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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Felt cat/bed mat - now stay off MY felt! on: August 31, 2008 11:47:14 PM
OK - So here's a little backstory.  I have this half-completed project I have working on making something out of felt. I had the felt on my kitchen table (my catch-all spot) and one of my cats, Predator, is OBSESSED with laying on top of it.  I don't know if it's the softness of the felt, or just the fact that it's on the table near my tarantula tank (ok, usually she is trying to lay ON the tank, so this is better), but she loves the stack of felt, and I want her OFF because kitty fur wasn't really in my project design.

As seen here, destroying MY felt:

So I thought, with my VERY LIMITED sewing skills, it shouldn't be that hard just to sew some felt together, right?  Right.  So I was at Hobby Lobby with a friend (always a bad idea, you go in, don't plan to buy anything, and $30 later you have six new projects to start) and I saw this KITTY PRINT felt!  I couldn't believe it!  Perfect!  My fiance gave the kitty a very boyish name - Predator - so I always try to girl her up with pinks and purples.  So this was PERFECT for a bed.  I thought about filling it with batting, but then I thought, hey, she loves felt so much, why not fill it with felt.  So I picked up 5 pieces of white felt for a total of $2 for all the materials.  When I got home I dug out some pink embroidery floss and went to it.  I didn't notice until I got to the last end, but the felt I was using for the filling wasn't all the same size, and also, I ran out of thread  Angry  So I had to switch colors and leave it a little bunched up, but all in all, I think it came out pretty decent since I can't sew to save my life.

Here she is:

You can kinda get an idea of the thickness, it's a total of 7 sheets of felt

Well, OK, I'll admit it, I bribed them with catnip to get them to even notice it

Nom nom noming the catnip.. oh, that's Predator on the left and Frank on the right

Ok - I MAY have bribed them the first time - HOWEVER a few hours later, I caught them lounging on it!  I was so proud I had to give them treats!

Hopefully that'll keep her off my felt  Grin
42  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Heart etched glass vase on: August 31, 2008 11:31:07 PM
I made this vase last night.  It's based off this stencil from stencilry.org

It's kinda hard to see (I hate taking pictures of glass, stupid glare  Angry)  But what do you think?  Can you see what the image is without explaining it?  I LOVED how it came out but then my fiance couldn't figure out what it was and I was disappointed...
43  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Robot etched glasses on: August 31, 2008 11:25:47 PM
I had friend over to teach her how to glass etch over the weekend, so we went to the 99cent store and stocked up on glass.  They had these really great blue glasses, so I got six of them (you can never have enough drinking glasses!) 

I have two completed so far.  My hand gets tired after awhile.  I did Bender from Futurama and Gir from Invader Zim.  I am planning to do the whole set of TV characters with cute quotes on the back. 

Bender (front)

Bender (back) "Kiss my shiny metal ass" - excuse the glare!

Gir Dancing (front)

Gir (back) "Aww I wanted to expload" - Again, ignore the glare  Angry

My fiance LOVES them.  More to come once I decide to put on the rest Smiley
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Modge Podge Questions.. I want to do a desk! on: August 25, 2008 11:37:19 PM

Today my fiance asked me if I would re-do his computer desk and printer cart with something that will match his Toronto Blue Jays (baseball for all you folks like me that don't follow sports  Wink ) themed room.  Sooo of course my mind starts going a million miles an hour and I come up with a plan! 

I would like to buy a couple decks of the team playing cards, not trading cards, but more like poker-type cards that have numbers one one side and the logo on the other.  I would like to spray paint the desk, then tile the cards across the top of the desk logo-side up.  I would also like to spray paint the cart (or would regular paint work better for this?  Any suggestions?) and I would like to also tile the cards on the drawer fronts of the cart. 

This leads to my question - I have used modge podge plenty of times to decoupage things with scrapbook paper, tissue paper, pretty lightweight stuff.  The problem with the playing cards is that they are plastic coated.  If I modge podge them to a desk (which has sort of a glossy finish) are they going to peel right off?  I am planning on sealing them with this spray-sealer stuff I have that I've used on other decoupage projects, but I wasn't sure if they would hold up with just the decoupage.  I was thinking of maybe gluing them to the desk, then decoupaging over them, then sealing?

What do you guys think?  Any opinions would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks!

Oh and if it helps, this is the desk/cart we are using, they are from ikea and TOO PLAIN!!!......

We have this desk in a birch and white color

We have this cart, but with two big drawers (same color, matches desk)
45  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / MLB room - Should I paint an accent wall or.... the ceiling? on: August 13, 2008 03:30:02 AM
Ok, here is some background info.  My fiance and I have been living together for a little over a year, and we are getting ready to buy a house.  At our last apartment, we painted the rooms and when we were picking out paint, he was OBSESSED with having his favorite teams colors on the walls.  Since our apartment was TINY and I didn't want that particular color, I promised him when we bought a house he could have his own room (office/gym) all to himself and he can decorate, paint, do whatever he pleases.  Well, we just put an offer on a house (and if we don't get this one for whatever reason, we will be finding anther one pretty soon, we need to be out of our apartment by December), so we are very excited and coming up with decorating ideas.  [I know, I know, we should wait until the offer is at least ACCEPTED but it's just so exciting!!!!]  So, on to the business..

