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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wreath from scrap fabric on: October 05, 2008 11:48:04 PM
I'm not sure who started this trend (or if it even originated on craftster) but I was inspired by these posts:


It just looked too easy to cut and tie a bunch of fabric scraps on a coat hanger, so I knew I HAD to try it.  I picked up three scraps of fabric in the clearance bin at walmart (I haven't learned to sew yet so I don't have my own fabric stash Embarrassed  and the whole thing cost less than 5 bucks and took about 30 mins to cut the fabric (which I tried to use a rotary cutter without the proper cutting board, BIG mistake, I cut through all my kitchen-cutting boards and into my desk!  D'oh!) , and about 30 mins in front of the TV to tie them on, and about 10 mins trying to keep my cats from stealing my fabric strips  Wink  I can't wait to make more! 

Should I make a bow, or does it look busy enough without one?   Huh
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Newly painted rooms - and my haunted redrum bathroom nightmare! on: September 19, 2008 02:09:52 AM
Well my fiance and I just bought our first house and I am DYING to show it off!  I've never even lived in a real house before (apartments my whole life), so you can imagine my excitement, plus, it's ours!  Our very own house!  Ok, enough of that. 

I LOVE color.  LOVE LOVE LOVE color.  So it was only natural to paint the whole place before we moved in.  The only room in the house that was painted was around the fireplace in the living room, this light brown color.  BORING!  So I invited some girls from work and we had a paint party the weekend before we moved.  Kindof a mistake.  How do grown adults spill paint in a fireplace, track paint all over the carpeting, and destroy a bathroom?  Ah well, most of it came out nice.  Please ignore all the random stuff/trashbags everywhere, we literally JUST moved in, but I feel like I need to show this off so I can focus on being more excited about the house than stressed out like I have been.

Anyway, on to the pics...

We painted the walls around the fireplace a light sage green

Continues this way (also, meet Frank and Predator, our kitties)

This room is going to be my craft room / guest room.  Color was inspired by Crafty Intentions post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258735.0

This is our office.  A little backstory on this one.  When my fiance and I first moved in to our first apartment together, our landlord let us paint the place.  He wanted to paint the whole living room that bright blue color - what he calls "Blue Jays Blue" - as in the MLB team the Toronto Blue Jays.  He LOVES baseball and loves the team colors.  I promised him when we finally bought a house he could have ONE ROOM he could paint and decorate as he pleased.  Well, that time came, and still wanted that horribly bright blue.  After watching an episode of Trading Spaces, we saw a room where they painted the ceiling bright purple, and the walls gray, which looked SO COOL.  And the one plus - his beloved Toronto Blue Jays team colors are blue AND gray - so I convinced him to paint just the ceiling blue (we played with the idea of an accent wall, but this just seemed too cool), and to paint the walls gray to tone it down.  He still gets what he wants, and I don't get a headache  Grin  It actually came out much much better than anticipated and we both LOVE this room.

Spots are just from the digital camera

Hall bath, my favorite yellow ever.  I am going to do a penguin theme in here Smiley

Master bedroom, same yellow.  I love this color so much.  It's actually the exact color I painted the bedroom in our first apartment, and I missed the color so much after being stuck in a "white wall apartment" for the past year I found the exact shade and just had to buy it again.

From the other end

OK, here is where the nightmare part comes in.  I wanted a red color for our master bathroom.  I picked a beautiful Victorian red.  Well, my friend who started painting in there thought it would be hilarious to wright REDRUM on the wall with a foam brush (we were using the brushes to touch up corners) before we started rolling the paint on.  Ha.  Ha.  Ha.  Normally, I might be amused, but not in this case.  If you look closely at the picture, you will see that there are dark red what look like "drips" going along over the flash.  Very hard to take a picture of, however, after SIX COATS OF PAINT I cannot cover it.  You can still make out some of the letters.   Angry  I should also mention that during the painting of this TINY space, even with the use of 3 drop cloths, paint ended up on the ceiling, the tile floor, all over the toilet, all over the shower, on the door, and every place you can imagine.  This is only the start of it. 

After all six coats, I am exhausted and sweating in this bathroom with no windows.  We had already peeled all the tape off every other room.  Then we come to this room and start to peel.  And the paint starts to bubble and peel with it.  NO F-ING WAY!!! AFTER ALL THAT??!?! 

This is not the result of a bad tape job, the paint tried to peel off with the tape. 

Sigh.  I decided the room simply did not want to be painted and was going to do everything in its power to keep the color off the walls.  It could have also been the TX humidity, but I am convinced it is now possessed because of the "REDRUM" on the wall.  Ok, well not really.  HOWEVER the day after we moved in, my fiance was sleeping that night (we work nights, but he was off so he was home alone) and he said he heard a crash in the bathroom and all of a sudden the door slammed shut.  He said both cats were on the bed with him, so it wasn't them.  When he got up to investigate, he said there was nothing that could have fallen.  A few nights since, we've heard strange creaking noises coming from that room.  Could it be the AC unit over the shower?  Or could it be... POSSESSED?   Cheesy  My mom thinks I should hang a cross over the "redrum" on the wall, which I am actually considering since my guy is more than a little freaked out  Cheesy

OK - but in all seriousness, and I know this post is already WICKED LONG - how should I fix this peeling paint issue?  At this point I am sick of painting and I don't want to do the whole room over (although my friend who wrote "redrum" offered to redo it).  Can I just touch up the edges or will it look uneven?
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crackled key holder with fancy-pancy hooks on: September 03, 2008 11:37:04 PM
When my fiance and I got our first apartment, one of his coworkers got us these fancy hooks (and a set of so-fancy-I-can't-bring-myself-to-use-them-dish-towels).  My fiance nailed them straight into the wall to hang our keys on.  Well, besides the fact that they left ugly holes, they keep coming loose from the weight of the keys, and they look kinda plain.  They've been hung in two apartments up to now, and will soon be moving to our new house with us, so they needed AN UPGRADE!  Also, while in Hobby Lobby last week, I fell in love with acrylic crackle paint and this seemed like the perfect project.  It's "mocha bronze" with black on top.  Add some painted wooden letters, screw in the keys (I will eventually paint the screws or find bronze screws, but all I had on hand were this shiny ones), add a picture hanger, and viola!  I'm in love Smiley  Now I want to crackle everything!


Sorry about the glare, I used glossy sealer..
44  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
45  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...
46  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
47  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)
48  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*
49  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
50  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
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