Finished Projects

Crafts for the Bathroom - 3 different projects made for the bathroom. Dixie cup holder, toothbrush holder and lipliner, lipstick and pencil holder.
@carolbee (16241)
United States
March 3, 2008 2:52pm CST
These are the kinds of crafts I make and use everyday. I just finished the toothbrush holder this afternoon. It's on the far right in the picture. Because of the stitch used, it takes a very long time to complete just one little project. These projects make my life so much easier because I'm not spending time looking for things I use all the time. The very front craft has lipliner, eyebrow pencil and a tube of lipstick buried in the bottom. The items I design and take to craft fairs are larger and more appealing to the general public. Some things sell like hotcakes. What's your opinion about the trio?
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16 responses
• Canada
4 Mar 08
Carol I think this looks so fabulous. However I am wondering about the toothbrush holder. Have you noticed how dirty a toothbrush holder can get. Will that is of course if people don't rince and dry off their toothbrush properly; which I didn't use to do. Now I do but how easy is it to clean for those who don't? I just love how this looks as it is so warm and inviting looking. Maybe it is the color you have choosen? I was also wondering is the bottom piece attached or just sitting under the canister parts? I was thinking I sure would love the cup part even if I didn't do the tooth brush holder.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
All 3 items are handwashable in cold/warm water and liquid detergent. I have a kleenex in the bottom of the toothbrush holder. I do rinse and wipe off my brush but there is really no reason to wipe the brish when using this. The bottom portion is a separate piece which is sewn (with yarn) to the other bigger piece. I do toss some of the smaller coasters and things I've made in the washer. It won't hurt them just don't put in the dryer. My digital had batteries that were about to die so the photos are not real clear. I replaced the batteries tonight. Thanks so much for the nice compliment.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I love the look of these. I have my stuff in a basket and not the best system. I wouldn't use one for my toothbrush as I think I'm too messy to keep it dry or clean though. I'm wondering what items you bring to the craft fairs. Is this plastic canvas stuff you're making for sale? Back east (Ohio), crafters were having a hard time selling their plastic canvas stuff - public wasn't buying it anymore.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Actually I've done quite well selling plastic canvas at craft fairs. The things I make and bring are different. The simple things, like pictured here, don't go with me. I did this project just for myself because my personal items needed help. Kept misplacing things in the bathroom. I made a Parrot trinket box that sold in about 10 min. but it took weeks to make. Baseball coasters sell. Thanks for responding.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I can see where your stuff would sell! If you ever have a photo of the parrot box, I'd love to see it. I enjoy craft shows so much, but always feel bad if I see a booth with no traffic and the stuff looks like it took an incredible amount of time to make. I'll buy something sometimes just because.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Parrot Box - Used for storing little things.
Below is a photo of the box. Glad I took photos because it was sold in no time.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
4 Mar 08
Carol, you did a really great job on those holders. The craftsmanship look good, the products are very neatly done and the colors are pleasant to the eye. You must be spending quite a lot of time on these things in order to make enough to sell at craft fairs. Well, I'm a guy but you'll be surprised that I have done copper tooling, decoupage and cross-stitch in the past. I've also ever sewn my own curtain for one of my rooms at home. But I've stopped doing all these now. What I like to do these days is not craft work, but designing graphical posters and collages using software on the computer.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Thanks so much for the nice response. Rosie Greer was either a knitter or did needle point. He was a big, strapping football star. Nothing wrong at all for men to do some of these crafts. Computers are actually more interesting...lol Thanks again for responding.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
5 Mar 08
Cross-Stitch Picture - This is a cross-stitched scenery I did many years ago.
Thank you for your vote. Yes, nothing wrong with men doing craft work, just that for the guys to be doing needlework type of craft is a little unusual, I reckon. Anyway, I would like to share with you the last piece of cross-stitch that I did years ago. It is a framed up picture of some houses by a river, and the entire piece is covered with stitching. It is actually a half cross-stitch, where each stitch is only a / and not an X.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Your cross stitch picture is just beautiful. I've never worked with cross stitch patterns but it looks very time consuming and tedious.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Oh I love this set - I have a pile of the plastic sheets and always have scrape yarn around - ummmm may have to do some of these for family Christmas gifts this year, hope you don't mind my 'stealing' your idea. I do love it :)
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I sure don't mind you stealing my idea. What I did was measure everything and did a different stitch that is sturdy but also takes forever and a day. The dixie cup holder fell off the wall, my toothbrush wouldn't fit in the holder on the wall and wanted the lipliner and eyebrow pencil close by. They would roll around in the cabinets or vanity. My favorite is the dixie cup holder. Thanks for responding and the nice compliment.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I think the dixie cup holder is my favorite but also have found the newer tooth brushes don't fit in the 'normal' holders - I'm also thinking one solid base of sorts and attaching each unit to that one base. I'll have to play with it but sure family will get a thrill out of them just because I made them.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
You could make just one base and do all three projects and attach them at the base. You'd have to wash it in a sink or the tub. These projects wash easy and I let them air dry. Rubbing them to dry makes the yarn bead and look worn.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
6 Mar 08
They are beautiful, and are essential items. They will just look great in any bathroom.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
6 Mar 08
Many of my ideas begin with something I can use. Thanks for the nice compliment and responding.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
6 Mar 08
nice and helpful to keep the bathroom countertop looking organized and tidy. For me it would not be practical though as we have limited counter space and inevitably water splashes on it... our house also generates an awful lot of dust and I am thinking the yarn products do not duest off too easily. best of success ins elling the trios though - they are a very good idea.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I understand about having limited counter space and the dust. The items are hand washable. Thanks for responding.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I like them. I really need to organize my mess here. I'm trying to clean. But without organizers, doesn't do me much good. Take care
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
5 Mar 08
These crafts are so time consuming but love working on something in the evening while watching tv. Thanks for responding.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I love them. They have a cool retro look. I would like to start selling hand painted greeting cards and other things, possibly online. I just joined etsy.com but haven't listed anything yet..haven't had time :)
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Etsy is a good site. I was there for a year but didn't sell anything. It was my fault for not pushing my items. Good luck with your items on Etsy. Thanks for responding.