His favorite baseball team is the Toronto Blue jays.  We are going to be buying their liscenced carpet tiles which aren't nearly as ugly as I expected.  Here is a picture of what they look like:


He also wants to paint the room that same color bright blue.  I'm afraid if he paints the whole room that color along with the carpet I am just going to get a headache every time I walk past it, so I am trying to steer him in another direction so that we can both enjoy the room, but he also gets the room he wants.  I suggested maybe gray walls, and he liked that idea a lot since he has a lot of hats/jerseys that are gray that would match, but he also still wants the blue.  I was watching and old rerun of Trading Spaces (you remember the one where they painted that womens living room brown and she FLIPPED OUT?? it was that episode, only it was the OTHER room), where they painted the walls gray and they actually painted the ceiling bright purple.  It came out really neat!  I can't for the life of me find a picture online of this.  The other option would be maybe painting two of the opposite walls blue, and two gray, or just maybe painting an accent wall.  What do you guys think, would the ceiling being that bright be... weird?  Or should we go with the accent walls?

Thanks in advance, and *fingers crossed* that they accept our offer (we'll know this week!!) but even if they don't there are many more houses out there and we already have two backups that we also love.   Grin Grin Grin  *can't wait to have a whole house to play with*
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wooden sign for my kitchen on: June 29, 2008 09:19:08 AM
Hi all,

I made this wooden sign for my kitchen last week.  I finally got a picture hanger for it today.  I have an ivy themed kitchen.  What do you think?

Thank for looking!   Grin
47  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Etched glass mini-vases on: June 29, 2008 09:08:00 AM
Ever since I first saw this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=23.0 with their beatiful "STOP.  SMELL.  REPEAT." vase, I wanted to make my own!  I found a set of small mini-vases at walmart, 3pack for abour $1.77 and I knew they were perfect!  When I opened it I realized they were attached, but ah well, they still came out good I think!  And I jazzed them up with dollar tree flowers until I can get some real ones Smiley  What do you think?  Sorry for the blurry photos, they are so hard to photograph..

Thanks for looking!   Grin
48  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / More etched glass beer mugs on: June 29, 2008 08:55:23 AM
You may remember my first post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224160.0 with my etched glass beer mugs.  Well, I made a couple more!  These two are for my co-worked and her husband as a thank you for watching in on our kitties and turtles and tarantula while we are on vacation.  Just their names, "Emily" and "Brent"  What do you think?

Thanks for looking Smiley
49  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Glass etching - beer mugs, candle holders, vase on: January 30, 2008 03:08:23 PM
Hi all,

I am addicted to glass etching!!  I made etched glass beer mugs and glasses and candle holders for all my friends/family for christmas this year.  Unfortunatly I ran out of time and coudn't photograph them before I had to give them away Sad  I made a set of "The crow" glasses, a Trent Rezner beer mug, personalized candle holders, and glasses with snowflakes for the ladies my boyfriend works with.  They all loved them!

I do have some from my personal collection to share though.  It is SO HARD to take pictures of glasses, nevermind the DESIGN on the glasses, so please excuse the fuzziness! 

My method for glass etching is easy.. for some of them I use stickers, like the sugar and tea jars, then tape off the frame for the words with painters tape.  Some of them I freehand a stencil, again with painters tape, like the hitman logo and the umbrella logo.  The girl and boy kissing and the ivy were stencils I found online (I believe stencilry.org, I can check if you'd like them), I resize them and print them out.  I then tape up the glass with painters tape and scotch tape the paper with the design over it, and carve through both with an exacto knife.  Time consuming, but I love them!

Fairy candle holder

Boy kissing girl with heart candle holder (about the size of shot glass)

Girl holding boys hand with heart candle holder (about the size of shot glass)

"Sugar" jar

"Tea" jar

"Hitman" logo, from movie and video game, my boyfriend is so obsessed he has it tattoo'd on his chest  Roll Eyes (however, I do think it's a cool logo) This one I freehanded with an exacto knife.

"Cold Spider" from the band cold.  This one is my obsession   Grin (and one of my tattoos)

Boyfriends other obsession.. "Umbrella Corporation" logo from Resident Evil.  This one was the hardest!!!  I made a stencil for the letters on the computer and carving this one was THE WORST.  I swore and swore and swore but I love the end result.  I wouldn't do it again though  Angry

Ivy vase.. my personal favorite.  Our kitchen is "ivy" themed  Grin
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Splenda box into a tea caddy on: November 06, 2007 09:43:50 PM

I had this empty Splenda box and too many boxes of tea.  So what did I do?  I cut a side off the box, taped it up, painted and painted until it didn't say Splenda, stenciled it to match my kitchen, and stacked some tea in it.  For the simplicity, I love it.   Grin

You can see the tape in a few spots, but I still love it.  The letters are just plain 'ol stickers that I painted green.  Waay too easy. 

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