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451  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: What was this called on: January 15, 2015 08:15:04 PM
As I recall, we considered them mosaics at the time.  I always loved the sparkly bits!
452  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ombre Bottle Brush Tree Decoration (a triad of images) on: January 13, 2015 10:03:08 AM
Lovely and understated as usual, MizT!

I've been amassing cheap rhinestone jewelry*, and have a goal of completing one tree a month.   *(my husband comments about all the paypal charges on the credit card bill, "You made 12 purchases for 27 cents each???"  and my favorite, "What's this $5.99 purchase?" --it was the new TV remote for him)

Sadly, life is getting in the way--I have other projects with deadlines including a display of miniature buildings and room boxes my mini club is putting up at the local art center for the whole month of February.  And we need trees to make it look like a town.  Green trees, not pink and orange and purple trees. 

I'll have to spend at least 8 hours a week babysitting the show for the whole month of Feb, and we'll have room to work while sitting, so I plan to bring TRDs (Trees Ready to Decorate) and a box of sparkly stuff.  My friends Patrice and Claudia each need a tree for their birthdays in Feb and March, that should get me going.
453  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Good place to get bottle caps? on: January 12, 2015 10:57:49 PM
head to the beach/river/lake where fishermen hang out.  I've gotten dozens of bottle caps in just a few minutes.
454  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Vintage wedding on: January 12, 2015 10:54:04 PM
A good buddy got married New Year's Eve, so another friend and I decorated for the big event.

Heritage lace over pink tablecloths, vintage cocktail glasses for the champagne toast, local fresh flowers, and black accents made the carport a lovely place.  (Actually, practically everybody entertains in their carport here in Hawaii).  We begged, borrowed, or already had nearly everything!

cake table (lace over black in this case)

head table (they wanted the gorillas on the table.  what can I say?)

the view behind the head table (great for wedding photos!)
455  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Find a thrift store ANYWHERE? on: January 12, 2015 08:49:33 PM
Sadly, this listed only 3 shops in my area.  Two closed years ago and the third moved.  I added that info to the reviews. Cry
456  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: My adventure in refinishing... just starting out on: January 12, 2015 08:03:52 PM
so did you refinish or paint?  or is it still sitting there waiting, like it would be at my house?
457  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decorating with...tree branches? on: January 11, 2015 03:32:36 PM
bolt it to a door for a handle
mount it sideways like a curtain rod and hang something from it
embed one end in a container of plaster (or maybe sand), then cover the whole thing with tiny lights, or do a real bulb/shade mount at the top
hang it horizontally over a door or vertically on a narrow wall
pound small nails in all over it and hang jewelry.  I think this is my favorite idea.
458  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Furniture decoupage? on: January 11, 2015 01:49:34 PM
I have a laminate nightstand from the 1980s.  'Nuff said?

I'd like to cover it with pages torn from Asian language publications.  I have books and magazines.

I started it this morning using the magazine pages, but they bubbled and wrinkled, so I scraped it all off.  
(Actually, some of the ink stayed behind, really nice effect, but spotty.)

I'm thinking the problems are that mag pages are glossy, thin, and large.  
Would using smaller, thicker, rough-surface book pages work better?  
How big should the pieces be?  The books are smallish, 4" x 6"; should I tear them in half or quarters?

Bonus question:  the drawer front is carved with a neat art deco design, with a coordinating pull.  I'd like to keep these, so can't decoupage the drawer front.  Any suggestions?  Incidentally, the lower half of the cabinet is an open area, which I'll paint turquoise instead of decoupage.  I don't want the drawer front turquoise or another color, so maybe just paint it to match the pages?  

Update:  I've painted the interior and washed the drawer front with turquoise (that problem solved).  Sloppy edges will be covered with decoupage.

thanks for any advice, theories, commiseration, or observations
459  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: How Pathetic am I? on: January 11, 2015 12:10:08 PM
Gee, Rob, that IS pathetic! Cheesy

Actually, my unscientific research (personal experience) shows that only about 10% of people who belong to forums and listservs ever post.  The other 90% just read or delete/ignore.

Has anybody else reading this never posted?  C'mon in, the water's fine!
460  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What crafty gifts did you get this season? on: January 11, 2015 11:32:47 AM
I don't exchange gifts with many people, but my husband gave me a camera (just what I wanted, point and shoot). 
I made a bleached bottlebrush tree embellished with rhinestone and charms for my best buddy.
Every year, I make my "annual ornament," usually relating to some kind of craft I've done during the year.  Sadly, this year's was not fabulous:  purchased silky tassel with a few crystals and a craft-related quote (my fave:  "I made this for you.  Shut up and wear it.")  Then I forgot to offer them at one party, and couldn't go to the other big party, so I have a box of decorated tassels.  Fortunately, they look great on the tree.
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