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101  beaded wire ornaments in Winter Holidays by ilovepaper on: October 17, 2004 02:37:47 PM
These are a lot of fun to make. Start with 20 gauge wire and make your outer shape, being sure to make a spiral hanger on the top. Mine are appr. 5 inches tall minus hanger.  Use 26 gauge wire and wrap around the spiral to secure, cut the wire at a length that you are comfortable working with. Slide random beads onto the wire and extend the wire across the shape and wrap the wire around a few times. Place more beads on wire and continue to wind wire around in a very random pattern until you are pleased with the way it looks. Finish it off at the spiral, wrapping the wire tightly to secure. I hope my directions are easy to understand!

ETA new pictures as requested

*these have been hanging in my craft room for 2 years and probably should have been re-shaped a bit before taking pics*
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102  sewing kits in Completed Projects by ilovepaper on: September 13, 2004 01:43:54 PM
Not sure where this belongs.

I made these for a craft fair 2 years ago:

They were a big seller and a nice gift for teachers. You can make them with any fabric, these happen to be standard quilting type patterns. I found mini sewing kits for $1.00 each to fill them with.

I got the idea from:

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103  Chicken wire cabinets in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by ilovepaper on: September 13, 2004 01:13:49 PM
I did this a while ago but just came across the photos on my computer and thought someone may find this interesting.
I hated my fugly dark-wood cheap cabinets in my pantry and new ones were not in the budget, so this is what I did:

I knocked out the inner panel on the doors (ok, my husband really did), sanded all the wood and painted everything with latex paint. After they were dry I stapled chicken wire on the backs of the doors (ok, hubby did that part too) and finally stapled fabric on the backs in a pleated fashion (I did this part, honest) and Voila! new cabinets! It's really cool because I can change the fabric whenever i get bored, I'm thinking cherries next.
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104  blue beady jordy & others in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ilovepaper on: September 10, 2004 08:23:28 AM
Just when you thought it was safe...... The Jordy Bag Virus strikes again.

This one is made from a fabric sample piece and has a navy lining and a snap closure:

These were made from the remnant rack at JoAnn's and the patches were on clearance for 50 cents. One has pink polka dot lining and the other has a blue dragonfly print. I think they cost around $2.00 for both:

This denim bag (from a never worn jacket) has purple polka dot lining and the trim was on sale for next to nothing:

I have made so many of these bags! I'm hoping that they will sell at my table at a Christmas Fair I'm running..... if not, guess what everyone is getting for a Christmas gift this year?
Thanks for looking!
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105  whaddya think..Jordy's grow on trees? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ilovepaper on: August 27, 2004 09:54:27 AM
OK, it's my turn.
I found sample pieces of home dec fabric on clearance at JoAnn's for $1.00 each. I scooped up all of the best ones (about 30 in all!) They are all lush fabrics that i could never afford to buy, I was so excited and most are exactly enough to make a 10x12-ish size bag. I trimmed each one differently, and used cool liner fabrics that i already had.(except for the denim one that looks like the pocket is falling off) Here are my first ones, not bad for a buck-a-bag.

I even copied Jordy's felt kitty on one ... I hope you don't mind

the one on the top right is made from Divalea's idea with the fringe:

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106  Some of my cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ilovepaper on: August 05, 2004 12:34:31 PM
I had some fun today playing with paper, felt, ribbon and the sewing machine:
(the scanner takes all the life out of the color)

the following were my practice cards:

I plan on selling the winter ones at a Christmas Fair that I'm doing, hopefully my sewing skills will improve as I go along!
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107  napkin inspired gift set in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ilovepaper on: July 31, 2004 05:28:06 AM
So.... I found a package of cute/funky  little girly party napkins on clearance for 50 cents:

I went right to work on a birthday gift for my 9 year old daughter's friend. (she's my little crafter and helped with everything)
Here are some blank note cards:

 and a tiny compostion notebook:

We made a matching cigar-type box to store these goodies (too fat to scan and the camera is still playing dead). We also included some gel pens, stickers and lipgloss. I almost feel guilty having spent so little money on this gift!
My daughter is a little bummed that we are giving it away so she's making herself the same thing.
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108  Free online photo resizer in Craftster Itself by ilovepaper on: July 28, 2004 07:08:48 AM
I'm new here (LOVE IT, BTW!) so i'm not sure if this is where to post or if this topic has been talked to death but here goes....

I have noticed that some people were having trouble with the size of their photos. I just wanted to share a cool place that can re-size them for free. It also converts different formats if you need to. I am not very computer savvy and i must say that this is really easy to use. I have been using it at work for months now and it has made my life much easier.


I use the JPG tab and set to better quality and 640 size and this is the size I get:

 I hope this will help someone else!
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109  beaded book thongs in Beads: Completed Projects by ilovepaper on: July 26, 2004 07:52:58 AM
I found oodles of glass beads on clearance last summer and since I don't make jewelry I decided to make these beaded bookmarks (thongs).

This is the flattest book I could find that would scan. The scanner doesn't do them justice, really!

Using thin crochet thread/yarn, I took 9 pretty long lengths of it (24 inches maybe).
Knot one end together about 4 inches from the end.
Brade the 9 strands until you have a good book length (use a standard hardcover or paperback as a guide) and knot this end.
Using watered down glue, rub each of the ends of the 9 strands and let them dry, this will stiffen it for beading.
add beads to at least 6 strands of thread, knot the ends and add a drop of glue to be safe.

I gave these as Christmas gifts last year and sold some at a fair. They package nicely in little velvet or shimmerey cloth  bags. They were a big hit, especially among my big time reader friends.
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110  sliding origami boxes in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ilovepaper on: July 26, 2004 05:12:54 AM
Here a few of my tiny treasures.
I had to scan them because my camera died last night
::sniff sniff::

I started making these as a more interesting way to give money gifts than just a card. Kids really like these especially when you make a bunch of them in graduated sizes and nest them together.
The ones in my photo are home to my marble magnets. They hold 3 perfectly snug. (I slide a piece of a cut aol tin inside the box base to hold them in)  For this size I started with 2 pieces of decorative paper; 1-  4 1/2 inches square for the cover and the other is 4 1/4 inch square for the inside.
The directions are here:



They are super simple to make once you get the hang of it and you can make them any size. My 9 year old daughter is addicted to making them!
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