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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Salvaged Window Kitchen Island on: January 30, 2012 06:28:43 PM
So I was walking my dog last night and someone outside asked me if my dog was a Cairn Terrier -- she is one, but she's TINY since her last owners abused her (she was incredibly underweight when I got her) and never fully developed... anyhoo as we were talking I noticed this huge pile of old windows... Turns out he's a house flipper... he tried to sell them, no one wanted them (since they're single pane... and longer panes, instead of those 6 pane ones)... so he told me I could have them for free. So I went back with my car and fit all the ones I could in there...

Anyways... I've had an eating disorder for years and have never had a kitchen table at any of my "adult" residences, despite being 24 years old, because it scares me... I had told my therapist I was going to try to correct that... and so today I was thinking about it... and I thought a kitchen island that was counter height (meaning I could sit at it with a bar stool) would be the perfect compromise... enter in the windows and we have:




and I couldn't get a good picture of it... but you can see where the ropes used to be too...

It's a bit big for my current kitchen, but not so big that it would make my kitchen unfunctionable... and I sort of love it.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Butcher Block Side Table & Tutorial on: January 17, 2012 02:39:35 PM

Im a poor college student okay, so that may not be the exact case, but I am a college student who loves the Anthropologie aesthetic, but cannot afford to furnish her whole home with their furniture I also told myself when I moved this past year that everything that I didnt already have prior to moving would need to be purchased secondhand, re-purposed, re-designed, or gifted. I wanted to create an environment all my own while also FORCING myself to become creative (its a good pleasurable distraction). I wanted my home to be re-imagined.

Anyways, recently I saw Anthropologie's Plank Coffee Table
But it's $600... meeps... The reason I loved it was that it reminded me of vintage butcher blocks...  The different colors of wood all next to each other has made me swoon for ages. I dont really need a butcher block in my kitchen (I wouldnt really use it), so I decided that I could put that same style top on a side table.

For this project I used:

    A dinged up table found for $4 at a Value Village close to where my parents live
    a Kreg Jig you can also use wooden dowels to join the wood
    16.5′ of plywood cut into lengths 2″ longer than the width of my table you may need less feet, or more of the plywood, depending on size of your table
    Wood Stains I used Chestnut, Mahogany, and Cherry You can apply these in different ways to impact their color
    Screws I used 22 coarse screws
    Bar of soap
    sandpaper or an electric sander
    Miter saw can also use a hand saw
    clamps at one point I used four
    a few extra pieces of wood to make a 90 degree jig to ensure everything is square


My mother picked up a side table at Value Village for me for $4 (she got it half off) and it was in INCREDIBLY rough shape. We had to take it apart, replace, and reinforce some of the boards (and then also use wood glue). The top was incredibly cheap looking and incredibly scratched up (I might be able to repurpose it for something else like a tray or a frame).  However, we both knew that dinged up top would QUITE readily pop off which it did, it was held on by about six screws. Making this table the perfect candidate for a butcher block top.

Besides even with what was done to the table in these beginning stages, the table was only around $7. NOTE: If you cant find a suitable candidate at a secondhand shop, you can easily find a cheap wood table at Home Goods for around $20 that would be suitable as well (I used one of their tables as a base for a suitcase chair that I made I might do a tutorial on that later on)

To get the butcher block feel I craved, I headed out to Lowes and bought some varying width boards that were 3/4″ thick. (NOTE: I would stick with this thickness, or increase it)


For my table, I decided I wanted a 1″ overhang in all directions. Id recommend getting an extra boards length in both sizes so you can play around with wide to skinny board ratios. I wound up using a total of 11 boards, but cut a total of 12. That totaled 16.5′

Use a miter saw to cut them to length if you dont have a miter saw, a handsaw will work as well. Just make sure you take your time to make sure all the boards are EXACTLY the same length.

Sand all the board Paying special attention to the where you made the cuts.

Wipe them off to get rid of any saw dust and start staining away. Some of mine got a couple of coats to darken them up. Give yourself a variety. (Personally: I wanted varying shades, so I picked three different stains chestnut, mahogany, and cherry)

Wait for them to dry and once theyre done doing that you can play around with their placement (see side picture). Have fun mixing up the different stains and widths. Its sort of fun to try to figure out which combination is the most appealing to you.

Use a Kreg Jig to drill holes to join the boards. NOTE: If you dont know all you have to do is place the board so the end you want showing is pointing towards the fastener. Make sure the board is flush ie: not tilted You then take the drill with the proper bit attached and drill down the hole. Basically what it does is drill a tunnel of sorts at a slight angle creating a hole for you to put a screw into. Hiding the screw on the underside of the table. No need for dowels, or boards, etc.

