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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Our Living Room Gets a New Life! (With hardwood floors) on: April 24, 2013 03:59:46 PM
When we bought our house, we bought from a very sweet elderly gentleman. The kind of sweet elderly gentleman who thinks that baby blue and pastel pink carpet are okay. Consequently, we have been saving up for hardware floors ever since.

For perspective, this is what our living room looked like when we moved in.


First we painted. We kept the same colors and just freshened them up, so I forgot to take pictures. Forgive me!

Next we took up all the carpet and cleaned the subfloor. (Side note: Carpet is gross!)


Next was the very long process of laying the floors


Complete!


Then it was time to load in our furniture! We are both in love with vintage furniture, so our decor is a mix of hand-me-downs, thrift shop finds and auction bargains.









We are so thrilled with the results! I can say that it was a ton of work but totally worth it.

Next? The computer room and kitchen.....
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Truly OUTRAGEOUS! Jem Costume on: November 03, 2012 07:34:15 AM

For years, I have wanted to be Jem from Jem and the Holograms. I loved that show as a kid and have fond memories of jumping around, dancing and singing with it playing in the background.

This year, I made my dream a reality. It all started with a terrible pink dress I found on Ebay.

I still shiver when I see that picture. I shortened and de-ruffled it. Then I made the belt out of some silver vinyl and blue glitter glue. The earrings are cardboard and pink glitter, the shoes are some old heels I glitterfied with modge podge and pink glitter. I bought the industrial size bottle of pink glitter for this outfit, don't worry. The wig, I found on Ebay, and it is a surprisingly nice wig. Bonus: it was really easy to wear! No itchy head for me.






closeup of the earrings


and one more just because I like it....  Wink

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed my truly outrageous costume!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Keep Me Warm Round Two Gallery! on: February 02, 2012 02:34:42 PM
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402105.0

sent
received
sent and received
sending late
CONTACT ORGANIZER
feedback given

Miss Barbara
------------------ sarahelise
pseudo_pix --------------------mama24boyz
houlihan ----------------------annigirl22
unicornlasers ------------------lanysmiles
missmlissa ---------------------crystallized_art
jasminewolverine---------------kayrun
karwash----------> unsuperb ------> blushingbluegrass ---------> karwash
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Keep Me Warm Round Two (SU 1/15/12-1/22/12; SO 2/11/12 on: January 15, 2012 07:28:16 PM
GALLERY! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403191.0




Swap name:
Keep Me Warm Swap Round Two

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: blushingbluegrass
Co-organizer:
Sign-up date range: 1/15/12-1/22/12
Date to send item by: 2/11/12

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? Nope

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES!
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap will be a swap of items to keep us warm! Here is how it will work.

Each participant will send their partner items that fall into each of three categories, Hot Drink, Hot Drink Accessory, and Worn Accessory.

Hot Drink: We will be sending the monetary equivalent of one pound of gourmet coffee (about $10). This could be loose leaf tea, gourmet hot chocolate or coffee, or a soup mix. It is encouraged to buy local, but it is not required.

Hot Drink Accessory: This could be a reusable coffee sleeve, a mug cozy, chocolate dipped spoons, a mug, a bowl etc. This should be a crafted item.

Worn Accessory: This could be any worn item that is used to keep you warm. The possibilities are endless! This could be a scarf, mittens, hat, lip balm, socks, slippers, pajama pants, etc. This should be a crafted item.

The two crafted items should equal four points. The point requirements are as follows:

By Points
Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

DON'T FORGET to send your questionnaire to blushingbluegrass!
Questionnaire to answer:
Name of swap: Keep Me Warm Swap

Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens present in your house?

Link to wist, website, etc.:

What crafts would you like to receive?
What crafts can you make?
Favorite colors:
Least Favorite colors:
Any sizes that your partner would need to know:


What hot drink would you like to receive?
In this section, only answer questions that apply to the items you would like to receive:
What are your favorite flavors?
Coffee-ground or whole bean?
Tea-bagged or loose leaf?
Hot chocolate-milk or dark chocolate?
Favorite soup mix variety?

