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111  From Dismal Dungeon to Colorful Craft Space (img overload) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by blushingbluegrass on: January 27, 2009 10:25:18 AM

So. We bought our house last June and unfortunately, due to budgetary issues, had to keep our roomates. Our three bedroom home has people in all the bedrooms. Roll Eyes 

We do have a huge basement. Huge. And a huge laundry room. Huge. And in this huge laundry room, we have what I like to call, a nook. It looked like this:

Needless to say, kinda depressing. So I decided, armed with about $100 and a lot of imagination, I would turn this depressing little nook into my crafty haven.

I bought 3 oops quarts from a local hardware store for a whopping $9, and they were even nice enough to tint them closer to the bright colors I wanted! While in this hardware store, I noticed they were changing out a sandpaper display for a newer model. I asked is I could buy the old one, and they gave it to me! Score! This became my new paper rack....

So I took my fantastic new oops paint and returned home. While most people would have sat down and figured out what they were going to paint what color, I just opened the nearest can and started slopping it on. My planning process is tres sophisticated  Grin

Next I went to my neighborhood dollar store, where they had these fantastic Halloween decorations up. I loaded up on some fun accessories and organizing containers at a grand total of $15 and went on my merry way. Some of these can be seen in the first photo.

After this I realized that while my basement is very large, the floor is very concrete and very cold. So, off I went to Home Depot and picked up a small area rug for $15.

With all these improvements, I was still feeling as though my colorful space was missing something. With only half of my budget left, I was limited with options. Plus, I always feel better about shopping at thrift stores anyway, so I skipped down to the Goodwill, where I found this adorable little R2D2:

The best part....

He lights up!!!

I also found that mirror that I turned into a thread rack.

And so, although I am nowhere near completely happy, I think I found a space that I can work happily in, and not feel as though I have been locked away in a dungeon. What do you guys think?

Still left to do: find/hang better light, hide ugly but necessary cords, make table out of office chair base and cabinet sitting on the floor of these pictures ( Tongue) and unpack the billion remaining boxes of crafting supplies.

P.S. I even have my very first WIP from this crafty space!!!

I was listening to Queen's "Killer Queen" while I found this pillowcase at a thrift store. Now, what to do with it?!?!
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112  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by blushingbluegrass on: January 21, 2009 09:19:45 AM
So that is a hard act to follow, but I just got the picture of my most recent tattoo and thought I would share.

I had been thinking about this one for awhile, and finally got it in November (?)

Excuse the poor photo quality. I never knew how hard it was to take a picture of your hip!!!
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113  Kermit Onesie in Stenciling: Completed Projects by blushingbluegrass on: December 01, 2008 02:23:48 PM
So, quick back story (feel free to skip ahead!  Roll Eyes): my old roomate found out she was pregnant, but her fiance was leaving for the air force, so they couldnt tell anyone, or he would get kicked out. To get around this problem, we gave new baby a codename. And so, Kermit was born. Well, not born. More like named. But not really named, just nicknamed.

ANYWAY, if you are still patient enough to be with me, may I present my baby shower gift.....

As usual, I apologize for the poor photo quality... Photographer I am not!
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114  Re: How to Hang Driftwood in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by blushingbluegrass on: November 04, 2008 06:03:46 PM
hey! don't know if you already figured something out for not, but there are these types of screws that are double sided, and have one end wood screw and one end drywall screw. they look something like.....


you would screw one end into the drift (a part that is especially sturdy!) and then one part into a stud... if you go to a small hardware store and tell them what you are doing, they should be able to help you. (also, mention the two-sided screw majigs)

best wishes!
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115  Jack Skellington Stocking in Winter Holidays by blushingbluegrass on: October 20, 2008 06:57:48 PM
So, my guy's stocking was ruined when our basement flooded last year. I wanted to make him a new stocking for Christmas and this is what I came up with.......

As always, pardon the crappy photos. Our camera sucks!!!!

Be kind, fellow Craftsters! This was my very first project embroidering anything.... Its pretty rough. :/  But there is a definite difference in the first letters I did, with the last letters I did. That is exciting!

Thanks for looking!
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116  Carved pumpkin! Mad Hatter! in Halloween Decor and Parties by blushingbluegrass on: October 12, 2008 04:59:12 PM
So I completely loooooove carving pumpkins and I get excited every year when I start seeing pumpkins big enough to carve on.... I was out today and decided I couldn't wait any longer!

Here he is all lit up...

Here he is in the light....

And here is the inspiration *in case you couldn't tell, which is understandable, lol*

For good measure, here is last year's attempt... I think he looks a little bit more like who he is supposed to!

Sorry for the crappy pictures, I did my best....
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117  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by blushingbluegrass on: September 30, 2008 05:45:22 PM
So I tend to get tattoos to commemorate different times in my life. And I have had an awesome year, so I decided I wanted to get my other hip tattoo and I am thinking about something like this:

Dogwoods are my favorite trees and I have plenty of happy memories laying in or under one. All my tattoos are black/gray, so this one will probably follow suit.

What do you all think?
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118  vintage photograph in What the heck can I do with THIS? by blushingbluegrass on: September 05, 2008 07:27:47 PM
So, I guess this is where this would go, because I am turning to you, fellow Craftsters, to help me drum up some ideas on what I could do with this wonderful old photo....

This photo is actually a reconstructed reprint, as the original was in pretty bad shape....

In the photo is my Great-uncle with his new bride in 1942. The car in the background, my Great-aunt tells me, is a 1935 Ford.

I think this is probably my favorite photo of all time, but I don't just want to frame it and put it on a table... I want to do something special with it...

Any ideas??
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119  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by blushingbluegrass on: August 30, 2008 08:36:43 AM
So I love looking at all the fantastic 'do's! Here is what my hair is supposed to look like.....

And this photo was one that was actually taken a bit ago, but you get the idea...


I really like the asymetrical cut.... and if I could, I would dye it pink again (my favorite of the hair colors I've done) but with my job it really wouldn't work out. POOOOOH.
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120  Reupholstered chair *a few pics* First Reupholster!! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by blushingbluegrass on: August 18, 2008 10:14:46 AM
So, I found this rad chair at the Goodwill for $8 and fell in love with the cutouts of the back of the chair.... TOOO CUTE!

I knew it would look perfect in the craft room I am decorating for myself (more to come on that!), so I loaded it up and took it home.....

I forgot to take a complete before picture, but this is the fabric that was on it.... I just laid it back over it to give you an idea....

And then I found this awesome fabric on the 60% off table at Hancock's....

So, I got out my handy dandy toolset and combined the two!

(I promise the chair is not crooked, I am just not a great photographer!)

Comments/criticisms appreciated!
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