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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / dressing up a loft bed on: May 15, 2008 02:09:28 PM
I'm moving into a studio when I go back to school, so I plan to buy a loft bed like this one:

I'll probably position it with the head of the bed against the wall, but with the other 3 sides sticking out (there's no corner space to put it like how it is in the photo).  I don't really care for the way the sides look, so I'd like to cover them up in some way.  Simply draping fabric down would definitely be the easiest thing to do, but I'd also like to think about having some kind of harder surface around it.  One idea that I have is to stick panels of hardboard on 2 of the outside sides, and paint/decorate them somehow, either with a flat color, a mural, or by hanging up frames/art/etc.  I also thought about cork boards (lots of bulletin board space woo hoo!) maybe, or fabric panels??

I'm not sure what would be the best way to stick whatever material to the frame... it would have to be some non-permanent way so that I could disassemble the loft again the next time I move.  Or, if anyone has another suggestion for how to make the frame a bit more stylish, I would love it hear that too!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / King Peep diorama on: March 25, 2008 08:40:41 AM
Ta da!  This is a diorama I made for my local paper's Peep diorama contest.  It's actually going to be displayed at the Artomatic arts festival in DC, which will be my first public showing of a craft/art project!  It's made out of lots of cardboard, clay (including the coffin) and of course, PEEPS!  I did all the hieroglyphics and such by hand.  The scene is a bunch of archaeologist Peeps stumbling upon an ancient tomb of a lost Peep civilization.  The torches are Christmas lights covered in tissue paper.  I didn't hear about the contest until the Friday night before the Sunday deadline, so I worked really intensely on it, haha!  I hope you enjoy!

I love Peeps.

3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / needle felted bunny and chick on: March 14, 2008 01:07:03 PM
I made my very first attempt at needle felting a couple weeks ago, and here are the results!  These were both made in a 4-5 hour marathon felting session, and I must say that I really love this medium!  Unfortunately, these photos aren't great, I'll try to take some more with better lighting and get them up here.  The chick is pretty well-felted but I left a soft exterior for the bunny because I wanted a fluffier, less refined look to him.  Hope you like!

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / guitar hero / rock band alter ego on: January 05, 2008 10:08:22 PM
I recently bought a variety pack of Sculpey III, and have been slaving over this figurine of my Rock Band character for the past few days (while waiting for my replacement guitar to arrive in the mail).  It's 8 inches tall and uses a tin foil and wire armature underneath.  I didn't mean to make the head disproportionately big, but by the time I got around to making the head I didn't want to risk messing up the rest.  One the head was all bloated I sort of through scale to the wind and made the hands really big too.  I still like it, though, and I think it's a big improvement over the last figurine I tried to make a couple years ago.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / felt weighted companion cube on: December 29, 2007 03:19:13 PM
Here's my very first softie (at least in recent memory), a weighted companion cube (from the game Portal) that I made for my friend for Christmas.  It's about 7-8 inches on each side.  I started getting a little impatient at the end, so the light grey corners are attached just at a few points.

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