If you dont have a Kreg Jig, I HIGHLY recommend it theyre incredibly reasonably priced and create an incredibly strong joint. The mini kit (I used the master with the toolbox) is only $20 and would work well for this project and no Im not being paid to endorse them but in case you dont feel like itd be a good investment you could also join the pieces of wood together with wood dowels or by using wood to act as a joining bracket/brace (though the latter might complicate things if youre not cautious of the tables opening.

Vary the places where you drill the holes you dont want them all lined up board to board, but staggered to ensure extra stability.

Once youve done all the hole drilling its time to join the boards together. To ensure that everything is squared away and your top doesnt come out crooked youll want to create a 90 degree jig (or template) I made mine by screwing down two pieces of plywood to the end of my Kreg Jig setup.

Clamp down the two boards you wish to join together to ensure that they remain flush. Make sure theyre lined up inside the 90 degree jig you just created. At one point I used four clamps better safe than sorry.

This process takes awhile. You may need to add onto your setup as the boards grow in length. I did mine in sections of four boards (the last section had three boards). When joining them ALL together, I had to screw in an extra board onto my 90 degree jig to ensure they all stayed square.

Which they did! Score.

At this point is became as easy as attaching the top (via screws through the bottom) to the rest of the table. I used the screws that had attached the original top (coating them in a bar of soap prior to using to help prevent any cracking of wood) and used those same holes as guidelines. I centered the top so that it would be a perfect one inch overhang all the way around

To protect the stains, as the final step, I added five coats of clear polycoat.

All together the project cost me around $25.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Burlap Family Tree Wall Covering on: October 18, 2011 10:49:53 AM
So I work at Anthropologie where inspiration abounds (yes, I know of the Anthro controversies... but I love my job and could live in that store)

anyhoo, I wanted to do a family tree in my living room and was speaking with our visual merchandiser over some drinks at a get together and this idea was born.

I'm going to eventually frame it, but I'm going to wait until I've finished putting up all the pictures of family members.

I rather like it... and it goes with my historic home.

oh and i'm going to be putting some writing up at the top where there's that void (where the tree mysteriously ends)
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Starry Night Pumpkin on: October 16, 2011 07:17:54 AM

So... The other night I went to the store, bought a pumpkin, and needed to distract myself from something so I decided to attempt to carve Starry Night... I figured the pumpkin was only $4.97 and the carving tools were only $3.99 so even if I messed it up I had less than $10 invested.

I pulled up an image on my laptop, took out a Sharpie, sketched a very loose rendition of it... Sat there staring at it trying to figure out how to best carve it... and then processed the pumpkin and carved from about 10pm until 2am.. and resumed the next morning

I still need to shave a bit down (on the inside) so one of the patches where I removed the pumpkin's skin (??) will shine through better... but other than that I'm fairly satisfied, considering I've never done anything like this in the past - just kitty cats (with those patterns from books) and Eiffel Towers... this was just freehand sketching and carving.

I might do the Mona Lisa and a few other "works of art" to complete it... haven't decided yet though.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Question regarding chandelier on: July 03, 2011 12:21:10 PM
Okay so I'm reconstructing this chandelier -

in the collect water bottles - rinse water bottles with dishsoap - and cut them process/phase. then I will be in the poke holes and tie fishing line process.

My question is... the way they have all the fishing line straight into the ceiling - creating LOADS of holes.. Now... I don't really want to do it like that. I feel like I could either
a) connect it all to a board and fix the board to the ceiling and then run the pendant light kit down
b) Create the chandelier from the middle out and have all of it fixed to one central spot.

The first would probably be easier... but better?

or are there any more reasonable ideas out there?

oh and btw: this will be more of a "show" in my new house than functioning - I don't plan on turning it on often if at all... since I probably won't actually use my dining room very often (except for parties!!)
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / a peacock running outfit on: October 18, 2010 06:16:27 AM
So on Saturday I ran a 5k that provided pumpkin beer at the end, was in the park right across the street from my house, AND encouraged costumes.. what could be better?

So I had to make a costume that would be really run-able... and I decided to be a peacock =)

I made a really easy skirt and attached it to panties... (that way it wouldn't ride up while I was running - which worked perfectly actually)

then I sewed on tulle... The back (you can't tell as much in the pics) was a bustle... first purple, then blue, then green

I originally thought I was going to cover a black bustier with peacock feathers, but the feathers I ordered never arrived... so instead I went to Joann's got some peacock colored feathers  and some real ones... but not as may real ones, because they're so expensive and I'd already paid for some :/
So I wound up sewing feathers all over the bra, with two real peacock feathers on the far sides of each cup... I wore a 3/4 sleeve back shirt over it (wound up tucking it in actually because it looked better and my waist didn't look as thick that way)

I also got another peacock feather thing and a purple headband and fashioned up some peacock headgear...