• United States
4 Mar 08
They would be perfect for my sons over-sized toothbrushes. They don't fir into our current holder because they are square and thicker than the holes in the holder. The brushes never stand up the way they are supposed to-- a little bit of wind coming through an open bathroom window, blows them over all the time...lol
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
This project all started when the dixie cup holder fell off the wall. I glued it, it fell off, I glued it and it fell off again. That was enough so decided to make my own. Next my toothbrush wouldn't fit in the wall holder so that came about. Then I kept misplacing my lipliner. So the items are used everyday and really helpful. Now you know the history of this prohect and how it snowballed. Thanks for responding.
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
I like them, and I think you are so creative to be able to design such items. keep it up!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Thank you so much for the nice compliment. I love to work with plastic canvas and also enjoy making things I can really use for myself at home. Makes me feel like I really accomplished something. Thanks for responding.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
4 Mar 08
Hello dear carolbee. Long time no see. I am so glad to see your new art and craft today. They are so beautiful and nicely-made. I have always been admiring you for your great talent making those beautiful crafts one after another. I hope that you will make more for us to enjoy and for others who get them for their home decoration and use. Take care.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Great to hear from you. Thanks for the very nice compliment. I am still working on new crafts when I have time. Thanks for responding.
@gemini_rose (16194)
4 Mar 08
They are really good you are very clever, I love crafting but I dont think I am brilliant at it. They are the sort of thing I would definately buy in a shop, you should try them at your fairs. I dont get a great deal of time to do the things I like craft wise but I think if I ever get more time and can get better at what I do then I would think about selling them.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I work on projects primarily that I will use myself. I never carry a wallet but do carry one of my crafts that holds everything I need, is smaller than a wallet and is washable. Many of my ideas start with things I could use myself that are different. Working with plastic canvas and yarn is not difficult and I find it to be really relaxing. Thanks for responding.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
4 Mar 08
They look like they took a ton of time to do! They are very pretty. Nice job Carol!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Thanks for the nice compliment, Jill. Bingo, you are exactly right. Takes forever to do this stitch but it's sturdy and interesting. You would know exactly about things being time consuming. You are the queen of all crafts and your talent amazes me. Thanks for responding.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
3 Mar 08
Hi carolbee I really like your crafts. You do have a great talent. You could probably sell them on ebay too. I love doing crafts when I have the time. I wish you alot of luck.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
3 Mar 08
The trio in the picture took forever to make. Ugh! Although I love doing these little projects, it wouldn't be worthwhile to try to sell on ebay. Doubt they would sell. Not a huge demand online. These sort of crafts do well at craft fairs. Thanks for the nice compliment. Love this positive feedback. Thanks for responding.
• United States
3 Mar 08
I think they are beautiful. I also wonder if this absorbs liquids. If it did I could not use this. I would really like this is red. I am doing my bathroom over this spring. Something mixed with red. Great job.. I wish I could fin craft fairs where I live.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
3 Mar 08
Thanks so much for the nice compliment. The water is absorbed by the yarn. I have coasters I use all the time made with yarn and plastic canvas and drips don't go through to the furniture. A big spill would, however. I stuffed a kleenex in the bottom of the toothbrush holder. It has to be alot more sanitary than leaving the brush out with no protection to collect dust. Thanks for responding.
@cryllie (49)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I'm sorry, I know you spent a long time on them and truthfully your needlework is amazingly well done, but to me, they are a dated style and just counter clutter. I'm too practical, I'd just use a plastic cup or tray to hold that stuff, and plastic is easier to keep clean.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
5 Mar 08
That's ok, my crafts don't always appeal to everyone. I made this set for myself because I needed more organization in that particular bathroom. Problem I have with a plastic cup is several people use this bathroom. Wouldn't want a community cup. My crafts are all washable which is nice. Thanks for responding.