Anything else you would like your partner to know?


Swappers:
1. blushingbluegrass
2. missmlissa
3. kayrun
4. Miss Barbara
5. pseudo_pix
6. Lanysmiles
7. sarahelise
8. karwash
9. annigirl22
10. Unicornlasers     ** Welcome First Time Swapper!**
11. jasminewolverine
12. mama24boyz
13. crystallized_art
14. unsuperb
15. houlihan

PARTNERS!
Miss Barbara ------------------ sarahelise
pseudo_pix --------------------mama24boyz
houlihan ----------------------annigirl22
unicornlasers ------------------lanysmiles
missmlissa ---------------------crystallized_art
jasminewolverine---------------kayrun
karwash----------> unsuperb ------> blushingbluegrass ---------> karwash
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Keep Me Warm Round Two?? on: January 08, 2012 11:15:18 AM


Anyone interested in a round two of the Keep Me Warm Swap? Here are the details of the last round:

This swap will be a swap of items to keep us warm! Here is how it will work.

Each participant will send their partner items that fall into each of three categories, Hot Drink, Hot Drink Accessory, and Worn Accessory.

Hot Drink: We will be sending the monetary equivalent of one pound of gourmet coffee (about $10). This could be loose leaf tea, gourmet hot chocolate or coffee, or a soup mix. It is encouraged to buy local, but it is not required.

Hot Drink Accessory: This could be a reusable coffee sleeve, a mug cozy, chocolate dipped spoons, a mug, a bowl etc. This should be a crafted item.

Worn Accessory: This could be any worn item that is used to keep you warm. The possibilities are endless! This could be a scarf, mittens, hat, lip balm, socks, slippers, pajama pants, etc. This should be a crafted item.

The two crafted items should equal four points.

And a link to the swap thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368364.0

Any takers?!?

Timeline would be signups January 15th through the 22nd, crafting until sendouts on February 11th.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help finding this type of lace... on: November 19, 2011 06:34:02 PM
I want to make this circle scarf for a friend for Christmas, but I do not know what this type of lace is called, or where to find it. Anyone have any ideas??

7  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Angel Needed! Visit My Town Swap on: June 14, 2011 05:06:24 PM
Hello! An angel package is needed for the Visit My Town Swap. The swapper in need of a package is How Lovely.

Here is a link to the original swap thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379058.0
and here is a sneak peak to the requirements:

Does your town make awesome jams? Do you live in the home of the Taffy Festival? Would you love to share your town's awesome-ness with a fellow crafter? If so, this swap could be for you!

This swap is designed to pair up partners who are interested in learning about where each other live. It will go something like this: you will send your partner locally made item(s) totaling $10-$15. These should not be items bought at the local Wal-Mart, Target, large chain store. This is your chance to show off things your town does well! Not sure of where to go? Branch out and find something new! Head to Farmer's Markets or craft shows, even check etsy for local sellers. There are tons of ways to find locally handmade items!

Additionally, you will make one medium crafted item inspired by your PARTNER's locale. This could involve the town's symbol, favorite past time, largest festival, etc. Do your research! Even the smallest towns generally have a website or wiki page. You can even ask your partner for help! Examples could be a handbound book of regional recipes, wall art with the town's flower, or an embroidered hoop with a quote from a hometown hero. Be creative!

And a sneak peak to How Lovely's questionnaire:
My Town: MILTON, NSW, 2539
Favorite part of living in your town: That it looks really old, that you can see the ocean and that you can see the farmlands, that it has a rich history and so SO many quirky inhabitants, it's like living in Stars Hollow sometimes . And that it's very artsy/yuppie, full of cafes and art/craft boutiques and antique stores.
Regional festivals/craft shows: I love the scarecrow festival, that's where all the stores/schools build scarecrows to put arounds, I also love the Escape Arts Festival it show's off our towns talent so much. And of course the Blessing of the Fleet... Which is really more Ulladulla's thing but it's still cool!!!
Favorite regional snacks/treats: We don't really have a regional food, we have a lot of cafe's though and I love going to them and having a chai latte or cup of tea
Any websites related to your town:
http://www.miltonsouthcoast.com.au/
http://www.ulladulla.info/milton
http://www.visitnsw.com/town/Milton.aspx

PM blushingbluegrass if you are interested!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Visit My Town GALLERY! on: June 05, 2011 08:42:38 AM
Original Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379058.0



Green: sent
Blue: sent and received
Yellow: sending late
Red: Contact Organizer!

