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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tshirt Blanket on: August 29, 2012 10:53:18 PM
I had wanted to make a tshirt blanket for the longest time.  I'd saved a lot of my band shirts throughout junior high and high school in hopes of doing so one day.  This summer I finally finished it!   Grin

I didn't really know what I was doing; pretty much just winged the entire thing.  I cut out and hemmed the edges of each shirt then sewed them all together, and sewed a sheet on the back.  

I began cutting them out in January 2011-

Nearly finished...

And, the shirt that started it all... my grandma bought it for me a few days before I started 8th grade in 2001.

(Sorry if it's sideways, Photobucket wasn't agreeing with me)

I ended up breaking a needle in my thumbnail when I was doing the very last stitches.  o.0  It's definitely not perfect, but it was worth it. It's very comfortable and packed with memories. I'm so glad to have finally finished it!

*There are also two shirts that I received in Craftster swaps years ago in my blanket.  Grin
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some marker drawings... on: March 05, 2012 03:17:19 PM
I suffered from artist block for a few years, but, in January, I finally decided to buy a new sketchbook and a couple packages of Bic Mark-It's.  My sketchbook is now almost full.

Smoke Monster





and some faces...

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Recycled Paper Christmas Tree *Lots of Pictures!* on: December 15, 2011 09:46:28 AM

Last year I broke up with my boyfriend of five years during the first week of December.  While it was a good decision for me, it left me feeling a bit out of sorts and I ended up throwing away every Christmas decoration I had two weeks before the holiday.  This year I realized that I was in need of a tree.  I was about to buy one, but whilst watching Charlie Brown's Christmas special I got an idea: why not make a dinky little tree myself?!  So, I did.

 I used a bunch of rolled up magazine 'rods' that I had put together over the summer when I was attempting to make a recycled paper blind.  I ended up giving up on it because it was too heavy and I got bored with the project.  
What the tree was born from:

A few Christmas movies later.  I had a Christmas tree made entirely of reused magazine paper and glue.  LOTS of glue.  Grin

For the topper I made an origami paper star out of about 14 pages of a Zelda Twilight Princess strategy guide.

It was pretty frustrating at times because the weight was too heavy up top and I didn't plan the structure well enough initially.  I used little one inch pieces of the rods as supports.  Also, help from my cat Nico jumping over it and batting at the branches didn't help much.  Grin  However, after a lot of hot glue and trimming it's very stable.

Merry Christmas!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bright Eyes Swap? on: January 20, 2011 04:04:17 PM

Is there anyone out there who would be interested in a Bright Eyes swap? While I haven't kept up with Conor very well in recent years, Bright Eyes' new (final?  Cry) album is scheduled to be released next month... so a swap seemed fitting. 
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / LOST Swap Round 4? on: January 26, 2010 07:00:09 PM

The final season begins a week from today.
Anyone up for a LOST Swap?  I posted a similar thread a year ago, but there wasn't much interest.
I'm so very obsessed with the show and surely I can't be alone...

Previous LOST galleries:

Round 1-

Round 2-

Round 3-
6  COOKING / Dessert / Extreme Peanut Butter Brownies! on: October 07, 2009 10:48:37 PM
I made these for my sister's birthday last week.  I used this recipe http://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cupcakes/dh/brownie-candy-cups, except I used a Reese's peanut butter brownie mix and topped them with Reese's Pieces.... they were delicious!  I'm going to make them again for Thanksgiving dinner.   Grin

Pretty much you just make the brownies, bake them, and five minutes before they are done push a peanut butter cup into the center and finish baking, then prepare yourself for peanut butter overload!

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / In case of zombies.... on: October 07, 2009 10:27:16 PM
I made this for my sister for her birthday, completely inspired by this post from a challenge...

I used a $1 pop toy gun, felt, a frame, and lots and lots of super glue.  I sanded down the plastic gun and used acrylic paint. My sis loved it.  Smiley  I'd wanted to make her one of these for a long time and was glad that I finally got around to doing it.

It was kind of hard to get a good picture.

8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Splatter painted Converse on: September 22, 2009 06:34:48 PM
I'd never bought shoes second hand before, but a couple of months ago I stumbled upon some $3 Converse shoes at Goodwill and bought them specifically to paint.  They were in brand new condition with no signs of wear.  The only thing I didn't like about them was that they were blue jean colored, but I knew I was going to paint them.  I mixed textile medium with acrylic paint, painted them black, and then splatter painted on them.  Oh, what fun!




It was my first time painting shoes and I'll definitely be doing it more often.   Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Painted keyboard! on: September 22, 2009 06:10:14 PM
My sister's computer keyboard was in desperate need of a cleaning, so I told her I would clean it for her and prettify it because it was white and didn't match her black computer and monitor.  So, over the course of a few days I did just that.  I printed out a picture of her keyboard and colored it in as a guide.

My project was inspired by this Craftster post:



I popped off the keys, cleaned them, and painted them with acrylic paint.  I labeled each key on the underside and wrote on them with a Sharpie.  I poked holes in empty soda cases, put the keys in, and used them for a painting platform.

Finally, I used polyurethane as a varnish.  It was a really fun project and my sister and niece loved their new and improved keyboard!


10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Simon Pegg and Posse Swap Gallery! on: September 11, 2009 08:47:58 PM

Remember to let me know when you send and receive!

Late with communication
Contact organizer ASAP
It's finished!

Swappers and Status

endlessly_intricate <---> teffy

Phizzychick <---> Titaniumhip

thelastkodama <---> jungrrl

notali <---> Feast Your Eyes

mlheran <---> dbear

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