to a book case for my Ipad. I knew it wasn't going to be easy so I shopped Etsy first.....now I know why people charge what they do for them.
This was a giant nightmare from the word go....
1. Couldn't find the right size book! I sat on the floor at my local thrift for almost 45 minutes looking....when I found one it was $4.99 because it was part of a collection of 12 books. I didn't need 12 so I started the search again.
2. We have one craft store in town...and guess what? They don't carry exacto blades anymore.
3. Pages in the book weren't yellow from age.....they were yellow from tobacco smoke. Allergies kicked in..
4. Glued the pages together.... glue didn't stick to most of the pages... It did in some spots, not on others, warped some pages,.....
That was the beginning it went downhill from there.....lol
All together it cost me 1.50, everything I had on hand. The cover is made from a mismatched placemat, the brass faceplate I found a long time ago at an estate sale for .50, he's surrounded by a piece of suede I had on hand.
I treated the front of the book with mod podge so the fabric would stand up to abuse

I left the front page and aged it a little

Dark pic, but opened

The inside is done with scrapbook paper

I left the back on treated so it stays soft....I figured I can always treat it with mod podge later!

The humble beginnings

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / And her name is B. Pudding.... A mannequin repaint story on: August 16, 2012 10:52:32 AM
She is a decoration for my new studio...so she goes here? We need a craft room decor section! LOL!
I've wanted a mannequin since I was a little girl...which was a very long time ago. A friends mom was cleaning out and moving out of the country and wanted to get rid of her mannequins. I had room for one(not really) and I chose her.
Now as you can see she started out from the 70's(like me!) so I was kind of excited to be able to repaint her too.....and then that's when things went horribly wrong.
Her blush came off so well I had no idea what was to come.... I started removing her eyebrows when I noticed grey paint spreading everywhere. So what did I do? I cleaned more! It wasn't grey paint..... it was the base metal. I removed the paint to the metal on the forhead! I couldn't breathe.... I whipped out my paints. Nothing matched! Nothing covered! It took me 2 hrs of layering and praying to cover and match the rest of the face. I almost kissed her when I was done! Once that nightmare was over I used real cosmetic pigments for the eye shadows and I replaced the eyelashes with fuller ones. The wig isn't permanent because I want to be able to change it out and I like it! I used acrylic paint for the liner, real blush for... well the blush, I put a red base for the lips then I used a red eye pigment mixed with glue for the lips and nails.
She was a handful but I love her!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What's old is new again... on: August 11, 2012 05:01:22 PM
I made these from antique wood and antique hardware salvaged from homes and furniture found here in Butte. I used boiled Linseed oil to preserve the wood but not change it in anyway. I left the paint and finish on as much as I could.
 I did use some new elements like hooks and upholstery tacks, but the leather itself for the sunglasses holders is salvaged too....just not old.
These are just a few....the rest are on the blog...I made a bunch...

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