DeSade13 ------------------ AprilInAutumn
A2JC4life ------------------- sugarsandwitch
How Lovely ---------------- mgailp
adrienne_bowers ----------blushingbluegrass
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Keep Me Cool Swap?? on: May 09, 2011 01:32:16 PM


If any of you remember the Keep Me Warm Swap (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368364.0) from this last winter, there was some discussion of a Keep Me Cool Swap.

I am thinking of keeping the categories similar (Cool Drink, Cool Drink accessory (crafted) and Summer Accessory (crafted), and the points the same (4pts.)

Whatcha think??
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Visit My Town! SU CLOSED Sendouts 6-4-11 on: April 24, 2011 01:40:49 PM
Gallery Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382225.0




Swap name: Visit My Town!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: blushingbluegrass
Sign-up date range: 4-24-11 to 5-8-11
Date to send item by: 6-4-11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO!

Additional Age requirement? No!

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Does your town make awesome jams? Do you live in the home of the Taffy Festival? Would you love to share your town's awesome-ness with a fellow crafter? If so, this swap could be for you!

This swap is designed to pair up partners who are interested in learning about where each other live. It will go something like this: you will send your partner locally made item(s) totaling $10-$15. These should not be items bought at the local Wal-Mart, Target, large chain store. This is your chance to show off things your town does well! Not sure of where to go? Branch out and find something new! Head to Farmer's Markets or craft shows, even check etsy for local sellers. There are tons of ways to find locally handmade items!

Additionally, you will make one medium crafted item inspired by your PARTNER's locale. This could involve the town's symbol, favorite past time, largest festival, etc. Do your research! Even the smallest towns generally have a website or wiki page. You can even ask your partner for help! Examples could be a handbound book of regional recipes, wall art with the town's flower, or an embroidered hoop with a quote from a hometown hero. Be creative!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (as it would need to appear on a package)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Please list any allergens in your home (smokers/pets, etc.)

Please list any allergies that you have:



Any crafts you particularly admire (ie, sewing, knitting...) and would like to receive:
Any crafts you really aren't into:
What are your craft skills?

Love/Hate:
Fabrics:
Scents:
Colors:

Favorite part of living in your town:
Regional animals that you like:
Town heroes you admire:
Regional festivals/craft shows:
Favorite regional snacks/treats:
Any websites related to your town:

Anything else you want to let me know about town?


Would you like to receive jewelry:
     earrings?
     bracelets/cuff?  wrist size?
     necklaces?  length?
     preferred metal types (gold tone, silver, pewter, gunmetal, copper...)?
    
Would you like clothes made for you?
   bust measurement?
   waist measurement?
   hip measurement?
   foot measurement?
   inseam measurement?
   head measurement?
   arm measurement from wrist to elbow?

Would you prefer to receive an edible locally made item?
   sweet or salty?
   drinkable?
   favorite snack?
   spices?
   dietary restrictions?
  
Would you prefer to receive a non-edible locally made item? What types of items would you be interested in receiving?

Anything else you'd like your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Swappers:
1. blushingbluegrass
2. A2JC4life
3. adrienne_bowers
4. mgailp
5. DeSade13
6. sugarsandwitch
7. AprilInAutumn
8. How Lovely

Partners!
DeSade13 ------------------ AprilInAutumn
A2JC4life ------------------- sugarsandwitch
How Lovely ---------------- mgailp
adrienne_bowers ---------- blushingbluegrass
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