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211  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Thrifted furniture THING needs reworking...ideas??? on: December 02, 2004 04:25:53 PM
I found this at the thrift store two days ago and picked it up for $3 with the intention of redoing the top of it in a bottle cap mosaic (or at least, I was at the thrift store looking for a table to do that with and this is what came home with me).  But I'm not sure what it was, is, or will be.  Help!

What is your honest opinion of the structural qualities of this piece?  Style?  Period?  Original use?  How would you rework it? 

It's to be for my little brother for Christmas.  He worked (and drank) in Germany over the summer and gave me his bottle caps to use in a table a la craftster.  Is this the table? 

My thoughts were to add casters to the bottom (as it's real wood and quite hefty), and perhaps paint it and antique it in shades of grey, with old metal handles.  Sort of "Metropolis" inspired.  Treat it like a college-boy's very classy moveable bar.  But the vision is blurry -- what do you see!?!?
212  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: square bag, cut-out handle on: December 02, 2004 04:14:34 PM
Beautiful bag!  How do the handles work out?  I've been thinking of giving cut-out handles a try, but I can't quite picture how to do it...was it easy to figure out?  Good job!
213  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Cheater's Crazy Quilt on: December 01, 2004 09:12:40 PM

My bestest crafting girlfriend (the one who likes what I like) and I came up with the same idea around the same time.  It went like this.  We both loved the look of old-school crazy quilts, but lacked the time and patience and skills and fabrics to do a "real" one.  So we decided on a size (3"x3") and went hog wild trading fabric squares. 

My quilt, sewn for my teeny smaller-than-twin bed, ended up being big enough for a queen or so.  For those doing the math, that's a hell of a lot of squares. 

Quilting was done while in Lawrence, KS visiting my little brother in college.  It's a place where, if you're not near Mass St. and you don't have a car, you don't get out much.  So I spent my time basting and quilting and binding.  And fixing the machine after learning with horror that if it stayed broke, it'd cost me $400+ to replace my mum's old Bernina. 

And counting the different fabrics used -- 129 patterns.  But some are large patterns, so you can't easily tell they're from the same stuff.  Includes a deconstructed shirt, pants, skirt, pillowcases, flour bag, etc.  Did I mention I didn't get out much in Lawrence?

I hereby welcome myself to Craftster with my first post. 

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