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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Painted and Carved Porch Pumpkins on: September 28, 2010 05:20:26 PM
After Halloween my husband bought a pumpkin carving kit on super duper mega sale because he's been talking about carving pumpkins for Halloween FOREVER.

Last year we broke out the kit and he used the template to carve this zombie kid pumpkin.



I painted spiders on mine so I could bake and puree it after Halloween.


12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Homemade Deodorant on: August 30, 2010 06:16:41 PM
I tried using baking soda and cornstarch as deodorant. It didn't work for me. Around 3 to 5 o'clockish I smelled a faint smell of, well, you know. I checked with some of my friends who make variations of homemade deodorant. It seems that its success varies with your body chemistry.

I should also add that most aluminum filled stick deodorants don't work for me either  Undecided There's one brand that works for me and that one's clinical strength.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Chalkboard Paint Kitchen Backsplash on: July 20, 2010 07:15:10 PM
My husband and I couldn't come to an agreement as to what type of tile to use on our kitchen backsplash. Years passed and the cheap builder paint on the backsplash was now worn through to the drywall and stained, looked terrible and made me feel stabby just looking at it.



As a temporary fix, I primed the wall with gray stain blocking primer and two coats of chalkboard paint.

We like it so much, we're making it permanent!


14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I built a Cornhole Game! on: July 20, 2010 07:04:32 PM
Nope. It's really called cornhole. I guess because they traditionally used dried feed corn for the bean bags. I Googled How to Make a Cornhole Game and got what I was looking for ifyaknowwhatImean  Wink

To purchase a premade board is crazy expensive. The checkout woman at Lowes told me some people pay up to a $100 for a cornhole game. I spent about that but that included buying a new belt sander. Which I L.O.V.E. I named her Sweet Baby Jane* because once I fired her up sweet baby Jane! It took no time at all to sand the rough edges.

*They name boats. I name my power tools.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chalkboard Paint Outlet Covers on: July 12, 2010 07:06:35 AM
I painted my kitchen back splash with black chalkboard paint. The white plastic outlet covers I had stood out like a sore thumb. I scratch up the surface with a bit of steel wool. I painted the outlet covers with grey primer first and followed it up with two coats of black chalkboard paint.


Ta Da!

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I built a Cornhole Game! on: July 12, 2010 07:00:50 AM
My husband's family had a big family reunion. I built them a cornhole game because what's a picnic without a little cornhole, right?

I built the boards. This is my first woodworking project since 7th grade shop class so the construction may be a little rough around the edges.


I sewed the bean bags from fabric in my stash. I made a liner using fabric from an old set of cotton curtains.


I filled the bean bags with dried beans instead of the traditional dried feed corn.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Martini Tote Bag Revamp on: May 18, 2010 09:06:28 PM
I got a free tote bag at a dog event. I was about to toss it in the trunk of my car to use as a reusable shopping bag until I noticed that the bag had a mesh water bottle pocket on the side. This would be perfect for my dog's water bottle when we're out and about. Yes, my dog has his own water bottle with a dog dish attached. He's a little guy and public water bowls are too tall for him or haven't been changed in so long they have their own ecosystem growing in them. Don't judge.  Cool

I didn't want to be a walking advertisement for the sponsor printed on the side of the bag. I grabbed some black fabric from my stash and appliqued a martini on it because martini's are very festive. And easy to draw freehand. I embroidered "Cheers" on it too.

I sewed the pocket on over the logo. Now I have a pocket to stash dog treats to reward my pup for good behavior or when he does a trick for a cute kid.

To make the tote a bit more functional for my needs, I used more black fabric to make and sew a pocket inside the bag for my keys and phone.


I put a toy in the pocket so you can see it a little better.

I took a pretty nice free tote and turned it into a hardworking dog mommy bag!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Stylish Toy Storage on: May 18, 2010 08:47:47 PM
My dog Blitzkrieg has a toybox downstairs. Upstairs is another matter. His toys lay
artfully strewn all over our bedroom floor because he fancies himself a decorator.

I needed a solution. I didn't want those bone shaped dog toy boxes at the store. Not only are they cheesy but they have lids. I wanted my dog to be able to pick up a toy on his own from his toybox when I tell him to go get Lion or some such toy.

Yes, my dog knows his toys by name. He's brilliant.

I found a large shallow dish at Target on Clearance that I passed up. Low and behold a little while later I was at Goodwill and came across the same large shallow Target dish marked down for stupid cheap. OK, I'll take it.

I put Blitzkrieg's toys in the dish in my bedroom. No more stepping on toys in the middle of the night!

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Great Dane sized ropes! on: May 18, 2010 08:41:05 PM
I make these from fleece scrapes and old towels. My sister's dog Chopper loves them. As you can tell by his name, he likes to chew.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Personalised Dog Lead holder & Handmade Treats (with pics) on: May 18, 2010 08:39:33 PM
Love them!

I totally need a leash holder like that. My dog's leashes are artfully strewn on a table.
Let's go with that.
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