The above is after adding more tulle - I discovered when I took the first photo that I needed to add to the front

My makeup looked better in person and surprisingly did NOT sweat off or even alter, probably because I didn't actually sweat...  but you know... it was a lot of fun running in a tutu and seeing my shadow =)

I did throw my hair into a really messy bun for running
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Dress in Spring 2010 Stuart Weitzman Ad on: February 18, 2010 07:42:16 PM

So I LOVE this dress and MUST make it.

Now my only real question is what fabric do you think is being used as the petticoat? Heirloom cotton maybe? I have one other picture (could not find it on line, only in a hard ad in a newspaper for an outlet mall nonetheless) and the fabric seems thicker looking than chiffon, organza, or silk...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Upcoming Fashion Show on: February 18, 2010 07:23:52 PM
So some of the pieces may look familiar (aka one of them) from an earlier post of mine, but it just fits well... with the theme.

A few I had a photoshoot with recently

sneak peak of some of the designs:

taking you through the decades for some old hollywood glamour reimagined

there are some other pieces that are still in process and a couple I just forgot to take pics of :/


there is a cream heavily beaded flapper dress that will be here in the lineup once I have finished with it.

ombre tattered and torn flapper dress

40s beaded applique cocktail dress

50s polka dot I love lucy dress

50s bombshell dress

60s mod feather skirt

there will be a quilted very full skirted gown here for the 70s.

80s lost and found gray sheath dress - will be styled very 80s

there will be a halter dress with full skirt here covered in half circles that are hard to describe - will post pics later

I'll post the pieces I described but am still working on later...

if you have any ???s, let me know.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Been Awhile - 2 Dresses, One Work in progress skirt (or dress...) on: January 03, 2010 11:04:13 AM
Wow! I haven't posted on here since Halloween, and even then, it wasn't the best post.

So I got the pleasure of being able to get some pointers (and free equipment use) from a local clothing designer that I got connected with via my modeling... which was a great experience... out of that came this dress:

which has my first experience with rolled hems... ruching, hidden zippers, and a lot of other things...

it will be worn in my next photoshoot.

This next dress isn't quite as cool - or nearly as technically well done... It WAS, however, accomplished from fabric to final product in 2.5 hours...

you see... my work's Christmas party was disco themed this year... and I wanted to look like a disco ball.

I had a lot of other obligations and hired someone to make me a disco dress... with bell sleeves... I went picked it up, paid $160, and it was horrible... ugly light yellow gold sequin nightmare...

So since I picked it up the morning of the party.. .. I was running out of time... I just did not want to wear that dress. So I headed to Joann's... got this silver sequin fabric... went back, realized I had 3.5 hours to make the dress, do my makeup, and straighten my hair... Speed dress making at it's finest.

I had to use maybe 3 different needles because the sequins kept on dulling them...

BUT it got finished.

I wanted it to be remniscent of the dress Muzzy wore in Thoroughly Modern Millie... only more disco ball. So the back was slits of fabric so that it almost appeared solid, but then when I danced, because I made the slits slightly longer than the length from the shoulder to the waist, it flared out and exposed my back.

The dress was not supposed to be that short... I miscut and didn't have time to fix it... so I just wore tights underneath and it worked out...

despite the technical flaws of this dress (I didn't finish the edges because of time... and well... that would have been difficult with the sequin fabric and it surely did not fray or unravel), everyone loved it... and I got asked by a few people where I got my dress.

and lastly a piece in the works...

This is going to be either a high waisted skirt or a dress. Either way, this is the waistband.

It's suede and lace.

The skirt is going to be very full... and is going to be quilted (rather squares instead of cathedral window) with the black suede, each layer getting fuller and fuller.

It's going to be knee length.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Question about collection for fashion design school portfolio on: November 25, 2009 11:20:55 AM
Okay so I want to apply to some fashion design schools (FIT, Parsons, etc)... now FIT does require fashion design majors to include fashion designs in their port, Parsons wants more of a variety...

well, I REALLY want to manage to get into a school (I went to college for Chemistry for a year, then took what was supposed to be a short sabbatical where I somehow managed to join the military, where I now make teeth  Roll Eyes and now may be getting out early, so I need a plan) so my plan is to sketch and create a collection of clothing...

I want to know what everyone thinks, I think it'll all be doable:

It's supposed to be the seasons, in a very literal sense...

the plum for the tunic will be deeper by the way, I found a cool heavy jersy knit.
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