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1  what to do with discarded bullet casings...?? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisaahouser on: January 07, 2014 09:37:29 AM
Manflesh hunts, a NRA member, snowshoes .
I am a vegetarian. tree hugger, beach bum.
Conflict? nah....'cause I craft!

As he shoots targets, I collect the spent casings off mother earth.
Add a plastic mannequin, some 'hunter orange' spray paint...and new wall hanging!
"guns don't kill people, bullets do"



(I can't figure out how to rotate pix...)
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2  Re: Have you turned that beautiful, avocado-green, vintage blender into a lamp yet? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisaahouser on: October 24, 2012 07:51:36 AM
I constantly find inspiration on this site...

I DID do this! A few years ago even.
Still works, still brings shock-and-awe to guests.
Manflesh helped with electric bits. He wanted to make the light bulb SPIN for crissake...too much, I said "no".

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3  Penny (too many) for your thoughts?? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisaahouser on: July 04, 2012 10:43:00 PM
]I DID IT...
All those fantastic coin ideas on the web... I took the plunge and did my own.
In the Bathroom. On the floor. Pretty simple and fairly cost effective.

Manflesh bought a needs-a-lot-of-work cabin in the Sierras....perfect for decorating experiments.

We put the call out for pennies (pre 1982 preferably..but that is another story) to friends. Everyone seems to have a change-drawer they were happy to be rid of...I shined and cleaned and sorted pennies for waaay tooo long.

The gross/ugly/70's linoleum would not budge..so I patio-painted over it and glued the individual coins (US and otherwise) on top (E6000)
Manflesh watched.
Sigh...sounds a lot kinkier then necessary.

Finally sealed the random placement with self-leveling resin. In stages. Many. Good thing it is a small space.
Manflesh brought out the portable fan. I enjoyed fumes.

Yeah...I know the resin is 'not designed for floor use'...but it is a CABIN for gawd sake....not a lot of daily use. 'Form over function' I say. An experiment.

The reset of the cabin needs work..but I am happy in the bathroom. Is there anything else really necessary??

C&C welcomed.
Complex How-to Details if you beg...



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4  $5 oak/brass mirror in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisaahouser on: November 15, 2011 10:13:54 PM
Found at a garage sale Sunday: Yeah I bartered down from $10
Oak frame with brass hooks and white balls....screamed 1970's.
I sure wished I took a "before" photo...but I was so dang excited to get started!
Try to recall the suggested description from your lost memory of once-fashionable household items

Pimped from stuff found on on my garage shelves...you've all been there. Discards
easy peasy- broken glass, marbles, typeset letters, grout
I sanded hooks, primed and painted; no extra $$ invested.
I am cheap

For the manfriend's "new" California Gold Country cabin. (think 100+ yrs old)
The place is full of pine and dark some-sorta-wood. Not exactly light-filled.
Time for a make-over, subtlety of course.
A cheery (ahem...cough...*cheesy*...cough ) re-do beyond necessary....

BTW Translation: "Please take off your clothes" (latin)

Do you have any idea how hard it is to photograph a mirror, especially with an iphone??
The dresser is not included....

To be installed this weekend. A quick turn-around.
g'head...tell me you loved the 1970 oak look and ya wanna kill me for this defacement....

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5  smashed penny bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisaahouser on: September 30, 2011 05:31:09 PM
I am sure this has been done many times before...but I wanted to share this rendition to add to the collective (un) consciousness.

I have a delightful man-friend....I'm too old for a "boy"-friend... and we have been collecting smashed pennies on our travels this past year. Kinda my prince-charm(ing)-bracelet.

One day I will grow-up.

C&C's??


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6  renewed car jacks--->coffee table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisaahouser on: September 25, 2011 05:37:43 PM
My friends dad passed recently. She sold his tools/gear from his car repair company. She allowed me a preview before the sale...yeah...tools!
In the corner, dusty and rusty were old car jacks.
I loved the 50's vibe. They could be 'useful'.
I brought 'em home, cleaned 'em, primed and spray painted 'em.

A few weeks later, another garage sale find...a 1"thick piece of glass for $20.
Popped that onto the car jacks and..viola'..my new coffee table!
I am so pleased with the transformation.

Gotta tell ya... I'm a loooong time lurker and love all the crazy ideas here. Y'all are inspiring...otherwise, I never woulda considered this recycling opportunity!
C&C appreciated!!

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